posted 28 days ago
You can pick these cars up for very little money, these days, but buyer beware – Get [if possible genuine Jaguar] service history, the nicest condition, and lowest possible miles you can. Some can rot uncontrollably on floor and sills, so check carefully. My son's X-Type was as rotten as a peach, but mine (which is older) has no signs of rust at all (luck of the draw or good maintenance? Who knows..?). Can be quite juicy around town, especially if you have a lead-weighted right foot, which my son has. Better on long runs, though, especially if keeping to the speed limits, etc., which my son doesn’t. I believe I'm getting about 35+ per gallon on long runs. However, who buys a 3-litre automatic Jag for the economy? Very comfortable to drive and still feel fresh after those longer runs. Limited leg room in the back, however, hence the 4-stars for space, but as I'm not very tall I can put my seat forward to make more room for the rear-passenger’s legs, as there is plenty of extra room in the front (both sides, of course). Genuine Jaguar parts & repairs can be crippling to the wallet, so choose your garage and parts source wisely. However, all that said, I wouldn't want to change to anything else, especially to any of the 'overrated' and ‘overpriced’ German rubbish I have had in the past (Mercedes especially). My X-Type is over 15 years old and it still looks extremely good all round; and it's parked on the drive in all weathers. It's got 4x4, so can be used in all weathers and most terrains (I live on a steep hill, which gets icy (no problem), and I've also managed to get out of a mud-bogged car motor showground carpark with ease, leaving everyone else struggling and getting covered in mud). Parts are cheaper than most, as it shares most of its running gear with the Mondeo (but don't let that put you off, it's still a Jaaaaag). For example, I have just bought a full set of discs and pads, both front & rear, from a local Motor Factors, for just a little over £80. If you're thinking of getting one do the research on it first, or get an AA/RAC inspection, before uncurling your well-earned cash! Get the right one and you will be a very happy bunny with a big fat grin!