1996 Jaguar XJS Reviews from North America

1996 Jaguar XJS Convertible 2+2 4.0 liter 6 cylinder

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 4.0 liter 6 cylinder Automatic
Distance when acquired44900 miles
Most recent distance45344 miles
Previous carAcura RL


So far... I love it! (I'm 75 yrs young)


Nothing...so far!!

General Comments:

Bought from Jag dealer is FL., the day the original owner was trading it in.

One owner; I have all service records; 44900 actual miles at time I purchased it.

Car is EXCEPTIONALLY clean... no dings; no chips on windshield; no marks on the beautiful creme color leather.

Exterior color is Jade Green & in excellent shape... top is in VG shape and Tan color.

No areas, anywhere, show any wear... It is in Mint condition! Car was always garaged.

Engine runs beautifully.

New Michelin Sport A/S tires at 38900 miles.

MY QUESTION... What should I have paid for this car in US dollars in December 2007?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 28th March, 2008

31st Mar 2008, 15:12

I have seen them sell for $15,000 to $19,000 for ones in your XJS's age and condition. V12s go for less.

3rd Jan 2014, 05:15

I've just bought a very clean two owner 1996 4.0 convertible with 85,000 miles fully documented, always garaged.

Paintwork has a couple of tiny, tiny dings in the bumpers and no rust. Interior is superb. As a hedge against my enthusiasm, I sent an RAC inspector who described it as "like a two year old".

Paid £14,000 from a dealer.

I looked at "mint" 25,000 mile and 35,000 mile examples for big money (£20,000+) and they didn't look any better cared for. Not sure, with a reliable 4.0 engine, why low miles matters. Certainly it doesn't matter by more than £5,000.

It seems these cars are a bit less money in the USA than here in the UK.

3rd Jan 2014, 23:48

Whenever you buy a used car, you are inheriting someone else's troubles, particularly a low mileage Jaguar. Do yourself a favor, buy a new car that you can afford.

1996 Jaguar XJS Celebration Edition 4.0 litre

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 4.0 litre Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired49000 miles
Most recent distance92000 miles
Previous carAcura MDX


A near perfect classic Jaguar


Complete rear-end failure at about 60,000 miles.

Driver seat wearing prematurely.

Overheating required radiator replacement at about 70,000 miles.

General Comments:

The 1996 XJS Celebration Edition had several cosmetic enhancements that make the car truly beautiful (both interior and exterior).

It is great for long distance touring at high speed. It is not a pocket rocket and will not win any drag races.

The top works perfectly and very quickly.

I am 6 feet 4 inches tall and the car is still very comfortable.

My wife loves it as much as me. She is a much faster driver.

What I enjoy most about the car is the way it brings out the best in other people. At a gas station, stoplight, or in a parking lot, many people come up to talk to me to comment on the car or tell me a story from their life that involves a Jaguar. One young gentleman working at a car wash surprised me by telling me the history of the XJS (quite accurately), which he knew because his father owned one (which the young man adored).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th December, 2005

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 2 reviews