1998 Jaguar XK8 Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1998 Jaguar XK8

1998 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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1998 Jaguar XK8 Questions

The dashboard lights wont come on, car runs fine but wont shift gears, fuses ok? (2 answers)

I drive a jaguar XK8 1998 convertible. The car is driven often, pretty much every day. There was a hurricane with a lot of rain, and when I got in the car, there was condensation on the inside. The car starts normally but the dashboard lights don't come on, so the car won't shift gears. I...

How do you replace the hydraulic fluid in the convertible top? (1 answer)

Each time I try to close the convertible top, the motor runs extremely slowly and final latching of top is very slow and difficult. I would like a step by step instruction of how to change the fluid in the windshield reservoir.

is there a remote engine start system available for this model? (2 answers)

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1998 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 99V138000
VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES. FINE CRACKS WITHIN ONE OR MORE OF THE GEAR TEETH WITH IN THE GEAR TRAIN, INSIDE THE AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION GEARBOX.
Recall 98V022000
VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES. THE CABLE ADJUSTER BRACKET NUT ON THE OUTER SLEEVE OF THE THROTTLE CABLE CAN BECOME DISPLACED FROMTHE CABLE ABUTMENT BRACKET ON THE ENGINE.

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1998 Jaguar XK8 Reviews

Coolant light man. Sounds like ya take your car to the wrong shop not your fault you have air in the system and will fry your motor. Like a roasted kitten in heat. Most air bleed the system there's a bleeder screw just for it, and go back to that shop and smack Lenny and ssquigie around a little it will make ya sleep good that nite. The Cal HERO
I purchased a ;98 XK* with 68,000 miles and a 5yr, 100,000 warranty on engine and transmission. Well, that has not been an issue. At first the car would run for 280 miles before the low coolant light would come on. Had new fan switch installed, light still comes on . Had new hoses comletley replaced to the tune of $3,500, light comes on now at 75 miles Had new T Stat installed, pressure tested,...
Ever since new the thing leaks coolant and the coolant low light comes on. Nobody can find the leak. If I fully top the little tank on the driver's side under the bonnet, the light goes out but will happen again soon. Sometimes I smell coolant. Sometimes leaks on the garage floor. Once or twice, major leaks after parking. But usually notice nothing yet the light comes on and it loses cool...

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