candle1966

Just had test drive XKR

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Just joined, hello all!

What can I say, what an experience, toodled about thinking it sounded great then floored it, back end twitched (mine and the cars) and the supercharger whine made its presence felt in both acceleration and the noise as it spooled up, OMG awesome! 2005 £11500  92,000 miles,tons of history and I strongly think mine by the weekend, its going to cost an arm,leg and kidney, but what the hell! What an incredible machine .

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Go for it --you only need one kidney anyway. Sounds like a great price for a 2005

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Welcome to the club, Dave,

Great Car, and designed by Ian Callum, the Head of the Jaguar Design department.  The XKR made its debut at the Frankfurt Motor show in 2005, so it is an early one.

There is a similar one that lurks round my town, sometimes seen close to Bistro Pierre..

It is a car than wants you to enjoy it.

Regards,

Peter.

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Picked it up this afternoon, fantastic car, loved the 100 mile drive back, even bought a cassette tape to play!  Seemingly endless power, stuck my foot down occasionally and went up to speeds that a sensible driver really shouldn't, I'm going to love this car :)

 

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On 2/23/2018 at 8:23 AM, Old Peter said:

Great Car, and designed by Ian Callum, the Head of the Jaguar Design department.  The XKR made its debut at the Frankfurt Motor show in 2005, so it is an early one.

Beg to differ on that one........Dave's (candle 1966) steel XK is a X100 XKR (based on the XK8)which debuted in R form in 2000.  The aluminium XK X150 (which WAS designed by Ian Callum) debuted at the '05 Frankfurt Show. 

Thus Dave's XKR is one of the last X100 XKRs......and, Dave, long may you enjoy it.    You will find you have the permanent Jaguar smile on your face, as do we with our XK X150...you have been warned!

Happy growling

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15 hours ago, Carole Simpson-Hadley said:

Beg to differ on that one........Dave's (candle 1966) steel XK is a X100 XKR (based on the XK8)which debuted in R form in 2000.  The aluminium XK X150 (which WAS designed by Ian Callum) debuted at the '05 Frankfurt Show. 

Thus Dave's XKR is one of the last X100 XKRs......and, Dave, long may you enjoy it.    You will find you have the permanent Jaguar smile on your face, as do we with our XK X150...you have been warned!

Happy growling

I stand corrected.  Ian Callum took over from Geof Lawson who was head of Design in 1999 and had designed the immediate successor to the XJ-S.

Peter.

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back to the dealer at the weekend, :(   rear light warning, central locking trying to lock but not locking doors, inspection at Jag specialist revealed lower ball joint worn and suspension bush very worn n/s , o/s lower ball joint slight wear. Worried as it had new MOT, been dropped off to garage ( Mon 5th) but nothing much happening as they had 14 days waiting and were advised of work  wed 14th. I have the terrible feeling i'm being fobbed off, the specialist had a quick look at the central locking last week and the SLM was the most likely as the easy stuff worked (door sensors etc)

time line

3th march picked up car, that day reported central locking fault and rear light warning

5th march dropped off at jag specialist, confirming locking fault plus lower ball joints worn/very worn

6th march  picked up from jag specialist, informed dealer of further findings

10th march dropped car back to dealer

12th march car taken to garage by dealer

15th march  spoken to garage apparently very busy, cant find fault with central locking yet and no time to do ball joints or even inspect ball joints to confirm problem and order parts

does this sound at all believable? how did it get an MOT with no advisories?  So busy nothing tangible done at all, no parts ordered absolutely zip

I've been told next Tuesday it is booked in full time but i expect then to be told we have to order parts etc etc this could go on for weeks........

   This does not sound good to me at all, your thoughts anybody?

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Hi Dave,

It does not sound too good to me either.

There comes a time when I would be thinking of giving the dealer an ultimatum. The Sale of Goods Act does provide some legislation concerning an item being fit for purpose and it does appear to me that it seems a bit dubious as to how it got and MOT.

It might be that you could suggest that the dealer either gets the car fixed ASAP and that you get it fully inspected by someone like AA, and if it is not been corrected, the amount you paid for the car plus other costs you have incurred be refunded to you.

Let us know how you get on.

Regards,

Peter.

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bit embarrassing, just had a call, the central locking is sorted,(fuse) the rear warning light is sorted (contact cleaner on the brake switch), up on the ramps today to check the lower ball joints,

I'll go away sheepishly   baa

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Dave,

These things do happen, (although the MOT issue is a concern), as any vehicle is a complex beast and, (even with the best will in the world), things will wear out and there comes a point in time when things will physically fail!

I usually try to purchase privately and attempt to ascertain a reasonable idea of the condition of the vehicle by the usual methods, (good visual inspection followed by a thorough drive), but that is still not guaranteed to identify ALL of the areas of concern, (if they do exist), and the previous owner, (and surroundings), usually serves to reinforce my initial conclusions!

I have also bought 'blind', (if the vehicle is something rather special and worth a 'gamble' - primarily motorcycles), and had a few 'interesting rides home, (with no brakes, speedo, lights, etc), but I will have made an appropriate offer that takes all of these possibilities into account!

And I have been very fortunate apart from two specific occasions - one was when I bought a 'brand new' £20K motorcycle, (several weeks old with 50 miles on the clock), back in the early noughties from one of the most prestigious main dealers in the UK, (and they also ran a top notch race team), and the bike was gorgeous but it developed a misfire on my ride home.

Cutting a very long story short I took it back FIVE times yet the fault was never resolved and they would not give me my money back, (although consumer protection existed - it didn't seem to carry much weight), and my pleas for assistance fell on deaf ears with all of the various consumer protection bodies!

On my last visit to the dealership I was assured that the problem was finally 'fixed' but, (on my approach to the A444/A4600 roundabout), it cut out, (once again), and the car behind me had to swerve in order to miss hitting me!!

Fortunately I resolved the problem, myself, (it was due to a very 'agricultural' problem),  and enjoyed many years of pleasure from my Italian thoroughbred!

So do not lose heart as sometimes, on occasion, a little pain is well worth enduring if the vehicle ticks the majority of your 'must have' boxes!

Fingers remain crossed with my latest acquisition, (the XF), but one month on and she hasn't missed a beat and she is a really lovely car, (famous last words)!

Take care and I hope it all works out but, (as Peter has pointed out), if you are not happy then let the dealer know as I believe that you are still within the timeframe for demanding your money back if you are not completely satisfied with your purchase.

 

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