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1997 Jaguar XJ Series

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Information shown for entry-level Sedan.

Fuel Economy:
City 15/Hwy 22/Comb 18 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: 6-Cyl, 4.0 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: United Kingdom Country of Assembly: United Kingdom

1997 Jaguar XJ Series Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 35 Ratings for the 1995 - 1997 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.8/10
    Quality
    9.1/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    9.3/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

Of many fine cars I've owned this is the best

By on Tuesday, May 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 94,168

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Solid as a Sherman tank, safe, beautiful car & fun"

Cons: "I'm 6'2" so slightly hampered in driver's seat."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

1995 Jaguar Vanden Plas -- California owned

"Second owner of a '95 VDP with 84,000 miles. Original owner was a well-known set designer for movie studios, kept it garaged and dealer maintained. Virtually perfect in nearly every manner: exterior, interior and drive train. This car still turns heads and often gets a "thumbs-up" from other motorists. It's pleasing when I valet it and come back an hour later to see they've not garaged it, instead left it curbside in a driveway to show it off. I'm 67 years old and think this will be the last motorcar I will ever own. If my Estate can afford it, I plan to be buried in it."

1995 Jaguar Vanden Plas -- California owned

Best Jaguar I have ever owned!

By on Wednesday, April 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Built in UK ,solid,comfortable,beautiful interior."

Cons: "Not great gas mileage, expensive to repair."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I come from a long line of Jag owners and have owned a few myself. I bought this 1997 Jaguar VDP in 2001 with around 19k on it. This is by far the best Jaguar out there. The 6 cyl engine and tranny are bullet proof. The long wheel base and weight (4000lbs) give it an amazing ride. So comfortable to drive and for an 18 year old car. . .it still turns heads."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Overall an AWESOME car

By on Monday, February 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 73,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Everything - it's a work of art inside and outside"

Cons: "Poor leg room and cup holder is poorly designed"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Overall I have very few bad things to say about this vehicle. I recently purchased this car from a relative, who purchased it in 2003 with just over 68,000 miles on it and put about 2,000 miles on it in 13 years! The interior and exterior of this car are simply beautiful. Although the 6 CD changer is in the trunk, I found it created no problem when driving it across country. The paint job and exterior of the car are in perfect condition, with no rust and a high quality paint job that will last for decades. My only complaint is that I'm tall with long legs, and this car is not made for long legged people. Otherwise, it's a thing of beauty and so well made it will last for another few decades."

5 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Most beautiful car on the road...still

By on Thursday, February 05, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 187,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Looks great, drives better than a 328 BMW"

Cons: "poor gas mileage"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Drives like a dream. Is a solid heavy car. It has a Ford engine and still goes 0-60 in 20 seconds. (Ford owned Jaguar in 1996)The interior is in beautiful shape. It's been repainted once. I'm a little old lady in tennis shoes and I've owned the car for 13 years. I'm the second owner. It has been well maintained. Has all new tires. An amazing price for the quality. It's only negative is it gets only 15-16 miles to the gallon. It's Jaguar silver/blue."

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Still the Best Car I Ever Drove!

By on Monday, January 05, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 328,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Looks great, handles beautifully, very reliable"

Cons: "Minor electronics Jaguar seems unable to correct"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought my 1996 Jaguar XJ6 in 2001; it had 50000 miles then and now has 328000. It runs perfectly and has failed to start only once (when I left the lights on all day). Even though we live at the end of a mile-long dirt/gravel road, my mechanic says I have the cleanest oil of any car he works on. Other than routine maintenance like brake pads etc., I have had to do almost no repairs at all. One problem: the sunroof stopped working quite a while ago; had I known at the time I was going to keep the car this long, I would have replaced the sunroof. I average about 22 mpg. This is by far the best, most beautiful, and most reliable car I have ever owned."

6 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Lots of compliments

By on Sunday, September 28, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 123,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
5/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Front seats have cracking leather; front flooring needs carpeting; interior wood veneer chipped; rear drivers side window shattered but can work with buyer to replace. Exterior: blue, small rust spots. Engine is mint condition but needs air conditioning work. Easy fixes for a collector."

5 people out of 8 found this review helpful

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