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2002 Jaguar X-Type - 2.5L (M5)
Pros: Everything!!! To be specific:the look and the lines
Cons: The back ash tray should of been a vent
Advice: Make sure you buy an extended warranty and buy from Galpin JaguarFrom the very moment I sat in and drove this wonderful car, I said to myself 'there is NO way you can afford this'. Well, I was wrong!!! Not only could I afford to lease it, I'm about to buy my very first car after leasing 5 automobiles!!! There is nothing and I mean NOTHING that compares to this car. The looks are fabulous, the drive is great, and the sound system is out of this world. The dealership has been the best, though. Galpin Jaguar has made me a client FOR LIFE. When serviced, I ALWAYS get a Jaguar loaner, much to the astonishment of my BMW and Audi friends. Oh, not to be conceided, but I always love when someone asks 'what do you drive?' I tell them a Ford. Thay are quite impresses when they get in. Oh...people with trunk problems:Do not slam the trunk!!! Casually CLOSE the trunk. I have not had ONE problem with the trunk, and I've had my Jag. for 3 1/2 years. People: Take good care of your babies.
2002 Jaguar S-Type - 4.0L V8
Pros: The Design and the power behind the 4.0 engine
Cons: The Cassete player. I will never use it!
Advice: Buy Pre Owned. You will save Money and get the all the features possible. Plus they never seem to change.This has always been my Dream Car. Now I own one! New or used there great.
2004 Jaguar S-Type - 3.0L V6
Pros: Overall performance
Cons: Sport mode
Advice: Testdrive both a 3.0 and a 4.2.I don't understand the comments of the earlier reviewer. I bought the standard S-type (not the S-type Sport). The seats are very comfortable. Leather seats do require some time to break in, but I can't envision the leather being 'too stiff' unless you weigh less than 60 lbs. The rear seats are more than adequate for two full-sized adults. Performance should probably be rated higher, but I tried to remain objective in my review. The transmission is geared to deliver power more evenly across the curve, so this is a great car for American streets. It doesn't 'perform' like some Euro's that require the tach to be near redline before putting out for you. The other systems in the car work as advertised. The car can be driven aggresively without pitching you around like a carnival ride. Plenty of power with the 3.0 liter under the hood and the J-gate shifter functions flawlessley. The 'sport mode' needs a little more tuning but I don't use it much. I'd rather shift through the gate and select my shift points anyway. Quality I rated excellent. I don't have nav but the interior and overall craftsmanship are still Jaguar. Very plush. Appearance is pretty much much a subjective opinion, so I'll let my emotions rule here. I love the throwback grill (criticism from those who aren't familiar with Jag history often states that the grill doesn't 'look like' a Jaguar. Nothing could be further from the truth). The rounded contours on the back of the cabin and the lines of the hood all work together to tie in various elements of previous Jag products. I put the overall rating as 4 stars, but it's a very firm 4. This car is a great value for the money and will be considered one of Jags better efforts 20 years from now.
2004 Jaguar X-Type - 2.5 (M5)
Pros: exterior styling
Advice: lease unit - don't buy. Make sure you live near the dealership.Bought the car based on looks and the pricing. Luckily leased unit instead of purchased. Its been in the shop for numerous electrical issues as well as - rear differential leak, exterior trim falling off, keyless entry not working (3x), O2 sensor failed. The handling and drive is pretty good. The clutch reminds me of a 1973 Volkswagen Super Beatle that I had in high school - pretty wimpy and not very smooth ... but sort of fun to drive. Lots of leg room in the front seats. Not a bad value if you take the break downs in stride. The dealer does provide a loaner vehicle while yours is in the shop to ease the pain.
2002 Jaguar XK8 - Convertible
Pros: The Sporty sleek design that just says 'I'm fast'
Cons: Back seat is more for storage than passengers.
Advice: Grab the sunscreen when you put the top down and kiss your worries goodbye..Actually, I own and drive a 1999 XK-8 Convertible that I love. It has the classic styling of a much more expensive sports car. Its exotic look catches alot of attention and its performance does not disappoint. If your looking for a car that is actually as fun to drive as it is to look at, then look no further. The XK-8 is for you. What a value...
2004 Jaguar X-Type - 2.5 (M5)
Pros: Spacious, luxurious, QUIET, interior.
Advice: Be patient with the manual shifting. Perfect smoothness obtainable with practice.I've had my x-type since November last and feel like I've died and gone to heaven. I'm exhilarated each morning when I pull away slowly, wondering where the power is coming from because the engine is so smooth and quiet - and this is only the 2.5! I sympathize with those who've experienced problems and understand their frustration. When the marque is a legend like Jaguar then the disappointment is more acute because exectations are higher. Unfortunately, it's a rare brand that is free from problems for long, witness a certain legendary and, comparatively, more costly Continental European marque suffering breakdowns more frequently than any other in my experience.
2003 Jaguar S-Type - 3.0L V6 (M5)
Pros: 5-speed manual
Cons: Fit and finish, dealer's performance
Advice: Avoid this vehicleThis would be a nice car - nicely appointed with reasonable performance - at half the price. The S-type does not compare favorably with other cars in its price range - the BMW 5-series or Lexus are vastly superior machines for roughly the same price. My S-type squeaks and rattles - OK for a Taurus, not OK for a $50k 'luxury' car, has gone through a set of rear brakes in 30k miles, and has neither the performance or penache of the 5-series. The dealer's performance has been mediocre at best, dismal at worst, failing to fix the squeaks and rattles in three separate trips and claiming that 'all S-types wear out rear brakes faster than the fronts'. My wife's Taurus is, no kidding, better appointed. Consider another entry in this class.