Purchased brand new, and it was money well spent. Invested in additional options e.g. interior wood package, chrome rims and body chrome.... and with the Jag being Black.... it remains a head turner. I have owned and continue to own many luxury cars, as well. Within the past two years, the only out of pocket expenses paid were for a cracked windshield fluid container, oil pan gasket, ignition coil set replacement, and the interior roof fabric had to be redone. My Jag has been reliable, and it is fun to drive. It is a definite keeper! And it is now 2009.
The sleekness, style and engine performance. The sound system.
Removing the 6-disc cd player from the glove compartment.
Worst purchase of my life. 55k when purchased and 6 months later I have less than 60k and have had the car in the shop more than 5 times. Replaced evaporator, condenser, 2 coils with the need to still replace the others. Both back windows quit working. One of them falls down. Idles rough probably because of the coils. Trans doesn't shift correctly. Interior compartment door latch broke. Entire dash taken out to repair freon leak. Total cost has been over 2k in repairs without fixing some of the outstanding problems. Every time I see a car like this I say "but isn't it pretty". In other words if you want a car that looks great but runs like crap then buy this car. If you value your money don't.
Right now nothing about this car is favorite. Worst purchase of my life. Now I cant get rid of it. If it runs you will fall in love with it. But it wont run long so don't be fooled.
The only solution for improving this car is crushing it in a recycle center and sell the metal to a company that knows how to build a car.
I bought this car used and also took out an extended warranty after hearing some scary stories about Jags. But after fixing some initial problems, I have had nothing but great fun and reliability from this car! Everyone loves the way it looks of course. And I drive a lot so the comfort of the ride is something that I really appreciate. I have had an MG in the past so I was used to "babying" a car and expected to have to baby the Jag, but it has been babying ME!!
Looks of course! Comfort of the ride, great paint job.
Window mechanism is weak and breaks easily; the car is hard to get out of park on an incline. I hope they don't still put the CD player in the glovebox; bad brake dust problem on the front wheels.
We have absolutely loved this car, and up until now, marveled at how much Ford's ownership had improved the reliability of the marque (vis a vis Jaguar's reputation in the 1980s). At five years of age, window channels and other relatively minor things broke that would never have failed in some other automobiles. Most recently, with less than 40,000 miles on the odometer, we got to pay $2,400+ for a transmission rebuild. It was explained that there is a "braking mechanism" in the transmission that helped slow the car when the foot was lifted aff of the accelerator. Ford has improved Jaguar's reputation from their former deplorable reputation up to Ford's mediocre at best reliability.
Styling, 4 Litre V8 is hot, suspension is the perfect balance between sport and luxury. Starting the car, the dials and engine come to life as only British cars do. Sedan made by a sports car manufacturer.