Thursday, December 15, 2016

Manaul Gearbox, Doesn't Go: 2004 Jaguar X-Type

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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  1. That kinda makes me sad you couldn't get AWD and a stick. They may have been crappy Jags but weren't they pretty good Fords?

  2. Rear wheel drive on these and the sister car, the Lincoln LS. Bit of a moot point here though. ...

    1. Actually, Anon, these weren't the sister car to the Lincoln LS; the Jag sibling to the LS was the S-Type.
      I honestly had never heard of the X-Type as being front-wheel drive in any trim level, as Ford wanted to differentiate the Jag version from its siblings as much as possible, and to give it some rear-wheel bias to maintain the feel of a "real" Jaguar.

    2. This model is an AWD car: at least, it's sporting the correct badge identifying itself as one on the trunklid just beneath the X-Type badge.

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  4. The design of those vehicles has not aged well. Sort of ugly and pedestrian for a Jaguar.

  5. "near Sacramento". Try Google Maps next time.

  6. I had an early X-type that I bought salvage. The interior was slashed by, I assume, a disgruntled acquaintance. I replaced the interior for a totaled car and sold off the spares net cost about $50. Mine was the 3.0 V6 with AWD. It blazed thru the snow. I spent more time buying parts from the Ford dealer than the Jag dealer, had no trouble at the speedy oil change shops (the filter was a Taurus part), Jaguar even replaced a transmission under recall (even though it worked fine). I loved that car and sold it for about $2000 under what I had in her making it the lowest cost of ownership car for me ever! I never got over how many people commented on the looks and thought it was a very expensive car. Oooo a Jaguar!!

  7. A buddy of mine had one he beat on all his cars wasn't too long before the tranny was out, i always liked this body style but scared of the upkeep.

  8. I thought all X-Types were all-wheel drive, hence the "X." Willits is just up the road from me; perhaps I'll take a look.


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