Jaguar XK8 Repair and Maintenance
A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your Jaguar XK8
Jaguar XK8 Problems
The cup holder in the front center arm rest is flimsy and may break, making it impossible to close the cup holder assembly.
Problems when opening or closing the convertible top may be fixed by flushing the hydraulic fluid and replacing it with an improved Jaguar fluid.
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.
Jaguar XK8 Questions
Engine overheats only on uphill, when running on down hill or flat highway the engine temperature goes back to normal.
Jaguar XK8 Recalls
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
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.
Jaguar XK8 Reviews
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...
Smooth and powerful what a car and not bad on petrol
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 ME...