Jaguar F-Type Convertible (2013–)

What's good

Stunning looks evoke the Jaguar E-Type in a very modern way.

Splendid soundtrack regardless of engine choice.

Very strong performance from all models.

Engaging, predictable rear-wheel drive handling balance.

Four-wheel drive models lose very little of that balance, but add grip.

More character than any of its rivals, including Porsche Boxster.

Cabin feels special despite a couple of niggling quality questions.

Fantastic ergonomics sink the driver into the cabin, without feeling cramped.

What to watch out for

Shallow 196 litre boot becomes completely useless if space saver spare is optioned.

28-9-2017: Copy of JLR Service Action Sheet received: On X152 Jaguar F-Type 2016 build Service Indicator Message not Displaying (Campaigns H007 / N010 / N020). SIM message not displaying. The issue lies with an incompatibility between the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) and the Instrument Cluster during certain starting conditions. The Instrument Cluster reads the service interval to judge if a message should be displayed at the point where Power mode changes to crank or engine running. Whilst ignition is in accessory mode, the PCM can return to sleep mode. It will then be re-awoken when cranking is requested and at that point will send out an initial value for mileage to service of 32,000km meaning the message will not appear.

23-8-2018: Report of engine failure in July 2018 of 2015 Jaguar F-Type bought used as an ex-demonstrator in March 2017 at 6,000 miles. Engine replaced by the supplying dealer after some delay, workmanship left a lot to be desired and new engine was not running smoothly.

20-11-2018: Report of 2013 Jaguar F-Type V6 developing a misfire at 41,000 miles. Dealer car was bought from diagnosed 2 spark plugs failed and changed all 6. 20 miles later misfire re-appeared on cylinders 4 and 5. Dealer then diagnosed an injector problem on cylinder 4 but snapped the injector off in the cylinder head by using a slide hammer to remove it. Dealer is now quoting £6000+ to replace the cylinder head and all ancillaries.

6-6-2019: Report of fault developing with 2010 Jaguar XK X150 5.0 V8 at 101,000 miles that had been subject to extended dealer service intervals. This could become a general problerm with Jaguars and RangeRovers fitted with this engine. Yellow engine warning light on dash and restricted performance. OBD revealed code P0016: crank-cam position correlation fault. Jaguar dealer diagnosed that the engine was running rough on cold with timing fully advancing on driver's side bank to counter a timing problem. Suspected that timing chain has become slack due to premature wear on tensioners and guides. Replacement of timing chain involves dismantling front end of car: a 13 hour job (at Jaguar dealer prices - best part of £2k). Parts (timing chain kit and crank/cam sprockets) come to £2,600 which will be the same regardless of where it's being repaired as they must be Jaguar sourced. Full quote from Jaguar dealer £4,300. Recommended to change spark plugs, water pump and coolant at same time at a slight additional cost. Several independent Jag specialists consulted. Most won't attempt the job. Some had already had to do this a couple of times using specialist tools. Those that have had agreed that this is likely due to low viscosity 5W20 oil not providing sufficient lifetime protection. All suspect that this is going to become an emergent problem with the 5.0 V8 unit as cars approach higher mileages.

18-9-2019: Report of "mild knocking noise" on tick-over when starting an 11k mile 2017 Jaguar F-Type from cold. Appears to come from lower right of the engine.

Recalls

15-12-2014: Just-Auto.com warns of a USA recall of 272 LHD Jaguar F-Types built 25-8-2014 and 12-9-2014 because the front end accessory drive (FEAD) belt, power steering (PAS) pump pulley and/or battery positive cable at the alternator may detach. If the battery positive cable loosens, an electrical short may result, increasing the risk of a fire. If the FEAD belt looses or detaches, the vehicle may lose power assisted steering, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect the affected engine mounted components for the proper threading and torque, correcting them as necessary, free of charge. This recall has already begun.

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