"I purchased my 04 XJ used with 22k miles. Loved it from day one. One of the best riding cars I have ever had. I have owned mutliple MBZ's and BMW's and this put them to shame. More power than expected, especaily on the freeway. Good comfort and a feel of security. I was surprised at the mileage it got on the freeway. A trip to Napa logged just over 29 MPG, amazing for such a big car. I was told maintenace is expensive but found that these cars can get the oil changed at the local jiffylube or equivalent for around $50.00 Word to the wise, make sure the mechanics are reliable as not all things can be done by your local mechanic. any big items probably should go to a certified jaguar shop. I now have 137,000 miles and have only $1,200 in bills total on this car outside of regular oil changes. Strong smooth and a refreshing car to drive. Heated seats in front and back and even the steering wheel heats up! adjustable pedals for comfort. All around you can't go wrong. One serious note- when buying used make sure the car is fully checked out for any lack of services or mistreated. These are a true find if you can get a one owner well cared for car."
"I have owned this car since it was just a couple of months old, so avoided the extra cost for being the first one to drive it off the car lot. It now has 47,000 miles on it and has had no problems other than simple maintenance. It's beautiful and eye catching; garnering more than it's fair share of admiring comments. The mileage is outstanding for a car of it's size... 32mpg on the freeway 20+ in town. Performance is exceptional. Easy to park and very comfortable for long or short trips.
This car has been a joy to own."
Cons: "Maintenance expenses are not for cheapskates"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"While stationed at the USN submarine base aboard an operating submarine in New London Conn back in the late 60s
, I bought a 1954 Jaguar XK120 from a shipmate who had just gotten married and needed money. I immediately fell in love with this now legendary car......the unmistakeable sound of its engine and exhaust....the uniqueness which is what Jaguars are all about.
A few months back I had the good fortune to acquire a 2003 XJR super sedan. Wow ! in Anthracite with black leather interior in near mint condition with only 38000 miles on it !
I was astonished as to what a technological marvel had evolved from the "primitive" XK120. What I love most is that this car looks like a an older "rich guy's" elegant
classic body style sedan. Don't be fooled . This car is an absolute monster when the supercharger cuts in and flogs 375 horsepower with incredible torque out of a relatively small 4 Liter block. Now I know what it must feel like to be a rhesus monkey on a rocket sled. My god this car is fast !Shockingly fast !
One must remember though, that much like a luxury boat , maintenance is expensive.I'm a "motor head" and a reasonably good mechanic. I bought the full service manual on line and quickly realized how much there is out of the scope of amateur mechanics abilities with unique and special test equipment required along with complex maintenance procedures . Don't even think, for example, of having its Mercede Benz transmission worked on at AMMCO . This is a "trophy car"for me that will never see bad weather that I plan to have for a long time.
I give it all 10s because that's what it is in my opinion. Give yourself a treat and buy one"
Cons: "Premium gas, but great mileage before later models"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Love this car! I have a VandenPlas and I get 32.5 mpg on the highway and 21.2mpg in city. But,the elegance of driving this classic car is refreshing as it is exhilarating! The all aluminum body shaves over 600 pounds from the earlier models, thus increasing gas mileage and horsepower. There is defintely more leg room in the rear seating than the front as my 6'8" son can testify. But, the elegance of the interior gets a lot of attention from guests and at our local car shows. If you are in the market for a great used car that's dependable and luxurious without the high price tag (original value was $74K) go for it!"
"I bought my 2004 XJ8 in December of 2014, nearly two years ago, so I've had some time to evaluate its characteristics. Overall, I definitely recommend this car to those who have been thinking about acquiring a Jag with classic styling but up-to-date technology and performance. And please note that when I refer to "up-to-date technology" I am NOT referring to idiotic IT features that are better suited for a living room or toaster than a car. I do mean a stiff, aluminum body and self-leveling combined with a throaty, lively V8 engine.
If you want a beautiful luxury car that drives like a thoroughbred racer, this is it. The 2004 XJ8 is a joy to drive, and the many reviews that describe its "floaty" driving characteristics are right - it's definitely light on its feet.
However, be aware that the reviews are right about something else: it is also floaty at high speed, e.g. over a hundred mph. And that's the one true weak point of the XJ8: it is less precise and assured than you would want at very high speed. I would think that the Audi A8 or BMW 7 series handle better at over 100 mph.
There are other niggling little details, such as the overabundance of plastic on the dashboard and poorly-placed switches for the "sport mode" and traction-control override. The headliner is a bit cheap looking, and I do wish the driver's seat was wider.
There is also a transmission issue which I'm not fixing right now, since it doesn't manifest itself unless I press the accelerator so hard at high speed (over 100 mph) that the transmission does a downshift. If that happens, I get a warning light and the transmission goes into "freak-out mode." But that is manageable - and disappears if I turn the car off. (There is a problem with the automatic transmission shifting between fifth and sixth at very high speed and when I force a hard downshift.) And besides, the transmission is German (ZF).
But apart from these objections, I absolutely love my Jag. Driving it is still an emotionally-rewarding experience, 22 months after buying it. And God knows, Jag doesn't make cars quite so beautiful any longer."