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1998 Jaguar XK8

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1998 Jaguar XK8 Problems

Miscellaneous -- Verified

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

Miscellaneous -- Verified

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

Drive Train -- Verified

The automatic transmission oil is synthetic and Jaguar claims it never needs changing. However, to prolong the transmission life, our technicians strongly recommend changing the automatic transmission oil at 60,000 miles.
Use only Jaguar-approved fluid and carefully follow the Jaguar instructions for refilling the transmission.

Heating & Air Conditioning -- Verified

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

Engine -- Verified

Engine overheating may be caused by a failed water pump impeller; an improved water pump is available.
 

1998 Jaguar XK8 Recalls (Recent)

Drive Train, July 1, 1999

Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES. FINE CRACKS WITHIN ONE OR MORE OF THE GEAR TEETH WITH IN THE GEAR TRAIN, INSIDE THE AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION GEARBOX.

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Drive Train, March 16, 1998

Summary: 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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Electrical & Lights, January 6, 2004

Summary: 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.¿

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1998 Jaguar XK8 Questions and Answers

wyatt311, 1998 Jaguar XK8, Duluth, GA

Top seems to operate smoothly but doesn't latch. What should I look at first?

Visitor, 1998 Jaguar XK8, Bowie, MD

I hear a rubbing or scraping noise coming from the right front of the automobile when driving. The noise is not constant but sporadic--sometimes more often than others.
Could this be the transmis...

btlwt, 1998 Jaguar XK8, Woodbridge, VA

looks like the fluid is leaking from seal on rear of the pump. looks like a plastic seal. so complicated. what is the best way do remove the pump and replace it??

tone1127, 1998 Jaguar XK8, Creedmoor, NC

need info on how to replace the starteron jag xk8
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jagmenow, 1998 Jaguar XK8, San Diego, CA

The valet mode on my 1998 XK8 will not disengage. I have called around and searched the internet but have yet to find an answer. Unlocking the truck via the keyhole between the "X" and &...

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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, no leaks but still the low coolant light comes on now at 15 miles. Seems to be leaking from seconday expansion tank but know one, I MEAN NO ONE can figure out why. After over $5,000 it is worse than ever. I am at my witts end. Currently in the shop but no remedy. At this stage it is inoperable. Great investment!

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 coolant. Other than that, the biggest problem is all the plastic parts breaking. They didn't use the right kind of plastics. But is is a great care save these fairly major annoyances. Oh yeah, the radio cuts out randomly when hot, and of course the CD skips like crazy.

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