In 2002, Jaguar released its first luxury sedan-the Jaguar X. It was the first all-wheel drive car in the entry-level, sedan category during that time. That's why it became an instant hit. In the British and American car markets, the Jaguar X was a huge competitor against its prominent rivals like the BMW 3-series and Mercedes Benz models. But despite its popularity, Jaguar still received a number of complaints from Jaguar X owners. It was not a perfect all-wheel-drive sedan after all. Here are some of the most common Jaguar X trouble spots:
Most number of complaints point to brake problems, especially among manual-transmission Jaguar X models. A lot of car owners found the hand brakes unreliable, because they didn't have strong brake bite. In 2002 and 2003, Jaguar issued a recall and encouraged the owners of the affected vehicle to bring their car to their respective dealership to have the faulty parts replaced.
The second brake-related issue involved the 2005 to 2008 Jaguar X versions. The diagnosis pointed to poor-quality bushings installed at the back of the suspension knuckle. This flaw resulted in reduced braking force, especially when the brakes were applied while the car was moving at low speeds.
Noise became a major issue in the steering assembly of most Jaguar X models produced between 2002 and 2008. Leaks in the steering rack and in other parts of the steering system were the main cause of squeaking noises whenever the driver maneuvers the wheel.
The recall that was issued on January 16, 2003 was due to the malfunctioning turn signal lights. Drivers noticed that even though the light indicators on the dash were blinking, the external lights were not. Jaguar ordered the authorized dealerships to inspect and replace the defective Jaguar X parts to ensure the proper functioning of the turn signal lights.
A lot of Jaguar X owners experienced extremely slow engine start ups and other ignition problems. This problem was common among 2002 models. The culprit was the original 30-amp fuse installed in 2002 Jaguar versions. Because the fuse was not compatible with the car's electrical system, it blew off often. The ignition trouble was fixed through the automobile recall issued by the company. Dealers replaced the 30-amp fuse with a 15-amp fuse.