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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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    • Mileage: 39000 mi
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    £22,500 £22,500

    Variant name:D V6 LUXURY ,Derivative:X351 ,Variant: 3.0 D V6 LUXURY AUTOMATIC 4 DOOR SALOON, SAT NAV, PANORAMIC ROOF, JAGUAR SMART KEY SYSTEM, PARKING SENSORS, LEATHER TRIM, HEATED AND ELECTRIC FRONT SEATS, AUTO LIGHTS, GEAR SHIFT PADDLES, CLIMATE CONTROL, 19" ALLOY WHEELS THIS CAR HAS BEEN HAND PICKED BY STEBBINGS, FULLY VALETED TO THE HIGHEST STANDARD! IT COMES SUPPLIED WITH UPTO DATE SERVICE HISTORY , HPI CHECKED AND CLEAR. PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO VIEW OVER 500 MORE VEHICLES! LOW RATE FINANCE AND PART EXCHANGE AVAILABLE. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained, however, errors may occur. Do not rely entirely on this information but confirm with us about items which may affect your decision to purchase.

    • Year: 2013
    • Mileage: 62207 mi
    • Engine size: 3
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    £2,750 £2,750

    Owned for many years, and has been cherished. It is not a new car, but nice to find one in this condition. Drives serenely, and with an air of grace with pace. This is the 3.2L, 216BHP, 6-cylinder motor which can return 30 mpg, and tax of £295pa. Gold metallic with full Stone hide interior, and immaculate carpets. Service history and old MOT's. Mileage of only 96000 & sold with a new MoT.  

    • Engine size: 3239
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    £25,500 £25,500

    Variant name:D V6 PORTFOLIO SWB ,Derivative:X351 ,Variant: 3.0 TD XJ Portfolio Jaguar XJ Series 3.0 TD XJ Portfolio 4-Door Saloon finished in grey metallic with grey leather interior Specification includes Driver Information System, Cruise Control, Driver/Passenger/Rear Heated Seats, Power-Assisted Steering, Electric Rake/Reach Adjustable Steering Column/Wheel, Satellite Navigation, Rear Parking Camera Parking Aid, Bluetooth Interface Telephone Equipment, Sound Processor, Radio/CD/MP3/DVD, Speakers, Glass Tilt/Slide Manual Sunroof, Rear Windows Tinted Glass, Headlamp Wash, Memory Electric/Heated/Folding/Auto Dimming Door Mirrors, Xenon Headlights Exterior Lighting, Rain Sensor, Climate Control, Front/Rear Armrest, Memory Driver/Passenger Electric Seats, Front/Rear Electric Windows, Whiplash Protection System, Steering Wheel Leather, Automatic Dimming Rear View Mirrors Internal, Cup Holder, Centre Console, Anti-Lock Brakes, Driver, Passenger And Front Side Air Bags, Electronic Stability Programme, Centre Rear Seat Belt, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Perimetric Alarm, Remote Central Door Locking, Immobiliser, 20In Alloy Wheels, Space Saver Spare Wheel and Tyre Pressure Control.

    • Year: 2012
    • Mileage: 35000 mi
    • Engine size: 3
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    £17,995 £17,995

    SEA BLUE METALLIC + FULL JAGUAR SERVICE HISTORY + TOUCH SCREEN SAT NAV + BLUETOOTH + PANORAMIC ROOF + FULL CREAM LEATHER INTERIOR + HEATED AND COOOLED SEATS + ELECTRIC SEATS + PARKING SENSORS + BOWERS & WILKINS 1200W PREMIUM SOUND SYSTEM with Dolby Prologic Surround Sound, Navigation (HDD Mapping), High GB Hard Disk Drive (HDD) For Music And More, Bluetooth Telephone Connectivity Including Audio Streaming, DAB Digital Radio, Active Ventilated Front and Rear Seats - Heated and Cooled, Front Massage Seats, InteractiveVoice Voice Control, Panoramic Glass Roof - Tilt/Slide with Electric Blinds, Steering - Heated, Electric Open/Closure Boot, Electric Steering Column, Parking Aid - Front/Rear (Inc. Touch-Screen Visual Indicator), Rear Camera Parking, Cruise Control with Automatic Speed Limiter, 4 Zone Climate Control - Automatic with Air Filtration, Humidity Sensing, 12.3 Full Colour TFT - LCD Instrument Cluster with Virtual Information Display to Include Speed, Navigation, Audio, Phone, Jet Suedecloth Premium Headlining, 20in ALLOYS, Privacy Glass, Rain Sensing Windscreen Wipers, Seats - Electric Drivers/Passengers Adjustment with 3Position Driver and Passenger Memory, Front Message and Adjustable Bolster, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System.

    • Mileage: 103000 mi
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    £22,970 £22,970

    Variant name:D V6 PORTFOLIO SWB ,Derivative:X351 ,Variant: D V6 PORTFOLIO SWB Your part exchange very welcome; we are always looking for stock. Drives absolutely superbly. Car will be sold with 6 months warranty backed by The Hughes Group. Stunning condition throughout with Ivory and Oyster contrast leather upholstery., 6 months warranty, Next MOT due 11/09/2017, Last serviced on 01/11/2016 at 31,026 miles, Full service history, Full leather interior, Navigation System - with HDD Mapping, RDS and Traffic Message Chanel/Dynamic Route Guidance, 8in Full Colour Touch-Screen Display with Controls for Audio, Navigation, Bluetooth, Climate Control, Trip Computer, Four Zone Climate Control - Automatic with Air Filtration, Humidity Sensing and Four Zone Temperature Control for Driver, Front Passenger and Independent Control for Left and Right Rear Passengers, InteractiveVoice - Front Voice Control of Audio, Bluetooth Connectivity and Navigation - Say What You See (SWYS), Active Ventilated Front and Rear Seats - Heated and Cooled, Panoramic Glass Roof - Tilt/Slide Front Section with Electric Blinds, Parking Aid - Front/Rear (Includes Touch-Screen Visual Indicator), Rear Camera Parking Aid, Cruise Control with Automatic Speed Limiter (ASL), Seats - Electric Drivers/Passengers Adjustment (20 x 20 Way) with 3-Position Driver and Passenger Memory, Front Message and Adjustable Bolster, Electric Windows - Front and Rear, with One-Touch Open/Close and Anti-Trap, 20in Kasuga, Rain Sensing Windscreen Wipers, Metallic Paint, Seats - Softgrain Leather, Bluetooth Telephone Connectivity Including Audio Streaming, Front Seats - Whiplash Protection System, Audio Equipment - Bowers and Wilkins 1200W Premium Sound System with Dolby Prologic Surround Sound,AM/FM Radio, Single Slot CD/DVD Player, MP3 Disc Compatibility, Hard Disk Drive (HDD), EON, RDS, PTY, TA, Privacy Glass - Rear of B Post, Security System -Perimeter Alarm and Ultrasonic Intrusion Sensing Battery Backed Sounder and Inclination Sensing with Double Locking, 12.3 Full Colour TFT - LCD Instrument Cluster with Virtual Information Display to Include Speed, Rpm, Distance, Navigation, Audio, Phone, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), Privacy Glass. 5 seats, Metallic Liquid Silver, Fantastic car that cost in excess of £65000 when new!, Hughes Selection is part of the privately owned Hughes Group that represents Mercedes-Benz, Smart, Mazda, Skoda, Seat, Chrysler Jeep, Peugeot and commercial vehicles both retail and fleet. We take in over 1000 part exchanges per year, and carefully select the best ones to retail.

    • Year: 2011
    • Mileage: 32336 mi
    • Engine size: 3
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    £8,490 £8,490

    Air Conditioning, Climate Control, Satellite Navigation, Parking Sensors, Colour SatNav, UK Supplied, Full Leather, Wood Trim, Heated Seats, Electric Seats, Heated Rear Seats, Front Centre Armrest, Powered Folding Mirrors, Memory Seats, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Cruise Control, Xenon Headlamps, 19'' Alloys, Full service history A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE WITH GENUINE VERY LOW MILEAGE AND FULL SERVICE HISTORY. LOVELY STERLING SILVER WITH LIGHT CREAM LEATHER PIPED. MOT JAN 2018. 3 KEYS. HEATED FRONT AND REAR SEATS !

    • Mileage: 68000 mi
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