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NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,280 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2003 Jaguar S-Type brakes problems

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2003 Jaguar S-Type Owner Comments

problem #6

May 242013


  • 80,000 miles


While approaching a stop sign and applying my brakes the car involuntarily accelerated on to incoming traffic. The car was revving at high speed and could not be stopped. I had both feet on the brakes but car was not responding. I headed toward high curb avoiding cars and pedestrians in hopes of slowing car before I was to hit dipsey dumpster, on the side of the road (I had chosen to hit them in order to avoid involving other cars and pedestrians) when I hit the curb at high rpms, the impact damaged the right front wheel and under carriage of automobile. The acceleration stopped. It was a terrifying experience. This malfunction has been registered by other drivers. Of Jaguar. It is a safety issue that Jaguar needs to address. I am lucky that I did not kill anyone or had serious injuries to my passenger and myself.

- Santa Ana, CA, USA

problem #5

Mar 012008


  • 54,000 miles
I have a 2003 Jaguar S type R. at 32,000 miles I had to replace the pads of my vehicle at all 4 corners. Since then my rotors constantly keep warping, even after I brought the car back twice and my rear brakes have unevenly worn down to the point that my right rear rotor started grinding. My car has been in the shop numerous times to have warranty work done and I have informed the dealership of the specific tsbs that correlate to my issues. My rear parking brake module was replaced twice, as was my right rear wheel hub. The dealership disregards any service bulletin that I inform them of by saying that my car does not fit into the VIN range, and if it does fit into the VIN range they tell me that although there is a service bulletin it is not a bulletin covered by the dealership but by the consumer. My car is under full warranty and I do not understand how a known problem on a car is my responsibility to cover the costs. To correct the warped discs, the dealership resurfaced my discs past the minimum thickness and refused to then give me new rotors. The parking brake actuator they replaced for free because it was an actual recall, and for the unevenly worn rear brakes due to the parking brake actuator they will fix by charging me $850 for new rotors and pads. The dealership refuses to touch wearable items such as brakes or tires, even if the brakes or tires were worn down due to the malfunction of a covered item. The costs keep building up when a new set of tires is $2000 and a new set of brakes is $1600. If Jaguar can not manufacture a safe and sturdy vehicle it should not be on their consumer to constantly pay to keep the vehicle safe and road worthy.

- Bradenton, FL, USA

problem #4

Apr 302007


  • 47,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Jaguar S-type. While driving 45 mph, the emergency brake failed and caused the brakes to lock. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and later diagnosed. The failure mileage was 47,000.

- Howey In Hills, FL, USA

problem #3

Dec 232005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,671 miles


2003 Jaguar drivers side window will not roll up/down. Front ball joints needed to be replaced. The air conditioner was blowing out hot air, the dealer stated the evaporator was leaking freon. The rear bumper was broken. The ABS control module needed to be reprogrammed. The brakes needed to be replaced. The rear lights were inoperative. The consumer believes the odometer on the vehicle was rolled back prior to purchase and that the vehicle was in an accident.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #2

Feb 012006


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2004 Jaguar S-type needed new brakes with 30,000 miles on them and tires needed to be replaced. The ABS light had illuminated, a wiper motor was installed and the rear brake line and rotors were replaced.

- Beaumont, TX, USA

problem #1

Oct 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 11 miles
At 11 miles a small noise was there. I look at tires & saw nothing. After road trip told service tech and salesman. Was told rock in tire, at 53 mile noise came back. Called salesman, and general manager was told to bring it in to shop Monday. Paint has scratches threw out car paint.

- Manassas, VA, USA

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