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1997 Jaguar Vanden Plas – Cool Car Consignment

Hey Cool Car Fans,

Last week I had a client fly into Denver from out of town to pickup a 1997 Jaguar Vanden Plas from me that I had on consignment for another client of mine. Before he flew into town he wrote to me with a list of questions and concerns he had about the vehicle. I took it to one of the mechanic shops that I work with and had it checked out for him, so her purchased an airline ticket and flew into town not knowing what to expect having never done business before with The Cool Car Guy.

When Mark arrived he told me that he had owned one of these vehicles with over 120,000 miles, but that someone had rear-ended him and totaled out the vehicle. He had looked at a number of them and landed on this one based on the condition of the vehicle and since I was the easiest guy to work with in making sure it was the right vehicle for him. These are not easy to find in mint condition and as it turned out this one was everything he expected with roughly 85,000 miles. It had been well taken care of by the previous owner who had paid over $40,000 for it and had really liked the vehicle as well.

He was an interesting client, like many of the people I come in contact with as The Cool Car Guy. Mark told me that he had worked on a spaceship that is on its way to the planet Pluto. It will be arriving there in another six years!

He also knew the 1997 Jaguar Vanden Plas quite well, especially the electrical system and he explained to me how they had engineered the vehicle’s windshield washer system on the same fuse as the alternator that could cause a load on the alternator. He had created a work around for this problem with his previous Jag should the problem arise again in the future.

Many people are not fans of Jaguar because of the maintenance issues, but the real problem is that there are just not many repair shops, like other brands that know how to work on these vehicles, so it costs more to repair them. The same is true of Land Rovers where in other countries they are extremely popular, but in the United States they can cost a small fortune each year to maintain. The Jaguar’s are very nice luxury vehicles, especially for the money based on the depreciation that takes place in the used car market.

For 1997, the sedans were imported and manufactured from Coventry, England and it was a very cool car that is quite fun to drive. Mark wrote me when he made it back home and said, “Hi John, Thanks a lot. I just returned home today, after a two day drive. No problems with the car, drives great. Hopefully, I will keep it for many years to come.” Another happy Cool Car Guy client and the client who consigned it with me is looking to have me sell his 1981 Delorean for him next. I’ll keep you posted.


John Boyd

Auto Consultant – John Boyd: The Cool Car Guy

John is an auto consultant with his license at a car dealership in Denver, Colorado. He can help you save time and money on any make or model, new or used, lease or purchase – nationwide! Call or email John about your next vehicle! or Twitter @coolcarguy

The Cool Car Guy "Cool Car Shot" – 2001 Jaguar XJR Supercharged


Hey Cool Car Fans,

A client of mine, that we will call Mr. C, recently contacted me to help him sell his 2001 Jaguar XJR Supercharged luxury automobile.

He’s had this vehicle for a while and he told me that it’s hard for him to let it go, but it’s time to move into a new ride. Which means that someone else is going to get a very cool car for a fraction of what it sold for new.

Here’s a list of some of the features that came included with the XJR model. We’ve got it priced right now for $12,995 and all offers are being entertained, so don’t wait to contact me on this one before it disappears.
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ORIGINAL FACTORY EQUIPMENT – Electronic 5-speed automatic transmission w/OD, normal & sport shift modes, Speed-proportional, variable ratio, pwr rack & pinion steering, 23.1 gallon fuel tank, Sport-tuned shocks/springs, Fully independent rear suspension w/driveshafts acting as upper links, coil springs, anti-lift/anti-squat geometry, All-speed automatic stability/traction control-inc: engine/brake intervention, shutoff switch, 113″ wheelbase, Pwr 4-wheel ventilated disc brakes, Rear wheel drive, 4.0L (244) DOHC SPFI 32-valve supercharged & intercooled aluminum alloy V8 engine, Fully independent front suspension w/unequal-length wishbones, coil springs, anti-roll bar, anti-dive geometry.

01XJR32001 Jaguar XJR SuperchargedORIGINAL FACTORY EQUIPMENT – Reverse park control (Provides an audible warning to the driver of the distance to an obstacle behind the vehicle), Burl walnut trim-inc: gearshift knob, steering wheel, Door-mounted curb illumination lamps, Trip computer, Central locking doors/trunk/fuel filler door, Retractable cup holders, Multi-adjustable pwr front bucket seats w/lumbar support, Connolly leather-trimmed interior, 3-position memory w/personalized remote activation-inc: door mirrors, driver seat, steering column position, Cellular phone pre-wiring, Vehicle security system w/remote entry, engine immobilizer, audible verification, Heated rear window, Carpeted footwell rugs, Pwr windows w/one-touch down, Automatic climate control heating/air conditioning, Speed control, Dual illuminated sun visors w/map lights, Integrated 4-channel garage door/entry gate opener, Heated front/rear seats, Pwr tilt/telescopic steering wheel w/auto tilt-away feature, audio/speed controls, 320-Watt Alpine premium sound audio system w/6-disc CD changer mounted in trunk, digital sound processing, Electrochromic rearview mirror.

Mileage: 82,572
Exterior: Anthracite
Interior: Tan Cloth
Engine: 4.0L (244) DOHC SPFI 32-valve supercharged & intercooled aluminum alloy V8 engine
Transmission: Electronic 5-speed automatic transmission w/OD, normal & sport shift modes
VIN: SAJDA15B71MF26848
Stock: JB26848Fc
MPG (C/H): 16 MPG/21 MPG

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The Jaguar XJR Supercharged had an original invoice price of $62,500 and had a retail price that started at $69,500. Now you can own a very cool car at an affordable price. Kelly Blue Book is $17,800 – $22,000. Roll your negative equity from your gas guzzling SUV into a luxury car that will be the envy of the neighborhood. Great vehicle for a real estate agent to roll clients around in and look at homes.

Financing is available with approved credit. I have access to 40 credit unions and 20 lending sources to help you get qualified.
_________________________________________________________________________ John Boyd

Auto Consultant – John Boyd: The Cool Car Guy

John is an auto consultant with JFR & Associates in Denver, Colorado. He can help you save time and money on any make or model, new or used, lease or purchase – nationwide! Call or email John about your next vehicle!

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It’s A Buyer’s Market For Used Jag’s

JagXTypeMany of the people that I speak with about leasing a vehicle immediately get defensive because they have heard the horror stories of people who lease the wrong vehicles. However, what most people don’t realize is how leasing the right vehicle can be a huge benefit to the consumer.

For example, look at what’s happening with Ford’s Jaguar division currently. In a recent issue of Automotive News, it was reported that Jaguar Cars of North America had to remarket 20,000 vehicles and in 2005 that number soared to 27,000. These were mostly X-Types and S-Types coming off of leases. That huge number of used cars was 89 percent of Jaguar’s total new vehicle sales in 2005.

The article went on to say that this year, Jaguar will still have to remarket about 21,000 units that are expected to be returned and Jaguar’s executive vice president of marketing is viewing that figure as “a walk in the park” compared to the previous year. In fact, Jaguar has elected to stop selling cars to Enteprise and Hertz because their aggressive lease program has hurt them so bad.

In 2001 the residual value on an X-Type was 49% and in 2006 it’s still somewhat aggressive at 40%. The people who leased a Jaguar over the last few years really made out on the deal. Think about it for a minute. These people were able to drive a new and very elegant, high-end automobile for three ears with a full warranty and have Jaguar subsidize their lease payment.

At the end of the lease they walked away without having to worry about finding a buyer or getting less money by trading in their vehicle. Now Jaguar is the one that has had to scramble to sell all of these vehicles, while the savvy consumers have dropped the keys and given the vehicles back to Jaguar knowing they are not worth what Jaguar said they would be.


This is the part of leasing that most people end up missing out on. If you lease the right vehicle, drive the right amount of miles and get the right residual values and lease terms; you can really capitalize on the incentives that manufacturers offer.

Why not let the automobile manufacturers that are willing to take a huge risk to move their inventory, give you the opportunity to drive one of their new vehicles at a substantial discount and give it back to them at the end of the lease term, letting them worry about finding another buyer?

It can make tremendous sense when done correctly as is illustrated in the “Jaguar battles used-car glut” article that was featured in the industry insider magazine Automotive News.

Contact me if you would like me to help you find a pre-owned Jag or if you would like to find out which manufacturers are running outrageous lease incentives you could take advantage of today.
John Boyd

Auto Consultant – John Boyd: The Cool Car Guy

John is an auto consultant with his license at a car dealership in Denver, Colorado. He can help you save time and money on any make or model, new or used, lease or purchase – nationwide! Call or email John about your next vehicle! or Twitter @coolcarguy