Jaguar X-Type

Discussion in 'British' started by Townshend, Oct 10, 2005.

  1. Townshend

    Townshend F1 Veteran
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    Jul 20, 2005
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    I was wondering if anyone has owned, or know someone that owns, the Jaguar X-Type. I've been thinking of buying one for sometime now, as they are sharp looking cars IMHO and they are cheaper than both the C-class and 3-series. I would be getting a used one, most likely a 2002, with around 30-40k miles on it. I checked MSN Autos and both safety and reliability were very high for its class. Thanks!
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  3. classic308

    classic308 F1 Veteran

    Jan 9, 2004
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    I'm no Jag expert, but I thought the '03s onward were the ones to buy.
  4. jeffb99tx

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    Hello Townshend,

    In case no one else has mentioned this to you, there is a message board for the X-Type. It's address is

    The board may be searchable as well so you can read all of the reviews and comments about the cars. I considered purchasing a used one a little over a year ago but the used car prices at that time were a little above my budget range. I believe the best quality cars are the ones from 2004 and up, and also possibly 2003 as there were a few minor "bugs" that needed to be worked out of the 2002 cars. Like most used car purchases, a complete service history is a must for this car. The board is very popular with both the Europeans and people from North America so there is a broad base of opinions and experiences. It is a lovely car and I actually test-drove a used one. Good luck and I hope this helps.


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  5. PassionIsFerrari

    PassionIsFerrari Formula 3

    Aug 15, 2004
    I looked at one about a week ago....was thinking about X or S-type....after sitting in one and driving one...I decided against it. The interior was too plain jane for me. The 02 X-types can be had for a good price right now...seen them even dip as low as the 12's or 11's....
  6. tfazio

    tfazio Formula 3
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    Apr 20, 2004
    My mom is on her second X type 3.0 and my dad has an 02 X type 3.0 with the sport package and 5 speed manual for his daily driver. Actually, my mom's first 02 X type was very reliable. She has had far more problems with her 04. My dad purchased the extended warranty from Jaguar for his 02 X-Type and he has had to use it a few times. I have driven all of them. If you get one I would suggest you go with the manual transmission and definitely go with the 3.0 liter engine. I wouldn't buy any used jaguar without a factory backed certified warranty. Also FWIW, my dad owned 2 S-type 4.0 (2001 and 2002)that were both lemons. They both had some serious electrical problems.
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  8. Rachane

    Rachane Formula 3

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    I have a 2005 X-Type Sport and absolutely love it. have owned several Jags over recent years - VDPs, XJSs, XJR-S, XKR, and S-Type 4.0. Earlier this year I went into the local dealership looking for an S-Type-R, but saw a Quartz X-Type-Sport sitting there and took it out for a test drive too. It utterly stole the show from the S-Type-R: not as much hp grunt, but so light on its feet and quick that it was no contest. When "loaded", as this one is, the X has just as many bells & whistles as the bigger Jags, has a huge pass-through boot, and is easier to park in a compressed city such as San Francisco. The Sport's body kit adds just the extra stuff to the lines to bring out the car's looks, IMHO.

    Only caution: The front spoiler on the XT Sport is very low, so be careful with speedbumps, dips in the road, steep driveways - all the same things you'd be careful with while driving a Testarossa.
  9. F1Ace

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    Go a pic!

    You know you want to... ;)
  10. darkalley

    darkalley Formula Junior

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    Make sure you wear a helmet. Car recieved a horrible side impact crash test rating.... although from the front it did very well. If you end up buying one and sense and accident coming on, make sure you point the car nose first towards the other car. This advice could save your life.
  11. Rachane

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  13. GregD

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    #10 GregD, Oct 11, 2005
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    I had a 2001 X type. One of the early vin #s and although I liked the car, I had several problems with it. Issues ran the spectrum from vibrating sounds from behind the back seat to electrical issues (turn signals) and squeeling brake pads on the front wheels. The service center made the issues worse by not letting me take the actual tech out on a test drive to show him the problems.

    JNA finally took the car back and swapped it for a new 2002 model for the balance of my lease. For that 1 1/2 year term, I had no issues with the 2002 car. If you go with a 2002 make sure it is a late build.

    The 3.0 is the only way to go. The 2.5 strains on freeway passing and acceleration. I know this very well because every time my 3.0 was in service, they loaned me a 2.5. (about 12 times)

    I went with the loaded version except nav system and didnt choose the sport package because the seats were not too comfortable for me and I liked the chrome accents with wood dash.

    The car is solid at all speeds. It gets a little shaky at 130, but I think they have now limited the top speed to 125mph with 2002 and on.

    Here is the only picture I had of the 2002. Notice how nice the wood accent on the dash looks.
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  14. JaguarXJ6

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    Feb 12, 2003
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    Ok, show me data that the side impact of the X-Type is WORSE THAN any other car which fares from not so good to horribly in side impact tests.

    Comparing apples to apples, no car out there does as well in a side impact as it does in a front or back impact, period.

    I just ticked over 130k miles yesterday and I developed my 2nd rattle. '03 X-Types are the ones to buy.

    Food for thought, do you know why '01 and '02 X-Types are selling at the same price as XJs twice their age? Well, reliability is much better as is the styling on the older cars. They also have no problem reaching 140mph and are rock solid, interior and out.

    I'm no fool, the X-Type and S-Type definitely have their place in the food chain, but you get what you pay for. There's no such thing as a cheap Jag unless it is used and you choose your model wisely.

    Drive a '97 XJR (bulletproof inline 6 running at 13psi) and then an X-Type anything. If you choose the X-Type based on any other reasons than because its AWD, you should seek medical attention.

  15. Rachane

    Rachane Formula 3

    Sep 5, 2005
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    WTF? You're headed for a crash, so you should direct your vehicle to maximize its speed of impact?

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