2005 Jaguar X-Type 3.0L gasoline from North America

Summary:

Was nice to drive, but not sorry that it has gone

Faults:

All 4 wheel bearings - one twice.

Wheel nut removal - had to cut one stud right off.

Small rust spots - typical Ford problem.

Numerous headlamp bulb failures.

Short tire life.

Serpentine belt broke.

General Comments:

Nice car to drive with lots of "get up and go".

Compact interior, adequate but not roomy.

Disappointed in repeated wheel bearing failures.

Stranded on the highway with a broken belt.

Good in winter, never stuck in snow, only on sheer ice once.

I have had 3 Jaguars; this one, a Sovereign, and an XJR. All different cars, but one feels nervous as they all had problems. Still have the Sovereign, which needs a fuel pump.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd July, 2013

5th Jul 2013, 12:00

Isn't that pretty much just wear and tear? With that many miles, you should expect some things to come up here and there.

2005 Jaguar X-Type XS Estate 2.0 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Summary:

It's a good workhorse type of car, which looks good

Faults:

Ooooohhhhh... that's a difficult one. Really, the only things to really go wrong were the power steering pump, the rear suspension bushes and shocks, the headlight level adjuster knob, and that's really it. I have however, replaced a whole lot more. Prophylactically and in advance, as I hate impending doom.

General Comments:

Very good overall. Admittedly I bought with just over 100K on the clock and 5 years old. So, I've been replacing replaceables over the past 18 months, however, to its credit, it has never let me down. The bills aren't stupefying, however, with all the replaceables replaced, they have been a bit dear altogether. We are talking about clutch, DMF, rear suspension, power steering and water pump, accessory belt tensioner/crank pulley, plus various other bits and pieces. A fair old whack.

It gives about 40 MPG overall. I use it for both short and very long distance trips. It handles all well. It drives nicely enough. It handles snow and ice really well, despite being FWD. I do have winter tyres for it though.

The back seat isn't that spacious, so it's a good thing I drive it and my 3 year old sits in the back. Anyone older would not be very happy after a while.

The overall trim quality is acceptable. It's a bit of a Ford thing with a Jag badge, but I don't care. I like it overall. I'll keep it and polish it, and make sure it looks nice and new. Until it gives up the ghost on me. Mind you, considering all the replaceable replaceables, it'll be with me a while (I hope!).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th July, 2012

2005 Jaguar X-Type 3.0L V6 from North America

Summary:

Pedigree

Faults:

Issues with a serious propshaft whine & wobble - unknown possible transmission failure - still waiting to take it to the dealership until a complete tranny flush can be done.

Tires have been balanced and aligned twice in 4 months - the smallest bump in the road may cause the steering to jump outta whack.

For the price of the car used, it's a great deal, but beware of headaches and higher-than-normal bills when replacing/repairing it.

General Comments:

With all its faults - it's still a solid car with eye catching appeal - it stands out against the drab backdrop of other executive sedans such as Audi's & BMW's.

Gas consumption could be improved, but is normal for an AWD platform - the 3.0L engine delivers excellent power when needed, but the kitty purrs even at lower speeds - if only Jaguar could fix some of their reliability issues, this would be an amazing car.

For the price you pay used, and what people think you paid for it - it is worth it. It's a Jaguar after all.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 5th January, 2009

22nd Jun 2012, 22:53

Very tongue-in-cheek review. For a minute, I thought you were being serious!

Pedigree... riiiight. A (very mediocre and tacky) economy sedan with a cat badge for an extra $25,000. But at least from the day of purchase, its resale becomes equivalent to the car on which it is based.

That's the problem when volume manufacturers buy these luxury brands: they think they can slap the badge on a woefully inadequate economy car and call it a luxury car. If someone's personal taste is bad enough to buy this car, then they absolutely deserve the piece of junk they receive. "I couldn't afford a real European luxury car, but then I saw the X-type..." Ahem.

Your facetiousness is appreciated!

30th Jan 2013, 06:56

My X Type 2.5 AWD is a rather nice car. Holds the road well in all weathers, and is quick and responsive.

The manual gearbox is Mondeo based, and is crisp and positive, and in general the car is a pleasure to drive.