2003 Jaguar S-Type from North America


This car is a lemon


Transmission rebuilt at 75,000 miles.

Headliner coming down.

Rear window won't work.

General Comments:

Beautiful car, but this model has serious transmission problems.

Interested in joining a class action suit!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th December, 2010

2003 Jaguar S-Type SE 3.0 V6 petrol from UK and Ireland


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

2003 Jaguar S-Type SE 3.0 from UK and Ireland


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


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