2003 Jaguar S-Type R from North America - Comments

22nd Dec 2004, 18:16

From the rest of the review you sound like you know something about cars. But when you brought up the Taurus SHO, you must be thinking of another car intirely. Ford Motor Co. put three motors in that era of Taurus. The 3.0 V6, the 3.8 V6, and the SHO had a Mitsubishi V8, not a 3.2 V6, not even the right number of spark plugs. Not even a motor size ford ever produced in this car or any other. Sorry didn't mean to burst you automotive knowledge bubble. Before you quote off comparisons between cars, please don't make people who read it dumber for doing so. Please know what you are talking about!

2nd Feb 2005, 18:20

The Ford Taurus SHO engine is a Yamaha V8 since 1996 and was a Yamaha V6 prior to that.

17th Mar 2005, 08:43

I have the same problem with my s type r - the car is immensely quick, but with the same thump in first gear - I've gotten Jaguar involved and they still have no answer - they have tried to reflash the software for the the transmission, but there is still a thump -I'm not quite sure what to do about it? Anyone have suggestions?

27th Jan 2007, 12:38

All Taurus SHO engines are Yamaha in origin. Do some research before you post.

11th Jul 2007, 07:20

Wow. This is one of the most thorough, informative reviews I have read so far.

As a true car enthusiast, I have owned (or at least driven) a wide variety of performance cars. The thing that I like about the Jags (thanks to a hefty dose of depreciation) is what remarkable value for money they represent, particularly as the motoring press seems to largely turn their noses up at the Jags.

Luxury AND performance for reasonable dosh. What more could you want?

The only thing that I am curious about (not having driven the S yet) is how it handles. Does it cope with all the power? Is it predictable? How does it go in the wet and dry?

27th Feb 2008, 18:52

Having recently bought one, I can only say that it is really a wolf in sheep's clothing.

Incredible acceleration, great grip, highly maneuverable and highly efficient brakes. Yet discreet, real great value for money.

1st Aug 2009, 15:47

Need advise: I own a 2003 Jag S Type R with only 50K miles. Garaged, well kept and serviced. Today the CHECK ENGINE light (amber) came on and stays on, no matter what I do. What is the problem? How can I fix it? Car is out of SE warranty.

8th Apr 2010, 20:07

On mine, the octane of gas I used was too low. I refueled with the highest octane I could find... Within two tanks the light went off.

7th Aug 2010, 16:45

I own a 2003 Jaguar S-Type R with only 60K miles. Always serviced, garaged and very well cared for. Recently, when I start the car and accelerate, there is a slight "skip" or hesitation as the transmission moves to another gear. My mechanic (not a Jag specialist) tells me this is normal for supercharged cars, but I did not have this problem before. Any suggestions? I like the car very much, but it is out of warranty and I am deciding whether or not to keep it, depending on whether or not there is a problem and cost of repairs. I appreciate any help.

25th Sep 2010, 23:32

I owned a S Type R c/w navigation in Canada since 2003, and am still driving it today with only 36000km. It is totally trouble free.

Other than the regular oil, air filter change, rear brake pads and rotor replacement, I have absolutely no problem with this car, other than I can't drive it in the snow.

Although nowadays the V8s from BMW 550i twin turbos and Mercedes E550 5.5 liters engines all approach or exceed the S Type R engine output of 390hps, as rated in Canada, I find my S Type R supercharged engine can still keep pace and hold its own against the modern V8s from the competitor's performance; they are in around about 5.0 sec from 0 to 60.

I do have one complaint... The fan speed of the climate control never suits my expectation in both winter or summer. I always set the system to the manual mode. The car is so powerful that I rarely need to use the "sport button"; however, when it is used, the transmission will indeed shift a lot more faster. The gas pedal will respond a little quicker, and I feel the suspension appears to be also a little stiffer.

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