World Class Design Inside and Out
January 28, 2019
I bought the 2003 S-Type V6 in 2007 after a dealer service rep stated that in 2003 most of the prior mechanical issues had been corrected. (transmissions and window lifts among them) I liked the sportier handling and better head room than my prior Lexus GS300 although the ride was not quite as smooth. After driving past 100,000 miles I sold it and bought a low-mileage 2004 S-Type V8 in 2016. The combination of sculptural design inside and out is arguably still one of the the best designs in the past 30 years in my opinion. All lines are graceful and organic. The biggest maintenance problems are plastic components in the cooling system that can crack and leak and eventually suspension bushings that leak fluid although the need to replace them is doubtful. Overall maintenance cost has been less than what you would expect from a BMW or Mercedes (..and all are cheaper if you are smart enough not to always listen to the dealer or repair shop).
I loved the intake sound on the V6 when accelerating hard, the V8 doesn't work so hard but is faster of course. The transmission on the V6 was wonderfully silky smooth while the transmission on this particular V8 is not quite so smooth. I don't want to drive a truck or SUV but with the fold down rear seats the Jags have been my utility vehicles and served well. As road cars I love the Jags. They are quiet and smooth with comfortable seats and a nice stereo.