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Looking at a 98...

Looking at a 98 XK8. Fault code is "Gear Box" owner says it drives in "limp mode" probably means not shifting out of low. some fluid leakage. asking price $3200. Having owned several MGs and Triumphs I should have my head examined for considering and XK8 with tranny problems, but for 32K I could part it out and make money it I couldn't get it fixed reasonably.

Mechanic's Assistant: How old is the transmission? Have you noticed any leaking?

Original, owner reports some leakage. He was quoted $300 to flush and refill with new fluid.

Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your XK8 yourself? What have you tried so far?

I have not purchased the car yet

Submitted: 1 year ago.Category: Jaguar
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Jaguar Mechanic: Richard, Jaguar Technician replied 1 year ago
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This is most likely an internal mechanical failure specifically the forward clutch drum. This is the weak spot of these transmissions. It is probably more than just a fluid issue.
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Jaguar Mechanic: Richard, Jaguar Technician replied 1 year ago
You can see how much a qualified transmission shop would charge worst case.
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