1997 Jaguar Vanden Plas
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PRESTIGE, LOOKER, RELIABLE....nobody what i payed!

by from Surf city,NC on October 18, 2007

1997 xj6 Vanden Plas : What a car for the money!!!!....incredible value. I payed just under $15,000 for this incredible car. I only rate its performance and interior design a 4 because i also own a BM...
1997 xj6 Vanden Plas : What a car for the money!!!!....incredible value. I payed just under $15,000 for this incredible car. I only rate its performance and interior design a 4 because i also own a BMW which is a 5 in those departments, however the Jag. is superior in everything else. 245hp 300lbs or torque Dual exhaust Timeless design Most desired car (US news) Most luxurious, and beautiful design you will ever come across!! British racing green and Saphire are hard to come by. Jump on them if you can. The only con. is never EVER liking any other car.
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Perfect 97 Jag VDP

by from Ft. Worth, TX on March 28, 2012

Love the sound when this car starts up. Comfortable, sleek. Great on the road. Everything is great on this car. One draw back ...cup holders were lacking stability in this model. The 97 Jag I purchase...
Love the sound when this car starts up. Comfortable, sleek. Great on the road. Everything is great on this car. One draw back ...cup holders were lacking stability in this model. The 97 Jag I purchased is almost perfect in everyway. I would buy it again.
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Love the classic Jags

by from Winchester, VA on September 26, 2011

I have owned two 1996 VDP's and recently bought a 1997 (the last year before they switched to V8). I have enjoyed all three and had no problems (except they are horrible in snow or ice). They are eleg...
I have owned two 1996 VDP's and recently bought a 1997 (the last year before they switched to V8). I have enjoyed all three and had no problems (except they are horrible in snow or ice). They are elegant and fun to drive, and they are economical and reliable relative to other cars in this class and their reputation. I have heard bad things about the V8's that replaced this model but if you find a low mileage VDP from 95-97 that was well taken care of, buy it. It will likely look really expensive but be really cheap and ride really well.
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A Great Deal on a Luxury Car

by from Maryland on June 13, 2008

I bought this car used in 2007 with 25k mileage. I've put on 7K in a year. This is defintely one of the best cars ever made by Jaguar. Unfortunatley, Jaguars do not hold their value very well but this...
I bought this car used in 2007 with 25k mileage. I've put on 7K in a year. This is defintely one of the best cars ever made by Jaguar. Unfortunatley, Jaguars do not hold their value very well but this is a great opportunaty to buy a luxury car at an affordable price. Gas mileage around town is 23 and close to 30 on the open road. You do not need to use premium gas in the car. I belong to the Nation's Capital Jaguar Owner's Club and folks experience with this engine is that it is good for 250K without a rebuild.
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Last of the truly beautiful Jaguars.

by from Chicago, IL on December 22, 2007

Last of XJ6 to have original straight 6 cylinder engine Jaguar has continually developed over forty years. Nothing if not well designed and withstanding the test of time. Last the of original Jaguar ...
Last of XJ6 to have original straight 6 cylinder engine Jaguar has continually developed over forty years. Nothing if not well designed and withstanding the test of time. Last the of original Jaguar body styles that have not evolved into Ford's "Taurus with a kitty on the hood". To Ford's credit, they fixed many of the problems with reliability, without destroying the beauty of the design. They began on that quest in 1998, resulting in the pathetic styling of all of the new Jaguars. Last of the classic Jaguars worth owning. Caveat Emptor: Keystone Cars in Indianapolis grossly over-rates their used Jaguars. Probably not worth even driving there to see their cars.
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Incredible Luxury Car for the Money

by from Bellevue, WA on May 20, 2008

I purchased my 1997 Vanden Plas in 2001 and it has been my everyday-driven car ever since. She now has 110,000 miles and I could not be happier with this car. The 4.0L, 6-cyl engine is very reliable....
I purchased my 1997 Vanden Plas in 2001 and it has been my everyday-driven car ever since. She now has 110,000 miles and I could not be happier with this car. The 4.0L, 6-cyl engine is very reliable. I have never had any engine problems. My Jag mechanic says he has customers looking for these cars because this was the last year of this engine. After 1997, Jag used the V8 engines that have been less reliable. I have only had one issue with the car in my time as owner: at approx. 80,000 miles, my rear differential went out. The repair shop said it was bone-dry, so I had burned it up somehow. I never saw any fluids under the car, so it must have been a very, very slow leak. The car still looks and drives beautifully.
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