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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 220

    €405,000(£350,244) €405,000(£350,244)

    1 OF ONLY 285 EXAMPLES AND ONLY 12.000 KMS SINCE NEW Brand Jaguar Type XJ 220 Color Silver Interior Grey Year of build 1992 Price € 405.000,- 1992 JAGUAR XJ 220 One of only 285 examples made Engine rebuilt/service of € 45.000,- has been carried out Superb color combination Supercar of the nineties A dream has come true. I still remember the day that my parents gave me a 1:18 size scale model when I was approximately 7 years old. We were in central London and it was my favorite out of hundreds of scale models. The XJ 220 was a toy which I took everywhere but nobody else was allowed to play with it except myself. After 3 years I first saw the XJ 220 in real. A customer of a Land Rover dealer where I was washing cars came by with his Jaguar XJ 220. In Holland it was even more unique to see such a supercar as we have an extra road tax and therefore a Jaguar XJ 220 was costing over 1.000.000,- guilders which is nowadays the same in Euro’s. After quite a big research we finally bought the Jaguar which we offer for sale now. It is a pity to sell her but unfortunately we cannot keep all of our dream cars. A total of just 285 including prototypes (275 road cars) of the Jaguar XJ 220 have be

    • Year: 1992
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  • 2009 JAGUAR XJ TDVI V6 SOVEREIGN Diesel Auto

    £12,795 £12,795

    JAGUAR XJ TDVI V6 SOVEREIGN AUTO Finished in Radiance Red Mica with full heated and cooled ivory leather interior, Only 66,000 miles from new. This Fantastic example also benefits from Sat Nav, Bluetooth, Alpine Speakers, 3 Keys and Only One owner from new. ;;Features include Digital Climate Control, Alarm, Service History, Front Parking Sensors, CD Player, ABS, Leather Interior, Driver Airbag, Alloy Wheels, Spare Key, Full Size Spare Wheel, Central Locking, Adjustable Steering Wheel, Passenger Airbags, Electric Adjustable Seats, Auto Lights, V5 Reg Doc, Heated Seats, Colour Coded, Air Conditioning, Rear Parking Sensors, Electric Mirrors, Bi Xenon Headlights, HPI Clear, Cruise Control, Air Suspension, SatNav, Electric Windows, Bluetooth Phone Conn, 3 Month Warranty, Isofix System.;;Only GBP 12,795

    • Mileage: 66000 mi
    • Engine size: 2.72
    For sale

    £9,995 £9,995

    About this Jaguar XJ TDVI SOVEREIGN First registered March 2006 (06 Reg) this XJ Sovereign was sold by us in April 2015 to its last local keeper with 60,000 miles recorded. We are pleased to offer this very good example once again. Presented in Slate Grey with Ivory Leather piped Warm Charcoal with Burr Walnut Veneers and equipped 19 Inch Jaguar "Custom" Alloys. As a Sovereign the specification is very impressive and includes: CATS Adaptive Damping, Headlamp Powerwash, Rain Sensitive Wipers, Xenon Headlights, CD Auotchanger, Satellite Navigation System, Cruise Control, Powerfold Mirrors, Electrically Adjustable and Heated Front Seats with Driver Memory, Heated Rear Seat and on this example Television. The Service History to 57,00 miles is entirely HA Fox Jaguar Main Dealer and at 60,000 miles ourselves.

    • Mileage: 68500 mi
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  • Jaguar XJ

    £25,995 £25,995

    Variant name:D V6 PORTFOLIO SWB ,Derivative:X351 ,Variant: D V6 PORTFOLIO SWB A very well cared for Jaguar XJ 3.0V6 Diesel Portfolio which we supplied from new. Finished in Caviar Metallic with Jet Soft-grain Leather seats with contrast Ivory Piping. A high specification vehicle which includes, Heated & Cooled Front and Rear seats, Heated Steering Wheel, 20" Alloy Wheels, Panoramic Sunroof, Blind Spot Monitor, DAB Radio, Bluetooth, Satellite Navigation, Adaptive Bi-Xenon Headlights, TV, Intelligent High Beam, Jaguar Voice, Heated front Windscreen, Rear View Camera, Keyless Entry, 20 way electric seats with Memory Bowers & Wilkins Premium Hi-Fi, Power Fold back electric mirrors, Power Boot-lid, Tyre Pressure Monitor.

    • Year: 2012
    • Mileage: 22000 mi
    • Engine size: 3
    For sale

    £10,995 £10,995

    About this Jaguar XJ SOVEREIGN V6 TDVi First registered January 2007 (56 Reg) and presented in Ebony with Ivory Interior piped Ebony and with Burr Walnut Veneers this XJ Sovereign was previously sold by us four years ago to its last keeper who was based on the Isle of Wight; so less than 4,500 miles a year have been recorded in his ownership. The car remains in excellent overall condition. The factory specification includes: Powerfold Electrochromic Exterior Mirrors, Premium Sound System, Front and Rear Parking Aid, CATS Adaptive Damping, Headlamp Powerwash, Xenon Headlights, Rain Sensitive Wipers, Heated Front Windscreen, CD Autochanger, Satellite Navigation, Cruise Control, Driver and Front Passenger 16 Way Electrically Adjustable Heated Seats with Memory and Heated Rear Seats. Serviced at appropriate intervals four times by Lancaster Jaguar from 2007 to 26,000 miles in 2011; we serviced this car in 2012 at 33,000 miles at sale to its last keeper who has recorded two further services (bills on file) with his local specialist garage, plus other maintenance bills for tyres, brakes etc.. These cars are just superb value for money, comfortable, plenty quick enough and sublimely comfo

    • Mileage: 50000 mi
    For sale

    £10,995 £10,995

    About this Jaguar XJ SOVEREIGN V6 TDVi First registered August 2008 (08 Reg) presented in most elegant Vapour Grey with Barley Hide piped Mocha this Sovereign specification car is in lovely overall condition. We sold this car in 2014 to its last owner. Equipped with 20 Inch Callisto Wheels giving a sporting stance and being a Sovereign this car has a massive specification including: Powerfold Electrochromic Mirrors, Front and Rear Parking Aid, CATS Adaptive Damping, Headlamp Powerwash, Rain Sensitive Wipers, Xenon Headlights, Heated Front Windscreen, Heated Front Windscreen, CD Autochanger, Satellite Navigation, Driver and Front Passenger 16 Way Adjustable Heated and Cooled Seats with Memory, Heated Rear Seats and Electric Sunblind. Serviced at Jaguar Main Dealers to 34,000 miles in 2011, and thereafter by specialist garages at: 43,000; 53,000; 56,000 (Ourselves); 66,200 and 76,000. This Aluminium bodied car with the benefit of the 2008 Model Year facelift is huge value for money and very economical to run cruises at 70 mph at just over 2,000 rpm.

    • Mileage: 78000 mi
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  • Jaguar Xj 1998

    £1,500 £1,500


    • Mileage: 110091 mi
    • Engine size: 3248
    For sale

    £24,995 £24,995

    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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