1997 Vanden Plas

Consumer Reviews

1997 Jaguar Vanden Plas

$2,458 - $3,338  MSRP Range

Review Score

4.8 out of 5 stars

4.8

6 Reviews
100% of drivers recommend this car
Score Breakdown
5 out of 5 stars Comfort
5 out of 5 stars Value for the Money
4.3 out of 5 stars Interior Design
4.5 out of 5 stars Reliability
4.7 out of 5 stars Performance
4.8 out of 5 stars Exterior Styling

Have You Driven the 1997 Jaguar Vanden Plas?

Write Your Review
Write Your Review

What Drivers Are Saying

1 - 6 of 6 reviews

5 out of 5 stars

PRESTIGE, LOOKER, RELIABLE....nobody what i payed!

by mel01 from Surf city,NC on Thu Oct 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 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.

5 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Does recommend this car!!

15 out of 15 people found this review helpful. Did you?

Your feedback has been sent to Cars.com

5 out of 5 stars

Perfect 97 Jag VDP

by Rosiebearmom from Ft. Worth, TX on Wed Mar 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 purchased is almost perfect in everyway. I would buy it again.

5 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
4 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car!!

11 out of 11 people found this review helpful. Did you?

Your feedback has been sent to Cars.com

4 out of 5 stars

Love the classic Jags

by Cash from Winchester, VA on Mon Sep 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 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.

5 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
4 out of 5 starsReliability
4 out of 5 starsPerformance
4 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car!!

11 out of 11 people found this review helpful. Did you?

Your feedback has been sent to Cars.com

5 out of 5 stars

A Great Deal on a Luxury Car

by Paul from Maryland on Fri Jun 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 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.

5 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
5 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Does recommend this car!!

9 out of 9 people found this review helpful. Did you?

Your feedback has been sent to Cars.com

5 out of 5 stars

Last of the truly beautiful Jaguars.

by Keystone from Chicago, IL on Sat Dec 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 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.

5 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Does recommend this car!!

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful. Did you?

Your feedback has been sent to Cars.com

5 out of 5 stars

Incredible Luxury Car for the Money

by JagFreak from Bellevue, WA on Tue 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 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.

5 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
5 out of 5 starsInterior Design
4 out of 5 starsReliability
4 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Does recommend this car!!

9 out of 10 people found this review helpful. Did you?

Your feedback has been sent to Cars.com

1