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Pros: The interior
Cons: The wheels could be a little sexier.
Advice: I recommend this car. Get a warranty with it. They are expensive to fix w/o a warranty.I couldn't believe how quite the car is. The ride is smooth, yet confident. It handles spectacular in the rain with the AWD. People compliment me on the car on a regular basis. My car is 'Carnival Red Metalic' (candy apple red), with the white leather interior. I haven't had any problems with the car so I'm keeping it. I even extended the warranty. It now has 45,640 miles on it. It's very comfortable to drive in town and even better on open roads. I have had it up to 120+ mph and no drama. It feels very safe at all speeds. It is very well built and a joy to drive. I would buy another Jag.
Pros: looks and comfort
Advice: Don'y buy this car!I love the way the x-type looks and drives. It handles well and is comfortable. The problems with this car are that the interior parts such as the vanity mirrors, console, and vents are cheaply made. I have also have had major problems with the electrical system. My car has been in the shop with electrical problems for a month straight. No one knows what is wrong with it. My car is a 2004 with 30,500 miles on it. Thank goodness I got an extended warranty to 100,000. Whenever my car gets out of the shop, I plan to buy something else more reliable and that doesn't live in the shop.
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.
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.
Pros: Jaguar design and looks
Advice: Buy one today!I absolutely love this car! I have owned Honda, test-driven BMW, Audi, and Mercedes. This car is superior to all of them! I feel like a million dollars driving this car. It's so supple, refined and exciting to look at. By comparison, the german and japanese cars are pedestrian and quite plain. Quality is excellent - no problems to report! And the Dealer couldn't be more polished and professional. Do yourself a favor and buy one today - your outlook on (and actual) life will improve.
Pros: the fact that it's a newer Jaguar
Cons: driver's side storage for CD's (doesn't exist)
Advice: Remember, it looks timeless while other cars age quickly in appearanceThe car is incredible! I bought my black 3.0 off the show room floor and have absolutely loved it! It is a Select Edition and has a much better warranty than a non-used Jag. The ride, handling, fit, finish and paint are simply the best! I remain concerned since it's the first 'used' car I've ever bought but it has been spot-on in every category this first 2 months. Everyone takes a second look when I cruise by since it is quite a looker. The 17-inch wheels don't hurt in the looks department. I'm absolutely thrilled and so thankful Jaguar decided to offer a sporty sedan that looks like the iconic XJS but is a little smaller for those (like me) who aren't ready to drive grandpa's car...just yet.
Pros: Exceptional Styling, AWD, Turbine like Power (3.0 Auto), Classic Jag interior
Cons: Needs memory driver's seat, rear doors don't open wide enough, tire noise
Advice: With the big price deduction, get the full load - you're still ahead!!Sent the wife to look at the X Model on her own. Her return report was: (1) Classy exterior and interior, (2) It beeps at me if I am going to back into somthing! Needless-to-say, after an extended test drive-sold! As X-Jag owners ( 1967 Vanden Plas V12, 1989 XJS Convertible V12 ), I was a little apprehesive about the electrics ( Lucas -The Prnce Of Darkness!!), but I heard good things about the Ford boys cracking the whip resulting in a leap to number 3 position on the J.D. Powers survey (ahead of BMW and MB), and that the plant the X Type was made was rated the best plant for quality assembly in the Ford world-wide group. Has the distinctive classic Jag design exterior with that Old English wood and leather-lined interior, plenty of power, and looks that set it apart from the Benz-Bimmer and look-a-likes on the streets. Still a rare car you will not see at every stop light. The wife (the principle driver) has threatened divorce proceedings if I trade it in. Hmmm, maybe an S Type Sport with the supercharger for me. P.S.: No problems with the car!