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    2003 Jaguar X-Type - 2.5 (M5)

    Pros: Appearance

    Cons: One cup holder

    Advice: Try it and you'll love it. Definitely a world class automobile

    21k later and it purr's like a kitten as well as looking like a million bucks. Tight and trim is the operative words, add the AWD and it's purrrfect!! Finest automobile on the road...

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    2003 Jaguar X-Type - 2.5 (M5)

    Pros: handling especially on wet roads and the appearance

    Cons: sound system not up to other luxury makes

    Advice: From my research I found 2003 x-types seem to have fewer problems than 2002 models

    I read reviews and spoke with Jaguar service people before buying my '03 2.5. I was advised that the '03 was built better and had fewer problems than the '02. I have about 3000 mi so far with no problems and great respect for this car. most fun i've had driving in years. The car is tight solid and seems well built. The only trip to service was a missing lense for light over the plate. Love the handling,the looks and feel of the interior. Granted the 3.0 is faster but I found the 2.5 is a good perfomer and I was able to add options that I otherwise could not afford. I am very happy with this car.

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    2002 Jaguar X-Type - 2.5L (M5)

    Pros: Color

    Cons: Service of Dealership and Quality of car

    Advice: DO NOT BUY, especially not from Rosenthal Jaguar

    I leased the vehicle as I wanted a higher end car and was taken in by the dealership and salesperson's pitch at Rosenthal Jaguar. The vehicle has had repeated problems which the service dept. has been unable to fix and doesn't seem to care about fixing. I attempted to exercise my right to early lease termination but was called an idiot by the dealership, insulted, and told to get out. Will not buy another Jag ever nor any car from this dealerhsip.

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    2004 Jaguar XJ - XJ8

    Pros: The motor -- all that buttery POWER!

    Cons: Driver's accomodations--seat, wheel, door panels, etcetera

    Advice: Ego gratification in a sleek package, recommended at the price

    There's been a lot of talk about how Jaguar is faring under Ford ownership. Oddly enough, these new Jags are more Jag-like than ever, probably because they now have the funding to do it right. And do it right they have. The new designs evoke the famous Jags of revered memory, but go, stop, and hold together far better than any historic Jag ever could. It might seem odd that build quality would improve under Ford, but the old joke about having two Jags so you can drive one while the other's in the shop is now history. There's lots of smooth power under the right foot, and the brakes work very nicely indeed. The wood and leather interior is spot-on, just what you would expect from Jaguar. Unfortunately, we had a spot of trouble getting comfortable. The seats just don't have the lumbar support or cushiness you find in other makes, and there's noplace to put your elbow on the driver's side door panel. It also tends to wallow a bit in curves, not surprising considering the weight involved, despite the new all-aluminum frame. The car is nonetheless a very good Jaguar, and should be considered by those with a great deal of money and a need to impress the neighbors.

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    2003 Jaguar X-Type - 2.5 (M5)

    Pros: All Wheel Drive

    Cons: lack of power in 2.5 liter.

    Advice: Spend the extra money on the 3.0 liter

    If you are considering the X-type spend the extra money for the 3.0 liter. The 2.5 while functional, it is really lacking in power. This is a very heavy vehicle and it is sluggish off the line. Trying to accelerate into traffic on city streets is scary sometimes. The all wheel drive and traction control are awesome in the winter! Xenon lights are a must as is the 2 stage seat warmer. The truck is massive. Overall a good car if you are not looking for sport. They are a tad expenisive but you pay the price for the name

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    2003 Jaguar X-Type - 3.0 (A5)

    Pros: Good looking car

    Cons: From the outset, TOO MANY QUALITY PROBLEMS: broken gas gauge, nonexist FM radio reception, broken washer squirter.

    Advice: Don't be fooled by any positive press you hear; don't buy this car!! Not only are there too many quality problems, but the service organization is unresponsive and uncaring (not only my dealer, but the corporate customer service organization too!)

    Seemed to be a sporty drive, which I liked, but now I regret not having tested the FM radio which is totally disfunctional. For those of you who commute and/or love music in your car, this is a COMPLETE non-starter. I had 9 FM channels that I used to listen to all the time on my old used Lexus, with crystal clear reception, and they are ALL fuzzy and full of static now. Apparently, this is something Jaguar knows about and may do a recall or fix for, but no timeframe estimates yet. I want to spread the word about this so other people don't make the same mistake I did. Also, beware: VERY poor gas mileage (this thing is a guzzler!).

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    2003 Jaguar X-Type - 2.5 (M5)

    Pros: performance/4WD

    Cons: tricky clutch

    Advice: Give the manual trans a chance!

    Handles more like a sports car then a luxury sedan. Not as roomy inside as BMW 3's or C Class but equally peppy (even the 2.5). Definately like the sports package with 17 inch wheels and tighter suspension. Creature comforts get very expensive off base model. Good buy if you can afford the gas,