Reliable and Comfortable
April 7, 2016
I bought my 97 xj6 salvaged with front quarter panel damage with only 158k miles, it has never let me down in the time I have owned it. It is the most comfortable car i have ever been in and has a wonderful interior with some strange features, it has what feels like a hundred ash trays. it features a clever heating/cooling system and has heated front and rear seats. This car is great and has only heightened my love for Jaguar. This car is pretty slow, full disclosure, however it can easily reach highway speeds and it is at home on the highway in the middle lane going 70, it gets in overdrive and the revs go down as you quickly slide through the countryside and hours later you can get out and have no soreness or stiffness at all, that's how great the ride is in these. It has a sport mode that changes shift points and allows you to reach higher revs and thus accelerate quicker, this makes the car relatively peppy but it's still by no means a sports car. If you like this body style, (x300) get one from 95-97 and get an xj6 rather then the xj8/12 because this engine is much more reliable and due to it being considerably lighter than the V8 or the V12 it is easier on suspension and tyres as well. If you would rather have speed get an x308 Xjr from the same years as it has the same inline 6 cylinder engine but is fitted with a turbo, rather than the 98-03 which has a supercharged v8. Both are 4.0 litre engines and the inline 6 gets you from 0-60 in 5.3 sec. rather than the 5.4 of the v8, therefore they have similar speeds and will be much more reliable. I would recommend this car to anyone, even a young driver as it is a very safe car, mine was hit quite hard but after a new set of wheels, door, and fender it was back to its prideful self. You might say it looks like an old-man-car and you'd probably be right, however the x300 body-style was awarded "most beautiful car in the world 1995" and has a low sleek profile. If I were to do it again i would get the long wheelbase version as even though it is extraordinarily long there is very little rear seat legroom, which was then fixed in the later released LWB editions and Vanden Plas versions. Hope this helps you, and happy Jaguar hunting!