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2008 Jaguar S-Type

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2008 Jaguar S-Type Review

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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.

You'll Like This Car If...

You'll like this car if you are looking for a stylish and comfortable luxury sedan that puts the emphasis on smooth, solid comfort rather than sporting performance. Image-conscious buyers will appreciate owning a marque known exclusively for its high-line status, yet at a more affordable price.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If your taste runs toward the ultra-modern, the 2008 Jaguar S-Type's traditionalist design may appear old-fashioned. Driving enthusiasts won't find the S-Type's handling comparable to that of the BMW 5 Series or Infiniti M.

What's Significant About This Car?

The 3.0 and 4.2 models receive the S-Type R's ZF six-speed automatic transmission, as well as its sculpted front bumper. The standard wheels are now 18 inches, with 19-inchers optional on both trim levels. The last 750 S-Types will feature unique Satin Mahogany veneers, leather steering wheel and leather and chrome shifter.

Driving the S-Type

Driving Impressions We drove the S-Type 4.2 V8 and found it a pleasant experience. The car accelerates at a brisk pace with almost no vibration or rough treatment from the chassis and...

the shifting happens in smooth, effortless order, with no lunges or jerks. The suspension is soft enough to feel luxurious, but still lets through an adequate level of road feel. Those more accustomed to BMW-like mannerisms may not like the refined Jaguar approach, but the Jaguar engineers had a particular goal in mind. Steering and handling are tight and secure, the leather-wrapped wheel feels great in your hands and the smooth Jaguar manages turns with calm assurance and control.

ZF Six-Speed Transmission
One of the best in the industry, the ZF six-speed's shifts are practically undetectable and the transmission's computer brain seems to always know exactly when to shift and when to hold.

Electric Rear-Window Sunblind
With the press of a button, a sunshade lowers to block direct sunlight.

2008 Jaguar S-Type Details
2008 Jaguar S-Type photo Interior

The standard wood-lined interior is designed for luxury with a stylish leather-bolstered center console housing the navigation system, radio and climate controls. We like the simplicity of the S-Type controls, which don't require tremendous time or concentration to operate while driving. The 2008 Jaguar S-Type's handsome leather seats feature contrasting piping and feel comfortable enough to serve as furniture in your family room. The front seats are nicely formed and give just enough side support to hold occupants in place without squeezing them. The S-Type's rear seat space can become quite snug, especially if the front-seat occupants have their seats adjusted for maximum legroom.

Exterior
2008 Jaguar S-Type photo

Distinctive styling is Jaguar's strength, and this holds true for the S-Type. It is athletic, lean and muscular and, of course, it sports the Jaguar "leaper" hood ornament. This year's front end update gives the aging S-Type a bit sportier look, although the rest of the car still says "luxury" first and foremost. An assortment of alloy wheels completes the exterior luxury look and appeal.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The S-Type 3.0 includes a six-speed automatic transmission, 18-inch alloy wheels, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), front seat side-impact airbags, front and rear side-curtain airbags, heated front seats, automatic headlamps, heated side mirrors, power tilt/telescopic steering wheel, 16-way power driver's seat with memory and power lumbar support, 12-way power passenger's seat, rain-sensing wipers, Reverse Park Control and steering wheel-mounted cruise, audio and dual climate controls. The 4.2 adds a powerful V8 engine, navigation, Front Park Control, Bluetooth, xenon headlamps, 320-watt Alpine audio and a power rear sunshade.

Optional Equipment

Options include a DVD navigation system, Adaptive Cruise Control, two-tone interior, xenon headlamps, Front Park Control and 19-inch alloy wheels.

Under the Hood

The base 3.0-liter V6 is a good engine, but it seems neither powerful nor smooth enough to merit the Jaguar name. We think the 4.2-liter V8 is the best choice for the S-Type, providing plenty of power while delivering almost no noise or vibration into the passenger compartment.

3.0-liter V6
235 horsepower @ 6800 rpm
216 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/26

4.2-liter V8
300 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
310 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4100 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/24

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2008 Jaguar S-Type Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.1
Out of 10

Based on 345 Ratings for the 2000 - 2008 models.

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  • Value
    8.2/10
    Quality
    8.4/10
  • Reliability
    8.2/10
    Performance
    8.8/10
  • Comfort
    8.8/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

Luxury in Retirement

By on Friday, July 04, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 69,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "fun to drive; great gas mileage for a V8"

Cons: "parts and repairs can be pricey ; no off-roading"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have owned this car for the past 8 years and can't say enough good things about it. It continues to meet my every expectation for reliability and driving comfort. I continue to get compliments on its color, sleek lines and comfortable ride. It has become a real "babe" magnet in my retirement years and I'm enjoying the attention."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

I waited too long to purchase a Jag!

By on Sunday, June 22, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Attention Getter! Beautiful Styling!"

Cons: "Authorized Dealers Are Expensive! Go Local Shop!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

East Texas Jag!

"After hearing negative reliability reports on Jaguars for years, I decided if I was going to own one before it was too late, I had better get with it! Simply stated, this is the most "fun to drive" auto I have ever owned and after 60 years of driving I have owned quite a few! Yes, there have been a few repairs but then all cars have to have repairs from time to time! Other than normal maintenance repairs, batteries, tires, etc. the only major repair has been an air conditioning compressor and believe an old man, Fords, Chevys, Toyotas, Hondas and even Corvettes have to have compressor replacements also! This is an "attention getter" everywhere I drive it! Great styling and looks that do not go out of style! My only regret is waiting so late in life to enjoy it! Don't be "put off" in purchasing a Jaguar if you are inclined to do so! A lot of the negative reports might be coming from people that could not afford to own and operate one in the first place!"

8 people out of 10 found this review helpful

East Texas Jag!

this car is great looks new not driven much

By on Thursday, May 29, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 106,816

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"this was under my carport most of the time i drove it to church and it is in great shape but i now have 2 grand kids and need more room."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

More Than Pleased

By on Wednesday, May 21, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Cons: "No long term experience to find a con. Weird keys?"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have not owned this vehicle for long enough to know if it's as reliable as a $5 toaster, but I live in Austin and brought it home from Dallas, and I'm going to tell you that those were the best four hours of driving a car I've ever had in my life. The ride is superbly clean, and everything about the handling and operation of the vehicle is beyond anything I've ever driven before (which admittedly is restricted to somewhat bargain vehicles, and surprisingly I found this Jaguar in that category). The biggest problem that I've had with it so far has been keeping the thing under 90MPH, because with even the very slightest touch of the gas, you're doing more than 80MPH, and you're going to want more than a slight touch."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Pass with Class - Pace with Grace

By on Thursday, April 03, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 36,200

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Value - Ride quality - Handling - Power - Beauty"

Cons: "I'd take 50 more HP - but 390 was great in 05"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Have had 4 jags - 3 "R" models. Had an '03 STR that I purchased new -traded for a used 2005 model in 2009 since the 2005 model had only 12,500 miles. Great paint - wonderful interior - handles great - quite powerful. Love the ride - wonderful road car. Past reputation for poor quality should be put to rest, as plants were modernized and production quality improved a great deal under Ford's ownership and with Ford's money. TaTa is now reaping the benefit and the cars are equal to anything on the road - great values. (Cars remain British - constructed in Britain - designed in Britain). Ride is very comfortable. Steering is superb. Brakes are fantasitic (Brembo). Supercharged. Two intercoolers (actually there is a 3rd). Just a joy to take out and drive. I will keep this car for a very long time."

14 people out of 15 found this review helpful

Not worth your money!

By on Saturday, March 15, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 68,100

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
5/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "looks beautiful"

Cons: "Mechanically they suck!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

"This 2005 Jaguar S type, although it shows beautifully is definitely not worth your money. Although mine only has less than 68,000 miles, already it needs a new transmission. Same issue I had with a previous Jaguar I owned. Also the way the car handles is not that great. As a Mercedes Benz owner as well, I wish Jaguar could take some tips and make their cars handle like a Mercedes!"

7 people out of 12 found this review helpful

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