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Davekes
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Hello

i am about to jump into Jaguar ownership with a 2009 XF 3lt diesel.  Living in the Lake District I cannot find any cars locally so I haven’t even sat in a Jag yet! 

I am looking for a motorway car that is a nice place to sit for 15k/year and won’t leave me feeling like I’ve done a full days work after a long drive, which my current Audi TT does! 
 

i have been looking at an XF in premium luxury spec, my best budget is £5000.  
 

I have come across a 2009 basic luxury spec, it is high mileage, 140k. But it is a one owner vehicle with full jaguar service history and the cam belts have been changed.  
 

Out of all the cars I have seen at this price point, this is the only 1 owner, dealer history car I have come across.  
I am willing to go for the more basic spec just on history alone.

 

I just thought that I would canvas opinion on whether I could expect this cat to run for another 60k miles?  
 

also, does the basic luxury spec have a heated front screen? 
 

I know that I’ll have smaller wheels and a less good sound system but that doesn’t bother me.  Am I missing anything else by going with a Lux spec? 
 

thanks

 

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In my opinion you could, for that money, do better than a Luxury model. Search a little harder and find at least a Premium Luxury model or even the Portfolio. A later model would also be better and if you can stretch to it get a face lift model as the software and displays are far better. Good ones are about and going cheap, between 5-10k.

I know this is slightly over your budget but you wont regret it.

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Hi David,

If its one owner and full service history that sounds good.

If its in a good overall condition and within your budget I would seriously consider it.

As long as you are happy with the spec and the car suits your needs and is in a good condition

Kind regards,

Julie.

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I’m thinking of selling my XF it a supreme luxury model with it just been mot 3 rd December and been service history and just been serviced it blue with powder coated black wheels and powder coated red break cacaliper s 

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1 hour ago, Clive Hunt said:

That’s an interesting site.  Thanks for sharing.

I’ve been attracted to the previous cat as the dealer offers free nationwide delivery and has great reviews for sorting any issues.  
 

but there are some great cars in my price range on this site!

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17 minutes ago, Djm29xf said:

I’m thinking of selling my XF it a supreme luxury model with it just been mot 3 rd December and been service history and just been serviced it blue with powder coated black wheels and powder coated red break cacaliper s 

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Interesting.  Do you have any more details please? 

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Assume you plan to use the xf frequently and on decent trips. Diesel are great, but they need driving and if looked after go for ages 😁

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Sure that plenty of miles for a diesel, sure you will get your 40+mpg but others will confirm, certainly don't in my petrol version 🤣

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20 hours ago, Clive Hunt said:

Realistically you should expect to get 35-40mpg and this is, as always, depending on your driving style.

That’s good enough.  I am currently averaging less than that in my Audi TT!!

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Well, I’ve paid for a car today, won’t see it in the flesh until later in the week, subject to a satisfactory MOT result.  I decided on a 2010 3lt Diesel portfolio model, 123k miles, FSH, cam belts and water pump replaced at 90k.  Only issue is some stone chips on the bonnet which aren’t too bad from the pics and allowed me to negotiate a discount.

The Luxury model I originally wanted is also a very good car but the extras on the portfolio won me over.  

This is the first time I have ever bought a car without seeing it in the flesh and bizarrely I haven’t even sat in an XF !  From the reviews and videos I have seen, it seems to fit my needs as a long distance cruiser, the only slight reservation I have is that the car comes with 20” wheels which may mean the ride will be harsh or noisy.  Coming from a TT, it will likely feel like a magic carpet ride in any case.

I look forward to being engaged in the forum as my ownership progresses.

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Here it is.  It’s not my favourite colour in the range but purchased on condition and dealer reputation.  Charcoal black interior, I did consider a light interior as it does look nicer but my current car has an ivory interior and it has been a night mare to keep clean with some permanent staining now which I can’t get rid of.  I think the black will wear better in an older vehicle.

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Shes a beauty David, I like the colour.

Looks in very good condition in photo.

Yes black interior is more practical and goes well with the body colour.

It looks stylish.

Best Wishes,

Julie.

 

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4 minutes ago, Aubrey said:

Shes a beauty David, I like the colour.

Looks in very good condition in photo.

Yes black interior is more practical and goes well with the body colour.

It looks stylish.

Best Wishes,

Julie.

 

Thanks Julie.  Very much looking forward to having her delivered next week.

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24 minutes ago, Tomato said:

Ride should be fine on 20s, I am on 20s with sports suspension and it still rides the bumps very well.

Thanks Darren, that’s good to know.  I am hoping that it will be a quiet and effortless motorway machine.  After a 3 hour drive to work in my TT I feel like I’ve already done a days work! 

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Welcome to the club, just bought a 350z, I know what you mean about noise and feeling the road, good for a fun car.

Enjoy the XF, they are great cars 😁

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45 minutes ago, Tomato said:

Welcome to the club, just bought a 350z, I know what you mean about noise and feeling the road, good for a fun car.

Enjoy the XF, they are great cars 😁

Darren

When you say 350z, do you mean a Nissan. I have had many Nissans, in my youth, "200sx (s12,S13,S14) as well as Skyline (R33 and R34) GTR`s, all of them upgraded and tuned in various stages. Probably the rarest of all was a Primera eGT. I am assuming the 350z is a V6, what year and colour is she?

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13 hours ago, Davekes said:

the only slight reservation I have is that the car comes with 20” wheels which may mean the ride will be harsh or noisy.

Prior to buying the XF I had a Vauxhall Insignia on 20" wheels. The test drive seemed OK but once driving it regularly I did not like the ride and fitted smaller diameter wheels.

That was replaced with a 2013 XFS Portfolio Sportbrake once again on 20" wheels. However, was quite happy with the ride so you should not have any problems with the ride.

Good choice going for the Portfolio as there are some nice extras - though I am unsure exactly what extras on the pre-facelift as I had a post-facelift.....mind you I was quite surprised what were optional extras that on other makes would have been standard on top of the range models.

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Well, back to square one in my search.  The dealer (reputable) had relied on autotrader auto-populating the advert which turned out to be incorrect.  I was able to get hold of the build sheet and surprisingly even though it is a portfolio model it is missing a reverse camera and front parking sensors.  The camera isn’t a deal breaker but the front sensors are.  My good lady will be driving the car at times and unfortunately she has ‘history’ with parking.  The car also had several stone chips on the bonnet which I was happy to live with but there’s no point in compromising on spec too much when there are plenty of other cars out there. The search continues….

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