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.
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.