Used Car of the Day: 1996 Jaguar XJ Vanden Plas

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

used car of the day 1996 jaguar xj vanden plas

Scanning the used-car forums today, I saw several of the usual Volkswagen offerings -- and then I found this 1996 Jaguar XJ Vanden Plas.

It seems to have a few flaws -- a non-running sunroof motor, worn interior leather, and a currently non-functioning radio. Oh, and a dent on the rear.

The car is factory with new tires and new lighting, and if you can get that radio working, it's Harman Kardon. The battery is also new, and the seller says the A/C blows cold.

So here we have a Jaguar from the 1990s that's aged well, is apparently in good condition and needs only a few things, and hasn't been modified.

If this tickles your fancy, the seller wants $5,900.

[Images: Seller]

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  • 28-Cars-Later 28-Cars-Later on Aug 28, 2023

    I really fancy a '95-97 X300, just not this example (also possibly a post-Nikasil MY02-03 X308).

  • Lorenzo Lorenzo on Aug 28, 2023

    Such beautiful cars. Such testy mechanicals and electricals. I'm surprised someone didn't work out a drive train/wiring harness swap to make them more reliable in their post-warranty years.

    • 28-Cars-Later 28-Cars-Later on Aug 29, 2023

      The MY95-97 X300 with AJ16 and X308s built after July 25th, 2000 to 2003 are the most reliable as they get in this period. Supposedly the MY05+ 4.2 V8 (AJ34) X350s and X150s are pretty solid.

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