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I currently enjoy a 59 plate XF 3.0 which I have now had for 3 years. My dilemma is as I now have 120,000 miles on the clock I am thinking of upgrading to a newer model. Given that this "wonderful" government of ours is bringing in ridiculous charges in the next couple of years for diesel cars sold before Sept 2015 (65) the only options I have is to go for the newer style 65 plate onwards. I can't stretch to a 3.0 yet so I am looking at maybe the 180bhp Portfolio. I do about 35k miles per year.

My questions are, is the New XF 180 Portfolio any good ( I am concerned about going from a nice V6 3.0 to a 2.0 Mondeo engine.) Or should I just keep with my current car and pile more mileage on to it?

I have an angel on one shoulder saying keep your money and carry on but the devil on the other saying "go on buy it you know you want to"

Any advice that would help me to make up my mind is more than welcome.

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Hi Steve,

I don't think that the 2.0 litre Jaguar engine in the new XF is a Mondeo Engine, but rather the new Ingenium Engine from the Jaguar Engine plant near Wolverhampton.

I don't know what the Government is thinking about doing to diesel engine owners in the next few years, although I do kn ow that excess pollution is not caused by diesel engines per se but rather all engines running when the vehicles are static in traffic jams.

I would be inclined to wait and see - your car has a lot more miles in the engine - and keep you car for at east a year or so, unless you are concerned with depreciation.



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Hi Peter

Thanks for your response, I am leaning towards keeping the car I have as it drives like new. The depreciation doesn't really come into it as it probably isn't worth more than £7k now. It was more the mileage that concerned me but on these big V6 diesels with mainly motorway driving maybe I shouldn't be so concerned.



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Well, I have an 09 XF3.0dS and living in Southampton suffer from the double whammy of a City that is targeted as one of the 6 worst cities for pollution in the UK and will be taking some drastic steps to clean itself up.

So, I took a rather drastic step myself and have just bought an 05 plate XK8, which I pick up on Thursday. (Kids are now no longer kids and we don't go out as a family hardly ever and it's the car I always wanted). So, it's out with a clean diesel and in with a petrol to keep the greenies happy, although I know I will be coughing out more greenhouse gas than with the XF, if it keeps the govt. happy, woop woop.

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I made a similar move to yourself, from an 09 XF3.0dS to an 06 plate XK (an early 150).

I have no regrets at all: I loved my XF, and I love my XK even more! It is not my daily transport, so MPG is pretty irrelevant, and I only need two seats.

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