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The days of the floating luxury liner on four wheels have long since gone, yet there are still a number of consumers that prefer a softer ride to one that feels like it's attached to rails. In the European premium luxury market, most cars favor the sport sedan formula, but not the 2008 Jaguar S-Type. Not that the stylishly distinctive Jaguar can't hold its own in the handling arena, it just produces a more sedate ride. Driving devotees who require more will want to check out our review of the performance-oriented S-Type R. Where its competitors boast of performance first, the S-Type touts a luxurious interior, comfortable ride and more traditional instrumentation, free of an overabundance of technological gadgetry. This is the last production year for the S-Type. Its replacement, an all-new, sportier model dubbed the XF, debuts next March.
By Strick on Wednesday, July 18, 2007
overall rating 10 of 10rating details
"I have off and on enjoyed jaguars over the years and in 03 heard that the s-type would be offering a supercharged version. Unfortunatly I had just bought an Acura so I didnt bother test driving. 05 came around and it was time for a new car and saw they made some exterior changes and improved on some engine management systems so I went down to my local jaguar dealer and test drove my soon to be fully loaded rocket sled. Its really hard to explain how a "family looking" sedan could have such a sinister side to it. When you drive this car and remember older jags, you ponder how much effort and time they spent on building this car. I just reached 38,000mi and have yet to have a concern. I feel it will be extreamly hard for me to trade this car in, unless jaguar has some more sinister/refiened tricks up their sleaves in the future."
17 people out of 17 found this review helpful
By Jon89 on Monday, March 16, 2009
overall rating 10 of 10rating details
"Best car for the money we've ever owned. Did a great deal of research before buying this car and learned what to avoid as a result. Build quality for S-Types greatly improved by the 2004 model year, so stick to the 2004-to-2008 models and you'll spend far less in repairs over time. The German XF transmission is a tremendous improvement over the Ford transmission in the earlier S-Types and should end the transmission failures prevalent in the earlier S-Types. And the multiple coil pack failure problems of the earlier S-Types appear to be solved by the 2005 model year. The 2005 or 2006 S-Type is hands down the best value highway-cruising luxury sedan on the market today. With the economy down the toilet, now is a great time to steal a low-mileage just-off-lease S-Type. If you do your research and locate the right one, you won't regret it...."
15 people out of 15 found this review helpful
By Oscar's Pappy on Tuesday, February 05, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Comfortable drive great value"
Cons: "jealous parkers want to ding ur doors!"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Oscar is my grand daughter - she calls it "her Jag" because of a vanity plate with her name on it. She is about to turn 7. This is my 4th S-Type and the best of all the model years, in my opinion. All have been BRG (British Racing Green) and all have 'turned heads' when clean. Very minor issues with 2 window motors (both under warranty) and a persistent coolant loss due to small leak at the coolant reservoir, which a new reservoir will cure. Have needed breaks once - tires twice - no other special maintenance issues. Contrary to ratings, my wife and I use this vehicle primarily for long 'road trips' and average 32 to 33 mpg historically. I am not a little old lady driver and if you could access my 'computer', you would find that I average 75 to 80 mph hour when traveling (which is around 2,000 rpm on this vehicle). I alternate between High Test and Mediam Test fuel and religiously change the oil every 3,000 miles. While it is not very Snow Friendly, once you learn to 'gear down' there are few issues traveling in most weather. In the spring I am beginning the process of pickling the vehicle and will, as a hobby, totally restore the interior over the years so that when 'Oscar" reaches 18 (or thereabouts) I can gift her the car. All my peers say that she will have no interest, but I think they are totally wrong! Kind of like not wanting a 1960's Corvette if you ask me."
11 people out of 11 found this review helpful