The Vanden Plas is one great ca r in tip shape, this ca r had 1other owner beside myself and it was 'kept' as I did, only until it was transported out of state to Florida from California did she start looking her 'age', it ran like a jet ride and despite popular opinions~ did NOT require HIGH maintenance, a tune up, new tires, and a paint job (make over) would make it your pride & joy, If you find one and can afford to put it on TOP again...DO IT!
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.
2nd gear+ acceleration
interior build quality and room
Smooth, very smooth ride
foglights and rear foglights
jag eblem on the hood. omg
long elite body styling
Differential went out at around 170,000. Possibly from doing doughnuts.haha
Glass sunroof instead of steel moonroof.
Car steered like a boat. Not very direct with the road. opposite of bmw.
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 .
Absolutely - Interior.
Rich creamy light leather and exceptional woodwork (yes, real wood!) make me feel like I am relaxing at home when I drive this car daily, both in the city and on long trips.
Paint on this car is German, and clear coat is unbeatable.
As long as you regularly wax your car, it will remain looking gorgeous.
Electric system is significantly improved from the 80's models, just replace a fuse if one blows.
This car is actually not bad on gas - average gas mileage is 19, and that's 50% city and 50% highway (you get 23 mpg on highway).
And, rear leg room - I don't think you can get that much room in a minivan, simply amazing!
Make oil filter better accessible.
Ignition key location could be better, too close to my right knee (I have long legs).
Simplify the controls console and eliminate the leather hood "arch" in console, so that new flat panel display systems can be put in.
Believe it or not, I can't think of anything else!
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.
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.
The smooth ride is a dream. But don't be shy about pushing this cat hard around a corner, or dropping a couple of gears getting on the freeway. the interior is timeless, and even the larger person will find plenty of leg room in the back seat.