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Jaguar X-Type

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  • Yes, the X-type was Jaguar's testbed for a number of new technologies for the company, including fiberoptic electronics. The common knowlege is that there are not aftermarket CD-players compatible with the X-type yet because of its new electrical system, but the Sony X-plode system, I've read, has a compatible hookup for the fiberoptic electricals in the X-type. The basic system costs around $200, and the high-end version with fold-away television screen goes for over $1000. I've not tested this out myself, but I've read reports that it works with the X-type.

    Perhaps there is a way to use the hookup from the X-plode system with the BMW Alpine unit?

    Also, if you can live with it, you can always get an X-type with the in-dash CD player for $200 (in the 2.5, it's standard on the 3.0 but you've probably alread discovered this and I'm just wasting your time - sorry).

    Well, I hope this little bit of info could be of help to you somehow. In case you decide to go with it, the Alpine system in the X-type - though expensive - has been rated very highly and is well worth the money to the most dedicated of audiophiles. It adds a subwoofer and boosts the number of speakers in the car to 10 plus the extra "tweaters" (what one dealer called them) in the door handles. And don't forget to switch the radio to the European settings for best reception. Good luck with your CD-player hookup search.
  • Thanks for your prompt reply. I enjoy reading your posts and you are right, this is a gorgeous car. Also, my 2.5 manual is very reasonably priced. This is my plan: I will try to buy the car with the single CD player and later on try to see if it is possible to install the BMW Alpine. I drove the ebony/sand, looks great but no single CD so I have to look around. Unfortunately, there are not many 2.5 manuals out there. I have not seen the british racing green on the X-type, how does it look? There is a phoenix red manual in another dealer (that has the single CD) but that dealer is 150 miles away and do not really want to drive there just to look at the color. Is that a pretty color on this gorgeous car? What is your first and second choice among the four non-mettalic colors? Thanks again.
  • msisengmsiseng Posts: 369
    I have the '03, 2.5, automatic, single CD with the Jaguar Racing Green and sand interior. It looks fantastic and will make due until I can afford the XK coupe! At night under the street lights, it can appear to look blue or even black. During a bright day, it looks lighter then on a cloudy day. I really like how the color seems to change constantly. This color is wonderful.

    Warning: do not wear a dark leather jacket when you sit in the car (sand interior) as it stains the leather seats. My dealer told me and I did not listen. Luckily, leather cleaner took it off..phew!

    Eyemd1 - I drove an '02 pre-owned where the previous owner installed an Alpine changer in the trunk. The face plate did not fit well in the X-Type's dash. It looked UGLY and flew all over the place when making a turn!

    I do have a little remorse that I did not get the 3.0 with the sport package, but am all-around very happy with this wonderful vehicle and the great service Jaguar is known for providing. People complain of the 2.5 engine noise. I just think of it as my cat purring! What noise is a Jaguar supposed to make?

    Have a picture of an XK Coupe on the wall and trying to figure out how to save enough to purchase it in the next year :-)
  • I called the Jaguar dealer in Southern California previously mentioned here and the racing green was not available. But they do have other manual 2.5 cars WITH single in-dash CD so I am buying this week. In terms of the "noise", I love it! There is no fun in my 3.0 Accord coupe...plain boring and is SO cheap inside with ALL plastics making a rattle just after 15,000 miles. Never again a Honda for me...thank you. I love the manula 2.5, much faster than the auto, I guess I missed driving my previous manual car, a 2.8 Z3. The 2.5 manual is a gorgeous car for a great price (just my opinion).
  • Glad you found cars with your option choices. I think the car looks great in almost any color, and the shades seem to be able to give the car everythihg from a stealthy athletic look to a bright flashy one to a refined regal one. Color is all up to you, so get one that you really like on the car - they all look pretty good.

    If you want to re-live the whole open-air driving experience, get a car with the sunroof and then open it and all the windows. It turns into a convertible (almost) with roll bars around the door frames! Lot's of fun on winding roads and sunny days.
  • Just in case you might be struggling with locating reverse gear (like I have been for first couple of months....) In order to put the gear in reverse, you need to lift up the stainless ring underneath the knob & then place it in reverse.
  • msisengmsiseng Posts: 369
    Glad you made your choice! Too bad they cannot find a Jaguar Racing Green? There are plenty available on the east coast. Can they deliver?

    The sunroof is a must as jagboyxtype states. Settle for no less!

    Please let us know when the "cat" is in your driveway and how you like it! Most of your neighbors will comment, trust me.
  • Thank you all for your suggestions and advice. I will pick-up the car next few days. White/sand. This car looks great on the driveway but especially pretty on the road. At night, the X-type is among the most distinctive cars out there...just a gorgeous car.
  • Oh that's exciting! I love the light patterns the car has, too. The jewel-effect lights are great.

    Of course, the car's quite distinctive during the day as well :-) Great color BTW.
  • Hi all
    I just bought a 2002 2.5 sport X-Type
    Black with everything BUT navagation system & Xenon headlights.
    I have to admit it looks GREAT!
    Also i'm pretty sure i'm the only one in my town that has one :)
    It's truly a head turner
    I really like it
    If anyone has any advice for me and my new jag please share it with me....thanks
  • kssodkssod Posts: 37
    The saga continues... my 02 3.0 sport adriatic/dove with every option(x1,x2,x3,alpine,manual,xenons) stickered for 43k+, except nav and phone just had the 20k service. here is a list of problems that have been addressed over the pasr 16 months
    1) paint not smooth at delivery...was wet sanded
    2)boot latch replaced
    3) cooling fan relay replaced after overheating
    4) defroster vents still pop out... replaced several times
    5) driver door unable to open...latch assembly replaced 2x
    6) steering wheel vibration when braking ....wheels balanced then rotors replaced
    7) fuel gauge reads empty after filling up. gas tank and sending unit replaced
    8) car over heats again... same repair as (3) with the addition of a new thermostat
    9) headlight washers popoff....reattached
    10)steering wheel still vibrates... tires rebalanced and road forced, problem unresolved front brakes replaced again. rotors susceptible to warping if lug nuts not torqued in proper order
    11) multiple interior rattles especially from sun roof button... repaired or replaced trim as needed
    12) I may have missed one or two items the list is too long. Unfortunately, the value has dropped too much and I can't trade for a like 03. Nothing else has any style. It is a great car to drive, and is awesome in the snow. Fortunately I have gone to a new dealer and the master tech is outstanding
  • Ouch, looks like yours hit them all. I still haven't had any of the problems - glad your master tech is outstanding and hope everything continues to work out fine without anything else needing to be fixed.
  • http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,495- 0081%255E13232,00.html

    Just found the review above. It's an Australian review of a 2.1-liter X-type so all of the performance is off from the 2.5's and 3.0's that we have in the U.S. Although the car lacked in the performance area with the tiny engine, the 2.1 X-type still outscored competitors like the Lexus ES300, new Saab 9-3, and even its big-brother XK8. Needless to say, they liked it.
  • kssodkssod Posts: 37
    seems like we have an eye for nice cars

    kss od
  • jagboyxtypejagboyxtype Posts: 241
    Along with developing a new XJ-Series car to replace the aging old one (though I still like it a lot), Jaguar also developed a new 3.5-liter engine which will be launched with the new XJ, which will also be available with the 3.0-liter AJ-V6 engine from the X-type and the bored-out 4.2-liter AJ-V8 in normal and supercharged forms.

    Well, all of the early reports had stated that the X-type R would have a supercharged version of the new Jaguar 3.5-liter V6 engine, which until recently was thought of as myth. Yet, the 3.5 engine is now here.

    Rumors are that the X-type's existing 3.0-liter engine will be replaced by the 3.5-liter or the engine will be added to the lineup, as well as to the S-type's and it's already in the new XJ's. With Nissan's 3.5 liter engine in its products including its Infiniti lineup, and the new Lexus IS being scheduled to have a V8 option, and with Volvo getting R-badged cars, and Audi with its new S4, and BMW with a newly tuned 3-Series sport, the 3.5 seems like a viable addition to the X-type lineup to keep the car in the top of the power ladder.

    Any thoughts? I wonder what the horsepower ratings will be. I wouldn't be surprised to see the engine turn up in most all of Jaguar's products.
  • mjc440mjc440 Posts: 76
    A 3.5 Liter will certainly make Jag more competive. Is this a new block or is it derived from the Ford Duratec block?
  • jagboyxtypejagboyxtype Posts: 241
    From all the information I have, all it says is that the engine is "new". I'm not sure how far the current AJ-V6 block can be bored out to; the AJ-V8's 4.2 liter size is about as large as that block can be bored out to, and the next larger engine than the 4.2 will have to be based on a larger block. Jaguar's re-engineered version of the Duratec block is one of the highest-output 3.0-liter-ish engines available, making 240 horsepower in the S-type and 231 in the X-type. By comparison, Mercedes' 3.2 liter engine makes 215 horsepower and BMW's 3.0 makes 225 hp. It's ahead of the European competition, but with the newer Japanese 3.5 liter engines making 260 hp, the extra half-liter seems to be where the market is moving. I believe Mercedes now has an ML350 out, which would indicate a new 3.5 liter engine, and BMW's next-generating 3 will have a 3.3 or 3.5 liter engine. I'm glad Jaguar is staying competitive - I love my car!
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    Blew the doors off a 330i today; he and I had a lot of fun weaving in and out of traffic about 35 mph more than we should have been going. A Maxima joined in, and was surprisingly faster than I estimated he would be, though he seemed to be working a little harder than Bimmer and me. All of these cars are awesome at speed and truly a lot of fun. Also, I happened to get shunted off onto the freeway during this little competition of ours (with the other cars) and ended up in some strange neighboring area. People in the other cars in traffic literally pressed their faces against the glass of their cars to look at the X, as if it was something special ;-) I love this car!
  • crashxcrashx Posts: 2
    I purchased the x-type in dec 2002 (my 1st jag). I crashed and totaled 1st jag in feb 2003. Fortunately my insurance paid off my outstanding load balance with $300. back to me? I am jumping back onto the horse as I am preparing to order another x-type. My Question: Does Jag offer previous buyers any incentives or discounts on subsequent jag purchases? Thanks in advance for any insight. crashx
  • jagboyxtypejagboyxtype Posts: 241
    Ouch! Sorry to hear about the crash and hope you're okay.

    While I don't know of any incentives that Jaguar has for repeat buyers, the people at Jagtalk or xk8.net might.

    Also, your dealer will probably knock the price down since you'd be buying another car from them. My dealer took the price down on my X-type since we had purchased an S-type just 1.5 - 2 years earlier.

    So, are you going to get a "twin" of the original Jag, or will you go for a different color, etc?
  • crashxcrashx Posts: 2
    Thanks for your quick response. I do want to replace my crashed jag with a "twin" (I never enjoyed driving a car so much) but my original dealer does not have the car in stock with all of the options of my original.

    I had the 2.5 x-type Quartz with navigational system plus many other upgrades. It seems jag does not stock many with nav. especially with my specific request (color/options). I was lucky to find the one I wanted. The dealership (north jersey, 2.5 hours from home) was the only one that had that specific car in stock.

    I am prepared to wait if I have to order the car. My business has me on the roads often, and the jag nav. system was amazing. It has never steered me wrong in the confusing street of Phila, New York or DC, which is saying alot!

    Thanks again and I will check with Jagtalk and xk8.net. BTW, I faired much better than the car. crashx
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