1996 Jaguar Vanden Plas 4.0 litre

Summary:

One of the greatest luxury cars of 1996

Faults:

Sunroof assembly failure, tilt/telescope motors failed.

Left/right mirrors failed.

Stereo stopped working, CD changer jammed.

Driver's door handle (interior) broke.

Worn steering column.

Cup holder broke and pops up.

Numerous engine oil leaks, including power steering pump.

Timing chain rattle.

Power door lock.

Memory seating failure.

Clock fades/washes out.

Rear bracket assembly, and interior squeaks and rattles.

General Comments:

Engine and transmission are great. I commute to/from work an hour each day in this car and it's so comfortable. I've also driven this car round trip from California to Washington state, and had no issues. Even today I get compliments on its styling, which seems timeless.

The clock washed out and I had it replaced.

My sunroof assembly went wrong and my mechanic purchased a tested used unit from a salvage yard. It took approximately 4 hours of labor to remove, and 4 hours of labor to replace the assembly.

The stereo fails frequently and I'm told by my mechanic this is common with this model.

Rear bracket assembly rattled and required spot welding.

I visit an independent facility approximately every six months. In my 3 years of ownership I've spent over $10,000 in parts/labor.

An awesome vehicle!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th November, 2014

1996 Jaguar Vanden Plas 4.0 L6

Summary:

Best value for the $$$

Faults:

EGR valve had carbon build up, which was easy to clean and reset the check engine light.

Front shocks needed replacing. Replaced with Bilstein.

Rear pumpkin seal leaking, replaced and changed the oil.

Inside rear view mirror inoperable. Found an exact replacement from a 2002-2004 Acura TL model; just had to change the plug end.

General Comments:

For the size and weight, it moves out of its own way with ease, and the MPG is quite good.

Handling really improved with new shocks. Much better than my MB T300.

Fun factor is great, and short and long trip comfort cannot be beat.

Value is one of the best.

If you are a DIY kind of person for repairs and maintenance, it's really not that hard. There are lots of sites on line to help you along. You will save lots of $$$ doing it yourself if you do the research first.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd August, 2012

1996 Jaguar Vanden Plas 4.0 litre V6

Summary:

This car is unquestionably an absolute pleasure to drive, and it looks fantastic

Faults:

Coolant hoses.

General Comments:

Exceptional build quality, comfort and handling for a 13 year old car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th December, 2009

1996 Jaguar Vanden Plas

Summary:

The "X300" Series Jaguar (made from '95 - '97) is a superb machine

Faults:

The car began to stall occasionally at low rpm. Before undertaking repairs, our mechanic suggested disconnecting the idle speed control valve, as a test. This has completely resolved the issue for the past 8 months, with the nuisance of an illuminated Check Engine light.

The cup holder was broken when we bought the car, and we replaced it for $100. The design is flimsy and care is needed to prevent breakage.

The headliner is starting to sag, a typical issue for many cars after 10 years.

Other than these very minor problems, the car has been astonishingly solid and trouble free for the 10,000 miles we've owned it. The car looks and feels like a new vehicle. Every system works perfectly and the car is exceptionally comfortable.

General Comments:

The 1996 Vanden Plas is a superb car. We had previously owned a 1986 XJ6 Series III, and while it was extremely beautiful and basically solid, the technology and build quality were out of another era, with pervasive rusting and mechanical systems showing the telltale signs of Jaguar's financial troubles- systems cobbled together rather than being properly designed and built.

Our 1996 replacement, while slightly less elegant in certain details (Pininfarina's gorgeously tapered trunk of the Series III was compromised in the interest of greater capacity), is light years improved in construction quality, with Ford's billions of dollars in investments paying dramatic dividends. Our 1996 VDP is rock solid, without one speck of rust anywhere, after 12 years in New England. The drive train is silky smooth and powerful, at 114,000 miles. Every system works as it should. The AC blows ice cold. The car is an absolute gem.

Long road trips have been a delight in all weather conditions, with the miles just floating silently by. You have to watch your speed, as the car easily glides to 90 mph or beyond without a hint of effort, feeling like 50. Highway mileage, at 75 mph, averages about 22 mpg; urban driving can be half that. The length of the car takes some getting used to in the city, but is perfectly manageable.

Handling, with Pirelli P4000 Super Touring tires, is excellent, even in torrential rain. Snow is another story.

The car has been so good that we're looking for another '96 or '97, while low mileage examples are still available. Jaguar really hit the ball out of the park with these model years.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th August, 2008