I don't buy into that at all. Land Rover have an even worse reputation when it comes to reliability and they can't make them quick enough.I'm fairly convinced that their past reputation for being unreliable has been their Achilles Heel. I still see it when a Jaguar is recommended to someone in the online forums often their first response is questioning the reliability.
Somehow Jaguar don't seem to get away with it like the German marques. Although on saying that, whilst my XF was more reliable than I thought it would be, it still had a fair few problems and the inherent design flaws (rear boot water ingress, front washer capillary action) would have been very expensive if I didn't know about them and deployed preventative fixes. Then there would have been the inevitable inlet manifolds and possibly the intercooler connection, turbo actuator, gear selector and maybe even the crankshaft. I kind of felt like I was just waiting for the next thing to go wrong or for when that morning would come when it wouldn't start. Still miss it though!
Yep, that's what I see as well - but like I say the German manufacturers seem to get away with it. Maybe better marketing or fanboy loyalty? There was also a period of being able to lease the German stuff quite cheap, even the more powerful ones, so the roads felt flooded with them. I did and never cared about reliability as warranty was in place along with courtesy cars for when it did go in. Less than 3 years and the oil sump failed. The taillight was replaced three times due to water ingress as well.Serious question: Are there not BMW, Mercedes, Audi, etc. forums full of owners whining on about how awful their cars are? About how dreadful their dealerships are? It CANNOT be that Jags (and/or Land Rovers) are particularly unreliable and badly designed, surely??
(I particularly omitted names like Ford, Vauxhall, Tesla(!), Renault, etc as IMHO, they don't fall into the same "premium" catagory).
Transport Manager at work has a Defender and a Range Rover. The Defender is horrific and the amount of work done on it is incredible, but being a farmer as well it was the car to be seen with. Then there's his Range Rover and the money he has to spend on it is again crazy. He said that he knows there are not reliable so I asked why keep buying it and he said he doesn't care, that's all he'll drive - it's obviously an image thing. I don't have a problem with that and he's honest about it, but it does perhaps explain why people keep buying them.My daughter has the Evoque - adores it, I did tell her when she said she wanted one to expect she will break down --- frequently - didn't deter her though, - and although it's had some issues, she just brings it to me to fix - so completely oblivious to the usual complications and disruption a break down presents. I've had to change two door locks to keep the central locking working and recently the Intercooler hose split - so DPF and restricted performance warnings. I even ordered the hose without looking at the car - what she described was enough for me to get the hose. bought online just £28 for a pattern part - If LR had it, it was going to be £434 job done and VAT inc. I think if you own a JLR product you have to be either wealthy to keep it on the road or adept at fixing things and sourcing pattern parts - which are in abundance, which means I can only conclude - LR have enough breakdowns to justify so many manufacturers making pattern parts.