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Hi all, possible Jag newbie contemplating buying a 3.0 diesel XF. Have found one for £7/- with 70,000 on the clock and alleged FSH on a 2011 plate in dark blue with 2 previous owners. Any advice what to look out for specifically most welcome.

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I've got a 2014 3litre Sportbrake and is without doubt the best car I have ever had, and I've had some nice ones, inc Bentley Turbo, M5, M3, & numerous Merc's, and this car beats them all hands down, and it still looks like new.

Expect 35mpg around town and up to 50mpg on a run at 70mph

They go like stink, and I was so impressed by it I have recently got a mint XKR Convertible, for the summer.

£7000 Sounds a good price, & I have done 80,000 in mine without a spanner on it except for service items

Good luck


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Apppreciative of the reply, thank you! Spent hours researching, should I/shan't I and amazed how some reviews state best car ever owned others worst car nothing but agro etc etc. I guess it's the same with all cars, one could be a pearler the other a lemon.

I've never bought an older car before but this will be a 'weekend fun car just for myself to waft around in.

What I would like to know though is:

1). Does car need to be maintained/serviced/repaired by a Jag specialist or would a good independent garage suffice and be able to cope with any complexities?

2). At 70,000 miles  things like cambelt and waterpump , should they have been replaced by now as part of service history?

Any advice most welcome!

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Hi Jon,

I always have my cars serviced by a local independent as he does a good job and is cheaper than main dealer. But if you want to sell the car in future a main dealer service stamp does look better. Its what you prefer really. 

Check your paper work with the car to see if water pump etc changed by previous owner possibly any invoice or receipts?



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I did find this from 2013 

Jaguar XF Service Schedule (25/11/2007)
Service Type A/B A/B A/B A//B A/
Years/000mls 1/15 2/30 3/45 4/60 5/75 6/90 7/105 8/120 9/135

Items 6,10, 16, 17, are every B service. Posting this alters the formatting.

Adjust/Lubricate/Replace - labour cost included in schedule time except items marked #
Check - after checking, any work required is subject to extra labour and material costs.

1. * * Check condition of wiper blades.
2. * * Check tyre pressures, condition, tread depth, signs of uneven wear
and suitability (including spare).
3. * * Inspect brake pads for wear (disk condition on pad change).
4. * * Replace brake fluid (every 3 years)#
5. * * Renew anti-freeze (every 10 years or 150,000 miles)#
6. * Renew air cleaner element
7. 150k Renew front accessory drive belt
8. 150k Renew fuel pump drive belt & tensioner (10 years or 150,000miles)
9. * * Renew camshaft drive belt & tensioner (10 years or 105,000miles)
10. * Renew fuel filter element
11.* Drain fuel filter sedimentor
12. * * Check/top up brake fluid level
13. * * Check/top up coolant level
14. * * Check/top up windshield washer reservoir
15. * * Check/top up power steering fluid level
16. * Check/top up battery electrolyte level
17. * Renew pollen filter
18. * * Renew engine Oil and filter
19. * * Renew automatic transmission fluid (10 years or 150,000miles)#
20. * * Visually check under-bonnet and under-body for fluid leaks
21. * * If fault lamps illuminated, interrogate system (WDS/IDS) & report#
22. * * Carry out road test and check the following:
23. * * Correct operation of drive selector and interlock function
24. * * Condition and operation of seatbelts
25. * * Correct operation of steering lock (if fitted)
26. * * Correct operation of seat and steering wheel adjust mechanisms
27. * * Starter motor operates without undue noise, and engine starts easily
28. * * Correct operation of fault lamps and instruments
29. * * Check operation of lamps, horns, and warning indicators
30. * * Check operation of wipers and washers
31. * * Steering self-centres from right and left-hand locks
32. * * Vehicle does not pull or wander to one side
33. * * Brakes don't pull to one side, operate smoothly without noise or judder
34. * * Gear changes are smooth
35. * * Cruise control engages and disengages correctly
36. * * Correct operation of climate control system
37. * * Undue vehicle noises
38. * * Reset service indicator (if fitted)
39. * * Endorse service record
40. * * Affix next service reminder sticker
41. * * Check for any applicable outstanding service actions or recalls
42. * * Report any unusual features of vehicle condition and work required

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Hi Julie, splendid, thank you, really helpful!

It was things like the belts and fuel pump that made me twitchy but armed with what to look for could well seal the deal if accompanying invoices etc are forthcoming.

Phoning the dealer tomorrow with questions aplenty!



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