2005 Jaguar X-Type Wagon Road Test
It would be hard for Jaguar to have gotten off to a worse start if they were truly attempting to impress me with their new X-Type wagon this week.
|My week test driving the new Jaguar X-Type wagon got off to a pretty shaky start. (Photo: Shawn Pisio, Canadian Auto Press)|
|With only 1,700 kilometers on the odometer, electrical problems shouldn't be part of the equation. (Photo: Shawn Pisio, Canadian Auto Press)|
When Monday came, Shawn and Alexandra (I was in Detroit driving Vipers, Ram SRT-10 pickups and other fun toys on Chrysler's test track, poor pitiful me) went down to pick up the Jag and, after waiting for hours, couldn't do so as it was suffering from a broken power seat switch. What does a person expect on a car that only has 1,700 kilometers on the odometer? Is the ghost of Lucas, the electronics company that gave the British brand a bad name for reliability in years past, still alive at Jaguar? The automaker's 25th finish out of 37 nameplates in J.D. Power and Associates' 2004 Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS) might suggest this.