1984 Jaguar Vanden Plas Reviews from North America

1984 Jaguar Vanden Plas 4.2L Inline Six Cylinder

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 4.2L Inline Six Cylinder Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired78000 miles
Most recent distance78800 miles
Previous carPontiac Firebird

Summary:

A sleek, stylish sports car with personality

Faults:

I had to replace the fuel pump twice.

A tree fell on it, but it was repaired.

The first repaint was horrible.

She idles a little roughly.

She runs a little on the hot side.

There is a short in one of the wires.

There is no one here who works on them.

General Comments:

The frequency of fuel pump repair was related to trash in the tank.

The first paint job was done by a novice claiming to be a professional painter.

She seems to have a mind of her own. She runs only when she wants to, regardless of repairs attempted to her.

The new candy-apple red paint job and body work were performed by someone with great skill. She now shines like a diamond.

When she wants to run, she rides smoother than silk, smoother than any Cadillac I have ever been in.

The retractable moon roof is a real pleasure in warm weather.

She attracts stares everywhere she goes.

The interior is comfortable, until you try to get out.

I absolutely love the body style.

I love them so much, I want to buy and restore another one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th June, 2004

18th Sep 2004, 15:49

The tree-falling-on-the-car comment was hilarious, although I don't know whether it has to do with the original manufacturing or performance of the car.

6th Jan 2012, 05:40

I recently purchased an '84 model Vanden Plas yesterday. Gold!!! Of all colors, I had always said that this color was an absolute deal-breaker...

She is pretty low to the ground.. For sure! But I love her already. Mint condition, all original with only 86,000 miles. Picked her up at a public auction yesterday for $2850.00!!!

What a steal! Two cars behind her on the auction block was an '09 XJ 4dr in metallic gunmetal. Well, not sure where you're from.. but in the south, we luv us some Gunmetal... hahaha.

I'm told she's worth 40,000, but I'm keeping her. The fur covers for the back interior are so plush.

What a sweet ride!

1984 Jaguar Vanden Plas straight 6

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission straight 6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired95500 miles
Most recent distance97000 miles

Summary:

Great car for the money

Faults:

Rear seats stitching has started to come apart.

Battery replaced

Transmission rebuilt

New Flywheel

New ball joints.

General Comments:

This car is a very smooth ride and very quiet driving car for being almost twenty years old.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th December, 2003

18th Dec 2003, 19:13

I just purchased a 1984 Jaguar Vanden Plas. It is a 4 door, in-line 6 cylinder with dual overhead cams. My VIN begins with SAJAY... I'm trying to find information about my car because I have never loved a vehicle this much!!If anyone can point me in the right direction, I would be most appreciative.

19th Aug 2007, 08:25

I also have a 1984 jaguar # start with Sajay can someone tell me where I can't get infromation on this car please.

22nd Jan 2013, 13:00

SAJAY means your car has VDP coachwork.

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 2 reviews