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1997 Jaguar XJ-Series Sedan

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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 @ 4800 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 15/21 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1997 Jaguar XJ-Series

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    Beautiful lines, a luxurious interior, Jaguar prestige, and exceptional passenger comfort.

  • Cons

    Quirky interior makes it difficult to reach some controls.

  • What's New for 1997

    The 1997 XJ-Series loses the V12 model that has been a mainstay of the Jaguar lineup for so many years. A long-wheelbase model becomes available this year, filling a niche between the XJ6 and the Vanden Plas. All models receive a contoured bench seat and three-point seatbelts for rear occupants. The XJ6 replaces last year's chrome-vane grille with a black-vane grille, and the convenience group becomes optional on this model.

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Customer Reviews

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

Best thing from jaguar ever

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Vehicle: 1997 Jaguar XJ-Series Vanden Plas 4dr Sedan

When I bought my 1997 VP, it had 96,000 on it. Purchase price from a dealer was right around $6,000 - don't ask why they go so cheap, I think American buyers have been so scared by previously poorly built Jags that cost tons to repair that only daring souls (like me) buy these things. What can I say, this particular model is simply exceptional - as long as you follow the maintenance schedule! Find a neighborhood mechanic confident enough to work on general repair, and replace all belts, fluids and other aging parts, they are very reasonable if bought from rockauto.com .




New baby

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Vehicle: 1997 Jaguar XJ-Series Vanden Plas 4dr Sedan

Newly acquired for my wife. A huge car for the money. Only signs of wear were the tires (2nd set of Pirellis) and some paint scrapes and marks - It is after all 8 years old. We intend to baby it for the longer term and doubt that it will ever go out of style.




Space, pace and grace -

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Vehicle: 1997 Jaguar XJ-Series Vanden Plas 4dr Sedan

Was ready to drive off in an Infiniti I-30 when this trade in waltzed in. British understated grace at its pinnacle. The 4.0 litre straight six has got to be the most reliable engine Jag ever made. Have done road trips off several hundred miles with no problems. Driving this car is special. It is reliable, beautiful and I've never had so many people (strangers) come up and ask to have pix taken with the car. My experience with this cat has me looking at getting another to match... XJS convertible maybe... and the wife loves it as well.




1997 jag vp

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Vehicle: 1997 Jaguar XJ-Series Vanden Plas 4dr Sedan

This is my third Jag. I was pleased with all aspects of this car, enough so that I now also own a 1998 Jag VP. THe '97 has never had one problem and is still a pleasure to drive.



Full 1997 Jaguar XJ-Series Review

What's New for 1997

The 1997 XJ-Series loses the V12 model that has been a mainstay of the Jaguar lineup for so many years. A long-wheelbase model becomes available this year, filling a niche between the XJ6 and the Vanden Plas. All models receive a contoured bench seat and three-point seatbelts for rear occupants. The XJ6 replaces last year's chrome-vane grille with a black-vane grille, and the convenience group becomes optional on this model.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 15
  • cty
/
  • 21
  • highway
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