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  • My wife and I are new owners of a 2001 Saphire Blue S-Type, V8, with all the options. We are extremely happy with the car as a whole, however the Integrated Cellphone that comes with the Communications package is a severe disappointment. Yesterday when attempting to activate the phone with a cellular provider, we learned that this model is an older analog model that does not work with any of the current rate plans (do they assume Jaguar owners don't worry about cellphone costs?). We are investigating alternatives, but wanted to see if anyone else had already taken this road and found the hidden offramp. Any suggestions??
  • That topic has been covered on the JAG message board, and you might want to start it up again. The board is free and specializes in the S-Type...
  • I have had a continual problem with the tires on my s type. The tires have been changed by the dealer once already. This has helped a little,but has not solved the problem. Any suggestions?
  • I have a 2000 4.0 S type with 2K miles. The brake peddle seems to have a lot of travel. When you press it, it also makes a air sound similar to when you press a air pump. The brake peddle also squeeks. The dealer put oil on it but to no avail. He told me all s types are like this. Has anyone else experienced this.
  • fhoffman, I have has the same problem. Vibration thru the steering column. Dealer has rebalanced and rotated the tires twice. I have also tried different air pressures, but the problem still exists. I thought the next step was to change the tires and I was getting ready to ask the dealer to do this. Sorry to hear that this might not work, as in your case.
    I have bridestone tires. Ask your dealer to call the Jaguar tech line. I have recently heard that the tech line is recommending the installation of bushings to solve this problem. Good luck.
  • I recall reading postings soon after the S-Type was introduced that the front wheels vibrated at 70 mph but subsequent postings indicated that the problem was fixed. I don't know how they fixed it but my 4.0, which I got in June doesn't, have that problem.

    Another posting said that the car gets flat spots if not used for a week or more but that the symptoms go away after being driven for a while.
  • Pete,

    I would certainly not accept the dealer's word that all Jaguar pedals squeak. I have been lucky to drive a number of S-Types and I know for sure that this is not the case. If you can, please take the car to another Jaguar dealer who I am sure will be glad to help. If you still have difficulty doing this then please phone Jaguar on the hotlines indicated in your service literature and they will help.
  • I don't know if this is related, but my wife and I have a 3.0 with about 11,000 miles on it. At about 8,000 we started hearing a clicking noise which sounded like it was coming from behind the steering column, when we applied the brakes. On the first trip to the dealer, they lubed the brake pedal connection, but that did not fix it, and then they ordered some component that was apparently a relay between the brake pedal and the engine, and when that was replaced, the noise went away. Good luck with your noises.
  • I have had experience with two "S" Types. One VIN S/N 13,xxx which Jaguar replaced because of front end vibrations. The second VIN 72,xxx which is close to perfect. Replacement of the bushings is a viable fix. Tire balance is critical, as is not allowing flat spots to occur by leaving the car parked for weeks on end. I have found Jaguar especially responsive to this issue. If you have problems call Jaguar N/A.
  • Just got back from a 2-week 4,600 mile journey west that took us through 14-states.Touring the interstate highways at 80-85 MPH and in Tempertures topping out at 109 degrees in Oklahoma and Texas.Through the Great Plains,Mountains and Desert our S-Type came through it all without any problems what so ever.We traveled from our home in Michigan thru Ohio,Indiana,Illinois,Missouri,Oklahoma,Texas,New Mexico,Arizona,Nevada,Utah,Wyoming,Nebraska and Iowa.This was the most miles we had ever clocked on a driving vacation.It really gave us a chance to put our new 3.0 S-Type to the test! This beautiful Mistral Blue Baby came through with flying colors.At one point along I-40 in Texas my husband put her up to 100 MPH.He said she did not strain one bit and had plenty of gas pedal left.He also then stated that he was glad he chose the 3.0 liter V-6 because she had just proved that this engine provided more than enough power for this Mid-Size Luxury Sedan.
  • 14301430 Posts: 1
    My new S-Type which I've only had for 4-mos. makes a loud metallic "ping" sound after the engine has been shut off. This can occur immediately or sometimes as long as 15-20" after car is parked. It also can occur more than once.It almost seems like a cooling response. The dealer has replaced my muffler, and altho the sound doesn't happen as often, the "ping" sound has reoccurred. Anyone with a similar problem or advice as to what this could be. (Of course, I've mainly been using the car in the hot summer months and I don't know if sound will occur in cooler weather.) Mary Ellen
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 8,062
    Lose the caps lock key, please! My fingers are ringing......
  • gkarggkarg Posts: 230
    I was wondering if any S-Type owner could tell me if your Turn Signal is an elegant "Castenet" sound or the typical electronic turn signal sound.

    I drove a early-model Lincoln LS that had the elegant sounding signal, but my March 2000 build LS came with the usual, run-of-the-mill sound.

  • jagoffjagoff Posts: 2
    working on the new s type i can tell you that the vibration problem may be pirellis, try michilens.
    we have not seen bushing concerns on the s but they
    are an epidemic on the xj8 and xk8. as far as squeaks and rattles they are abundant, remember you are driving a ford.
    every pant on the thing is stamped with a ford oval including the sheetmetal, i just cannot wait
    for these hybrids to go out of warranty as i am gonna be a millionaire. just wait till the $30,000
    contour comes out the x400. then we'll have former
    amc pacer owners coming in whining about their
    squeaks and rattles, why do you think jaguar offers a premium sound system? so you can listen to bach loudly (PS I know that you guys really
    listen to rock when your buds are not around,i found the hidden cd's). but seriously if you want a real jag save up and buy a j or k.
  • mpyles1mpyles1 Posts: 91
    I admit, Jagoff, that if you park your S-Type next to a new Taurus or Sable and then approach them from the rear, a brief wave of confusion can wash over you -- as well as a brief moment of doubt that you got snookered out of the $25,000 extra you paid for the S-Type.

    I own a 4.0 liter S-Type and travel a lot on business, which means I get repeatedly stuck in rental Tauruses and Sable. But come home, settle into the S-Type's leather, crank the Jaguar 4.0 liter, grab the wheel, and throw the car through any curves you can find at pretty much any speed you care to . . . and trust me, you'll know you ain't in no Ford. The $25K was not wasted, after all.
  • donbldonbl Posts: 42

    I have no rattles in my xk8. None.

    You may be a little out of date.
  • cdnpinheadcdnpinhead Forest Lakes, AZPosts: 4,564
    . . .actually a Jaguar is a Ford, as is an Aston Martin or a Volvo.

    Ain't mergers/buyouts great?
  • rea98drea98d Posts: 982
    Not to mention Mazda. Anyone for a Ford Miata?
  • hab1hab1 Posts: 1
    I purchased a New 2000 silver S-Type W/v-6 four months ago.. and as of last week I now own a 2001
    S-type V-8, do to my wife and I bitching about this horrible smell that gave everyone a tremendus headache. So I said what the hell give me the V-8 and I am glad I did.. This baby is a rocketship and still not bad on gas. I admit that getting Jaguar to give me a replacement when the first one had 7,500 miles on it was no easy deal but I never let up because I knew something was wrong with the first one. I threaten them with a law suit. Also for any of you potential Jag buyers do get the premium sound... What a difference.. Unless you plan to never tune in on the radio than the regular sound system is fine. The premiun which I also got on thr 2001 V-8 has (8) speakers, sub woffers & 175 watt pwr. amp. Excellent. I am a soft rock listener and love the premium sound. Another cool feature I got on the replacement was the back up beeping alert.. Lets you know when your within 8" of any object, great feature for my wife..

    Well so far so good on the 2001 with 675 miles on it now. I got to test drive the first one for four months. Mines silver and black leather with 35% tinted windows , Love it

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  • akirbyakirby Posts: 8,062
    is not wholly owned by Ford like Jaguar, Volvo, Aston-Martin and Land Rover. Ford only owns part of mazda.
  • Greg,
    Please come visit the JAG club message board. It is composed of about 550 members now and most are owners or are shopping for the S-Type. One of our members, Jerry Cooper, actually had the same experience as you did (giving one back and getting another). The board is completely free. You can sign-up at:
  • rea98drea98d Posts: 982
    I stand corrected.
  • donbldonbl Posts: 42
    what was the smell?
  • I just leased a new 2001 3.0 S-Type which I picked up on 10/20. When I arrived I noticed something missing...THE SIDE MOULDINGS!!! My dealer, White Plains Jaguar, said that the new 2001's where coming in without moldings. They were as shocked as I was! They called the corporate headquarters and where told that the new production models will not have the side moldings and it will not be available at all, not even as an option. What was Jaquar thinking with this ploy??? I am now apprehensive about driving my car ANYWHERE for fear of major dings!!!!
    Also the Reverse Park option that is suppose to be Standard on the 2001 was not included. The brochure says "Available Year End 2000" well a car produced on 9/00 I consider year end! I am definitely going to follow up with Corporate Customer Service. Any suggestions on getting satisfaction???
  • jagoffjagoff Posts: 2
    at least i dont think so.i wil find out for sure and let you know. please also keep in mind that some option i.e. rear cup holders are not available in the u.s.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 8,062
    Year end normally means just that - Nov/Dec, not September. If it's going to be standard with no price increase they may agree to retrofit it for you. If you were told it was standard and didn't get it, you have recourse. Why did you accept the car with these missing if you thought they were included? That's the danger or ordering a car you haven't yet seen.
  • I have had my new 2001 Jag 3.0 for a few weeks and need some help to some problems. Love the car, glad I chose it over over the E320. Sapphire/Ivory...I get so many compliments it's embarrassing.

    1. Wheels-Bridgestones' seem to ride hard. Checked pressure but everything is OK. Heard the Pirelli's don't last long but ride better. Do the Bridgestones ever soften?

    2. Vibration-I am cursed with the steering wheel vibration over 50 MPH. Heard it could be tire balance, flat spots (although I have 1K miles), bearings, or steering column itself. Which is it?

    3. Rattle-Irritating rattle/creaking noise in the sunroof-only when it is closed.

    4. Hood-Misaligned hood on one this fixable?

    5. Wood kit- I have ordered 2 kits from Exotic Wood Dash and they do not match the dash (too dark and grain). Anybody else have this issue or did you try another Company?

    I want to cut to the chase before I service the car. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  • the vibration you are having is probably, isaid probably due to the tires. I am on my second set of tires, and this has helped the problem. I still get a vibration between 70 and 80 mph.I have taken this problem back to my dealer,but to this point I have been ignored.I guess that Jaguar does not want to be of any further help.I don't think that says much for the company.
  • lisat4lisat4 Posts: 8
    #1. If the hood is not flush with the edge of the nose facia, you can fix this yourself! Just open the hood and on each side of the front cross member, you will notice a threaded post with a rubber disc on top.These act as postive stops,you can turn them up or down which ever is required to make the edge of the hood rest flush with the front facia.If the hood is off from side to side.The gap between the side edge of the hood with the edge of the fenders.I would have the dealer make this adjustment!

    The front edge of our S-Type the day I got it home from the dealer,was about 1/8th inch off from the edge of the front facia on the passenger side of the car.It took several tries but my husband got it perfect,turning the post in and out closing the hood checking and turn the post again close the hood check over again and again till you get right!

    The Bridgestone`s are not responible for the stiff ride,you must remember that you purchased a luxury SPORTS sedan. The S-Type is intended to ride a little stiffer than most luxury sedans.Within its class that being luxury SPORTS sedans.It has one of the best rides that we`ve experienced.Better than Cadillac STS,BMW-528i,Lexus GS300,Mercedes E320 and its own cousin the Lincoln LS.

    The vibration in the steering wheel my husband noticed on a recent trip we made from Michigan > Las Vegas.We clocked 4600 miles in 2-weeks with our S-Type and came home very pleased with the car. He said he noticed a slight vibration in the steering wheel which could be felt and seen between 65-75 mph cruising the interstates.Some of these highways had pavement as smooth as silk,he said so it has to be the car.He intends on taking this up with the dealer,when he takes it in with a few other little problems. I let you know if the service dept corrects this and what was done.

    The Power Moonroof has not been a problem at all on our S-Type.I am sure the dealer will take care of this,sounds like something is loose or the rubber weather seal strip is bad and may have to be replaced.

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