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2003 Jaguar X-Type - 2.5 (M5)
Pros: Navigation System
Cons: Single Cup Holder
Advice: Although the 2.5L is adequate, I recommend going with the 3.0L if you can afford it.I test drove the 2003 2.5L automatic X-Type and the 2.5L automatic X-Type with Sport Package. I purchased the Sport model with the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Navigation System, Sun roof, Xenon Headlamps, Heated Seats...basically with all the bells and whistles. The Sport model has bigger wheels and a 'Sport' button that allows higher RPMs before the engine shifts to a higher gear. Additionally, I found the Sport seats more comfortable and generally superior to the non-sport model's seats. The dark grey interior wood trim on the Sport model is very attractive as well.
2003 Jaguar X-Type - 3.0 (A5)
Pros: Gorgeous Exterior.
Cons: Only one cup holder.
Advice: Take the 3 liter. It is much more powerful.I just bought this vehicle, and so far I am thrilled. It is absolutely great in the snow. It is extremely comfortable and smooth, better than any car I've ever tried. Acceleration is very good too. I hope that the quality and maintenance of this vehicle will prove to be as good as the rest of it is now.
2003 Jaguar X-Type - 2.5 (M5)
Pros: APPEARANCE ONLY
Cons: PERFORMANCE,COMFORT,EASE OF OPERATION
Advice: DON'T DO IT!! PRETTY IS AS PRETTY DOESEVEN THOUGH I WAS WELL AWARE OF THE PAST PEFORMANCE HISTORY OF THE JAGUAR I LEASED AN X-TYPE WITHOUT DOING A THOROUGH EVALUATION. I AM NOW STUCK WITH A PRETTY LOOKING CAR WITH A PATHETIC TRANSMISSION. ROUGH AND NOTCHY IN EVERY GEAR TRANSITION,EXTREMELY STIFF CLUTCH WHICH,WHEN NOT DEPRESSED ALL THE WAY TO FLOOR, CAUSES STALL. UNLESS YOU ARE RELATIVELY TALL YOU'LL HAVE TO SIT UNCOMFORTABLY AND UNSAFELY CLOSE TO THE WHEEL IN ORDER TO OPERATE CLUTCH. SOUND SYSTEM IS CHEAP AND CHEESY, SEATS ARE UNCOMFORTABLE. WORST STICK SHIFT AUTO I'VE EVER DRIVEN. THIS IS A SCALED DOWN VERSION OF THE JAG INTENDED TO ATTRACT BUYERS WHO LIKE THEIR LOOKS BUT AREN'T NECESSARILY DRIVERS. STAY AWAY FROM THEM. I LIKED THEIR LOOKS AND LIKED THE SALESMAN'S PITCH ON JAG SERVICE. NOW THAT I'M HAVING PROBLEMS NEITHER THE SALESMAN NOR THE DEALER REMEMBER MY NAME NOR RETURN MY CALLS.
2002 Jaguar S-Type - 3.0L V6
Pros: Road handling
Cons: Lack of back seat room
Advice: Good car to buy, unless you need to carry around lots of passengers.Nice comfortable ride, handles road well. Back seat room not as big as it should be for a car of this size.
2003 Jaguar S-Type - 3.0L V6 (M5)
Pros: Exterior styling and wonderful leather interior. Real quality. Sunglass holder above mirror.
Cons: center console cup holders. They are too narrow.
Advice: Try it, you'll like it! Good value for the money.This car is great. It handles like a dream, accelerates well, brakes well. Exterior and interior styling are fabulous, and it turns a lot of heads. The suspension is very nice with good road feel, but not too harsh. The car is loaded with safety equipment. I had some quality issues the first week (damaged paint, a a squeak, and a clutch problem that occurred when the dealer came to pick up the car). All was fixed promptly, and the dealership was very responsive. I previously had a sport model Chrysler 300 M. This car handles SO much better. I also test drove a BMW 528 sport model. The Jag is very close in handling, but has a bigger trunk and more seat room than the BMW. The shifter and clutch require a bit more effort in the Jaguar. My husband liked the car so much, he went out and bought the 4.2 L automatic.
2003 Jaguar S-Type - 4.2L V8 R (A6)
Pros: Touch screen NAV and audio combo
Cons: The front grill is too gaudy
Advice: R-type only one to getVery responsive in both accelaration and handling. Interior made with very quality oriented materials. Recaro seats are supportive during lateral forces.
2002 Jaguar X-Type - 3.0L (A5)
Pros: DESIGN OF EXTERIOR BODY LINES
Cons: PLACEMENT OF WINDSHIELD WASHER JETS
Advice: BUY THIS BEAUTY FULLY LOADEDNot only is this beauty the best looking car on the road,it also gives me a adrenline rush every time I hear those pipes purr like a cat is suppose too.Excelleration is supurb,it runs as good as it looks.