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Lewis Wetherall

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Hi Lewis,

If you check out the web there seems to be any number of views on this with figures ranging from less than 10K per year to 15K per year. My personal rule of thumb is to check the cars actual average annual mileage to determine how heavily it may have been used where:-

  • 5-7K suggest barely used and mostly local short journeys
  • 10K or less suggests  use with perhaps few long journeys
  • 15K suggests daily use for commute and some longer journeys
  • 20K and above suggests extensive business use (best to run away from these)

I've seen some very young cars offered for sale with more than 50K miles per year on them - run away from these at a rate of knots


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Hi Again Lewis,

Sorry, thought you were trying to make a good/bad buy assessment.

I unloaded my first S Type, bought new in 2001, after 8 years and 120,000 miles. Overall it was still in very good condition in every respect but I did manage to blow the gearbox - the old Five Speed Auto - at 78,000 and had to have it replaced. I've heard tales of some S Types with over 200,000 miles but these are rather infrequent. Frankly, unless you really thrash them its really hard to damage the engine and typically its either the drive train or terminal rust that kills them.

I bought my current S Type as a weekend/occasional use car last year - 03 spec on a 02 plate with just 50K miles - and based on its condition, and the amount of use I'll make of it, I'm expecting it to be around for many years to come, albeit I'll probably have to get a bit oily from time to time. But thats all part of the fun of owning one these motors.



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Hi Ron,

In principle I agree with your opinion but to be fair to myself I was merely offering the Rule of Thumb I personally use when shopping for a used car. True, its the same thumb I have frequently, but inadvertently, introduced to the business end of a hammer so perhaps a little distorted.

12 hours ago, R2e said:

my S Type for example at 70 mph is doing slightly less than 2000 rpm

My experiences fully concur but I'm concerned that I'm talking to a different Ron. The one I know from this site, based on some of his previous posts, is better know to me as Ron Leadfoot. So I wonder just how often, or rather for how long, 2000 revs is maintained?

Also, as your motor is equipped with the 4.2 Litre, genuine Jaguar engine, it would take a seriously large hammer to do it any serious harm. Those of us with the lesser Ford mills need to be careful even with a rubber hammer.

12 hours ago, R2e said:

Similarly low mileage cars can indicate, as you suggest, short journey use only which is a lot harder on a car and can cause all sorts of nasty build up in the engine if it rarely gets to operating temperature leading to excessive component wear

Best hope the afterlife ushers don't see this one.


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On 5/2/2018 at 10:09 PM, R2e said:

Now here I agree with you, the 4.2 is a totally awesome motor, I just wish I'd had the courage to go with the STR, but nonetheless I am delighted with what I have. I am also a complete snob regarding the lesser and in my view pointless 3.0L V6 and, god forbid, the oil burning 2.7. There! I've admitted my prejudices and will no doubt receive hate mail and death threats from owners of such...er....reduced Jaguars.

We know where you live.

Ours has 190.000km (or close to 120.000 of your units of measurement) and still in very good condition (one previous owner and all services at Jaguar Norway) except for the sills that we hope the dealer will accept responsibility for. Up here, I haven't seen any V8 S-Types.

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OK I only have the 3 litre V6 rather than the V8 model, but I look at the rpm when driving and it is so low that the wear and tear must be minimal. I rarely get over 2000 rpm - maybe it's the way I drive??  Mostly, to keep a good solid well working engine, change the Oil and filter regularly - don't wait for 12,000 miles, do it at half that interval and you will protect your engine and give it long life.

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My 3.0 S Type has done 160000 miles, it still pull like a train and at tick over the engine is still almost silent, Oil is changed every 5000 miles, yes I know, but my mate done that with a 145 Volvo and it did 302000 miles with no problem.

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