Re: 2004 166 HID headlights
I had the S type for 3 years. The thing I liked about it when I bought it was the retro styling. Its design cues were unmistakably linked to the 1960’s Jags and I had drooled over them in a younger state. I guess the world moved on and what was once cool retro became dated in itself. I eventually tired of the design and I looked for a more modern design so, not wanting to spend money on a new car, went for a 2004 166 facelift.
The Jag was an early one, a 1999 3.0 litre. While it handled better than any of the Japanese cars I had been buying previously and, for a big car, the 3 litre did a very honest job of pushing it along, it tended to get a bit vague and less precise at higher speeds. The later ones probably had handling improvements but I never drove any.
If I was to make a comparison, I would say my previous cars had been sedans, the S type was a sports sedan and the 166 is a sports car. The 166 is only about 200kg less than the Jag but feels a much smaller car to drive. It feels solid and precise right up to higher speeds and built to handle rather than ride. This at times, such as poor road surface, can be a bit unsettling but, boy, do you know what is going on around you. When accelerating hard on uneven surfaces you know the 166 is front wheel drive but apart from that it handles surprisingly neutral for a FWD.