- Jaguar XK 4.0 – is it a REALLY stupid idea?
- Capt. KronosSubscriber
I very, very nearly bought an XKR when I worked in IT… back in those days of disposable income and no responsibilities!
If you can afford it, and it takes your fancy – why the hell not!
Me… I am probably going to get a Rocket III when my midlife crisis comes along, and then pop a Stage 2 Supercharger on it just to make sure 😉
Posted 4 years agocarlosgMember
I’m not quite ready for the mid life crisis car yet but love the look of the XK too. They look fairly spacious inside and I saw an autotrader ad for one that had an LPG conversion that reportedly returned just over 40mpg. Another five or so of years from now I can see a time when I might start to have a more serious look at them.Posted 4 years agostrackbazMember
I brought one in a few years ago as a part exchange. The guy owned it loved it, baby on the way forced the sale. He had just replaced the 4 tyres, I remember him mentioning that it cost him £1200 for Michelins. I was tempted at that time to buy it & run it for a year.
I’d say go for it, you could run it and if it was draining your bank account, you could flog it. You wouldn’t loose that much in depreciation at that age.Posted 4 years agonealgloverMember
The XKR is a much nicer drive than the XK if funds allow. My dad had one for 10 years until last year, did just under 60k miles in it and had no big bills at all, just servicing and tyres (not too bad if you shop around)
Fantastic car to drive, not great on fuel but that’s hardly a surprise really.Posted 4 years agoJonEdwardsMember
I’ve had a thing for one for ages. The local garage had a late model X100 XKR in last summer, so I took it out for a test drive.
I was quite underwhelmed, to be honest. The (tiny!)interior didn’t feel very special and the seats didn’t go near low enough, even for my 5’10. Rear seats are truly pointless. My beemer 320d felt much sharper on the handling front and outright acceleration didn’t seem in keeping with 400bhp/400lbft. Ok I’m comparing a normally aspirated petrol lump to a very torqey TDi, but I expected more. The thing that really ruined it for me was the very dopey autobox though. Even in sport mode, it was just SO sluggish. I dislike autos at the best of times, but this was woeful.
Stuff to look out for:-
Cam chain tensioners. Mk1 & Mk2 break up and lunch the engine. You MUST have the latest all metal ones.
Waterpumps were plastic, and can break up, lunching the engine
Autoboxes need an oil change around the 100k mark. They tend to lunch the ‘box if not done, or not done properly.
Early ones had Nikasil issues, leading to engine swaps. If it’s lasted this long, its probably not an issue.
Footwells rust through
Big heavy car = worn suspension components.
See this thread (XJR, but same drivetrain etc)
Despite all that, I still fancy one!!Posted 4 years ago
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