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I'm considering buying a one owner '99 XK8 with about 50,000 miles. It's always been serviced by a Jag dealer and has full service records. I currently own an S-type so I understand the costs of owning a Jaguar. Am I bringing home a problem with the XK8?
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What to Watch Out For

Vital to buy the right trim combination - the 'Classic' rather than the 'Sport' or the base model.

Nickasil bore liner sulphur erosion problem with pre-2000 model year Jaguar V8s. 1996s, 1997s, 1998s and 1999s could all have residual damage from before mid 2000 when sulphur content of petrol was reduced. (Definitely OK from from September 2000 build, or if fitted with a post Sept 2000 build replacement engine as these have cast iron bore liners). Lumpy feeling engine is a sign of the bore problem above. Don't buy a 1996 - 2000 VIN from 001036 to 042775 inclusive unless the engine has been replaced indicated by a special tag to the nearside of the engine block on a reconditioned engine.

Early tensioner problems leading to timing chain failures. Beware of rattles from timing chain as tensioner could be about to let go. Plastic tensioners were later replaced by steel tensioners which can be retro fitted to earlier cars.

Front wishbone bushes can go after only about 20K miles causing steering problems, uneven tyre wear and, if left unattended, possible suspension damage. Cost to replace can be £700. Jaguar's extended warranty does not cover this, but Warranty Direct's does.

On 2003 cars the footwells can corrode badly. May occur with other years of the model.

Recalls

1997: rear suspension. 1998 (July-October 1997 build-11,221 cars): may suffer sudden deceleration due to weak retention bracket on accelerator cable. Extra clip 'costing pennies' solves the problem. (Announced on radio 7/2/98.) Defective timing chain tensioner apparently subject to a recall, but cannot give a date.

April 2004: Recall because 6-speed automatic of latest cars can slip into reverse at high speed due to computer software problem (per 'Auto Express' 21-4-2004).

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