Comments - Biggest Automotive Missteps: Jaguar X-Type

Published: Jul 19, 2012
Description: I know what you're thinking, you're thinking that the X-Type had a nine-year production run, during which it Jaguar's top-selling model for every one of those years, it couldn't po...
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Anthony Marinelli Jul 20, 2012
The x-type is not a bad car. Every car editor says this is a terrible car. Read an article by an owner of this car like myself and you'll hear nothing but praises. I owned vw's for years before this car, and wanted luxury. I looked at A4's, 3 series and the C class and left a Lexus dealership with my X-type. I've owned the car for over 2 years and have only had to change the oil and break pads. I ...
Jack Howard Jul 19, 2012
Yeah their new stuff is good. But they obviously used to copy and they didnt build that good of cars until a couple of years ago.
Clint Edwards Jul 19, 2012
The problem I have with Kias/Hyundais is their cheap components. Their connectors snap if you look at em the wrong way, and the ones that come in just don't seem to hold up well. Maybe they've improved, I hope they have. I won't be buying one
Thomas Mackey Jul 19, 2012
Yes both companies have made leaps and bounds in car design and performance. If u want the copiers talk to the Chinese. They couldn't design a car if they wanted to.
Kyle Smith Jul 19, 2012
Don't worry about the haters, they need to be learners. Hyundai is doing really well right now and they've got a great lineup of vehicles.
Zachary Maurer Jul 19, 2012
I'm sad to think that you guys hate my home country's car manufacturers :( don't hate an Hyundai or kia
Jack Howard Jul 19, 2012
I know they used to but not since they came put with their new stuff
Carlton Salmon Jul 19, 2012
Basically it's a Ford Mondeo in a party dress.
Brady Fereday Jul 19, 2012
Kia copied it too
Kyle Smith Jul 19, 2012
The problem is, these cars are less reliable than a weather forecast. I'd stay away and buy an E46 3.0 BMW instead.
Ian Barger Jul 19, 2012
Yeah because hyundai copies every car brand there is.
Jack Howard Jul 19, 2012
Ive mistaken this for a Hyundai before lol
Logan LeMonnier Jul 19, 2012
These aren't the best looking cars but not ugly either. The new jags really do look great though.
Chris Penza Jul 19, 2012
I always hated cars from this era. They always lacked style, and the only people who went outside the box priced their car in 6 figures
Igor Natsioks Jul 19, 2012
I beg to differ...
Description: The first of these is simple economics, the Ford years were very dark ones for Jaguar, and being their best-selling model doesn't actually mean selling well. In truth, the X-Type failed to meet s...
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Paul Lissona Jul 19, 2012
Yah they were the two we had, had major problems around 60,000 miles.
Josh ?hompson Jul 19, 2012
Contours were god awful cars
Description: The cabin was littered with switches and other components from the Ford parts bin, and the Jaguar-ish front fascia did little to reassure us that we were looking at a genuine Jag. That said, the X-Typ...
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Phillip Holbrook Jul 19, 2012
The Catera is the original attempt at bringing the Commodore to the states. Had GM done it properly everyone would be hailing the Catera as much as people hail the Pontiac G8.
chikenbag Jul 19, 2012
the catera was not a bad car, it just suffered from a bad parts network and the fact that repairers thought it was a Cadillac and didn't know how to work on it
chikenbag Jul 19, 2012
it was a rebadged chevy cavalier
chikenbag Jul 19, 2012
@andrew- actually he's talking about the cimarron
Kyle McCullough Jul 19, 2012
@ Stephen: I commented that exact same comment about a week ago on a different story. Your bringing it up again made me laugh
Andrew McNeal Jul 19, 2012
He's talking about the Cadillac Catera, a late 90s entry level Caddy that was a rebadged Opel Omega. I had one a couple years ago, had some nice features and was comfortable, but terribly unreliable.
Stephen Tyler Learn Jul 19, 2012
Was that even English?
Ariana Laxdal Jul 20, 2012
At people who don't get why this car is bad. Reference it to a chick. Good looking expensive taste (looks great). But turns out no personality and comes from a broken home (3.0l dog and it's a ford contour). Generally you would ditch the chick.
Phillip Holbrook Jul 19, 2012
Tom, I'm in the market for one an the one's selling for 6,000 are dogs. I'm looking for an easy to work on AWD car, and once people realize its a 3.0 Duratec they go, oh yeah we can totally work on that.
Simon Marchant Jul 19, 2012
Still enjoying my British Racing Green 3 .0 Sport with the 5 speed.
Logan LeMonnier Jul 19, 2012
The maintenance is horrible though
Andrew McNeal Jul 19, 2012
Yeah if you want budget luxury this car will do it.
Duncan Jolley Jul 19, 2012
The X-Type wasn't bad but the S-Type was better. Especially if you got the S-Type with the R package. My dad had one and it was amazing
Jason Brower Jul 19, 2012
After driving my parent's s-class jag, the x type just felt cheap and brittle. It was nowhere near the same quality of other jaguars.
Matt Sutton Jul 19, 2012
I loved this style x-type. Sport i believe. Could be wrong tho. I always wanted one back in the day.
Matt Piccolo Jul 19, 2012
Ain't a bad lookin car, what's wrong with it?
Dale Schroeder Jul 19, 2012
It is a pretty decent car and there's a huge number of them available on the used market for reasonable prices these days. That's sort of the downside though, it just doesn't feel exclusive like a Jag should.
Tim Neely Jul 19, 2012
You know, I wanted to hate this car... Thing is over the past few years every time I have driven one, particularly the manual trans 3.0... It's not bad. Pretty solid European feel.
Boyd Boudreaux Jul 19, 2012
Not the worst car I can think of, I actually think this one is pretty good looking
Description: The styling wasn't spectacular, and you could still definitely see the Contour/Mondeo in it, but even at a glance, it was clearly something different from its platform mates. Mechanically spe...
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Phillip Holbrook Jul 19, 2012
It was known as the Suzuki Vitara in the US as well, the Vitara is still going strong on GM's Theta architecture used on the Equinox and Terrain.
Carlton Salmon Jul 19, 2012
@ Dylan. The Geo Tracker is known as the Suzuki Vitara in the UK.
Logan LeMonnier Jul 19, 2012
Lol @dylan. Just spent a whole day driving one of those. Terrible cars
Matt Sutton Jul 19, 2012
I guess they cant afford that second bolt for the plate.
Description: The 2.5- and 3.0-liter AJ V6 engines were classified as Jaguar-made engines, although this isn't strictly true. They were basically Ford Duratec engines, with which Jaguar had fiddled a bit, incl...
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Phillip Holbrook Jul 19, 2012
Or it could be that Jaguar has always been known for gremlins in their cars and that Ford actually corrected a lot of their problems.
Michael Henderson Jul 19, 2012
Not to mention that the transfer box is an absolute b******d to change. Horrible cars that couldn't have gone out of production any sooner. Onwards and upwards for Jag from this though.
Phillip Holbrook Jul 19, 2012
They improved a thousand fold under Ford. I remember reading an article with a Ford engineer and he relayed that buying Jaguar was a mistake. The old XJ's prior to Ford would average more than two inch gaps in sheet metal.
Andrew McNeal Jul 19, 2012
Jag makes great cars now, they've improved tenfold in the last five years.
Zachary Maurer Jul 19, 2012
They make fine cars now...
Logan LeMonnier Jul 19, 2012
If only jaguar was as reliable as a merc or BMW. Why is it so hard for them to make a semi reliable car?
Peter Mark Gacek Jul 20, 2012
Ehh you're entitled to your opinion, I'll give you thats
Ceyda Deniz Gurler Jul 20, 2012
This car looks great. Look at its lines!! i dont know what people are think about them but i think x-type is one of the best looking sport sedan.
Description: This was a car which also shared a platform, but here it wasn't nearly so much of a problem. The platform was designed with the idea that Jaguar would use it in mind. The non-Jag which used it wa...
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Zachary Maurer Jul 19, 2012
A city by me has the xj super sports as cop cars
Logan LeMonnier Jul 19, 2012
They're faster too
Description: Perhaps another factor was that X-Type was an entry-level vehicle, and would therefore be competing with the Audi A4. The BMW 3-Series would obviously be its chief rival, but Audi entry-level model ha...
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Phillip Holbrook Jul 19, 2012
A4 and A6 use the same platform, which is shared with the Passat. A6 in basic engineering is a long wheel base A4.
Logan LeMonnier Jul 19, 2012
@axel yeah my friends a4 is really similar to my jetta not the passat. And I know jags are hit or miss.
Axel Morales Jul 19, 2012
Lol wtf the A4 shares platform mainly with the Jetta/Bora... not the passat, the Audi analog to the passatis the A6.
Logan LeMonnier Jul 19, 2012
Just like jag, great cars but always unreliable
Bijan Jahanpanah Jul 19, 2012
My parents had a 2006 range Rover and it was the worst car ever all it did was breakdown
David Pires-Ihsaan Jul 19, 2012
Lol... My dad has a 1988 xj6 and a 1997 range rover 4.0 that both run very well.. In fact the rangie is his dd.
Peter Mark Gacek Jul 20, 2012
I didn't either. I wish it would crash.
Carlton Salmon Jul 19, 2012
Never knew they raced these?
David Pires-Ihsaan Jul 19, 2012
Is this for dtm?
Description: That was the case for decades well before the X-Type ever came along, but they kept selling cars. No, the problem with the X-Type was that the badge engineering was just too obvious. You were clearly ...
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Peter Mark Gacek Jul 20, 2012
Even neon is a garbage name.
Igor Natsioks Jul 19, 2012
Dodge Chrysler or Plymouth. Neon was a bad idea from the start.
Jason W. Evers Jul 19, 2012
That Neon made Plymouth alot of money..
Dale Schroeder Jul 19, 2012
The "Plymouth" Neon is probably the most destructive instance of badge engineering in recent years. That was the final nail in the brand's coffin after a lot of bad decisions.
Phillip Holbrook Jul 19, 2012
Ok maybe 75%. But still
Phillip Holbrook Jul 19, 2012
Yeah the interior pieces are 100% Jaguar, and they followed the Saab theory. "GM makes a shitty nav system, we'll put in our own."
boldcars Jul 19, 2012
haha nobody commented on this one because this actually looks nice lol