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What type of antifreeze is recommended for my 2001 XK8? I don't want to pay for the Jaguar brand.
You dont want to put the wrong type in, it can react badly if mixed.
Get the Jaguar Extended Life Coolant, for five years service why would you want to take any risk. Just think how much better it feels filling the system from that Jaguar branded gallon container.
I have used the Autozone Yellow mix w/ anything in all my cars w/o a problem for many many years. The single caveat is that I replace the coolant at least every year because I am either performing work on the cooling system; or as preventive maintenance care. I never reuse any coolant. Always fresh. And always distilled water... never from the tap.
All of the problems associated with Dexcool are associated with neglecting to replace coolant and are a result of leaving the coolant in five or ten years wherein it turns to what you and I would refer to as slush.
Some European owners need to be careful with the phosphate content off their antifreeze reacting with aluminum; but that type of coolant is not available in the US and is a non issue here.
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