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Jaguar X-Type, Sedan
Jan 03, 2006 (10:42 am)
After reading edmunds forums, it seems Jaguar X-type 2002 till 2004 are worthless cars. Everyone who has bought the cars except only a few rare cases ,seem to have problem with this car. Yet Jag owners still love their cars. No doubt the beauty of the car is un matchable.
Soemtime the way soem have written down clearly shows they had no idea about the car but just wrote down or maybe they are sales people themselves.
I am intrested in buying a Jaguar X-type of 2002 (used) with around 48k miles on it. Please recommend if i should or not. Seeing so many problems wther genuine or not i am a little reluctant to buy this car. WIll appreciate you views. Thanks
#2312 of 2600 Re: Is it So? [nkhan1]
Jan 03, 2006 (3:21 pm)
If you have really been reading this forum, you would know that you should avoid a 2002 as it was the first year and had many problems, most of them minor. I would definitely try for a 2003 or later when most all the problems were addressed. That said, I bought an early 2002 and had almost no problems at all. But I am in the minority. If I were you, I would not buy the '02.
#2313 of 2600 Re: Is it So? [nkhan1]
Jan 04, 2006 (7:06 am)
There are lots of cars (if not most) that do have issues, some minor and others major in nature. We would all like a perfect car, but they do not exist. Even the very expensive BMWs encounter major electrical issues and Lexus owners complain about anything from their cars pulling to one side to their engines suffering from sludge. Overall, X-Type is a great car and you can't beat the appeal or the prices for which you can buy them. I would recommend 2003 or newer, especially that the price difference does not seem to be significant. Good luck!
Jan 04, 2006 (7:40 am)
I have just come back from a 1,000-mile long weekend in my X-Type. Overall, I was happy with the way my X performed, especially with four adults on board and the trunk packed to the rim, including two pairs of skis and poles. How did I fit them? Although the car does not have a "pass-through" (mine doesn't even fold 60/40), it has an arm rest for rear passengers. Once the arm rest is down, there is only thin fabric separating the passenger compartment from the trunk, once you remove the felt cover inside the trunk. Simple "operation" with scissors and I had a ski pass-through. The rear of the vehicle was sitting pretty low, which caused the headlights shine pretty high, so much so that some drivers used their high beams to let me know I was blinding them. I wish the car was equipped with headlight adjustment dial like most cars in Europe. With the car loaded up and going 75-80 mph, I averaged 25 mpg (2.5L 5 speed). Not great, but acceptable given the speed and load. I sure could have used a sixth gear as the engine definitely had the torque to handle it. Although it was only 35 F outside, I still had to run A/C to keep the windows from fogging. I was also happy that the engine did not burn any oil, which appears clean and clear after 3,000 miles since last change. I also had an opportunity to drive my X on a closed track. It easily and fairly quickly got to 125 mph (with four people on board), but wouldn't go any further. It must be limited because it still had the room in rpm to go faster. I was amazed at how smooth the car got at 125! It got quieter than at 70mph and very controllable.
So, overall good experience, but we could have used more interior space, especially rear legroom, the car still whines and howls at 55-75mph and now I am hearing this high-pitched noise described by others as similar to "finger on glass" for the first 300 yards of driving in cold weather.
#2316 of 2600 Automatic transmission fluid
Jan 06, 2006 (8:58 am)
Has anybody checked the fluid level in their transmission, or had it changed? What is the proceedure for checking it, there is no dipstick, should it be warm, cold, etc.?
#2317 of 2600 Re: Is it So? [nkhan1]
Jan 08, 2006 (9:55 pm)
I bought a 2002 with 31,000 miles on and drove to 36,900 miles (5,900 miles) before having a gearbox fault followed by complete auto transmission failure. (this problem described in 2003 forums). The dealership was willing to replace the transmission but the delay was going to be on the order of 4-6 weeks. I traded to a 2003 with manual and the dealer was pretty fair with me on the trade. Clearly I like the x type.. but will be watching the forums for similar tales of woe.
#2318 of 2600 Re: Is it So? [nkhan1]
Jan 16, 2006 (12:00 pm)
Last August, I purchased an '02 X-type 3.0 with 47k miles. The more I drive it, the more I love it! The only problem I have had is condensation on inside windows now that it has gotten colder (Massachusetts). Taking to dealer next week to fix.
#2319 of 2600 Re: Is it So? [sbb1]
Jan 16, 2006 (12:24 pm)
The only problem I have had is condensation on inside windows now that it has gotten colder (Massachusetts). Taking to dealer next week to fix.
Have you tried running the A/C with the temp setting on warm? That'll dehumidify the air inside the vehicle and stop the condensation.
#2320 of 2600 At the dealer again
Jan 17, 2006 (1:44 pm)
I have just gotten off the phone with the service advisor at the dealership. I brought my X-Type in for a few smaller issues, but the most important one (again) was to try and fix the whining and groaning differential noise (fourth time). I rode in my car with the technician driving on the highway to let him hear the noise and make sure he knows what I am complaining about. Apparently, he was familiar with the issue and said that I was not the only owner complaining about the whine. However, supposedly Jaguar USA no longer authorizes dealers to replace differentials because in most cases the new differential makes even louder noise. Jaguar views it only as nuisance, so I have to pretty much live with it and accept it. If your Jag does not make the whining noise, you are lucky and should enjoy your quiet, luxurious machine, while I will be doomed to listen to the howls of my unfortunate X-Type. Seems to me that the days of a Jaguar taking space in my garage are counted. Too bad, because it is a nice looking car, but there is only so much whining one can bear. Besides, it is a 2004 Jaguar and not a 1984 Ford pickup. Whining drivetrain and the name of a luxury automobile should never be used in one sentence. Well, except Jaguar.