2006 Jaguar S-Type SE 2.7 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland
Expensive to run, but a great car to own
Driver's window switch earth.
Fumes in cabin (exhaust flexi-pipe failure).
Lower arm bushes.
I wanted another S-Type after owning a 2003 3.0 petrol some years ago. Due to running costs I went for the diesel model; this was after reading lots of horror stories about DPFs.
Generally it's a great car. The kit level is fantastic! My SE had electric heated leather seats, sat nav, auto lights, voice control and and an auto changer.
Performance was fantastic! The twin turbo diesel offers so much torque, which wafts you down the road with great speed and zero effort. I averaged 38 MPG over my time owning the car, so that was pretty good taking into account I sat on the M25 in stop start traffic daily.
Comfort was hard to beat.
The down sides then. The car had issues from day one, which were resolved under warranty, but that took 6 months. The symptom was diesel fumes in the car. The cause was leaking sections of flex-pipe which attach to the catalytic converters. An OEM replacement section is available and was fitted under warranty. However, they broke a DPF sensor which ended up costing me.
Other than that, I had no issues with the DPF regeneration. Oil levels were stable and I didn't see any signs of diesel contamination in the engine oil (sign of DPF issues).
The car was expensive to run until I found myself a good indie garage. However, I'd lost faith in the car due to bad dealer service by this stage.
Lost 2K in the year I owned the car and spent around 1.5k on servicing and repairs. This included a gear box oil service shortly after purchasing, which is a must IMO.
I'd own another Jaguar, but only if I were feeling flush! Ideally a new car under warranty.
Many happy hours of motoring, even though it cost.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th September, 2015