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Jaguar XK8 Parts and Jaguar XK8 Accessories

Interesting Facts about the Jaguar XK8

  • Fully buying Jaguar in 1990, Ford Motors Corporation's influence and financial support to Jaguar started with the 1997 launch of Jaguar's XK8. Powering it was a compact yet powerful engine that was also used in certain Land Rover vehicles.

  • The 1999 Jaguar XK8 coupe appeared in the 2000 movie Gone in 60 Seconds starring Nicolas cage and Angelina Jolie. In the 20th episode of 1988-1998's American situation comedy's Murphy Brown's ninth season, Frank announces that he's taken the plunge by buying a Jaguar XK8. Other movies and television shows wherein the XK8 appeared in included 2011's Horrible Bosses starring Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis; 2002's Like Mike starring Bow Wow, Jonathan Lipnicki, and Morris Chestnut; 1998-2006's Charmed starring Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, and Rose McGowan; 2000's thriller Boiler Room starring Giovanni Ribisi and Vin Diesel; 2001-2011's TV series Law and Order: Criminal Intent; 2001's The Glass House starring Diane Lane and Leelee Sobieski; 2000's Memento starring Guy Pearce, Carrie-Ann Moss, and Joe Pantoliano; and 2011's Midnight in Paris. Also, as Jaguar is British and has a long and noble tradition of manufacturing luxury cars, it's been constantly on the mind of movie producers to become the next James Bond car.

  • The XK8 appears in the game Need for Speed: Carbon as a tier-2 Exotic car, which can be purchased for $80,000 in a car dealership. It is seen driving alongside Darius' Audi Les Mans Quattro after he crashes his BMW M3 GTR during the opening chase against Cross. Darius enters the XK8 during his departing speech after the player is defeated.

  • The Jaguar XK8's mascot, the "leaper", represents the aggressive nature of Jaguar cars, which are a combination of comfort, luxury, technology, and powerful engines.

  • In 1996, the design team at Jaguar created a new sports car fitted with the company's first V8 engine, the XK8, which immediately crossed all expectations and became the fastest-selling sports car in Jaguar Company history. Replacing the XJS design that had been around for 21 years, it came with a 290 horsepower, 4.0-liter V8 that lurched the car to 60 miles per hour in 6.5 seconds.

  • Styling of the XKS luxury coupe and convertible was clearly inspired by Jaguar's famous old XK-E sports car of the 60's. Its combination of good looks, high performance, and competitive pricing is reminiscent of Jaguar XK8 parts and Jaguar XK8 accessories.

Jaguar XK8 Articles

  • Jaguar XK8 Common Problems 17 January 2013

    Launched in 1996, the Jaguar XK8 came with a 290-horsepowered 4-liter V8 engine that lurched the car to 60 miles per hour in 6.5 seconds. By all means a luxury car with a nice exterior and plush interior, the XK8 is not without its problems. Here are some of them.


    Problems under the hood

    The engine is one of the most common problem areas of Jaguar XK8 parts, with one of the biggest being the potential for engine bore wear, thanks to its Nikasil cylinder lining. The bore is the diameter of the piston, which in turn is a cylinder fitting inside of the likewise cylindrical combustion chamber. This part works by alternately providing energy from fuel and getting rid of exhaust gases. Bore wear is caused by fuel with high sulfur content, which unfortunately is what the XK8 uses to power its engine.

    One step further from the rattle is a rough engine, indicating that a tensioner is so worn that the camshaft chain has already slipped a tooth-one more slip and the engine will go pop. That's right, its secondary tensioners easily fail. When the tensioners fail, the chain slack may allow the chain to jump one tooth on a sprocket so that exhaust valves open and close later than normal, making engine performance suffer.

    Most of the time, engine replacement is required with this model. Front wheel bearings also fail and control arm bushings split and throw the XK8 out of alignment. The gearbox is sealed for life but can start to drip oil without the driver knowing it, as there's no easy way of checking. This is because the XK8 is prone to having fine cracks within one or more of the gear teeth within the gear train, inside the automatic transmission gearbox. There had been complaints of drivers about the XK8 dripping oil in parking lots due to leaking cam cover gaskets and valve covers and the gear gasket where the engine meets the transmission. Sticking electric aerial and broken auto steering wheels are also issues of this model.


    General issues and recalls

    The Jaguar XK8's automatic transmission is known to shift to reverse without warning, potentially resulting in a crash. Drivers also encountered problems with opening or closing the convertible top.

    In 1998-1999, Jaguar replaced Jaguar XK8 accessories like the five-speed automatic transmissions that made noise when accelerating in low range, lose reverse, or drive.