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Hello, new to here, would appreciate any advice/opinions.

I am thinking of buying an X-Type estate, which looks very nice, apart from rust appearing under the silver Jaguar bar above the rear number plate.  This slightly concerns me, does anyone know if this is a common fault?  The only other fault I can find with the appearance is the pocket on the back of the front passenger seat is ripped from the stitching on the left side, although the seat itself isn't damaged.

Now I have one more concern, it is 9 years old and has 158,000 on the clock.  I would never normally buy a car with that sort of mileage, but this is a lovely looking car (rust aside), with the Jaguar name,so I am tempted.  Would anyone have any concerns about reliability with that mileage, or should it "keep on going".  Anything I should be wary of?  Timing belt change is top of my mind, I will check that.  Price looks competitive, actually slightly under what the book quotes, again, made me a bit wary, probably been for sale a while?

I haven't been able to speak to anyone about the car yet, spotted it on the forecourt when the showroom was closed.

Ian

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Hi Ian Welcome to the club you will find there will be plenty of members only to pleased to help you.

My advice is first of all before talking to a salesman is to check the MOT and past MOT'S using this link all you need is the reg--and make and it will surprise you.???

https://www.check-mot.service.gov.uk/?_ga=1.167145726.1398065124.1463749831

All the best

 

Frank

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Frank,

Thank you, checking the MOTs is a great insight and I have to say, in this case raises no real red flags, only advisories on tyres (which will have been replaced by now as they were getting low 15,000 miles ago, and a standard advisory which has stated:

"Under-trays fitted obscuring some underside components, Engine covers fitted obscuring some components in the engine bay."

for the last 4 years.  I'm guessing these trays are a standard fit, but this particular garage has chosen to note it where others haven't in the past!

The only other concern about its mileage is the state of the clutch as it is a manual transmission.  I'll ask for the service history when I see them (they claim they have the full history) to see if it has been changed.  Not sure what the life expectancy of a clutch would be, I know it depends on the type of use (motorways/urban cycle), but I'm taking a guess at the mileage suggesting a lot of longish journeys.

Any thoughts would be welcome.

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13 hours ago, O.T.H said:

Hi Ian Welcome to the club you will find there will be plenty of members only to pleased to help you.

My advice is first of all before talking to a salesman is to check the MOT and past MOT'S using this link all you need is the reg--and make and it will surprise you.???

https://www.check-mot.service.gov.uk/?_ga=1.167145726.1398065124.1463749831

All the best

 

Frank

Hi Ian

Welcome to the Club from me too!

Frank is 100% right about checking the MOT history, this service from the DVLA is worth the cars weight in gold!

Also "Under-trays fitted obscuring some underside components, Engine covers fitted obscuring some components in the engine bay."  is a common 'Advisory' which I think isn't really an 'Advisory' and isn't fair to include it as such, but as under-trays and engine covers are standard now and MOT inspectors are not allowed to 'dismantle' areas on the car I suppose it covers them.

Good luck and happy motoring!

Regards

Kevan

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Hi Ian,

I have a 2008 Xtype diesel auto. It had 90000 on the clock last sept. It now has 99000 miles on the clock. The performance is better than I expected and fuel useage is better than my previous car (rover 75 diesel auto estate) It tows a 15 ft caravan without any problems. The only issue I have had is injectors. Just replaced 2 and serviced the other 2. I have now changed onto BP Ultimate diesel to keep the injectors clean. Its more expensive but better MPG. The only other problem I have had is the tailgate hinge mounting bolts coming loose. Hope this is useful.

Cheers

Rod

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