Jump to content

New owner of an S-Type. Help!


Recommended Posts

Just joined the forum as I have a question I hope a member may be able to help with.


I have a 2004 3.0 Sport and wondered if the reflectors (all 4 corners) ever changed over time? 


I need to replace these and can see a set from a 2002 and didn't want to buy if they wouldn't fit.


Just as a bit of history. I bought my s-type at the beginning of Sep 14 and have only been able to drive it for approx. 3 weeks as the gearbox decided to pack up. This is now being re-built at a cost of over £2k, which luckily I don't have to pay and the parking sensors seem to have a mind of their own (during the short time I have been able to drive the car). Apart from that all ok! 


To be honest I love driving the car but am not impressed at this stage of ownership. Please tell me it gets better!!


So I'm still driving my modified BMW E30 (325i Touring) which seems, at this juncture, a better car!!


Anyway, moaning aside I'm looking forward to getting the Jag back so any advice would be appreciated.





Link to comment
Share on other sites

Hi Shaun and welcome to the club.


The s type had a face lift around that time and I would check it out carefully to see if your car was pre or post facelift.


The experience does get better and I think in over 55 years of driving my s type is the best car I have ever had.





Link to comment
Share on other sites

post-4237-0-94212900-1415904576_thumb.jppost-4237-0-51816700-1415904720_thumb.jpHi Shaun,


There were several face lifts for the s type, with the earliest [other than the one that got rid of the Mondeo clone after three months] one being the interior and minor external changes, and another in 2005/6.


Add to that, some dealers did sell some that were pre facelift after the post facelifts came out. -- the years and plates were different and you can't go my them.


However, if you look at the car images via google you can see differences.


The good news seems to be that the lighting units look exactly the same.






My car's VIN number says it is a 2008 model despite it being manufactured in March 2007.


Link to comment
Share on other sites

Shaun, hopefully I can assist with the parking sensors. They work on a type of daisy chain meaning if one sensor is defunct then none of the others will work. It could very well be the case that you may have a dodgy one which work intermittently therefore your statement 'mind of their own'.


The simple method for establishing as to whether a sensor is working correctly is for you to get someone to sit in the drivers seat, start engine, apply hand brake fully and select reverse checking each sensor in turn for a clicking sound. If no clicking sound is present on one or more then I would suspect the sensor/sensors to me at fault.


Tip to the wise, don't get her indoors to sit in the drivers seat whilst performing the test she may seize the opportunity to get rid so to speak  :D

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Shaun sounds like you've been unlucky.  I bought my S Type at the end of September so am not quite 2mths into ownership but am loving it.  It's a bit of a thirsty beast as I tend to do local driving so am only returning 22mpg but as it's my play car not the family motor I don't care.  You'll really love it when you get driving it properly.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Don't get me wrong, I'm looking forward to getting the car back...hopefully working correctly. Have always been a BMW man in the past with E36's, E39's and my classic E30 (which current one is my second) and wanted a change.

Just fell in love with the Jag as soon as I saw and drove it...so had to have it. Anyway, appreciate the advice and maybe I'll post an update as and when I get the Jag back again!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Just as a bit of useless information. Those reflectors are lights for the us market hence why they have left them as reflectors for other countries ive thought about getting some from america and have a go at wireing them up


Wiring won't be a problem, if you need help I'll draw you up a diagram

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • Join The Club

    Join the Jaguar Owners Club and be part of the Community. It's FREE!

  • Topics

  • Our picks

    • Simply Jaguar - Beaulieu Motor Museum - 25th June 2023
      Jaguar Owners Club have a stand at this years Simply Jaguar event at the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, Hampshire on Sunday 26th June 2023

      Tickets are available online here: https://www.beaulieu.co.uk/events/simply-jaguar/

      Participant prices are only valid if arriving in a Jaguar and taking part in the rally. They are not valid for those arriving on foot.

      Participants can make the most of our EARLY BIRD discount by booking before 28th February 2023.

      Children under 5 require a ticket, this can be booked online free of charge.

      Participant and visitor tickets will include entrance to the rest of the Beaulieu attraction, including the National Motor Museum, Palace House, Little Beaulieu, World of Top Gear, Beaulieu Abbey and its grounds and gardens.

      The best time for viewing the Simply rally is between 10am and 2pm.





      Participants – Early Bird*



      Participants – Standard & On The Day




      Normal admission applies.

      Normal admission applies

      *Early bird tickets are available until 28th February 2023

      Entry with your Jaguar is from 9am – 2pm. Please make sure you have your ticket printed or available on your phone, ready to be scanned on arrival.

      Please do not arrive early for our Simply rallies as no facilities will be open prior to 9:30am.

      Cars cannot leave and re-enter the grounds for the Simply rallies.



      We do ask for a final update on numbers 2 weeks prior to the event following which we will send out club labels to you via email for you to then distribute out to club members. Club members then need to print and display these in their windscreen on arrival. This helps us then park you all in your club area together.

      1. Trevor (admin)
      2.  Paj
      • 3 replies
    • F-TYPE marks 75 years of Jaguar sports cars and its final model year update
      The Jaguar F-TYPE is the definitive Jaguar sports car from a rich bloodline spanning 75 years and including some of the most iconic models ever built
    • Jaguar partners with Andersen EV for luxury, customisable home charging
      Owners of electrified Jaguar and Land Rover models will be able to charge their vehicles at home with unrivalled style thanks to a new agreement with fellow British company Andersen EV

      Owners of electrified Jaguar and Land Rover models will be able to charge their vehicles at home with unrivalled style thanks to a new agreement with fellow British company Andersen EV.
    • First production Jaguar C-Type Continuation ready for customer delivery on landmark anniversary
      Jaguar Classic has completed building the first C-type Continuation. The strictly limited production run is well underway at Jaguar’s Classic Works, Coventry, and the first vehicle has finished shakedown testing ready for delivery to an excited customer
    • Simply Jaguar - Beaulieu Motor Museum - 26th June 2022
      Jaguar Owners Club have a stand at this years Simply Jaguar event at the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, Hampshire on Sunday 26th June 2022.
      • 11 replies

  • Create New...