OK Guys and Gals
It is something that has bothered me for many years and I am just
curious if anyone else feels the same, and let me preface these
comments by saying I have been buying Jaguars for many years (since
the late 70’s)and have driven and worked on most models.
Why you may ask am I only putting this diatribe on the S Type
register, well its simple I have owned a 2000 S type for some years
now but there are a couple of things that REALLY bug me and the
fact that I live in Arizona where we get very little rain and it
hardly every drop below 70 has brought this to a head and I am
really directing my comments at the idiots that designed this car
(and yes I still do love my car)come on where were their heads up
their butts ??
The heater valve that is way more complicated that it needs to be
and is located in the MOST awkward place it could be (fortunately
being in AZ I vary rarely need it), also (and I believe this is
some sort of colonial revenge)the wipers stop at the end of their
sweep right in the drivers line of vision (at least on American
models) this usually leaves the grime there and the rubber smears
of course this is not the case if you are sitting and driving from
the ‘other’ side of the car like the British do it just blocks the
passenger view and no one cares about them (you may ask am I anti
British not really, but then again I am English).
Then some DO DO (extinct bird) decided it would be a good idea to
locate the power steering pump way down low and in order to remove
it you have to move the A/C compressor which because of bolt
location takes ages, and then I find out it�s a Ford part the same
as a Lincoln LS :(.
How do I know all these things are such a pain, simple these are
the ones I have had to replace or repair.
Then there are these other wonderful ideas, ‘sealed for life’
transmission, yeah right.
Electric hand brake, thank God I don’t have one on my model.
Plastic timing chain tensioner, what were they thinking.
PLEASE don’t get me wrong I am not down on Jaguars I love them in
fact I have 3 of them and if I include my brother we have a total
of 5 in the family.
I guess it amazes me that such a great company can allow such
things or maybe that is just what happens.
I am sure and hope to hear others thoughts on this matter and also
let me know what other ‘issues’ I can look forward to on my lovely
Certified Jaguar nut and complete Gear Head.
1964 MKII 3.8
2000 S Type 4.0
1964 E Type 3.8 (mine and my brothers)
1994 XJS (Brothers)
2005 S Type (Brothers)–
Queen Creek , Arizona, United States
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