Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Jaguar F-Type sports?
The roof mechanism is so far proving to be reliable, but we’d still want to put it up and down a few times to be sure.
Jaguar offers a range of ways to customise the F-Type, so it’s worth having a good look through the classifieds to see what takes your fancy. Obviously, you’ll want to check the bodywork and wheels for damage, but don’t be too alarmed if the bonnet doesn’t line up correctly because it can fall out of alignment if not closed correctly.
With the F-Type still being a relatively new car, you should insist on evidence of main dealer servicing, not least because it’ll guarantee any remaining warranty is still valid.
There have been a few recalls, mainly to do with ensuring bolts are correctly tightened, but there was also one that applied to cars built between February and December 2016 that might have faulty seatbelt pretensioners. A Jaguar dealer will be able to tell you if the car you’re interested in has had all the necessary work done.
What are the most common problems with a used Jaguar F-Type sports?
Rattles and squeaks aren’t unheard of, so listen out for them on a test drive because they’re not always easy to fix.
On the mechanical side, although it doesn’t apply to all cars, the F-Type’s rear differential can in some cases leak oil as a result of faulty seals. It’s important that the workshop carrying out the repairs doesn’t over-tighten the coupling because this can cause major problems; you’ll know because there will be some expensive-sounding noises from the back of the car.
Other common faults include exhaust flaps that stick open (making the car permanently noisy), a centre air vent that is reluctant to rise and pop-out door handles that refuse to, er, pop out.
Early F-Types can also suffer from poor window seals that allow stones to get inside the window mechanism and scratch the glass. Jaguar has generally been replacing both the seals and any damaged windows free of charge.
Is a used Jaguar F-Type sports reliable?
Jaguar didn’t fare well in the latest What Car? reliability survey, finishing in the bottom quarter of manufacturers with a score of just 57%. The F-Type didn’t feature in the convertible class because the sample size was too small, but as a new model it’s not surprising that there’s been a few teething problems, as mentioned in the previous section.
The engines are, however, proven from other Jaguars and shouldn’t give you any problems.