30 June 2004

Prices for used Jaguar XJs have been holding up well – but all the signs are that they are starting to tumble, making it close to the nearly new bargain its predecessor was. Even though the majority of models are still lurking at main dealers, prices are getting keen. Top of the bargains is the fully loaded 4.2 V8. We spotted a 2003 03-plate silver SE with just 12,000 miles on the clock, and a sticker price of £39,995 at a Midlands Jaguar dealer. But even that couldn’t top an identical car with just 4k on the clock – and some optional extras – being sold through a London outfit for the same money. That’s a saving of over £15,000 on the list price. Deals on the more frugal XJ6 3.0 aren’t quite so impressive, but there’s plenty about at increasingly tempting prices. An 03/03 plate SE with 7000 miles was up for grabs at £37,495 from a Hampshire dealer, and this is typical of the sort of prices you’ll pay at the moment. Even better, a Buckinghamshire dealer had a near-identical 53-plate car with 5k on sale for £37,995. For your best chance of a real bargain, however, go for the more unloved member of the XJ line-up, the 3.5-litre V8 model. We spotted a 16,000-mile example in SE spec on a 53 plate, with a few choice options, for just £32,995.

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