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1996 Jaguar XJ-Series

Jaguar XJ-Series Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 4.0 L Inline 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 245 hp @ 4700 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 15/22 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

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  • What's New for 1996

    On the XJ6, thicker side window glass insulates passengers from annoying wind noise and outside distractions. After a 20-year reign, the XJS coupe is put out to pasture. The only model offered for 1996 is the six-cylinder convertible; the most popular XJS in its unremarkable history. The changes for 1996 include new wheels, new bucket seats, additional chrome exterior trim and an adjustable wood-trimmed steering wheel.

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What a great car for

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Vehicle: 1996 Jaguar XJ-Series Vanden Plas 4dr Sedan

I have owned this car for 8 months. Purchased with 90K and currently has 101K on it. Immediate repairs when purchased were minor. Rear seal replaced, front shocks replaced and a new set of tires. It has burnt NO OIL between oil changes which I do every 8K due to type of oil used and filter used. After 8K the oil still looked clean. MPG for the area(hilly) is not bad. It gets compliments everywhere I go. It is actually easier DIY repair that I ever thought and parts are cheap if you shop for them.




Gorgeous big cat

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Vehicle: 1996 Jaguar XJ-Series Vanden Plas 4dr Sedan

I'm very pleased to say that my gorgeous big cat is still running well. In fact, the only thing I've done is a few oil changes. I've put nearly 40,000 miles on her and she's been great. She came with Toyo tires that still have 40% left on them. Still on the same brakes as well. Rear axle has been leaking since I got her (can smell the diff oil), but no problems. Front left wheel bearing still makes the same noise. Gas mileage is pretty good on the freeway 24 mpg at 80 mph. City mpg isn't so good. I've received as many compliments on her as my Porsche Boxster and 911. When I drive people they comment on how nice a ride she has. I didn't think I would say it, but I love this car. An absolutely beautiful luxury car that makes me proud to own her.




Our vdp at 80k mi

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Vehicle: 1996 Jaguar XJ-Series Vanden Plas 4dr Sedan

Our XJ6 Vanden Plas just broke 80K miles with very minimal problems. The seats are still in excellent condition - these are the best seats, especially the back seats! The ride comfort is amazing. Our VDP is a long car. I drove to work today in a good solid rainstorm. I was doing over 90 and I didn't even know. The car holds the ground so well - I'm amazed at how great the suspension is. At first I thought the suspension wasn't up to BMW standards, but I've changed my mind. Jaguar did a great job on this car. The 4.0 straight 6 sings! Smog check results look like a PZEV car! Timeless beauty. Solid, safe car. Very impressive stereo system. My VDP still puts a smile on my face!




My beatuiful jag

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Vehicle: 1996 Jaguar XJ-Series Vanden Plas 4dr Sedan

I have owned Japanese cars for years and I have always sworn by them, However after I started test driving European cars I noticed a huge improvement in build quality and overall performance. I then happened upon this Jag and I can honestly say I will never go back. This is really comfortable it has awesome power for a 5000 LB car and good gas mileage for a heavy car. Plus I never hear the wind. Oh and I haven't spent anymore on this car then I have with any other Japanese car in repairs so in my opinion why buy anything else, not mention I picked this up for $7000 and it is just has good as a Mercedes of the same year.




This is luxury

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Vehicle: 1996 Jaguar XJ-Series Vanden Plas 4dr Sedan

This is our second Jaguar - the first was a 1992 Sovereign, which was a very nice car. Our 1996 VDP is a world above the old Sovereign. Our VDP is the most luxurious car, has the nicest materials and has the best looks. This car makes me smile, everytime I drive it. We've owned Mercedes, BMW, Lexus and Infiniti and we've enjoyed those cars (and still enjoy our 540i), but there is something very special about the big cat! Add to this the improved reliability, you have a car that is hard to beat.




Our wonderful big cat

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Vehicle: 1996 Jaguar XJ-Series Vanden Plas 4dr Sedan

This is our second Jaguar (first was a 1992 XJ std). Some nice improvement over the 1992. Ride quality is phenomenal. Acceleration is good. Gas mileage is so-so (our 540i does a little better). The quality of material is unheard of in this day and age. Our Big Cat is such a sexy machine. A lot of oohs and ahhs! Back seat is more comfortable than the front. Sport or Luxury shock setting = great idea! If you want an incredible luxury vehicle, get a Jaguar. No other car has this much personality!



Full 1996 Jaguar XJ-Series Review

What's New for 1996

On the XJ6, thicker side window glass insulates passengers from annoying wind noise and outside distractions. After a 20-year reign, the XJS coupe is put out to pasture. The only model offered for 1996 is the six-cylinder convertible; the most popular XJS in its unremarkable history. The changes for 1996 include new wheels, new bucket seats, additional chrome exterior trim and an adjustable wood-trimmed steering wheel.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 15
  • cty
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  • 22
  • highway
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