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2008 Jaguar X-TYPE Base 4dr Sedan

2008 Jaguar X-TYPE
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All Wheel Drive, 4-Door Sedan, Compact
16 mpg city / 22 mpg hwy
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January 22, 2009, 7:54 am

Amy A

Question: need to know purpose of red light located on console

have no owners manual, need to know what the little button on th middle console (sometimes lights red when i start car for a few seconds, then goes off) means

February 5, 2009, 6:52 pm

David W

The only light on the console is to show activation of Sport Mode and is located next to a button labeled "S". The button to the right of it is to defeat the Dynamic Stability Control. If the "S" button is depressed, the red light will come on, indicating that the car is in Sport mode which holds the shift points for each gear a bit longer.

Additionally, when in Park, the "P" next to the shifter lights up in red. When shifted out of Park into another gear, the red "P" extinguishes although you can still see the letter. That would make more sense than accidentally hitting the Sport mode button as you would have to press it again for the light to go out.

One other light that occasionally may come on is the passenger air bag light, but that is on the dashboard in front of the passenger. This may come on if the passenger crosses their legs or puts their knees up in front of the dash. A sensor turns the airbag off so not to injure the passenger if it were to activate. An amber light comes on when in this mode.

Hope this helps.

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March 22, 2009, 4:06 pm

Joe C

You may be talking about the theft detection indicator light. It's located below the shifter and has an odd looking, "coin slots" thing below it. The dealer explained the light is part of the theft system and when I asked about the slots he said "some people put coins in them". I don't even think he knew what they were and I haven't checked the owner's manual for clarification yet.

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