2000 Jaguar S-Type 4.0 from North America
When I left the lot with the car, I thought it was the best thing I ever bought. That soon was a lie.
A couple of days later, the check engine light was on. The car needed oxygen sensors that cost $600. And the car needed catalytic converters that cost 1200 each.
Later, about three months down the road, I was at my in-laws. The car was parked on a hill; no one told me to ever park it on a hill and not pull up the emergency brake. So I tried to take the car out of park, oops the shifter breaks. It has to be replaced; it cost $300.
Two month after that I was washing the car. After I'm done, I drive it and the car ran extremely hot to total the engine. Not once did a light come on to tell me the car was low on coolant. Later I found out that the coolant tank was cracked and Jaguar recalled the cars to remove the low coolant sensor. I'm thinking this could have saved my car.
So I started to search for a engine; found out the least I would pay for one is $5000. Oh my god, what have I got myself into?
So three years of ownership of a crappy car. I will never buy another Jag for as long as I live, it's not worth it. No other shops other than the dealer will repair them. Why have a prestige name like Jaguar - should be alley cat.
I even contacted Jaguar Corp to see if there was anything they could do for me, since they removed the sensor; they said no. Even Ford has sold the company; they lost billions of investment dollars in it.
But this car is still sitting in my driveway. I don't know what to do. The payments are $608 dollars. The payoff in $10k. I paid 20k over time. I don't want to mess up my credit and just let it go back. I don't know what to do. If anyone has any idea e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I really didn't drive the car long to really say how it drove, because it has always been a problem.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 16th September, 2008
16th Nov 2009, 02:10
Never mind the faults, and I have every sympathy with the hapless owner, but how on earth is it possible for someone not to know that you have to put on the handbrake on a hill, regardless of whether the car is manual or automatic?
17th Aug 2010, 16:19
Yes, the coils, the windows fall down.
The engine burned out; I sued the dealer. I and they did not want to go to court, so they rebuilt the engine. I don't think you can do that.
Cost them $11000, and I have to put in myself $2000. After all that, lasted about 2 months, or 3000km, and again it does not run; coils and electricals are a mess, and now catalytic converter problems.
The car has now 10100k, and it's sitting in my garage. It's a beautiful car to look at, and that is it. Don't buy a Jaguar, it's not the maintenance, because it lives at the mechanic. I put it at the level of the Ford Pinto in seventies.