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Question for Jaguar owners

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I've always loved Jaguars. It's like driving a piece of jewelry. But the cost of maintenance in California was a downer.

I have not really considered buying one until I started browsing through used cars recently. I noticed the Jaguar S-Type that is based on the Ford platform is inexpensive. It looks like a Jag... I sat in it and it kind of feels like a Jag. But does anyone have any experience with this generation? How reliable is it, how does it perform, and how does it feel to drive?

The one that got me curious is a 2.7L V6 Twin-turbo diesel that is about 4 years old.
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AndrewD inspired me to ask...

I've always loved Jaguars. It's like driving a piece of jewelry. But the cost of maintenance in California was a downer.

I have not really considered buying one until I started browsing through used cars recently. I noticed the Jaguar S-Type that is based on the Ford platform is inexpensive. It looks like a Jag... I sat in it and it kind of feels like a Jag. But does anyone have any experience with this generation? How reliable is it, how does it perform, and how does it feel to drive?

The one that got me curious is a 2.7L V6 Twin-turbo diesel that is about 4 years old.
I'm not a car buff...but I used to have a Jaguar Daimler..It had 2 gas tanks so if one runs out you have the other...this was some years ago and this car had its problems...Maybe they are better now with maintenance...It may be one Jaguar to avoid if not...I prefer the older style Jaguars though...you know from the 80's maybe 90s...
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Re: Question for Jaguar owners

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I own an S series Jag. Runs very well. But there are downsides of it

Mileage is 10 or 11L/100 kms in city.
Service is quite expensive
Changing Tyres is quite expensive
Changing parts is quite expensive
& ofcourse so is the insurance.

Used Jaguars which do not have free service left will cost a bit at every trip to the service station as not all service stations can take care of it.

But having said all that you have to be a Jaguar lover to own one. I bought a new one though.
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Old 29.04.2010, 20:37
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aashish, what's the size of the engine? I wonder about the fuel efficiency of the 2.7L Diesels. I certainly hate buying benzin. Also, is there wood in the interior, or is it mostly vinyl?

I think the one I saw caught my attention because I liked the color and styling of the tan leather seats.
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Old 29.04.2010, 20:43
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I think it was 1976 when the senior managers were all given a problem each to manage, there were 23 major problems with the XJ series... Things did get better after that.

But can you really drive a diesel Jaguar? A real one has 12 cylinders and sucks petrol very quietly.
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Hi, I have 3 Litre - Petrol. Never have driven a diesel Jag.

So no clue about it. Yes it does eat fuel.
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Re: Question for Jaguar owners

As for the Interior - I chose one with wood finish but havent checked completly but may have a good amount of wooden finishing in the interior too.

Plan to buy another one soon but in India as it is being made in my country now (India) with a production plant being set up there but how soon it is functional have no clue.

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Re: Question for Jaguar owners

The S type was a vast improvement on previous models. I had a 'Ford' XJ and it was very reliable and the basic service reasonable. The prices go crazy if you have to replace any body parts - a new radiator grill was over a £1000. I've no experience of the diesel other than a test drive in an S type which went like stink.

I think with a Jag its a case of pot luck.
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Hi, I have 3 Litre - Petrol. Never have driven a diesel Jag.

So no clue about it. Yes it does eat fuel.

I was afraid of that.

I am trying to decide between the elegance of a Jaguar vs. the intelligence of a Prius. I'm sure there is a hybrid Jaguar on the horizon, but there is no way I will buy a brand new car in Switzerland.
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There are somtimes good quality used Jaguars on www.ricardo.ch
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Re: Question for Jaguar owners

I have been in a jaguar - does that count?

Let me know when you start auditioning for the Bimbo position that often fills the seat next to the drivers seat.

Today I saw a slk with the roof down, and a mazda (come on, they looked very similar - both silver). Very attractive.

Its spring! Get the car!
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Yes agreed in a sense that the difference of prices of a new car and a used car is quite a bit but this is out of my own experience that if you indent to buy any of the expensive cars - buying new is better as it does give you free service and warranty on many a parts etc till 100,00 kms.

It eventually balances out on the money you spend on getting the used car repaired etc.

The Jag never gave me any troubles till last year where I had to get the front shockers changed and buy new tyres so that was quite a packet.

I have driven it everywhere in Europe and have been doing 1 or 2 trips every year to the Arctic Circle in Finland.

Thinking of now of getting a Masrati Quadrapole or Audi Q 7 to replace my other car here.

Am sure of there are better and much more knowledgeble people on this forum about cars and their views might differ but I have bought cars only because I had a dream once to own them and wanted to live my Dreams.

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Re: Question for Jaguar owners

As for Pirius -it is supposed to be a good car from what I have heard. a number of my friends in India own it and are quite happy with its performance and have always presumed that the European Versions are much better then what we get back home.
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Re: Question for Jaguar owners

How do you end up choosing between a Prius or a Jag? I can understand a Jag or a Merc or from the Prius end a Prius or a bike, but these are chalk and cheese.

The Jag is about fun, the Prius is about .... to be honest I don't know. It is such a bland car.

If that is the choice then the Jag is only way to go. Have a bit of fun and do it in comfort and with style.
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Re: Question for Jaguar owners

Jag S 4.0 R, have done lots of kms, no problems here. Watch out the early ones, those had problems wit the gearbox.
I make 13L/100Km
I wouldn't have a Diesel Jag, it defeats the purpose of having one.
The car drives well, very responsive, sticks & handles well (suspension is quite firm), shit on snow though. Low autonomy, in long trips you have to stop more than you really want. GPS is a bit crappy. Phone-bluetooth thingy not so intuitive.
I like the supercharger whistle but some people don't like it. The gearbox in the "S" position is very nervous -I like it-.
In general very satisfied. I like more the design of this model than its replacement, the XF, which I think has very anonymous aesthetics.
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Yes agreed in a sense that the difference of prices of a new car and a used car is quite a bit but this is out of my own experience that if you indent to buy any of the expensive cars - buying new is better as it does give you free service and warranty on many a parts etc till 100,00 kms.

It eventually balances out on the money you spend on getting the used car repaired etc.
I just refuse to buy a new car in Switzerland because the same car can be about 25% less in the 'states. I know we are being ripped here. I also don't like how car values drop about 25% after the first year. I figure I get a better deal after buy one after the initial drop.


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How do you end up choosing between a Prius or a Jag? I can understand a Jag or a Merc or from the Prius end a Prius or a bike, but these are chalk and cheese.

The Jag is about fun, the Prius is about .... to be honest I don't know. It is such a bland car.

If that is the choice then the Jag is only way to go. Have a bit of fun and do it in comfort and with style.
The Prius impresses me with the way it uses technology. I love how silently it drives when in electric mode. I consider it the first of the first generation of smart-cars.
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I just refuse to buy a new car in Switzerland because the same car can be about 25% less in the 'states. I know we are being ripped here. I also don't like how car values drop about 25% after the first year. I figure I get a better deal after buy one after the initial drop.
It's not only Switzerland - it's the whole of Europe in comparison to the USA. In fact new cars in Switzerland represented good value within Europe until the collapse of all other currencies than the franc.

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The Prius is nothing more or less than a marketing scam. Check the web for the facts...
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The Prius is nothing more or less than a marketing scam. Check the web for the facts...
A friend of mine has one. Seems to run fine. I like how quiet it is at high speeds. He says he gets about 3-4L/100 or something like that. I like the thought of it..... but yeah.... I really would rather drive a Jag.
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Re: Question for Jaguar owners

The S Type diesel is very highly rated, in the UK at least. You may want to seek out the famous episode of Top Gear where Jeremy Clarkson attempts a sub-10 second lap of The Nurburgring in one.

My personal choice of Jag would be the X-Type. I had a 3 litre SE model for about 3 years and it remains one the best cars I have driven. As well as being fast and comfortable, they have full-time four wheel drive and they pretty much never go wrong (they actually topped the user satisfaction and reliability tables for a while).
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Re: Question for Jaguar owners

See here for a very similar thread:
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