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Pros: looks and comfort
Advice: Don'y buy this car!I love the way the x-type looks and drives. It handles well and is comfortable. The problems with this car are that the interior parts such as the vanity mirrors, console, and vents are cheaply made. I have also have had major problems with the electrical system. My car has been in the shop with electrical problems for a month straight. No one knows what is wrong with it. My car is a 2004 with 30,500 miles on it. Thank goodness I got an extended warranty to 100,000. Whenever my car gets out of the shop, I plan to buy something else more reliable and that doesn't live in the shop.
Pros: Radio Control on Steering Wheel, Power Window Controls
Cons: Interior Quality
Advice: STAY AWAYWhen we bought this vehicle 6 months ago I thought I got a GREAT deal. I was wrong. I had problems with it the 2nd day I had it. The AC unit caused the car to overheat and shutdown. The interior quality is VERY poor. Continouisly the vent protectors pop up and the inside handles unscrew by themselves. I expected luxury and got let down. Overall it's a beautiful car but the quality is not what you'd expect from Jaguar.
Cons: integrated NAV
Advice: use the nav/audio/hvac while driving--switch back and forth from Nav to turn heat or a/c on and off--consider whether this will bother you while driving in every day trafficHave owned the 07 Jag conv. for 2 weeks now. Classy, very nice driving car--improvement in handling over prior model is amazing--no cowl shake--feels like solid piece of aluminum--paddle shifters change gears amazingly fast. But in my opinion, the entire experience is severely marred by irritation of integrated NAV/audio/hvac--must go through minimum 3 screens just to turn heat or a/c on or off--extremely irritating and unsafe to have to look at screen so long while driving--also cannot see screen in sun--probably would not buy car again b/c of this---too bad, b/c otherwise is a truly fantastic car.
Pros: Reverse sensors.
Cons: JAGUAR...It should have had comfortable heated seats & woodgrain on the entire dash area.
Advice: Have it completely checked out by a licensed Jaguar tech if it's used.This was my ideal dream car. I've owned several other luxury cars and I have to be honest...this car looks beautiful, it handles well BUT it should have been more luxury on the inside. I wasn't impressed with the normal interior. It's not roomy and there is very little storage space inside...I love it but I can't compare it to my Lexus LS400 or my Infiniti Q45T. I bought it anyway because it's still a great car and I love the whole exterior look of it...
Pros: The cat on the hood
Cons: interior comfort and overall quality.
Advice: Don't buy or lease this thing!I am suing under the lemon law. Need I say anything else? Been to service 6 times in 18 months.
Pros: beautiful interior
Cons: cup holders in front are hard to reach
Advice: great price on used buy one you'll love itlots of power even with 3.0 liter beautiful car head turner. very quiet
Pros: looks and smooth engine and handling
Cons: foot room/ comfort level - would be better if the seats went back another 2 inches
Advice: If you are looking for a coupe hardtop, plan on buying it usedI have a 76 XJ12L. I love the way it drives. Have also been driving Nissan Zs since 73. Now have 2 86' 300 Zs with 250 K miles on each. First stop to look for their replacement was the JAG dealer. I was shocked to find that in the XK8 there is so little foot room down by the pedals that I could not move my foot (size 10 1/2) from the gas to the brake without it getting hung up. Major safety issue, obviously. I almost did not want to drive it off the lot. It drove wonderfully, however the foot space problem presisted even after driving it for a while. Only problem I had with the handling with the automatic trans shifted gears at a way way to low RPM. If you have driven sticks for as long as I have, that was a noticable problem.THe red line on the Jag was 6500 and it was shifting around 3000. When I told the saleman about this he said that was normal. When I started shifting manually and showed him what the car could really do when you pushed the RPMs, he turned slate white. He obviously had not seen the car driven to the end of the envelope. Even with the trans issue I would buy this car if there was more foot room. I sat in a new XK8L after this test drive and that model did not have the foot space problem, but I already have a 'limo' XJ12 so would not consider that as a replacement for my Zs. This is a wonderful car and I would strongly recommend it to anyone (with small feet). One other disappointing fact which I should mention is that the only XJ8 model they have available brnad new is the convertable. If you want a brand new coupe hard top they are telling you to forget it unless you want to want until 2007. (This review was done in Oct 05. ) I would not buy the convertable - there is no roll bar at all, and the theft hazard is too much for me. However, with the top up the car did drive as if it was a hard top -no extra noise even at 70 mph