The cup holder in the front center arm rest is flimsy and may break, making it impossible to close the cup holder assembly.Google+
Car Problem Reports
Jaguar XJ8 Center Arm Rest Cup Holder May Break
Jaguar XJ8 Problem
Average Mileage: 91,334 mi (48,000 mi - 141,000 mi)
Visitor, 1998 Jaguar XJ8, 78,000 mi
Cup holder hinge pin is flimsy plastic part, prone to breakage - really annoying and difficult to repair. I'm on me second replacement!
Visitor, 2000 Jaguar XJ8, 49,000 mi
Stupid cup holder has slipped its little track thing and just won't stay shut anyway. Any little bump makes it flip open.
Visitor, 1999 Jaguar XJ8, 95,600 mi
Seems to be an extremely common problem. Common Jaguar make a reasonable replacement part available.
Visitor, 1998 Jaguar XJ8, 70,000 mi
broken cup holder. not yet fixed
The cup holder cover plastic latch "hook" broke off making it impossible to close the spring loaded cup holder cover.
Flip out section has broken/fallen apart. As yet, I have not repaired the issue.
Visitor, 2003 Jaguar XJ8, 100,000 mi
cupholder parts springs and plastic came undone. They want $300 at the dealer to install a new one
Visitor, 1998 Jaguar XJ8, 128,000 mi
Cup Holders break on nearly all of these. I simply glued mine permanently shut.
Visitor, 1998 Jaguar XJ8, 97,000 mi
Visitor, 1998 Jaguar XJ8, 60,000 mi
Continuing problem; defective and flimsy design.