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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 3.0D V6 PORTFOLIO SWB AUTO 4DR HUGE SPEC 2014

    £29,995 £29,995

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    • Mileage: 16826 mi
    • Engine size: 2.993
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  • JAGUAR XJ V8 SPORT 2005

    £7,295 £7,295

    Only one previous keeper,rare and desirable 3.5 V8,finished in gleaming Midnight Pearl black with the very hard to source Mulberry Hide,truly stunning car with usual Sport premium options such as,memory seats,Embossed "R" Sports Seats,full electric seat adjustment,climate,touch screen factory navigation,Sport Alloys,rain sensing wipers,PDC,Auto headlight activation,for any further info on this amazing car please feel free to call

    • Mileage: 89000 mi
    • Engine size: 3.555
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  • Jaguar XJ

    £10,490 £10,490

    Bluetooth, Colour SatNav, Dual Climate Zones, Full Leather, Memory Seats, Rain-Sensing Wipers, 2 keys, Heated Seats, Parking Sensors, Electric Seats, Electric Steering Col Adj, Cruise Control, Adjustable Steering Column, Immobiliser, Auto Lighting, Remote Alarm, Electric Handbrake, Remote Central Locking, Central Locking, Front Centre Armrest, Head Restraints, Rear Headrests, Steering Wheel Audio Controls, CD Player, Radio, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Electric Windows, Power Steering, Electric Mirrors, Stability Control, Trip Computer, ABS, Isofix, Multiple Airbags, Colour Coded Body, Front Fog Lamps, Metallic Paintwork All of our vehicles are prepared to a high standard and you won't be disappointed all vehicles are supplied with a full HPI report, 1 years MOT where applicable and fully serviced with any parts without a serviceable life replaced. Warranty supplied on all vehicles. We offer finance at competitive rates HP or PCP is available. Part exchange is offered and most things are considered. Viewings best by appointment but vehicles are viewable at opening times so feel free to come and have a browse, contact Stuart or Neil on 01206 212710 or after hours fell free to call or text anytime Stuart 07860 348928 Neil 07581 882838

    • Mileage: 61200 mi
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  • JAGUAR XJ SOVEREIGN 1995

    £3,295 £3,295

    WOW, if you are looking for an affordable classic Jaguar car that is surely going up in value, look no further, you've just found it !! Here we have a 1995, ONE OWNER Jaguar Sovereign with FULL SERVICE HISTORY (20 stamps!!). Look at the pictures, with just a hint of TLC this car will be a beauty!! A really lovely example that, with just a little bit of TLC, could be an amazing example. A couple of corrosion spots (normal on these, at this age), the wheels need a refurb and of course, the headlining has sagged but, apart from those couple of tiny things, this car is a show stopping winner. Engine and gearbox are fine, it starts on the button and drives beautifully. Very quiet and ultra comfy, exactly what you would expect from a Jag Sovereign. It looks fantastic in this colour and the interior finishes the car off a treat. With just ONE OWNER, just about FULL SERVICE HISTORY - 20 stamps and really LOW MILES (only 65,500 from new), this car really must represent the best value for money AND possibly a really good, affordable classic car investment too!!;CALL NOW with any questions and to book your viewing and test drive. Part exchange possible, please tell us what you have now and we will do our best.

    • Mileage: 65500 mi
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  • Jaguar Xj, mint condition, warranty, new mot, full service history, service done

    £16,000 £16,000

    PREMIUM WARRANTY COVERED ALL CAR, RECOVERY AND HIRE CAR TILL JANUARY 2018Jaguar XJ 3.0 V6 Diesel Premium Luxury274 BHPExcellent Condition in and outCream leather Millage 81130MOT 12 may 2018 Two keysSat navPanoramic gl roofPrivate number plate worth £990Two previouse owner Full Service History (Jaguar Dealer only):-7870-25866-43574-64697-69916-76990 last service include:-air filter, -oil filter, -cabin filter, -fuel filter, -engine oil, -brake fluid change, -coolant liquid changed, -sparg plags All new tyresAll brake pads and disc recently changed (BREMBO)LOTS OLD RECEIPTS 12.3 Full Colour TFT - LCD Instrument Cluster with Virtual Information Display to Include Speed, Rpm, Distance, Navigation, Audio, Phone19" Toba alloy wheelsMetallic paintPrivacy GlVoice Control Cruise Control with Automatic Speed Limiter (ASL)Rear spoilerPower bootChrome Power VentsBluetooth, USB/iPhoneAdaptive Cruise ControlTwin Exhausts With Chrome FinishersJaguar Premium Analog ClockSatellite NavigationNavigation - Say What You See (SWYS)Security System -Perimeter Alarm and Ultrasonic Intrusion Sensing Battery Backed Sounder and Inclination Sensing with Double LockingHeated Leather Steering WheelDynamic PackSingle Slot CD/DVD Player, MP3 Disc CompatibilityCashew seats with truffle stith, triffle piping, truffe upper facia and ivory headlininggloss burr walnut chrome mirror coversWheel Centre Badge - Red GrowlerAdaptive DynamicsJaguar Smart Key System - Keyless StartFront and rear parking aids10-way electrically adjustable front seats with lumbar and driver memoryHeated front and rear seatsFour zone climate control3 spoke soft grain leather steering wheelJaguar Digital Sound System (400W)Single view 8" full colour Touch-screen displayHeadlamps - Xenon with Front LED Signature LightsLED Tail LightsPaddle ShiftSALE OR SWAP       Jaguar XJ 3.0 TD Premium Luxury - Excellent condition - full service - warranty Jan 2018 - SWAP

    • Mileage: 82000 mi
    • Engine size: 3000
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  • Jaguar XJ 6 Series 3

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    SOLD / VERKAUFT / VENDU / VERKOCHT Jaguar XJ 6 Series 3, 4.2 Saloon, manual gearbox in good condition The Series 3 Jaguar XJ was designed by master designer Pininfarina. This luxurious saloon was delivered in 1982. The car has beautiful metallic silver paint with golden stripes. This very comfortable XJ has a 6 cyl, 220 PS engine and manual gearbox. This Jaguar has driven 124.800 kms. The interior has blue leather and beautiful wooden dashboard. Car has Holland title and Holland mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importtaxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1982
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  • JAGUAR XJ XJ Sovereign 2.7 TDVi 2007

    £6,995 £6,995

    Full Service History - CAM-BELT (17-12-2015) - 2 keys - excellent condition., Upgrades - Elec Heated Rear Bench Seat, Jaguar Alpine Premium Sound System, Sports Suspension, 4 Zone Auto Climate Control, Next MOT due 18/12/2017, Last serviced on 24/11/2016 at 101,000 miles, Full service history, Excellent bodywork, Interior - Excellent Condition, Tyre condition Excellent, Standard Features - Satellite Navigation, Climate Control, Cruise Control, Parking Aid (Front/Rear), Seats Heated (Front/Rear), Voice Activated Controls, Alarm, Alloy Wheels (18in), Bluetooth Telephone Connectivity, Computer, Electric Windows (Front/Rear), Heated Front Screen, In Car Entertainment (Radio/CD Autochanger), Paint Metallic, Seats Electric (Memory Driver/Passenger), Telephone Equipment, Upholstery Leather. 5 seats, Grey, *12 month nationwide warranty with full price!, Excellent Finance Rates - Warranties- Professionally Valeted -Viewing by Appointment,

    • Mileage: 102000 mi
    • Engine size: 2.72
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  • Jaguar XJ V8 SOVEREIGN LWB

    £8,995 £8,995

    About this Jaguar XJ V8 SOVEREIGN LWB All Aluminium X350 series XJ in Radiance Red on Barley Trim. This car is set apart from most having the very expensive Glass Sunroof option and also headrest mounted screens for the rear passengers. 7 Jaguar main dealer stamps present in the service book. From the factory this car featured: Powerfold Electrochromic Mirrors, Premium Sould System, Front and Rear Parking Aid, CATS Adaptive Damping, Headlamp Powerwash, Xenon Headlights, Heated Front Windscreen, CD Autochanger, Rear Sunblind, Bluetooth Connectivity, Satellite Navigation, plus Driver and Front Passenger Electrically Adjustable Seats with Variable Heating and Driver Memory.

    • Mileage: 97000 mi
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  • Jaguar XJ SOVEREIGN V8 SWB

    £7,995 £7,995

    About this Jaguar XJ SOVEREIGN V8 SWB First registered February 2000 (V Reg) this two owner XJ Sovereign V8 presented in immaculate Platinum Silver with Ivory has just 56,600 miles recorded. The specification includes: Automatic Transmission, Traction Control, Rain Sensing Wipers, Heated Front Windscreen, CD Autochanger, Cruise Control, Driver and Front Passenger Electrically Adjustable Seats with Driver Memory. The impressive Service History shows 13 Jaguar Main Dealer stamps principally Guy Salmon Maidstone.

    • Mileage: 56600 mi
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