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New Jaguar S-Type Ratings

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    11/7/2002 4:22:38 PM

    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.

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    11/1/2002 10:25:05 AM

    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 get

    Very responsive in both accelaration and handling. Interior made with very quality oriented materials. Recaro seats are supportive during lateral forces.

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    8/19/2002 2:07:45 PM

    2002 Jaguar S-Type - 3.0L V6

    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.