1996 Jaguar XJR 4.0 6 cylinder S/Charged from UK and Ireland


Real grace, very real pace, unsurpassable transport for 'petrol-headonists'


Those beautifully curved flanks seem to attract every parking dinks going.

When I bought the car, I fitted a set of brand new Pirelli PZeros. The tramlining, noise levels and twitchy handling characteristics they gave the car really made me feel hugely disappointed with it - it just felt badly set up - almost as if it had been in an big accident and the chassis not realigned properly - I almost sold it again immediately. Having driven another XJR and found it to be so much better I bit the bullet and paid £750 for a set of Michelin Sports. It completely transformed the car!! It now rides well, drives superbly, sticks to the road like glue, it's quite quiet (if you want quiet don't run wide low profile tyres!) and has more than restored my faith - but at a cost!

Slight whine from back axle developing.

General Comments:

Without doubt one of the top automotive bargains available.

Just to think, the car's previous owner had spent £50,000, including all the extras, to buy it 8 years ago and I paid 10% of that. That kind of value cannot be ignored.

It has done 25,000 miles in a year for me without a murmur.

Rear seats very cramped. Forget having adults or large teenagers in the back for a long journey - especially if the driver is a fat individual of over 6ft - I know, I am that man.

Fast, comfortable, bags of cachet. Love it to pieces.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th May, 2005

1996 Jaguar XJR 4.0 inlline 6 supercharge from Thailand


I just love the way Jaguar looks


Oil leaks from power steering. Fixed easily, but very costly.

Some annoying noise from behind, originally thought that the 5th wheel didn't fit well. But it is something else, and the technician still cannot figure out exactly where the noise come from, I already paid like US3,000 for many un-relevant parts changes. This annoying noise is still on. Going to get to the garage again next week.

Memory seat function never works, and very expensive to fix.

The car always likes to go left than right, the steering wheel shakes and bounce quite a lot on the a-bit rough surface. These happens even just after went out of the garage. I guess the steering wheel is a bit too sensitive.

General Comments:

The engine is strong, very rapid car considering its size. 0-200km/hr is very quick, I feel that XJR is much quicker than 964C4 that I once tried. It goes quicker during winter time. Though 99% of the time in Thailand is summer.

It looks very exclusive, and rarely seen on the street, unlike Benz or BMW. I just love it low-look. Planning to change the wheel to 2003 model 19" this year. Though this will definitely worsen the steer feel.

The cabin is way too small, impossible to be pampered in the rear. The driver seat never sit low enough.

Brake is not up to XJR's power and weight. Need to be upgraded in some way.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd March, 2005

23rd Nov 2007, 03:28

Do alignment and balance your tires.

Will fix your shaky wheel, and car going to side problem.


The annoying noise from the rear is axel (I'm not sure what part yet, i just started researching this car because I'm planning to buy 1 used ;)


23rd Jun 2009, 05:39

I had a noise coming from the rear of my 97 when I first bought it. Turns out it was the rear end. I found shop here in Reno that rebuilt the rear end for me for $700. Never had anymore problems and couldn't be happier with it.

21st Jan 2010, 17:11

I have a 96' w/115K on her, she was pulling to the right when brakes applied, frozen caliper. Fixed US1K.

1996 Jaguar XJR 4.0 liter 6 cylinder from North America


Great looking with performance to match


The mass air sensor went out.

The power steering rack developed a serious leak and needed replacement.

General Comments:

The car is holding up extremely well.

All electronics work great.

Drive is smooth and comfortable and I am 6'3" tall.

Looks like a $70,000 car.

Service and parts are pretty expensive, but dealer service is top notch.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th March, 2004