Jaguar XK8 Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your Jaguar XK8

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.

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Each time I try to close the convertible top, the motor runs extremely slowly and final latching of top is very slow and difficult. I would like a step by step instruction of how to change the fluid in the windshield reservoir.

We have had 2 mechanics look at the problem 2 separate times.

They each had different solutions and after spending thousands of dollars the check engine light is on again.

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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 

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.

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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Smooth and powerful what a car and not bad on petrol

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...

I own a black/black 2000 XKR convertible - "R" Being the supercharged XK8. It is the most beautiful car in the world. Truly a work of art. Lots of hinky electrical/sensor issues. Do your homework before you buy so you know what you are getting into. If you want the ease of maintenance and reliability of a Camry, this is NOT the car you want. Maintenance is necessary (and expensive) Repairs...

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