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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-17-2014, 07:53 PM Thread Starter
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My new toy! :)

I just bought a new (used) car.



It's a 2001 Jaguar S-Type with a 4.0 and 119,000 miles.

It's rear wheel drive, powered by a proper (but small) V8 engine, and it's (sort of) a Ford product!

Apparently, when it comes to cars, I'm a masochist, as even this one has a list of issues to sort out.

But don't worry, I still have my T-Bird! Between the Jag, the T-Bird, and the Mercury, I should have at least one car running at any given time!
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-17-2014, 10:43 PM
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I like those cars, alot. I will say that you will likely have plenty of opportunities to work on it, as they are pretty high maintenance, even more than its closely related cousin the Lincoln LS.

I look at those in the junk yards because I am always on the lookout for a 17 inch spare, and I have to say that I have seen plenty of them without crash damage. Since things don't rust here, they are either mechanically gone, or wrecked, once they make it to the junk yard.

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Maintenance should be exactly that of an LS, but exterior/interior parts would be much harder to find in the event you need them.

I find boatloads of LSs in the yards too lately, almost as much as I find MN12s but I can't imagine they made as many of those Lincolns. Maintenance parts must be a nightmare

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Lincoln LS...three words: Hydraulic Cooling Fan

WTF?!?!?

Neat cars, too bad they where so obscure in so many ways.

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My '63 Tbird had Hydraulic Windshield Wipers, lol.

No kidding. And the wiper fluid bottle was a rubber "hot water bottle" looking thing.

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...even more than its closely related cousin the Lincoln LS.
Maybe you're thinking of the X-type. The X-type is the LS twin. The S type the OP bought is not the same car.

I like Jags. Cool cars but man the maintenance/repairs... yikes.

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Maybe you're thinking of the X-type. The X-type is the LS twin. The S type the OP bought is not the same car.

I like Jags. Cool cars but man the maintenance/repairs... yikes.
The X type is based on the Contour, the S type is indeed LS(DEW98) based

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I never cared much for the Jag's. Now that you mention it that does resemble a contour;
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But it's not lol The OPs car is the S type, based on the Lincoln LS, the X type is the one based on the Contour.

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I work with a guy and he has a S-type. His only complaints are is wife likes it as much as he does (she's taken from him now) and the maintenance every couple months he's sending ~$300 on something--its worse than a SC.

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My bad, my understanding was X = LS.

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The LS looks like a Galant.
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post #13 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-27-2014, 10:41 PM Thread Starter
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Mine is an S-Type, and yes, under the skin it's pretty much identical to a Lincoln LS.

Bangster, you were right, she's already given me an opportunity to work on her. The torque converter went belly up yesterday on my way home from work.

I'm tying her to the Thunderchicken tomorrow, and towing her to a friend's house, where we are goin to check the transmission fluid level, and do some other diagnostic work to confirm it is in fact a torque converter. Hopefully I'll have her up and running again in a few days. Before she broke down, she drove great.

Decent cornering. Not as good as my T-Bird, but the Bird has Tokico shocks & springs on all four corners, sits an inch or two lower than stock, and has 235 tires all around.

Ride quality is much better than the Bird, but again, the Bird has aftermarket shocks.

What I'm really falling in love with is that 4.0 V8 engine. 280 horsepower, and smooth as silk. Rev that little puppy up, and the big Jaguar will move.

Hopefully, doing the work myself will save some green, and I can fix it for under $500. I really like this car.
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