Jump to content

Newbie intro x308 Xjr


Recommended Posts

Hi to all,

Fairly new to Jaguar ownership, so I thought I'd intro myself I'm Duncan and I have just bought a 1998 x308 Xjr, she's looks stunning for a 16 year old car.

I've always wanted an x308 as the shape I think is just sexy (so many new cars look the same), any way I did my research looked for around 9 months and found this 1998 x308 97k fsh, all the buttons work hardly any rust bar a small hole on the front passenger wing ( needs wing replacing) but underneath and all the arches all good.

So I have parted with my dough and trailered it back to mine, and into my first niggle no battery charging, identified as a bad/dirty/loose cable to the false post, bad burning smell alerted me. All cleaned and tightened works a treat. Two days of driving seemed to be loosing water topped up then restricted performance light on suspected head gasket/cracked block ( ohh I'm so lucky).

Few tests and its a minimum head gasket so what to do now. I had a price of £1750 for the head gaskets with new 3gen chains and tensionors thermostat and metal impeller water pump inc vat, or a genuine Jaguar exchange 2002 engine with low 30 k mileage including the engine and install £1850.

Just wondering which route you guys would of gone?

Anyway at least it's not a boring intro lolpost-6554-0-97650400-1423337251_thumb.jp

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Hi Duncan, and welcome to the club.


Both the options you have give room for thought.


A genuine Jaguar nine with only 30k on the clock sounds good as long as you get a good warranty


The other option depends on where you are getting the job done and what guarantees they give as well as how trustworthy they are.


My S type had a new engine fitted at 22k by Jaguar under warranty during its first period of ownership, so I would be inclined to go with the option of the replacement engine.





Link to comment
Share on other sites

For a first time X buy that's a a bit of bad luck with those findings....but if the repair work is good then for the money its a fair investment into one of these 'if' you plan to keep it..... if you sell it on todays prices you will lose a few quid.....but don't we all lose money on old cars....its a love hate thing.


welcome to hell and paradise.....X308 will give you a bit of both

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 2 months later...

Hi Duncan, I'm new to the X308 too, though it looks like I've been particularly lucky with mine! I think I'd go with the new lump, as long as it comes with some sort of warranty. Hope you get it sorted ok, as these are awesome cars, and I love mine to bits!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • Join The Club

    Join the Jaguar Owners Club and be part of the Community. It's FREE!

  • Topics

  • Our picks

      Jaguar is commemorating the end of its internal combustion sports car lineage in 2024 with an exclusive limited-edition F-TYPE inspired by two iconic 1960s racing E-types

      Just 150 examples of the F-TYPE ZP Edition will be the last internal combustion-engined sports cars designed by Jaguar. These 575PS supercharged petrol V8 F-TYPEs feature specially curated interior and exterior details by the personalisation experts at SV Bespoke.
        • Like

      Please find attached your club label – please can this be distributed amongst your club members prior to the event. Please ensure that they print this label and display it in their windscreen upon entry to the event, this ensures that all members wishing to park within your club area are directed to the correct parking location by our stewards. Please do not modify or add logos to the club label.

      We do ask that all individuals have purchased their tickets on an individual basis in advance via our website, to speed up the entry process on the day. This can be done on our website here until 2pm on the day when admission closes: https://www.beaulieu.co.uk/events/simply-jaguar.

      Note that we do have two entrances available, one is exhibitors gate at the bottom of the hill as you come in to Beaulieu, with the other being the normal Simply event entrance within the attraction. Either entrance is fine to use and both are open from 9.00am, with the exhibitors entrance closing around 11am.

      Jaguar Owners Club (1).pdf
    • Simply Jaguar - Beaulieu Motor Museum - 25th June 2023
      Jaguar Owners Club have a stand at this years Simply Jaguar event at the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, Hampshire on Sunday 26th June 2023

      Tickets are available online here: https://www.beaulieu.co.uk/events/simply-jaguar/

      Participant prices are only valid if arriving in a Jaguar and taking part in the rally. They are not valid for those arriving on foot.

      Participants can make the most of our EARLY BIRD discount by booking before 28th February 2023.

      Children under 5 require a ticket, this can be booked online free of charge.

      Participant and visitor tickets will include entrance to the rest of the Beaulieu attraction, including the National Motor Museum, Palace House, Little Beaulieu, World of Top Gear, Beaulieu Abbey and its grounds and gardens.

      The best time for viewing the Simply rally is between 10am and 2pm.





      Participants – Early Bird*



      Participants – Standard & On The Day




      Normal admission applies.

      Normal admission applies

      *Early bird tickets are available until 28th February 2023

      Entry with your Jaguar is from 9am – 2pm. Please make sure you have your ticket printed or available on your phone, ready to be scanned on arrival.

      Please do not arrive early for our Simply rallies as no facilities will be open prior to 9:30am.

      Cars cannot leave and re-enter the grounds for the Simply rallies.



      We do ask for a final update on numbers 2 weeks prior to the event following which we will send out club labels to you via email for you to then distribute out to club members. Club members then need to print and display these in their windscreen on arrival. This helps us then park you all in your club area together.

      1. Trevor (admin)
      2.  Paj
      • 5 replies
    • F-TYPE marks 75 years of Jaguar sports cars and its final model year update
      The Jaguar F-TYPE is the definitive Jaguar sports car from a rich bloodline spanning 75 years and including some of the most iconic models ever built
        • Like
    • Jaguar partners with Andersen EV for luxury, customisable home charging
      Owners of electrified Jaguar and Land Rover models will be able to charge their vehicles at home with unrivalled style thanks to a new agreement with fellow British company Andersen EV

      Owners of electrified Jaguar and Land Rover models will be able to charge their vehicles at home with unrivalled style thanks to a new agreement with fellow British company Andersen EV.
        • Like

  • Create New...