Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Jaguar S-Type saloon?
Face-lifted cars were introduced in 2004 and are better and more reliable than first-generation machines. There is also a variance within the pre-face-lift range. Early cars suffered from ignition coil failures, premature engine wear and electrical problems brought on by water leaks.
A visit to the Vehicle and Operator Safety Agency website at www.vosa.gov.uk reveals a fairly substantial list of recalls you chould check for. Although some, like the risk of the speed restriction label peeling off the spare wheel, are not so serious, others highlight more potentially dangerous faults. These include seat belt buckle concerns, front suspension ball-joint failure and the risk that the automatic gearbox may engage reverse when in forward drive.
High-mileage S-type Rs may look a cheap way to uncap serious performance, but they are best given a wide berth, while mid-mileage examples should be given a very thorough examination.