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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.
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.
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.
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.
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: 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...