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hi all just read all the above topics --very intresting u can learn alot from this site some helpfull people -i myself have a jaguar v8 4 litre petrol automatic---1999---86000 miles --im in love with itt- but 2 weeks ago i hit a problem --got in car at 8am in morning started engine --car was juddering & would nott settle smooth left it on tickover started making weird noises---so i turned engine off & left itt ---phoned a local jag specialist & he confirmed what id thought --timing chain tensioner had give way i think---so i got it on recovery & dropped it to him expecting the worst --after a day or 2--waiting which felt like weeks -he phoned me and told me he had stripped drivers side bank a i think?? that chain was ok --on passenger side after stripping the tensioner had fell apart--he warned me that now it was down to luck if had damaged any valves ?--so after a waiting game he replaced the tensioner for a metal one so he tells me --all back up & running he charged me 400-pounds all in i was very luck no damage was done----on phoning him back i asked about the driverssidetensioner he said upon checking it all looked ok -its the plastic one --so i ask how much to change this one he tells me 250.00 quid--i presume i should have had them both changed?? anyadvice appreciated--on oils for gearbox and so forth after reading all above comments its made me want to be sure my jag is bulletproof as its told of the v8 engine apart from the timing chain tensioners that is wink.gif)

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hi all just read all the above topics --very intresting u can learn alot from this site some helpfull people -i myself have a jaguar v8 4 litre petrol automatic---1999---86000 miles --im in love with itt- but 2 weeks ago i hit a problem --got in car at 8am in morning started engine --car was juddering & would nott settle smooth left it on tickover started making weird noises---so i turned engine off & left itt ---phoned a local jag specialist & he confirmed what id thought --timing chain tensioner had give way i think---so i got it on recovery & dropped it to him expecting the worst --after a day or 2--waiting which felt like weeks -he phoned me and told me he had stripped drivers side bank a i think?? that chain was ok --on passenger side after stripping the tensioner had fell apart--he warned me that now it was down to luck if had damaged any valves ?--so after a waiting game he replaced the tensioner for a metal one so he tells me --all back up & running he charged me 400-pounds all in i was very luck no damage was done----on phoning him back i asked about the driverssidetensioner he said upon checking it all looked ok -its the plastic one --so i ask how much to change this one he tells me 250.00 quid--i presume i should have had them both changed?? anyadvice appreciated--on oils for gearbox and so forth after reading all above comments its made me want to be sure my jag is bulletproof as its told of the v8 engine apart from the timing chain tensioners that is wink.gif)

he only changed the passenger side top teinsoner----thats all ??  so i still have the plastic one on drivers side & both the lower tensioners  --what do i do-do i go for new chains allround & new tensioners the new metal type --?? any advice appreciated--

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he only changed the passenger side top teinsoner----thats all ??  so i still have the plastic one on drivers side & both the lower tensioners  --what do i do-do i go for new chains allround & new tensioners the new metal type --?? any advice appreciated--

plus i beleive a new waterpump & new thermostatt would be a good idea jesus christ its going to cost a packet --lol--note the car is running fine at the moment --just a bobbling noise from passenger side front wheel when on bumpy roads --again what could that be track rod or whatever there called lol--many thanx

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hi dean , dont panic. yes for the sake of £250 get the other one done as well (peace of mind) aye and new water pump&thermostatt maybe another £2-300 hundred quid track rod end another hundred so your talking a grand now. so you have to ask your self this.if i get rid off the jag .Q. what will i get for it. A. not a lot. Q. if i sold it what would i get to replace it.A. prob another jag. yes your car is 15 years old and cars are mechanical they need fixing ect. basicly you have 2 options keep it ,get it fixed up and hope you dont have more probs. or sell and buy another car and hope its not got any probs. believe me they all get probs. our other car daily runner 10mnth old insignia was in getting the steering pump and pipes replace the other week all under warranty . my point is this if i was you i would keep the jag  as you love it. and to be honest theirs not much out their to beat the looks of an stype. but any more needing done after that i would cut my loses and buy another s type. charlie

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Colin, 

 

Your s type is one of the early models and indeed, at that time the fastest production car ever made by Jaguar. There will come a time when your car starts appreciating in price as they stopped building them at the very end of 2007.  There were not very many 4.0 litre s types manufactured and a lot of those went to the USA.

 

I would be inclined to keep it, keep the paintwork nice and shiny and the bodywork straight and you will have a head turner in a few years.

 

It is a pity that your garage didn't replace both tensioners while they had the chance.  Track rod ends are not that expensive, and what you spend of keeping your tracking correct you will save on tyres.

 

Regards,

 

Peter.

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hey peter & charlie many thanx for ur good advice its much appreciated im going to get the other tensioner done--& just hope the lower ones are ok ??--after reading stories on jag tensioners i presumed it was the top ones --that are prone to break up--the lower ones are nott mentioned as much so ill go for the top one for now--i luv this site very helpfull people --im going to put pics on of my v8 ;)) thanks again for ur advice its well appreciated  :D

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hey peter & charlie many thanx for ur good advice its much appreciated im going to get the other tensioner done--& just hope the lower ones are ok ??--after reading stories on jag tensioners i presumed it was the top ones --that are prone to break up--the lower ones are nott mentioned as much so ill go for the top one for now--i luv this site very helpfull people --im going to put pics on of my v8 ;)) thanks again for ur advice its well appreciated  :D

ps peter i could not part with my jag its simply the best drive for me luv itt  :rolleyes:

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