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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 361 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

One of a Kind 2000 Type S with Nav and 58k miles

By on Wednesday, September 02, 2015

I owned and sold this car
Reason: Dealer

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "This car is the epidemy of sporty, luxury and fun"

Cons: "Expensive if you do not take care of your car"

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

Only 4.0 L V-8 with low miles and factory Navigation that I know of for sale

"Being in the automotive business, I make it a point to browse different makes and models, different years, and do research on the so called "traditional problems" all different makes and models have. What I found (not to sound cliche) "mind blowing" is that when we looked across the whole United States of America, there were 4 different Jaguar Type S 4.0 Liter with the V-8 engine, and low miles (which we all know the name of the auto purchasing business is to purchase the car you want, with the lowest miles, most options, at the best price). Out of the 4 Jags for sale with the 4.0 liter engine, only 1 of those cars had the factory navigation that still works. I can literally say, that our Jaguar is one of a kind. Very low miles for a 2000 Type S (58,000 miles). It has every option available, meaning it has a multi-disc cd changer, it has the automatic sun roof, it has the factory navigation, and power everything (seats, doors, windows, etc.)."

Only 4.0 L V-8 with low miles and factory Navigation that I know of for sale

Best value around for a luxury Sport Saden

By on Friday, June 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 68,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Quick, smooth, beautiful and RARE"

Cons: "maintenance bill if you are not a diy'er"

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

Beautiful Beast

"Simply put this car is a beast. Quick and power, yet easy to driver and smooth and best of all RARE. If can find a STR in good condition buy it, don't let the Nay sayer scare you. If it has taken care it is simply an amazing car to own and no less reliable then you comparable BMW, Benz, Audi or Lexus. I know as i have own at least one of all of them. Maintenance is no more costly then the others. Even more affordable if you can do most of the maintenance yourself."

22 people out of 27 found this review helpful

Beautiful Beast

Awesome automobile!

By on Saturday, May 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 79,900

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

Pros: "Great value at the $8000 that I paid for it!"

Cons: "None thus far!"

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

"Purchased just a few months ago, and thus far has been one of the best investments in a vehicle that I have ever made. Fun to drive; awesome and lasting interior and exterior design; oh, and did I say fun to drive. Truly awesome and exceptional vehicle!"

9 people out of 10 found this review helpful

The biggest load of junk car I have every owned.

By on Sunday, May 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 160,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "None"

Cons: "Everything."

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

"This is the worst car I have ever owned and I’m 72 and have owned a lot! I have also had Jaguars, most notably the E-type series three, V12. Now that was a car! This load of junk was built when Ford owned Jaguar, and it has been a constant source of breakdowns, failures, and returns to the shop. Luckily I have been able to fix a lot of things myself. If not it would have cost three times what I paid when new. The funniest thing was when the head liner fell down. not just a bit of it, but the whole thing fell on to the seats in one lump. The car was still under warranty, but the dealer said the head liner came under, “wear and tear”, like seats and was not covered. I told the sales manager I didn’t sit on the ceiling and made a stink in the showroom, but I never got anywhere. It cost $600 for a new liner and I wrote to the factory in Coventry, UK, but never had a reply. I will never touch another Jag, ever."

13 people out of 17 found this review helpful

It's been a great car... Completely satisfied.

By on Friday, February 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 194,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Styling, performance, handling, comfort, economy."

Cons: "Parts/repairs can be more costly than other cars."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"I bought this car on a private-party sale with just about 100k miles, and have driven it another 94k miles over the last four years. I bought it mostly because I always wanted a Jag and loved the S-type's styling... I never expected to be so pleasantly surprised. I've got the V6 with 6-speed auto transmission. Plenty of power, nimble, responsive, and very comfortable. I also get surprisingly good fuel economy averaging about 26-27mpg (with 30+on long highway trips). You can pick up a used Jag cheaper than a used Honda, but the downside is that repairs can be expensive and there's not a lot of shops that can handle Specialty Jag service. I've needed very little maintenance/repair work and fortunately can do most of it myself. That might be a consideration if you're thinking of buying one."

21 people out of 24 found this review helpful

Great find!

By on Wednesday, October 29, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 88,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Fun to drive"

Cons: "Not reliable"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"WThis car had a new transmission and motor at 50,000 miles. It has mostly sat in the garage the last several years. Great find!"

14 people out of 21 found this review helpful

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