WHY I LOVE MY JAGUAR XK8

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - BUYING & SELLING -

‘My XK8 is a 2004 4.2 coupé I’ve owned for ten years now, and never hav­ing had a Jaguar be­fore I re­ally fan­cied one of these. Af­ter do­ing some re­search I found this one at a used car dealer in the north of Eng­land – the his­tory was good and the price I paid was fair, and I’ve been re­ally happy with the car ever since.

‘It’s been re­li­able and hav­ing an en­gi­neer­ing back­ground I’ve found it quite easy to work on, although it hasn’t needed much do­ing to it. There was a mi­nor prob­lem with the ABS sys­tem that was eas­ily sorted, and I’ve re­placed the front up­per wish­bone bushes and lower damper bushes, which are both com­mon wear points. And get­ting a spe­cial­ist to change the au­to­matic gear­box oil and fil­ter re­ally im­proved the way it drives, too.

‘It’s cov­ered around 105,000 miles now and although it’s not my ev­ery­day car – since buy­ing the XK I’ve also bought two other Jaguars, in­clud­ing an XJS con­vert­ible – I can’t see me part­ing with it. The per­for­mance and com­fort are re­ally im­pres­sive.’

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