I love this car from the first time I saw it. I was going to buy a new XK, but a retired man was selling this with 22k miles and it was garaged like new so I bought it. Even today in 2007 it is a head turner. People continue to walk up and say it is a great car. My wife is lobbying for a new one but I love the style on the '96. No confusing this with another brand. Maintenance, like any luxury car, is expensive when it is needed. Repairs have been as expected except for the AC system. Every year it has needed something. The only issue I have is with the AC. Two compressors and evaporators in only 7 years time at over $3.5K a pop to repair. I may have to finally sell it.
Styling, ride, sound system, handling and acceleration. The leather interior and seats are nice, but I am six feet tall and the seat cut hits me wrong and is bothersome on long road trips which I rarely do.
No cup holders, more comfortable driver's seat edge under thighs, Alpine sound system display is very small, led readouts that are difficult to read as are the controls small.
Like all cars, if you find a trustworthy non-dealership mechanic, you'll save a lot. I spend about $1000 once or twice a year on preventive measures and repair; a lot less than a car note. Leave it to Ford to get it completely right (overheating, guzzling V12 replaced with V6, electrics from hell fixed)in '95-96 and then drop the design altogether for '97! Brilliant! But thanks, now it's a collecters' item - compare the interior with the '97 Aston Martin (virtually identical). It's rare to own a vehicle that goes up in value, both aesthetically and monetarily.
More peppy than other Jag models - and better-looking than everything they made since. Everywhere people say "that's a nice car."
As close to perfect as one is likely to find for the price. Rear seats are not usable with the top up, but that is a 2+2.
Going from a MB 380SL to this car
was rewarding because it had 12057
miles & was6years old while the MB
had 169000 miles. Comfort is
superb and it is very stylish. If I was
50 years younger? Wow! Well made
and a winner.
The appearance package is
outstanding as well as the comfort
Perhaps a tad more power, but on
the other hand, old guys like me
should be more sedate...maybe.
having driven foreign cars for 30
years, the last being a mercedes 380
sl, i find this sjx to be a real head
turner. there are so few that they are
noticed & appreciated by people with
design tendences for luxury. a joy to
have and drive. you deserve one!
treat yourself to luxury. you don't have
to get a new one, but find a well
maintained used one. after the first
week, who knows it was not bought
new? and you saved a lot of money!
needs a left foot rest for long trips on
the left firewall. removable hard top a
nice addition like the mercedes benz.