Jaguar XJ220 Review from North America

1993 Jaguar XJ220 XJ 3.5 turbo

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.5 turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired16000 miles
Most recent distance19000 miles
Previous carFerrari F355


Words can't describe how awesome this car is


Nothing has gone wrong with this car since I have owned it. I have put it through an extensive routine service including replacing clutch and fuel cell (a requirement after 7 years). The service was done about 2 years ago, and the car runs beautifully. If it is not driven for several weeks, it tends to develop a small oil leak which I think is from one of the cam seals. But after driven for about 15 miles, the oil leak is no longer apparent. If the car is driven once every 2 weeks (about 12 miles each time), the oil leak is not present. The oil pressure in the car remains normal at operating temperatures.

General Comments:

The XJ220 is in my opinion the most beautiful car ever built. I still marvel at its beauty--often examining the car from every angle to take in its artistic form.

The performance of the car is awesome. It is deceptively fast, by which I mean it accelerates so smoothly and without effort, if not careful your at some pretty ridiculous speed in seconds.

The sound of the car--a point which has been criticized in the past-is very impressive. It is very quiet and mechanical at idle, but when you drive it at 3200 - 4000 rpm you can hear a high pitched exhaust note similar to the group C cars. I used to own a Ferrari F355 which had a great sound, but I like the sound of the XJ220 at speed better.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd April, 2005

17th May 2005, 14:51

Well, I knew these cars were pretty advanced, but I didn't know they ran on fuel cells...

18th May 2005, 09:35

Fuel Cell is a racing term for the Gas tank.

Average review marks: 8.3 / 10, based on 1 review