Originally Posted by DerekS
great looking car. anything i should be looking out for?
The good thing about these car is that the reputation of dodgy quality follows them even though they really cleaned up their act when Ford bought them. Now their quality and customer satisfaction is in line with any of the other luxury brands. The upside is that the cars get hit with heavy depreciation so you can pick one up for a song.
The X100 body style which is what I have was available from 1996 - 2006 and in two configurations - the XK8 has a normally aspirated engine, and the XKR has a supercharged engine. If you like this body style you should try to get one manufactured after Sep 2001 (engine made after mid-Aug 2001). It was at this time that they replaced plastic cam belt tensioners which had a tendency to fail with metal tensioners. Naturally, not all of them failed, but if they did...ouch.
In the 2003MY they replaced the 4.0L engine a 4.2L engine. The supercharged versions went from 370 hp to 390 hp. The bump in hp is nice, but I would be quite happy with any of the X100 cars made after Sep 2001 which includes most of the 2002 models.
In 2007, the X100 style was replaced by the X150 style. This has more of an Aston Martin look. I think both look great.
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Let me know if you are really interested in the XK8 or XKR. There is a guy on the Jag forum that is pretty good at hunting down Jags in good condition at a very nice price.
BTW, when I bought the XKR I was in the market for a 911 Cab. My GF's car blew up and I had to get her something. She needed something with a trunk. I wanted something, well I wanted a 911. The XKR has pretty much curbed the burn for a 911, and it has a very usable trunk. The XKR convertible is not for the track (no roll bar), but it is great for very spirited driving with the top down.