1996 Jaguar XJR from North America


Inspiring dealer service for good-to-look-at car


Leather on all seats and headrests shrank in california sun and had to be replaced (under warranty)

Differential had to be replaced at about 55K miles.

Leather unraveled from steering wheel. Replaced at about 30K miles.

Muffler fell off and had to be reconected at about 55K miles.

General Comments:

Headroom headroom, headroom. I am 6'1", but I could only position my seat is a particular position to keep from scraping my hair (and head) against the header; this is OK at first, but annoying with time.

The front seats are shallow and low to the ground. The rear seat comfort is surprisingly limited because of limited leg room and those low seats.

Performance is adequate, but substantial body roll says that this is not a performance car. Only in '98 did it become a M5/e55/RS6 competitor.

Dealer service is so good, it could warranty a case study.

Always beautiful to look at.

Costs about US$500/mo. for maintenance on average. In the shop too much for too long. The car felt fragile.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th November, 2002

1996 Jaguar XJR 4.0 Supercharged from United Arab Emirates


Best drive ever - be sure your rich to own one!


Interior roof lining sagged at rear and needed to be re-glued.

Driver seat electronics are intermittent, and front height adjust has stopped working.

Seat memory is very forgetful... and often does not work at all.

Side mirror electrics failed.

Signs of rust around sun-roof which was repaired under the 5 year warranty.

The radio has stuck on one channel, with no volume adjustment - I cannot even switch it off.

Steering stiffens randomly, as if there is no power steering or the engine has gone off - this almost caused a crash as I was going round a roundabout.

General Comments:

This is the best car ever to drive, but Jaguar seem to have cut corners on the electronics as just about everything seems to fail.

It is very expensive to service - about US$4,000 per year minimum.

Miles per gallon is 17mpg - which is better than my previous Land Rover Discovery.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th October, 2002