The Jaguar XJ has been around since 1968 and has become one of Britains' favourite luxury cars. Should you buy a used one? Let's find out...

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    • David Moynahan
      David Moynahan

      This guy should become a key presenter on BBC Top Gear.
      Straight forward presentations, pleasant clear voice and good balance of technical and opinion.

      about 4 months ago
    • Georgy Boy
      Georgy Boy In reply to David Moynahan

      Working for the BBC would Rob this guy of his soul. Stay away from the BBC

      about 1 month ago
    • High Peak Autos
      High Peak Autos In reply to David Moynahan

      Spicer LDN I appreciate your feedback, but I think you’re reading too much into this. It’s a hobby for me to talk about cars that I like once a week on my day off. It’s not as if I’m trying to put together a polished show

      about 2 months ago
    • simon park
      simon park In reply to David Moynahan

      And very very boring.

      about 2 months ago
    • Kelly Hunt
      Kelly Hunt In reply to David Moynahan

      @High Peak Autos Well done Sir, very well put together.

      about 2 months ago
    • Spicer LDN
      Spicer LDN In reply to David Moynahan

      @High Peak Autos Take it how you will. There's a shit load you could do to improve your production. I'm just saying it as I see it. I'm guessing you're director/producer/editor combined? That's why your scenes are so stale.

      I'd take all these compliments here with a huge pinch of salt.

      Your shows need work. If you can't see that, then you'll never get anywhere.

      about 2 months ago
    • Jasser Abu-Giemi
      Jasser Abu-Giemi

      Is there a verdict on these videos? I appreciate his opinion but nowhere in the video does he say if you should or should not buy one of these.

      about 23 hours ago
    • High Peak Autos
      High Peak Autos In reply to Jasser Abu-Giemi

      I just try and lay out all the facts and my opinion and let the viewing make up their own mind

      about 17 hours ago
    • Farina Marcini
      Farina Marcini

      You could ask the same for any brand esp german.

      about 1 day ago
    • Marshmallow Blob
      Marshmallow Blob

      In a car park you’ll always have to have the back or front a bit over the curb

      about 1 day ago
    • Manc Car Guy
      Manc Car Guy

      7.32 who noticed the pun? 2k Subs more like 15k now mate. Quality video lad.

      about 9 days ago
    • Manc Car Guy
      Manc Car Guy In reply to Manc Car Guy

      @High Peak Autos Your welcome mate.

      about 9 days ago
    • High Peak Autos
      High Peak Autos In reply to Manc Car Guy

      Manc Car Guy Thank you!

      about 9 days ago
    • Mirage8v
      Mirage8v

      That driving position. Guess the guy used to drive a Golf or a Nova...

      about 10 days ago
    • Greg McPen
      Greg McPen

      i bought 2004 XJ6 about 3 years ago with 60,000 miles. Now I have around 120,000 miles on it. To be honest, I only had to replace one air shock and THAT IS IT. It is somehow, unbelievably reliable car.

      about 10 days ago
    • High Peak Autos
      High Peak Autos In reply to Greg McPen

      Thats what I'm hearing from XJ owners which is surprising :)

      about 9 days ago
    • Frazer Guest
      Frazer Guest

      “Should you buy a used X350 XJ?”

      Yes, and I did. No regrets. Nothing else I’ve driven, (and I’ve owned and driven a lot), rides and handles as nicely as a X350.

      about 11 days ago
    • Frazer Guest
      Frazer Guest In reply to Frazer Guest

      High Peak Autos : Very much so.

      I’ve had 5 Series BMWs and before the XJ, I looked at S Class Mercs, (the were all leggy, rusty dogs), 7 Series BMWs and Audi A8s. Nothing drove, rode and handled anywhere near as well as my XJ, (a 2004 V6 Sport, exactly the same as yours, but in BRG, 92’000 miles, two owners, full dealer history, £1800).

      That balance between magic carpet ride and pinsharp handling is something the Germans couldn’t hope to get close to matching. It really is remarkable how Jaguar got it just so right with the XJ.

      The car weighs around 1750kg, wafts along effortlessly, soaking up all the bumps, potholes and imperfections of Sheffield’s terrible roads. But once out in the Peak District, once the throttle has been buried into the Wilton carpet, the car stiffens up. The sublime ride is still there, but the handling is razor sharp. There’s hardly any understeer, the poise of the car remaining decidedly neutral unless provoked by trail braking deep into an apex. Even then the rear breaks away nice and progressively with telepathic feedback through the steering wheel and the seat.

      It’s almost like driving a nearly two ton Caterham. The XJ certainly rides and handles a lot better than any BMW, Audi or Mercedes I’ve ever driven. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that it handles better on rough Peak District roads better than my old TVR did.

      Downsides ? Well, with the vehicle weighing nearly 1800kg, the brakes soon start to fade when really pressing on. There’s the oxidisation issues on the bottom of the doors, although that’s always preferable to the chronic rust that plages BMWs and especially Mercedes. Gearboxes, allegedly ‘sealed for life’ can fail and defiantly require 30’000 mile gearbox services to prevent premature failure. On saying that though, other serviceable items, especially on the V6, are cheap as chips, and they’re very easy to work on.

      Suspension components can take a hammering with it being such a heavy car, but that would be true of any nearly two ton car.

      Fuel tank straps can and do fail / break, but they’re cheap and easy enough to replace.

      Suspension airbags seem to be another weak point, (just as they are on S Class Mercs), but used and recon’d items are available quite cheaply.

      Overall, it’s a very pretty looking, very capable luxury saloon that I expect to start rising in value soon. The problem I face is what to replace it with ? I had considered a Maserati Quattroporte, but as seen as the XJ is so incredible to drive, it will likely be a similar vintage Jaguar XJR.

      about 9 days ago
    • High Peak Autos
      High Peak Autos In reply to Frazer Guest

      They're lovely cars aren't they

      about 9 days ago
    • Carlito SCF
      Carlito SCF

      Great Video and I agree in all what you said. In fact, I am going to look for an "old" Jag again.I was always a BMW fan but lately they s*ck.And all look alike.I had an X300 and it was wonderful.A little high fuel consumption though so I am going to look for the 308 or 350.The 308 has more chrome which I like.Also it will be a LW based. Just some nice cruising.Engine will be a straight 6 again. The feeling you have while driving it is not to discribe in words.It feels like a big car but drives easily and yes, everyone is looking at it. Doing the right maintenance and you have a car with low costs. Only weak point is the manifold.They used to crack and will bring you to around 5 to 600 pounds to replace. Suspension you need to look at also. Keep it clean regular and you will have no rust at all. Thx for sharing

      about 11 days ago
    • Do one
      Do one

      Lovely car , top review

      about 12 days ago
    • Thomas Williams
      Thomas Williams

      I miss the old styling of the XJ. The Jaguar brand has been ruined. They look nothing like a Jag nowadays, they look like Japanese cars.

      about 15 days ago
    • Adam otherwise Dugdell
      Adam otherwise Dugdell In reply to Thomas Williams

      @Thomas Williams Regressive progress imo re new style shape,but the X300 range are stylish classy and still modern in a timeless way and apart from some minor electrical glitches now n then are very very reliable and not too expensive to run and maintain- i personally like the steel body versions- just a great representation of one of the great marquees in motoring.

      about 14 days ago
    • Thomas Williams
      Thomas Williams In reply to Thomas Williams

      @Adam otherwise Dugdell agreed, its sad what has happened to them because I used to love Jags.

      about 14 days ago
    • Adam otherwise Dugdell
      Adam otherwise Dugdell In reply to Thomas Williams

      Ive got a xj6 96 3.2ltre and it drives like a dream- the classic jag body lasted 3 decades or so with some minor changes- unheard of in motoring history. Old school jags are fantastic.

      about 14 days ago
    • gordon smyth
      gordon smyth

      X350 is one of the most underrated jaguar ever built. Light and very nimble car. Great v8 4.2 Full set of brakes discs all round plus pads was £250. Very cheap to fix bushes being the main problem powerflex bushes and be done with it. alloy body corrosion is not the problem people making out To be. Easy fix. Have a v8 4.2 se. For 5 years bought for peanuts thanks to the old school jaguar brigade banging on it not a proper jaguar.

      about 22 days ago
    • Ann Keville
      Ann Keville

      Hi this is the car I love thanks Richard coventry

      about 1 month ago
    • Alex Bosinceanu
      Alex Bosinceanu

      Nice example...never drove one but I'd enjoy to have this chance

      about 1 month ago
    • John Richards
      John Richards

      Aha, a reviewer who thinks for himself and doesn't parrot the Clarkson brigade. It's so refreshing coming across an automotive journalist who isn't trying to amuse or entertain you! That gets old pretty fast. And his insights on this transitional XJ model should get more than a few of us thinking about what a fine bunch of ancestors the XJ line has been graced with over the years. I agree with the reviewer: the virtues that endear you to it would be seen as vices on a different car -- or even on its descendant: For one thing, unlike say a 7-series, you don't feel pressed to cruise at 80 mph or in this car or risk being accused of being a wimp. The supercharged version of the XJ will absolutely run with a 740, but you don't feel obligated to. In fact, this car's comfort, its user-friendliness, and yes, its old-school appeal combine to cosset me into cruising along with whatever the traffic is doing at a given moment. This car cannot be accused of feeding the impatience of so many upwardly-mobile types seem compelled to go to the trouble of getting ahead of the car in front. And to what purpose?

      about 1 month ago
    • High Peak Autos
      High Peak Autos In reply to John Richards

      Thank you for your comments! I appreciate it :)

      about 1 month ago
    • Philip Goetz
      Philip Goetz

      I love the car, but gotta disagree about the front seats. They aren't human-shaped. They push on your neck, making you slump your shoulders and hunch forward. and will give you a backache and headache on long trips. I have to put a pad behind my back, or I wouldn't be able to drive it.

      The X350 /doesn't/ require much maintenance; it's the most-reliable Jaguar ever made, according to all studies of repair records. Because it's not British. It was made by Ford. :) I'd say it's greatest weakness is its overly-complicated electrical system, which does too many weird things automatically (like, if you leave it parked in the sun, it may open all the windows to prevent overheating--not a great feature for city drivers!). Not many mechanics know how to deal with that electrical system. And you have to replace the entire audio system--including all the fiber-optic cables--to get it to play MP3 CDs.

      about 1 month ago
    • Tru Brit.
      Tru Brit. In reply to Philip Goetz

      Philip Goetz your wider than the seat then

      about 21 day ago
    • Philip Goetz
      Philip Goetz

      What, what's this about a V6? I don't think those exist in the States.

      about 1 month ago
    • High Peak Autos
      High Peak Autos In reply to Philip Goetz

      Philip Goetz Yep, we get a 3.0 V6 petrol and a 2.7 turbo diesel

      about 1 month ago
    • Teoman Metehan
      Teoman Metehan

      British English is really hard to understand. Thankfully there are subtitles. Good review though.

      about 1 month ago
    • High Peak Autos
      High Peak Autos In reply to Teoman Metehan

      Where are you from?

      about 1 month ago
    • wtfbollos
      wtfbollos

      you don't half talk some bo-locks mate.

      about 1 month ago
    • High Peak Autos
      High Peak Autos In reply to wtfbollos

      Cheers

      about 1 month ago
    • Alan Reynolds
      Alan Reynolds

      A Beautiful British car, XXXX

      about 1 month ago
    • MrRiskrisk
      MrRiskrisk

      Excellent series on Jaguar cars; very enjoyable presentations. There was mention of a video on a Jag XJR in one of them; I hope we see it soon. All the best Dave

      about 1 month ago
    • High Peak Autos
      High Peak Autos In reply to MrRiskrisk

      Thanks for watching!

      about 1 month ago
    • hugh jones
      hugh jones

      Great review as is becoming typical on this channel

      about 1 month ago
    • High Peak Autos
      High Peak Autos In reply to hugh jones

      Thank you! I appreciate it :)

      about 1 month ago
    • Andrew Hepburn
      Andrew Hepburn

      Nice video. I'm looking at buying the 4.2 Sovereign version of this car. Where I live in Dorset, so much traffic that I decided a big muscular cruiser that would take 2 adults and 2 kids was needed. The Jaguar XJ seems to fit the bill perfectly!

      about 1 month ago
    • High Peak Autos
      High Peak Autos In reply to Andrew Hepburn

      I agree! I can't think of anything else that would do the job as well

      about 1 month ago
    • Matt Pedwell
      Matt Pedwell

      Brilliant presenting straight talking no waffle please don’t change 👍

      about 1 month ago
    • High Peak Autos
      High Peak Autos In reply to Matt Pedwell

      Thanks! Short and sweet is better. Nobody has time for waffle

      about 1 month ago
    • Levi Dance
      Levi Dance

      I am thinking of buying a 2.7 TDVi fancy doing a review on it if I buy it

      about 1 month ago
    • aber ber
      aber ber

      Great video, a refreshing change from the others - good luck with the channel bud. A truly beautiful motor, this model is my favourite of the Jags. I recognised a few locations, New Mills being one of them. :D Subscribed!

      about 1 month ago
    • High Peak Autos
      High Peak Autos In reply to aber ber

      Thanks for watching and subscribing :)

      about 1 month ago
    • SGT SAM
      SGT SAM

      Hate to rain on your parade but for the price of a good XJ you could easily get a good, newer, vw phaeton with the 3.0 V6 diesel. I know the phaeton wont have the same prestige as a jag but if you want too feel special its the car to go for since there are considerably less phaetons on the road than there are XJ's.

      about 1 month ago
    • High Peak Autos
      High Peak Autos In reply to SGT SAM

      The Phaeton is the sensible choice. Still a nice car but a little bland in my opinion.

      about 1 month ago
    • SGT SAM
      SGT SAM In reply to SGT SAM

      @High Peak Autos Yeah i totally get what you mean and the xj is a cracking car like you say. Nice video as well, nice to see people value early 2000s luxury cars more.

      about 1 month ago
    • High Peak Autos
      High Peak Autos In reply to SGT SAM

      You're right, but it wouldn't satisfy me. Its a big boring lump of a car

      about 1 month ago
    • Blaise Mossman
      Blaise Mossman

      landed plas? yes please

      about 1 month ago
    • Jack The cowboy
      Jack The cowboy

      This car will one day, be in my garage for sure !!!! I'm madly in love with the X350 !!!

      about 1 month ago
    • High Peak Autos
      High Peak Autos In reply to Jack The cowboy

      They're great cars

      about 1 month ago
    • MiG
      MiG

      Please do one for Mercedes G63 2016 wagon. Love from KE

      about 1 month ago
    • High Peak Autos
      High Peak Autos In reply to MiG

      I'd love one

      about 1 month ago