2004 Jaguar Vanden Plas
1-9 of 9 reviews
Test drive review

Awesome to drive, hates the cold

by from upstate NY on February 9, 2010

Bought the car and road tripped home with some friends. Absolutely perfect for an 1800 mile road trip. Smooth, quiet, powerful, everything you want. Leather and interior are in excellent shape, better...
Bought the car and road tripped home with some friends. Absolutely perfect for an 1800 mile road trip. Smooth, quiet, powerful, everything you want. Leather and interior are in excellent shape, better than any 5 series or comparable year MB - even a bunch of '06 ones that I also test drove. Did I mention the v-8 yet? Could shred some tires if you wanted. From a praticality stand point, it is large enough for the three kids in the back with a child seat and two boosters. Handles well, gets 27-28 on the highway and around 20 for my short commute (2.5 miles). Overall runs great, and look forward to getting 4 years out of it. The nicest car, even at 6 years old and 80 K, that I have ever driven in. Issue came up in that the old shocks don't seem to like the cold weather. The old rubber shrinking in the cold winters. Replaced both of them up front and the air compressor - Jag only parts so I took the bill sitting down. I've heard it said you don't buy an expensive car like this without expecting some bills. Still happy with the car, everything else in good shape.
Comfort
Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Value for the Money
Performance
Reliability

Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful. Did you?
Test drive review

Absolutely best bargain ever made

by from Denver, NC on July 3, 2013

Just purchased 04 Jag VP and love every mile of it. Never owned anything but GM and Ford products. This car is without the best deal made. It loves the road. Easy on gas. Honestly got 32 mpg going to ...
Just purchased 04 Jag VP and love every mile of it. Never owned anything but GM and Ford products. This car is without the best deal made. It loves the road. Easy on gas. Honestly got 32 mpg going to Fl in May of 2013. So far, no complaints. I do keep it garaged as much as possible. I'm saving this one.
Comfort
Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Value for the Money
Performance
Reliability

Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does recommend this car!!

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful. Did you?
Test drive review

Left Mercedes for Jag

by from Harriburg, PA on January 27, 2010

This is a fantastic vehicle. Lux interior. Drives like a dream. Seat width could be better, otherwise love is in the air! Heated steering wheel is my first experience. Great feature.
This is a fantastic vehicle. Lux interior. Drives like a dream. Seat width could be better, otherwise love is in the air! Heated steering wheel is my first experience. Great feature.
Comfort
Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Value for the Money
Performance
Reliability

Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car!!

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful. Did you?
Test drive review

B Careful, Benz & BMW!

by from TX on September 10, 2007

Had a 99 Vanden Plas, it was great except the fuel consumption. This one is great within all the Hi-end V8 Cars -- thanks to the stronger Aluminium Alloy body with lighter weight. The best part I like...
Had a 99 Vanden Plas, it was great except the fuel consumption. This one is great within all the Hi-end V8 Cars -- thanks to the stronger Aluminium Alloy body with lighter weight. The best part I like about this car is that very few people know its vallue -- doesn't look like a very expensive car. Thieves won't venture to bother this one.
Comfort
Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Value for the Money
Performance
Reliability

Purchased a used car

Does recommend this car!!

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful. Did you?
Test drive review

Still a great car

by from Indianapolis on May 4, 2017

Aside from transmission clunkiness , this car is great. The motor is responsive and powerful. The air ride is to be envied. The leather is the pinnacle of interior design. The body style is no longer ...
Aside from transmission clunkiness , this car is great. The motor is responsive and powerful. The air ride is to be envied. The leather is the pinnacle of interior design. The body style is no longer dated, but desired (the new Jags are boring). Parts are a little pricey but can be found reasonable online.
Comfort
Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Value for the Money
Performance
Reliability

Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does recommend this car!!

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful. Did you?
Test drive review

You've got to test drive one to know what it's lik

by from Northern VA on June 18, 2012

Absolute luxury in its interior; soft leather, smoothest ride I?ve ever been. My wife owns the Mercedes, yet for the long trips, she prefers the Jag ride to her Benz. Very powerful and responsive on t...
Absolute luxury in its interior; soft leather, smoothest ride I?ve ever been. My wife owns the Mercedes, yet for the long trips, she prefers the Jag ride to her Benz. Very powerful and responsive on the road, and the insurance is surprisingly lower than some of the older luxury class of vehicles.
Comfort
Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Value for the Money
Performance
Reliability

Purchased a used car

Uses car for Having fun

Does recommend this car!!

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful. Did you?
Test drive review

Nice luxury/sport/cruiser

by from Norfolk, VA on November 9, 2017

The ride is a compromise between the cushy lounge chair ride of the old jags and the firmer sporty new jags. Air suspension, while nice can be problematic. Engine is bulletproof as is the transmission...
The ride is a compromise between the cushy lounge chair ride of the old jags and the firmer sporty new jags. Air suspension, while nice can be problematic. Engine is bulletproof as is the transmission (if taken care of).
Comfort
Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Value for the Money
Performance
Reliability

Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful. Did you?
Test drive review

This car has it ALL!

by from Queens, NY on August 18, 2012

I've owned this car for several months now and I still get very excited when behind the wheel! My XJ8 VDP is sleek, opulently adorned, FAST, AMAZING gas mileage (20/30), almost every toy imaginable......
I've owned this car for several months now and I still get very excited when behind the wheel! My XJ8 VDP is sleek, opulently adorned, FAST, AMAZING gas mileage (20/30), almost every toy imaginable...except Bluetooth and cooled seats. No one believe that it's a 2004! This car is before it's time!
Comfort
Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Value for the Money
Performance
Reliability

Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

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

Stylish, classy and smooth.

by from Norfolk, VA on November 12, 2017

Very comfortable ride, not as cushy as the Jaguars of old though. If you are looking for the Lazy-Boy ride, they don't have it anymore. The ride is firmer to give you more precise handling and better ...
Very comfortable ride, not as cushy as the Jaguars of old though. If you are looking for the Lazy-Boy ride, they don't have it anymore. The ride is firmer to give you more precise handling and better control. Motor is bulletproof (Ford 4.2L) Transmission is also (ZF 6HP26) if taken care of. Air suspension can cause problems but is a nice feature. The looks can't be beat, very classy and sensual.
Comfort
Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Value for the Money
Performance
Reliability

Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

0 out of 0 people found this review helpful. Did you?
See Model Details