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Jaguar XJ-Series, Sedan
#261 of 2806 lucnoel and others "Buying New"
May 25, 2001 (6:06 am)
Welcome to the "new car" Jaguar world.
There is nothing like a new car.
There is such pleasure being the first to sit behind the wheel and peel off the new car stickers.
I recall a real pleasure I had when I was at the dealer when my "new baby" arrived on the truck. I recall watching as it was driven down from the carrier and parked in the sun. It gleamed and "beamed" as if to say: "Here I am... take me home and I am going to be a great friend".
I thought as I admired "her" that it was the most beautiful automobile I had ever seen... she was!
All this is a fond memory, as you can see.
The point for most of us is that buying back a year or so can result in a great cash outlay savings advantage. The first year or so depreciation has already been peeled off and thus factored in. Moreover, there are so many great Jags now on the market, because of leasing, at "reasonable prices" it just seems the most cost effective way to go, not withstanding your comments about "business tax advantages of leasing" to which I concur.
But, for those who wish to buy, I still recommend a 1998 or newer XJ8 or XJR.
I prefer to purchase one which has fairly low miles and has been given the dealer "Select Edition" certification. This raises the price over the "used car lot" models because it has undergone, perhaps, the best scrutiny and restoration on the market. In my opinion it is worth every "British Pound".
After "Select Edition" 100 or so point treatment it really almost is a "new car" again. As a result, Jag feels no hesitation in extending its "new car" warrenty way out. On these cars, as on any expensive Euro with "pricy parts and labor", an extended warrenty is a good deal.... particularly this one.
Happy Jaguar motoring..... you have bought a great automobile.
Your XJR with your "upgrades" is no doubt spectacular and you, or someone else, will have a great car at lease end.
#262 of 2806 new user with some questions
May 25, 2001 (5:10 pm)
Hey guys, I am in love with the black on tan 1995-96 XJ6. I am only 20 and looking for the most bang for my buck. No one has anything but nice things to say about their value/reliability and I have always thought they look incredible. I have been reading everything I can get ahold of on the Internet about them, and I have gained a ton of knowledge but I still have a few questions:
1. What exactly is the difference between the normal and Vanden Plas trims in both the 95 and 96 years?
2. What are the options on those cars? I have read conflicting information.
3. What changed for both the Vanden Plas and normal trim from 95 to 96?
4. I have read here that miles do not hurt a Jag, but is it truly safe to buy one with 90-110K miles after having it checked out by a reputable Jag shop?
5. Is there really no glove box on the 95? What about the 96? If no box where does all the "stuff" go?
6. Was the wood shift knob a factory option on these cars? Was the wood steering wheel an option on either trim or only on the Vanden Plas? What about wheels?
7. Was there a premium sound package? I may have read of a Harmon Kardon one. I know of the Alpine CD Changer.
By the way, I sure like the chrome grill better than the black one that began in 97. Thanks!
#263 of 2806 netranger and lucnoel
May 25, 2001 (10:38 pm)
lucnoel: Congrats! I also have an XJR and I am in love with it. There's nothing like it on the road. Nice work with the interior too, good choice and I think that they ought to do that fromthe factory myself.
netranger: It is great stuff.... used on all of the London Motor Show cars!
May 25, 2001 (11:05 pm)
Here's yer answers!
1) Really just trim. Scroll up 20-40...maybe 60 messages or so and I gave a total breakdown on the exact differences... but it's just trim on the 95s, and trim and a 4.9" Wheelbase stretch on the 96s.
2) The only options were: Sunroof/Convienience Package (On 95 XJ6s) Which included Power Sunroof, HomeLink, Power Steering column, auto-dimming mirror and memory seats. This was also an option on 97s, but the sunroof was totally standard across the range from 96+. It was only optional in the US on 95 XJ6s. Other options were CD Changer (Standard on 95-96VDPs, and an Alpine CHMS620 plugs right into any 91-97 Jag anyways), harmon/kardon Premium Sound (Includes a CD Changer) which is a very nice option to have. If the car has it, it'll say "harmon/kardon" on the door panels and have a subwoofer on the rear deck, and an amplifier next to the CD Changer in the trunk. This was $1,800MSRP new. The other option was the "Weather Package" which included electronic traction control and heated seats. This was $2,000 MSRP new. On most years, it's heated front seats only (Such as '95) But it varies depending on production in the 96s. I've seen 96 VDPs with and without heated rear seats, they got the rear seat heaters later in the 96 Production run. All 97s have heated front and rear seats.
3) 95-96? Only visible change on a 96 is the deletion of an outside door lock on the passenger's side. All 96s have gloveboxes, and 96 VDPs got the 4.9" Wheelbase stretch. Also, the VDP got new (And MUCH more attractive IMHO) wheels. Also, some minor color changes.
4) Yes, IF it's checked out by a Jaguar mechanic properly and has had proper service and IF you buy it cheaply. 95 XJ6 with 110K miles? Dont pay more than $12-13K MAX. 96 VDP with 100K? $15-16K MAX retail.
5) Center console in early 95s is where you throw the stuff! Later production 95s got a glovebox. All 96s have it. My 95 VDP does have one.
6) Wood shift knob was standard on XJ12s and XJRs (But the XJRs use a much darker bird's eye maple wood... ). I think that one from a dealer is $50-75 or so. I have one on my VDP and XJR. I added the one to the VDP (Well...we got this 94 XJ12 lease return in at the dealership... and it had a creme interior... and it was going to the auction anyways....so I swapped it ))) The wood steering wheel is a VDP/XJ12/XJR item. It can be added as a dealer acessory to any X300/X330. (X300=95-97 XJ, X330=96-97 Long Wheelbase XJ) Figure on $500 or so installed. Dont even THINK of doing it yourself with the airbag and sensitive electronics in the steering column.
7) Yup! Base stereo is sorta sucky if you like to crank your tunes like me. See options. Base is 80 watt, h-k is 280.
Hope this helps!
95 VDP 126K miles No trouble.
97 XJ6 59K
2 old ones
#265 of 2806 Bill, question...
May 26, 2001 (11:32 am)
Your signature says you have "2 old ones." Are either of these Series 3 XJ's? I've been looking at the S3 for a while, but I'm getting tempted by the prices some of the X300's are dropping to. What's the comparison between these two?
May 26, 2001 (9:05 pm)
The older ones?
59 XK150 Roadster and a '65 XKE OTS (Open Two Seater)....
Some of my "babies".
S3s? I've had them. Rolling artwork, but.. umm... they're somewhat high maintinence and finding A) a nice one and B) a nice one at a realistic price is a very difficult task.
An X300 is MUCH MUCH MUCH better as a regular driver.
#267 of 2806 Turning off headlights on Canadian version of 1996 XJ6
May 27, 2001 (8:54 am)
I just bought a 1996 Jaguar XJ6 that was originally registered in Canada.
The headlights come on automatically when the car is running. From
reading the owner's manual, this is normal--presumably a safety feature.
Does anyone know if there there is any way to prevent the lights from
oing on automatically or to turn them off once they are on?
May 27, 2001 (11:22 am)
Wow thanks for all the info Bill! So does the 95,96 Vanden Plas just come with all the options then? Also, I was looking at a black Jaguar XJ6 Vanden Plas on AutoTrader.com and noticed a couple things. It has a beige pin stripe down its side, and I was wondering if that is standard on the Vanden Plas or some type of an option. Also that same car has "solid chrome wheels" that I think are MUCH more attractive than the standard wheels I always see on this car. I was hoping someone could take a look at the ad and tell me if you recognize them from another type of Jag or if they an option on the 95,96 XJ6 (I don't think they are). Do they have a name or do they just belong to a specific Jag? The ad on AutoTrader.com priced the car at $19,900, and it was a black XJ6 Vanden Plas. Should be very easy to spot. Thanks again!
May 27, 2001 (12:44 pm)
Here are a couple things I forgot to add:
1. I noticed that Edmunds.com lists both Black and Black Crystal Metallic as colors for the 95,96 XJ6. What is the difference and which is better (in your opinion(s))?
2. Is the keyless entry and alarm standard on the 95,96 XJ6?
3. Are floormats standard?
4. Has anyone ever tried to replace the orange reflector on the side panels of a 95,96 with a Jaguar emblem from a 98 or so? Would that work?
5. Lastly, where exactly does it say Harmon Kardon on the outside of the 95,96 when it has the premium sound option?
Thanks a lot! I look forward to your response(s)!
May 27, 2001 (1:42 pm)
Not sure. I'd ask the dealer.. there is a way but I don't remember how I'm afraid.