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: 128,328 (47,000–180,000)
7 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, more1994, 1996, 1997
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1994 Jaguar XJ6 105,000 mi,
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.
1992 Jaguar XJ6 128,354 mi,
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.
1994 Jaguar XJ6 102,000 mi,
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. -_-
1994 Jaguar XJ6 105,000 mi,
I found by pushing the door before lifting the handle would make it easier to open the door from the outside.
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
1997 Jaguar XJ6 129,000 mi,
driver side exterior door handle snapped on 1997 Jaguar XJ6L
1990 Jaguar XJ6 148,000 mi,
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!!!!!
1991 Jaguar XJ6 143,600 mi,
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 ....
Driver Side door handle broke. This is the 2nd time. This handle lasted 3 months....
1994 Jaguar XJ6 170,000 mi,
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 !
1997 Jaguar XJ6 135,000 mi,
Handle on driver side front snapped off when I tried to open the door in the cold weather. Cheap product not able to withstand the preasure. Very disappointed
1994 Jaguar XJ6 150,000 mi,
My door handle doesnt work from the
1997 Jaguar XJ6 160,000 mi,
Driver exterior door handle broke
1994 Jaguar XJ6 140,000 mi,
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.
1997 Jaguar XJ6 47,000 mi,
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 XJ6 180,000 mi,
Rear left door handle inoperative.
1996 Jaguar XJ6 175,000 mi,
Driver's side exterior door handle broke--have to enter car on passenger's side! Typical Jag junky trim parts!
1991 Jaguar XJ6 106,000 mi,
right side handle won't unlock,the battery is down
broken door handals