A thing of beauty is a joy forever
Two US-required sensors for pollution have failed; otherwise, the car has been dead-on reliable.
The seats have not held up as well as on my old XJ6, but I have the top down almost all the time and the seats have been exposed to considerable heat and radiation.
Ten years on this car still stops traffic in a way no recent Jaguar can. The lines are stunning, and the car hasn't a bad angle or aspect.
Reliable as all get-out, a strong candidate for the best-built car I've ever owned, and still holding up remarkably well.
A fine performer and quite fast, the XJS does not have the almost unworldly road-holding ability of my old Series III XJ6; that car still had the original configuration to the independent rear suspension, with the brakes mounted inboard.
Fuel economy is amazing to my American sensibilities. My Jaguar gets better gas mileage than my new PT Cruiser I purchased as a daily beater. It was more reliable (the Jaguar) as a daily driver as well.
The only silly thing about the car is the ridiculous little back seat. The pre-1994 two seat design is more sensible.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th March, 2004