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Pros: The standard leather and wood steering wheel
Cons: Back sensor for reverse park should be painted the color of the car, instead of left black
Advice: The best car for the money. All wheel drive and leather are standard, along with power everything. Best car for the money. It feels like I am driving a $50k car .The handling is a combo of the luxury drive of a Mercedes, coupled with the sporty pick-up of the BMW.
Pros: AWD platform -- Silky smooth manual transmission is impressive
Advice: Wait for the 2003 model.The last six months of owning my Jaguar have reminded me why you should never by a car in its first model year. I have had my car serviced six separate times since I drove it off the lot. Granted it is a Jaguar and that alone caries a great deal of prestige and pride of ownership, the question in my mind is whether or not it’s worth it. Lately I wonder if I would have purchased the BMW I was looking at if the service manager there would recognize my voice when I call in. Better luck next year Ford. Repairs to date: New rear suspension (Spring assembly and breaks), new drive shaft bearings, new driver and passenger seats (they rocked), new sunroof motor, new xenon headlight module (still doesn’t work – They have worked on this 3 separate times now in conjunction with other repairs, it’s better than it was but still not correct), 2 new headlight washer jet covers (they fall off, dealer said they have had to replace ten in the last week, I have one in the mail now), new passenger door speaker, new washer jet’s on hood, and a new trunk latch.
Pros: The grill and head light design in the front; very unique and different from any car today.
Cons: The rear looks way too much like a Ford Taurus. Interior leather looks kind of cheap.
Advice: Test drive other makes in the same class to make sure it is what you really wanted.I test drove both the manual and automatic transmission. I personally prefer the manual as I felt it has more umph! as far as control and acceleration. Although, there is a bit of tension in the clutch, but it could be because I'm used to the clutch of my Acura. The drive was smooth and quiet and handled well at tight turns.
Pros: Exterior Looks
Cons: Trunk Latch
Advice: Get the sport packageI purchased this car new in Feb of '02. I live in Michigan and this car was awesome in the snow. My previous vehicle was a Jeep 4x4 so I appreciate the AWD. Handling is exceptional. However, the 2.5 L engine is a little sluggish. I would have opted for the 3.0, but I thought it was overpriced. Overall, it's a great looking/performing vehicle...
Cons: Rough ride.
Advice: Go for the Dynamic Stability Control option.Not as cushy as the rest of the Jag family, but a sacrifice for the AWD handling. Cornering is great. Acceleration is great. Braking on wet pavement grabs like velcro on the tires! Appearance is in a class of its own for the price. Mechanical reliability is questionnable. I've owned it for 4 months and its had to go back 3 times already.
Pros: Sound system; safety features; wiper sensors; leather; cost; dealership; J-drive
Cons: Reading again and again the car was underpowered. This is not true.
Advice: Get weather package & manual tran on 2.5The fit and finish of the interior of the car was beyond reproach. If you don't think the exterior is the most beautiful in its class, put down the crack pipe before you hurt someone. The rear seats basically will fit 2 kids to the age of 12; adults can handle the space for limited time ( 1 hour) only. Performance of the 2.5 paired with auto will be sufficient for most situations. My Passat GLS w/V6 (manual) is about the same as the Jag 2.5 with manual. If you want to compete for speed with the Maxima/I35/BMW3, you probably need the 3.0. With upgrades, this car feels safer than a bank and as luxurious as the Four Seasons. 4 star treatment by dealer (West Herr Jag).
Pros: the looks and the ride
Cons: the washers on hood leak
Advice: i love the carI love the ride,it gives u a sporty feel!