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Old 07-15-2019, 11:33 PM
Location: El paso,tx
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Originally Posted by straight shooter View Post
The best years in my opinion were 1995-1997. Prior to 1995 they suffered from a lot of electrical problems and the ones after 1997 came with the v8 which wasn't as reliable as the straight six. I think people buy them for their unique styling and very elegant interiors they also have very soft and smooth rides. In many cases smoother than BMW and Mercedes. The newer ones 2004 to present get very good gas millage for a large car with a v8 due to their light weight aluminum bodies.
The jags were rated #1 for reliability in JD Powers for 98, and #2 for 99.
I managed a jag dealership from 97-2002...Researched reliability issues to death. Had very few problems with the V8 engines. The 6 cyl 1996-97 weren't horrible, but not nearly as good as the V8. I'd a oid anything older than a 96. In 89 for example the only car worse than jag for reliability was Yugo.
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Old 07-16-2019, 04:49 AM
Location: Great Britain
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Jaguar recently closed down production and are investing in a new production line at the Castle Bromwich plant in England, as the XJ is being replaced by a new electric model.

Jaguar's 50-year old XJ model to be electric-powered - BBC News

Jaguar Land Rover announces electric car investment - BBC News

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Old 09-05-2019, 05:20 PM
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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Originally Posted by Linson View Post
i like the styling on those older Jags. but my understanding is that the engines were unreliable. i always thought it would be cool to build up an older Jag with a later GM LS series engine and transmission.
I owned a '99 XJ8. The main issue with the engines was that Jaguar, for reasons that I have yet to fathom, put plastic timing chain tensioners on 1997-2000 models. Some pre-2000 models also had Nikasil-coated cylinders, and the Nikasil could peel off and really screw up your engine. Supposedly your engine would exhibit certain symptoms before the tensioners went, important because failure was catastrophic because it is an interference engine. I took my vehicle in because it had a coolant leak that I couldn't isolate (hoses run all over this engine, including some that you can't see). The shop checked my tensioners while it was in, and they were shot. My engine had exhibited none of the symptoms that owners would supposedly see before they went. I was potentially a key turn away from destroying the whole engine. Six months after spending four grand getting everything fixed on the engine, the sealed transmission failed. I was done with Jaguar. The drive, the ride and the comfort are the main draws. Mine became a money pit. Oh, and the paint was totally shot and the upholstery was beginning to split at the seams. The cosmetics alone would have set me back probably another $5-7K to set right, and I was looking at around five grand for the tranny.
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