Engine Mechanical problem
2000 Jaguar XJ8 V8 Two Wheel Drive Automatic 114000 miles
My 2000 Jaguar XJ8 has had two recent incidents of failing to start, even though the battery is strong and well charged. The first time, it just cranked but did not fire. I had it towed, but when the tow truck dropped it off, it started right away. However, I took it to a local garage that specializes in European cars. They scanned the codes, but there were no faults recorded. They tried to reproduce the fault, but were unable to. It then ran fine for the next two weeks. Then, this past Saturday, the problem cropped up again, except that this time it fired but would only run weakly for a couple of seconds and then the engine died. I tried starting about six times and it was the same each time. Had it towed home again, and this time it would not start when the tow truck dropped it off. This morning (Monday) I called for a tow, and while waiting for the truck, tried starting it again. It started first try, with no hesitation. Again, the garage scanned the codes, but there was nothing. The technician suggested maybe the crank sensor was bad, but said he would try to reproduce the fault. I'm not hopeful that he will find anything and wondered if you guys have any experience of this?
Monday, May 10th, 2010 AT 1:43 PM