22nd Sep 2007, 14:34

I think that overall you'd find that most of the replaced transmissions had very little that was actually wrong with them. I think you will find more truth about the JATCO transmissions at least as used in the Freelander over at the DAP forums... including detailed methods on how to troubleshoot some of the common problems yourselves. The biggest single problem they seem to have are failure of the shift solenoids. These solenoids are a 50.00 part from most Land Rover Dealers.

The biggest single problem is both Jaguar and Land Rover NOT TRAINING THEIR MECHANICS PROPERLY. Indeed some dealerships are selling both brands... hence the same poor service is being provided on both makes. They only know how to replace the entire unit be it engine or transmission... and geez... backyard mechanic can do that... Some on the DAP forums have done it themselves. Ditto on the Powertrain KV-6 engines. A new engine bought through DAP is about 3500.00 plus shipping.

And I continue to enjoy my Freelander with 93,660 miles on it, and it's still running great and shifting strong. I guarantee you if my shift solenoids or engine ever do fail, I won't be over at Land Rover getting it repaired!!


22nd Sep 2007, 16:11

Similar problems starting to happen with our 2002 Jaguar X-type 3.0...headlamp replaced 3 times, still burnt out, moon roof not closing properly, and replaced water pump at only 40k miles. Not looking forward to having to replace the transmission!

22nd Sep 2007, 21:13

I own a 2002 X-Type 3.0 Jaguar. Twice the car died while driving. It occurred once in June then again in August, for no apparent reason it just stopped. I pulled it over and it would not start. The first time I went back the next day and it started right up and I did not have a problem till August. The same thing occurred when the next day it started right up. My mechanic asked if the engine light was on and I said no. He said until it happened again and I got it right to him, he could not do anything. I was wondering if anyone has had the same problem?

15th Oct 2007, 13:51

I bought a 2002 X type with 19,000 miles. The engine failed at 62,000. The car has been at the dealer since June 1st. After more than 4 months they told me that my extended warranty won't cover the engine because I missed my 50,000 oil change. A new engine will cost me $10,000. I brought the car in regularly for service to the same dealer that sold me the car and the extended warranty. At 54,000 the dealer told me he did the 50,000 service, but now they claim I didn't ask them to change the oil. The invoice states, miles in 50,000--miles out 54,324 but it doesn't mention the oil change.

5th Nov 2007, 12:54

2002 Jaguar X-Type.

Don't BUY IT!!! transmission and transfer case replaced at 59K the dealer quoted a little over 10k to replace both. Other issues include: The check engine light keeps coming on due to a evap issue. took it to the dealer and they charged me $115 just to tell me that I need a new gas cap. replaced the gas cap and about a month later. same thing, the check engine light comes on. These cars look nice and drive OK when they are working properly. I took the car to a local transmission repair shop and they rebuilt the transmission and bought an used transfer case. took them almost a month to wait for the parts. bottom line if you like to drive don't buy this car cause all you will be doing is waiting for your car to get out of the shop. and once you think its fixed another issue WILL come up. trust me.

6th Nov 2007, 02:17

I purchased my dream car once I got back from Iraq.

I've had problem after problem. Tires, sunroof, fuel leaks, windshield washer fluid hose line (not staying connected) I truly would not advise anyone to buy a Jaguar. I am very disappointed in my dream car.

Took it to where I purchased the car from and I was told by 4 mechanics that I had a transmission leak, and they diagnosed the problem as a leak from the power steering hose. Wrong, it was the transmission. I am in Fort Bragg with a broken Jaguar that always has a flat tire.

17th Nov 2007, 13:18

While reading this forum, I saw that back in July, someone posted about the engine sputtering and the "Cruise Not Available" warning coming up on their message center.

I had the same problem with my 2003 x-type.

There is a technical service bulletin out for this problem.

Something to do with the fuel rail and the engine starving for fuel.

The Jag dealer replaced the Fuel Rail and I haven't had the problem occur again. ($880.00 for the rail and $300.00 Labor).

Hope that helps.

19th Nov 2007, 20:41

I have an '02 X-Type 3.0L Sport with 60 000 miles. I see many of the issues I've been having are quite common from reading the forum. Besides the auto transmission issues, there have been few posts regarding solutions to these problems. If anyone can, please elaborate in the issues or solutions to the problems.

Issues I'm having:

#1. Wheel Noise - seams serious - my car appears to have a fair bit of intermittent noise coming from the passenger side rear wheel. When the noise occurs, the car seems a slight bit sluggish and the wheel & brake disc get quite hot. Burning to touch. At first I thought wheel bearing. I disassembled, inspected, repacked. No issue found. I have seen some posts regarding transfer case. Could that be the issue?

#2. Small oil leak. Few drops few times per week. Burning oil smell comes into cabin. Have not been able to locate source.

#3. Sunroof does not function properly.

#4. Driver's door electric lock functions from inside car, but not with FOB.

#5. Headlight bezel adjustment screws failed. Adjustment gear has broken from shaft.

#6. Bent rims.

#7. Evap. leak. probably fuel cap.

#8. Hood latch cable sticks.

#9. Trunk latch & sensor somewhat intermittent.

#10. Don't close the trunk when the car is locked and your key inside.

#11. Passenger seat adjustments don't all work.

#12. Telescoping tire iron breaks.

If anyone has ideas or solutions to these issues. Much appreciated.

29th Dec 2007, 10:57

I have had some of the same problems that people have mentioned on the site. Although I do have a Jaguar 2002 X-Type, the dealership did call me to tell me that there was a safety issue on transmissions and changed mine with no cost to me.

Now the problem that I am facing is my differential under my car; has anyone had this problem yet? And what is the cost to replace it?

6th Jan 2008, 05:15

Rumbling in rear of 2002 X-Type at speeds 60 MPH or more was due to Hanger Bearing for Prop Shaft loose, Prop Shaft replacement solved problem, unknown as to cost as was covered by Jaguar Extended Warranty at 51,000 miles.

14th Jan 2008, 03:12


I had a 2003 XK8 I bought it with about 30,000 miles, for just under $30,000 used, I thought it would be a steal, but boy was I wrong... While the look of the car is amazing, I've had issues with the door locks, the motor in the driver's door died, I could use the remote, but would have to climb in the passenger side, and reach over to the driver's door and manually push it into the unlock, the interior is pretty nicely done, the seats are a pain though. They're fully powered, but that doesn't necessarily mean that you can find a decent position... The auto wipers do every once in a while just go turn on without any rain or anything, but I've had other cars with auto wipers do the same thing. One problem I have had is with exterior fit and finish, the headlight washer cover just popped off... didn't break, just popped off the front of the car, one day... The fit and finish inside the trunk is pretty sub-par too, the carpeting just reminds me of my Oldsmobile Aurora, the way it doesn't fit right and just looks cheap.

Overall, I did get the car used, I planned this to avoid the depreciation, but still have to deal with it anyway, It's a decent car, haven't run into any major major snags yet. Although the steering is a little too light for my taste, because the car can wander suprisingly easily (blame the wide tires) fuel economy is bad, but it's also a heavy V8 "sports" car... So overall not too bad, would I buy another? Probably not, Jaguar of America customer service is horrible, they make you feel stupid if you have any complaint, I had a 97 XK that was a nightmare. But so far, I am at least pleased, and will definitely be buying Mercedes next time... Good luck with your cars.