Exterior Door Handles May Break on Jaguar XJ6

The exterior door handles are of poor quality; they frequently break or do not offer enough leverage to open the door from the outside.

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Average mileage: 127,977 (47,000–180,000)
7 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, more1994, 1996, 1997
31 people reported this problem
18 people shared problem details
1994 Jaguar XJ6105,000
All handles but the driver door have broken. There is a (Retro)fix listed on the net (I haven't tried it). Have also found replacements on ebay.
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1992 Jaguar XJ6128,354
Passenger door on drivers side was first one to stop opening from outside but could be opened by interior door handle then all the doors became hard to open haveing to bump the door first to open with outside handle. Now drivers door will not open from outside. I am worried that I may have to leave the windows down to ever open the rest of the doors soon. Can the handles be adjusted or are the doors sprung. Perhaps other car companys have mastered this phenomenon.
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The door handles can be off before they brake you will see a small teflon wear cone the plate it runs on needs a 4mm steel plate attached on top of the existing angle plate this will allow the lever to lift the unlock higher without stressing handle Phil New Zealand
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1994 Jaguar XJ6105,000
I found by pushing the door before lifting the handle would make it easier to open the door from the outside.
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1994 Jaguar XJ6102,000
The driver door won't open from the outside, but will from the inside. I have to go in the passenger side to even get in the car. -_-
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1994 Jaguar XJ6170,000
I had to reinforse the door handle by drilling it and placing sheet metal on the lever/arm to make it stronger, The part is made of cast iron , Why ? Its a jobber !
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1994 Jaguar XJ6150,000
My door handle doesnt work from the
1997 Jaguar XJ6160,000
Driver exterior door handle broke
1994 Jaguar XJ6140,000
Drivers door handle broke first, then drivers side back and front passenger door handles broke. Now back passenger door handle is acting up. The drivers door handle it self is what's broke on that one due to no resistance when lifting handle, I'm thinking the regulators on the other two due to still has resistance when lifint handles, and will figure out the rear passenger side when it goes completely. Working on getting replacements and regulators now. I have seen this all over online with this car, so it seems to be a very common problem.
1991 Jaguar XJ6143,600
Door locks work on & off when they want . Passenger side doesn't @ all now .... And plastic clip that holds linkage rod that operates door latch is stripped easily bad idea plastic with a metal threaded rod ....
1997 Jaguar XJ647,000
HAD TO REPLACE DRIVER DOOR HANDLE. BATTERY SITUATION, LEAVE CAR TWO (2) DAYS & BATTERY IS DEAD BUT NEW, SO JUMP START,CANNOT LOCATE THE ELECTRIC LEAD FROM 24 HOURS OF NO-USE. CENTER CUP-HOLDER BROKE WITHIN 6 MONTHS OF ORIGINAL PURCHASE DATE.
1992 Jaguar XJ6180,000
Rear left door handle inoperative.
Driver Side door handle broke. This is the 2nd time. This handle lasted 3 months....
1996 Jaguar XJ6175,000
Driver's side exterior door handle broke--have to enter car on passenger's side! Typical Jag junky trim parts!
1997 Jaguar XJ6129,000
driver side exterior door handle snapped on 1997 Jaguar XJ6L
1991 Jaguar XJ6106,000
right side handle won't unlock,the battery is down
1990 Jaguar XJ6148,000
OUTER DOOR HANDLE ON DRIVERS SIDE BROKE. NOW I HAVE TO OPEN THE DRIVERS DOOR BY CLIMBING INTO THE PASSENGER SIDE TO OPEN IT UP FROM THE INSIDE. WHAT A PAIN!!!!!
broken door handals
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