Jaguar Vanden Plas Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your Jaguar Vanden Plas

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Jaguar Vanden Plas Problems

Exterior Door Handles May Break

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

Inside door handle cable breaks

The inside door handle breaks usually without warning. I have replaced several. The cable assembly is of poor design and after time breaks apart from it's swaged end. The only way to fix it is to replace it with another one usually found on a cadaver car or if you know a good machine shop they can reverse engineer it and replace the cable with a new one. The cable assemblies are different in size for the LWB cars for the rear doors so make sur...

Retrofit kit available to replace problematic self-leveling suspension

The rear self-leveling suspension is problematic and very expensive to repair. A retrofit kit is available to convert this suspension back to conventional shock absorbers and springs.

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Jaguar Vanden Plas Questions

My radio went dead and have no sound the CD player Bluetooth is out too? (1 answer)

The system has been going off and on for a year now but I would restart the engine and it would come back on but this time it stayed off.

My battery won't charge. Worked fine till I shut her off to get gas. Help (1 answer)

I dont understand what happened. My jaguar vanden plans just stopped charging right after I got gas. Any ideas on what happened or where to start?

how to stop water from getting in the well are gas cap (1 answer)

water is some how filling in the area that surrounds the fill area around the gas cap

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Jaguar Vanden Plas Recalls

Recall 93V179000
THE NORMAL LOCKUP FUNCTION OF THE AUTOMATIC (PASSIVE) BELT REEL CAN CAUSE THE BELT MOTOR WINCH ASSEMBLY TO LOCKUP SUCH THAT THE PASSIVE BELT SYSTEM WILL NOT DEPLOY/FUNCTION OR GETS STUCK AT VARIOUS POINTS ALONG THE TRACK CAUSING THE KINKING OR BREAKING OF ITS CABLE OR DETACHMENT OF THE TONGUE.
Recall 89V235000
HEAD OF REAR CALIPER FIXING BOLT COULD BREAK OFF, LEAVING ONLY BOLT SHANK IN PLACE.

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Jaguar Vanden Plas Reviews

OMG I have had my 1999 vdp for several years. Love it to death. Had to put a headliner in and a fuel pump ( because I ran the tank low.. alot. bad idea. the fuel keeps them cool. low fuel heats them up and they burn out). IF U HAVE WHAT APPEARS TO BE A STARTER OR ALTINATOT OR BATTERY PROBLEM.....PLEASE check under the hood on the passanger side. there is a booted coupling in front of that wear...
Bought this car used with 58K miles on it. I've put 8K miles on it since. Have had few problems with it. The ride is smooth and quiet and acceleration is good. Get many comments on what a great looking car it is. I think Ford ironed out many of the mechanical problems Jag had before. Have found a few local mechanics (ASE certified) who are willing to work on the vehicle when needed. So fa...
I bought this car used with around 40K miles on it - so I was the second owner. I really loved this car, it’s sleek, fast, comfortable, and you feel like the Queen of England when you drive down the road in it (mine was emerald green – the color of money ;-)). The real problem is that you love the car so much you don’t know when to get rid of it – I thought I would keep it until it was an ant...

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