We have a 1998 Jaguar XJ8 with about 50,000 miles. I recently posted about a condition that every once in a while the car loses power and stalls. Pull over to the side of the road and it fires right up with no problem. This has happened about 4 times over the last 2 months. Recently the car has become very hard to start when sitting for more than a few hours. If you don't touch the throttle and start cranking, the engine gets to the point where it fires and as soon as you let of the key it stalls. I have found that the only way to start it is to floor it and when it fires let it rev up to about 2000 rpm momentarily and it runs fine. It usually gives a puff of blue/black smoke. I listened for the fuel pump before cranking and it sounds like it is working. I tried to find the schrader valve on the fuel rail like on the old XJ6 but I could not even find the fuel rail
. It is my wife's car and I don't like the idea of her being stranded somewhere. If any of the great minds here can help I will be very thankful.
Does anybody know a reliable jaguar mechanic in the Vancouver BC area. I have heard horror stories about the dealer here.