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.
"Bought my 2001 Jag used for a steal, fortunately I also purchased an extended warranty. I love the styling and the comfort, just a beautiful car. I have had to have the transmission replaced (thank heavens for the warranty). The only real complaint is that the car rides so low that I am always scraping the front under carriage. (Have had it replaced twice)."
Pros: "Excellent value for excellent quality and luxury"
Cons: "Use authorize dealer/parts for lifetime warranty"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Rare and beautiful color, fabulous, durable paint job. Not one speck of rust anywhere. Finish and styling always gets compliments. Interior extremely comfortable seats showed early signs of wear, expected with such beautiful leathers. Burled wood and leather appoinments show no wear. 178,000 miles later, am still getting 24 mpg and everything - I mean everything - still works. Pricey when new, turns out to have been very excellent value. Have replaced tranny, overhead cams and one window motor. Otherwise everything else simply maintenance like struts, springs and exhaust, each just 1 time. When faced with repairs, prices always small compared to price of replacing a vehicle with half the quiet, performance, luxiry and beauty. I am totally spoiled. Go Jag!"
"Only put about 5K miles/yr...however when driven it gets driven (car seems bored at speeds below 80mph). Mostly sits in the garage. Only one issue thus far with headlights (point straight to ground) that was covered under warranty (if not that would have be $2500.00 out of pocket). Servicing the car is a PRICEY. Just replaced front/rear breaks and rotors ($1300.00 just for the parts). My only suggestion DO NOT BUY IF YOU CAN NOT AFFORD THE MAINT....EVERYTHING WILL COST YOU A ARM AND A TWO LEGS....yes even a oil change."