I bought a 2.0D SE from a main dealer and have found nothing but trouble with this car - my advice to anyone would be to AVOID X-TYPES AT ALL COSTS!
Although the interior looks reasonable, the build quality is appalling, there are an infuriating number of rattles and it very noisy from both the tractor like engine and the road noise. The temperature settings on the climate control are interesting to say the least! If you enjoy a good quality stereo then I’m afraid you will be very disappointed with the poor quality audio in the X-type.
Don’t be fooled by the fuel economy claims, if you live in the Netherlands and only drive on motorways at 60 you may get the claimed combined 50 mpg, however you should expect 38-42 mpg in the UK.
Reliability is a major concern, in the 14 months that I have owned this car I have been recovered 4 times, the list of repairs needed is quite staggering – I have listed only the major repairs, the entire list would exceed the word limit:
1 x clutch; 2 x starter motors – a known design fault with the clutch results in the starter motor collecting dust from the clutch – resulting in the starter motor warranty being void; 1 x power steering assembly; 1 x engine ECU
The car is currently in for repair yet again and as soon as I have it back I will be replacing it with a reliable German machine.
I have a 3.0l SE auto that has 70,000+ on the clock. First Reg' Sept' '01, I have found it to be a good machine. The 4 wheel drive is first class, providing excellent road holding and traction. The engine delivers silky smooth power, and the gearbox transmits that power without a glitch.
The only thing that has failed is the instrument panel, and that was replaced under warranty. Everything else is original equipment and I have had to spend little on it.
The mpg is not good (although I didn't expect frugality) giving circa 34mpg on motorway drives, but only 17/18 in completely urban driving.
I also tow a caravan weighing 1,400 kgs, and have made a number of Continental holiday trips of 2,500+ miles getting circa 22mpg for the total journey. As a towcar it is excellent - lots of power in reserve, perfectly stable, with excellent braking characteristics.
Servicing costs, etc., are no more than the likes of BMW and Mercedes (having owned both marques), with an annual service well below £500.00. Tyre wear is good for a 4WD, getting more than 30,000 miles out of a set.
Yes, the cabin design is sedate, but everything is there, and the front heated screen clears misting in seconds - unlike some. My only hates about it are the digital clock and the difficulty in replacing a headlight bulb. The build quality is very good - no bits falling off.
I have been driving this car for several weeks. The car looks stunning in black. However the drivers electric seat has broken (51k) The engine sounds like a tractor - yes it is a diesel but it sounds terrible. However it pulls like a train. Car would definately benefit from having a 6th gear. The interior feels old and definately suffers from build quality. Bluetooth is eratic. Rear seats do not fold down. On the positive side they are well specified and I love the heated seats. Sat Nav works ok but is basic - no points of interest or safety cameras. Conclusion: design is tired and needs updating. There are some excellent alternatives out there. Would I have another? Answer definately no unless it was an XJ. This car tries but fails. Still it looks nice! Claimed mpg of 50 is high on impossible - low 40s realistic
I always wanted a Jaguar and the x type brought this opportunity well within my budget. Second hand at 18 months old it represents superb value for money. The car looks great in british racing green and (when it works) the engine and gear box are as good as I've had. Therein lies the clue. This car has been nothinhg but trouble. In the 18 months I have owned it I have had the car back with Jaguar 12 times with one-off or repeat faults. The customer service is excellent but the ability to diagnose and fix problems are not. The car is now 3 years old and out of warranty and still pulls intermitently to the left and the engine still misfires. There is rust (!) on the boot on a 3 year old car. I originally come from the West Midlands and have an infinity with the workers who build these cars but don't buy an x type unless you want dreadful build quality, frequent and unacceptable (and expensive now its out of warranty) defects and an experience that you will quickly and frequently regret.
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