20th May 2008, 01:41

Without the error code, the light on the dash doesn't tell you anything. You can get a code reader for about $80 (or less).

One very common problem (if no other major problems can be found) that throws the check engine light on is a fuel system vacuum leak. Remedy... change the gas cap.

Wheel vibration... take them in for balancing. If your car is like mine, the technician will also tell you the the rims are bent. They bend vary easily. New rims are about $180 ea.

26th May 2008, 16:39

I own a 2002 X-Type. It's fun to drive, but the consumer is expected to bear the cost of quality on this product. I will never own another Jag nor Range Rover. My 1992 Volvo is still a better performing car and is more dependable. Not to mention that mechanical specs are available; can't find details on the Jag and I no longer trust dealership to be knowledgeable enough to work on the vehicle. Parked and covered...

30th May 2008, 10:23

Reading these other comments! Freaks me out a little! LOL.

I have a 2004 X-Type.. Runs & drives great until one day I noticed it almost skipping from second into 3rd gear giving it little gas, but if it was floored it would shift every perfect, but still have to apply more gas just to get the car moving.. Its acting like it's not getting enough tranny fluid to where it's got to go, but they said it's topped off at the right level, but the fluid is burnt.. Does that mean I could be looking at a new tranny or what!? It only has 47,000 miles on it..

For those who need to know, this does not have a replacement tranny filter, and of course, the tranny dipstick.. It's a sealed unit.. So as we speak I'm getting 5 quarts of tranny fluid ($25 per quart) plus labor Yea... Nice huh? So yea.. Performance lacking & the slip from 2nd to 3rd gear on low acceleration is my case.. I'm planning on keeping this car for a while...

Any other suggestions as what else it could be, feel free to let me know, thank you, I appreciate it..

2nd Jun 2008, 01:29

I bought an '04 X-Type with 40,000 miles. I bought the extended warranty, but so far the following has been fixed under the factory warranty.

- transmission oil leak (could smell the burn while driving)

- auto levelling headlight sensor (xenon option) located in drivers side wheel well

- rubber front sway bar bushings replaced with metal bushings (recall-made a huge difference on how the car handles bumps in the road)

- engine oilpan gasket replaced (while they were looking for the elusive transmission leak, although I have my doubts that it was ever leaking)

- water pump replaced (not sure why they did this, perhaps in search of the burning smell, which turned out to be trans oil on the exhaust)

- transmission software update (recall-now it shifts smoother)

- defrost vents would not stay clipped down (recall - new vents that look the same but now stay down)

- replaced front drive half-shafts (recall? they said the rubber boot was cracked)

- have trouble getting the gas cap off and am going to ask that it be replaced.

Despite all this, I really like the car. Jag service in my town is pretty good. It helps to be vocal about anything you don't like.

The car is great in the snow, and handles very well around corners and at higher speeds. The potential down side of tighter suspension is how it handles bumps in the road. (In contrast, my accord is great over bumps, but has always given me the eerie feeling that it is floating around corners and at high speeds.)

In general, the car is made for the open road, where it will get better than 27 MPG. Around town it can get < 20 MPG, particularly if I lead foot it, which I usually do.

2nd Jun 2008, 08:16

Sorry to hear everyone that has posted has had such problems. I think most people post when they have a problem and start to Google similar problems, and find blogs like these. Although, a lot of posters, its considerably small compared to the amount of cars they sold.

I actually came across this thread looking for performance parts. I leased my Jaguar X-Type 2.5 in 2003. During the lease I had an issue with the gas gauge, which was replaced under warranty. It would read half tank when I had just filled it. Besides issues with the Continental tires, that was my only mechanical problem.

My wife, main driver was also in a head on collision with an Elk. (Cow on stilts, if you haven't seen one up close) It did quite a bit of damage, but the officers responding to the scene were impressed with how the car held up, and told us of a fatality only a mile from there where another car had hit an elk. These have been the only issues.

It now has 85K miles on it, and was happy enough with it I bought it when the lease was up. I now use it for my work commute, although not near as comfortable as my 05 BMW X5, and 07 Escalade, nor which is not near efficient on gas as the Jaguar. Plan to keep it till the wheels fall off, and at this time I would guess that will be well over 200k miles.

12th Jun 2008, 00:30

I bought a Jaguar 2004 X-Type, which drove like a dream until one day I was at car wash and it wouldn't start, and showed message gearbox failure. Then after a day it started fine until a couple a months ago when the transmission died, so now it's in the shop because it's about 5100. My dealer won't help me, so what do I do, because right now I'm going mad. So if anybody could help me with some advice, please send me message at markeem371@yahoo.com

29th Jun 2008, 21:54

Given what has been written about owners' experiences with Jaguars over the years, should anyone be surprised with what is written here?

10th Jul 2008, 13:02

Just a question about maintenance. I have a 2002 X-Type with 70,000 miles. The maintenance cost for the 70,000 service interval is supposed to be around $450.00. From what I can tell, all they do at this maintenance schedule is change the oil then inspect hoses, wipers, brake and power steering fluid levels.

Why should I pay $450 for that when I can have the oil changed for $60.00 then visually inspect the fluids myself? The car is out of warranty and it has been a very good running car.


12th Jul 2008, 09:09

I own a 2002 X-Type 2.5 and when I recently drove back home from a 250 mile trip, there was a loud rubbing noise sounding like a wheel bearing but when I took it to a dealership this morning they state it is a transfer case...WOW--they said it is going to be $3500 to fix it. Any one have any suggestions regarding this? I do not want to take it there to get fixed if I can do it for a whole lot cheaper than that?? Any suggestions or comments would be great!! This car is turning into a nightmare more than dream!!!