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The reliability issue is no longer a real issue. Yes, 10 years ago, or maybe even 5 years ago, it was a concern but build quality on the current production models is as good as the other brands.
I've driven the X type a couple of times ( service loaners ) and even the base 2.5 is great, especailly with the 5 speed manual. I would probably go for the 3.0 though as there is never enough power but even the 2.5 is a good performer. ( and my daily driver is a 370hp XKR so I'm as addicted to hp as can be... )
I've never driven the Audis, but performance is roughly the same from what I've read. The styling and interior quality is really where the X shines... much more disctinctive than the boxy germans...
the Saab is more interesting, style wise, but low on power it seems even with a turbo. I remember being stuck behind a new one recently up a long grade in Tennessee, it was slow accelerating trying to pass a truck !
: I am in the final stages of purchasing a new sedan. My three final picks
: are the X-type 3.0, A4 3.0, and 9-3 Viggen. Because the Viggen is
: being phased out (with the '03 9-3 model being introduced in the fall
: offering only a 175-hp engine), I do need to decide soon. Are there
: X-type owners who considered either the A4 or the 9-3? Are you
: pleased with the X-type, and do you recommend the 3.0 engine for a
: manual-only driver, or will the 2.5 do?
: I was floored with how nice the X-type's interior is and how much room
: the trunk has, but I have read on-line reviews (e.g., on Edmunds.com)
: that really questioned the car's reliability and performance compared
: with the 325 and A4. Do you have major complaints? Are there
: Jaguar-specific performance quirks of which I should be aware? Any
: information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks very much.