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1976 Jaguar XJ-Series XJ6 C Coupe RWDReview
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The Best Sedan Based Car Jaguar Built! — How many cars do you realize that after you sold it, it was the wrong thing to do? How many times do you get to own the car you wished you never sold back again? I am the third and fifth owner of this XJC. Of all the Jaguars I have owned and there have been many, this is the one I wished I never sold. When the opportunity came to buy it again, I jumped at it. Besides the fact that these are spectacular looking cars and that they are uber rare, they are lots of fun to drive. I have fitted my car with wider tires using Jaguar XJS rims and an XJS front sway bar. This has improved the already decent handling and made it a great car to throw around on twisty back roads. Mind you, modern sedans may corner and brake as well, may even be its equal in horsepower and speed, but none looks as good doing it!

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

Pros: The XJC is one of the best looking coupes ever built.  The pillarless door design gives the appearance of a convertible.  Trusty 4.2L Jaguar DOHC six-cylinder.  A great deal of fun to drive!  We take ours on long trips regularly.

Cons: Wind noise has plauged these cars from new.  Build quality is not the best because they were made when Jaguar was a part of British Leyland and the British car industry was at its lowest point.  Properly sorted however, these are reliable cars.

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1976 Jaguar XJ-Series Review
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vs1990 Jaguar XJ-S
1976 Jaguar XJ-Series winning categories:
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  • Handling
  • Looks/Style
  • Front Seats
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  • Cargo Capacity
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  • Would Buy
Power Ranked 1990 Jaguar XJ-S better.
"I tuned the 1990 XJ-S for performance. It is similar to the V12 in the XJ L, but shows general improvements, a little quicker, more responsive, but both are more than adequate. "
Handling Ranked 1990 Jaguar XJ-S worse.
"Posatraction. Excellent suspension, firm enough to keep the car tracking in any road conditions. On dray hot surfaces the XJ-S is superior, but I have lived in the Pacific NW most of the time."
Looks/Style Ranked 1990 Jaguar XJ-S better.
"The 1990 Collectors Edition has the features users / owners liked best over the first 15 years of the models run. Top up or down, the car demands attention and looks good on the road. Among sedans the XJ L is about as good looking as there is. I prefer the two pair headlights which I had rather than the later covered lamps more common in the US. "
Front Seats Ranked 1990 Jaguar XJ-S worse.
"The older sedan XJ seats have a bit more comfortable support. The heated seats in the XJ-S are nice, but the bolstering in the back are inadequate, perhaps only when compared to the luxury of the older XJ."
Back Seats Ranked 1990 Jaguar XJ-S worse.
"There is no back seat in the 1990 XJ=S convertible. The long body adds five or six inches to the read compartment foot wells, so imagine how much passengers like that."
Cargo Capacity Ranked 1990 Jaguar XJ-S worse.
"The XJ-S has a nice full trunk, unusually large for a two seater, touring coupe, plus a nice lockable storage area in the cabin and spots for additional suitcases. It has the feel of a fine yacht. But the sedan has even more trunk space and plenty of room to store items here and there."
Family Car Ranked 1990 Jaguar XJ-S worse.
"The XJ series has a larger trunk and comfortable seating for three more in the second row. The XJ-S is a car for the grown up who has great driving skills and ticket avoidance luck."
Value Ranked 1990 Jaguar XJ-S worse.
"Positraction makes the older XJ better in the winter, and the long body XJL rides in most conditions a bit better. The engines are similar, either needs to be gone through carefully by an English trained expert. Mechanics explained to me that the American versions have the same basic engines as the British model, but they are detuned. I had the 1976 unit refitted with top quality spark plugs and wires, clean burning injectors and had the engine dynamically balanced. There was nothing sluggish about the engine once properly set up. I did the same with the 1990 XJ-S plus changed out all the rubber bushings to firm up the cornering, get rid of sway, tighten the steering response, control braking. I still drive the XJ-S. It is on a third top with upgraded liner, replaced wood panelling and a new version of the heavy duty GM transmission, which Jaguar used because it was the heavy duty, most reliable unit then made, with applications. in farming and industry. The slight modification necessary was simple and the total cost was about $1600. I never found the Jags expensive to maintain, I went to specialists and not dealers and I read up in the excellent online manuals. Both cars have been as reliable as a trusty Toyota (we have a Highlander and a Tacoma) but tremendously safer and more fun. "
Would Buy Ranked 1990 Jaguar XJ-S worse.
"The Steve Score adds a couple points for the second row of seats and cushier ride. The balance of the sedan is better on wet roads and especially on ice. Back in the 80s winter driving east os Seattle was often on ice and snow. The Jag never failed, never slid off the road to commune with the 4WD units of that era. The current versions of both cars are great improvements, with the nod going to the sedan XJ which has great technology and driver aids. The convertible and coupe are gorgeous, and priced to keep Jaguar in business. The 1976 Jaguar eventually wore out with about 240,000 miles and I exchanged it for a trial run with the Nissan NX 2000. With .98 on the skid pad and removable roof panels that car was an improved version of the Porsche 356 series with cheaper interior elements. Eventually I gave it to my son and saved up for the XJ-S, which I keep, that is a step above buy. In terms of the full usefulness of vehicles the 1976 sedan was the better choice."
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Each series is a continuation (refinement) of the older series.
vs1967 Jaguar 420
1976 Jaguar XJ-Series winning categories:
  • Power
  • Handling
  • Looks/Style
  • Front Seats
  • Back Seats
  • Cargo Capacity
  • Family Car
  • Value
  • Would Buy
Power Ranked 1967 Jaguar 420 worse.
"Fuel Injection"
Handling Ranked 1967 Jaguar 420 worse.
"Spent thousands of miles driving 1958 MkVIII,1961 MKII,1967 420, 1967 420G, 1969 Daimler DS420,1974 SII V12,1989 XJ40 VP presently XJ40,MK2, 420G, are my toys...a 1976 MB 300D is presently taking a brief sojourn, from daily driving."
Looks/Style Ranked 1967 Jaguar 420 better.
"Little details."
Front Seats Ranked 1967 Jaguar 420 better.
"Individual arm rests"
Back Seats Ranked 1967 Jaguar 420 better.
"THEY wernt. "
Would Buy Ranked 1967 Jaguar 420 better.
"Wood "
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