really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,500 miles

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2002 Jaguar S-Type engine problems

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2002 Jaguar S-Type Owner Comments

problem #4

Mar 092003

S-Type 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles


I was backing out of my garage and backing down my very steep driveway. I put my foot on the brakes and discovered I had no brakes and no steering. The car accelerated down driveway and down my neighbors hill. The car was stopped by a tree. When the car was towed out, the wheels were perfectly straight. The dealer could find no problem. Driver applied both feet to the brakes but brakes did not respond. It was very fortunate that no one was injured. There was extensive damage to rear of car.

- Diablo, CA, USA

problem #3

Feb 072003


  • miles
The vehicle experienced sudden acceleration, which caused an accident.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #2

Sep 182002

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer states that the problem has been unanticipated acceleration and it has only occurred when driving very slow. Consumer finds the car, powered by an automatic transmission, racing in drive to the point where he had to severely depress the brake pedal as thr car was shifted into neutral.

- Westport, CT, USA

problem #1

Jun 022002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
After starting vehicle, put it in reverse gear and it accelerated at high speed. Couldn't stop vehicle with brakes, resulting in a major accident. Contacted dealer. Consumer had foot on brake continually. The accelerator pedal was never touched. Jaguar consumer service states they found nothing wrong. Consumer backed out of a side entrance garage, never using the accelerator pedal. The idle for the vehicle is set high initially to heat the catalytic converter. The motor was racing. The vehicle hit a ditch otherwise consumer would have smashed into the house next door.

- Farmington Hills, MI, USA

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