Jaguar XK Convertible (2006 – 2015) At A Glance
Jaguar seems to be having a serious go at re-inventing itself, with models like the XF and new XJ saloons working hard to move away from the slightly tweedy image that once served it well.
With the compact X-Type's demise, the oldest car in its range is now the alloy-bodied XK8 sports grand tourer, which with its oval grill and sinuous shape might be perceived as having more in common with cars Jaguar made in the past than those that have been launched since it arrived.
It's been around for three years, and has now been given a makeover, with some subtle visual changes outside; the sort of things which only diehard Jaguar fans will notice specifically, but which are enough to distinguish the latest cars from those that went before.
Jaguar XK 4.2 2006 Road Test
Jaguar XK and XKR 5.0V8 2009 Road Test and Video
Jaguar XKR-S 2011 Road Test
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My car's road tax is £500+ per year. Is that correct?
"I have a 2011 Jaguar XK convertible. The road tax is in excess of £500 a year. Is that correct given the age of the car? I thought the tax decreased after a number of years. Thank you."
VED exemption for historic vehicles comes in to play when a car is 40 years old. Your car falls under the emissions-based system - basically, the more carbon dioxide it emits the more tax you pay. I think your model emits 246g/km of CO2 which puts it in the second to highest tax band costing you £565 a year. Do you use it all year round? Six months' VED is £310.
There's a full break down on the Government site: https://www.gov.uk/vehicle-tax-rate-tables/rates-for-cars-registered-on-or-after-1-march-2001
Can I skip the oil and filter change on a low mileage car?
"I bought a Jaguar XK Convertible 5-litre last August. It was serviced in March 2019 at 76,600 miles and has travelled only 4000 miles since. It's used as a second car, no short trips usually 20+ miles. 'Service required' is showing in the display now. It was MOT'd in March so brake pads etc are okay. Does it really need an oil and filter change or would it be alright to carry out all checks but not change the oil for another year. I'm also not thinking of changing the car anytime soon so not concerned about the lack of a full service history."
Regular oil and filter changes are essential. The oil loses its lubricity over time, while the old filter will allow contaminants into the engine. Both will increase wear and tear, which is something you really want to avoid with something as complicated (and costly to fix) as a 10-year-old V8 Jaguar. If you plan to to keep it long term, don't skip or prolong regular maintenance. It will only cause you financial pain further down the road.
How do I improve the bad radio signal in my 2007 Jaguar XK?
"I have a 2007 Jaguar XK convertible. The radio reception is very poor and appears to be because of a bad aerial. The rest of the sound system is fine. I wondered where the aerial is and whether it can be replaced/repaired."
That was a common complaint with the XK convertible (Jeremy Clarkson complained about it) and it was fixed on later models. A Jaguar specialist will know what to do.
mis sold car purchased from marshals Jaguar
We bought and paid for a Jaguar 2006 xk convertible from the Marshal Jaguar dealership on the 26/04/2015.We were unable to collect the car for another four weeks as it turned out the previous owner still had the v5.The car was advertised as having a full service history and one previous owner Upon collection of the car I noticed that the service history had a gap of 2yrs .The salesman assured me this was not a problem ,that I should take the car home and check for any other faults as I had a six month guarantee and that they would stamp the missing service history in this time . When we eventually received the v5 in our name with the change to personalised number plate, it then became apparent the car actually had 2 previous owners.
I again contacted the garage one month before the guarantee would expire to get some other problems rectified and fill in the service book. The work was done and the salesman handed the service book to the man on the service desk. The service dept said they couldn’t sign it and the salesman asked me to leave the book with them. I contacted them a week later but nothing had been done and was told” it wasn’t a problem as the car needed servicing every 20,000 so there really wasn’t a gap”.
I arranged to collect the book and insisted on seeing the manager. The manager I saw that day told me they had no history of the car or previous owner or advert on their system and there was nothing he could do anyway as it was above him. He told me my only option write to the manager explain the situation.
Having done this he has replied saying.
“As a result I am able to accept that the vehicle was mis-described as having a full service history or one previous owner. I am satisfied that these were genuine errors, but I also accept from your point of view the vehicle was mis-described Utilising the facilities available to us including the Seller Advance Valuation System I believe the real difference in value is approximately £250.00 and reflecting the vehicle is 9 years old where the service history and number of previous owners has a less significant impact.
In the circumstances I regret I am unable to accept your rejection but in an effort to reach a compromise I am prepared to offer to carry out the next 2 annual services free of charge (the value of the services is approximately £995.00) and to make an ex gratia payment of £1000.00.”
I paid £24,000 for this car. I keep a copy of the advert; I don’t want to accept 2 services as compensation. Nor do I believe this is an acceptable offer. He gives me 14 day to accept this final offer or it will be retracted.
I know I should have pursued this sooner but was diagnosed with cancer 9 days after collecting the car, hospital appointments, operations and treatment has taken priory.
Please advise me on an acceptable outcome in your opinion
If a car is sold with "one previous owner", that literally means that there is one owner previous to the owner in the V5C. It is deliberately confusing to a buyer, but is literally correct. As for the missing service, that might have had consequences for which someone could have been held liable if the car was not as old as it is. In the circumstances, the offer you have been made is quite reasonable. However, you must get in writing that the 'free' services you have been offered will be full services to the full Jaguar standard at the ages and mileages the car will have reached at the service dates.