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Jaguar XJ (X350): Buying guide and review (2003-2010)

Jaguar XJ (X350): Buying guide and review (2003-2010) Classic and Performance Car
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Thanks to its retro styling, Jaguar’s 2003 range-topping luxury saloon was mistaken by many as just another mildly updated XJ. Underneath that unassuming exterior however, was the first all-new XJ since the XJ40 model back in 1986. Codenamed X350, this was an all-new all-aluminium bodied technological tour de force, bringing Jaguar right up to date with its German rivals. 
 
Offering a range of potent engines, much improved reliability and class leading ride comfort, the XJ should have been a sales success – but it never reached its true potential. As a used car the X350 range can be a cracking buy, offering a level of luxury and performance at a price level that is very tough to match. Read on to see which ones are the best to look for.
 

Which one to buy?

 
Available in saloon form, with a six-speed automatic gearbox operating in the traditional J-gate, the XJ was introduced with a wide range of petrol engines at launch. This started with a 3.0-litre V6 to a 363bhp 3.6 V8 as well as a 4.2 V8 in either naturally aspirated 300bhp or 390bhp supercharged form. V6 powered cars received the XJ6 moniker while the XJ8 model designation was used for V8 powered models. The 206bhp twin-turbo diesel became available in 2005 and delivered good fuel economy allied with decent in-gear thrust; being a smooth unit it suited the XJ well. The 3.0-litre V6 petrol model required a few more revs to extract meaningful performance, and for the real XJ experience one of the muscular V8 models may be a better choice.
 
Executive, Sovereign and Sport Premium models were offered designating varying spec levels, and from 2004 a long wheelbase version could also be optioned. Specification levels were high, with self-levelling rear suspension, and interior features such as multi adjustable seating standard on all models. The ride on all versions was considered far more comfortable than most contemporaries while still maintain decent cornering ability. As was tradition, a highly specced Daimler Super Eight featuring the 390bhp supercharged V8 was introduced in 2005. 
 
As a long distance cruiser a naturally aspirated 4.2 XJ8 in face lifted form has to be one of the best choices in the range, offering effortless pace for very little outlay, these cars have proved to be quite reliable too. 
 

Performance and specs

 
Jaguar XJ8 4.2
Engine 4196cc 32 valve DOHC V8 
Power 300bhp @ 6500rpm 
Torque 310lb ft @ 3500rpm
Top speed 155mph (limited)
0-60mph 6.3 seconds 
Fuel consumption 26mpg 
Gearbox Six-speed automatic
 

Dimensions and weight

 
Wheelbase 3032mm
Length 5122mm
Width 1894mm
Height 1448mm
Weight 1755kg
 

Common problems

 
Parts are still easily available for these cars, if not exactly cheap, and it’s refreshing to note that the reliability of most models has been rather good. Finding a well maintained one should mean reasonable running costs for a range topping luxury car. Here’s what you need to look out for:

• The diesel models can be either the cheapest or most expensive way to XJ ownership, as issues with blown turbochargers (especially on earlier models) and catalytic converters can be very expensive to repair. Frequent oil changes and allowing the turbos to cool down after a spirited drive are recommended, but the latter is impossible to know the history of.
 
• Issues with flexible hoses on turbo diesel cars can restrict airflow, a dealer repair kit can be ordered as it is a known issue Petrol powered models tend to be reliable with some models having racked up serious mileages without issues as long as servicing intervals have been adhered to.
 
• Dents and scratches to the aluminium body panels can be expensive to repair so factor this into your offering price. 
 
• Potentially the biggest issue to look out for is that the advanced aluminium body shell can suffer from corrosion at the steel riveted mounting points. A visit to a specialist to give the car a once over is a good idea.
 
• Rear brake pads can wear out prematurely and the rear air suspension can fail due to system leaks. Conventional steel suspension kits are available and can reduce maintenance costs over time. 
 
• Issues with parking brake sensors have been mentioned by some owners so check that yours is functioning correctly before purchase.
 
• A number of recalls were issued for issues regarding the gearbox which could engage reverse while in drive, airbags that could rupture, parking brake malfunctions, diesel particulate filter overheating and brake fluid leakages. All should have been attended to by the dealer network but checking before buying is recommended.
 

Model history

 
2003: All new XJ X350 launched, featuring all-aluminium body shell. Available with choice of petrol V6 and V8 power units
2004: LWB version introduced
2005: 204bhp 2.7L twin turbo diesel engine introduced
2006: Portfolio special edition offering unique trim is made available
2008: Face lifted model codenamed X358 introduced. Detail exterior and interior changes carried out with the Jaguar bonnet ornament being replaced with a flush fitting emblem
2010: Final X350/X358 model XJ built
 

Owners clubs, forums and websites

 
• www.jec.org.uk – Jaguar enthusiast club
• www.jaguarownersclub.com – Jaguar owners club
• www.jag-lovers.org – Jaguar enthusiast site
 

Summary and prices

 
Prices start at rock bottom levels with a paltry £3000 required to slide behind the wheel of a 2003 3.0 XJ6 with starship mileage. While tempting, for an extra £2000 you could have a 4.2-litre V8 model with fewer miles on the clock. Turbo diesels range between £6000 and £10,000. Mileages are generally high, which is a testament to their usability and should not be an issue if a comprehensive maintenance history is evident. At the other end of the scale, the supercharged V8 variants start at £6000. The desirable and rare X358 facelifted models can range right up to £20,000. 
 
Those classic looks may not have been to everyone’s tastes in 2003, but the lines have aged well and the combination of comfort and silky smooth performance that this XJ offers makes it a very desirable car indeed. At these prices it is in a class of its own.
 
Words: John Tallodi
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Last updated: 8th Nov 2016
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  • Jaguar XJ

    £47,995 £47,995

    Variant name:V6 R-SPORT ,Derivative:X351 ,Variant: 3.0 V6 Diesel (300PS) R-Sport SWB

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 4537 mi
    • Engine size: 3
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  • JAGUAR XJ TDVI SOVEREIGN 2006

    £7,999 £7,999

    JAGUAR XJ 2.7 TDVi SOVEREIGN 4dr Saloon. Automatic. Diesel. 2006 (55 reg), LOW MILEAGE. DRIVE AWAY TODAY., Next MOT due 17/05/2018, 68,841 miles Full service history, Excellent bodywork, Full leather interior - Excellent Condition, Tyre condition Good, Alloy wheels, Body Coloured Bumpers, Satellite Navigation, Climate Control, Seats Heated (Front/Rear), Cruise Control, Parking Aid (Front/Rear), Voice Activated Controls, Seats Electric (Memory Driver/Passenger), Computer, Alarm, Telephone Equipment, Paint Metallic, In Car Entertainment (Radio/CD Autochanger), Upholstery Leather, Heated Front Screen, Electric Windows (Front/Rear), Bluetooth Telephone Connectivity, Traction control, Power steering, Immobiliser, Air Bag Side, Air Bag Driver. 5 seats, Grey, Free Oil Service and Pre-Sale Inspection. HPi And National Mileage Certificate. Finance Available. Credit and debit cards accepted. BUY WITH PEACE OF MIND. WE HAVE BEEN ESTABLISHED FOR OVER 23 YEARS, DELIVERIES ARRANGED. GBP 7,999

    • Mileage: 68841 mi
    • Engine size: 2.72
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  • JAGUAR XJ TDVI V6 SOVEREIGN 2009

    £11,950 £11,950

    Outstanding example of these magnificent cars. In fantastic all round condition. Full History and Long MOT plus FULLY LOADED INC NAV, Bluetooth, QUAD ZONE Climate, rear media controls, picnic tables etc. etc. The list is too long. The car looks amazing, it drives superbly and is just a STUNNER!! The only way to really appreciate this car is to come and see it for yourself so CALL NOW to book your viewing and test drive. BE QUICK, this car really does have it all so we don't expect it to be here very long. Flexible finance options and extended warranties available, please ask for details. Part exchange welcome, just tell us what you have now.

    • Mileage: 100350 mi
    • Engine size: 2.72
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  • Jaguar XJ

    £33,993 £33,993

    Variant name:D V6 PORTFOLIO L ,Derivative:X351 ,Variant: D V6 PORTFOLIO L Huge Spec Inc Rear Entertainment Package, 20 Inch alloys, 1 Owner Due in stock we have a incredibly rare opportunity to purchase what must be one of the highest specification XJ to leave the production line. The ultimate in luxury inc LED rear reading lights, Rear Entertainment package including 2 seperate screens, Electric rear side window blinds, Blind spot monitor, 20 inch alloys. This is on top of the already highly specified Portfolio. This is the ultimate XJ and I urge you to register early interest as there will not be another. One owner from new with a Jaguar service record and only 23704 miles. Incredible value for a car with a list price new of circa £80000.

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 23704 mi
    • Engine size: 3
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  • JAGUAR XJ 'R' 4.2 LTR. SUPERCHARGED 2007.

    £17,995 £17,995

    2 LTR. SUPERCHARGED 2007. Emerald Fire with Champagne hide interior and Burr Walnut wood trim. 20 inch 'Cremona' alloy wheels. 52,000 miles only from new. Superb example of the latest face-lift model. The last of the traditional XJ style cars and the ultimate performer. 400 BHP, 5 seconds to 60 MPH! Previously supplied by ourselves. £17,995

    • Year: 2007
    • Mileage: 52000 mi
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  • Jaguar: XJ 3.0 V6 Diesel Luxury SWB LHD

    £27,950 £27,950

    *** Please note, this Vehicle is for Export outside the EU Only *** 2015 model year Jaguar XJ luxury standard wheel base (SWB), left hand drive (LHD), fitted 3.0 litre V6 300hp diesel engine, ZF 8 speed auto transmission with rotary gearshift, steering wheel mounted paddles, winter and dynamic drive modes + push button start. Amazing specification as follows: Glacier White exterior, 18 inch Meru alloy wheels + space saver spare wheel, Ebony Leather seats with Ivory Headlining, Ebony carpet, rosewood veneer + gloss black on door & dash inlays, 2 Zone climate control, front & rear bright metal tread plates, chrome grille and window surrounds, Sound system with USB and Aux input point, Electric pack to include, windows, mirrors (heated with power fold), front seats, (drivers with memory), electrically adjustable steering column, electric front passenger lumber adjustment, powered front and rear roof blind, electric rear window blind, powered up and down boot lid, panoramic tilt and slide glass sunroof, front and rear parking sensors with rear view camera, heated front and rear seats, premium leather steering wheel with computer, cruise, ICE and telephone controls, keyless entry with p

    • Year: 2017
    • Mileage: 27950 mi
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  • JAGUAR XJ V6 SPORT PREMIUM 2008

    £11,500 £11,500

    A beautiful, Fully Loaded, eye catching STUNNER!! Looks amazing in the deep ruby/wine red metallic bodywork with full black, leather interior and 20" Low Profile 'Callisto' Sports Alloys. Drives beautifully, New MOT upon sale. Make no mistake, if you are looking for a sports XJ, this is the one!!! ;A simply stunning example of these beautiful Jaguar cars. The right colour combination, deep red metallic bodywork with full black leather interior, all finished off perfectly with the 20" Callisto Alloys. All in superb order too. Low miles at just 70,000 and NEW MOT upon sale. The car is LOADED with all the extra's inc. Sat Nav, Heated Seats, Heated front and rear screens etc. etc. etc. Make no mistake, this car is FANTASTIC in every way AND INCLUDED IS 6 MONTH WARRANTY and RAC BREAKDOWN and RECOVERY!!;CALL NOW to book your viewing and test drive. Flexible Finance Options available, please ask for details. Part Exchange welcome, just tell us what you have now.

    • Mileage: 70000 mi
    • Engine size: 2.72
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  • Jaguar XJ Series

    £9,995 £9,995

    Service history Anti-Lock Brakes,Climate Control,Perimetric Alarm,Power-Assisted Steering,Driver, Passenger And Front Side Air Bags,20In Alloy Wheels,Cruise Control,Satellite Navigation,Traction Control System,Front/Rear Parking Aid,Trip Computer,Front/Rear Heated Seats,Driver/Passenger Electric Seats,Electric/Heated/Folding/Auto Dimming Door Mirrors,Immobiliser,Front Fog Lights,Headlamp Wash,Rain Sensor,Front Armrest,Front/Rear Electric Windows,Remote Central Door Locking,Steering Wheel Leather,Front/Rear Head Restraints,Automatic Dimming Rear View Mirrors Internal,Bluetooth Interface Telephone Equipment,Centre Rear Seat Belt,Cup Holder,Electric Rake/Reach Adjustable Steering Column/Wheel,Gear Knob Leather,Heated Front Screen,Heated Rear Screen,Radio/CD Autochanger,Seat - ISOFIX Anchorage Point,Space Saver Spare Wheel,Xenon Headlights Exterior Lighting,Leather interior, Call us today about the finance options on this vehicle. Part exchanges welcome.

    • Mileage: 112000 mi
    • Engine size: 4196
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  • JAGUAR XJ R 2008

    £13,940 £13,940

    WWW.TAILORSMITHAUTOMOTIVE.COM ARE PLEASED TO OFFER FOR SALE THIS STUNNING JAGUAR XJR IN BLACK WITH CREAM LEATHER. THE CAR IS IN FANTASTIC CONDITION WITH GREAT HISTORY AND DRIVES LIKE NEW, IT FEELS LIKE IT HAS COVERED HALF THE MILES AND REAR SEATS DO NOT LOOK LIKE THEY HAVE EVER BEEN USED., Upgrades - Adaptive Cruise Control, Ivory Leather Upholstery, JaguarVoice - Rear Voice Control, Standard Features - Satellite Navigation, Climate Control, Cruise Control, Seats Heated (Driver/Passenger), Parking Aid (Rear), In Car Entertainment (Radio/CD Autochanger), Electric Windows (Front/Rear), Paint Metallic, Alloy Wheels (20in), Alarm, Upholstery Leather, Computer, Heated Front Screen, Seats Electric (Memory Driver/Passenger). 5 seats, Black, IF YOU HAVE HAD A LONG SEARCH IN FINDING THE RIGHT XJR THEN YOUR SEARCH HAS ENDED, BLACK WITH CREAM AND A HUGE SPECIFICATION INCLUDING ADAPTIVE CRUISE CONTROL. ALL OF OUR VEHICLES ARE CAREFULLY SELECTED BASED ON THEIR HISTORY, SPECIFICATION AND CONDITION, THIS CAR COMES WITH BOTH KEYS FULL BOOK PACK AND HPI CLEAR, ALL DOCUMENTATION AND WILL ALSO HAVE A PRE DELIVERY INSPECTION BEFORE THE COMPLETION OF THE SALE COUPLED WITH A COMPREHENSIVE WARRANTY. PLEASE VISIT OUR WEB SITE FOR MORE DETAILS OR CALL US ON 01442 767305. EXCELLENT METHODS OF FUNDING ALSO AVAILABLE ** VIEWING BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.**,

    • Mileage: 92000 mi
    • Engine size: 4.196
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  • Jaguar XJ

    £14,995 £14,995

    Jaguar XJ 4.2 XJ8 Sovereign This Remarkable Car Has A Wealth Of Provenance, Having Just The One Private Keeper From New And Has Be Maintained To The Highest Of Standards To Include A Full Jaguar Past Service Inventory, With Visits Logged At 6522, 11361, 17006, 22252, 26492, 30013, 32982, 35077 And 39731 Miles 6 months warranty, Full dealership history, Excellent bodywork, Interior - Excellent Condition, Tyre condition Excellent, Luna Grey Metallic, Presented For Sale In Luna Grey Metallic With Caramel Leather Seating Detailed With Twin Needle Stitch Work, Mocha Carpets, A Two Tone Mocha & Caramel Leather Dash And Beautifully Finished With Burr Walnut Veneers, Which Wraps Around The Luxurious Cabin. The Jaguar Build Card From New Include The Following Specification Of 19" Five Double Spoke Toba Alloy Wheels, Dual Zone Climate Control, Front And Rear Variable Heated Seating, Bright Silver Mesh Front Grille, Front And Rear Park Distance Control, Chromed Twin Exhaust System, Chromed Exterior Body Detailing, Full Colour Touch Screen With Satellite Navigation System, Jaguar/Alpine Sound Package With A Six Disc Multi Changer Housed In The Boot, Flint Grey Boot Carpet Mat, Xenon Headlights With Power Wash And Auto Function, Mocha Leather Bound Multi Functional Steering Wheel With Electric Adjust, Electric Front Seating With Driver Memory, Electric Folding Mirrors, Jaguar Embossed Internal Sill Kick Plates, Electric Seat Lumbar Adjust, Cruise Control, Rain & Light Package, Remote Central Locking With Alarm, Mobile Phone Preparation And So Much More. The Car Also Offers The Entire Booklet Pack Set, All The Keys And Is Fully Hpi Cleared. For Further Details Please Contact Either Jonathan Or Mark On 01623 622627 - £14,995

    • Year: 2006
    • Mileage: 39981 mi
    • Engine size: 4.2
    For sale
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