Common Jaguar X-type problems

  • Based on third-generation Ford Mondeo
  • Built from 2001-2009
  • Faults to look out for
Jaguar X-type ('01-'09) used review
Jaguar X-type ('01-'09) used review
The Jaguar X-type was launched in 2001 and was based on the third-generation Ford Mondeo. An estate model joined the saloon in 2004, with Jaguar ending production of both in 2009.

It was offered with 2.0-, 2.5-, or 3.0-litre petrol engines, along with 2.0- or 2.2-litre (introduced in 2007) diesel engines. An automatic gearbox could be paired with all the petrols, or the larger diesel.

These are the main problems to watch out for when buying a used X-type.

Jaguar X-type indicator problem
On some cars built between January 2001 and October 2002, there have been issues reported with indicators. The external indicator can be broken, but the interior light will continue to flash, breaking UK law.

Jaguar X-type sensor problem
A number of X-types built between February and March 2004 had sensor issues. The yaw-rate sensor has been known to internally delaminate, which could result in uneven and unexpected application of the brakes.

Jaguar X-type brake problem
Some cars built between January and February 2004 could have problems with their brakes. Vehicles with manual transmission, that are parked on an incline with the handbrake on and vehicle out of gear, could roll away due to brake components shrinking as they cool.

Jaguar X-type ('01-'09) used review

Jaguar X-type short circuit problem
Some models built between August 2003 and August 2004 had insufficient clearance between the battery's positive cable and the number one cylinder fuel injector. This could cause the cable to chafe on the injector nut and result in a short circuit.

Jaguar X-type cruise control problem
A number of X-types built between May 2005 and January 2010 had cruise control problems. It's possible that the cruise control might not disengage if certain faults occur with the engine management system.

These issues should have been fixed by Jaguar, so make sure the work has been done before you buy.
Jaguar X-type ('01-'09) used review

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By Rory White
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