hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,004 miles

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2003 Jaguar S-Type drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2003 Jaguar S-Type Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 062013

S-Type 6-cyl

  • 71,000 miles


My 2003 Jaguar S-type was recalled in 2004, recall #42036 (R513) power train: Automatic transmission. I purchased my Jaguar as the second owner 1 1/2 years ago. I have had trouble with the car. For instance when I attempt to pass another vehicle on the highway and try to speed up the transmission slows the car down significantly. If I am traveling at 55 M.P.H and accelerate the car will immediately slow to about 30 M.P.H or less. It is very scary! and could result in a crash (as the warning stated on the recall)! the repair shop ran a computer diagnostic on my car. The code on the computer states "the transmission needs re-programming of the transmission control module as the transmission is slipping into neutral under load." The shop said there was an open recall on the car and the dealer needs to update the computer software to correct the problem. The car has no stickers saying recall service was ever done on it. The dealer said they cannot perform the service under the recall as the recall as there is no open field action on my vehicle although there is a currently open campaign. The dealer stated the manufacturer has the recall listed as completed. In contacting the manufacturer opened an investigation stating the recall was completed 03/09/05. 4 days later Jaguar called back and said they need a letter or email from NHTSA stating tread's recommendation to manufacturers to "diagnose the impairment, thus nullifying further recurrence of the impairment." Are you able to assist me by giving me something in writing to give to the Jaguar manufacturer explaining their responsibility in correcting a recall as stated in the transportation recall enhancement accountability and documentation (tread) act ? if the recall problem with my car was completed it was not done correctly as the car is repeating the same dangerous problem. Thank you or your assistance!

- Eagan, MN, USA

problem #2

Jun 182013

S-Type 8-cyl

  • 79,000 miles
I pulled up to stop at a restaurant curb and stopped the vehicle. The engine suddenly raced to approx 6000-6500 RPM. I was able to keep my foot firmly on the brake, shift the transmission into park, and turn the engine off. When I re-started the engine everything was fine. I did' not think too much of this, outside of scaring the hell out of me, as I thought my foot might have slipped off the brake and on to the accelerator. About one week it happened again as I was pulling up to a stop behind a vehicle the engine started racing again. Again I was able to sop, within 2 feet, of the vehicle in front of me. The vehicle is now at the Jaguar dealership, markel, in omaha, ne. Jaguar cars in New Jersey ([xxx]) just informed me that it is a transmission problem and Jaguar would not accept responsibility for a possible safety defect. They offered to repair it for $7,500. I believe this is a potential safety issue and will not drive it until it is repaired. Jaguar apparently does not agree with assessment and refuses to take responsibility for the defect. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Lincoln, NE, 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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