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Advice: best car you will ever buyBest car I ever owned
Pros: The rear cupholders
Cons: The seat adjustments are sort of hard to maneuver.
Advice: Don't let the price keep you away.My kids love to ride in this vehicle. It is so roomy and fun.
Pros: The surprising comfort inside of it while driving.
Cons: The back seats have less leg room than what I am use to.
Advice: If buying used, always buy from a certified jaguar dealer, and take a test ride. Its a great car!I bought this care used with 13,000 miles. It runs like a charm, and is tight, and handles well. Its beautiful in design, and is quiet inside and surprisingly comfortable to ride in for an AWD vehicle. I am 56 years old and have owned Cadillacs, and high end luxury vehicles, and living in the Northeast with bad winters, high price of gas, its a pleasure to drive this economical AWD that is quite comfortable for me. I give a thumbs up to Jaguar! You've come a long way and have produced a great touring vehicle. By the way, finding the history on a used car is important. This vin number produced it had been an executive rental from the Jaguar dealer I bought it from.
Pros: The cat on the hood
Cons: interior comfort and overall quality.
Advice: Don't buy or lease this thing!I am suing under the lemon law. Need I say anything else? Been to service 6 times in 18 months.
Pros: looks and smooth engine and handling
Cons: foot room/ comfort level - would be better if the seats went back another 2 inches
Advice: If you are looking for a coupe hardtop, plan on buying it usedI have a 76 XJ12L. I love the way it drives. Have also been driving Nissan Zs since 73. Now have 2 86' 300 Zs with 250 K miles on each. First stop to look for their replacement was the JAG dealer. I was shocked to find that in the XK8 there is so little foot room down by the pedals that I could not move my foot (size 10 1/2) from the gas to the brake without it getting hung up. Major safety issue, obviously. I almost did not want to drive it off the lot. It drove wonderfully, however the foot space problem presisted even after driving it for a while. Only problem I had with the handling with the automatic trans shifted gears at a way way to low RPM. If you have driven sticks for as long as I have, that was a noticable problem.THe red line on the Jag was 6500 and it was shifting around 3000. When I told the saleman about this he said that was normal. When I started shifting manually and showed him what the car could really do when you pushed the RPMs, he turned slate white. He obviously had not seen the car driven to the end of the envelope. Even with the trans issue I would buy this car if there was more foot room. I sat in a new XK8L after this test drive and that model did not have the foot space problem, but I already have a 'limo' XJ12 so would not consider that as a replacement for my Zs. This is a wonderful car and I would strongly recommend it to anyone (with small feet). One other disappointing fact which I should mention is that the only XJ8 model they have available brnad new is the convertable. If you want a brand new coupe hard top they are telling you to forget it unless you want to want until 2007. (This review was done in Oct 05. ) I would not buy the convertable - there is no roll bar at all, and the theft hazard is too much for me. However, with the top up the car did drive as if it was a hard top -no extra noise even at 70 mph
Cons: Sound System
Advice: Drive the others then drive this car, it's a blast.Car is an absolute joy to drive. It handles like it's reading your thoughts. The engine is world class, smooth, and when you get on the gas it feels like it's going to push you through the back of the seat. The interior is so much improved over the 2001 I had, there is frankly no comparison between the two. The seats are very supportive, and adjust to just about any position you can drive from. The leather in this car is perfect, not a single flaw. For any one considering a BMW, Lexus, or a Benz, do yourself a favor and drive this car, you won't be sorry.
Pros: Appearance, bot inside and out, espescially the VDP edition.
Cons: Lacks ventilated seats and power folding mirrors.
Advice: Check operation of all features early to make sure they are quickly addressed by the dealer.I test drove the 3.0L, 4.2L and 4.2L Vanden Plas versions of the 2005 S-type. The 4.2L handled beautifully on the twisted roads in the hill country of central Texas. It gripped the road confidently, had all the accelaration needed for passing and provided a delightful driving experience. The 3.0L strained a little, but had all the performance we needed. As noted in another review on the S-type, the seats are less comfortable. Only on the VDP version do the seats get less stiff, however, even there they can't match the comfort of a Lexus or Acura. Styling is awesome. We all fell in love with its looks, inside and out. Comfort features like rear sunblind, 16 way power seats and power adjustable pedals added to the delight we experienced. After looking at 70 cars, test driving over 30, we settled on the 4.2L VDP S-type. We special ordered and expect it in January.