Jaguar S-Type Reviews from UK and Ireland - Page 3 of 4

2000 Jaguar S-Type 3.0

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 3.0 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired111000 miles
Most recent distance154000 miles
Previous carMG ZS

Summary:

Had worse

Faults:

Passenger door window fuse keeps blowing. I get the message; fuel computer data error, then it cuts out. As you can imagine, it's quite dangerous when traveling on the motorway.

General Comments:

In general, quite a good car apart from the latest problems.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th November, 2008

2005 Jaguar S-Type Sport 2.7 diesel

Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.7 diesel Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired4000 miles
Most recent distance13000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Golf

Summary:

Worth every penny!

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong!

The car has had two manufacturers recalls to the main dealer.

Turbos.

DPF.

General Comments:

A short test drive will tell you all you need to know.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th February, 2008

2002 Jaguar S-Type 3.0 litre

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 3.0 litre Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.8 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 miles
Most recent distance68000 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz W124

Summary:

A very ordinary car

Faults:

The coil packs on these cars fail with monotonous regularity. To get all six replaced by a main dealer is around £400!

Aircon lasts about 5 minutes between charges.

Needed two front ball joints replaced for MOT and that was £300 for parts alone.

Eats brake pads, and they are not cheap at around £60 per set, although easy enough to fit DIY.

General Comments:

This was to be the car that put Jaguar back on the map, and compete with German rivals.

A truly beautiful car that really stands out from it's mundane contemporaries.

Unfortunately that's also its best feature! The Ford sourced drive train is not in keeping with the car. The gearbox is slow and notchy and very unpleasant to use. The engine is very lacking in low down torque, making city driving a chore. This is a car that needs revved hard to perform, and constant down changes have to be made to keep pace with other 3 litre cars.

Handling is also not its strong point, and comfort is poor due to hard seats and a wallowing ride.

Just never feels the quality car Jaguar intended; more like a Mondeo in a posh frock, but with nothing underneath.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th September, 2007

2000 Jaguar S-Type V8 Saloon 4.0L

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 4.0L Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired108000 miles
Most recent distance109000 miles
Previous carAudi A6

Faults:

Box is slipping a little.

Replaced suspension bushes.

General Comments:

Dec. 2000, V8, beautiful, in immaculate condition.

Worried about the automatic box that is slipping the odd time. When it catches it is sharp. I noticed there was a replacement box fitted when I was replacing the lower shock bushes. An alloy plate on the transmission says so. 109000 miles now. Two boxes sound familiar. Maybe I should have bought the 540 I was looking at before.

My Jaguar dealer couldn't wait to check for recall work when I was buying those bushes. At least I didn't buy it new.

I feel gutted for the guys who lost so much on theirs. If you are reading these posts for the time, you have been suitably warned.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st September, 2007

2003 Jaguar S-Type SE 3.0

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 3.0 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired30000 miles
Most recent distance38000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Vectra

Summary:

Fantastic car - just make sure it's faultless when purchased

Faults:

4 distorted tyres.

Warped front discs.

The above issues were experienced straight off the forecourt.

General Comments:

The kit level of the car in relation to the price was outstanding. My car was the SE model with a few added extras. The car had, full leather and birds eye maple trim, sat nav, climate control, electric folding mirrors, auto head lamps, premium sound package (outstanding!) with multi-changer, electric dual memory seats, electric windows all round, cruise control and trip computer. I bought from a main dealer for £15,500 at a pop over 5 years old.

The first thing you notice when driving the S-Type (both 2.5 and 3.0) is the nicely tuned growl from the V6 up front. It's hushed just to the right level.

The 6 speed auto is smooth, never had any issues with the car 'dropping down' too early, or hunting for gears.

Fuel usage isn't too bad for a heavy 3.0 V6 (with auto). On long trips sat at around 75mph I managed a return of around 31mpg. Town driving between 22-28 and with a heavy foot 20.

General comfort was fantastic. Controls easy to use and reach. Even the "screen based" sat nav, stereo and heating controls were easy... and I'm not good with technology.

My experience of the dealer was poor. The issues with the car (highlighted above) were experienced from purchase. The car was returned to the dealer on the Monday after purchase on Friday due to 'distorted tyres'. These had apparently been checked as part of the pre-delivery inspection. After 3 months of battling I only managed to obtain 50% of the value of the tyres I had to get fitted, but I had to meet the dealer principal to obtain this.

Also had issues with brakes binding which started during the first day of motoring. I was first advised there was nothing wrong, but a full cleaning service was given to remove any dust/grease. Second visit I was advised they were clogged with carbon dust (figure). Third visit I was advised they were warped, but serviceable, and finally replaced FOC on the fourth visit as I dealt directly with the service manager. Final conclusion was they were "lipped" around the edge of the disc and catching on the pads.

In summary a lovely, lovely car. Reliability generally good (as I inherited my problems), running costs not too bad (even servicing wasn't too scary at £250). Sold the car after being felt let down by after sales team.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st August, 2007

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