2003 Jaguar S-Type Consumer Review: Don't mess with gorgeous

2003 Jaguar S-Type - Consumer Review

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R Sedan (4.2L V8 Supercharger 6-speed Automatic)

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Don't mess with gorgeous
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2003 Jaguar S-Type R 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl S/C 6A)


Outstanding bargain as a 2003 thanks to Jag's old reputation for unreliability. Best performance sedan under 60K. Has been very reliable so far. Nothing more than scheduled maintenance. Impressive performance, especially if you factor in the automatic and all the Jaguar nanny electronics (delimiter, Traction, etc). Gorgeous exterior that gets looks everywhere. It's acceleration sneaks up on other performance cars, especially M3s and M5s. Interior fit and finish is excellent and sumptuous. Brakes are grabby (good) and stop the car with authority. The mesh grill and fat 275 tires make the car. Supercharger whine is music over 3500rpm. Butt-dyno feels like a 4.8-4.9s car, not 5-5.2.

Best Features

Tiger in a pretty lepard skin. Understated power that matches it's elegance and good looks. Stiff enough ride that allows for suprisingly agile performance in the twisties.

Worst Features

More power. Hope the put a supercharged version of the Ford GT's 5.4L in the 2008 StypeR. Brake dust. Needs cleaning every 1-2 weeks. Larger wheels, 19" front and 20" back. Get rid of the Jgate (XK has) and bring performance-tuned F1 paddle-shifters. Web-updateble DVD NAV system. Foldable rear seats
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