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Hi guys, it was time for my X to go to a home where someone could fix her up and get back sailing along the road as she should. She needed in excess of another grand spent on her for a new motor and to get her road worthy for the mot, the sills were knackered, and the big ends vibrating destroyed the engine mount. It needed new shock absorbers, driveshaft, track rods, an alternator, new tyres, she was beginning to crash about every single bump like a track day fiesta. I was also getting knocking noises from nearly every side of the car and the gearbox was begging to not feel to smooth either. There was other faults too, but you guys get the idea. She was a beautiful looking car with some nice modifications including the custom exhausts and all the mesh at the front, but I simply could not justify spending another grand on her.

So moving on to bigger and better things- my 1998 Jaguar XJ8- 3.2L V8 auto.

I came across an older bloke who had an XJ8 which he wanted to sell and I offered him my x type with some cash his way, letting him know that the problems with my former cat. He buys and sells cars, so he can obviously see a profit in mine, he claims he is a mechanic so he should have no problem fixing her up. He had agreed to phone me as soon as he has fixed the car before he sells it on, to see it I am interested in getting it back. She was my first love, and if I seen her running again I would probably be determined to get her back, but we will just wait and see.


The XJ8 is a very, very beautiful machine. I mean that low and long body is just genuinely intimidating. She's done 120K with full service history, grey car with creamish interior. A lot of wood! I was originally sceptical, as I have been driving a 3.0 manual, I wasn't sure how good my relationship would be with the auto box. But after a day of driving it.. My god it is just how driving should be. Toddling about in supreme comfort, it feels strange not having anything to do with my foot or left hand whilst driving as I have never drove an auto before. These things are seriously quick, I mean there is the 4.0 model and the XJR, but this 3.2 V8 really does go, especially when that sport button is pressed! I am a little intimidated by the corners, she is a big V8 rear wheel drive car so I imagine she would be a bit of a handful compared to my 60/40 AWD setup. I am scared that after driving this auto, I will never go back to a manual! I am only 19, what have jaguars done to me?! Well simply, they have improved the way I see life, why would you drive anything else when you can drive a jag? Especially for the price of these things. I feel that it is the perfect progression from my V6 X, it's true what they say.. You really need to own one of these things at one point of your life. For some reason I have always fancied one of these big bruisers. The way I see it, you may as well enjoy the big cars like this while you are young. Especially when they are cheaper to insure than a 1.6L civic!


I have a few small issues with it that I would be very appreciative with if you could help me with. I hope you don't mind me posting here! The XJ forums look lonely, not as lively as the X type bunch! And most of the guys I have spoke to on here seem to know their jags very well, so hopefully my XJ's small problems will be easy for you all to conquer.


Ps. Could I be the youngest XJ8 owner? ;)
 

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Nice one gmann!! You've seen the light and got yourself a V8! Those things are pure thoroughbred through and through. You can imagine what I was like driving Andys XJR around for a while - people don't hesitate to get out of your way, people suddenly start giving you respect on the road and letting you through ect and the looks you will be getting at petty stations from more senior people is priceless! Not so much going from that to an S type now but at least I have the V8 to battle with helps a great deal! Going from an X Type to an XJ is a giant leap forward and if you got back to your X you will feel lost. Enjoy it while you can mate because we both know it won't last and eventually we'll end up in a friggin electric car one day, but not if we can help it!!! Ryan
Thanks mate, although I do very much miss my X-type, the roar of this V8 is just insane! I honestly feel like I am driving some sort of American muscle car(I know obviously I am not), but this thing is surely a bigger car than most of the American beasts (crown vics etc). First thing I am going to do to her is get the exact same stainless steel quad exhausts that I had on my X type @ £550 fitted. It made my 3.0 sound amazing, so let's see what it does to a V8! I want to make her my own and put my own touch on her, so when people see her, they know that she is mines, and not my dads or granddads. It is a very executive jag, obviously aimed at the more senior generation, so I aim to personalise/customise her. The looks I get at the petrol station are just crazy, some look absolutely mortified. This is now my second jag, and I have only ever owned cars which are both jags, so I consider myself as a bit of a rookie jag enthusiast;) I will start with the top and bottom mesh grills, and a new set of alloys. And we will go from there! It feels very strange driving an auto, after driving a manual for so long. You put the foot down, and she just sails effortlessly.

Quick question, there is a button next to the sport button on the auto box. But I can't work out what it does, can anyone shed some light as to what it does? I don't want to break the thing, as I imagine these auto gearboxes are not cheap to repair.

Is there any particular way to drive an auto to make sure it is getting treated nicely? Would it be best to just be smooth on the throttle at all times and not make that gearbox kick down? It is an older car, although it drives 100X better than my X. But that's because my X had a lot of problems. Also, the steering feels SO much lighter than my X type, I'm guessing that's because she was AWD, and this beast is RWD. I miss that secure, planted feel on the road that the X gave me. I also miss the 17MPG I was getting out of my 3.0, this thing is struggling to make 12/13MPG! Is that about average for a 3.2 V8?

there is a problem with my windows, the 2 front windows do not go all the way up, they are out of alignment. They just go 'click click click' rather loudly when you attempt to put them all the way up. Is this a easy fix?

Cruise control also seems not to work at all, any ideas as to why this is?
 

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Gman, well done sir, i knew you would get a v8!!!! hope you look after her, as she sounds very nice. as you said, make her yours, but subtle. plenty of advice on here, especially from OC's mods good luck pal scoobs
I am very proud of my 'little' XJ;) I think I owe you an apology. I remember a while back making a bold claim that my 3.0 X type with the stainless steel quad exhausts , sounded almost like a V8. Well sir, after driving a roaring V8 I can safely say that it sounds NOTHING like a V6. It is a much deeper and powerful roar, that excites me in such a way that anything my girlfriend could do- would not even come close to the satisfaction that the big old V8 gives me! So I will admit, I was wrong and you were right! I have a lot to learn, you guys can help me along the way! Lol, These cars are a dying breed and in 20 years time I don't imagine that there will be many of the beats left!
 

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no apology required bud....just glad you have seen the light and realised that 6 cylinders is not enough!! scoobs
When a female asks what car you drive, a simple response of a 'V8 jag' is enough to make her melt. But I have seen the light.. The amber fuel light that comes on after every journery!! But that's the price you pay to drive in style and class. However.. I'm not too sure which car is faster, my 3.0 manual X or this 3.2 auto V8! Not that it matters, just curiosity! I think the 3.0 would get it from a standstill, but on an open straight road, there is no comparison. I'm not sure about normal V6's, but my 3.0 always felt like it had adequate power! I never came across anything faster in that thing that would challenge me. But the auto gearbox in this XJ just encourages me to drive sensibly! Which is a good thing ;)
 

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My experience has been that my X would take the V8 to the cleaners, I also tried it aganst a straight 6 XJR and mine comfortably showed that a pair of wheels as well. But that's not what they are about is it? The XJR seemed to spend some time with the traction light flashing, the X didn't it being AWD. It would never be a fair drag race in the wet would it? But I feel like I'm driving an armchair when I'm in the SJ. It took a while to get used to the windscreen being so close, and the single wiper I can't get on with but it irons the road for you. That's what they do.
Could not agree more, I am not a fan of the single wiper and it just feels so different to my X type, especially with the windscreen so close! I miss the 18 way adjustable seats in my X, and the fact that EVERYTHING worked in it, apart from the engine and clutch. Haha, I once had a chap in a XJ8 tailgate me and attempt to overtake me, when I was in cruise at 55 in a 50 zone, I was not to happy and I noticed that the road was straight with no dangerous obstructions in the way.. So I waited until he pulled out for the overtake, I put the 3.0 manual wildcat into 3rd and woooosh, he was just a memory. I can imagine he was very embarrassed pulling back into his correct lane, staring at my quad exhausts and thinking to himself that it was the wrong jag to overtake and it wasn't just one of those diesel mondeos with a jag badge on it huh ;) I found that most people wouldn't treat my X type like a 'real' jag, even though it most certainly was, any X type is a real jag. Where as this has a much more jaguar feel to it and a lot more wood in it also, I don't get anyone telling me that this brute is a ford. Even though I am sure ford owned jag at the time this thing was produced.

People seem to move out the way for me in this car and it genuinely feels like a more powerful presence on the roads, even though my x type would thrash it in almost every aspect. But the x type did not have the classy 'V8' chrome badge in between the doors, that is very much to my liking! I am pretty sure the x type 3.0 manual was one of the fastest accelerating cars in it's class? There was something about that manual gearbox that didn't feel very jaguarish though, I loved having a manual cat, but it just feels right wafting about in a big auto. Most of my friends do not understand why I have got a big gas guzzling auto v8 jag at 19.. Their eyes just do not see the beauty that I see when I look at a jaguar. After driving a jag, I don't think I will ever want to own another brand of car. By the time I am 30, I want to be able to say that I have not owned any other car apart from jags. But only the older ones, I am not a fan of the current styling of the bigger jags, I just can't see the current XJ looking very appealing in 15 years time, whereas the old XJ's still look beautiful to this day. The styling is just very unique and timeless. I am very much looking forward to modifying it, a black respray is on the cards for the future. Better get saving!
 

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Well, either my 2.5 X is unwell or the 3.0 is far superior but my X would have trouble keeping up with my old I6 XJR and no chance against my XJ8 4.2. My auto box on the X is very sluggish so maybe that's it.
I have been told that it is honestly a huge difference between the 2.5 and the 3.0, especially with the manual gearbox. There is faster cars out there, but the 3.0 manual is a very quick car for what it is and there is not a lot of big cars out there that are going to embarrass it. Even the big V8 XJ's! But I wouldn't fancy it's chances against a 390HP supercharged XJR, those things intimidate me!
 
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