What is the s button for in the jaguar stype and what are some common problem

Asked by Apr 11, 2015 at 09:13 PM about the 2000 Jaguar S-TYPE 4.0

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 2000 s type and its having issues with.  
Going through tires.The suspension is
squeaking and when it rains i am unable to
travel at high speeds. Also is it safe to drive
long distances with the s.button turned on?

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S button for the trans? That is sport mode. It is safe to drive like that long distances. If your going through tires and the suspension is squeaking and your not being able to drive at high speeds, you should have had the suspension components checked for wear a long time ago. Have your local tire show inspect the struts, tie rods, balljoints and bushings to see what is worm and needs replacing before putting a new set of tires on. Alignment would help too.


Tom's answer is spot on. A bit more on the 'S' button, it gives greater acceleration by holding the car in each gear longer so using the power of the higher revs in each gear, a more noisy and exciting drive but uses of course more fuel!

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I am told by a local mechanic that because my 2004 S type was left in sport mode the transmission needs to be replaced.

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has anyone heard this before?

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I have a 2000 s type I just got I love the S mode I haven't had any problems with the trans yet but as far as the transmission wearing out because of it is possible it changes the shift point so it shifts faster and harder therefore putting more wear on the trans

I have a check engine light for a p1385 Google is not much help does anyone know what this is and where it's at and if it makes the car loose power?

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