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Jaguar S-Type, Sedan
Dec 16, 2002 (12:29 am)
Had two S-Type 4.0 cars. The 2000 had the standard suspension with the weather package and H rated tires, and had a steering wheel shimmy and vibration (speeds above 60) the dealer and Jaguar were unable to correct. Jaguar replaced the car with a 2001 car. The replacement had the sport and weather packages and Z rated tires. Never had a vibration problem with the 2001.
On the 2000 model the dealer replaced wheels, tires, suspension parts and also sent the car to a specialty shop for wheel balance. Nothing worked to stop the vibration and shimmy. Balancing the wheels with a machine that mounted the wheel on the balancer through the lug holes instead of the center hole removed about 90% of the vibration, but did not eliminate it.
The 2000 was a lemon but Jaguar stepped up to the plate and hit a grand slam by replacing the car with no hassle. The 2001 had just one significant mechanical repair: The steering column was replaced. At the time I got rid of the car the wood inside had faded. These were the only significant repairs needed.
We loved the look of the S-Type and found the replacement car reliable with a comfortable ride, great handling, and enough acceleration. We took it on one trip but found the rear seat and trunk too small (rear knee room and trunk height) for long trips, but ride and front seat comfort were very good.
#524 of 1065 fndly: Your last sentence is too true. Back to the Towncar.
Dec 16, 2002 (8:30 am)
#526 of 1065 Now, I'm really back to the Towncar!
Dec 20, 2002 (12:45 pm)
#529 of 1065 MORE JAG WOES
Dec 31, 2002 (6:24 pm)
Well gang, I'm back again, with more problems with my 2000 fully loaded Jag. As you might remember, I've so far received 1 new engine, transmission replaced twice, gearbox once. Now Jag emergency response center is receiving erroneous messages from my car that my airbag has deployed. Jag requested I immediately take the car to the nearest dealer. My answer was come get this car, the bag might explode enroute which is about 20 miles away. 'No can do', says Jag. Car is not disabled. Dealer can't find problem, maybe its the phone cradle ($350) or maybe it's the Vimes Module ($1,200). We'll just replace both. Me - no way, unless you know for sure. Don't need a $1,550 cellphone. Well we will just have to disconnect your phone so Jag won't continue to get the signal. By-the-way, we mistakenly pulled a mess of wiring from your dash. We had the wrong schematics. No problem we'll get it back together (Laurel Jaguar in Maryland). Two weeks later, drivers rears taillight and brake light completely stop working along with the heating system, as well as sporatic lost of dashboard lighting. Strange intermittent pinging from steering column. Could this be the airbag getting ready to deploy. I am a nervous reck by now. I just love this car. Regional Manager of Jag tells me, if I had leased the car, it would be no problem in getting you into another, but since you purchased it, we can't help you.....sorry. Looked into trading vehicle. Vehicle worth is somewhere between $18,000-$24,000. Like new exterior and interior condition. Original cost $58,900. Age of car 3 years old. Number of days in shop 85 to date. I just love this Jag.
Jan 03, 2003 (3:26 am)
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#532 of 1065 Tire Suggestions Jag S type 4.0 Year 2000
Jan 19, 2003 (1:56 pm)
I have leased a 2000 S type Non-Sport with 44,000 miles and I need tires. I have researched Tirerack. I live in Atlanta - no winter issue. Ride Comfort and Noise Reduction from the Bridgestones Turenzas it has on it are my biggest objective. Tirerack has the Firestone Firehawk S250EP's as the best for ride and noise but I am wary of Firestone. The Michelin Pilot XGTH4 has good marks for ride and noise also. Please, any thoughts? I am not looking to spend a forturne since it is a lease but I want the noise to be reduced. Both tires above are 225/16. Also, is H rating OK (since I don't drive above 80 let alone 130mph). I don't seem to have the shimmy on this car as others do.