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Having an older brother who owned a garage, I had access to all his stock. As a teenager I had the opportunity to drive Jaguar cars which were my favourites. So,as a young man I drove E Types, XK150s, S Types (Inspector Morse variety) & many XJ6 models also the odd XJS. All were a delight. I purchase one of the last modern S Type cars. The model being the XS 2.7 Twin Turbo Diesel. I love this car. It is comfortable economical & reliable. I chose the model MINUS wood interior & cream leather preferring the black carbon fibre look with silver sports trimmed door cards & black leather interior. 19" alloys & Jaguar lowered suspension with full body kit front/rear spoilers ;sill mouldings etc PLUS Type R front& rear mesh grills ( which are ALL factory fitted) complete the look. Every time I drive the car it puts a smile on my face until I approach speed bumps! These have to be very carefully negotiated as the car is so low riding, A wonderful car in my view & I am seriously contemplating attending a Nurburgring open day to try it out on the circuit. Having seen Jeremy Clarkson attempt this in an earlier version of my Jag, I am sure I could beat his time!!
I had always aspired to own a Jaguar car, but before retiring and working diligently and bringing up a family, I was unable to afford a luxury vehicle. The car I own now may be second hand, but it suits my purposes well. My model comes with all the 'bells and whistles' one could expect from a Jaguar, so comfort and prestige satisfy my personal aspirations. Such comfort and high specifications result in high running costs compared to later models, however I limit my travels to less than 5000 miles a year, which is not an issue for me. From past experience, I find that a good used, low mileage larger car, can be more reliable and considerable savings made on initial purchase price and so can offset ongoing maintenance costs etc. This current Jaguar still performs like a new vehicle. The automatic transmission is smooth, making the most of the 3 litre engine, making driving a pleasurable experience, both on Motorways and in congested towns and cities. Road holding good. Ease of maneuverability too.
I have owned the Jaguar S Type since 2001 and rate the car very highly. It is powerful and responsive and returns an expected petrol consumption for a 3 litre car of its age. It is supremely comfortable for both long and short journeys. I half expected servicing and repairs to be expensive when I bought the car but have been proved wrong. (My previous Ford Mondeo, though excellent in many ways, was more expensive to maintain over 14 years.) I found the Jag to be extremely reliable and very few non-service jobs have had to be done. It is still running on the original exhaust and the original battery was only replaced last year! I have found the interior space to be good but not over-generous. One extremely useful practical feature is the ability to lay the rear seat backs horizontally and create a vast load space. I sincerely hope that it will last for many more years to come and fall into the "Classic Car" bracket.
I've had the car from new and it has now done over 160K miles. It has never broken down and apart from normal consumables (tyres, brake pads, brake discs)has only had four things replaced - water pump, heater valve, an ABS sensor and one of the ties on the rear suspension. It purrs around town, it's great for long distance journeys, which are effortless, and it still likes a bit of twisty road now and then although the suspension is getting a bit looser than it used to be. One issue that has caused problems a couple of times is a wheel nut jamming so I make a point of loosening and tightening them every month or so as I don't want to be stuck at the roadside with a puncture. Overall it has been, and still is, a great car to own and I don't want to swap it or lose it.
This car is the most comfortable car I have ever had for long distance and around town driving. Totally relaxed when driving car feels sure footed in any circumstances, providing you change the tyres to winter tyres when the temperature drops below 7-8 deg. this transforms the car. Plenty of space in the cab for 4 people to relax and enjoy the ride. Boot space is sometimes limiting but that is not very often. Would recommend that you change the space saver spare wheel for full size, why they fit a speed restricting wheel with this type of car I don't understand( not that I saying you should speed). The style is one of the most beautiful Jaguar has produced (My opinion)looks great in Metallic Jaguar Racing Green.
My car is very comfortable to sit in, has plenty of room - the back seats fold down to enlarge an already big boot .It has numerous safety features - multiple air bags, ABS, cruise control, Dynamic Stabilty Control and crumple zones. As well as these it also has the option for the car to switch the lights on and also the wipoers. The drivers seat has two memory settings which not only move the seats all ways, except sideways, but also set the mirrors,the steering wheel - in and out & up and down - and ,in some models, the pedal box is also adjusted. My car also produces 300bhp which can move you on very quickly if you need to get out of trouble. My Jaguar is very good looking and has 'grace, space & pace.
Good car generally. Get a lot of car for your money buying used. Seems to be quiet a status symbol though in reality it's probably worth less than same age 'ordinary' cars. Decent performance but very thirsty on petrol - 20 MPG (if your lucky and drive sensibly) around town going up to about 30 MPG on motorway runs. Not had any major mechanical problems with it just normal servicing and wear and tear stuff. Still fairly restricted for room in the cabin despite it been such a large car. Boot is long but quiet shallow again restricting space available. Heavy depreciation. Take a very big hit in first few years. Good buy as a used car when most of depreciation has gone.
When I bought the car as an ex demonstrator from the main agents(Stratstone) I considered the car gave me the comfort,performance and reliability as good as any other make. The car has cost me nothing in repair charges,and I have it serviced annually by the main dealership. I average 8500 miles per year,but consider that a smaller car would save me money,but I do wonder if I would get the same comfort and reliability. I will start looking for a new car around the spring of 2014. and make comparisons.My current car is very reliable and I never consider IF I should embark on a journey because I know it is reliable and will take me to any destination.
I don't cover many miles in a year but those I do I like to do in luxury and comfort. I've owned my S type for 4 years and with the exception of replacing coil packs - tyres and the odd occasional ball joint or rubber, I have had no problems. The car is extremely comfortable and drives extremely well. It has a good delivery of power on tap should you need it. Prices for these cars are ridiculously cheap and you get loads for your money!! If economy is your main aim though DON'T buy one!! Around town you can expect around 18mpg - on a run you will get around 27/30. Highly recommend this car if you use it as I do.
had big bother with car after 2 weeks which eventually was traced to the brake servo and they asked me to bring it back but I had no way of getting back home and they don't do courtesy cars so they allowed me to bring it to a local garage which I know to be genuine and they diagnosed the fault and gave them a quote to repair it and they agreed to pay up. So as its a bank holiday I'm not sure if they've paid the local garage but I really hope so. The car is running brilliantly at the moment and if all goes well with repair cost's then I will be one happy punter Patrick Dunne
Bought sedond-hand from main dealer with low mileage 32,000. Fantastic value for money second-hand. Reliability is outstanding for a car with so many electrical gadgets on tap. Engine has been a revelation in that very little maintenance except services every year at local garage which is not a main dealer. Tyres brakes etc have been very good and lasting. This model of Jaguar is very underrated by the traders with derisery trade-in prices when thinking of changing car. I have decided to run this car for ever.
Too many people underestimate the Jaguar S Type and consider it to be an old mans car. OK but they are missing a truly good car. I have owned mine for nearly seven years and it has never let me down and it goes like a train when needed. For a V8 and 4.2 litres it is economical at appx. 25/26 to the gallon. The new Jaguars are 1. Too expensive. 2. Ugly. 3 Too much emphasis on oil burner technology. Wish they produced a mid priced petrol 3 litre engine. I'll stick to my S Type until it rolls over and dies.
Recently changed to S Type after 5 years with an XJ6. This car is much more modern feeling than the XJ and livelier. There is quite a sporty feel about it for such an executive saloon. People do seem to notice you in this car. Incredible value for money, probably one the least expensive cars in the car park by a long way. Why drive around in a tin can costing thousands more. Spend some of the money you save on buying a Jag on the extra petrol you'll use, and drive around in luxury!
I'm sure that for many people in the world that this vehicle is a comfy ride - nice. But, it has no personality and poor response. If you are essentially someone who does not enjoy driving, then you might love it. If however you like to drive... then stay well away from this soul destroyer. It doesn't matter what colour it looks like it is on the outside, this vehicle is Beige in every single way this word could be used. Drive it and you may become beige too. Be warned.
As with most big engine older cars - not many people consider them, therefore they make a superbly cheap way to experience comfort and performance. They normally have been pampered in their early years. My S type is a truly amazing performer giving me comfort and a real turn of speed when I want to play - which can be quite often!! The car cost me just £2000 a year ago which is ridiculous for such a quality machine. Go on - be brave - indulge yourself!!!
More than sufficient performance with reasonable fuel economy of around 35 mpg overall. The S-Type is the most comfortable car I've ever owned and is very easy to drive, even my wife enjoys driving it. I don't use a main dealer for servicing but my garage is a Jaguar specialist and has reasonable service charges (£50 per hour). Only faults in 3 years are a parking brake module failure and stone damage to the air-con condenser.
I use my car mostly for longer journeys, so my average fuel consumption is approx. 33mpg, not bad for an older, relatively thirsty engine. Excellent performance (for me), good roadholding, quiet and comfortable, although my wife finds the seat too large and uncomfortable on a long journey. Has been maintained throughout by local Jaguar dealer (expensive) - but the car continues to deliver on its positive attributes.
My car has served me very well. I have never had a major problem or repair since buying it 4 years ago. It runs smoothly and well and for the size of the engine is quite economical. As the majority of my travel is long distance it is comfortable and safe and does not leave me tired at the end of a long journey. I may well exchange it for a newer model but will stay with Jaguar.
Have owned my s type for over a year now,its done,118 thousand miles,and is still quite,you could stand a 50p piece on the engine,with it running.Yes,its not great on fuel consumption,but,you pays your money,and takes your choice,i would not own any other make of car :)all the extas you could ever want,and,dont go thinking its an old mans car,always puts the others in there place :)
She's a delight. Very comfortable, very reliable, great on long journeys. She isn't cheap to run or maintain, and she needs a proper parking space not some tiny niche, but I wouldn't be without her. It's unfair to group space and practicality: lots of space for people, not much for luggage, and hopeless for carrying furniture or a large family with babies. That suits me fine.