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1997 Jaguar XK Series

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Information shown for entry-level Coupe.

Fuel Economy:
City 17/Hwy 25/Comb 20 MPG
Max Seating: 4
Engine: V8, 4.0 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: United Kingdom Country of Assembly: United Kingdom

1997 Jaguar XK Series Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 170 Ratings for the 1997 - 2006 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.8/10
    Quality
    9.0/10
  • Reliability
    8.7/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.5/10

An elegant, luxurious classic...

By on Friday, July 18, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 46,555

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Elegant luxury, sophistication and styling."

Cons: "None."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

Perfect summer car...

"I think this car has become part of our family. When I think of selling her, Snowflake's beauty, sophistication, craftsmanship, materials, reputation and heritage make that option prohibitive. I checked with Blue Book, and they said my dealer trade in value was about $4,000. That is a joke. This convertible is a head turner, a show stopper...You do not see these on the road very often... Driving in the evening, with the top down in the summer on a two lane blacktop road is pure joy."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Perfect summer car...

Phoenix Red two door coupe is a real head turner.

By on Saturday, March 08, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 43,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "styling similar to the Aston-Martin, a beauty"

Cons: "2002 dropping in value still."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

2 door coupe, originally an east coast car, now domiciled in Oregon.

"My 370 bhp supercharged V8 loves to run. She'll accelerate all the way up hill with power to spare. Haven't taken her to PIR (Portland International Raceway) but summer is nigh. Lovely interior appointments, leather and burl wood. This is my first Jag and the first car with back-up alarm. Compared to my two Benz SL500's, this cat stands tall and proud. I have had no reliability issues yet, so I have left some of the ratings blank. Call me, and we'll go for a spin !"

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

2 door coupe, originally an east coast car, now domiciled in Oregon.

Great Jag for looks gas mileage 23mpg new Tires

By on Monday, February 10, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Car in Excellant shape 2nd Doc owner all records"

Cons: "Casette player no cd"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This car bought for wife from local friend excellent no dings paint body like new, fun driving and great feel for the road."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Best vehicle investment ever!

By on Sunday, January 19, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 105,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The jaguar is costly to repair but it is the most reliable vehicle and I feel one of the safest vehicles I have ever owned. I would buy another one in a NY second. I have never owned a vehicle for as long as I have owned my Jaguar and I dread the day I will have to trade it in for any thing less than the Jaguar. XK8 is the most reliable, fun, comfortable even on long trips that I have ever owned."

9 people out of 13 found this review helpful

A modern Jaguar E-Type on Steroids

By on Saturday, December 07, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great car and a lot of bang for the buck"

Cons: "Must replace timing Chain guides & tensioners"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought this car 3 months ago, knowing that it ended a new engine. I bought one with 60,000 miles and I had the timing chain, guides and all chain tensioners replaced with Jaguar 4.2 parts. This car really surprised the heck out of me. I recently owned 7 Jaguars from 1953 to 1991 at one time for years. From collecting cars I ran out of space and I kept my 1967 E-Type open top and now the 1999 XK8 and I am now down to 10 cars in my possession. My 1988 Porsche that I bought new in 1988 had 15,000 miles on it when hurricane Sandy took it away from me and I wanted a modernish replacement and I have always had a crush on Jaguars. This 1999 Jaguar XK8 convertible did not let me down but raised the bar on a 14 year old car. Getting into this car (the previous owner kept it like new, inside and out with no damage) I feel like I am in a new car. It is totally adjustable to fit my needs of comfort. It rides like a dream and handles like a Jaguar sports car. The pickup and off the line is very impressive. The gas mileage is not bad for a car of this caliber. (I am averaging 20MPG city/hwy) I have only driven it 350 miles since the motor was replaced but if you know cars (I have owned over 100) you can tell. A car that when new sold in the 70+ thousand dollar range I now was able to get for under $8,000.00 with the new motor installed, how can I loose. I was on the way to a Dodge dealer to buy a new Challenger when a repair shop I use had this car on the lift and had just gave the owner the news that the motor was shot and the rest is history. (No challenger). I am so happy with everything in this car that it makes me smile just sitting inside it. I saved over 30k that day. If anyone out there can find a clean one from a reliable shop please do not hesitate as this car will not disappoint. The top drops in 20 or less seconds and I had 2 days to do that this fall. I can't wait till spring to keep it down. The stock upgraded Harmon Kardon stereo is killer, the climate system is flawless. The wood and leather is like a vintage Jaguar. I just don't understand why it cost so little to buy now. I have heard that due to it being a Ford era car that parts are reasonable for maintenance. I was told that these cars are low maintenance vehicles. I will find out as I drive it but parts are also available at the local NAPA store. I would not recommend this for Northern USA, bad weather, rain yes but snow no. It is a great second car or if you live in LA, Florida, etc. it is good for everyday. Enjoy the cat!"

8 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Excellent choice for style and comfort

By on Monday, October 21, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 105,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Very styleish, fun to drive, Fast!"

Cons: "Parts can get expensive"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Owned for 10 years and love this car. Very smooth ride and decent mileage if you keep your foot out of it. Average 18.5 city/ 24 hwy. Style is timeless and turns heads even for a 13 year old car."

8 people out of 8 found this review helpful

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