1997 Jaguar XK8 Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1997 Jaguar XK8

1997 Jaguar XK8 Problems

Flush Hydraulic Fluid to Fix Problems Opening/Closing Convertible Top

Problems when opening or closing the convertible top may be fixed by flushing the hydraulic fluid and replacing it with an improved Jaguar fluid.

Center Arm Rest Cup Holder May Break

The cup holder in the front center arm rest is flimsy and may break, making it impossible to close the cup holder assembly.

Overheated Engine Due to Stuck Thermostat

The thermostat may stick partially closed resulting in an engine to overheating condition. Replacement of the stuck thermostat should correct this problem.

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1997 Jaguar XK8 Questions

How do I get in my locked trunk to get and replace disconnected battery? (2 answers)

I disconnected my dead battery in order to take it to battery shop for replacement while waiting for ride to take me to dealer. I had closed my trunk in the meantime, but now can not get in the trunk - my remote and trunk release in vehicle do not work with battery disconnected. Obviously, ther...

cream leather getting worn anything to put color on? Polish? (1 answer)

ABS and STABILITY CONTROL FAILURE YELLOW LIGHTS ON MOST OF TIME. (1 answer)

Replaced front speed sensors -lights still on-then replaced rear wheels with ones off front--still on. Pattern is inconsistent--sometimes at starting on-then goes off-but most of time on. Sometimes when not on, will come on and I feel a very slight slipping sensation.
Any ideas would be appreci...

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1997 Jaguar XK8 Recalls

Recall 03V509000
ON CERTAIN VEHICLES, THE HEADLAMP ADJUSTMENT MECHANISM MAY BE OPERATED WITHOUT SUITABLE INSTRUCTION ON EITHER THE MECHANISM OR IN THE OWNER¿S MANUAL. THIS DOES NOT MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 108, ¿LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES, AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT.¿
Recall 97V045000
THE DIFFERENTIAL OUTPUT SHAFT RETAINING RINGS ON THE REAR SUSPENSION CAN BECOME DISPLACED ALLOWING THE OUTPUT SHAFT TO BECOME DETACHED FROM THE DIFFERENTIAL UNIT.

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1997 Jaguar XK8 Reviews

A witch dressed like a queen!!Many problems on these cars 97 to 00 very bad.01 to 03 a little better.I do my own work so i took the risk these cars look great and run great when their are no problems.Water pump plastic BREAKS!Themostat housing plastic BREAKS.Nikasil engine problem. Biggest headache timing chains and tensioners plastic rubbish again! Drink cup holder breaks.Front end weak many...
I have a 1997 Jaguar XK8 with 105000 miles. I purchased this car in 1999, my ex wife kept it after divorce, but I repurchased the car from her a few months ago. Right after me taking over the vehicle, I experienced a cooling problem. Add engine coolant light came on periodically, I refilled small amounts until the car overheated. The repair shop examined the car and determined to change all maj...
overall a great sports car very good handleing but a bit underpowered the front shock supports bushings ,the rubber compound is very weak and starts to dicintergrate after 50 to 60k miles making a clunking noise up front , ohte r than this issue i love my xk8

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