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Jaguar S-Type, Sedan
Jun 12, 2002 (5:39 am)
I test drove one, and was very impressed. I've never driven a 2000-2002 S-Type, however, I can't say how it stacks up.
The up side:
It's a fast fun-to-drive car. The engine and transmission are smooth as silk. That ZF tranny provides wonderfully smooth shifts with very little lag. In sports mode it seemed delightfully aggressive, but maybe it was just my imagination running away with me. When I found an open road, I opened up the throttle. Before I knew it, the car was zooming along in the triple digit range of the dial. It handled superbly in the twisties, and at the same time was very comfortable for everyday driving. For me, the car struck a perfect balance between comfort and handling.
I've never closely examined a Jaguar finish before, but I did when I test-drove that S-Type. Few manufacturers, if any, make as smooth a finish as Jaguar. Almost no detectable orange-peel texture -- it looked like glass. The Sapphire blue made the car even more beautiful. Unfortunately, the salesman told us that color was being discontinued. What a shame.
I thought the interior looked very elegant. The wood was tasteful, and I much preferred the Jaguar interior's swoopy lines more than the sharp angles used in cars like the CTS.
The down side:
It's interior dimensions felt a bit cramped to me (I'm six feet tall). I found my knees touching the dash when the driver's seat was pulled up far enough to ensure rear passenger would have sufficient leg room. When the front seat was adjusted back to where I was comfortable, rear seat leg room disappeared. For my needs, this was unsatisfactory.
There was also some tire noise on rough roads. On smooth roads, however, the car was as quiet as can be.
What to do?
My wife loved the car. It was just what she wanted, and she was willing to overlook the shortcomings I mentioned. For me, the car scored enough positive points for me to overlook its flaws. What the heck. If it makes her happy, then why not?
When we got around to negotiations, however, things didn't look so good. They were completely unwilling to budge from retail, and tried to lowball my trade, so I walked away. Maybe they will be more reasonable in the fall when there are a few sitting on the lot.
Jun 12, 2002 (6:23 am)
What do you mean by "almost 300 hp"? Are you thinking about the S-Type R that Jag advertised at 400 when it's really 388 SAE? I don't think that was the case with the NA S-type HP rating. I think it was 300 SAE all along. I think they used the DIN for the R because 400 sounds a lot faster than 388 in the press releases.
Jun 12, 2002 (10:00 am)
Talk to Paul DeBlois at Montclair.
#300 of 1065 4.2 293 HP sae
Jun 12, 2002 (2:32 pm)
check specs on www.jaguarvehicles.com
Jun 12, 2002 (5:38 pm)
I'll take your word for it. You know what happens when you assume things!
#302 of 1065 brentwoodvolvo
Jun 17, 2002 (4:17 am)
Thanks for the info. Spoke to Paul. He'll apply the discount on an ordered vehicle. Will definitely use him if the other local dealers won't.
Jun 18, 2002 (5:17 pm)
Cool. He's a very straight shooter. No BS kinda guy.
Figured you two would get along
If you do the deal, tell him Bill Weismann says Hi.
#304 of 1065 brentwoodvolvo
Jun 19, 2002 (12:02 pm)
Sure will, but I hope my two local dealers come to their senses first. Montclair is about 16 miles away and it's not a straight, no traffic highway drive. (But then again, in NJ, what is?)