hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
82,500 miles

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2003 Jaguar X-Type body / paint problems

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2003 Jaguar X-Type Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 032012

X-Type 6-cyl

  • 125,000 miles


Last year the car exhibited severe corrosion in the right and left "a" pillar area at the bottom where it blends with the rocker panel.working on the car recently, the corrosion has progressed to the point where the front jack lift point as outlined in the owners manual, is completely unsafe to lift from. The crystallization of the metals are passed the safe point. My major concern is at what point does the vehicle become unsafe to drive due to failure of side impact protection and passenger compartment safety. As I understand from other owners, Jaguar designed this model so that the drains for the front windshield wiper and vent box drain into the a pillar. When the hole at the bottom gets plugged with mud or ice during the winter that water mixed with road salt creates the perfect environment for this resulting corrosion. This model car being driven in areas that use road salt for dicing as well as chlorides on gravel roads for dust control would all be deemed unsafe before the vehicles lifetime is used up. Totally unacceptable for a world class auto manufacturers.

- Leonard, MI, USA

problem #1

Aug 102008


  • 40,000 miles
This seems to be a common problem in which no one seems to want to address. There is a known flaw in the manufacturing process of the Jaguar X-type models from 2002-2005. The rocker panels which are constructed of steel, with no drainage holes and no corrosion protection. This is a safety hazard as the corrosion impacts the uni-body construction which impacts the side impact structure. Seems Jaguar is aware of this matter yet refuses to admit a flaw and addresses complaints to this issue by offering cash assistance on a case by case basis and "codes" it as a customer courtesy. My vehicle is a 2003 X-type purchased new in 2002, rust was found showing through the sill plate from the inside out, 7 days over a 6 year warranty. In repairing this due to Jaguar refusing to address the issue (yet offered me a courtesy of $3K towards repairs), the result was faulty mfg of '02 - '05 models in which the models where all defective. The rocker panel is built in steel, with no drainage holes allowing for salt/water to capture inside, thus corroding the unibody and A-frame of the car. I have receipts and online proof of this defect and ignoring of the issue. I am seeking restitution for the additional $4K put into the repair (Jaguar contributed $3K as a "courtesy") of the vehicle. This needs to be addressed as a total recall of X-type models showing proof of rust and/or invoiced repairs. I am in the process of speaking with the division of motor vehicles, dealers/license department with direction from the attorney generals office and am awaiting the response from the state's board of attorneys. I had my car totally refabricated due to a safety concern compromising the structural integrity of the car. If this complaint goes unattended to, then why can't one inspect a vehicle with visible rust?? must be because it's a safety issue.

- Johnston, RI, USA

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