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Jaguar X-Type, Sedan
#2083 of 2594 Re: Should I buy a 2004 Jaguar X-Type? [werewolf]
Jan 17, 2005 (8:33 pm)
I bought a new X-Type 2.5 automatic in May '03. Have had no issues with the car. It's fantastic in snow, ice, and heavy rain storms. So far I've put about 22K on the car. It's gets about 26 - 28 MPG on trips. Outside of the free 10k services done by the dealer, I've been changing my own oil and rotating my own tires at 5K intervals. The car does attract a lot of attention because they're fairly rare and very elegant looking. I test drove the 325i and the baby Benz and they just don't compare with the Jag in my opinion.
#2085 of 2594 Re: My first dealer visit [axiomlover]
Jan 20, 2005 (7:59 am)
I took mine back to the dealer and they said that the rear diffs were still noisy and that was what I was hearing. They are now trying to find a set that are not. Apparently this is a wide spread issue with Jaguar according to them. When you say propshaft, is that the same as the drive shaft?
I will let you know what I find out. Thanks Axiom.
#2086 of 2594 Re: My first dealer visit [tgilbertjag]
Jan 21, 2005 (2:43 pm)
I picked my X-Type from the dealership where they replaced the driveshaft (same as propshaft), but the noise at 70mph and above is still there, no difference. There is no way in hell a Jaguar should sound like that, especially that it is quiet and smooth, otherwise. I will have them replace the differential and/or tires if they have to, but I simply cannot accept this pounding, grinding, cyclical noise. The mechanic definitely heard the noise, but replaced only the driveshaft as that was recommended in the bulletin on drivetrain noise. When I bring my X back to the dealership, I will take a loaner (another X-Type) and test it thoroughly for any noises at different speeds.
Common Jaguar, you can do better than that!
#2087 of 2594 Re: My first dealer visit [axiomlover]
Jan 21, 2005 (3:09 pm)
My dealer is 100% sure it is the diffs. They are now test driving several new 2005's and are going to find ones that are quiet and put them on mine. They did that last week for another customer and that was what it took. Must be they got a sweet deal on this piece of crap diffs.. The loaner they gave me to use is also an xtype and it sound worse than mine... I should have mine back on Monday and will update you. Thanks again
#2088 of 2594 Re: Thanks desertguy [axiomlover]
Jan 23, 2005 (8:04 pm)
The last 5 years I drove a Subaru with Bridgestone Blizzaks, and now this is my 1st year with the X-Type and its Continental all-seasons.
I've fishtailed a little accelerating and I really only have about 50% of the confidence cornering and braking on snow or ice as when I had the Subaru. I can't imagine how poor those tires will be after they have 20K-30K miles of wear on them.
Next year I'm getting snows. If you drive on snow or ice frequently, make the change.
#2089 of 2594 Re: My first dealer visit [tgilbertjag]
Jan 26, 2005 (7:26 am)
So, they found a new 2005 that made NO noise and took those diffs and put it on mine. Surprise Surprise, IT Still Makes Noise. Apparently Jaguar just on Monday issued a bulletin with a new Noise Shield that covers the entire drive train. It is 5 feet long by 2 feet wide and this is their fix. They are installing today. I guess we shall see. I think my next move though is to look at the lemon law. The car has been in teh shop for 30 days out of hte first 3 months I have owned it. Just doesnt seem right!!!!!
Jan 26, 2005 (11:57 am)
After the replacement of the driveshaft (supposedly I had an old version), the pounding, cyclical, humming, grinding or whining noise that we have been referring to is still there, just as it was on day one. Without looking at the speedometer, I can tell you when I reach 70mph or when I slow to below 70mph, based solely on that annoying noise.
The dealer is installing the shield that tgilbertjag is talking about on my X-Type right now, but I doubt that will help. Apparently the differential is not the issue as proven by tgilbertjag in Post #2089. Now, what really bugs me is the fact that I picked up a loaner this morning (2004 X-Type 3.0, automatic), which was manufactured the same month as mine, but it is absolutely quiet at 70mph and above, which proves that the noise is NOT NORMAL. The mechanic that worked on my car said that there is only so much that he can do and investigate with this noise. If the known remedies according to the bulletin do not help, they will need to call a field specialist who will test drive my car with me and decide on the course of action based on his findings. This is becoming cumbersome and very inconvenient.
#2091 of 2594 Still at the dealer's sevice bay and 3.0 experience
Jan 27, 2005 (3:52 pm)
So, my X-type is on its second day at the dealership being checked for noise at 70 mph. Supposedly they have it hooked up to some sort of noise analyzing equipment. We will see. In the meantime, I have been enjoying the 3.0 loaner, which has been a blast to drive. Here are some differences I noticed between my 2.5 and this 3.0:
- The 17 inch 225 wheels give much better grip in the snow and on wet surface and they take potholes less harshly than the 16 inch 205s that I have on my 2.5.
- I like the way the wood-covered steering wheel feels.
- The 3.0 has some serious power behind it, although the automatic transmission is not as refined as I would expect. Merging into the expressway is like being launched from a catapult and you reach 100 mph before the transmission hits 4th gear.
- Fuel economy is noticeably worse than the 2.5 in city driving.
Conclusion: While the 3.0 is very exhilarating to drive, the 2.5 with manual still manages to blend sportiness, smoothness and good fuel economy.
#2092 of 2594 AM Radio Reception
Feb 03, 2005 (10:10 am)
Unfortunately a tree recently fell on my wife’s 2003 X-Type and totaled it, so now we are getting ready to purchase a new 2005 X-Type and I was wondering if the have been able to improve the AM radio reception on in the newer cars. My wife’s 2003 X-Type got the worst AM reception of any vehicle I have ever been in, has this been fixed??