• (4.8) 4 reviews
  • MSRP: $2,719–$6,935
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 20-21
  • Engine: 240-hp, 3.0-liter V-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 5-speed automatic w/OD
2002 Jaguar S-Type

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Vehicle Overview
Launched as a 2000 model, this British-built rear-drive sedan shares its 114.5-inch wheelbase with the similar Lincoln LS. In appearance, however, the S-TYPE is in a class by itself, led by one of the most distinctive front ends on the market. Sales took off in a hurry, making the S-TYPE the most popular Jaguar model in the American market — though that role may soon be filled by the new X-TYPE, which is smaller and less expensive. Shorter and less costly than the long-lived XJ Series, the S-TYPE occupies the center spot in Jaguar’s luxury-car lineup.

The base 3.0-liter V-6 engine is also used in the Lincoln LS, but the S-TYPE version has Jaguar cylinder heads and 30 horsepower more at 240 hp. A 281-hp, 4.0-liter V-8 is also available.

A new S-TYPE Sport edition will be offered for 2002 and comes with either engine and features that include 17-inch low-profile tires, a Computer Active Technology Suspension, a perforated leather-trimmed interior and bolstered sport seats. Voice-activated control of radio station and temperature selection is available and capable of dialing the optional digital cellular phone. Simple voice commands such as “temperature 72 degrees” set the automatic system in operation. All Jaguars come with free scheduled maintenance for the warranty period, which is four years or 50,000 miles.

To create the S-TYPE, Jaguar blended traditional styling cues from the British company’s heritage with modern mechanical components from Ford, its parent company. Though the S-TYPE is built from the basic architecture of Lincoln’s LS, the kinship is masked by classic Jaguar design elements, including a heavily sculptured hood with a leaping cat ornament, a slim oval vertical-bar grille and four round headlights. In profile and at the rear end, Jaguar cues are also mixed with contemporary lines.

Measuring 191.3 inches long overall, the S-TYPE is a few inches shorter than the Lincoln LS and 6.5 inches shorter than Jaguar’s XJ8 sedan. Five-spoke alloy wheels are used on V-6 models, while V-8 sedans get 10-spoke alloys.

Five occupants can luxuriate in the same rich leather upholstery and warm wood accents that are provided in Jaguar’s upper-end models, which carry a long tradition of interior elegance. Reverse parking control is standard. Sensors in the rear bumper detect when the car is getting close to an object at the rear and issue an audible warning. An in-dash, satellite-based navigation system is optional.

Under the Hood
Although the base engine is essentially the same as the 3.0-liter V-6 in the Lincoln LS, Jaguar supplies its own cylinder heads, intake manifold and other components. As a result, its output is 240 hp rather than the 210 hp offered by Lincoln. The available V-8 is entirely different from Lincoln’s engine offering — a 281-hp 4.0-liter power plant that is also installed in Jaguar’s XJ Series sedans and the XK8 sports car. Both engines mate with a five-speed-automatic transmission.

Traction control, antilock brakes, an electronic stability system and side-impact airbags for the front seats are standard. An optional Sport Package includes a Computer Active Technology Suspension, which adjusts to firm or soft settings according to how the car is driven.


Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2002 Buying Guide

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well taken care of

by Nicole from piedmont,ca on August 3, 2017

The car has new paint.headliner.carpet and everything is good working condition. I consider this vehicle a great investment.

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Estimated Service & Repair cost: $5,000 per year.

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Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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