Did you ever find out how to release your hood. I have the exact same car and exact same problem. Please let me know
October, 20, 2008 AT 6:17 PM
Hi guys - I have the same broken hood release cable - have you had any luck finding another way to open the hood?
October, 21, 2008 AT 7:18 AM
No, I have not yet. Please let me know if you are able to figure it out. My oil is due to be changed and I will need to get that hood up. I would hate to have to take it to a jaguar mechanic and drop $200 on simply popping the hood.
January, 18, 2009 AT 11:56 AM
My son has a 1998 Jaguar XJ8 he had the same problem one side of the bonnett opened one didn't if you look inside the wheel well there are a couple of small holes in the top towards the hood, look for the hole in line with the catch and get a long stiff wire, screwdriver etc and you have to fish around in the hole until you hit the spring that un catches the hook, when you open it look at the catch that is supposed to hold it in place we had to put a piece of wire wrapped in a figure 8 to hold the cable in place so this didnt keep happening but it worked sucessfully, be patient it took us about 2 hours to get it