Two Most Common Gripes with the Jaguar XJ
While the British Jaguar never quite reached the levels of acclaim and praise that German and Italian luxury car brands reached, it was nonetheless a very well-respected luxury brand. The venerable Jaguar XJ-first released in 1968-is one of the best full-sized luxury cars to roll of the assembly lines. The key was its simple reliability. It never blew away the competition, but to own one meant that you had a classy and generally problem-free luxury car at your disposal. It's difficult to find fault with the XJ as not many people have complained about it. Still, to keep you informed and ready if you own one-or plan to own one-we have compiled the two most commonly encountered problems with the XJ.
This problem is experienced with the 2005 Jaguar XJ. Though exceedingly rare in occurrence, it's a potentially dangerous one. After several minutes of use, users in all cases state that the lights then start to flicker before going dark completely. A restart temporarily alleviates the problem-only for it to recur once again. Given the importance of lights to road safety, it needs to be addressed the minute you experience it.
No recall orders were ever issued, and few dealers cover the problem with their warranty. However, a replacement of the entire headlight assembly including the wiring is a safe and far surer option. Certain dealers will naturally replace the headlights with the same brand.
The 2000 release of the Jaguar XJ manifests this particularly difficult problem. Simply put, there are instances where the owner experiences an abrupt and complete loss of power from the engine while driving. So far the problem is very rare and hasn't caused any mishaps, but it's a troubling potential danger that has to be dealt with. Some owners even report that the engine initiates failsafe mode by itself with the result being the same: loss of power.
Worryingly, no recall orders were issued, and many dealers have been unable to replicate the problem. The only solution is a complete overhaul of the engine which is costly-especially if the warranty has already expired. Jaguar is very forthcoming, however, and easy to deal with.
Jaguar XJ: Keeping Things Classy
Among the marquees out there, few can hold a candle to the luxury and class exuded by Jaguar. Among its impressive line of high-end vehicles, the Jaguar XJ is certainly one of the very best automobiles that you can get. With an impressively long production run since 1968, it was one of the last full-sized saloons that Sir William Lyons—company founder—had a direct hand in developing. One of the official vehicles used by both the British Royal Family and that country's prime minister, its pedigree is not something to scoff at. If you happen to own one of these elegant rides, you know that caring for it is a top priority.
While it's true that rides like the Jaguar XJ are meant to be shown off, there's something to be said about getting them covered and protected during down times when they're just sitting at home. The main reason is, admittedly, aesthetic. Whether you have the rarer, older models or the latest 2009 version, your Jaguar loses some of its sheen when it collects a lot of dust. An added danger of dust comes when you clean it improperly. Depending on the thickness of the dust film, you risk scratching your Jaguar XJ badly if you wipe it indelicately. So, having it covered while docked in your garage is a must to protect it from accidental bumps and scratches.
Speaking of aesthetics, part of the class and appeal of the Jaguar XJ is the custom design and materials used for its interiors. These, of course, vary depending on the specific tastes of the owners. One thing is clear, however: you have to invest a lot of time and effort to keep things looking as good as new. One way to go is to do the maintenance yourself. You could also search around for experts who specialize in the care of luxury interiors. It might cost you quite a bit—at least once a year—but it's certainly worth it.
- Keep your components oiled.
The more modern iterations of the Jaguar XJ sport powerful engines like the 5.0-L 385 PS (283 kW) AJ Gen III V8. It's a beast of an engine with great output but, like all engines, it all comes down to keeping it maintained. All its mechanical components require lubrication like any other engines out there, and it pays to be conscientious about topping off on lubrication. This protects your engine's components from friction and damage—saving you from having to spend too much on a replacement. The numbers and instructions are all in your Jaguar XJ's owner's manual, so make sure to check there.
Brands and models like the Jaguar XJ represent the best investments that any automobile aficionado will be happy to get. It pays to remember that the investment doesn't end there. With a little conscientious and consistent care, you can guarantee that your classy, luxurious Jaguar XJ will last a very long time.