I would absolutely continue considering the X-type. I too did a lot of homework before buying and found several consistent things:
1) A very few owners reporting near-innumerable problems. To the level where one has to wonder what's going on?
2) A larger portion of owners reporting tremendous reliability and satisfaction.
3) Reviewers who pan the car, usually on purely subjective grounds... It's "not a real Jag" or they felt it should have pull-bar handles on the doors...
4) Reviewers who like the car and position it as highly competitive with its peers - especially after 2004 price decreases.
This is usually where one says "okay, so you would buy another Jaguar"... My answer is "No, after driving owning mine, I will never buy anything, but a Jaguar"
My husband and I are leasing a Jaguar X-type. It has been nothing, but problems. We got it in December of 2001. In the first week we had it, the front tire blew out. We replaced it. Then the gearbox had a problem twice. After that, it was the thermostat. Then it was the antifreeze line breaking, twice. The gas tank cover won't pop open. The steering wheel squeaks. And last, but not final, the latest problem once again, a tire has blown out and with much difficulty in placing the spare on. Oh, and did I mention the transmission? Yes, twice also!
I have owned a 2.0 x type Jaguar for over 12 months and have had nothing but trouble - there is a persistent problem with the gearbox - it has been back to the dealer three times for the fault to be resolved, in fact it spent over a month in the garage - each time I was assured the problem had been resolved and it always recurs. The "engine malfunction" warning light illuminates and the engine goes into "limp home mode". Jaguar assistance is helpful, but always keeps you waiting for at least 1-1.5 hours for assistance, which is hopeless if your business relies on use of a reliable car.
I will never buy another Jaguar - it is unreliable and the quality is no longer there.
Wow... Sounds like the gearbox is a huge problem on these cars. My neighbor bought an X, and guess what? A gearbox failure and replacement after one year. I think you'd have to be crazy to buy one of these cars after the warranty expires. By the way, anybody know how much money a replacement transmission cost?
I have a 2.0 litre sport which I had hoped would be my best car so far. some hope.the supplying dealership suggested the pinking noise was down to my mismanagement of the clutch!I took the car to a dealer in Sheffield for its 2-year service, and a defective coil-pack was diagnosed.Additionally, they arranged to replace a defective aspirator-fan and a noisy instrument pack. I also asked them to investigate a knocking noise with the car in neutral, which disappeared when the clutch was depressed. This resulted in a new clutch being fitted, but here we are just a few weeks later, and the same problem has returned. I shall persevere long enough to rid myself of this rubbish car, and never again aspire to own a Jaguar.
I have a 2.5 X-type which has been back and forth to the dealers numerous times. They are usually unable to diagnose problems and they also seem to be unable to accept that it's a real Jag! I had to take a mechanic out to demonstrate a noise and he was making it obvious that he wasn't really listening. He eventually said to me 'It's not a real Jaguar anyway' (!!!. I think the marketing people ought to get these guys by the scruff of the neck and explain to them that satisfied customers go on to buy 'real Jags'. I think that has a lot to do with the reason that there are so many faults - some mechanics don't want them to be successful cars...
I own a Jag X-type 2.0 since August 2003.
Numerous troubles. It all started more than one year ago with a shaking engine. The computer display gave all possible malfunction indications. GPS (Global Positioning System) fell out. Air-co fell out. The car went to the garage for weeks. Computers were replaced, nobody could find the reason and the problem persisted for months. Finally the spark plugs were replaced (!) and the shaking engine problem stopped. But not my problems. Last winter the heating stopped all of a sudden. Then came the newest problem: dashboard display indicates transmission problem (gearbox). The mechanics do not find a malfunction on behalf a probable computer-problem. Back on the road, after four days again transmission problem on the display. This time things go really wrong. Air-co fall out. Temperature display out. GPS system runs wild. I am sick of this car after only 50.000 Kilometers. My car is again in for days. Is there any hope left on behalf of selling with a loss of money and a bag full of bad souvenirs?
I own a 2.5 since Dec 2001 and have experienced the same problems. Transmission has been replaced twice, car has overheated more than 5 times and the engine icon is constantly on. The sound system, while great, just died on me. The latest trick the car has played on me was the rearview mirror: I found it dangling from its base for no apparent reason. I honestly fear for my safety lately and have decided to get rid of it. Granted, it is pretty and all, but the car is a boatload of problems.
I have a 2002 X-Type 2.5 L Engine. We have also had many problems with it. After several trips to the shop for the engine light coming on, it ended up staying there for 11 weeks while they tried to determine why the engine had no power (it ended up being the catalytic converter). Also have had the gas tank cover not open, electrical problems with the headlights, and problems with the trunk not closing correctly. The car has under $50k miles and the trade in is only half of what we paid two years ago. My guess is that the first run of these cars have more problems which would explain why some people have tons of problems while others have none.
These cars are garbage for the fact that they have the same transmission as the FORD CONTOUR (look up the contour and you will know what I mean)
I bought my 2002 3.0 X-Type used with 42,000 on it and have had it a year with no problems what so ever. It drives perfect and runs strong. I checked the previous maintenance on this car and nothing was replaced. Love the car and would buy another one in a heartbeat. Some cars are lemons and some are lemonade. I got the lemonade!!! Sorry a lot of you are having problems.
I have a 2002 x-type sport with all the toys, yesterday I was driving, and I pressed the window button, then suddenly the whole electrical system died; radio, GPS, AC, even the hydraulic steering died. I continued driving for 10 minutes then everything went back to normal. I went home, and later that night took the car out, I was looking for an address and as I flicked the high beams the electrical system died again. I parked and turned off the engine, and when I tried to turn it back on, there was no electric. 2 hours later I got in the car and it started normally. Has anybody experienced this before?