RE: Shed of the Week: Jaguar X-Type

RE: Shed of the Week: Jaguar X-Type

Friday 2nd February

Shed of the Week: Jaguar X-Type

Jaguar's early-2000s output made for some pretty disturbing viewing, but does our Shed deserve the same X-rated status?



When Jaguar launched the X-Type in 2001, it was meant to be the British answer to BMW 3 Series. As we know, that promise didn't come good. The 3 Series sails on in the top echelon of compact execs, with today's X-Type - the XE - giving it a much better run for its money.

Many blamed the X's failure on its darkly-muttered-about Ford Mondeo links, although if you looked at it in a less jaundiced fashion, those turned out to be more of an urban myth than actual reality. Besides, the contemporary Mondeo was a very good car, so it wouldn't have mattered even if the X-Type did have all those links it was supposed to have. Which it didn't.

Not letting facts get in the way of a good story is a basic premise of the Shed column, so let's move on from there and get onto the matter at hand, which is this rather fetching 3.0 V6 Schport Manual Blue from the Caps School of Car Sales. Only an errant comma prevents it from having a full leather history, which is a shame as that would have been an interesting if tough read, but the important metal bits add up to a strongly appealing proposition at under £1,500.


The first X-Types had Ford's - sorry, Jaguar's - refined but fairly toothless 195hp Duratec 2.5 V6. Our 3.0 is the somewhat toothier 231hp V6, and that means real performance: 0-60 in six and a bit seconds and not much worse fuel consumption than the 2.5 either, 27.5 combined versus 29.5. Reminiscent of the perennial 'BMW 325 versus 328' discussion about always getting the big 'un.

Dynamic Stability Control was a near-£500 cost option on the X-Type, but we can't see it mentioned anywhere in the blizzard of caps. Normally you'd want that on a powerful rear-driver, but the V6 X-Types are of course four-wheel drive so it shouldn't be an issue. Launching it hard sounds like it would be quite an experience. Let's have a look on YouTube to see if it is.

Hmm, well we can't actually find any footage of that, but we have found one of this chap giving his 3.0 laldy on what he assures us is a stock exhaust.


Impressive, no? And here's another film by some tall bloke showing how adept the 4WD system is, albeit on a 2.5 estate.

Without wishing to generalise, many believe these early X-Types to be superior to the later ones, as some of those were built by a disgruntled workforce and left to stew in flood plains dressed up as storage compounds. The manual 'box is a good choice too as the ZF autos had a dodgy reputation arising from their marvellous 'sealed for life' status that was anything but.

So, what's to hate? There must be something.

Well, X-Types are known for having rocking driver's seats. To old man Shed, that sounds more like a brilliant feature than a problem, but apparently his view on this isn't normal. Most owners choose to have a mod fitted. Door seals and boot locks gave up too easily and the ABS rings could be cracked by expanding corrosion.


A few owners suffered transfer box failures, but at their age maybe they shouldn't have tried that ambitious position with their other halves. In the real world, it's an oil thing. There isn't that much of it in the box, so an unchecked leak will quickly evolve into a disaster.

As regards this specific car, the MOT history gives no cause for immediate concern. There's a bit of brown stuff underneath (unacceptable Mrs Shed joke deleted) but apart from some slightly corroded brake pipework, it's all good. Well, as good as any 17-year-old 231hp £1,495 Jag with a full service history can be, anyway.

The only disadvantage for some potential buyers might be this car's location in Edinburgh. This is a fabulous place in many ways. Shed lived there for a few years and came to love its wonderful Georgian architecture, bohemian atmos, and sense of warmth towards the English. Well, maybe not so much that last part. It was damn cold though. Probably still is. And a long way away. Which it definitely still is.


The vendor will arrange delivery, though at a likely price of £1 a mile that's not going to be especially cheap for the average Englander. Luckily, there is always the train. You can get an off-peak advance single from London for the low price of £49 if you don't mind going slowly on the Euston rattler. That takes 5hr 40min. Or you could spend £4 more, go from Kings Cross and get there nearly an hour earlier. Ah, the wonder of the rails.

That's the ad for National Rail sorted. Now, here's the ad for the car.

? JAGUAR X TYPE ? 2001 REGISTERED ? ONLY 86,000 MILES! ? FULL SERVICE HISTORY (With 8 service stamps most main dealer) ? MOT -OCTOBER 2018 ? DELIVERY AVAILABLE ANYWHERE IN UK ? COMES WITH A FULL SERVICE AND HEALTH CHECK ? RESERVE THIS VEHICLE TODAY WITH A DEPOSIT OF GBP 250 ? EXCELLENT FINANCE RATES OFFERED EXCELLENT CONDITION JAG WITH FULL LEATHER, HISTORY . Climate Control, Cruise Control, In Car Entertainment (Radio/CD), Metallic Paint, Paint Metallic, Excellent bodywork, Beige Full leather interior - Excellent Condition, Tyre condition Excellent, Blue, Alarm, Upholstery Leather, Electric Windows (Front), Computer (Driver Information System), Alloy Wheels, HPI CLEAR **MOT, SERVICE HISTORY, ALL OWNERS HANDBOOKS AND KEYS PRESENT **ALL MAJOR CREDIT/DEBIT CARDS ACCEPTED** **ALL VEHICLES HPI CLEAR** VIEWING POSSIBLE ANYTIME BY ARRANGEMENT **FINANCE AVAILABLE ON ALL CARS** **CANT GET CREDIT *WE CAN HELP** * GENUINE INTEREST ONLY PLEASE * PART EXCHANGE WELCOME! *PLEASE NOTE THIS CAR IS IN (EDINBURGH) SCOTLAND DELIVERY CAN BE ARRANGED ANYWERE IN UK

 

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Tin Hat

Original Poster:

711 posts

141 months

Friday 2nd February
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Great value for any wannabe Arthur Daley’s

Barchettaman

2,152 posts

64 months

Friday 2nd February
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Interesting shed - 3 litre V6, 4WD and a manual. Well done!

These, however, suffer catastrophic rust under the side skirts and are also really claustrophobic from the driver's seat IIRC.



Edited by Barchettaman on Friday 2nd February 07:18

Ed69

4 posts

14 months

Friday 2nd February
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I've got a 2.5 manual estate. Wish I was less tight and had the extra 35 horses as it's a bit slow, but apart from that I love it, despite being pretty useless in every tangible way. I've done 30,000 miles in a 14 year old car which I bought for not a lot, and it hasn't complained once. Only problem is the bubbling rust around the windows and strangely frequent punctures- 5 in two years. If I wanted to switch from an estate I'd take this.

Integroo

2,361 posts

17 months

Friday 2nd February
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Soon to be in the market for an interesting shed, in Edinburgh every other weekend ... can't say I'm not tempted.

alorotom

4,677 posts

119 months

Friday 2nd February
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I thought you had to be an octogenarian to own one of these ... that’s all I see driving them, normally purchased as their last car when retiring in the early 1990s
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Jaguar steve

5,016 posts

142 months

Friday 2nd February
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The only ward in the country to ever elect a UKIP MP to the house of commons is waist deep with tired old X Types.

They'll invariably be polished to absolute perfection but will be sporting a badly fitted aftermarket chrome wheelarch kit to cover up the rust, a wonky second hand leaping cat on the bonnet and at least one Union Jack badge on the back along with a totally legitimate disabled driver badge from ebay

Make of that what you will...

280E

1,151 posts

39 months

Friday 2nd February
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Jaguar steve said:
Make of that what you will...
You're a bit judgemental?

Blackpuddin

8,015 posts

137 months

Friday 2nd February
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Barchettaman said:
Interesting shed - 3 litre V6, 4WD and a manual. Well done!

These, however, suffer catastrophic rust under the side skirts and are also really claustrophobic from the driver's seat IIRC.



Edited by Barchettaman on Friday 2nd February 07:18
You'd expect an MOT tester to have noticed something like that if it was present on this car. Nowt structural mentioned on the last ticket. Just brake pipes.
The car in the vid sounds amazing.

richinlondon

83 posts

54 months

Friday 2nd February
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I bought a new 52 plate 2.5 sport. Looked terrific - black with ox blood leather and wire grill. Bought it off the lot and standard equipment was meagre and performance a bit dull. Always wished I’d gone for the 3.0. Notice on the mot history website it has probably expired at about 13 years old due to rusty underbits...

PSB1967

27 posts

88 months

Friday 2nd February
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I had a '55' plate 3.0 sport premium AWD estate auto, for over 4 years. I loved that car and did 30,000 miles in it. I managed an average of 23.5 mpg. I don't get the down side to the auto box' reliability vs a manual's DMF, clutch, gear linkage issues as know from the Mondeo.
It was a great wafting car but could also out drag anything from the lights. In fact I never lost a battle even with a prancing horse; it squirming about too much while my old Jag surged ever forward like a 747 without so much as the tiniest off line waver. 4WD and auto saw to the technical side of a good race.
My mechanic mates wasted no time reminding me of the blue oval link. But I'm a life long blue oval fan and actually having a Mondeo Heated screen was useful and £128 for discs and pads for all 4 corners was very welcome.
Why they never made a diesel 4WD is a mystery. Then it would have been an A4 quattro avant alternative and not just BMW

Barchettaman

2,152 posts

64 months

Friday 2nd February
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Blackpuddin said:
You'd expect an MOT tester to have noticed something like that if it was present on this car. Nowt structural mentioned on the last ticket. Just brake pipes.
The car in the vid sounds amazing.
I quite agree, AFAIK the corrosion is concealed by the skirts hence gets to the sort of state in the photo.
Get one that's not too rusty, and as long as you're not too powerfully-built, and I'm sure it would be a top wee shed.

Drive Blind

2,693 posts

109 months

Friday 2nd February
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when i quickly glanced at the pics the trader name on the number plate looked like

clocked our cars . com

Jaguar steve

5,016 posts

142 months

Friday 2nd February
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280E said:
Jaguar steve said:
Make of that what you will...
You're a bit judgemental?
Not at all. biggrin

Just passing comment that the X Type is very noticeably the principal weapon of choice among a particular demographic here in the Essex Badlands.

Kinky

36,707 posts

201 months

Friday 2nd February
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I had the 3.0 estate, 4WD and manual. I absolutely loved it and could not fault it cloud9

I traded it in to 'upgrade' to an XF. If I could have 1 car back, it would be that one!










Triumph Man

5,219 posts

100 months

Friday 2nd February
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Can't forget the most famous X type owner...


northwest monkey

6,090 posts

121 months

Friday 2nd February
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Enjoyed my X-type other than the fuel consumption! The V6 makes a fantastic sound as well when you get it going. I've had an E46 and don't remember the 3-series being any roomier inside but I do remember the X-type having a bloody big boot.

daemon

21,397 posts

129 months

Friday 2nd February
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Barchettaman said:
Interesting shed - 3 litre V6, 4WD and a manual. Well done!

These, however, suffer catastrophic rust under the side skirts and are also really claustrophobic from the driver's seat IIRC.
Yes they can rust badly on the sills - doesnt mean this one has or that this one hasnt had it addressed. Certainly worth checking, but likewise not often unrepairable.

I found in mine your knees were very close to the dash and the leather on the seats wasnt very tactile so you slid about a bit but i wouldnt say it was claustrophic

Mr2Mike

19,587 posts

187 months

Friday 2nd February
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What's with all the question marks in the advert?

Sound like whoever wrote it is questioning their own claims.

thatjagbloke

109 posts

12 months

Friday 2nd February
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Had a 3.0l manual estate for a year and loved it. Grey metallic with cream interior made it look quite up to date and the boot would take anything we threw into it. My son made all the usual Oh it's really a ford comments when I got it, but changed his tune when I gave it to him. He's now had it for about a year and loves it too.
As others have said, it's a pretty rapid car.

alorotom

4,677 posts

119 months

Friday 2nd February
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Triumph Man said:
Can't forget the most famous X type owner...

Cant say Ive ever noticed an x type with mirror indicators like wor queenies there ... granted they dont attract my attention much