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2005 Jaguar X-Type SportWagon aka evolution of the Ford Contour aka Mk III Mondeo tarted up with fiddly bits, AWD, and badged as a Jag.


With the '99 getting up in miles and never a break from DD duties, the recent hit 'n run, and overdue maintenance, I decided to give it a rest for a bit before something actually fails. I've been wanting an X-Type 3.0 MTX but they are rare and hard to find. After owning the '97 Taurus Wagon, I found a great appreciation for the utility of it. A quick browse on craigslist popped up a clean 2005 Jaguar X-Type Sport Wagon 3.0. After a quick look, test drive, and low ball offer, a deal was made. 76,000 miles, and needs tint badly... otherwise light wear and tear for it's age. Overall very clean. Here she is :D













Pics taken with my Omnia.


So, it's not as quick as my 3L Contour with it's 3800lbs of AWD wagon-ness, but the extra weight in the rear does improve the car's balance in the corners. It does handle impressively well. As it is essentially a reworked Ford Contour, I was expecting the fit and finish to be lower end, even if it does have a pouncing cat on the hood. All the reviews I had read over the years mentioned that it is not up to the standards of luxury of other Jag models. Now that I own one, I can agree, but it is greatly improved over the Contour and Taurus. I think it's very nice for being the baby of the brand. Funny how some reviews called it one of the biggest failures of the last decade. Whatever... works in my favor anyway cuz my rebadged Ford was fairly inexpensive.
 

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Thanks Luke, I'll be down to pick it up next week!

Nice car man, keep the keys locked up safe :ph34r:
 

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so many buttons!! thats one thing i like about my sable and my contour not many buttons for me to press the wrong one. i still hit the wrong button all the time when i am trying to swith songs on my cd changer i end up switching discs...

it looks nice good thing it is black cause idk if i would like it in any other color
 

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Wow, I had absolutely no idea that they made a wagon variant of the X-Type, that is awesome.

I've never been a fan of the X, but if taken care of is a really nice car. Good luck with it!
 

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Nice find! :thumb:

I really like the interior, but them again I am a fan of having buttons EVERYWHERE :lol2: I've only ever seen a few wagons. The sedan is on my list of stuff to look at when I'm car shopping again.
 

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Nice lookin wagon Luke B) Surprised with all the luxurious appointments in the vehicle, it didn't come with one of those auto-dimming mirrors. Certainly has the right colors inside and out...don't think I've seen a wagon X before.
 

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:wub: I have an autodim mirror I'll let go for cheap :)
 

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QUOTE (risoworker @ Jul 9 2009, 06:45 AM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=738177
QUOTE (RichmondParkway @ Jul 9 2009, 03:50 AM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=738149
Wow, I had absolutely no idea that they made a wagon variant of the X-Type, that is awesome.

I've never been a fan of the X, but if taken care of is a really nice car. Good luck with it![/b]
i've never seen a jaguar wagon.
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Yeah come to think of it, me neither.

It's odd, because you usually see everything odd/rare around here (as in enough Bentleys drive around to where you don't really notice it anymore) yet I've never seen any Jag wagons. Most Jaguars around my area are XFs, convertibles or beat up early model X Types.
 

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Me-ow! :D
 

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Welcome to the world of Jaguar ownership. I love mine (97 XJ6) and it's a very reliable car. Treat yours well and you'll get many happy miles of motoring from it. For me the only down side of Jag ownership is the cost of parts from the dealer. More and more, though, there are Jag web sites selling parts (OEM and aftermarket) for a fraction of what stealerships charge.

Some websites I use:

jag-lovers.org
britishparts.co.uk
jagbits.com

There are more that can be found with a simple internet search.


My dad borrowed my Jag least week and somehow managed to crack the oil pan. The car is at my independent Jag specialist now and the new pan is $900. Ouch! My guy thinks he can weld the crack, though.

Enjoy
 

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Thats a sharp wagon. When I bought the '03 I was lookign around at the magnums, the jags and even a couple BMWs ( all used of course) and it came down to the taurus becasue it was newer, cheaper and easy to take care of comparied to those others.
I cant wait to see that after you get the tint, that will look even beter then.
 

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Luke if you do run into any strange problems, my friend's father is a mechanic who specializes in Jaguars here in Staten Island. I could probably shoot him a question if you post it on here, if it's anything you can't find help with online.
 

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Markus - thanks for the links. I've been wondering if there are any good forums for X-Types. I'm looking for solutions to common issues, maintenance tips, etc.




AFAIK, the SportWagon is the only wagon Jaguar has ever produced. It's a real bahn-burner... loves the highway and passing slower traffic is a breeze. I keep finding myself speeding 20+ over, so cruise control is a must. My first recorded MPG was 23. That's mixed aggressive/high speed cruising/city. I expect closer to 28 for gentle highway cruising. This car is midline equipped... has some features, missing others.
 

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I looked at a couple X-Types in my area before getting the Tribute, but then again I tend to go from one extreme to the next when looking for a vehicle lol. Used X-Types are a good choice, decent luxury and AWD, plus the added benefit of great gas mileage. The two I looked at was an '02 3.0L AT that was the color equivalent to GM's blue graphite, and a white '04 2.5L manual
 

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I've seen a few of those around here and I think they are soooooooooo awesome. Although, call me crazy, but I can't stand all the woodgrain on the dash.
 

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Ya, the wood grain is not my style, but I do like that it actually LOOKS like wood and not some printed plastic. The grain has depth. I don't like having wood grain on the steering wheel though.

I've been driving the car all over lately. Several long day trips and DD duties to work and school. Since it's basically a fancy Contour, I feel right at home in this car. The seats are comfortable and supportive, although the driver's bottom is a bit tight even for my non-existent ass. It gets uncomfortable if I'm carrying my wallet in my back pocket. Rear view is mostly compromised by the rear seat headrests. These also get in the way when folding the seats down, but they are removable. The stereo is decent for the base system. I'd like to hear the upgraded Alpine system with factory sub.

The car has a few quirks and bugs I want to sort out. The stock brakes work very well, but are nearing the end of their service lifetime. I'm getting new EBC pads and rotors all around. It's gonna need new spark plugs. It uses the same intake manifold gaskets as other oval port 3L Duratecs. I found a complete set of factory service UIM gaskets on eBay for only $15. I'll pour in a bottle of Auto-Rx with the first oil change. None of my local auto parts stores carry the air filter, so I ordered a K&N.
 
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