5 out of 5 stars
A blast to drive
from Freeburg PA
on Thu May 31 2018
I recently purchased a 2006 XK8 to replace a 2001 that caught a deer. The '01 basically survived, but sadly the cost of replacing the hood drove the insurance company to total it. IMO, this is one of the most beautiful cars produced in the last 25 years. And there is nothing being built anywhere today that looks as good. These are not loud cars for as fast as they are (electronically limited to 155 mph). With the top up, you can have a very quiet conversation with your passenger. You might have to interrupt your chat briefly while overtaking loud muscle cars that sound like they're about to explode at high speeds, but that is a mild nuisance that will be left behind in short order. Also, the driver does need to actively watch the speedometer because of this. These cars are so quiet and poised it is difficult to tell the difference between 70mph and 100mph by looking out the window, especially if there is no other traffic.
There are mechanical issues, especially with the older models. Most of the significant ones (timing chain tensioners and cylinder sleeves) should have been taken care of by now. And these were mostly already corrected in the post 2000 models. All 20 year old vechicles are going to have faults, but these are very solid vehicles, and with reasonable maintenance, they are very reliable.
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4 out of 5 stars
A Dream of a Car Come True
from Dubai, United Arab Emirates
on Tue Oct 03 2006
Taking this car out on the road for the first time, I was a little apprehensive about the lowness of the vehicle compared to the sedans I used to drive. But the car helds its own as it jostled amongst the SUV's and higher vehicles. Only when driving other sports cars did I realise that the XK is not that particluarly low.
The car was a joy to drive and easily managed to transfer the power to the two rear wheels. There always seemed to be accelertion on tap available to nip in and out of traffic. Took the XK out on an open road and was doing 240 km/h (137 mph) without the pedal hitting the metal, but my sensibilities to realise that the laws of physics can be unforgiving slowed me down. And the handling of the car is second to none, since whilst the car held the road with no complaint, I was being thrown inside the cockpit due to my own foolhardy manouevers (got the bruises to prove it!). The boot is also large enough to accomodate a couple of golf bags (the criteria for Jaguar) but to me that meant that I could put my luggage and a small holdall when driving to the airport.
The down sides for me are the fact that this car did not come with the manual option but relied only on automatic transmission. All very well for the amount of power available, but the gear changes seemed a little on the lagged side in my opinion. The biggest complaints are the brakes and cockpit size. The brakes were soft at best for this kind of car. I would have liked to have seen a more positive braking capability, like on the Nissan Maxima, on this kind of car. The cockpit size for people above 6 feet in height can also be a little problematic, especially with the convertible, whose top is a couple of inches shorter in height. Finally the wheels. At about USD 250 each for the cool 19" low profile tyres and with a lifespan of no more than 15,000 miles, they are an expensive item.
All in all, a car with curves to take your breath away, the power to match and ignoring the little maintenance issues, a great car to buy. My only reservation is to buy new since the quality may not hold up with a used Jaguar with multile previous owners. She is a one owner gal.
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4 out of 5 stars
on Fri May 02 2014
Best looking convertible on the road. Well, maybe the Rolls comes close. New Jag styling is not as sleek and resembles other high end convertibles.
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5 out of 5 stars
Fantastic car for those summer outdoor outings
from Fort Collins
on Wed Jul 05 2017
Fantastic car for those summer outdoor outings with the convertible top down and the wind blowing through your hair.
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