2004 Jaguar XJ Ratings

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Jaguar XJ 2004
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    2004 Jaguar XJ - XJ8

    Pros: Touch screen DVD / Readio

    Cons: 6 CD changer in trunk.

    Advice: Insist on changing black grill to a silver grill that is on the VDP. My dealer fought with me but I persisted and it really enhances the look.

    Third Jag owned and they get better. 'Stepped down' from an XJR since Jaguar opted out of the horesepower race but the car is still very quick and extremely responsive. I just stop hunting for BMWs and Porsches. This model finally feels roomy as a saloon car should. While it is quieter than before it is still not as quiet as my Mercedes. Minor tradeoff for a distinctive ride.

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    2004 Jaguar XJ - XJ8

    Pros: Makes me feel like a million bucks every time I drive it.

    Cons: City fuel economy is poor, but highway is great.

    Advice: Compare and price vs. the competition. This car is a great buy!

    The new XJ8 is a dream to drive! Super smooth ride and power delivery, typical of Jaguar. Classic leather and wood interior makes other luxury cars look cheap. Handling is amazing for a full sized car. And the look is still classic Jag, drawing favorable comments wherever I go.

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    2004 Jaguar XJ - XJ8

    Pros: The motor -- all that buttery POWER!

    Cons: Driver's accomodations--seat, wheel, door panels, etcetera

    Advice: Ego gratification in a sleek package, recommended at the price

    There's been a lot of talk about how Jaguar is faring under Ford ownership. Oddly enough, these new Jags are more Jag-like than ever, probably because they now have the funding to do it right. And do it right they have. The new designs evoke the famous Jags of revered memory, but go, stop, and hold together far better than any historic Jag ever could. It might seem odd that build quality would improve under Ford, but the old joke about having two Jags so you can drive one while the other's in the shop is now history. There's lots of smooth power under the right foot, and the brakes work very nicely indeed. The wood and leather interior is spot-on, just what you would expect from Jaguar. Unfortunately, we had a spot of trouble getting comfortable. The seats just don't have the lumbar support or cushiness you find in other makes, and there's noplace to put your elbow on the driver's side door panel. It also tends to wallow a bit in curves, not surprising considering the weight involved, despite the new all-aluminum frame. The car is nonetheless a very good Jaguar, and should be considered by those with a great deal of money and a need to impress the neighbors.