Jaguar Cars has been making some of the best luxury vehicles in the world ever since the company started manufacturing automobiles back in the 1950s. One of the best cars that they've produced is the Jaguar S-Type, a 4-door saloon that was made from 1963 up to 1968. This vehicle embodies much of the company's distinct style that it was actually remade into a more modern looking mid-size executive vehicle that was also called the S-Type and was manufactured from 1999 up to 2008. These models were made decades apart, but it's easy to see that they are clearly made by the same company thanks to their unique "Jaguar" look.
Because of the two very different versions of this particular vehicle model, Jaguar S-Type parts are understandably unique for both cars. The 1963 version used a 3.8-liter engine, independent rear suspension, twin wishbone front suspension, and a Burman power steering system. The modern Jaguar S-Type has updated parts including a V6 engine, choices between an automatic or manual transmission system, and more. An even better version of this vehicle, the S-Type R, was made with upgraded parts and trims and was easily the most expensive S-Type when it came to base prices. Sadly, the S-Type models didn't last very long and were replaced soon after.
Both versions of the Jaguar S-Type were popular during their times, but were discontinued shortly when sales figures started to decline. The 1963 S-Type was outsold by the Jaguar Mark 2 and was later replaced by the Jaguar XJ6 when it was discontinued in 1968. The modern S-Type was in production for a longer period but was then discontinued back in 2008 when it was replaced by the Jaguar XF. Although both vehicles have been discontinued, proud owners can still repair and maintain these beautiful automobiles thanks to available aftermarket parts.
How to Be Safe with Your Jaguar S-Type
Jaguar is one of the most desirable car brands of all time and it doesn't come cheap. This is probably the reason why you would want to keep your Jaguar S-Type in top shape. To extend the life of your S-Type, you should know how to take care of the parts that keep it safe on the road. But don't worry because you don't need to go the extra mile for its maintenance. Just following a basic maintenance routine religiously can go a long way in keeping your Jaguar S-Type in excellent condition.
- Inspect the brake system periodically.
The brake system is a very important safety feature of your Jaguar S-Type. To ensure your safety on the road inspect it regularly. This system is made of various parts such as the brake pads, brake rotors, brake callipers, brake lines and the master cylinder. If one of them fails, the entire system fails. The brake system also needs brake fluid which enforces the stopping power of the vehicle. Brake fluid runs out so you need to check it regularly and then replace it. Check the brake pads more often. If it is already too thin, change it immediately.
- Keep an eye on the tires.
The condition of your S-Type's tires is very important when it comes to your vehicle's safety and yours as well. Check the tread wear on all four tires. Make sure that it is still at a safe level. Also, make sure that your tires are properly inflated. Under-inflated tires may cause it to explode on the road. Another thing is to have the tires aligned and balanced to improve the handling of your vehicle. Also make sure that the tires well-secured.
- Make sure the lights are in good condition.
Another part of your S-Type that is important for your road safety is its lights. Because they are some of the most often used car parts, especially when driving at night, the bulbs will inevitably get busted. Replace busted bulbs with new ones immediately. Also, keep the light covers clean. Accumulated dirt on the light covers causes poor illumination of the road. Check if the headlights are aimed properly.
- Don't forget to check the windshield wipers.
Your S-Type's windshield wipers keep your windshield clear when it's raining or snowing. So it is also a crucial part that helps in keeping you safe on the road. When the rubber on the wiper becomes hard and brittle, you need to change it. The metal parts of the windshield wiper can become rusty, being exposed to heat and water all the time. It would be best to change a rusty windshield wiper with new ones to avoid damaging the windshield.
- Take a look a the windshield
Your S-Type's windshield may be sturdy but it is still made of glass and it can crack and break. Always check the windshield for cracks. Also, always keep your windshield clean and clear so the road is always visible when you are driving.
- Give the engine proper care and attention
Your S-type's engine should always be properly lubricated with sufficient motor oil. This is to prevent it from failing while you are driving. Its engine cooling system should also be working properly to prevent it from overheating. The coolant should be replaced periodically.
Jaguar S-Type: A Sudden Bang
Its name may have been borrowed from the S-Type introduced in 1963, but the 2000 Jaguar S-Type made its own mark with a look based on the Jaguar and Ford DEW platform. Released in 1999 as an early 2000 model, this four-door sedan was well admired for its styling and features despite lasting for only one generation.
2000: an okay start
The 2000 model of Jaguar S-Type was ushered in with a 3.0-liter V-6 engine capable of producing 210 to 240 horsepower. There was also an optional 4.0-liter V-8 engine available, which could give out 281 horsepower. Both these engines were paired with a five-speed automatic transmission. And even if the S-Type had soft suspension and light steering, it was able to provide a stable ride through turns.
The typical Jaguar look could also be found on the S-Type’s exterior even if this model shared the same basic architecture with the Lincoln LS. A “leaping cat” ornament was present on the car’s sculpted hood, as well as a vertical bar grille and four round headlights. Jaguar S-Type was also equipped with a 114.5-inch wheelbase similar to that of the Lincoln LS. V-6 models got 5-spoke alloy wheels, and V-8 models were given 10-spoke alloy wheels.
Safety was also a priority in the S-Type models. Side-impact airbags, anti-skid system, traction control, and anti-lock brakes came in pre-installed in the 2000 S-Type sedans. A Sport Package was also made available, and it included the Computer Active Technology Suspension that could soften or firm up the suspension.
2003 saw significant and booming changes in the S-Type especially with the release of the supercharged R trim, which Jaguar claimed to be capable of accelerating from zero to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds. The 2003 model boasted of its engine upgrade with the base 3.0-liter V-6 engine that could produce 240 horsepower, which came with either a 5-speed Getrag manual gearbox or a ZF 6-speed automatic transmission. A 4.2-liter V-8 engine was also offered, and it was coupled with a ZF 6-speed automatic transmission. This engine could provide 300 horsepower while delivering greater performance and economy as well.
The interior was also endowed with improvements. The S-Type R featured 16 adjustable sport seats and armed with a handful of standard equipment such as heated mirrors, power windows, automatic dual-zone climate control, and a wood and leather steering wheel. In 2008, the production of Jaguar S-Type was discontinued, and Jaguar XF stood as its replacement.