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1998 Jaguar XJ8L Gear Box (transmission) Fault Light On

I had the transmission replaced (they put in a rebuilt) 3 yrs ago by the Jaguar Dealer because orginal transmission failed to go into reverse (had 67,000 miles). It was covered under an extended warrantee (lucky me). A couple of weeks ago - after coming back from a 2 week trip I started the car and the "gear box fault" indicator came on as I pulled out of the driveway. Noticed it did not want to go into first gear...very sluggish getting started given weight of car but felt "normal" once got upto 25 mph or more on level road. Took it to the dealer and they told me it needed to get replaced. The amazing thing here is - in those 3 years that "new" transmission only logged 12,200 miles (business travel alot so don't use the car much). Dealer told me the transmission was out of warrantee (1 yr/12,000 miles). Contacted Jaguar headquarters and after an "investigation" they gave me the same line as Dealer. Couldn't believe it - they were ok with their transmission to go just 12,000 miles!!!

I'd like to keep the car - its in mint condition. I don't want to go back to Jaguar for the repair...skiddish after this experience. Should I have it "rebuilt" and who can I trust to do a quality job??? And should I expect more the 12,000 miles?

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  • arecibo9 Apr 22, 2009

    Here's a bid of data I should have included in description of issue. The fault codes according the the dealer are P1722 and P1798

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If you check, the replacement the dealer installed in your car was likely a "certa" unit which is another word for a factory rebuild. Therefore a rebuilt transmission will not be anything "new"
If you press the issue, you will likely get Jag to replace yours with another certa unit. You may need to make a bit more "noise" though.
In choosing a private shop to do this work, ask around and see who has a really good reputation."Branded" shops are franchises and as different as dogs and cats when it comes to quality. If you have friends with a similar car, see who they have used. If you use a private repair shop ask who they "job" their trans work out to.
It may take a bit of shopping but you likely will find someone who can do the right job for you!

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  • normz1972 Sep 06, 2011

    Does anyone know what these two foult codes mean for my 1998 Jaguar vanden plas that i have been having transmission problems P1722 and P1111

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First it's unfortunate with your warrenty problems but that is common on rebuilt transsmissions. the warrenty stinks when it comes to rebuilts and that is on all makes and models. now your vehicle is in mint condition so you obviously take care of it so my advice is skip the rebulit and go with a factory direct brand new transmission. yes there is the extra cost involved, but you will save your self alot of hassle in the long run. the warrenty is for at least 3 years 50- 75 thousand miles which is fair by industry standards. it's obvious that the so called rebuilt was either flawed in design from the would go or the "rebuilder" had no clue so you were headed for a let down from the beginning. as far a shops go there are plenty that are good if not excellant in the work they do they may not be jaguar exclusive but the techs are top notch, it's just a matter of how comfortable you feel with there answers and service they promise to provide. hope this answers yopur question. feel free to contact me on this site by clicking my user id please rate this it would be greatly appreciated. thank you Ron M

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