The Jaguar XJ8 is long on pedigree, but short on true luxury attributes. We liked its smooth and responsive drivetrain, sporty handling, thoughtful interior detailing, and easy-to-use controls. But it can't match the luxurious ride and quietness of top-of-the-line class leaders. A good deal of noise enters the cabin and the XJ8 rides no better than a sedan costing thousands less.
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Reliability

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Overall Reliability
The 2004 Jaguar XJ has been recalled 4 times by NHTSA. View Recalls

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Recalls
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SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
Apr 30 2009
CORROSION OF THE BRAKE PIPES CAN LEAD TO A LOSS OF MECHANICAL INTEGRITY OF THE BRAKING SYSTEM. THIS CAN RESULT IN EXTENDED BRAKE PEDAL TRAVEL COMBINED WITH REDUCED BRAKING PERFORMANCE IN THE CORRESPONDING BRAKE CIRCUIT. THE INSTRUMENT CLUSTER MAY DISPLAY THE WARNING MESSAGE 'FLUID LEVEL LOW', ALONG WITH THE BRAKE WARNING LAMP BEING ILLUMINATED. IN THE EVENT OF BOTH BRAKING CIRCUITS LOSING INTEGRITY AT THE SAME TIME, COMPLETE LOSS OF SERVICE BRAKES WILL OCCUR, THEREBY POTENTIALLY CAUSING A VEHICLE CRASH.
Summary:
JAGUAR IS RECALLING 14,551 MY 2004 XJ VEHICLES. A POTENTIAL CONCERN HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED WITH THE INSTALLATION OF A NOISE VIBRATION AND HARSHNESS (NVH) PAD FITTED TO THE UNDER TRAY AND ITS INTERACTION WITH THE REAR UNDER FLOOR BRAKE PIPES, REAR CROSS MEMBER BRAKE PIPES, AND THEIR UNIONS. A REVIEW OF VEHICLE BUILD CONDITIONS PROVIDES EVIDENCE THAT A TOUCH CONDITION CAN EXIST BETWEEN THE UNDER FLOOR AND CROSS MEMBER BRAKE PIPES AND THE NVH PAD AT THE REAR OF THE UNDER FLOOR UNDER TRAY. WHERE THE TOUCH CONDITION EXISTS, WATER AND DIRT CAN COLLECT AND BE HELD IN CONTACT WITH THE PIPES AND THEIR UNIONS, ABRADE THE CORROSION PROTECTION AND REDUCE THE CORROSION LIFE OF THE PIPES ACCORDINGLY.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL REMOVE THE UNDER TRAY AT THE REAR OF THE VEHICLE AND REMOVE AND DISCARD THE NVH PAD FITTED TO THE REAR OF THE UNDER TRAY. DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE REAR UNDER FLOOR AND REAR CROSS MEMBER BRAKE PIPES AND UNIONS FOR RED RUST. IF RED RUST IS PRESENT ON THE PIPES OR ON THE UNION, THE BRAKE PIPES AND UNION WILL BE REPLACED WITH NEW COMPONENTS OF THE SAME DESIGN. THIS SERVICE WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING MAY 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT JAGUAR AT 1-800-452-4827.
For more information:
JAGUAR RECALL NO. J012.OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V144000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 14551
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
May 19 2006
THIS CONDITION MAY CAUSE AN INADEQUATE SEAL AT THE CONNECTION, POTENTIALLY LEADING TO A FUEL LEAK. IN THE PRESENCE OF AN IGNITION SOURCE, A FIRE COULD OCCUR.
Summary:
CERTAIN REPLACEMENT FUEL FILTERS, FRAM BRAND NAME P/N G3727, WITH DATE CODES X52911 THROUGH X60801 SEQUENTIALLY OR X600141 AND A MEXICO COUNTRY OR ORIGIN MARKING ON THE FUEL FILTER HOUSING MANUFACTURED FROM OCTOBER 18, 2005, THROUGH MARCH 21, 2006, SOLD FOR USE ON THE VEHICLES LISTED ABOVE AND ON CERTAIN SCHOOL BUSES. (TO SEE THE SCHOOL BUS ENGINE SIZES, CLICK ON "DOCUMENT SEARCH" AND THEN "BUS APPLICATIONS"). THE CONNECTOR ON THE FUEL FILTER WAS NOT MANUFACTURED TO HONEYWELL'S SPECIFICATION. AS A RESULT, THE O-RING MAY NOT SEAT CORRECTLY ON THE FUEL LINE.
What should you do:
HONEYWELL WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND REPLACE THE FUEL FILTERS FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON OCTOBER 18, 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT FRAM CUSTOMER SERVICE AT 1-800-890-2075 (OPTION 1).
For more information:
THIS RECALL ONLY PERTAINS TO AFTERMARKET FRAM FUEL FILTERS AND HAS NO RELATION TO ANY ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT INSTALLED ON THE VEHICLES LISTED.CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 06E043000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 88303
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL
Mar 18 2004
SHOULD THE AIR BAG DEPLOY, IT COULD BE CUT, CAUSING IT TO NOT INFLATE PROPERLY, WHICH INCREASES THE RISK OF INJURY TO THE OCCUPANT IN A CRASH.
Summary:
ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, THE PASSENGER AIR BAG TRIM COMPONENTS HAVE A POOR APERTURE EDGE.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE PASSENGER AIR BAG APERTURE AND, WHERE NECESSARY, REMOVE ANY SHARP, SERRATED EDGES. THE RECALL BEGAN ON MAY 14, 2004. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT JAGUAR AT 1-800-452-4827.
For more information:
JAGUAR RECALL NO. R719.CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 04V136000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1142
POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
Jan 08 2004
THIS FAILURE COULD RESULT IN A CRASH.
Summary:
ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSIONS, WITH THE FORWARD DRIVE GEAR SELECTED AND THE VEHICLE STATIONARY OR IN A FORWARD MOTION, THE GEARBOX COULD POTENTIALLY SELECT REVERSE GEAR, WITHOUT INDICATION.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL REPROGRAM THE TRANSMISSION CONTROL MODULE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON MAY 1, 2004. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT JAGUAR AT 1-201-818-8500.
For more information:
JAGUAR RECALL NO. R513.CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 04V024000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 31731
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