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The best investent you can make before buying a 96 to 06 XK8
on December 25, 2009
Unlike the other books on the XK8 that are avaliable, this book tells you what you are buying and what to look out for in a 96 to 2006 XK8. And more criticaly to decide if this is the car for you. The other books tend to be pretty histories printed for those who see these XK8s as dreams. And this book has lots of pretty pictures and a good history,if you want to read up on the car rather than buy one. If your thinking of writing a check for one, the information in this book as to what your buying beneth the pretty body is some thing you need to know. Its an XJS floor pan and in the early production before 2003, but especialy before 2000, has a lot of potential technical issues. The car is definately NOT designed for maintainability. On the other hand, at least for later production, it is reasonably reliable if well maintained. The chapters on buying a car and maintaining it are what makes this book a must buy if your thinking of getting one. The picture of just how much torque it takes to remove a nut to change a wheel bearing makes clear your not buying a Mustang or Camaro type car. What this book makes clear is that the highly depriciated prices for these cars especialy those built before the 2003 upgrade must be ofset with the high maintenance costs and the criticaly of making sure the car has been well maintained. If you cannot afford a new one, you cannot afford an old one; may not be totaly true for this car but its something to consider.