Unless you avidly follow the marquis of the leaping cat, you probably missed the 2004 introduction of Jaguar’s first wagon. It’s probably still off your radar, likely because it only came with the 3.0-liter V6, full-time all-wheel drive, and J-Gate – a combination I wouldn’t wish on anyone. But shoot, it looks good. Find this 2005 Jaguar X-Type Sportwagon here on eBay, located in Fayetteville, GA for $1,000 reserve-not-met ($6,500 buy-it-now) via eBay.
If your offspring are in the Crayola and Capri Sun phase, the light tan leather interior will be the bane of your existence. You’re better off applying a spray-on bed liner to the surprisingly commodious cargo area (split tailgate, 12V power supply, under-floor cargo area) and letting them go hog-wild with all the mess-inducing fun their corn syrup-pumped hearts desire.
The spec sheet is where your tire-squealing dreams come to die. The 3-liter DOHC six generates just 227 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque. That Ford-based mill, variants of which also see duty in Nobles, Aston Martins, and the errant SVT Contour, is taxed with 3,747 pounds. The J-Gate 5-speed automatic does its best to get you to 60 in just over 7 seconds, while returning fuel economy numbers in the low 20s. At least the AWD setup’s default is a 40/60 front/rear split, giving it tail-happy cornering tendencies.
Maybe this Jag is forgotten for a reason. Heck, they were forgotten when they first went on the market; estimated sales were to be 10 percent of X-Type numbers. You’ll be the only one at your local auto shop with one… no matter how many times you’re there.
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PhiLOL actually likes the tuna here, but abhors structural rust. Save the manuals.