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Well it's got to the point where I have got my webuyanycar quote and I am debating whether to book an appointment. Car ran fine after turbo clean. Then it became gruff at low speeds although the garage found no holes in the exhaust. Then it went into limp mode, when I was overtaking the vehicles in the crawler lane on a hill. This time I didn't even get the luxury of 40mph, the power tailed off forcing me to cut across the crawler lane to stop at the roadside. Very frightening for my young daughter in the back seat.  A month later it did it again, fortunately on a quiet bypass. This time the engine cut out while still moving. Plus the gearbox hangs on to low gear at low speeds up to 50mph. This isn't the 1950s. I expect a car to be reliable and not be forever one journey away from yet another problem.  Anyone know of a good home for a precocious saloon car?

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No fault codes. Haven't taken it anywhere this time. Local garages seem to make a complete meal of diagnosis. Not taking it back to transmission specialist after the catalogue of lies and misinformation they visited on me on my previous visits. Next nearest one will require at least a day off work. Friend with a needy Discovery has recommended someone who I will be contacting at the weekend.

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Hanging onto low gears would normally suggest low oil pressure in the g/box and possibly a low oil level in the box. 

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An AT specialist has already warned against a fluid change due to the risk of disturbing sediment in the transmission. So it could be a case of damned if I do, damned if I don't.  What genius decided to make the filter inaccessible?

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Hi jerry, I have the estate diesel auto version and had the same problem. Holding low gear seems to be part of the Limp mode to protect the engine. I had the same problem. No fault codes showing. Garage changed EGR valve and it now drives better than ever. It cost me £450. The car has now done 134K and hoping it will last a bit longer.

Cheers

Rod

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Thanks Rod but it's not currently in limp mode. This is normal drive but it seems to hang on to lower gears at lower speeds. It's fine over 50mph. The EGR valve was replaced this time last year so shouldn't be a problem.  There may be fault codes, I haven't read the car as I have no code reader and the local garages don't seem to be very good at interpreting the codes. I love the car but I think I bought a Friday one.

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Hi Jerry,

Regarding your gearbox, I had the fluid changed about 5k ago. They had a few goes at getting it right. After the first change it wouldnt select gears properly so took it back and got talking to one of the mechanics and he said that what they needed to do was to change the fluid at least four times. They did this and it changes gear perfectly now. When I first bought this car with 90k on the clock I`d only had it about 2 weeks when it went into limp mode etc, took it back to dealer and they asked me to take it to a Jaguar specialist, they diagnosed a faulty turbo and replaced the turbo. As I only had the car for a couple of weeks the dealer picked up the bill. Until the recent egr valve replacement it has no more problems in the power department but has had a new belt tensioner £300 and brake vac pump £400. I only use premium fuel and Millers additive. As I live out in the countryside I dont do many short runs. I`m sure that makes a difference. Its a great car to drive and tow my 15 foot caravan with ease. Hope you get yours sorted.Cheers

Rod

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Thanks Rod. Did they charge you for 4 lots of AT fluid? That could work out rather expensive. I've already replaced the turbo actuator and had the turbo cleaned.  My work changed recently so I now have a mixture of commutes depending on where I am which is better than the 5 mile daily run I previously did. Just concerned that whatever I fix there's always something else.  I'm used to running cars that don't need constant attention.

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