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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

    £29,000 £29,000

    Variant name:Diesel Saloon Portfolio ,Derivative:Portfolio ,Variant: 3.0d V6 Portfolio 4dr Auto [8] Jaguar XJ 3.0d V6 Portfolio 4dr Auto [8]

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 10146 mi
    • Engine size: 3
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  • Jaguar XJ

    £11,495 £11,495

    Variant name:SOVEREIGN V6 ,Derivative:X358 ,Variant: 3.0 V6 240 BHP Sovereign 6 Speed Auto Sat Nav Full Leather Heated Seats Just 2 Private Owners Only 75,000 Miles Comprehensive Jaguar Service History 6 Stamps Private Plate Included 2008 57-Reg Metallic Blue, Full Cream Leather Interior, Satellite Navigation, Heated Seats, Front and Rear Parking Sensors, Alpine Premium Sound System, Air Conditioning, 2-zone Climate Control, Cruise Control, Electric Windows/Folding Mirrors/Steering Column/Pedals/Twin Seats/Memory Driver Seat, Power Steering, ABS, Traction Control, Front and Side Airbags, ISOFIX Child Seat Preparation, Multi Function Steering Wheel, Auto Dimming Rear View Mirror, 5x Three Point Seat Belts, 5x Headrests, Centre Armrest, Auto Xenon Headlights, Headlamp Washers, Front Fogs, 19in Jaguar Alloys, Remote Jaguar Alarm, Just 2 Private Owners, Same Private Owner for more than the last 5 Years, Only 75,000 Miles, Comprehensive Jaguar Service History, 6 Stamps in Service Book, Can Achieve Over 38 MPG. Not Subject to T Charge. Private Plate Included. Every Vehicle is Subjected To a Rigorous RAC Approved 82 Point Buysure Inspection and is supplied Fully Serviced With a RAC Platinum Parts and Labour Warranty, 1 Years MOT, 12 Months RAC Roadside Assistance including home start and HPI Checked, 4 Years RAC Platinum Parts and Labour Warranty Available, Over 200 Cars in Stock, Finance Available, No Deposit Required, Part Exchange Available. McCarthy Cars Are RAC Approved and Highly Recommended By Them, Have Complete Peace Of Mind With The McCarthy Cars and RAC Buysure Programme. Available extras include Privacy Glass, Bluetooth, Sat Nav, DAB Radio, Front and Rear PDC Parking Aids, Leather Interiors and Heated Seats. McCarthy Cars are a Multi Award Winning Car Dealership and Most Loved Business in Croydon. Find Us On Facebook, You Tube and Twitter @mccarthycarsuk. McCarthy Cars, A Family Run Business Established Over 40 Years Ago, Open 7 Days a Week. CR0 3RJ, 02086809460 / 07973832123 www.mccarthycars.co.uk sales@mccarthycars.co.uk

    • Year: 2008
    • Mileage: 75000 mi
    • Engine size: 3
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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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  • XJ

    £2,495 £2,495

    JAGUAR Xj EXECUTIVE V8 finished in Blue (Auto), 157,390 miles with beige leather interior only 1 previous owner from new. this car comes complete with a full service history.,,Features include Cruise Control, Trip Computer, Full Service History, Alarm, MOT, Electric Mirrors, Climate Control, V5 Reg Doc, HPI Clear, Adjustable Steering Wheel, Passenger Airbag, Electric Rear Windows, Central Locking, Leather Interior, ABS, Power Assisted Steering, Electric Windows, CD Player, Lumbar Support, Driver Airbag, Radio, Front Heated Seats, Alloy Wheels, Metallic Paint, Drivers Electric Seat.,,Only and pound;2,495,,

    • Mileage: 157390 mi
    • Engine size: 3.248
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  • Jaguar XJ R V8 SUPERCHARGED

    £6,995 £6,995

    About this Jaguar XJ R V8 SUPERCHARGED First registered September 2001 (51 plate) this XJR is presented in the very lovely Pacific Blue along with Ivory Interior. The 4.0L supercharged AJ-V8 engine produces a incredible 370 bhp and has a 0-62mph time of just 5.3 seconds. Despite its age this beautiful saloon came very well equipped with such features as: Heated Front Sport Seats, Crossed Drilled Brembo Discs, Reverse Parking Control, Super Sport Suspension, Adaptive Damping, Rain Sensitive Wipers, Heated Front Screen, CD Autochanger, Cruise Control, Powerfold Mirrors, Fixed Cell Phone. This car also includes a superb service history with a total of 9 service book stamps. all of which done by Jaguar dealers and a thick pile of invoices to support. The ultimate sports saloon in its day, these amazing cars are now terrific value for money.

    • Mileage: 98000 mi
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  • Jaguar XJ SOVEREIGN V6

    £12,995 £12,995

    About this Jaguar XJ SOVEREIGN V6 The Jaguar XJ X350 is a aluminum bodied, four door, front engine, rear wheel drive luxury saloon manufactured and marketed by Jaguar Cars for model years 2003–2009 as the third generation of the Jaguar XJ, with an intermediate facelift in 2007. In 2005, Jaguar introduced the diesel powered XJ TDVi, featuring the same Ford/Peugeot developed 2.7 litre twin turbo V6 found in the S-Type. The engine, known as the AJD-V6, produces 204 bhp and was fitted with electronically controlled active engine mounts to minimise vibration at idle. This excellent example comes beautifully presented in Radiance Red with Barley Leather, and has a superb history with a total of 9 service stamps in the book, all of which are by main Jaguar dealers. This high specification car also includes: Bluetooth, Heated Front Seats, Premium Sound System, Front and Rear Parking Aid, Adaptive Damping, Headlamp Powerwash, Rain Sensitive Wipers, Xenon Headlights, Heated Front Screen, CD Autochanger, Satellite Navigation, Front and Rear Cup Holders, Cruise Control, Powerfold Mirrors. This car also includes very low mileage of just over 37,000 miles.

    • Mileage: 37000 mi
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  • Jaguar XJ SOVEREIGN V6

    £11,995 £11,995

    About this Jaguar XJ SOVEREIGN V6 First registered September 2007, this very well looked after XJ Sovereign comes beautifully presented in the rare and hard to find Botanical Green with Ivory Interior. The engine that powers this stunning car is a 2.8 litre turbocharged diesel V6 which produces 204 bhp. This high specification vehicle includes features such as: Heated and Cooled Front Seats, Premium Sound System, Front and Rear Parking Aid, Headlamp Powerwash, Rain Sensitive Wipers, Xenon Headlights, Heated Front Screen, Wooden/Leather Steering Wheel, CD Autochanger, Satellite Navigation System, Front and Rear Cup Holders, Cruise Control, Powerfold Mirrors, Bluetooth Connectivity, Jaguar Voice, Full Size Spare Alloy Wheel, Mirrors with Interior and Exterior Electrochromic Function. The service history for this car is superb with 9 stamps in total in the service book, 7 of which are by main Jaguar dealers. Records at: 4,570 miles; 8,187 miles; 13,036 miles; 23,085 miles; 28,553 miles; 32,377 miles; 37,464 miles; 42,779 miles and last service at 52,628 miles.

    • Mileage: 59400 mi
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  • Jaguar XJ TDVI V6 SOVEREIGN

    £11,995 £11,995

    About this Jaguar XJ TDVI V6 SOVEREIGN We have recently taken this car in Part Exchange and were very happy to do so as it is exactly the type of stock that we are looking for. A very late XJ6 TDVi (X350 shape) this car ticks all the boxes as Jaguar's flagship saloon. Finished in stunning Azure Blue with Rouched Soft Grain Barley leather and contrasting piping, the car has a tremendous specification being the Sovereign model. This includes the rare addition (only available on very late cars) of DAB radio. The service history is good and the car is in excellent overall condition. It will be supplied freshly serviced and with a new MOT certificate. Costing over £50,000 new, this represents supreme value luxury motoring.

    • Mileage: 70000 mi
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  • Jaguar XJ D V6 PORTFOLIO SWB

    £21,995 £21,995

    About this Jaguar XJ D V6 PORTFOLIO SWB First registered September 2012 (62 Reg) this XJ V6 D Portfolio has the Sports Pack Interior. Presented in Lunar Grey with Jet Leather the Dark Revolver Alloys and Red Calipers this car off just beautifully. The specification just goes on and on, comprising: Bowers and Wilkins 1200 W Sound System with DAB Radio and Wireless Headphone, Electric Glass Sunroof, Rear View Camera, Adaptive Headlights with LED Signature, Heated Windscreen, Digital/Analogue TV Tuner, Cruise Control, Driver and Front Passenger Electrically Adjustable Heated and Cooled Performance Seats with Memory, Heated Leather Steering Whee, Heated / Cooled Rear Seats. Jaguar Main Dealer Service History. Costing over £70,000 when new with these options, outstanding value for money. Good enough for Cabinet Ministers!

    • Mileage: 56000 mi
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    £21,995 £21,995
  • Jaguar XJ R V8 SUPERCHARGED

    £6,995 £6,995

    About this Jaguar XJ R V8 SUPERCHARGED The ultimate 'wolf in sheep's clothing', the XJR differed externally from its normally aspirated siblings minimally - a mesh radiator grill, 18" alloys and a badge on the boot being about the only clues. But on the road, the 370bhp created by supercharging the AJ-V8 engine meant blistering performance which belied its conservative looks. The ultimate sports saloon in its day, these superb cars are now terrific value for money - this particular car being a case in point. This example came to us in part exchange from a long standing customer of ours who is particularly choosy about his cars. Needless to say, it is in near pristine condition and is backed up by a wealth of service history with 12 jaguar service stamps in the book and a thick pile of invoices to support.

    • Mileage: 95700 mi
    For sale
    £6,995 £6,995
  • Jaguar XJ SOVEREIGN V8 SWB

    £6,995 £6,995

    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
    For sale
    £6,995 £6,995
  • Jaguar XJ V6

    £8,495 £8,495

    About this Jaguar XJ V6 This very low mileage XJ6 is a car that we sold to the last owner and we are very happy to be marketing it again. As you would expect from a car with such low mileage, the condition both inside and out is excellent. The service booklet shows 8 services meaning that maintenance was kept up despite the minimum usage that the car has seen. The 3 litre Petrol engine is silky smooth and the car drives beautifully. An awful lot of refinement for very little money!

    • Mileage: 42000 mi
    For sale
    £8,495 £8,495