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Can anyone offer any info on the rusty sills saga that plague the s type, just thinking of purchasing a claret red late 2007 model, have they cured the rusty sills problem that was so prevalent on the earlier model's or is it still something to beware of. Would also welcome any other info on what to look for, I have previously owned many Sovereigns over the years but never had an s type so any advice would be gratefully received. REGARDS

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Hi Ian,

 

I have a March 2007 S Type, and when I bought it two years ago I had the Mobile mechanic I have used for years have a good look at the car, including the underside.  It has passed the MOT twice without a problem, so it appears to me that that that issue does not arise.

 

You do not say if the car you are looking at is a petrol or a diesel, but otherwise the only problem I have had is a minor water ingress into the boot which is now completely cured.  My car had been sitting in the inside of a main dealers garage for four months, and I think the seals had been possibly compressed for too long, and a good clean appears to have done the job.

 

Regards,

 

Peter.

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Cheers Peter, the car in question is a Claret red diesel with 91000 miles and a price of £6250, I don't know if this is a little over the odds but the car does have a full history with fully stamped book at the correct intervals. The only thing I noticed was a knock from the front end over uneven roads, which the dealer said he would attend to before collection, so we will see. Best regards Ian

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Hi Ian,

 

Assuming the dealer is giving a good warranty, and the car has a lot of the bells and whistles, it is around the price I would expect from a well maintained diesel.

 

Two years ago I paid £9700 for my diesel s type with 48k on the clock but a new engine at 21k while in Jaguar Ownership.

 

One little thing which might help on shaving the price down is the fact that the cam belts on the 2.7 diesel should be changed at 105k miles.  The work will probably cost about £500.  The dealer could well say that he will do the job a bit cheaper [there were a few dealer offers about 18 months ago for a change at £350].

 

Remember the words of Marriot Edgar  --  "In the spirit that makes Lancashire what she is, We'd rather be drownded than done".

 

Regards,

 

Peter. 

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Nice to know it's priced about right, there's a 6 month RAC warranty on the car, and I know what your going to say! " not worth the paper it's printed on" but hey ho it comes with the car so it's there if need be, but as you know the old cherry "sorry sir it's fair wear and tear" is there answer to everything.

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Hi Ian,

 

What I usually do with warranties is that I note  every little item that I query on performance, niggles about switches etc and take the car in after about two months to see what the dealer thinks about them.

 

It might give the idea that if anything is wrong you will be along with the car.

 

Peter.

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I think he already has my mark, not picked the car up yet and already having him replace bushes on the front end, also told him that when I pick it up on Sat. I want access to a hydraulic ramp to view the underside, did the same with my Mercedes and I'm positive the dealers sick of me there too.

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