Used 2004 Jaguar S-Type Sedan

2004 Jaguar S-Type

2004 Highlights

Jaguar adds adaptive cruise control to the options list, and a six-speed automatic transmission is now standard on the V6 version -- the five-speed manual remains a no-cost option.


  • Elegantly appointed interiors, solid all-around performance, classic British styling, full load of standard safety equipment.


  • A few cheap interior bits, high price, fussy J-gate shifter.

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Features & Specs

R 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl S/C 6A)3.0 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 6A)4.2 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl 6A)
Transmission6-speed automatic6-speed automatic6-speed automatic
Horsepower390 hp @ 6100 rpm235 hp @ 6100 rpm293 hp @ 6000 rpm


NHTSA Overall Rating

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  • Rollover

    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

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not a honda nor toyota
I understand those that complain about the repairs and dealer support but this car is no different than a BMW M class or an AMG unless you have money or are willing to turn a wrench you should stick with the Jap cars, this is not a mediocre car and same as any well-above-average vehicles there is a price to owning it. Yes the Jag is nto a very forgiving car (neither are any performance cars) if you don't pay attention to what it needs it will let you down and the cost of fixing everything will pile up quickly BUT if you do fix everything in time and you use good quality parts you will have a reliable superb vehicle. In reviewing vehicles one should stay away from including poor choice repair shops (yes you get what you pay for and more often than not you'll get less than that), for most smart people dealers are the places where you get a OEM screw or a small gasket but you'd do the major repairs at vetted mechanics not at dealers. On the same note it is your choice to go for ASE certified or just crowd vetted professionals (I consider ASE to stand for Ask Someone Else and they will see my money or touch my car in another life). The car... is superb, the engine electrical harness is a bit on the weird side meaning that the wires temp rating was very poorly selected, other than this the wishbone suspension is a great choice for comfort and not so great for repair but it is repairable; IF you are willing to invest either money or your time and effort. Other than the electrical weirdness I can't say anything negative about it, the car is powerful, smooth as a hoover, elegant, classy, refined, great on gas (I get 24mpg on hwy and 19 in the city with normal driving 80-85mph hwy and non aggressive yet not grandma' either for city driving). Keep in mind although is a 380 brake HP this is not an M5 this is a limo class car with sport ability it is not a sport car with limo ability... as the folks at top gear said "you don't get in and drive this car you get in and proceed..."
low milage self destruct.
Bought in 2013 with only 26k and all dealer maintenance records. It just turned 53k and the engine valve covers are leaking oil on the exhaust shields and fills the inside with burnt oil fumes. The dealer said it could also be the intake manifold gasket. In that case about a $2400 repair at least. The transmission recently started to make noise and it just left on a tow truck because it locked up in park and wouldn't start. If Jaguar rebuilds the transmission it estimated $6000 at least. Which puts the repairs above what the cars value is. Add that to the fact I payed a premium price because it was so pristine makes for a bad Jaguar experience. Update: Miles 59k. Transmission problem was a bolt that fell out of shift linkage. Valve cover still leaks on exhaust shield just enough to smell bad. Had to replace the transmission pan assy. due to leaking. Trans still make a slight yelp sound when shifting up from 2nd to 3rd after coming out of a turn. And rear drivers side auto door lock stopped working. Just use as a grocery getter. Still looks like new. Don't want to pawn it off on someone else.
Bad purchase
The S type will make a person financially poor there is always a problem fuel system, a/c system. Every time I go in for an oil change there is a new repair problem.You can never get an assistance from the service department there a charge to tell you what is wrong with the car. The car is pretty and that is the only good things I can say. I will not purchase another Jaguar.
Used 2004 Jaguar S-Type Sedan Overview

The Used 2004 Jaguar S-Type Sedan is offered in the following styles: R 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl S/C 6A), 3.0 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 6A), and 4.2 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl 6A).

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