1996 Jaguar XJ6 Executive 3.2 24v straight 6 from UK and Ireland


If you can afford to rebuild, a good car, not brilliant, good. Rivals offer more though...


Cam position sensor, caused long cranking and battery discharge.

Rear subframe bushes, wandering handling.

Front upper wishbone bushes, wonky handling, clunking.

Shock absorber bushes... clunking and knocking.

Radio display bulbs no longer working.

Timing chain noisy, tensioner replaced...

Fuel gauge temperamental.

Gearstick doesn't always select park fully.

General Comments:

As usual, an overrated Jag. Thankfully not mine, my Dads, but that means I have to mend it.. I'm a mechanic! Lots of work for me.

They tend to rot here in the UK, and the lacquer coat will peel as well; we found one in good condition thankfully.

The 3.2 engine is OK, not bad on fuel averaging 29 MPG. The autobox is OK once the cables are adjusted, otherwise a little harsh, but that's techs not knowing what's up...

Takes 9 litres of engine oil, so be warned when servicing, ££s!

Timing chain tensioner has been replaced, but is still a little noisy. It can stay like that, a £500 strip down isn't worth it when the cars are worth so little.

Seats are small, and the boot and rear seat are cramped, A/C is good though.

The ride comfort is not all that to be honest, Jag drivers clearly don't ever drive anything else because rivals ride far better. A 1989 Camry rides better than this heavy old bus, the suspension is fairly harsh, and because the trim isn't that well made, it's not the smoothest. Old fashioned windscreen seals mean there is a fair bit of noise.

The steering is lovely though, perfect weight and as smooth as silk, but that's all I like mechanically.

It's hugely over complicated for no gain in driving or reliability. It has random little problems all the time, which are frustrating. Your average Jag over will forgive it as foibles... I won't, I demand more (old Audi owner).

Parts are relatively expensive and it's a bit of a pig to work on when dealing with the oily bits. Labour rates are therefore expensive if you can't do it yourself.

Fuel gauge and range can suddenly drop to 0, and new parts at huge cost are the only fix. Disappointing at this mileage.

Suspension wears out unduly quickly due to huge weight and tiny bushes/underspecced parts.

I find it hard to trust its reliability. Things working fine can suddenly stop; trans Europe trips are not done in this car...

It has an unusual ambiance to drive, it's a great place to be and to sit, so I can see why people forgive the ridiculous. But honestly, it's not really that good a car.

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

Review Date: 28th November, 2012

3rd Jan 2015, 18:32

Excellent review, spot on, no doubt. I was considering buying one. Outstanding condition, low mileage 1996 for $2000 Canadian. I guess I was taken by the looks, and assumed that the ride would be as great as a Jag that I rode in, in the early 80s.

Being somewhat anal retentive, I could never put up with what appears to be constant irritating problems.

1996 Jaguar XJ6 from UK and Ireland


Crap car


Exhaust system inclusive.

Cat converter twice over 9 years I had this car at £3800.

Starter motor at 76000 miles (£500).

Alternator at 92000 miles (£800).

4 sets of very expensive tyres, Pirelli 6000 at £3200.

4 sets of brake pads at £2000.

2 sets of rotors at 2000.

New auto gearbox at 105000 miles (£3800).

Radiator at 82000 miles (£700).

New battery every 2 years (£1000).

Fuel pump at 90000 miles (£600).

Steering rack at 96000 miles (£900).

Window motors, cost me £1200.

A pair of oxygen sensors at 160 pounds each.

General Comments:

I had this car for 9 years now and as you can see, I have spend a fortune on it.

The problem with Jaguars is built quality, greedy dealers (all repairs on my car were done by friendly dealers). I also found that Jaguar cars attract so many people with mental illness and/or disorders.

The car rots badly, especially the exhaust system.

It's not economical to drive in town or country lanes. My average fuel consumption was 17mpg for a suppose to be economical 3,2 litre engine.

Auto gearbox was (and still is) jerky until it packed up at 105000 miles. New gearbox as jerky as its predecessor.

On motorways it was using fuel at an average of 28mpg, which is not bad for heavy and sluggish car like that.

I would have got rid of this gentleman's car long time ago, but my wife likes it for its leaping cat on the bonnet...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd August, 2009

25th May 2010, 14:10

I am afraid you have formed a bad opinion regarding Jaguars. I have owned seven Jags, and a pal of mine is on his 15th, and we both have driven 100s of thousands of miles with very very little trouble. Yes, there was a period when build quality left a lot to be desired, but they still remain the best value luxury car you can buy. And I have owned two Rolls Royce Shadows; now there's an overrated car!