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interested in purchasing a used(NNN)...
interested in purchasing a used(NNN) NNN-NNNNjaguar xjs model. however in addition to the timing chain problem(2000) there could be issues with front end tires (alignment) due to excessive weight or distribution issues? people go thru more front tires frequently than other models? thank-you mike
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Jaguar Mechanic: Richard, Jaguar Technician replied 10 years ago
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Customer reply replied 10 years ago
its the xjs sedan
Jaguar Mechanic: Richard, Jaguar Technician replied 10 years ago
Ok in 2000-2004 there were XJ8 and XJR sedans. The XJR is supercharged. There are also sport and Vanden Plas editions but that is really just trim levels/options. The 2004 is a totally different vehicle than the 2000-2003. I would actually stay away from a 2004 even though they are good cars this was the first year of this design change which did have some electrical issues. Overall the 2000-2003 XJ is a solid vehicle but do have a few issues. First the timing chain tensioners sometimes will crack. This can cause engine damage as the chain can jump and even break. You need to listen to any engine tap on first start cold as this is an indication of failing tensioners. This is also usually do to lack of maintenance from not changing the engine oil and filter regularly. On the 2000-2001 engines the cylinders are Nikasil lined which can wear out and cause the engine to lose compression. THis is usually caused by using a poor grade fuel over an extended period of time. Some other issues I see are with the electronic throttle and ABS module causing some warnings to come on. The transmission is very strong with little common failures except for the forward drum which can crack. Let me know if you have any further questions or concerns about this vehicle.
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Customer reply replied 10 years ago
sorry just one follow up...so no issues with undue wear of the front tires due to weight issues or the inability to properly align front tires due to a car issue from jag?
Jaguar Mechanic: Richard, Jaguar Technician replied 10 years ago
Not really that I see. On high mileage there are issues with some suspension control arm bushings which can lead to tire wear but thats really it.
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