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Jaguar XK8

Jaguar XK8 Published: 3rd May 2016 - 0 Comments - Be the first, contribute now!

Jaguar XK8
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• EXTREMELY CHEAP • XKR PERFORMANCE • SPECIALIST SUPPORT

WHY BUY?

Launched following the Aston Martin DB7 and sharing the same basic design yet the cheaper Jag is no second stringer – but nor has that stopped the XK8 from becoming a modern-day classic bargain.

 

DRIVING

Despite being an auto only, the XK8 is a serious GT with real pace and poise. Go for the XKR with its supercharged 370-400bhp and CATS (Computer Active Technology Suspension), bigger brakes and revised steering and you have a car that’s superior to the DB7 yet cheaper to buy and run.

 

WHAT TO PAY

We’ve seen early XK8s sell at auction for £3000 although it’s better to spend double this on a,pampered cat. Generally speaking, XK8s are worth less than XKRs and cabrios fetch more than coupés.

 

GENERAL

There’s no shortage so unless it’s something special, don’t buy the first one you come across.

 

BODY AND CHASSIS

Rust is becoming a major issue; check floorpans just behind the front subframe, as corrosion here can be costly to fix because of the poor access. XK8s don’t suffer as bad as Aston DB7 as they were always undersealed. However, the paint seems softer so look for excessive stone chip damage.

 

ENGINE

XK8s built before 2000 suffer from damaged cylinder bores through high-sulphur fuel eroding the Nikasil coating. Another major issue on the V8 was the secondary timing chain.

 

RUNNING GEAR

Wheel bearings are weak spots as are suspension bushes and both are compounded by the ultra wide tyres.

BEST MODEL? XKR
WORST MODEL? Shabby cats
BUDGET BUY? Early 4.0 coupé
OK FOR UNLEADED? Yes
SPARES SITUATION? No worries
DIY EASE? Indifferent
CLUB SUPPORT? Extremely good
APPRECIATING ASSET? Too many right now



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