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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

    £34,993 £34,993

    Variant name:D V6 PORTFOLIO ,Derivative:X351 ,Variant: 3.0 D V6 PORTFOLIO SWB - Beautiful Car With Only 12600 Miles. Factory Optional Extras.

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 12686 mi
    • Engine size: 3
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  • JAGUAR XJ V6 SE 2005

    £6,499 £6,499

    Upgrades - Front Voice Control of Audio, Multimedia System - Navigation/Touch Screen/TV, Metallic Paint, Elec Heated Rear Bench Seat, 12 months warranty, Next MOT due 28/02/2018, Excellent bodywork, Black Full leather 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 (19in), 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,

    • Mileage: 73264 mi
    • Engine size: 2.967
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  • Jaguar XJ Reserved

    POA POA

    Jaguar XJL Portfolio presented in Ultimate Black comes with a full history and the following specification; Ivory leather, electric heated and cooled seats with memory, heated leather steering wheel, four zone climate control, dual view display with digital tv tuner, DAB radio, Bluetooth phone connectivity, rear entertainment, Meridian surround sound, panoramic roof, cruise control, key-less entry, park assist with reverse camera, heated windscreen, privacy glass, power tailgate, power fold exterior mirrors, blind spot monitoring, automatic adaptive Xenons with high beam assist and 20" Kasuga alloy wheels. Part exchange welcome, competitive finance available. Viewings welcome by appointment only. Body: Saloon Transmission: Automatic Mileage: 113,000 Fuel Type: Diesel Registered: 2013 (62) Doors: 4 Engine Size: 3.0 Finished in: Ultimate Black

    • Year: 2013
    • Mileage: 113000 mi
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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 PORTFOLIO LWB 5.0L V8 Very Rare Car CAVIAR PEARL RED 63000 miles FJSH STUNNING 2010

    £21,995 £21,995

    2010 10 Very Rare Portfolio 5.0L V8 385bhp Petrol Model Finished in Stunning CavIar Pearl Red with full Beige Leather Piped Brown + finished with Brown Leather Dash and Wood Inlays Only 63,000 miles with FJSH. 6 Services 4 by Main Jaguar Dealer + 2 by Jaguar Specialist.Massive Spec on this Long Wheel Base including 20 inch Alloys with Matching Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT tyres,Twin Glass Sunroofs,Touch Screen Satellite Navigation,Digital Instrument Cluster,Adaptive Cruise Control,Heated E/Steering Wheel finished in Wood and Leather, Xenon Headlights,E/Heated and Cooled Massaging Front Seats with Memory Function,Heated+Cooled Rear Seats,Reversing Camera, Bluetooth Telephone Function,Front+Rear Parking Sensors,Keyless Go+Entry, E/Windows,E/Folding Mirrors,Illuminated Door Entry Guards,Bowers+Wilkins Stereo System.XJL Private Reg included.Absolutely Amazing Car in Fabulous Condition + Extremely Rare.Beautiful Colour Combination and Massive Specification.UK Supplied with 2 Keys+Full Book Pack.;Please visit our website for our complete stocklist and testimonials www.performancecarcompany.com

    • Mileage: 63000 mi
    • Engine size: 5
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  • Jaguar Xj 2002

    £3,500 £3,500

    2002 jaguar Xj8 Sport.  Mot till Oct.  Reconditioned gearbox costing over £1800.  18inch alloys with 4 new tyres.  electric memory seats.  No expense spared on this car.  In excellent running order.  Must be seen to be appreciated.  Faultless drive.  private plate not included in the sale.  

    • Mileage: 170 mi
    • Engine size: 3248
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  • Jaguar XJ D V6 PORTFOLIO L

    £32,950 £32,950

    Body: Saloon Transmission: Automatic Mileage: 15,000 Fuel Type: Diesel Registered: 2014 (64) Doors: 4 Engine Size: 3.0 Finished in: ULTIMATE BLACK WITH IVORY LEATHER INTERIOR 20" alloys

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 15000 mi
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  • JAGUAR XJ8 4.2 V8 SPORT, NEW MOT, PRIVATE PLATE (2003) 53 REG

    £3,995 £3,995

    Very well looked after Jaguar Sport! Black Leather, Aircon, Digital Climate Control, Satnav, 4 x E/Windows, E/Mirrors, E/Memory Seats, E/Handbrake, Cruise Control, Multifunction Steering Wheel, 6 Disc CD Player, E/Adjustable Pedals/Steering Wheel, Rear Parking Sensors, Cup Holders, 17" Alloys, Front Foglights, ABS, Airbags, Twin Exhausts, Automatic Gearbox with Sports Mode, 139,000 Miles with Full Jaguar Service History (15 Stamps) New Mot expires 31st July 2018, Very Good Condition throughout! Bought as a stop gap whilst our Audi was being repaired hence Sale! £3,995 o.n.o. TEL: (01903) 415943 or 07786242531

    • Mileage: 139000 mi
    • Engine size: 4196
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  • Jaguar XJ GOLD

    £6,995 £6,995

    About this Jaguar XJ GOLD Jaguar grasped the nettle bravely in 1986 with the launch of an entirely new XJ6 - code-named XJ40. The new XJ’s outward similarity to the old one masked a host of improvements: a simpler bodyshell constructed from fewer panels, new advanced anti-corrosion technology, increased passenger and luggage space, and revised suspension giving superior ride and handling. Two new six-cylinder engines replaced the long-running XK series; these were the 3.6-litre, 24-valve, twin-cam AJ6 already seen in the XJ-S and a 2.9-litre single-cam unit. In the early 1990s, these two were replaced by AJ16 24-valve units in 3.2 and 4.0 litres capacity, both of which would find their way into the updated X300 Series introduced for 1995. One of the final XJ6 models, the limited edition 3.2-litre Gold was produced for 1994. Generously equipped in the best Jaguar tradition, the Gold came with leather upholstery, walnut trim, remote central locking, electric windows/mirrors, stereo surround system, trip computer, dual airbags, alarm/immobiliser, ABS and alloy wheels. This also has a sunroof. Presented in excellent condition with only 4 owners, this ‘Gold’ had covered just 48000

    • Mileage: 48000 mi
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  • Jaguar Xj8

    £2,500 £2,500

    Fabulous car. Has become a collectible. Will only appreciate in value therefore £2,500 is now the minimum price.

    • Mileage: 105000 mi
    • Engine size: 3248
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