1996 Jaguar Vanden Plas Reviews - Page 2 of 2

1996 Jaguar Vanden Plas 4.0 liter straight 6 from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 4.0 liter straight 6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired108000 miles
Most recent distance118000 miles
Previous carChevrolet C1500


Buy it!


I replaced the brakes pads and rotors (routine maintenance)

The memory option for driver seat position no longer works

The cup holder pops out occasionally like a 'jack-in-the-box'

General Comments:

In my opinion, you cannot find a better used car to buy. This is my second jaguar. I bought it for only $7K, which had depreciated from around $70K. To get a car this nice for under $10K is insane.

The car looks beautiful, and everyone notices it. The interior could not be any more comfortable - there are walnut trays that fold out in the rear seats, rear seat heaters, etc.

The best part of this car is driving it. First of all, it's extremely fast for a 10 year old car with a straight 6. It's officially listed 0-60 time is 7 seconds; however, I've timed myself several times in the 'Sport' gear, and it's more like 5.5 seconds. If you hammer it at 80mph, you're going 100mph a split second later. This car drives very smooth at any speed - it handles 100mph better than most cars handle 40mph. I recently drove a brand new (2007) Mercedes S550 for a month, and honestly, it has nothing on this car when it comes to smooth driving and handling.

A lot of people warn others about buying jaguars because of "high maintenance costs". This is only true if you take it to the dealer, which you should avoid doing. Every small city has a good import mechanic who isn't afraid to work on a jag. There are also plenty of good web sites for ordering jag parts at reasonable prices. If you're smart about your repairs (and there should not be very many), you can maintain an older jag just as easy as any other car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th September, 2007

1996 Jaguar Vanden Plas X300 AJ16 in-line six from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission AJ16 in-line six Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired63032 miles
Most recent distance65977 miles
Previous carMazda Millenia


The best used luxury car bargain in the world


When the first cold day arrived this winter, I found myself with a car that would not start. I replaced the battery in the trunk. The car had been stored by the previous owner for 6 months and was not driven during that time. The battery was original to the car and was over 6 years old. I certainly cannot find and any fault with Jaguar for this. The 6 year old battery still "looked" like new.

After a rain shower one day, I repaired the wiper arm. The nut holding the wiper arm came loose, causing erratic wiper arm movements, and I repaired this by re-tightening the nut.

No other repairs have been required, or are needed. Everything works!

General Comments:

This is my very first Jaguar, and I absolutely love it.

This car is a "dream" to drive and a dream to ride in. It is so comfortable and roomy. The interior is tastefully appointed in luxurious leather and wood, and the fit and finish are all superb. The doors close crisply and firmly with just a slight nudge from a distance of only about 2 inches. I have to constantly caution people that there is no need to slam the doors.

The AJ16 engine has more than ample power and is very smooth. I love the sport switch for extending the shifts. The engine has no hesitation, and is extremely smooth.

For a large sedan, this car handles like a slot car.

I am confident that I will be able to afford to own this car for a long, long time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th March, 2004

4th Sep 2010, 21:54

I have owned my 96 VDP for just less than a year now, and it is without a doubt the best riding car I've ever driven. It handles like a sports car, and has every luxury appointment you could want. I am the third owner, the car was originally a executive corporate car. I have done maintenance work on the car myself (brakes, shocks, belts etc.), no real concerns yet. Pretty good for a 125K mile car!

25th Dec 2010, 18:25

We bought our 1996 Jaguar XJ6 Vanden Plas last month with 69,400 miles, now has 70,550, just got home from a 600 mile three day road trip. She ran like new, no issues. We hope to enjoy her for many years as a second/weekend car. 12-25-2010.

1996 Jaguar Vanden Plas 4.0L V8 Supercharged from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 4.0L V8 Supercharged Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired23030 kilometres
Most recent distance89460 kilometres
Previous carBMW 7 Series


I like my Jag!


I just had a little problem with the radio, one of the switches had some difficulty to work well.

Apart from that, I never had amechanical problem, my previous car, a BMW 7 series, had too much trouble, that's why I bought my Vanden Plas.

General Comments:

My Vanden Plas is reliable and comfortable.

The car and the comfort are smooth, the same thing for the suspension. I had a Jaguar E-type (a long time ago) and I was really fed-up with this lemon from 1969! I had almost everything, engine, transmission... The Vanden Plas is a big car and needs a lot of fuel!

The car is the same like a XJR, but the car is longer!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th June, 2001

Average review marks: 8.2 / 10, based on 7 reviews