The Jaguar X-Type was released in 2001 as a compact executive class addition to Jaguar's lineup riding on the Ford CD132 (Mondeo/Contour/Cougar/Mystique) platform. It lasted through 2009 before buyers sobered up and realized they didn't really want to own a front-wheel-drive Ford with Jaguar maintenance costs, but for almost a decade it was the entry level Jaguar that people who wanted to look rich would buy. Find this 2004 Jaguar X-Type offered for $1175 near Sacramento, CA via craigslist.
The only way to get a manual gearbox in the X-Type was the select the basic 2.5 liter V6 which pushes out 192 horsepower into the front wheels via a 5-speed manual box. However, this particular car has some issue with running -- the seller optimistically assumes the problem is related to an anti-theft system malfunction.
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