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Best used car value ever
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By nate93460
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2005 Jaguar XJ-Series Vanden Plas 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl 6A)


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We purchased this car 2 years ago with just over 90k on the odometer, and couldn't be happier with it. now with over 100k on it it still looks and drives like it just rolled out of the showroom. The leather seats hardly show any wear at all, there aren't any odd squeaks or rattles, everything works exactly as it should. The only thing that may need attention in the future is the headliner, as it is pulling away from it's backing in a couple small patches around the sun visors. not really noticeable unless you look for it. Fast, smooth, nimble, outrageously comfortable, and thus far, exceedingly reliable as well.


Favorite Features

impressive MPG. 30+ on long freeway trips and 26 mixed driving.


Suggested Improvements

DVD based NAV system requires expensive update disks and isnt always all that accurate.


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I love my Jag
2 of 10 people found this review helpful
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By John
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2005 Jaguar XJ-Series XJ8 L 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl 6A)


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I have been an owner of Audi A8 and Merc CLS AMG. And I must say they both do their thing very well - separately. My AMG is wickedly fast, the A8 comfortable. But my Jag is the only car so far that does all these things well - in one handsome package. The surprise bonus is the economy; it runs more frugally than my previous A6! The aluminum frame is light and nimble, making this a fun car to drive actually. Its handling is not far off than the AMG, yet it's backseats are much more spacious. Awesome!


Favorite Features

Unbeatable timeless styling. Few trips to the shop and pump. DVD at the back.


Suggested Improvements

The interior build quality can be more Bentley- esque. Am I asking too much?


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vanden plas rah rah
9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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By mike g
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2005 Jaguar XJ-Series Vanden Plas 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl 6A)


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The 2005 Vanden Plas XJ8 is the autobahn beater that should be considered by anyone looking to combine luxury with size and power. Jaguar's flagship matches up with the S-Class and the 700 Series very well. Less weight (aluminum) equals speed and agility you would not expect from such a large auto. The additional costs for he German cars can only leave you wondering why would you spend more to get less? Compare the three. The car will sell itself. Tally Ho


Favorite Features

The smooth effortless acceleration propels this car off the line with gusto, while the occupants are surrounded withe the finest in British leather and wood luxury. At 65 mph, your beverage makes no waves as it rests on the fold down tables in the gigantic rear seating area.


Suggested Improvements

The XJ has been completely changed for the 2010 model. The 2005 will maintain the heritage of the past. The new model will be the link to exciting future. I would not change a thing.


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The Un-M5
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By John
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2005 Jaguar XJ-Series XJR 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl S/C 6A)


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Looking for a fast, comfortable, and unique car is difficult in today's car market. When you nail the throttle and the supercharger responds with rrrrooowwwooowwh! All you need to do is lay into the accelerator, invoke its supercharged 4220-cc V-8's 390 bhp and 399 lb.-ft. of torque and hold on! The suspension is not 'Track Day Lotus' but it's also not Brougham DeVille. Jaguar was able to find a happy medium between the two. As far as the interior goes, you always feel like first class British Airways in the front or the rear seats. Set the desired gap and speed on this radar-based system, Jaguar's ACC adjusts itself to maintain a safe combination of both. All in all a fantastic car!


Favorite Features

Supercharger, top notch build quality, and striking body lines. Oh yeah, and the ability to embarrass STI's and EVO's.


Suggested Improvements

N/A


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XJ8L
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By Timothy
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2005 Jaguar XJ-Series XJ8 L 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl 6A)


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This is my second XJ8L and the body design is a blend of the lower height 2003 and front grill of the X-Type. I'm a fan of the performance. The car is very quiet and on two extended trips of 2,000+ miles I averaged 29 and 28.5 mpg respectively. Portions of the trip exceeded 30 mpg at 65 mph. The driver seats are amazingly comfortable with excellent lumbar support. As a musician, the Alpine stereo system delivers a very rich and neutral sound across the EQ spectrum, with the base being very natural, not boomy.


Favorite Features

Styling, Comfort of front seats. Attention to detail on the leather piping. The transmission shifts effortlessly. Excellent and quiet acceleration.


Suggested Improvements

The wiper blade fluid is delivered via external tubes that are not attractive.


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