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Well good and bad news. On my way home now having just been to view the s-type. The car was lovely, body work was superb( two minor scratches which should polish out) and interior spotless.

Only negative I could find ( bearing in mind knowledge is limited) but I found what I would say was approximately a quarter of a mug of water in the boot under the spare wheel. Other than that I was really pleased with it.

Seller said he would clear out the drain pipes to make sure there was no blockage, and that he would sort it before sale.He did state that he'd power washed the car prior to my arrival. 

There was no sign of rust or mildew there.

Should I be alarmed with this, and is it fixable or should I just run and forget it.



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Yup, if the water was fresh and there was no corrosion, indicating a leak over a longer period, I'm with Andy that it's not an issue. Worse case scenario is replacing boot seals which I think has been covered on the forum before. Could be a winner then :yes:

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water in the boot is common on early s-types

its not the boot seal usually, it leak in around the back lights

if you look at the light, the top edge, look at the rubber seal, where the black part of the light is, between the light and the body, there is sometimes a gap in the rubber seal, as the water runs around the boot and down the lights, it will enter the boot here.



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Thank you for your replies. Bit the bullet and paid my deposit, but due to my commitments car won't be delivered until the 23rd. 

So I guess I'm an owner or nearly an owner of an s type. 

I know I've asked a few questions over the last few days, but thanks to the members who replied it helped me make my purchase.



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Well done Phil, congratulations!

Hopefully she'll give you years of pleasure, it's a lot of car for the money, I imagine you pad a tiny % of the original buy price!

She's a big and complicated beast, and in my view maintenance is better than repair, so factor in spending a bit on getting her / keeping her tiptop, and you won't go far wrong. It's only those who seem surprised cars actually need money spending on them occasionally that end up disappointed / disillusioned!

Cheers, Russ :wink1:



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Thanks Russ, Luckily I've got a good wife who enjoys cleaning and waxing cars as much as I do, and I totally agree with you regarding maintenance, and I've got a very good independent garage that will also look after her, mechanically wise

Hopefully we will have a good long term relationship.

Now all I've got to do is sweet talk Paul so I can go to Wolverhampton in the New year or a bit later to get the bluetooth, jaguar voice, and folding mirrors fitted. 

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