Tuesday, August 19, 2014

5k: Status Cymbal: 2003 Jaguar XJR

If you are tightwad prudent buyer in the market for a post 2000 model year Euro performance sedan to lend credence to your claims to be a baller, you would probably select something from AMG, Audi S-line, or BMW's M division -- but you'd be wrong. What you really need is something that is brash, loud and elegant, but announces your arrival like the banging of two bronze cymbals, like this 2003 Jaguar XJR offered for $6,400 in Lemon Grove, CA via craigslist.

The Jaguar XJR first launched in the X300 platform marked the beginning of the end for Jaguar's V12 power plants. The XJ12 was still available, but a sport/performance version called the XJR was released with a supercharged V8 that rendered the piston rich twin-inline-6 obsolete.  This X308 generation XJR is powered by a 4.0 liter V8 that is boosted to achieve 375 horsepower and 387 ft-lbs of torque.

The XJR might be capable of 0-60mph in 5 seconds and of reaching its 155 mph speed governor with ease, but you don't buy it with the expectations of M5 levels of performance...no...you buy it for the luxury qualities, like walnut accented trim, fancy-pants white leather seats and a smooth shifting automatic transmission.

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  1. I love these. In fact, I drove past a black xjr this afternoon on the side of the road with $1350.00 Written on the windshield. No, I didn't stop.

  2. ^^COW nomination, there.

    Because it's true.

  3. Repainted or is that a factory-crooked logo on the right fender?

  4. I think these are all aluminum. Jags ride like no other. A rock on the road. If this doesn't have any electric issues, you will have a hard time finding anything so comfy for the cash.

  5. I test drove one of these at carmax with my father. He looked like a homeless man as does he on most days. It was funny to see the salesperson give him the keys.

    It was very fast and had great supercharger sounds. I also like some of the details like the Brembo brakes and the badging.

  6. Getting more for less cannot be done without connections.

  7. I'm shopping for a work car now, and the XJR is on my short list with a Volvo v70r. But I really want at least one of my cars to have less than 150k miles, for at least a year or two, so that rules this one out.

  8. I think the last iteration of this body style (2008? 2009?) XJR was the best looking Jaguar saloon car since the MK II... and is the current title holder in my mind's eye of "last, best looking Jag". The current cars are too derivative in my opinion.

    Overall, one of these in black from the end of their run 8/10 would drive. This one? Not enough Brembo.

  9. All aluminum started in 2005, and came in almost 700# lighter with a more powerful engine. THAT is the car to have. I'd have one in my driveway now if they were ever offered with a stick, and unfortunately, several excellent shops have tried to make a conversion with minimal success.


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