On this V8 engine, timing chain problems are very common. Because the timing chain tensioners were made from plastic, they can fail prematurely and cause serious engine damage. A noticeable engine noise while idling or during a cold start can indicate a timing chain tensioner problem. The engine noise may also be accompanied by a rough or uneven engine idle. Improved components are available to remedy this problem.
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Newest reported 1998 Jaguar XJ8 problems
The cup holder in the front center arm rest is flimsy and may break, making it impossible to close the cup holder assembly.