"I bought my 1998 black on black coupe last summer(2014) for just over 7K. It had 34K miles on it and I have put about 3,000 miles over the past year. I drove it from Philadelphia to Boston and back, and just tool around on weekends in good weather. The car runs very well and looks great. It is strong but not crazy fast like a Corvette. This car has the niceties from Jaguar and the electrical and other problems that they had were erased by Ford. These actually have pretty good reliability. Don't worry about the Nikosil cylinder lining, that was a problem with cars burning high sulfer fuel and sulfuric acid would form and destroy the engines. Not a problem in North America though, and Porsche now uses Nikosil in their cars. The timing chain tensioners are a problem, but the car will usually give you warning (rough running) before failing, but that is an expensive $3,500 repair. The downside to these cars is that few independents work on them, and the dealers are very expensive. But, it shares engine, transmission etc. with the Aston Martin DB-7 at a fraction of the price. How else can you get into an exotic at this price? There are many more convertibles than coupes, I prefer the looks of the coupe, and it's a bit quieter and has better torsional stiffness, but the convertible is world class also. Comfortable ride for hours on end. It sits low, so getting in and out can be a bit tough, especially for taller people."
Pros: "Style w/ driving pleasures at an affordable Price!"
Cons: "Shop prices are steep,do your own work when able."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I always wanted a Corvette. When I retired I shopped around and looked a many of them -all of which struck me as the prices did not equal their value. I stumbled across a 2000 Jag XK8 Convertible and it was love at first sight and at good price.(Black w/ Tan Interior.)
It's a former FL Executive Corporate lease car turned in around 31,198 It was Purchased by a Lady,it turns out I knew, who put about 27,88 easy miles on it.
I have only put 1172 miles on it (since 7/16/13)and have loved every minute behind the wheel. It's a head turner and w/a shiftable auto trans and a Ford V-8 she can boogie!"
"I bought this car last month and about 900 miles ago. No problems yet. The power is brilliant and it rides wonderfully. I sold my Honda S2000 to get an XKR and I'm really glad I did. I could have bought two XKR's for what I sold my S2000. Power is effortless. Its extremely comfortable & stylish. It does weigh about half a ton more than the S2000, so it is not as fast around the twisty roads. However, the XKR will blow the doors off of an S2000 in a straight line. The XKR's brakes are fantastic! The bottom line: people are afraid of buying a Jaguar. And you should be too if you are just going to drive to your local dealer every time something goes wrong. I own an OBDII gauge and I know how to work on cars, so this car doesn't scare me...it excites me!"
Pros: "Looks, performance, stability, funb to drive."
Cons: "Computer touchy at times."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"People still "stare" at this car I named "Putty Tat." It is in show room condition and garage kept. I am considering selling it and have offers well above "book" value. Only negative I have found is at times the electrical system (computer) is touchy as to windows and top."
"1997 Jaguar should never put this car on the market because of so many defects.Timing belt tensioners and guides plastic rubbish.Water pump impeller plastic rubbish.Thermostat housing plastic rubbish.Front end parts need replacing often.Many other problems too many to list!I still love the car lucky i do my own repairs!"