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Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your Jaguar XK8

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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.
 

Jaguar XK8 Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., August 11, 2005

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On certain vehicles the accelerator pedal arms were incorrectly assembled. Causing the clearance between the accelerator and the brake pedal to be reduced. This may cause you to step on both the pedals simultaneously and cause a crash. The pedal may also get stuck on the pedal stop, causing a dangerous situation.  Dealer will inspect and replace accelerator pedal assembly. The Jaguar recall # is R847 

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Drive Train, May 1, 2004

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On certain vehicles with automatic transmissions, with a forward "Drive" gear selected and the vehicle stationary or in forward motion, the transmission could potentially select "Reverse" without warning. This could result in a crash. Dealers will reprogram the Transmission Control Module to fix the issue. The recall began on May 1, 2004. The Jaguar recall number is R513.

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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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Suspension & Steering, April 14, 1997

Summary: 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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Jaguar XK8 Questions and Answers

60scarguy, 1997 Jaguar XK8, Aurora, CO

1997 XK8. Starts fine check engine light is on... said coolant low... filled with coolant, checked windshield washer fluid... was low ...filled has 100076 miles .Purchased last Friday and found all...

Visitor, 1997 Jaguar XK8, Dunn Loring, VA

I have been struggling with a no staret problem on my car. I used NOID lamps to check the FI, checked the spark, and checked fuel pressure when cranking. I saw 42psi but the lamps only show the inj...

Harvey B., 1997 Jaguar XK8, Houston, TX

When I start the car the ABS light in the left circle of the dash stays lit. When I put the car in drive the other two messages appear in the center circle& stays on until I turn the car off. S...

Visitor, 1997 Jaguar XK8, Middletown, CT

Where is the power point under the hood

Chrysler pacifica 05, 1997 Jaguar XK8, Eads, TN

Car appears to down shift hard and and slowly increase in speed. It appears to be in 4th gear on when driving. In reverse it appears to be normal for am few seconds then a hard shift.

Gear Box...

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Jaguar XK8 Reviews

My love to my Jaguar XK8 can't be broken, even when my Mercedes Benz 300 SL/24. has a lot of positive memories. To drive a Jag. is not like driva from A to B, it's a dream and I will never sell or change my Jag. for anything in this world.
I guess the XK8 from 1999 is one of the best looking cars ever been produced, it looks that way when I park or drive past people and comments ''Very nice looking''

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

Bought my 2006 XK8 convertible 18 months ago. Had 29,000 miles at purchase. Now have 38,000 miles. Car is used half & half in-town and hi-way. Had left Lo-beam h/light bulb fail (Not made by Jaguar). So far that is the extent of my problems. My local mechanic (Of 30+ yrs) can handle routine maint. on Jaguars. He's very honest and will refer to someone else if he doesn't feel qualifed. FIND A MECHANIC THAT YOU CAN TRUST AND STICK WITH HIM! (P.S. If you go in with the attitude "I don't trus you, YOU WILL GET SCREWED.) Dealers and other shops quoted $280 to $450 for the 30,000 mile service. My guy did it by the book and found that dealer that I bought from had replaced air. cabin and oil filter as well as new front brake pads and the oil. He charged me for 45 minutes labor. Not your normal service story is it? This is not my only Jaguar. I also have a 1994 XJ6. Routine maintence only, pretty much the same story. I Look for the end of a series (94 XJ6-Last of the XJ Sedans and 2005/2006-Last of the XK8's) My theory is that they should have figured out how to screw them together by then. So far, I've been right.

I signed the papers in the drivers seat after my first test drive in 1999 and still love this car. Snow White,convertible with oatmeal interior. Lots of looks, I keep it garaged and sometimes inside an inflated bubble. Only problem was gasoline turned into turpentine, and had to replace fuel pump. Now has 40,000 miles and experiencing wheel alignment situation..everything else is perfect. My mechanic says this engine is a strong one which will last for 200,000 miles. I change the oil every 3,000 miles and let my mechanic look at it every 90-120 days to avoid big problems. In Orlando I highly recommend THE JAGUAR DOCTOR, com
Andy is ex Service Mgr at Jaguar of Orlando, now working on his own. Excellent, professional...reasonable.

2002 XK8 Coupe bought with 112k miles, black/black. Despite having apparently been well serviced immediately had problems with knock sensors and emissions control. $1500 to repair.
Since then runs great, rides and drives great on the highway. In town ride is rough as could be expected.
Think that a relationship with a mechanic familiar with these cars would be a plus. Think that its worth the pain though. Would buy it again.

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