mine had all the probs for everyone....garage said mine was the first they had heard of with a head gasket gone, timing chains can go but is rare......mine did....unlucky i guess but i did use every last horse and the brakes would smell awful when i got back from a fun drive......must be the mad biker in me i guess
xkr is nice in shape but no room for kids in the back and boot is even smaller, that ruled one of them out......
gbox is fine on the xjr, very eager but the gear shift mechanism is naff in my view
now probs, let me see
rear bumper fell off, they do due to dissimilar metal corrosion on bumper bolts, naff british design
when i got it then had all new suspension all round
all new brakes and disks all round
head gasket went on one bank
wheel bearings went annually
timing chain and tensioners went and damaged timing cover, all 4 timing chains and cover and tensionsers replaced ££££££££
second set of frt wheel bearings
second set of rear suspension
lots of tyres
other than tht a great car
went like stink
engine never sounds pushed and i was going to have a big bore stainless system fitted and crank up the compression on the supercharger but....
decided to go back to bmw
i purchased it as i wanted to own one and it was great but not sorry to see it go
was like owning a formula 1 car, went like stink but you never knew if you would finish the race
and with an auto you can boot it and you know you will hit 60 in 5.3 as you dont miss gears, lots of wheelspin etc but never found a car that could outpace it which was quite funny with all the family in the car
so to wrap up, Autos are fantastic for flooring it and the mrs does not get too miffed as her head only gets thrown back once and then you take off.........so if you like driving fast and the mrs moans about your jerky gearchanges when you are thrapping it then get a big auto....works wonders
of to bed now to dream about me new rib and mollers paper bags
Originally Posted by codprawn
Suprised you had all those problems - bushes don't last that long but other than that they tend to be ok. A few of the car mags have done long term tests on them and had no trouble at all.
The engine is made in a Ford plant but was designed for Jaguar - it's the same engine in the new RR as well.
Most makers buy bits off the shelf these days and many parts end up in the same cars - which is why I find it strange when somebody will criticise a particular gearbox when you find it in a rivals vehicle as well....
Bloke I know has just bought an XK8 supercharged - he always had a string of MBWs before - everything from the 635csi onwards including several Ms - he loves his new Jag and it looks stunning in red.