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NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission Problems


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,007 miles

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2003 Jaguar S-Type transmission problems

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2003 Jaguar S-Type Owner Comments

problem #7

May 192011

S-Type 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


2003 S type Jaguar. Consumer states problem with electrical system, transmission slipping, drive shaft, and rear-end differential the consumer stated the vehicle was serviced 12 more times after he received a recall notice regarding the transmission and the problems were never corrected. Also, the windshield wipers did not work properly. The dealer replaced the wiper blades. The battery had to be jumped twice, the radiator and heater valve hoses were leaking and had to be replaced. The head lights fogged up and the bulb had to be replaced, the driver's seat rocked back and forth, the exterior driver's side mirror was not working due to a sticking switch.

- West Mifflin, PA, USA

problem #6

May 262010

S-Type 6-cyl

  • 33,948 miles
Jaguar S-type sedan 2003 was subject to recall R-513 but not limited to this. This vehicle experienced major malfunctions in performance with gear box and braking systems in which it could not be properly shifted out of park, lost RPM, parking brake failure, ABS warning lights and major engine light indicator warnings. The car could not be safely driven and suffered a major breakdown with less than 9500 miles, flatbedded to sportique motors in huntington, NY on 12/10/2004, returned on 12/15/2004 only to be flatbedded again on 12/17/2004. A new computer was not installed in the vehicle as promised at that time, and the computer was simply reflashed. At 33,948 miles out of warrenty on May 26, 2010 this vehicle suffered the same major breakdown as described above and was again flatbedded to huntington Land Rover Jaguar, formerly sportique Jaguar, huntington, NY. The car could not properly be shifted out of park, lost RPM and could not be driven safely.the dealership worked on the car four (4) times declaring the problem solved on three occasions from May 26, 2010 until it was flat bedded back a forth time on 07/22/10 only to be told the car needed a new "park sensor module" and new "transmission sensor" at a cost of over $4000 dollars with labor. My attempts to obtain assistance from Jaguar central and huntington Jaguar based on my contention that the vehicle was never properly fixed when under warranty resulted in continual refusals by these parties with claims by the dealership that a faulty truck seal and water leak that certainly did not exist at 9500miles necessitated the costly repairs (the transmission sensor is inside the sealed transmission). My complaints to the dmv ( with lookback of 90 days) has resulted in their findings of a dealership mis-diagnosis. The car remains incapacitated and unsafe to drive. I respectfully request an investigation into all repairs and histories of similar models related to NHTSA recalls but not limited to this.

- Islip, NY, USA

problem #5

Jan 072009


  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,600 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Jaguar S-type. Approximately one week after the vehicle was purchased in December of 2008, the contact noticed that it would shift roughly from second to first gear upon deceleration. The vehicle would also jerk forward roughly when accelerating and driving 15 mph. He found NHTSA campaign id number 04V024000 (power train:automatic transmission) and noticed that it was the same failure that his vehicle was displaying. The dealer stated that the vehicle was not included in the recall; therefore, they were not liable for the repairs. The manufacturer was notified and agreed with the dealer. The current mileage was 41,923 and failure mileage was 40,600. Updated 5/18/09 the consumer stated the parking brake was inoperative. A failure message of the parking brake displayed on the dashboard. Updated 05/20/09.

- New Bedford, MA, USA

problem #4

May 022005

S-Type 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


2003 Jaguar S type experiencing problems with the emergency brake engaging while driving. When the emergency brake applied, it caused premature wear of the rear brakes and tires. Also contributing to the premature wear of the tires were problems with the rear end of the vehicle. There was a recall on the emergency brake, but the dealer refused to replace the rear brakes and tires. The vehicle has been in the repair shop on 3 occasions for a jerk in the transmission. Prior to purchasing the vehicle, there was a recall on the transmission, however the dealer failed to disclose the information to the consumer. The consumer stated one time she placed the gear into drive, but the vehicle did not move, thinking she had placed it into the wrong gear, she looked down and the vehicle lunged forward.

- Duncanville, TX, USA

problem #3

Jun 222004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,700 miles
In the 1 1/2 years that I have owned my vehicle it has been int he shop 15 times for various reasons: Electrical, transmission, front end problems, steering, accelerations etc...Jaguar has been dragging their feet for 4 months in rectifying problems. Consumer affiars is worthless and have accused me of "outgrowing" my car. Not concerned about their customers just doesn't want their car back.

- Chino Hills, CA, USA

problem #2

Apr 082004


  • miles
Without warning vehicle lost power. This caused the consumer to pull of the road. Consumer had the vehicle towed to the dealership, and mechanic determined transmission failed.

- Aliso Viejo, CA, USA

problem #1

Oct 012002

S-Type 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 800 miles
The consumer complained about a transmission problem. When the forward drive gear was selected and the vehicle was in drive or stationary, the gear box could potentially select the reverse gear without notice.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

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