CAT’S INSIDE LINE: JAGUAR XJ X350 AND X358 (2003 TO 2009)

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Jaguar-XJ-300pxThe Jaguar XJ, the British byword for automotive luxury, is the next vehicle on our ramp.

The original XJ, the Series 1 was built in 1968 with the Series 2 and 3 following in 1973 and 1979 respectively. The XJ X300 spawned in 1994 saw a new curvier shape for the XJ, one heralded in the X350 and X358. Later in the autumn, the tenth iteration of the big luxury cat will be launched, while the generation we are focusing on here rolled off the production line last in 2009.

The X350 and X358 came in both long and short wheel based form and with a selection of petrol engines including a 3.0- V6, 3.5-, 4.2- and 4.2-litre supercharged V8, or an 2.7-litre V6 diesel, all mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox.

The flagship luxury Jaguar came equipped with a host of technology, an aluminium body and air suspension, all of which provides extra challenges.

Next month we’ll be looking at the Alfa Romeo 159, so wherever you work in the aftermarket if you have insight to share, we would be delighted to hear from you.

To get your advice included contact hemal.mistry@haymarket.com.

Click below to see technical contributions on the Jaguar XJ X350 and X358 from:

Autoelectro – rotating electric considerations and foibles on the Jaguar XJ

Cambiare – various technical faults that affect the X350 and X358 Jaguar XJ

Comma – discusses the importance of servicing the fluids and lubricants on the XJ

Dayco – why checking the big Jaguar’s belts is vital

First Line – a look at foibles with the XJ’s steering, suspension, filtration and brakes

Forté – on keeping the Jaguar’s engine running at full performance

JaguarForum.com – explains why certain vibrations are linked to the panaromic sunroof on X351 XJs

JaguarForums.com –looks at a number of general issues plaguing the luxurious Jag

Jaguar Owners Club –examines issues affecting the large Jaguar XJ’s automatic gearbox and parking brake

Meyle – advises on a changing the XJ’s transmission fluid

RMI – looks at a couple of key faults with the Jaguar 

TecRMI – gives technical insight into a couple of common faults on the Jaguar XJ X350 and X358

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