My Jaguar S-Type has been independently tested by the
professional and respected Motoring Organisations of
the AA in the UK (since
1905) using fully equipped Garage facilities (AA
website) and the TCS
(Travel Club Switzerland since 1896) at their modern
test centre in Aarau (TCS
website). Both of these organisations commented
on the lurching ZF Gearbox and heat damaged brakes on
my S-Type. Excerpts from these written reports are shown
below (Deutsch unten ).
|ZF Gearbox Lurch
when coming to rest
||Defect - Noise from rear.
Severity : essential
||Creaks when applied.
A full visual brake examination is required.
|Left rear disc
||Essential repair : overheated.
A full visual brake examination is required. (see
|Right rear caliper
||Essential repair : Sticky
residue. Clean off, identify leakage(s) and rectify
||Essential repair : Clunking.
A full visual examination is required.
||Comments : Brake discs
The rear right brake disc shows clear evidence of
overheating. Dismantling and a full visual brake
inspection is recommended, rectification work carried
out as required and a full brake performance check.
(see Jaguar TSBs)
|Uneven tyre wear
||Essential repair : The
uneven tyre wear pattern indicates the need for
the steering and suspension geometry to be checked
Essential repair : A full steering and suspension
check is recommended due to evidence of uneven tyre
wear. (see Jaguar TSBs)
||Essential repair : Not
symmetrical. Ensure geometry is correct then centralise
||Comments : Roadtest
The vehicle displays and excessive tendency to drift
to the left on the road, which must be investigated
Defect - Pulls to left
||Essential repair : Erratic
idle speed. Investigate and rectify. (see Jaguar
||Essential repair : Erratic.
Engine speed erratic at 1200 - 1400 rpm. (see Jaguar
||Essential repair : Boot
area loom wet. Fully check ALL affected systems
||Comments : Bodywork
Water ingress evidence exists in the luggage area.
This must be investigated, rectified and eh affected
area fully dried out.
||Essential repair : Slight
discharge. Investigate and rectify.
Inspection - A number of Essential and Advisable
repairs require rectification. The vehicle should
be returned to a main dealer for repairs. The left
rear brake overheating did not occur during test
however evidence exists that it has occurred previously
and MUST be rectified.
These professional reports confirm the problems of
the ZF Gearbox Lurch and the Brake problem that I have
personally experienced with my S-Type. Other owners
also comment on these problems (see owners'