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Jaguar X-Type, Sedan
#1662 of 2600 Green Instruments and 2.0D
Jul 23, 2003 (7:41 pm)
Curious. I haven't had any visibility problems with mine. For me, the British Racing Green portions of the dials provide contrast and improve visibility. Well, maybe not quite all that, but it looks nice. When you have visibility problems, is is due to glare on the plastic window in front of the display? Polarized glasses would probably filter that out if that is the problem.
I know that I saw a picture of a 2.0D with a left-side steering wheel and I believe that it's coming here, but I'm not entirely certain. If you do a web search for info, I have found that "jaguar x-type 2004" yields next to nothing helpful but "jaguar x-type diesel" gets results.
#1663 of 2600 Green Instrument Cluster - timbesq
Jul 24, 2003 (3:49 am)
Oops! I just surmised that we are talking about two different things here. I agree with you on the BRG background for the dials. I was referring to the odometer/message center lighting which is a dim green on my car.
#1664 of 2600 Green Instrument Cluster
Jul 24, 2003 (5:47 am)
I suspected that might be the case, desertguy. With respect to the message center, as well as the climate and radio displays, I'm just glad that my polarized sunglasses don't render them invisible. That happens with some displays.
Jul 24, 2003 (1:32 pm)
Desertguy - they changed the message center readout from the version in our cars to one like our climate control and radio displays late in 2002 so it shouldn't be so much of an issue in the newer cars. On another note, the new gauges I've heard are supposed to be quite classy looking.
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As for the cloth and manual controls in some of the Jag pictures, Jaguar has always offered such features since at least the time of the XJ40 in the most basic versions of each of its cars. The wood is always there though. The standard leather and all-automatic controls in our U.S. cars came because in Europe, our cars would be "SE" models, which are a step up from the base models. It's not a new base trim level because of diesels or anything like that.
On the diesels, I doubt that they will be coming to the U.S. The left-hand-drive diesel was probably meant for export into another European nation where cars are not right-hand-drive (France, Germany, Italy - Jaguar's 3rd largest market). A 2.0 liter engine is too small for the American market, but in Europe, that size is coveted for its economic/performance balance.
The diesels and new X-type have been getting some good reviews. The author of the following article praised the 2.0 D's refinement and quietness compared to its competition:
"If Jaguars are meant to be quiet, this really is the Jaguar of diesels. Sure, it only has four cylinders and we're used to Jags being both petrol-fuelled and better endowed with cylinders. So this is by far the roughest and noisiest Jaguar in living memory. But alongside the direct competition — which means the Germans — it just hums along..."
It aparently has some turbo lag, but not more so than any other turbo-diesels. Impressive that the engine is so refined even compared to the German diesels - it must really be a great engine if it is so much smoother and quieter as the author says it is. The real advancement though will be when the Peugeot/Jaguar 6-cylinder diesel appears.
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QUOTE OF THE DAY:
"I know many people in Hollywood with Jaguars and I really like the X-type."
- Partrick Steward from "Cat's Tales" in the latest edition of "Jaguar" Magazine. He owns an XJS convertible. As a Star Trek fan (not a Trekkie so much, I just watch it sometimes) and someone who liked the X-Men movies, it's nice to know that Mr. Steward also has very good taste in cars. Who would have thought that a big Hollywood celebrity's favorite new Jaguar would be an X-type?
#1666 of 2600 03 or 04?
Jul 25, 2003 (2:24 pm)
There are some phenominal opportunities for 2003 3.0 sports with manual, and I am considering trading my 02 since it has had less than stellar reliability The question is are the changes for 04 significant over 03 regarding engine, transmission etc. I know that there are interior and stereo upgrades. the exterior changes are in the Jag style indistinguishable to the casual observer. Also I currently have a manual what is everyones's opinion of the auto when driven hard and sporting? Does anyone yet know if the High Output 3.0 liter(Autoweek) is a definate for 04, I know the type R isn't until 05-06
Jul 25, 2003 (5:54 pm)
I have premium sound on my '02 X-Type 3.0 Manual. I understand that the premium sound on the '04 will be upgraded substantially. Does anyone have a guess on whether it will be possible to have the old one switched out for the new one? Just speculating.
Jul 26, 2003 (4:35 am)
I don't know about the '04 model, but I like the premium sound in my '02 and would not waste $$ upgrading it.
Jul 26, 2003 (8:45 am)
I'm talking about 320 watts vs. 180 and a second sub-woofer. This is premium premium sound. Then again, I can see your point. The original premium sound is more than adequate in a car this size. Unless you plan on opening a disco on wheels, it's probably not necessary. I'll have to hear it first and then decide.
#1670 of 2600 Incentives and Pricing
Jul 28, 2003 (8:28 am)
There are great deals on manual tranny cars. Forget the sport package deal on CarsDirect. I had them try to find me a 2.5 manual sport and after two weeks they called and said they couldn't locate any. I do have a deal on a base 2.5 manual with CD. The dealer has offered a price of $22,220 and will offer the 2.9% for 60 months Jaguar financing. If anyone is thinking about an X-type now is the time to move. You're getting an AWD Jaguar for the price of a FWD Altima or Accord. No comparison IMO.
I think I'll lock up the car today.
Jul 28, 2003 (8:48 pm)
Which dealership made you this offer? Bauer Jaguar in Anaheim Hills, CA said they can go with the discounted price or 2.9% financing...but not both.