Jaguar S-Type Reviews from UK and Ireland - Page 2 of 4

2003 Jaguar S-Type SE 3.0 V6 petrol

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired92000 miles
Most recent distance196000 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz E-Class


This is one of the most satisfying cars ever. Mine is extremely reliable and never lets me down


Before deciding to go and purchase a new Mercedes, I decided to go and look at some used cars. Among the used cars was my Jaguar, it was sat with an empty tank, a flat tyre and a couple of scratches to the bumper. Once these issues were addressed, to this day, these have been the most serious issues with this car.

Since ownership, the passenger wing mirror wouldn't fold electrically, this was fixed with some WD40. All window switches except the one in the driver's door have blown their bulbs, however this is not a problem.

And that is it. More than 100,000 miles later in less than 2 years, and that is all that has gone wrong.

Expected wear and tear to the steering wheel and seat bolster isn't as bad as you would think either.

General Comments:

In terms of performance, this car is really rather quick, and makes a wonderful noise to let you know it's working. Cruising along the motorway is a pleasure, as the engine is extremely quiet when doing 70mph @ 2000rpm.

The 6-speed ZF gearbox is silky smooth, and is quick to select a gear during kick down.

The stereo could be a little better, however it is acceptable and easy to operate.

Fuel consumption is not this car's strong point, don't expect anything over 30mpg, I manage to get through approximately £70 of fuel weekly with motorway miles, so the 2.7TDVi is probably your best bet; for a diesel, the 2.7 is extremely quiet and powerful, and would be my choice if I were to buy another S-type.

This car does turn heads with its retro and distinctive styling.

Security and safety are brilliant on the S-type, the brakes are sharp and responsive, and the electronic parking brake works brilliantly by coming on when you remove the key and releasing itself when the car is put into D. The alarm is not a siren, but a rapid horn sound, which is very loud, and the interior sensors function well when a window is left open.

Headlights could be a bit better, however this can be improved immensely by fitting Phillips 90% brighter bulbs, which really do make a big difference.

Seats are seriously comfortable, however six footers who like to sit high up won't appreciate the height adjustment, which is up and forwards instead of just up.

The boot is not the largest I've seen on a car this size, however it can swallow luggage easily, and as an added bonus, the seats fold.

One recommendation is that if you do buy a S-type, fit a mesh grille as it improves the looks by a mile.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th April, 2010

1999 Jaguar S-Type SE 3.0

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 3.0 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired45000 miles
Most recent distance110000 miles
Previous carFord Escort


Love it


Door locks x 2.

Transmission fault x 1.

General Comments:

I love this car's style and comfort.

Very reliable, and averages 27 mpg.

Spent less than £1000.00 on servicing and parts in the last eight years. NEVER been to Jaguar for service. Transmission just rebuilt by local company £950.00.

Never had problems with windows, door pillars.

I do not nurture this car. Had it up to 130mph; just wind noise and more to go.

Looking at the forum, I guess I have been lucky. I will run it until it falls apart. Just can't find anything else. Like the new XF, but the style of the S is better..

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th February, 2010

2002 Jaguar S-Type Sport 2.5 V6

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.5 V6 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired130000 miles
Most recent distance131000 miles


Great looks, woefully unreliable


Major problem with battery drain... if the car was left for more than 3 days, the battery would drain... root cause identified module in boot staying 'awake' and not shutting down after closure... car was stripped and spent 3 months at an independent Jaguar specialist... could not identify fault, and put it down to a snap loom wire somewhere causing the issue... the car looked great and was OK if you used it daily..

General Comments:

The car looked great and was OK if you used daily... but woefully unreliable if left to stand for more than 3 days (battery drain causing non start).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 26th January, 2010

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 15 reviews