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Jaguar S-Type, Jaguar S-Type R, Transmission, Sedan
#124 of 236 S Type Jaguar 3.0 Transmission Fault Light
Apr 03, 2009 (3:31 pm)
Today Jaguar Transmission Fault Light came on. But, I notice no significant change at first, then it began to rev up. I notice most that most people in the forum stated they had a Transmission Gear Light. I have a 2001 jaguar with 80,000 miles and I need to what can I do about this problem? Some mentioned they had a class action suite against the company. How do I sign up? I purchased an extended warranty will that help, because sometime the warranty might cover certain things. Please reply to my post.
Apr 04, 2009 (4:42 pm)
I hope it works out for you. You have traded one older car for an even older car. However, the problems usually seen with the C-class and S-type are different. You definately went backwards in performance and style,(the E-class is comparable to
what you had) but if your dependability improves, then you may feel that you have made the right decision. I hope that that is the case. What I normallly see in older C-class's is auxilliary problems. The Air conditioning might fail but the car will get you to work. the check engine light might come on for innumerable reasons, but the car still runs. You might experience a number of body electrical problems that don't stop you from using the car as transportation. On the other hand, a transmission failure on the Jaguar would stop you dead in your tracks. You would have to either fix the transmission or trade the car broken. Either one of which would cost you a severe deduction in its "cost to own". If you traded a broken Jaguar for a good Mercedes then you probably made a good deal. It might be less car, but, at least it's not broken. This discussion completely leaves out the possibility of the Mercedes having a bad transmission, which is almost as possible as the Jaguar. However, we now know for a fact that the Jag had a bad tranny,yet the Mercedes seems to be OK. That is a good trade. As long as everything is working on the C-series then you traded a broken car for a good one. Lets hope it continues that way. The only advise I would give on an older Mercedes is to not skimp on the maintanence. If it needs it ,you should do it. No older car is trouble free, but the Merc might be cheaper to keep'er than the Jag. Maybe.
Best wishes and best of luck, Soberguy.
#126 of 236 Re: S Type Jaguar 3.0 Transmission Fault Light [shalom3]
Apr 04, 2009 (5:17 pm)
A transmission light on a Jaguar is not neccessarily a big deal, but, a transmission that is slipping in a Jaguaar is almost always the need for a complete rebuild. You
mentioned that you had an extended warranty. Take the car to a Jaguar dealer and let them rebuild it under warranty. You are not likely to have a lot of problems that a basic powertrain warranty wont cover. The car is older, but, Jags are usually very
good cars. They can have other problems just like any car can but the high performance drivetrain is the most likely that any owner will experience. Problems with the rest of the car are few and rare. If you paid for insurance on the drivetrain
by means of an extended warranty then why not take advantage of it? If a Honda owner bought an extented warranty they would take their car in for repairs. Why not tak the Jag? All older cars will need a new transmission sooner or later. There
are not NEARLY enough Jaguar transmission failures to hope for a class action suit. The transmission in your car is truly the WORST one offered by Jaguar in the last 15 years,and yet, it doesn't have enough early failures to justify a class action suit. There is NO hope in that direction. NONE. The Jaguar transmissions are far
out-lasting the Honda, Ford, Hyundai,Chevrolet, and Chrysler transmissions that where replaced for free under factory campaigns. Most Jaguar transmissions are lasting for what the courts consider to be a normal service period. If you have a warranty then you are in a different group than most of the people who write to this blog. They write to this blog because they bought an older used car and they dont have money to fix it. YOU DO! You dont have to join this group of disgruntled owners who are blaming the car just because they dont have the money to keep
it properly maintained. Use your warranty and then write back about your experience. Be sure and say what warranty you had and how well they answered your claim for repairs. I do tons of repairs under warranty and I rareley meet a warranty company that wont fix the car if they are notified in advance that repairs are needed. Just take the car to a certified shop and see what the warranty company says. All cars need repairs sometimes. Few cars are as good aqs a Jag.
#127 of 236 Re: [soberguyjaguar]
Apr 04, 2009 (8:17 pm)
It hurt to trade it for the c class. The jag is definitely more stylish and more car. But, I need more dependebility than style. Believe me, I miss that engine. From what I read and experienced in that short time, it's a chronic fixer. I'd rather get into a car note, which I don't want to do. This car so far seems to be in really good shape and its pretty fun to drive. I'm sure it has its problems, but I just wasn't ready to spend 4 to 6 grand on a car I only had for 2 months. I feel good about it.
#128 of 236 anyone own a 2003 S-type R?
Apr 28, 2009 (8:38 am)
I'm giving serious consideration to buying a 2003 S-R with 116,000 km and a 2 year p/t warranty. Besides "don't", any serious input out there? This one has the ZF tranny and is a straight car - safetied and e-tested from a dealer I trust. Any test reports I've read suggest that the 2003 vintage was perhaps not the best year for these cars (no one ever tells you why that is) and because of the mileage I'm a bit afraid of this one but, what can I say, I'm "in love". I've read some really intelligent comments and advice in the forum so I'm hoping to get some of the same for myself. Both positive AND negative comments and input would be appreciated. Thanks.
#129 of 236 Re: [beeware]
Apr 28, 2009 (11:57 am)
Please advise on the following if you can. I am having similar transmission problem of my 2002 S-Type Jaguar. I bought the car in 2006 with 22,000 miles. A few months ago, I replaced the transmission with a used one. Unfortunately, that transmission is now defective and it happens just after the 90 day warranty. Should I consider this time a rebuilt one from the dealership or any other supplier?
Thanks to advise.
#130 of 236 Re: anyone own a 2003 S-type R? [gr8cat]
Apr 28, 2009 (11:58 am)
116,ooo miles would be a lot of miles on that car, but 116,000km is no big deal.
If it has the ZF transmission then there aren't any more worries than buying a 2003
Mercedes or BMW. That being said, anything that is 6 years old is capable of
having problems. If you have a powertrain warranty that covers engine, transmission, and rear end, then that is not a factor anyway. What you would then have to worry about is every thing else. I would always recommend a more complete warranty on
an older luxury car if you can get it. However, this is a transmission forum and you
answered your own question when you said it has a p/t warranty. The car itself is AWESOME!! Just get a good warranty, do all your maintenance as prescribed when due, and enjoy it. The car is a real stud. Very hard to find a car you will love as much.
Watch out for coolant leaks, They should be taken care of instantly. Any overheating problems warrant immediate attention. Don't drive it if it starts running warm. Tow it.
#131 of 236 Re: anyone own a 2003 S-type R? [soberguyjaguar]
May 06, 2009 (8:03 pm)
Thanks, soberguyjaguar, took your suggestions and enhanced the warranty on the car to bumper to bumper for 65,000 kms and we're keeping our fingers crossed. If the amount of fun we've had with this car so far is any indication of our future with it then any problems really won't seem too bad. Biggest consideration right now is whether or not to take the dog out in the car. Pooch always rode with us in the clunker but seems we're always leaving him behind now and he really isn't happy about that. We're really not "computer" or technology savvy people and our last few cars have been somewhat older ones so we were a bit alarmed when we had to pull off the road to read the drivers handbook on our new car to learn how to turn on the headlights. Leave it to the Brits to make things so complicated only university profs. can work them. Good heavens, it doesn't even have a simple button to zero the trip odometer. Are we having fun? When? Who knows - but we sure are sharpening up our reading skills. Happy motoring.
#132 of 236 Re: anyone own a 2003 S-type R? [gr8cat]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
May 07, 2009 (7:56 am)
Depends on pooch's habits. You can cover the back seat but if he insists on jumping up to look out the window,you are going to have a messed up/scratched up window sill, to say nothing of nose prints on the windows. And of course, dogs do...er...tend to smell....so while you might not notice it, others will.
#133 of 236 Re: anyone own a 2003 S-type R? [gr8cat]
May 07, 2009 (4:22 pm)
Dear gr8cat, One of the great things about a Jaguar is that they do not have"leather" upholstery. They have full leather hides. If you had bought a lesser car car you would probably have Fileted leather. They can get as many as 6 filets of leather from one hide. The dog problem is much worse when your leather is thin and painted. With
full hide upholstery you can take most dogs anywhere and just wipe the interior wh
ith a damp rag to clean it up. Sharp toenails are a danger, but not nearly somuch as in a
car with cheap upholstery. I don't take my dogs in my cars with cloth upholstery, but
I have had no real problems in my Jag.s. No Puppies should be left alone in any car.
Dont forget to moisturize your leather twice per year. Good hand lotion with "lanolin" is usually as good as fancy leather creams. Best of luck, Soberguy