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X305 v12 or x308 xjr?

Old 09-13-2018, 03:59 AM
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What would uou advice?
I want to buy a 1996 x305 xj 6.0 v12 or a 2000 x308 xjr 4.0 v8 supercharges.
​​​​​​. Fuel is no issue. I drive max 12000km a year.
​​​​​​. What is most reliable and fun to drive?
​​​​​​. I drive 50 to 200km distances on the highway maybe once a month.
​​​​​​. I drive 5km apr. 4 times a week

Engines both have run 150000km
X305 has better maintained bodywork and interior.

​​​​​​Is the x305 more likely to become a collectors item?
Old 09-15-2018, 04:00 AM
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Welcome Jeroen. A few thoughts:

The two models are quite different although at a glance they look very similar.

The X305 V12 is 315hp. The car is generally tuned for comfort, although it is still capable. It doesn't float around like a big Cadillac of the day. It may have a few more luxury amenities than the X308R. The engine is relatively quiet until opened up. The car you're looking at might be a long-wheelbase model, with plenty of room in the back seat to carry adults comfortably.

The X308R supercharged V8 is 400hp. It has a sport tuned suspension, with stiffer springs and shocks, larger wheels and tires, and a limited-slip differential. There is some supercharger whine from what I understand (although not unpleasant). The XJR was not offered in a long-wheelbase model until the Super V8 in 2002 or so.

So, it depends on what you want! I would guess that the XJR would be considered the car that's "more fun" to drive because of its more sporty nature. But, if you want to go on road trips, especially with four people (and not much luggage), there would be no beating the XJ12 long-wheelbase model.

The X305 is a rare, low production model. The X308R, not so much. If something like that is important to you.

The X305 is becoming a collector's item, but realistically only for those vehicles that are very well kept and with low mileage, say less than 50k. But you can still join the exclusive club if it suits you!

Present body and interior condition are important so the X305 may have an advantage there too.

Technically, the X308R is a more complicated vehicle than the X305 in most regards. The V12 engine is generally not difficult to work on, but regular auto shops will hesitate (or refuse) to work on it. Dealers don't have many parts for the V12, and some parts are scarce compared to the availability of X308R parts.

The last generation V12 is a very good engine and its too bad it's value wasn't fully realised by the market before it was retired in favor of the V8 engines.

Good luck, hope to hear back from you.
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