The top-notch S-Type was created at Jaguar's facility in Birmingham, England. The car was designed by Geoff Lawson in 1995 and is centred on the Jaguar DEW platform/Ford DEW platform, pooled with the Lincoln LS and Ford Thunderbird. It was divulged at the Birmingham International Motor Show on 20 October 1998 and first sold in January 1999. It was targeted to buyers of cars including the BMW 5 Series.
The first S-Types ("X200" 1999–2002) is imminent due to a U-shaped centre console and optional touch-screen navigation system in the 2003 and later models. The antique leaping jaguar hood ornament was optional even though it is sanctioned by the US and EU standards but breaks away in the case of an accident. Succeeding models carried the Jaguar logo amalgamated within the radiator grille and a more traditional 'looped' styling for the centre comfort. In Australia, the "jag" bonnet ornament was unavailable until 2004.
The boosted S-Type R (Jaguar STR for short) joined the line-up in 2002, and it was hoped that it would compete with BMW's M5 and the Mercedes E55 AMG. The R was powered by the afresh revised hand-built 4.2-Litre V8 with an Eaton M112 supercharger, making 400 hp (298 kW; 406 PS) and could accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) in just 5.3 seconds (0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.6 s). The maximum speed was limited to 155 mph. Due to the accumulation of electronic limiter detached, the S-Type R may possibly reach 191 mph, and with simple supercharger pulley renovations and ECU modifications, can be modified to produce in excess of 500 bhp with a top speed of 200 mph. It encompassed 18-inch (457-millimeter) alloy wheels, wire-mesh grille, and monochromatic paint. The R also incorporates a rear apron, side skirts, and front apron with built-in fog-lamps, a rear spoiler, and a brace located near the rear subframe, and R badging on the boot cover and on both front wings.
Later models of the S-Type R bring out a revised pulley system for the Eaton M112 supercharger, allowing it to produce an extra 20 hp (15 kW; 20 PS).
In addition, the 2003 model contained an electronic parking-brake paddle-switch that switched the conventional manually operated lever for the rear brakes. For the 2003 model year, the Jaguar S-type was boosted up with a six-speed, automatic ZF 6HP26 transmission as well as a revised 3.0-litre V6 engine. The 2003 model featured an improved dash, centre console, and a grille with the Jaguar logo badge to provide the vehicle with a more Jaguar-like appearance, and a flip-open key was developed for the ignition.
For the 2005 model year minor facelift, there were redesigned rear and front aprons, a slightly revised grille, an aluminium bonnet, renovated rear light clusters and a new 2.7- litre V6 diesel engine having 207 hp (154 kW). As far as the windscreen washer jets were taken into consideration, they were integrated into the windscreen wiper arms. The cabin interior was unchanged though and there were no fog lights included in 2006 to 2008 models.
Buyers had a bunch of options to choose from when it came to petrol and diesel engines. At the time the V8 S-type got underway, 4.0L Jaguar AJ-V8 was the only engine to power the V8, the capacity of which was then enhanced to 4.2L in 2002. Versions of this engine are being used in Ford, Land Rover/Range Rover, Lincoln and Aston Martin models. The 2.5 L V6 engine was not obtainable for the vehicles transported to the United States and Canada. The diesel engine of the range is Ford/Peugeot 2.7L HDi Ford AJD-V6/PSA DT17 which is being put to use in lots of Ford, Peugeot, Citroen, Jaguar and Land Rover models.
For the models launched between 1999 and 2002, the rear wheel drive would come up with either a five-speed manual transmission or a five-speed J-Gate Ford 5R55N transmission. From 2003, there were two transmission options including a 5-speed manual transmission and a six-speed J-Gate transmission which was responsible for automatic gear selection or clutchless manual gear transmission. Later on, the 2004 diesel was equipped with the 6-speed manual transmission and six-speed J-Gate automatic transmission as well.
Jaguar S Type Common Problems and Solutions
Ignition coil failure
Failure of the ignition coil will lead to the engine misfiring and poor idling. Defective ignition coils are the major reason behind poor idling in S-Type.
Replacing the ignition coils will rectify the problem straight away.
Central locking problem
If you are having issues with locking/unlocking of doors while making use of the central locking, it is mostly due to a problem with the door lock itself.
The replacement of a defective door lock will fix the issue.
Water pump failure
If you are noticing that the heater is not functioning properly on all the settings and the temperature gauge is a little high, it’s most probably because of an issue in the water pump.
You will be standing in the need of water pump replacement to rectify the problem.
Water Pump - Engine management warning light
Has the engine management warning light popped up on the dashboard? If this is the case, the most probable reason for it is a defective lambda sensor. This may also give rise to increased fuel consumption.
A diagnostic check will be a silver bullet, in this case, to make sure this is the problem. You need a replacement lambda sensor to fix the issue.
Folding door mirrors sticking
Are you having problems with the folding door mirrors sticking when you push the button on the centre console? They are also responsible for making a squealing noise when folding away.
The problem can simply be fixed by cleaning and lubricating the joints on the mirrors.