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Hi All,

 

I'm currently a proud owner of a 2007 S-Type 2.7 Diesel.

Myself and the boss will be buying a new car, mainly for her but it would be interchangeable I'm sure.

We are closely looking at a few 2014 XF 2.2 models and apart from the DPF being its main highlight, we know very little of what factors we need to consider.

I would greatly appreciate all feedback you may have and any advice as to what we should look out for.

 

Thanks in advance!

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Make sure you do at least one 30 min run a week to keep the DPF happy (I also only use Shell V Power).

Check everything electrical works properly before you buy (including the Stop/Start) then invest in a Ctek battery maintainer and hook it up overnight at least once a fortnight. The software and numerous computers are sensitive to low voltage causing software corruption and resulting in odd faults. Usually simple to fix as long as you use a garage which knows what they are doing but better to keep charged.

Make sure there is not a swimming pool in the spare wheel well due to leaking seals which blows several modules (Mine was sorted before I bought at cost of over £1000). I know some also suffer from water ingress in front footwell.

Only other thing on mine is the rear subframe suffered from cosmetic surface rust so had it undersealed.

Love mine to bits and for comparison in 2 years my 2013 XF Sportbrake has cost less to run than my wife's 2015 Skoda Rapid 1.6D

Enjoy!

John

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Hey John

Thanks. Some valid points indeed.

The DPF should not be a problem as I'm regularly doing longer trips so I'll be able to take care of it.

I've read a lot on here about the battery issues in relation to my S-Type (must be all Jags!) but I've decided to invest in a good new battery from Yuasa and not a single problem since. I'll probably get the Ctek battery maintainer anyway for when this battery gets closer to retirement.

I guess I'll have to calculate for the cost of a new battery potentially for the new car, for a 6 year old it might be time to change.

Also, at what mileage should the timing belt be replaced in the XF? Certainly one big factor to keep in mind.

How is the fuel consumption in reality?

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If you are doing regular long trips battery problems should not be an issue. In the XF Stop/Start if you are only doing short journeys the first sign of a low battery is the S/S stops working, which some people like 🙂 but these cars draw a lot of current when you have turned off the engine, so the battery voltage can get low enough to cause issues if you just do short journeys. If budgeting for a battery (I would) remember you NEED an AGM battery which will probably cost thick end of £200 fitted. Don't think an "ordinary" battery will be fine....it will certainly fail within 2 years.

Timing belt is 10yrs or 100K miles I believe but I may wimp out and do mine before.

My fuel consumption is 30mpg driving in Manchester (not rush hour when it is about 15mpg) with S/S disengaged, 35mpg with S/S. Normal mixed driving 40 + mpg and 70mph motorway cruise low 50s. Max economy driving; best I have achieved is 60mpg but Soooooo boring 🙂

Some say rear discs are short-lived but I reckon after new ones on mine at 60k (1st in my ownership, 2nd for car) I won't need to replace them until 100k.

Hope that helps

John

 

 

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On 8/30/2020 at 9:26 AM, Carpo said:

Like it! All good so far?

Just an update after 4 months of owning it!

Generally very happy, it is a great car. Smaller engine than my 2.7D S-Type, yet still has the kick needed for overtaking 🙂

One thing I've noticed is slight steering wheel vibrations at higher speeds, and it's pulling left (possibly the break discs?).

Also, no engine temperature gauge? Is there any information on engine temp?

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Hi Martin,

XFs haven't had a temp gauge since the first version - mine is a 2011 XF-S without one. I worried about it at first - how to tell when it's warm enough to 'go', how to tell if it's suffering?

Some people get an app for their phone which links to the diagnostics and give a realtime view of temperature, but I'm not sure I'd want to wedge my phone somewhere just to check it. Seems a strange omission from what is intended to be a 'driver's car', but it does keep things simple in the dashboard.

Assuming wheel balancing is on point, you are possibly looking at a pair of discs soon - I had a similar issue - tremors when braking gently, fixed by having new discs fitted (in my case all round, just to be sure!). Not sure discs alone would cause a pull to one side though  - wheel alignment maybe???

Glad you're enjoying your XF! In the last two years, since I bought it, mine has been over to Tipperary (visiting in-laws) about 10 times - it loves country lanes there!

Cheers,

Jon

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