Well I purchased a 2005 Jag X-Type and I love it, I think it is a wonderful car and better value than comparable cars (that is why I bought it).
I do agree that the resale value is less than comparable to BMW, Audi, etc. But if you buy used that is what makes it a great deal!
The reason the resale is lower is because of the initial problems they had for the first 2-3 years, but starting with 2004 and later those problems were gone.
By the way the person who stated that the Jag X-Type is nothing more than a dressed up Taurus has evidently never driven one or would not make that statement. I agree some folks are just ranting instead of just talking about the car, but I must say that I have seen and heard many instances where owners of semi-luxury cars in the same class as the Jag X-Type tend to put the Jag down, and in my opinion (I have driven some comparables) they are dead wrong. As a used car value in that class, the Jag is a fantastic value.
So, I bought a 2004 X-Type two years ago. Thought it looked nice and would use it to run around town. I parked the BMW in the garage (it was newer than the Jag) and haven't used it much since. The BMW is now on my front lawn with a "For Sale" sign. (Not many takers, they are a dime a dozen).
After 28,000 miles in the Jag, I didn't have the heart to go back to cramped spaces or second class road feel. It handles the New Hampshire winters exquisitely and is the car of my dreams. It is safe and fuel efficient to boot. I get comments/compliments all the time (try that with a BMW). To each his/her own, but I can't imagine anyone preferring the BMW to the X-Type.
Last month I bought a 2004 X-Type with a manual transmission for winter driving. Love the thing. Fun with ample acceleration. Comfortable. Great sound system. AWD. Have driven it in snow, on ice and in 40+ mph winds. Hugs the road like a champ. Haven't driven the BMW 3x series so can't compare except for price. Because Jags are off of most peoples' radars, X-types sell for $5,000 less than comparable BMW's. They've got to be the best deal on the road.
Also own a XJ8 and XK8. Never a problem with either. JD Powers is finally giving these cars their due. Most dependable on the road. Just make sure your XJ8 is '04 or newer, XK8 is '03 or newer and x-type is '04 or newer. Beautiful, fast and fun cars. Enjoy.
I also own a 2004 X type. (Black with a VDP look and a new 09 grille) I've had two BMW's, both as nice as they came, all the extra's. I can tell you that I NEVER got the compliments I get with the X type. This little beauty may not have the history of the 3 series or C class, but it hit the ground running with style. There is almost a sensual look in the soft curves of the body styling. And the interior literally wraps itself around you in leather and mirror finished wood.
It's a little more than obvious that most of the people that rip this little car apart have never walked up on one and gotten behind the wheel. I'm sad it's seen its last days as I was looking forward to seeing a "new" X type on the lines of the forward direction Jaguar is headed.
I just purchased one, and I'm hoping for the best!
BMW are indeed a dime a dozen, but a Jaguar is more specialist for that discerning motorist who knows about real value and true design.
Grace, Pace and Space are the watchwords with Jags past, present and future.
I had the 2002 X Type 3.0, and it never gave us any problems, although I traded it for a 2003 F-150 back in 2006 before an out of State move, and afterward the truck became our 2002 Benz E320 4Matic, which is a very solid and dependable car.
Now we are looking at the baby Jag 3.0 again in 2004 form to replace our 2002 TL Type S, and I am looking forward to its tight cornering AWD properties, and that classic look that no other car on the road has. Ford like or not - it's a great looking car with very acceptable 0 to 60 performance.
It's good that you love the "growl" of the 3.0 litre engine, because you can hear it every time you pull up behind a Ford Taurus at a stoplight! This car is embarrassing to the owner, and most of all to Jaguar. I work at a Jag dealership, and the salespeople hate them; instead of real buyers with class and taste, all of the trailer-park queens want these cars. Value for the money? You mean, you just paid $45,000 for a rebadged Ford Contour?
Even if it was a real Jaguar, the interior quality is shameful for a luxury brand. And as soon as you drove it off the lot, it wasn't worth half what you paid for it.
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