Opinion, Comments on the X-Type to a Prospective Buyer?

Ahoy !
First time post in the X-Type Forum
I am considering the purchase of an X-Type, model to be decided, though gasoline/petrol not diesel.
Internet searches indicate it’s either a Love or Hate relationship with the X-type: Owners either love them to pieces and former owners would love to beat them into pieces.
Any models / model years I should stay away from or seek out ?
Ditto on features and accessories ?
Many internet postings complain about electrics and dashboards - Any truth in this ?
Best Regards,
Richard Cielec
Greater Metro Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.

I have an 04 wagon that I’m pleased with. It is my golf/skiing/daily driver with the 3.0 V6. It gets good mileage for an all wheel drive of 25 to 30 MPG.

2006 3.0 litre AWD here, I use it to tow our club trailer to shows and other events when I don’t take the XJR.
Goes well and has been reliable except when I screw something up, (take the dash out and not connect the plugs back in properly :imp:)
It returns good mileage both around town and on trips.

I bought a 05 X-Type sedan two years ago with 32,000 miles on it. The only problem I have had is starting it. I believe it needs a new fuel pump. The PO replaced the fuel controller, so I don’t think that is the issue. It does start every time I just turn the key on the let fuel pressure build. I have done all routine maintenance and will be changing out the transfer case fluid shortly. I love the car. I get 20 MPG city and 25 MPG highway.

Hello, All,
Thanks for the comments.
I must be thinking too intently about the X-Type for, within the past 24 hours, I’ve head of an available 2007 (gasoline/petrol; LHD - USA) with 186,000 miles (est: 11,000 - 12,000 miles/year). The high mileage is bit off-putting. I’ve yet to see the car. Engine may be the 3.0L V6.
Best Regards,
Richard Cielec
Greater Metro Chicago, Illinois; U.S.A.


I bought my 2002 x type 3.0 v6 about 4 years ago, privately.
From the first day I never had any problems.
I have the front brake rotors a little bit worn in, but they still function.


My mechanic (jaguar trained) said that the engine is very good with no weaknesses. Between the 2.5 and 3 liter, there is no significant difference. Both are plenty powerful for the car.

I think that there are no significant issues with the X Types. The usual caveats apply when buying a used car. Closely inspect it for damage and lack of care, get a Car-fax history, have a pre purchase inspection done and compare it to others you’ve seen.

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Thanks, Everyone.

For the automatic transmission, what is the recommended interval for fluid and filter change ? I remembered the auto. trans. is the Ford sealed-for-life & often gets ignored unit.

From the comments, here, the X-type sounds like a reliable runner.
Also, I am assuming some parts will have commonality with the Mondeo/Contour.

In my town, I’ve caught sight several times of a Vanden Plas estate. Pretty car. I’m tempted for the next time I see it parked, to plant myself and wait for the owner. Ha.

Richard Cielec
Greater Metro Chicago, Illinois; U.S.A.