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 Common Problems
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.
My Jaguar XK8 suddenly overheats. When I had it checked, it turned out that the radiator hose has collapsed. What makes the radiator collapse or burst?
Radiator hoses have reinforcements to keep them from collapsing. If these reinforcements are already bad or some pieces are missing, that vacuum in the cooling system may cause the hose to break or collapse. The collapsed hose could be blamed as well on a faulty or damaged radiator cap, which is meant to sustain consistent pressure in the cooling system. If the cap fails to even out the pressure after the coolant mixture cools and vacuum is formed, the hose will break. You also have to check if the vacuum valve in the radiator is working fine.
When the engine hesitates, what could be the cause? When hitting the gas, it takes a while for the engine to respond. It seems to lack power. What could be the real problem here?
When you encounter engine hesitation, the ignition system should be checked. Engine performance may suffer because of fouled-up spark plugs, broken ignition wires, or a bad ignition module. Other things to look into are dirty or clogged filters. Replace the air or fuel filter if needed. It would also help if you empty the gas tank and do some flushing before refilling it with fresh gas.
What causes brake pedal fades, especially when under pressure? I experience brake fades when my XK8 goes through hard stops. However, when the brakes have cooled down, things will revert to normal. I'm not sure what to do about it.
What you've experienced should be enough reason for you to have the Jaguar's brake system thoroughly checked. Brake fade could occur if there's air in the system. The system should be bled to remove this. Another thing you should look into is the brake fluid. Check the brake fluid level as well as the color and quality. The brake fluid may already be dirty. In which case, it needs to be replaced. Use the preferred brake fluid for the vehicle. Don't just top off the brakes with anything you can grab at the moment's notice. Incorrect brake fluid could cause problems. You should also be looking for leaks, which may come from the master or wheel cylinders. The hoses and lines must be checked as well. In case you've found the leak, then the cracked or fractured brake component should be replaced as soon as possible. Otherwise, your driving safety will be compromised because of poor braking. As soon as you notice the brake fade or anything unusual with the brakes or the pedal, you should have things checked at once.
How do you deal with excessive brake pedal travel?
When you experience excessive brake pedal travel, it would help if you pump the pedal as you apply the brakes. While this may do the trick and save you some trouble, you should have this brake issue properly diagnosed to find the best fix. This problem should be solved right away because this can compromise your driving safety. Don't wait till the pedal runs out of travel before fully applying the brakes. Worn-out linings on the front or rear brakes, or even both, could cause this problem. Brakes that are out of adjustments could also be blamed. You must check for air in the brake lines. If there's air, then the system should be bled.
The Jaguar XK8: A Beautiful Car for a Stellar Driving Experience
Coming from the XK series of grand tourer cars produced by Jaguar since 1996, the rear-wheel drive XK8 replaced the 1997-designed XJS and was available as a coupe and convertible. Gaining its reputation as one of the more lovely automobiles of its day, it was a fitting descendant of Jaguar’s most famous sports car, the XK-E. It was the first eight-cylinder vehicle produced by Jaguar, preceding the XJ, the Sedan, and the XJ8L model autos and as such was dubbed XK8 to denote the V8 engine that replaced the old six-cylinder. Known for its “movie star car” attributes, this is the kind of ride that can make both chicks and dudes alike look over their shoulders to catch a glimpse of the flashy thing that drove past them. Presently, it remains a paragon of style and a handsome status symbol. Holding up well over the years, the XK8, what changes it has undergone through the years and its technological milestones, unfold here.
2003: Fresh hot wheels
Restyling for the 2003 model year XK8 included fresh alloy wheels plus new badging and headlights. Other than that, it had still been saddled with a fabric tonneau cover that had to be installed manually.
2004: Short braking distance, fast acceleration
This was the model year when the Dynamic Stability Control to prevent wheelspin and the emergency brake assist controls to produce the shortest possible braking distance during emergencies became standard. It was also the year when Jaguar designers claimed that the XK8 can accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour in 6.1 seconds.
Modifications for 2005 were modest and centered on the front end, making a full-grille splitter evident. The wheels were 19 inches in diameter, and it was powered by a 4.2-liter V8 engine.
2006-present: The culmination of the perfect auto
A 294-horsepower V8 engine drove the six-speed ZF automatic transmission in the model year 2006 of Jaguar XK8. Riding on standard 18-inch alloy wheels, it got a new bar-type chrome mesh grille similar to other Jaguar models for 2006. In the low-slung XK8, the space was snug, with the legroom moderately roomy.
The vehicle had rain-sensing wipers and a premium, 320-watt Alpine audio system with a cassette player and six-CD changer. Its safety features included the Adaptive Restraint Technology System, consisting of side-impact airbags with head-protection extensions placed in the front-seat backrest cushions; traction control; all-disc antilock brakes; and Reverse Park Control to warn the driver of obstacles while he is backing up.