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JAGUAR S-TYPE Saloon 1999‑2007

4.4
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JAGUAR S-TYPE Saloon 1999‑2007

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105 owner reviews for JAGUAR S-TYPE Saloon 1999‑2007

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gearz1986

Poor use of the Jaguar brand

JAGUAR S-TYPE 3.0 V6 SE 4dr Auto (Review date: 25th June '14)

2.3

Where to start...

Sitting in the back is awful. The ride was clearly done with no thought to rear passengers. The front isn't much better.

The front screen mists up when the aircon is off, so that needs to be constantly running.

Gearbox is smooth, but needed replacing, at a whopping 1600 pounds!

Random persistent power steering fluid drip in very hot weather causes really funny smell into the cabin.

The exhaust brackets seem to have a life spam of around 14 months before failing.

Fuel economy is what you would expect from a heavy 3 litre car, low.

You have to love them to own them.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

2 / 5

Running cost

1 / 5

How it drives

2 / 5
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frostie

My Dream Car

JAGUAR S-TYPE 3.0 V6 SE 4dr Auto (Review date: 14th May '14)

5

Having driven SAABs since 1990, I was heartbroken when my 2000 95 'HOT' Aero was written off after being rear-ended in to the car in front. Being unable to find a suitably appoinyed replacement I settled back to a long-standing fancy for an S-Type, eventually finding my beauty at a dealership in Kent. With 62K on the clock, full SE spec with ZF 6 speed auto, absolute mint condition, silver with cream leather, she's been a joy to this day, and long may she waft me around in the luxurious "grace with pace" I had forgotten existed in driving!

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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tinonline

It's Still Going Strong

JAGUAR S-TYPE 4.0 V8 4dr Auto (Review date: 29th April '14)

5

My S has only refused to get out of bed once in...oh well it must be 5 or 6 years now, due to a flat battery.

I've rated running costs as 5. Why? Well I have allowed for the fact that you need to forgive the fact that a 4ltr will use petrol. It is likely to use up to a litre of oil per 1000 miles if you are doing mostly short journeys and stop start. Yes that's the same as the 4.2 engine in my supercharged XK too. Long runs change the dynamics completely. They are not Merc units that refuse to use oil.

Parts too are now at sensible prices, even for the R varient if you shop around.

Achillies heels points:

1) Sealed for life gearboxes: oh no they are not. Change oil & filter at 50k miles.

2) Misfire: ah the old days you would change the plugs...err no it will be the coil on plugs. They break down with age and should be treated as a service item. Do all at once - trust me - I've done ones and twos on both S & XK - will drive you frantic. Do shop around. You won't get a fault code here either.

3) Auto gearboxes, oh dear. Rubbish at best. Never accept the verdict that 'you need a new gearbox'. Usually cables, leaks and electronic mechatronic faults - not cheap but can be repaired.

4) Use the right oil. Castrol is very good, use genuine oil filters they are not expensive.

5) Front suspension can be a pain but now parts are cheaper.

4.2 engine is very good indeed. The later ZF 6 speed is probably worse than the early boxes. Coils still are an issue.

You have to maintain these cars but they are great.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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vilhelmst

very comfy

JAGUAR S-TYPE 2.5 V6 SE 4dr Auto (Review date: 12th February '14)

4.8

the best car what i add so far

is very quiet,very powerful and good to see all around trough windows

sport mode-just awesome acceleration

seats very comfy,I like heating front window

on town my digital display show that i get 17 to 18 miles around per gallon

no problems with parking,even in town,thank you for good parking sensors,they work fantastic

parking brake,i just love it

very good smelly car and easy to clean..very clean car,plus posh interior,

passengers like drive,don't get tired on long motorway trip

nice sound system

well on one word-very classic comfy supper car

can't get bored so far

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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leesm73

please read

JAGUAR S-TYPE 2.7d V6 4dr Auto (Review date: 9th January '14)

2

I owed my S Type for five month, it was my dream car and at first for about one month the car was fine it looked amazing with full factory fitted body kit / 18inch wheels and it drove as good as it looked it had lots of power and was the most comfortable car i have ever driven very nice, but then things started to go wrong big time, it started with the fuel filter leaking, next was one of the front break discs was rubbing so new front discs, after that was the break master cylinder, then the intercooler split and at the same time ihad to replace one of the radiator hoses and have the air conditioning re-gased as this needed to be removed at the same time, then the airbag light came on, so no working airbag, then i started to get a restricted performance light coming up on the dash and the car would not rev over 2000 RPM but the worst was to come the exhaust started to leak around the catalytic converters which would then come into the cabin as you where driving not good, in all this car cost me £2000 in repairs and thats not including the airbag or catalyic converters to be fixed as i have now sold the car. oh yes the boot is a joke and the car is a pig to park even with parikng sensors.

Practicality

1 / 5

Reliability

1 / 5

Running cost

2 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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marcuswood

Owners hang on to these - with good reason

JAGUAR S-TYPE 2.7d V6 Sport 4dr Auto (Review date: 28th November '13)

4.8

The Jaguar looks dated on the outside (love it or hate it) but that meant it was an utter bargain second hand buy. It is a remarkable car to own and especially, to drive. Coming after a long line of BMW's and Mercedes' I am astonished every day I use it just how well the Jaguar goes - always engaging and entertaining; but also amazingly comfortable. Even after 120,000 miles it feels tight with no squeeks or creaks and the steering, suspension and handling all as new. The big twin turbo v6 pushes the car along at a thrilling pace when required, and with 40mpg + when cruising. Believe the write-ups that say 'you'd never know its a diesel' because it sounds fabulous, and very quiet.

Running costs have been very cheap and the car totally reliable, generally its been a far better bet financially than any of the German cars I have run. The cam belts were £800 and the (vulnerable) electric handbrake needed replacing; but so far thats all outside of (cheap) oil services every 15-20k.

I can see why many owners don't let their S Types go, I will struggle to think what to replace it with when the time comes.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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arnosvale

Purr,purr

JAGUAR S-TYPE 3.0 V6 SE 4dr Auto (Review date: 7th November '13)

4.8

Third Jaguar I have owned and by far the best. I shouldn't have listened to the dealer who told me they were rubbish. I owned a 2.0 sport x type estate and a 2.2 example. Lovely looking car but not a jag. My S type is the pre face lift model which I prefer. Not a fan of the rounded dash style. She is a beauty which cost me £1500 with 54000 miles on the clock. Forget about the fuel consumption just enjoy the ultra smooth drive and the comfort of the soft leather upholstery. Then press the S button and floor it. Fantastic (Don't leave the trip comp on actual though!!!). OK the body has a few dents, caused by trusting the sensors when reversing up to a skip, they stick out at the top, Doh! All in all my best car ever including Mercedes and BMW.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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martin1948

Unbeatable

JAGUAR S-TYPE 3.0 V6 SE 4dr Auto (Review date: 9th October '13)

4.8

A large very comfortable car. For it's size the economy is good and the performance is surprisingly good. A great car that is excellent value and very under rated.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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reigatejaguar

Best car I ever owned

JAGUAR S-TYPE 3.0 V6 SE 4dr Auto (Review date: 17th September '13)

4.8

I used to be a BMW driver, then for a change I bought myself a Jaguar S Type. What a car .. I have owned it for 7 years and covered 90000 miles in it ( car now has 133K on the clock) and I love it. The car has never failed me. Admittedly, I have maintained it thoroughly and regularly and it shows in the drive. I have the built in satellite navigation which is simply amazing .. easy to use, really clear and super accurate .. much nicer to use than the BMW. The running costs are fine, I get 26-28 mpg around town and 29-30 on a run. Its super smooth, very comfortable, really quiet and the kids love it. It has the added bonus of that 'retro styling' so in-vogue today. I would recommend this car and guess what .. I just bought another one!

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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supercountrycat

SUPERB SUCCESSOR TO MY X-TYPE

JAGUAR S-TYPE 3.0 V6 SE 4dr Auto (Review date: 2nd August '13)

4.8

I had an 2.5 litre X-Type for nearly 3 years and found it to be a great car. When I found that it had succumbed to the well known rust issue, I looked to make a change. I have always wanted an S-Type and it didn't take long to find a stunner. I have only had it for a few months but I have found it to be an absolute delight in every respect. It will respect your way of driving - if you want to pootle along it will give you a serene ride; if you need to, it will fly like the wind. The quality of finish is great as is the attention to detail. I have been blown away by this car and I hope that it will be with me for many years because I cannot see myself driving one of the new generation cars!

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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