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Jaguar S-Type: Buying guide and review (1999-2008)

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Aiming to build a spiritual successor to the original MKII 3.4 and 3.8 litre Jaguars from the ‘60s that were so fondly remembered, the S-Type arrived on the scene in 1999 combining retro lines with modern running gear. Limited to just two engine choices at launch, the range was continuously expanded and improved upon throughout production becoming a characterful alternative to the omnipresent German opposition. A fuel efficient turbo diesel alternative and smooth petrol 2.5-litre V6 did battle at the lower end while the supercharged 400bhp S-Type R took the fight to the M5 and E Class AMG.
While not without its niggles – or huge dynamic failings in the early years – the right Jaguar S-Type can prove to be a great used buy. The traditional traits of ample performance combined with a pliant yet sporty ride are a tempting combination in today’s world of hard riding sporty saloons.  

Which S-Type to buy?

The first cars to be launched were a 3.0-litre V6 and 4.0 V8, both available with five-speed autos and in the case of the V6 a five-speed manual as well. The V8 was updated to a 4.2-litre unit in 2002 and a smaller capacity 197bhp 2.5-litre V6 was also introduced. V8 cars came with SE trim as standard, which meant cruise control, sunroof, leather interior, front fog lights and more. The smaller engine models could also be well specified too, and if speed is not your thing, the run-out 2.5 V6SE is a very well equipped cruiser offering slightly less hefty fuel bills. 
The 2.7-litre turbo diesel introduced in 2004 was a fast and frugal performer; traditionalists wanting some serious performance may however opt for the S-Type R with its supercharged 400bhp 4.2-litre V8 taken out of the XK8. This made it the fastest Jaguar saloon ever, and a worthy adversary to the contemporary mega horsepower Germans. A facelift was carried out in 2004 with detail changes to the exterior and a refreshed interior. 
The smooth power delivery of the V8 petrol cars allied with superior top end performance may clinch it for some, but the 3.0-litre petrol and diesel models are the more popular second hand buy. Some complaints about jerky shifts and reliability issues with auto boxes may make opting for a manual car the safer bet, however the auto is certainly better suited to the five-speed manual was standard for all other cars except the turbo diesel which was equipped with a six-speed gearbox in sports trim.
While in general the S Type is a well-built and reliable vehicle certain models can suffer from electronic and mechanical maladies, so take a read through the common problems section to see what to look out for.

Performance and specs 

Jaguar S-Type V8
Engine 3996cc 32 valve DOHC V8 
Power 281bhp @ 6100rpm 
Torque 28lb ft @ 4300rpm
Top speed 155mph (limited)
0-62mph 6.5 seconds 
Fuel consumption 25mpg 
Gearbox Five-speed automatic

Dimensions and weight

Wheelbase 2909mm
Length 4861mm
Width 1819mm
Height 1444mm
Weight 1725kg

Common problems

• A number of recalls were carried out relating mostly to pre-face lift cars built up to the end of 2003. These include automatic gearbox issues, failure of suspension ball joints and seatbelt buckle failures. All cars should have been attended to by the dealer network but it is worth checking up if your car was one of the ones affected. 

• Engines are tough and reliable however there were some issues with bore wear on the early 4.0l V8s. Diesels are the only ones fitted with a timing belt so check when it needs doing. The EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) valve can get clogged, a good motorway blast can resolve less severe blockages. 

• Electric gremlins can manifest themselves in a number of ways and remedying them can be a labour intensive exercise. Test everything before buying paying particular attention to electric seats, windows and inoperative alarms. Seals around the bootlid can perish allowing water to leak in and damage electrics.

• Auto ‘boxes can be jerky during upshifts and there have been numerous complaints of failed units so opt for a manual gearbox if shopping for one of the V6s. Despite being sealed units, gearbox oil changes at 75k can extend automatic gearbox lifespans.

• Rust should not be a major concern but check the sills and cavities for evidence of any corrosion. 

• Some cars can suffer from excessive suspension wear so take a look under the car for any play especially in the front. Most issues will be apparent on a test drive.

Model history

1999: Jaguar S-Type launched in 281bhp 4.0-litre V8 and 240bhp 3.0-litre V6 forms
2002: 197bhp 2.5-litre V6 introduced, and 4.2 V8 replaces 4.0 unit. New six-speed automatic gearbox replaces older five-speeder. Supercharged S-Type R introduced with 390bhp V8
2004: Facelift carried out on all models including revised rear end, new bumpers and aluminium bonnet. 2.7 Turbo diesel arrives; Sport models had a six-speed manual gearbox
2005: 2.5-litre V6 dropped from range
2007: Sporty grille from S-Type R now standard on all S-Types
2008: Final S-Type rolls off the production line to be replaced by the XF

Owners clubs, forums and websites

• www.jec.org.uk – Jaguar Forum
• www.jaguarownersclub.co.uk – Jaguar Owners Club

Summary and prices

With prices starting at £1500 for useable early examples, the S-Type can be a massive luxury car bargain. You will be hard pressed to find someone willing to take more than £10,000 for even the best examples out there, so there is serious value to be had. Do not be put off by higher mileages, but avoid tired and badly treated examples. 
The sensible choice, a 3.0-litre V6 in manual guise, is best sampled starting at the £3500 price point. For this, a facelifted 2004 model can be yours. Manuals are rare but are the better bet for the smaller-engined models. The big V8s can be tempting as prices are similar to lesser variants, start at £2000 for the first 4.0-litre cars, the later more desirable 4.2-litre models range from between £3500 and £10,000. The 400bhp S-Type R is similarly priced but running costs can be significantly higher.
With a decent amount of choice out there and prices not differing greatly between models, the final choice is down to personal tastes. Pick wisely and there are few cars out there that can offer the mix of power, luxury and style that the S-Type can deliver.
Words: John Tallodi
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Last updated: 8th Sep 2016
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  • Jaguar S-Type SE D

    £7,995 £7,995

    About this Jaguar S-Type SE D

    • Mileage: 64600 mi
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    Arun Ltd
    01798 874477 VIEW CONTACT NUMBER
  • Jaguar S-Type SE V6

    £2,995 £2,995

    About this Jaguar S-Type SE V6 First registered May 2002 and presented in Sapphire Blue with Warm Charcoal leather and in very good condition having just three owners. Specified from new with: Electrochromic Exterior Powerfold Mirrors, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and Cruise Control plus Electrically Adjustable Front Seats. Full Service History to 80,000 miles in 2010 and used sparingly since then. This car will be serviced by us at sale and be supplied with a six months warranty. Good value at under £3,000 with our warranty!

    • Mileage: 100000 mi
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  • 1965 Jaguar S'Type 3.8 Manual

    £24,995 £24,995

    Having being launched in 1962, the S’Type slotted into the Jaguar range between the MKII and MKX. Two XK engineered models were available, the 3.8 from launch, and the 3.4 from 1964. Derived from the MKII, the S’Type featured a longer, flatter roof line with a more upright rear window and a restyled rear end. The improved interior space and provided a more spacious and practical luggage compartment. The revised front end styling comprised a new grill, cowled headlights, recessed spotlamps and wrap around flashers. Both 3.4 and 3.8 engines were shared with the MKII, as was the front suspension. However, independent rear suspensions (derived from the E-Type and MKX) by coil springs with a separate mounting frame gave the S’Type class-leading ride and handling characteristics and exceptional refinement. Both models were available with a four speed manual gearbox, with optional overdrive and three speed Borg Warner automatic. We are delighted to offer this 3.8 example with manual gearbox and overdrive onto the market. Interestingly, this example was not UK registered until the 19 th July 1971 and was originally issued with a J (1971) registration. We are told the car was delivered new

    • Year: 1965
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  • 1965 Jaguar S'Type 3.8 Manual with Overdrive

    £24,995 £24,995

    DVT 505C was manufactured on 17th August 1965 and was supplied new by Byatts of Fenton, Stoke on Trent to its first owner in the Greenwich area of South London. The car was dispatched to Mr Bird of London SE18 on 24th August in Warwick Grey with Red upholstery and is a factory supplied 3.8 Manual with Overdrive model. The Jaguar didn’t spend long in London and during the 1970’s was located in Poole, Dorset and later moving close by to Bournemouth. Interestingly, many of the best original, honest Jaguar saloons we have come across in almost twenty five years dealing in classic cars spent their early life on the South Coast with retired, careful owners. During the 1980's and 1990's DVT 505C spent the majority of its time in the Bristol area and had three lady owners in the City over 21 years from 1980 to 2001. In 2001 the S'Type sold to its most recent owner in the North of Scotland where it has been cherished, well maintained and nicely detailed over almost fifteen years of ownership. MOT certificates and invoices have been kept with the car showing it has covered almost 10,000 miles since 2001. Invoices are mainly for upkeep and maintenance and detail replacement parts such as a br

    • Year: 1965
    • Mileage: 10000 mi
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  • Jaguar S-Type V8 R Supercharged

    £13,995 £13,995

    About this Jaguar S-Type V8 R Supercharged First registered September 2005 (55 Reg) with just 32,000 miles recorded this rare S Type "R" is in superb condition with just two owners from new and presented in Platinum Silver with two tone Dove and Charcoal Contrasting Leather interior and Aluminium Veneers. The huge specification on this lovely car ex factory includes: 18 Inch Vulcan Alloys, CATS Suspension, Reverse Park Control, Servotronic Steering, Headlamp Powerwash, Xenon Headlights, Heated Front Windscreen, Satellite Navigation, Cruise Control, Powerfold Mirrors, Driver 16 Way and Front Passenger 12 Way Electrically Adjustable Variable Heated Seats with Memory. Additionally, this particular car was specified with Adjustable Pedals, Rain Sensitive Wipers and Bluetooth Connectivity. The Service History shows three stamps with the supplying dealer Stratstone at 7,300; 9,500 and 18,00 miles over the first six years of its life and two service by a single Specialist Garage at 25,000 and most recently 31,000 miles in March 2016. As stated a very rare car with such low mileage, values are firm and for low mileage examples like this on the rise, very much a future classic.

    • Mileage: 32000 mi
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  • Jaguar S-Type V6 SPORT

    £7,995 £7,995

    About this Jaguar S-Type V6 SPORT First registered March 2006 (06 Reg) with just 43,000 miles recorded this rare MANUAL TRANSMISSION car is a credit to it former keepers. Presented in very clean Radiance Red Metallic with two tone Light Sand and Charcoal Sport Leather interior and Aluminium Veneers. From the factory this car was equipped with 18 Inch Triton Wheels, Driver and Front Passenger 8/6 Way Electrically Adjustable Seats with Driver Memory, Reverse Park Control, Satellite Navigation and Cruise Control. The Service History shows two Jaguar Main Dealer stamps and Services with a single Specialist Garage. We will service this car at 45,000 miles prior to delivery to its next keeper.

    • Mileage: 43100 mi
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  • Jaguar S-Type

    £18,500 £18,500

    Private Sale of my 1966 3.8 litre Jaguar 'S' type a 'Lovely Little Gem' This is 'Goldie Locks' a genuine low mileage original right hand drive 1966 3.8 litre Jaguar 'S' type. Thank God not all right hand drive Jaguars stayed in the U.K. left to slowly die from a death of rust & rot! Only one Jaguar loving American lady owner from new, history can be traced to substantiate this. A wonderful opportunity for any one who wants to purchase one of the best right hand drive classic Jaguars left on this planet. The pictures tell the story your imagination will do the rest. Found 'Deep in the heart of Texas' the hot sunny & dry state I don't think it's ever seen rain. I have owned this car for many years but now can't complete it due to a debilitating illness but it is a straight forward easy to finish and not a major renovation project. There's just over 22,000 genuine miles on the clock, top end manifold enamel is still visible this is always a good sign and proof of low miles. Quality of interior burred woodwork still has a gleaming finish of an exceptionally high standard. Body panels & structure of this Jaguar is superb & as straight as the day it left Browns Lane, study its lines, unlike some of the (warped with filler) U.K. bodged Jaguars. Originally finished in golden sands, it's had a fairly decent respray in the U.S. which still looks good but may require a new paint job to perfect to a concourse standard if next owner wishes, simply flat existing and go. No rot here, REPEAT NO ROT! This car drove magnificently before she was tucked up in dry storage. Engine turns over fine but doesn't fire, just minor electrical fixes. Included in the price are plenty of spares (I have accumulated over the years) including the cars original & decorative new parts to finish. A couple of thousand pounds/dollars maximum spend (maybe not even that much if you DIY) to recomission this little beauty and you'll have one of the best Classic 1960's 'S' types in the world clearly worth a small fortune. USA documents are present & internet some history proves its provenance. I only ever buy the very best of the best! Fabulous one off investment opportunity will be an absolutely superb and valuable Jaguar when completed. Any reasonable near offer considered payment strictly cash or bank transfer only please. Thank you for looking

    • Year: pre 1900
    • Engine size: 3.8
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    Rockstar Car
    07708305833 VIEW CONTACT NUMBER
  • 1964 Jaguar S Type 3.8 Sedan


    This is a very stylish and sporty example that is brimming with patina throughout, and a great choice for the enthusiast who is looking for an iconic classic Jaguar sedan they can drive and enjoy now, and gradually improve upon over time as they see fit. The Sedan has benefited from the previous ownership of a longtime Jaguar Owner's Club member and enthusiast who was always sure to keep it mechanically sound, with the ultimate goal of one day performing a full cosmetic restoration to the car's body -- making this a terrific candidate for a full restoration. The Sedan proved to be extremely reliable and comfortable, reporting to have performed optimally in a wide array of conditions. In recent years, the S-Type's engine, suspension and other mechanical components have been rebuilt, and would benefit from a routine tune-up / servicing before hitting the road. While the vehicle exhibits some rust, it is easily repairable and the Sedan's new owner may commission Classic Showcase to perform any restoration work they desire. Don't miss this opportunity to get an affordable classic Jaguar example that will bring you years of enjoyment!

    • Year: 1964
    • Mileage: 1058 mi
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  • 1967 Jaguar S Type 3.8 Sedan


    Now is your chance to have a stylish and collectible Sedan that has all of the performance and comfort features collectors seek in a classic Jaguar. This original single family owned since new S Type Sedan is a Southern California car with original Black Plates and quite a survivor, full of great patina throughout; the Sedan has been well maintained and cared for throughout the course of its life, and comes equipped with an original and Jaguar factory-authorized Coolaire air conditioning system and owner’s manual. In addition, the Sedan's driving experience and handling benefits from a power steering and brake system, and with no shortage of storage space with a huge trunk. The car was recently serviced by Classic Showcase, where it received a full mechanical servicing, which included the installation of a new exhaust system, along with a fresh set of (4) new Vredestein 185/15 tires. This classic Jaguar S Type Sedan is an excellent choice for the enthusiast or collector who is ready to enjoy a classic daily driver Jaguar model now, or gradually improve and restore as they go along!

    • Year: 1967
    • Mileage: 88194 mi
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  • Jaguar S-Type

    £23,695 £23,695

    *SIMILAR QUALITY CARS ALWAYS REQUIRED* SOLD Thinking of selling? Our proven commission sale or SOR (Sale or Return) program is a great way to utilise and access our professional services and facilities while still maximising the return from your vehicle with minimal hassle, stress and time, If you’d like to take advantage of this then please get in touch for further information. Alternatively If you’d like to move your vehicle on quickly and efficiently with minimal delay then we can make an offer on an outright purchase basis with payment and collection arranged soon after. A sublime Jaguar S-Type 3.8S with just three owners and in show condition EQUIPMENT Zone toughened windscreen, chromium plated window frames, sealed beam headlamps and fog lamps, twin fuel tanks, counter-balanced boot lid, ammeter, oil pressure gauge, revolution counter, starter switch, panel light switch, front and rear central armrests, labelled switches, interior flood lighting, cigar lighter, twin windtone horns, Webastow full length sunroof, Moto-lita steering wheel. EXTERIOR This desirable S-Type is finished in Dark Blue which suits the distinguished character perfectly. The impeccable paint finish has a deep lustrous shine with a mirror reflection and will stand proud at shows. A photographic record reveals the transformation from a one owner garaged stored example to a superb Jaguar ‘S’ model in the creators preferred colour choice. The chromium plated accessories gleam against the regal blue and show virtually no aging. All the sealed beam lamps are Lucus items as are the lens covers and reflectors. The glass and window rubbers are in prime condition but the door rubbers have cracked. Absolutely no corrosion or rust is visible thanks to the catalogued bare metal restoration and meticulous preparation incorporating a body coloured underside. Excellent panel fit and alignment will satisfy the most demanding owner. A new conception in luxury motoring. INTERIOR A sumptuous, luxurious and spotlessly clean Blue leather hide interior is complemented by acres of polished figured walnut and sparking chrome enhancements. All the interior wood was stripped removing all the old veneer and some 30 plus coats of lacquer where then applied. The matching deep pile carpets with thick felt underlay and clean light grey velvet headlining work to offer a tasteful, lavishly equipped and superbly finished interior. A refined and opulent cockpit with fully operational gauges, labelled switches and rotary dials. The highest degree of comfort is offered to all occupants with rear picnic tables complete with a crystal champagne flute. Modern enhancements include an expensive wooden Moto-Lita steering wheel and a Retrosound classic radio with electric aerial. A real automotive indulgence in true Jaguar tradition. ENGINE & TRANSMISSION The world famous Jaguar XK 6 cylinder twin overhead camshaft engine produces 220bhp in the larger 3.8 litre capacity. The refined power plant was stripped to a bare block and rebored with new pistons fitted. The crank has been reground and balanced with the head converted to unleaded fuel. All components were fully rebuilt and upgraded such as electronic ignition and a Kenlow cooling system where necessary and painstakingly detailed to enable bonnet up exhibiting. A full stainless steel exhaust system is fitted along with a steering rack conversion and a later XJ6 series two automatic gearbox for modern day use. WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES Optional stainless wire wheels are the ultimate expression of period sporting prowess and are shod in new 185/80 R15 tyres. A complete new braking system was fitted during the refurbishment and now offers strong braking performance. HISTORY FILE Registered new on the 2nd November 1966 to a Mr Ronald Edgar Hammond where it remained in his care for 34 years. Garaged stored but unused for 21 years this fortunate car was discovered by Mr Michael John Dearing of Classic Vehicle Restoration Specialist in Lincolnshire and was fully restored by him for personal pleasure in 2000. Kept by him until 2014 he used it to attend many motoring events to showcase the capabilities and expertise of his business. Witness to this is a photographic album revealing the dedication and hard work carried out to create this stunning and desirable example. Eventually sold to Mr Koushi who almost gave up the search to find the ultimate S-Type 3.8S until this car became available. HPI Clear and an Approved Used Car Check Certificate. To see a video of this car please click on the link below: https://youtu.be/2O341haqwFs To see a full set of photographs of this car please click on the link below: https://flic.kr/s/aHskvVioKH 'Like us' or 'Follow us' for exciting new cars coming soon at KGF Classic Cars: https://www.facebook.com/KGFClassiccars https://twitter.com/KGFClassicCars

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