really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,806 miles

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2004 Jaguar X-Type Owner Comments

problem #7

Jan 052015


  • 53,000 miles


My Jaguar X-type 2004 car when traveling at about 25-30 mph alternately gets sluggish and slows or revs up, causing me to apply brakes hard to prevent collisions. I have to allow enormous space between me and the vehicle ahead because I am afraid of colliding with vehicles in front. Also have to brake hard to to overcome the surging forth of the engine. The car will also rev up when I am parking it. These are such common occurrences, and it seems to be a manufacturing malfunction. Jaguar should recall all 2004 X-types to fix these dangerous and potentially life threatening machines. I request that the NHTSA immediately follow up and require recall of these road hazards. Thank you.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #6

Jan 012007

X-Type 6-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
On January 1, 2007 I was coming to a stop in heavy traffic. I applied the brake but the car lurched forward and I accelerated into a stopped car containing a family. I occasionally experienced the problem of unitended acceleration prior to the accident but at the time of the accident, I had not put the facts together. In the spring of 2008, I was on wet pavement going downhill when I applied the brake. The car seemed to accelerate rather than decelerate and I was thrown forward and into the rear of stopped pick up truck. I was injured on both occasions. I have called on Jaguar on several occasions to inquire about the problem I have described herein. Each time Jaguar denied any knowledge of any such problems associated with my car. The car currently has 72,000 miles and I rarely drive it. Frankly, I'm too afraid to drive it. Sincerely, [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #5

Jan 132011


  • 19,000 miles
This vehicle has been driven only about 26,000 miles. I bought it brand new from manhattan Jaguar dealership in bethesda md. And is still under an extended warranty. Over the last 7 years that I have owned this car I have had 3 incidents of sudden acceleration. The first happened about two years ago as I came to a red traffic light. I applied the brake and the vehicle slowed down. But then the engine suddenly made a roaring sound and the vehicle began to accelerate. As I was pushing the brake I also pushed the gear to the "P" and the vehicle stopped about 6 feet beyond the stopping line. The second time I was actually stopped to make a turn and again suddenly the engine made a roaring sound and the vehicle began a sudden acceleration.. my wife was sitting next to me and again I applied the brake and immediately push the gear to "P". both of incidents were reported to the dealer to no avail. The last incident happened on January 13, 2011 as I was stopped 5-6 feet from the car ahead of me in a busy traffic. Again all the sudden it was a roaring sound and the vehicle began the sudden acceleration despite my pushing on the brake. The distance between me and the front car was too short; so before I could stopped the car, I hit the rear end of the vehicle stopped ahead of me. My insurance paid $725 to fix the damages to the rear bumper of that car. I took the car to the dealer again and they kept it for three days claiming that since they could not replicate the acceleration they could not do anything for me. I also drove the car with one of the dealers staff. The purpose I guess was for me to replicate the acceleration as if the previous cases were done on purpose. This car also had a problem with the side mirrors. They would move as I was driving. After some 10 times complaint, finally they said a gadget under the driver's seat was the culprit and finally took care

- North Bethesda, DE, USA

problem #4

Jan 092007

X-Type 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,359 miles


I was ready to park, I hadn't even had a chance to take off seat belt or turn off ignition when there was a sudden acceleration. Car took off like a bat out of hell. Stepped on brake, car would not stop. Finally it stopped at embankment with the help of a chamisa tree. Car was taken to only Jaguar repair in New Mexico, that being melloy Jaguar in albuquerque. It was taken there twice, the assessment no problem with car; no codes could relate to sudden acceleration, blame was on me, with melloy stating it could have been me stepping on gas and brake at same time. Lame excuse, I should have had the code machine on me; I have driven for over thirty eight years and have never had a problem with sudden acceleration. My mother was with me when this happened. It was a miracle that we were not hurt. This car was purchased in November of 2006, it was a used car. Car had approximately 25,500 miles. From the time we purchased vehicle, we had put approximately 11,000 miles in a year when car started acting up. This summer, car, when stopped, started to take off on it's own. Car in front of me stopped it. Daughter was with me. Husband also had an incident. After everything I've read with NHTSA, I am of the belief that this will not be solved, but rather blamed on human error. Eventhough, I believe that this will be the conclusion, I believe, with clear conscience that I tried to save lives. On one last note, I have learned that when you think that there is a problem, try to bring a solution. I think the main problem is with the cruise control which is also linked to the throttle position sensor. I think the problem is with the computer telling vehicle to open at full throttle when the vehicle is at full stop. This can just happen randomly.

- Espanola, NM, USA

problem #3

Jan 222006

X-Type 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When I press on the brake to stop, the car accelerates. The harder I press on the brake the more the car wants to accelerate. I have had at least six incidences of this situation in the course of approximations four months. When I brought the car into Jaguar service the first time they returned the car to me saying that "there is nothing wrong with the car". when I brought the car to them the second time, I was very specific about how the problem developed. After four days in the shop they were able to determine that the accelerator bracket extends beyond the area of the accelerator to the left and therefore can at times interfere with the brake pedal. Jaguar claims that they have never heard of this problem before, although I was able to find at least one other person, on an internet website, "mycarstats.com", who is experiencing the same problem. I informed Jaguar that I am holding them responsible for any damages caused by this defect. They have now know about the cause of the problem since at least since February 22, 2006. The head lights were aimed too high. Updated 03/22/06.

- Wilbraham, MA, USA

problem #2

Feb 052006

X-Type 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,900 miles
I was pulling into a parking space in front of a drug store. While maneuvering the car between the lines, my foot was already partially on the brake. Then the car accelerated more and the brakes went to the floor. Thus the car surged over the curb and into the wall. There was no control to this car at all. Estimated damage to the car is $6800 an insurance claims person will be checking out the brakes and also reason for car acceleration. Car may have to be towed to the dealer for further investigation once the body repairs are made.

- Aliquippa, PA, USA

problem #1

Feb 212004

X-Type 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 384 miles
Husband (driver) and wife (passenger) experienced a "sudden acceleration incident" in the parking lot of a resort hotel. Husband applied the brake and the car "open throttled." Husband continued to apply brakes, but car continued to inch forward due to the revving engine.

- Huntington, WV, USA

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