I purchased this 2005 TYPE R a few months ago with 58000 miles on it. I deperately wanted the 05 s they made improvements to it and i had driven the 03 which was still an impressive car.
It is by far the best luxury sports sedan i have owned, being British i wanted a car to match and this is definately above what i expected. The power and equipment are awesome and comes close to the MB BMW M5 equivalent. It maybe doesnt have the toys of the M5 but in comparison it feels bespoke and handmade in many areas and less clinical.
I had a few fault lights come on for no reason but soon learned that the marine sized battery in the trunk was low on power and was ready to be replaced. Now it just WOW
SAT NAV is great.A very posh English lady gives me directions,easy to use,the touchscreen is fantastic.
Integrated into the touch screen is the stereo system which i think sounds fantastic with two sub woofers on the rear shelf. Its easy to adjust and gives good accoustic qualities.
The adaptive cruise control is an excellent feature, it saved me from speeding tickets when following other speeding drivers and then slowing me down when they see the police and of course im only doing 70 by they time they see me
The small block supercharged V8 is fantastic.The whine when pushed and it makes sounds like a growling cat.I ask myself did Jaguar make it sound like a cat deliberatly
Some sort of IPOD/MP3 input would of been nice, i know its an optional extra but probably should of been standard.
I think bluetooth for you phone should of been standard as well.
As well as the S button i think they could of tweaked the car with W button for winter. it really is a handful in the snow and ice and it seems regardless of how good those huge rear tires are its hard to get moving on a snowy hill and extreamly twitchy on slippery roads.
The removal of the fog lights on the front in 05 wasn't a design change but they did look good. I guess the necessity for extra cooling outweighed the need for foglights. Since US cars dont have them at all i guess the rear ones are a bonus.
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