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Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) is a category of used car. Often late-model vehicles, they have been inspected, refurbished, if necessary, and are under warranty by the manufacturer.
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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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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 15
  • cty
/
  • 21
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews


1 of 9 people found this review helpful

I miss my jag.

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Vehicle: 1997 Jaguar XJ-Series XJ6 4dr Sedan

To began this, I was 17 when my dad gave me his jag in favor for his s500 mercedes. A jag wasnt cool in school so i wanted something different. Nonetheless, a elegant, smooth, and deceptively fast car. I can still hear the deep roar from the engine. Seats had good support, carpet very soft, and the back seat very spacious. Good steering feel and surpisingly not to bad on gas and I always drove in sport mode.



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 .



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Buy one now if you

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Vehicle: 1997 Jaguar XJ-Series XJ6 4dr Sedan

I have been lucky enough to find a '97 XJ6 with 91K miles. The car is magical and I wonder how i drove anything else. The Previous owner was a southern church lady so she was well taken care of and not roughed up. After a clay scrub, wax, leather job, oil change, air filer change and wheel alignment, she looks marvelous and I feel like a baron. The engine is immaculate and performs like the Jaguar she is: POWER. Found a key fob on amazon and all I need are some sweet VDP mats to finish her off.



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

165,000 miles

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Vehicle: 1997 Jaguar XJ-Series XJ6 L 4dr Sedan

I had always wanted a jag, and I finally got one. It has 165,000 miles and it still runs great. One of the factors in buying such a high mile car was the straight 6. It seems to me that most of the old jags still on the road are xj6s. I love to drive this car more than any I've owned. Buying such a car is not without some troubles, it needed an alternator.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Love my jags

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Vehicle: 1997 Jaguar XJ-Series XJ6 L 4dr Sedan

This is the second 97 XJ I have owned. My first was totaled in a storm. Love, love, love them. 12 years old and it still gets attention. Completely reliable. I did my research before purchasing. 95-97 were the cream puff years. Bushings and struts and 2 ignition coils had to be replaced last year (100k miles). NOTHING ELSE! I am happy w/ gas mileage (17 city - 23 hwy). Cup holder is useless but that is a small sacrifice. I purchased a dual holder that slides between center console & passenger seat at PepBoys that matches. Chrome wheels are peeling. I had alloys on my previous xj and they were still perfect after 10 years. I will replace wheels and drive this one another few years.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Very fun and old school

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Vehicle: 1997 Jaguar XJ-Series XJ6 L 4dr Sedan

I recently decided to buy my xjl during a routine checkup for my volvo. The car was being checked out and the people could not afford it. The mechanic just happened to be an ex Jag salesman who told me if I did not buy it, he would. Told me the 95 - 97 xj6 was as reliable as the old 240 volvos, and that is saying something. I have never had so many people ask about my car. The paint is perfect after 10 years and the leather is great. Only issues are the cup holders go bad ($167) and my telescope steering needs replacing. Smooth as silk on new Michelins. Buy it.



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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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