hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,079 miles

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2003 Jaguar S-Type Owner Comments

problem #12

Apr 072011

S-Type 6-cyl

  • 163,000 miles


Park brake fault came on and parking brake is no longer working. Contacted Jaguar recall center and provided VIN. Jaguar indicated this vehicle is not included in recall. Seems unusual because their is alot of complaints on the 2003 Jaguar S type that Jaguar indicates that it isn't under recall.

- Hope, NJ, USA

problem #11

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 #10

Jun 112010


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Jaguar S-type. While starting the vehicle, the parking brakes locked. The parking brake fault warning light illuminated on the dashboard. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. The contact was informed that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 04V488000 (parking brake). The manufacturer stated that the repairs would be at the contact's expense. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 100,000 and the current was unknown. The VIN was unavailable. Updated 10/22/10 the consumer stated the complaint is accurate. Updated 10/26/10

- Mount Royal, NJ, USA

problem #9

Dec 142008


  • 45,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Jaguar S-type. While driving at any speed, the emergency brake will suddenly engage and causes the vehicle to come to a stop. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they stated that the electronic parking brake module failed. The current mileage was 49,825 and failure mileage was 45,000.

- Wellington, FL, USA

problem #8

Mar 122009


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Jaguar S-type. The contact stated that the ABS indicator illuminated while driving. The vehicle decelerated and caused the rear wheel to lock up at any speed. She turned into a parking lot to avoid a crash. The dealer stated that her VIN was excluded from NHTSA campaign id number 04V488000 (parking brake), although the failures were identical. The vehicle has not yet been diagnosed. The failure and current mileages were 75,000.

- Rockymount, NC, USA

problem #7

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 #6

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 #5

Jun 012007

S-Type 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Jaguar S-type. The contact stated that the parking brake warning light illuminated and the brake failed to release automatically. The dealer was unable to determine the cause of failure. The contact received recall notice # 04V488000 (parking brake). The manufacturer stated that his VIN was not included in the recall. The dealer replaced the suppressor module, however, the electronic parking brake module was not replaced. The current mileage is 33,098 and failure mileage was 33,000. Updated 02/01/08.

- Mission Viejo, CA, USA

problem #4

Feb 212007

S-Type 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,400 miles
- the contact stated that while driving the 2003 Jaguar S type with 75400 failure mileage at 20 mph the vehicle stopped unexpectedly. The dealer told the contact that the parking brake was clogged, the vehicle has an electric parking brake. The contact hit the accelerator pedal and the vehicle continued going forward. The vehicle has been repaired. The current mileage was 75450.

- Fayetteville, TN, USA

problem #3

Feb 062006


  • miles
2003 S type would not start, turn signal stuck, trunk light inoperable. Rain sensors are inoperable. ***** the dealer replaced the battery, turn signal and trunk switch. The rain sensor was inoperable. The engine malfunction warning light illuminated. During diagnostic the technician found engine misfire codes. The engine was repaired per bulletin S303-21. The emergency brake failed. The emergency brake control module was rerouted per the recall. Right hand indicator failed. The ABS and brake warning lights illuminated as well as the parking brake warning light.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #2

Aug 162005

S-Type 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Defective electronic parking brake actuator causing rear brake pads to wearout prematurely.

- Elmont, NY, USA

problem #1

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

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