All should know - and you can confirm this by looking at the window sticker of a new X-type at your dealership: Automatic transmission made in Japan. This transmission is made by a Japanese company named JATCO. It is the Jatco JF506E. It has a highly reported frequency of failure in both the Jaguar X-Type and the Land Rover Freelander. I had one replaced in my Freelander, that's why I was sure to buy my X-type with a manual transmission (Getrag MTX75).
I don't know about frequency of JATCO failure in other vehicles, but you can find this same transmission in: 2000-up Mazda MPV, 2003-up Mazda 6, 2002-up Land Rover Freelander, 2002-up Jaguar X-type, Ford Galaxy & Rover 75, 2002-up VW GTi, 2002-03 VW Jetta and 2004-up VW Golf. I did find people reporting high rate of failures in Mazda's.
Don't worry guys, you can buy the JATCO re-built on EBay and other places for less than $2000 U.S. You should be me, I'm paying $6000 U.S. for my Freelander's THIRD Motor, made by Powertrain, a subsidiary of the now defunct MG Rover.
I thought I would add to this thread in the hope that it helps spread the word.
I have a 2001 X Type 3.0 (UK) and the transmission gave up at 48,000 miles! Full dealer service history, but no remorse from the dealer. Phoning around transmission specialist, I'm hearing many sorry tails about the autos giving in around 50-60K. I've got a cheap re-build (less than half the quoted dealer price) but that's giving me grief now. My dude that repaired it thinks it just needs a transmission fluid top-up. Seeing as he is miles away, I was going to do it myself, but I can't find the pipe to put the oil into...doh!
I see a lot of blame written here about the Jaguar X Type transmission. Jaguar in an effort to produce a car that the general public could afford, built the X Type. IT is not a tarted up Ford. However, they did use a Japanese built transmission made by Jatco. Jatco is notorious for problems. The bigger Jags use the Borg Warner tranny, the same tranny that's in the Rolls Royce. Unfortunately, if you have one of these Japanese transmissions in your English made automobile there is a good chance you will encounter a problem. The remedy? Demand quality! Jaguar made a poor choice with this transmission. However, if you look at the JD Power Reports, Jag and Lexus are tied for number 1 and 2 respectively for quality, performance and reliability. Pretty impressive. And Jag is still the best built car out there.
I cannot find anyone who knows what sort of oil to use in the X type transfer case.
I was looking for information on my 2002 Jaguar X Type that I purchased in Aug 06. It had 24000 miles on it at the time and is currently at 36000 miles. Three weeks ago, driving home on a Sunday, we heard a loud thump. Thinking we had been hit by another vehicle, we looked around. Nothing there. My husband got out of the vehicle and to our dismay, the rear differential was laying on the ground. Yep, on the ground. Apparently, we are being told, that the mount broke due to faulty casting. We are very fortunate to have bought the extended warranty so it will be covered. However, we are now 3 weeks into it, and still do not have our vehicle back. I guess we should have bought the Toyota.
I thought I did my research before buying my 2002 Jag X type last year, it only had 23000 miles what could go wrong... first the radio, then the drivers door lock and NOW the Transmission with ONLY 30,000 miles!!! I have fought with the corp office and they are refusing to stand by their car. I was told sorry out of warranty not our problem. Glad to see a company stands behind the cars they manufactor. Dealer wants $5200.00 for a new transmission, that's just crazy!! No transmission should go with 30,000 miles! You think you are buying a good name, good car but what we bought was a junk!! The car was only worth 15,000.00 prior to the transmission going! Warning to anyone who buys one of these cars....DON"T do it!!
The 2003 X Type manual transmission. 38000 miles, needs it's third clutch. My local dealer tells me it is the way I drive... I have owned the car for one week, I can't be that bad. After doing some research it turns out that a $3000 repair, that many people have had to do two or three times before 50000 miles, is not covered by the warranty. I guess we all drive as badly as I do.
My childhood dream car, well, you know it's a nightmare. Thank god I kept my 1993 Chevy pick up with 195000 and just has a dent from Hurricaine Wilma.
My wife's 2002 X-Type 3.0 at 57,545 miles the transmission went out. Lost 3rd and fourth gear. We purchased an extended warranty on the car 5yr or 100,000 miles which was a blessing we did. Jag wanted $7,000 to replace it, and my warranty company said it could be rebuilt instead. Jag dealer does not rebuild they put one that is already rebuilt and is on the shelf $$$$$ for big bucks.
I found a transmission shop that came highly recommended and they rebuilt the whole thing for $3,250 including software updates. Sad to have this happen to a pristine maintained car. I think we should all hire an attorney and go after Jaguar for this terrible mistake they created.
I bought a 2002 in June and it was great. But the moon roof switch stopped working after about a month. The other day I had a headlight out for about an hour. What really scares me is the noise coming from the transmission and it is getting worse by the day. It was not there or it was not obvious, but I hope its not going to break. only 60,000 miles and bought it for $14,000. That probably why. Thanks.
I bought a 2002 X-type and it only had 21,000 miles on it. Now at 44,000 miles I am told I need a new throttle box 1,800.00. Has anyone else had this happen? And would this be considered normal maintenance? I asked the service manager at the Jaguar Dealership in Atlanta if this is normal with Jaguars, he said this happens with other cars as well, I said at 44,000 miles? He said some throttle boxes last 65,000 or 100,000 it all depends. On what if you were one of the lucky people that didn't get a reject?
I was shopping for a Jaguar x type after reading the comments and most of them have transmission problems. I will not be purchasing one. You all help me to make my decision.
Thanks for your help.