Verify with Jaguar mechanics but the best quality (and last from England) Jaguars were last built from '95-'97. '98+ Ford ruined them with transmission/V8 woes. Vanden Plas makes you feel like a king. My Dad bought a 2013 Mercedes S550 but I'll take a used Vanden over most anything I've seen from Mercedes.
This one of those cars you wish later you had bought when you had the chance. I got the chance and have been falling in love ever since. I love how this Jag rides, drives and feels oh so solid. The engine took a little getting used to as it is the last of the straight six 4.0 (USA), and feels (and sounds) like you are starting up a WWII warplane. Once running it is pretty smooth but not buttery and revvy like the V8 that replaced it or the other typical competition. Instead is feels solid and reliable, which it happens to be in spades. If you get a chance to pick up one of these gorgeous cars, you will never want to let it go. With the forward hinged hood, single windshield wiper, J-gate shifter, full-sized spare tire, monstrous battery in the trunk, fuel tank behind the back seat, leather everything, real birdseye maple wood coddling you, and a windshield you can actually reach from your seat, this is a unique car to be certain.
UPDATE: My first 10k miles went by quickly, as it is a commuter car for me. Not a single problem encountered. These Jags are made fun of for being less than ideal in the snow, but I put Michelin X-Ice Xi3 tires on her, and managed my way without trouble through 4 inches of snow. The heater is superb and warms quickly, having an auxiliary heating pump, which facilitates quicker defrosts as well. I also love the unique single windshield wiper, which cut that cost in half.
UPDATE: Another 10k miles and still no issues at all. I am surprised at the passing acceleration of this 4000 pound car. A new Dodge Challenger SRT8 pulled in front of me from an on ramp and we both "got on it" at the same time. Somehow the Challenger had a hard time pulling away from me, though of course I wasn't going to be able to stay with it too long, the Jag held it's own well up to 100 :-)
I bought this to replace my 95 XJ6 which I still own for parts. Some minors electrical issues cause a delay in the MD registration process but now that is registered, I am happy. I drove the 95 for years and it is by far the most reliable car I have ever owned. 6 years and only had to replace the water pump one, which I did myself. Bottom line is this, I have now owned 2 of these, they both cost less than 6000$ and they have taken me anywhere I wanted to go on the EAST coast very reliably. AT 145000, I am hoping to keep it for another 10 years at least. The car is heavy as a tank, sturdy as a tank, rather frugal on gas, yet provides the smoothest ride you would find in the category. I have owned Hyundai, Mercedes, Toyotas and VWs, but this is one car done right! Ever indebted to the connoisseur who inducted me into the cult of quality jags.
Love this Jaguar. Great road car, and family car. Added 20 inch rims, and tires. I could not drive this car without modern rims. Looks too.dated. Had a few bugs to iron out, electronics, starting issues. Perfect family, business car.
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!