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  1. 3 points
    Hi If your worried and miles per gallon, maybe a Jaguar is the wrong car for you Jaguar are Grace, Pace and Space, Its all about smiles per gallon, not miles per gallon I think its Jaguars biggest downfall, Moving to Diesels, I bet they regret it now. Though 28 mpg is really poor, I get 35.6 on a run in my S-type R, 4.2 petrol supercharged, Though I would;nt change it if it only did 20mpg Cheers Joe
  2. 3 points
    Hi Seamus and welcome to the Club. What engine does you car have? If it is a diesel engine, I would recommend Millers Eco Plus [diesel] which I use and which keeps the fuel system clean. Since starting to use it a couple of years ago I have never had the engine amber warning light come on telling me the EGR valves needed cleaning. I also recommend you use Premium Fuel as it does give a better mpg and a smoother ride. Regards, Peter.
  3. 2 points
    Hi All Jaguar Meet at RAF cosford today Good day out, stayed dry at least, great selection of Jaguars took some pics and made a slideshow Cheers Joe
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    Thank you Joe, for your video and it seems to have been a great day out and with plenty of jaguars on show. Regards Tom.
  5. 2 points
    Hi All Went to Festival of 1000 Classic Cars & Classic Motorcycle Show, Hosted by Cholmondeley Castle today. took some photo's and made a slide show, thought I would post it up great day and great weather today, plenty of cars to look at. cheers Joe
  6. 2 points
    85 in a few weeks -- I hope to finish successfully my IAM course before I am 86. Peter.
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    Jaguar entered into the market for Diesel cars very late in time and long after Mercedes and BMW did. They were then under the ownership of Ford who had several diesel engines across their various car models. The then Government were supporting the manufacture and usage of diesel engine as they gave out less CO2. The Government did not consider Nitrogen or any particles that might be expelled through the exhaust system. Jaguar [under Ford] did produce some rather good diesel engines and the cars in which they were installed did sell very well. When TATA bought Jaguar they built an large engine plant near Wolverhampton which made the Ingenium engine in both diesel and petrol versions which are also very good engines. Then both the EU and the Government began to demonise diesels and seemed to disregard those engines in Taxis, lorries, vans etc. My s type with a 2.7 Diesel engine will not now be allowed into Birmingham or London City centres. [I will not drive into either in any case] Joe is quite correct and although Jaguar might regret the move to diesel, I think that their engineers are on the move to build lighter cars with smaller but more powerful engines. The use of aluminium instead of steel does not seem to bother TATA even though they own the Port Talbot Works. Many people do not know that India has the largest [about 71%] of the worlds supply of Bauxite [Aluminium Ore] and Iceland have a large Aluminium producer which can manufacture the product very cheaply due to electric power, much needed in any smelter. I won't be around in 20 years when the all electric cars are whizzing round the world, but the climate will be better. Hopefully]. Peter.
  8. 2 points
    Managed to fix the problem (Well temp fix at the moment). Pulled the righthand rear panel to expose the fuse box in the boot above the battery. Removed each connector in turn and inspected for any sign of corrosion … known Jag XL problem due to leak in one of the welds. Found the bottom connector when removed exhibited corrosion where cable / individual connector pin entered the plastic connector block. Could not remove the pins but did multiple insertion / removal of the connector to scrape the pins … this has worked. When hazard button on dash is pressed, the hazard warning lams flash as expected. I'll try and source a new connector or one from a scrap yard and replace in the future. For now … operational once more. cheers Jim.
  9. 2 points
    Hi Luke and welcome to the club. The mpg on my s type has had a slight improvement by using premium diesel and a suitable additive, but I use both on the basis that the engines used by Jaguar are top cars and deserve top class fuel. Regards, Peter,
  10. 2 points
    UPDATE 12th Feb 2019. My Car is now fixed. The mechanic recommended to me by Old Peter (Carl - based in Erdington, Birmingham) took my car away last night and brought it back just after Midday today having replaced both EGR valves. My Jaguar S Type 2.7 Twin Turbo now drives like new again. Whilst there was only one EGR fault code indicating just one faulty EGR valve, it seemed a false economy to replace just one. Carl charged me £420 and also replaced a blown tail light bulb for me. The EGR valves are Lucas OE parts (not budget parts from China) and there is a 12 months parts and labour warranty. An excellent job and super speedy too. I have to send out a big 'thank you' to Moderator/Staff member Old Peter for his continued support and assistance with this problem. My one fear when buying this car over 9 years ago was the potential costs for parts and repairs but thanks to Old Peter and this forum I am a very happy Jag owner once again. I also thank the other members for their contributions. Regards Keith
  11. 2 points
    My late father in laws 52 reg X Type has been resting in our dry garage for approx 3 years. Approx mileage 55000. Metallic blue. In good condition apart from a small paint chip on the front bumper. Flat tyres, battery etc. No tax,mot. Free to a Jag enthusiast. A donation to a Myeloma cancer charity would be appreciated. Email me kaye_mark@hotmail.com Herts.
  12. 2 points
    I have for sale on a spares or repairs basis my XJ8 with gold coachwork oatmeal leather interior. The engine has covered 86,000 miles and has been regularly serviced having had new plugs and coil packs this year. the coachwork has some minor car park damage the roof lining is dirty the interior is in good condition with no rips or tears. The five alloys all have good tyres and are undamaged, I believe the spare has never been used. The reason I am selling is the BCM appears to have packed up. £995 ovno
  13. 2 points
    HI The S-type is a great car and with more retro looks when the XF was first released it was just a rebodied S-type, with the electronics just upgraded, it used S-type floor pan, complete with all suspension the S-type is really quite a comfortable car and in S-type R form powerfull and quick Every time I use mine it allways manages to put a big grin on my face cheers Joe
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    4 x 4 is far from being the simple answer to winter snow conditions. I have had 4 x 4s for over 30 years, and also done a fair bit of off-roading. My first was one of the original Range Rovers: Two door, and plastic inside so that you could hose it out. In those days the tyres were uncompromising off road tyres, and very narrow too. I took that through snowdrifts up to 5 feet deep, and up 1 in 1 slopes covered in snow. It could cope with just about anything. I did once get into difficulty off-road in deep snow when It wouldn’t make it back up a steep incline, but I managed to get up by turning it around and going up in reverse. Better weight distribution I guess. Winding the clock forward 30 years, present day 4 x 4s have far more electronic systems to deal with snow etc, but are virtually all clad with totally unsuitable wheels and tyres for these conditions. The result is that they are nothing like as capable. Just about the only exception was the Land Rover Defender, which didn’t try to be fashionable. I had one of the last model built, and it was still as capable as my first Range Rover. I loved that car, and only sold it because I was offered silly money, which enabled a straight swap to a rather nice XF 3.0D S Portfolio, thus starting me on my Jaguar journey. Proper winter tyres on a two wheel drive are incredibly effective: We have Michelin Crossclimates on my wife’s car all year round, and they are fantastic. Obviously, the best of all would be a proper 4 x 4 with narrow wheels and off road tyres, but very few people would be prepared to compromise the looks of their posh 4 x 4 by specifying such wheels and tyres. 4 x 4 is not a solution in itself: The right wheels and tyres are just as important.
  15. 2 points
    hi the front lifting points in the pic above are perfect, anywhere on that chassis rail, this is solid no issues the rear lifting point in the pic above you have to be cautious, if the sills have bad rust or rot, that area is also prone to rusting, its quite thick if its ok, but I've seen some S-type completely rot away there, just a bit further in, you have the rear sub frame mounting bolts, this is solid and the area it bolts to does not rust either, I've marked the area on the pic below yellow dot on pic below is subframe mounting bolts, this is a solid lifting area suitable for a trolley jack cheers Joe
  16. 2 points
    Hi All, After yet another "informed" person telling me that I am driving a rebodied Mondeo and my S-Type is basically a Ford...I pointed out that the S Type is longitudinal and rear wheel drive and a Mondeo is transverse and front wheel drive, I also told him that the original V6 3.0 4WD only shared 19% of parts with a Mondeo, different track, different wheelbase and so on but to no avail. PLease don't let the facts get in the way of the car's reputation! In doing some research though I cam up with the following, which may be of interest. It certainly was to me! I read on Jaguarforum.com a post from 2007 by a contributor named Stirling. It referenced a post from another contributor that said the Jaguar S-Type was in many senses the last true British classic. This was said some eleven years ago, and I still think that this is the case. There is evidence that S-Type values are rising, and that interest is beginning to build, albeit slowly. The following is taken from Stirling’s post. It is taken from a special supplement which came out with Car magazine on the eve of the S-Type going on sale in March 1999. The part that is reproduced here concentrates on the evolution of the model, and it is of great interest for several reasons. Firstly, it makes it quite clear that the S-Type is the last project left over from the glory days of Jaguar under Sir William Lyons and F.R.W. ‘Lofty’ England. It was Lofty England’s plan for a successor to the Mark 2 which was revived under Ford. Lofty England had even specified that the proposed model should be built at Castle Bromwich where, of course, the S-Type ended up being built thirty-odd years later. This fact ought to put to rest any further suggestions that the concept of the S-Type was a Ford one, it was a long standing Jaguar project finally given life by Ford’s investment in the company - and the development and set-up costs of the S-Type came solely from profits made by Jaguar themselves. Secondly, the article demolishes the idea that the Jaguar S-Type was made up from existing Ford parts bin components, or that it was designed by other than Jaguar design teams. The article makes clear that the only connection with Lincoln was the fact that an entirely new platform - NOT an existing Ford one - was developed specifically to be shared by Jaguar’s new S-Type and Lincoln’s new LS. Apart from that the bottom and crankshaft of the S-Type’s V6 engine is shared with the Duratec, but the rest of it was developed by Jaguar’s engineers, the V8 version being entirely Jaguar. (Note: The V6 has a fascinating history of its own. It was originally commissioned by Porsche and engineered by Yamaha. Porsche abandoned the idea and the engineering was sold to Ford. Cosworth developed the cylinder heads for the Duratec. Jaguars engineers however used only the block and crankshaft. Jaguar engineers added DOHC, VVT, 4 Valves per cylinder and instead of the finger type followers used buckets (DAMB). Basically, two of these V6 engines made up the Aston V12!) Again, this is no different from Lofty England’s plans for a Mark 2 replacement nearly 40 years ago, ’the engine and transmission would be based on bought-out items.’ The idea that today’s S-Type is therefore somehow ‘less British’ than earlier Jaguars is therefore a non-starter. Thirdly, the amount of thought which went into the design of the new S-Type is detailed below. Of interest is the care that was taken to combine traditional Jaguar design cues with the latest technological advances. It always annoys me to read the S-Type’s appearance being described as ‘retro’. It’s my view that, if Jaguar had had the money to implement Lofty England’s plan for a new Mark 2 over thirty years ago, then that level of Jaguar would have evolved by today into something not unlike the appearance of the current S-Type. Look at today’s XJ’s, they’re a natural evolution of 1968’s original XJ6 and I believe that if Jaguar had had the money to continue a more compact model at the time that it too would have evolved as a recognisable descendent of the Mark 2. So today’s S-Type is no more ‘retro’ than today’s version of the XJ, or, for that matter, the BMW’s and Mercedes which perpetuate design cues peculiar to their respective marques. So, I hope this post might stop future ill-informed suggestions that the S-Type was a Ford concept, or a Ford parts-bin construction or that it is somehow less genuinely a British Jaguar than those built under Sir William Lyons and Lofty England. __________________________________________________ ___________ Jaguar has been wanting to build a car like this for 20 years. But only now, with a successful XJ and XK, and the resources of Ford, has it been possible to realise its dream. We discover how the S-Type was conceived and examine the result. JAGUAR has dreamed of building this car for years. It’s an obvious thing to do: create a model smaller than the imposing XJ-series and enjoy the twin benefits of competing where the prestige sales volumes are (BMW 5-series, Audi A6, Mercedes E-class) while playing the sure-fire heritage card. Heritage card? Of course. It doesn’t mean the new, smaller Jaguar must be a retro-fest, but it helps massively that Jaguar virtually created the posh-but-slightly-sporty, sub-plutocrat executive sector around 40 years ago. The car that did it, or rather the two cars, were the 2.4 and 3.4. If that means little, then maybe what those cars became in 1959, the Jaguar Mark 2, will mean more. That’s the car, and the market sector, Jaguar abandoned in 1968. Now, 30 years later and in a drastically changed world, the junior Jag is back. So, why has it taken all this time? It hasn’t been for want of imagination. Jaguar chairman Nick Scheele will tell you that shortly after Jaguar got drawn into British Leyland, chief engineer Lofty England proposed a plan. It was for a replacement for the Mark 2, to be built at the rate of 50,000 cars a year and powered by a 2.5-litre engine. The engine and transmission would be based on bought-out items, and the car would be built at the old Fisher and Ludlow body plant at Castle Bromwich. British Leyland’s directors said no. That market territory belonged to Rover and Triumph. Much later, Ford’s directors said yes. Lofty England’s plan, with the addition of an extra half-litre of engine capacity, has been turned into reality with uncanny accuracy. The reality is called the Jaguar S-Type, and it was one of the biggest stars of last October’s Birmingham motor show. It’s a striking looking car. It has rear-wheel drive, of course, and it’s available not only with the existing 4.0-litre V8 but also, crucially, with a 2.5-litre 240bhp V6, Jaguar’s first V-configured six-pot. Now, as it goes on sale, we look more deeply behind the car, at the people who created it, the way they did it and the reasons why. Clearly, the new car looks like a Jaguar. Eighty-five percent of people seeing it for the first time at customer clinics, at which all badges had been removed, correctly identified the S’s maker. Equally clearly, though, the S-Type doesn’t look like a shrunken XJ8: Jaguar has not gone for the same-prospect, different sizes approach of its German rivals. It had to be distinct from the bigger cars, unique and younger in its appeal. How to achieve this was something that has exercised Jaguar brainpower in a way it hasn’t been exercised for years. There was also the question of what to call it. Jaguar’s naming policy to date has not been a model of consistency, it once had a Mark 2 and a Mark 10 in its range simultaneously, so six key Jaguar people mulled over a list of all the old Jaguar names. “We liked SS” says Scheele, “but we couldn’t really use it. We looked at the Mark idea, but there was the Lincoln Mark VIII so we veered away from that. We tried 400, as a reference to the 420 and 420G, but it didn’t gel. The S-Type was the last iteration of the Mark 2 idea, if you disregard the 420, so we went with that. It’s the same with XK: if you own such initials, use them.” “S-Type is a name we can move into the future. I’m bored with all the past names. What a hotchpotch!” Thus was the S-Type named. The problem will be even harder to solve for Jaguar’s next model line, aimed at BMW’s 3-series and currently codenamed X400. Anyone want to take a bet on T-Type? The reason why Jaguar have taken so long to plug its downrange hole is that it has been seriously strapped for cash. The money continued to haemorrhage after Ford’s takeover, but the bleeding eased after the XJ6’s 1994 re-make and sales renaissance. Since then, helped by the success of the XK8, Jaguar has become profitable. Profitable enough to become a four-range car company, XJ saloon, XK sports car, X200 (the new S-Type) and upcoming X400 ,while still living only on the profits from the two ranges sold up to now. Jaguar is proud the new model programme has been funded from its own profits. However, there has been much Ford resource to help it on its way, not least the fact that Ford US was planning a new Lincoln (the LS, poised for launch as you read this) at the same time as Jaguar was dusting off the Mark-2-for-the-1990’s idea. (Note: I did read that the LS was destined for the UK to replace the Granada/Scorpio range. The Jaguar S-Type fulfilled that role instead.) This was a godsend for Jaguar, because it allowed both cars to be developed and built on a common platform, saving a stack of money. The vital trick was to keep the two cars distanced in customers’ perceptions: “The Ford board wanted them to be unique” says X200 chief programme engineer David Szczupak, “So the cars were developed by two separate teams, with some engineering groups kept in loose formation” “The S-Type doesn’t use Ford bits,” Szczupak chooses his words carefully, ”but there are some common parts which are used on both cars. The fuel tank, for example, came from the same drawing and has the same part number, but is made in two different factories.” Another very obvious common part is the crankshaft, shared with the 3.0 litre version of Ford’s Duratec V6 (the 2.5 appears in the Mondeo and Cougar) on which the Jaguar V6’s bottom half is based. The result of this shared effort is a Jaguar which, under its skin, is like no Jaguar before it. From Mark 10/E-Type to XJ8/XK8, Jaguar’s suspension design changed only in detail. Now, it’s modern thinking exemplified, wide-spaced wishbones, multilinks, passive rear-steer and all. Yet certain vitals haven’t changed: the short front overhang, the 50/50 weight distribution, helped by placing the battery in the boot (Jaguar insisted) and, of course, the rear-wheel drive. As for engines, the V8 is Jaguar-only, and the V6 has cylinder heads quite unlike the regular Duratec’s. The V6 is made at Cleveland, Ohio, with its Ford relatives, but the two-stage variable inlet-valve timing and three-stage variable inlet manifolds are Jaguar’s own. The 24 valves are operated not by Duratec’s finger followers but by lightweight bucket tappets, just as they are in the V8, and the engine is a much freer breather. This explains both its high peak power (240bhp) and the high revs at which it happens (6800rpm). The LS uses the same head castings, incidentally, Jaguar wasn’t allowed to keep the advantages all to itself ,but without the VVT and with a less sporty cam profile. Clothing all is a body of striking and controversial style. It looks like a Jaguar. But exactly how does it look like a Jaguar? What it is not meant to be is a collection of retro-pastiche details: there was a fine line to be trodden between marque values and schmaltz. “People think we get Andrew Whyte’s Jaguar history book, open a bottle of wine, and look at old Jags.” says design director Geoff Lawson, “But it’s nothing like that.” Understandably, though, people do look for bits of old Mark 2 in the new S-Type. And it has to be said that the front grille, the fairings for the inner headlights, the curved rear quarter window and the rearward-drooping side-crease give them plenty to go on. Fair enough: BMW has its rear-pillar dog-leg and so-called double-kidney grille. Mercedes, too, has its grille and ribbed tail-lights. Of such things are marque-identifiers made. In fact, Mercedes, historically, has had two main face-types: the regular grille, and the wide mouth with the three-pointed star in its centre for the sportier cars. And Jaguar, as it happens, has had three: the original, formal squared-off grille still used in squat form in today’s XJ, the horizontal-oval air intake of the D-Type, E-Type and XK8, and the vertical, slatted oval which began with the XK120 and ended with the Mark 2 and old S-Type. This is the face reborn here, after a long absence. It’s the face of smaller, sportier but still-practical Jaguars, familiar enough to please those who remember, but indicative of a new Jaguar direction even for those who don’t. The new car’s grille lacks a thick central bar, as its inspiration did in all its pre-Mark 2 guises; the historically fastidious will see it as more like a C-Type racer’s version than any other, broader at the top and not a true oval. Why no central bar? Lawson’s eyes turn heavenwards. “The difference between a sense of integrity and a parody of the ethos is very small, but a central bar would have been a parody. We did try it with a piece of tape, but it just looked naff.” Deep body sides and a (Mark 2-like) domed roof give the S-Type more interior space than an XJ saloon can offer. This is important, because people are larger nowadays. Surprisingly, the wheelbase is longer, too, even though the bonnet and boot are shorter relative to the passenger compartment than they are in the grander car. Despite this, Lawson and the chief architect of the S-Type’s styling, Simon Butterworth, have managed to keep a large ‘dash to axle’ dimension. “This distance is traditionally long in a Jaguar.” says Lawson, “But as A-pillars move further forward we lose a distinctive Jaguar element. If we’re not careful, it could end up looking generic. We have the front door’s shut line as far back as we can, and we angle the screen pillar to reduce the perception of screen rake. It’s still a ‘faster’ screen than an XJ’s, though, achieved by pulling the bottom edge forward in the middle and so increasing the curvature.” If designing the outside was tricky, given the need to attract a whole swathe of new buyers without compromising the car’s “Jaguarness”, then the interior really concentrated the stylists’ minds. “It had to be sporty, not a scaled-down X300 (XJ interior, and we had to integrate the satellite-navigation screen. It was,” Lawson is trying to emphasise, “very tough. We needed to make it bolder and fresher, but still with wood, understatement, natural materials. It was really hard.” “There’s a spitfire-wing motif,” continues Butterworth as we debate the cabin’s Britishness, “a shape which makes a statement across the car.” He points out the centre facia vents as an example, which in an earlier facia design joined the semi-circular centre console in an oval echoing the grille up front. “Just a hint of that remains,” says Butterworth. “We’ve kept the design fairly clean, with a level of symmetry.” “We didn’t want a driver-biased interior. Nor have we put the instruments in port-holes this time, and we haven’t gone the chronographic route.” Butterworth is hinting at the Lexus IS200 and to the car whose upper versions might tread on the S-Type’s toes, the Rover 75. He rejects those cars’ fancy dials. “We’re trying to attract a new customer, so we wanted something clean, clinical and no-nonsense for the instruments. But we’ve still tried to put in as many Jaguar stereotypes as possible.” The sat-nav screen is important, because it’s a visible indicator of deeper technological cleverness. The sat-nav includes real-time traffic information on its map, courtesy of a Trafficmaster interface, but the S’s techno treat is a voice-activation system for stereo, telephone and climate control. Devised by Visteon, a Ford component subsidiary, its fitment in the S-Type is a world first. Alert the system by pressing a button on the steering wheel, issue your command (it can understand nearly all English-language accents) and you will be obeyed. Just like that. The world has waited long for the Jaguar S-Type, and expectations are high. It’s a new kind of Jaguar, and rosy memories of Mark 2’s won’t be enough to push it onwards on their own. Nor would Jaguar want them to be, for this is a car intended to build on the delights of driving a BMW 5-series while still feeling like a Jaguar. Now it’s down to the buyers to decide. And judging by the way the order book has filled since October, they seem to be deciding in its favour. In the previous post, Jaguar’s chief architect of the S-Type’s styling, Simon Butterworth, drew attention to the deliberate use of an elliptical spitfire-wing shape throughout the S-Type. Examples of this elliptical theme can be seen, as mentioned, in the air vents, but also on the inside and outside door handles, the wood door trims, the centre console (although a lot of these were lost in the “facelift” or series II cars), as well as the shape created by the rear light clusters and the back of the boot lid. Butterworth doesn’t say so in the article, but the reason for the Spitfire wing theme being chosen is that the S-Type is built at Castle Bromwich, the same factory which turned out the iconic Spitfire fighter of WWII, and these design cues are therefore a tribute to one of Britain’s most iconic aircraft. And what is more emblematic of Britain’s transport heritage than the Spitfire and the Jaguar? All of which goes to bolster the S-Type’s right to claim to represent the best of British. In October 1998, Jaguar produced a numbered limited edition commemorative Book for the S-Type’s launch. Bound in heavy brushed-aluminium covers, the book includes the story of the Spitfire connection and a picture of the aircraft being built at Castle Bromwich. It’s interesting to read this history of the factory where our S-Types were built: __________________________________________________ ___________ Over 60 Years ago, building work started on a “shadow” factory at Castle Bromwich which was to cost £4.6 million and take 18 months to complete. The priority was to produce a fighter plane “the Spitfire“ an aircraft which would carve a unique place in aviation history. The initial planning concept for the factory layout was revolutionary because it utilised motor industry assembly line methods pioneered by car makers. The man in charge, Lord Nuffield, wanted to simplify construction as much as possible. However, despite his best intentions, there were still no completed aeroplanes by May 1940. Lord Beaverbrook, the newly appointed minister responsible for aircraft production, was keen to make his mark. He promptly demanded an explanation from Nuffield about the lack of progress; Nuffield made the mistake of suggesting that perhaps Beaverbrook would like to take control. The canny newspaper baron accepted the challenge immediately and with considerable speed relocated managers and skilled labour from the Vickers Armstrong Supermarine factory in Southampton. The first Spitfires took off within weeks of the changeover in time to take part in the Battle of Britain. In the immediate post-war years Fisher & Ludlow undertook body pressings for some of the most famous cars of the day, including the Standard Vanguard, Standard 8 and 10, Morris Minor saloon and the razor-edged Triumph Mayflower. Body production continued with a broader range of pressings once Fisher & Ludlow became part of the British Motor Corporation “BMC”. Famous marques such as Wolseley, Riley and Austin were added as customers. Besides automotive work, the site also produced washing machines, sinks, vending machines, bicycles, plastic products and central heating radiators. In 1966, a two-year series of mergers began which involved Jaguar, BMC and subsequently the Leyland Group; the result was the birth of the British Leyland Motor Corporation. Fisher & Ludlow then became Pressed Steel Fisher in the same period. One outcome of these changes meant that bodyshells for the Jaguar XJ6 and XJS models were pressed alongside those for some Austin and Rover ranges. Jaguar took control of the site in 1980 when all resources were concentrated on body assembly and painting of XJ saloons and XJS sportscars, before delivery to Browns Lane for final assembly. Substantial investment to support the introduction of the XK8 was made in 1996. The 105 acre site has seen many changes since the first Spitfire left the factory many years ago. Now the eagerly awaited S-TYPE is about to emerge with the same sense of immense pride.
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    There's all sorts of other reasons a DPF wont regen, do you know if any have been explored? namely charge air system and Injectors... From memory turbo actuation has to be behaving itself, you have to have sufficient vacuum created from the pump, which has to pass through the boost control solenoid sufficiently to actuate both the VGT and wastegate vacuum pressure cells any leakage in the pipework and/or cells will shut the ECU down from finding a 'required condition' status it needs to attempt regen... resulting in premature filling of DPF... Confirm boost control solenoid is piped up correctly too thats a more than common oversight, ive done it myself. Mechanical boost leakage (for example: hole in the intercooler, non-air tight inlet manifold, leaky boost pipe) can lead to the ECU shutting down regen capability too because the engine THINKS its getting good boost but the DPF is reporting silly pressure values due to a leak. post boost sensor. Boost sensor/MAP Sensor could also be reporting different values although within expected tollerance it could be out (hence it may not throw its own fault because its within tollerance). those values compared to the DPF Values could be shutting the ECU down. MAF sensor could be at fault for the same reason Lastly Injection system has to be upto par and no excessive back leakage from injectors. if you do have a leaky injector it may not show as excess soot out of the tailpipe. Theres been a few injector issues i know about recently both on here and people i know who have the diesels. I'd suggest looking at live injector correction values at idle, it would usually give a good indication if the ECU is dialing back some or overfueling others to compensate for a dicky injector, also take a look at Manifold pressures aswell as 'Desired' against 'Actual' boost figures would instantly show a dodgey/incorrectly installed boost control solenoid. MAP sensors read between 900-1100mbar with engine off this is normal, and you shouldn't be seeing much over 2600-3000mbar i wouldnt have thought (3000mbar is 2bar of boost and thats a lot in a standard trim car engine). hope this helps to separate the forest from the trees a little bit.
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    I was taught that a shilling was 12 pence in proper money and consequently it took 20 0f them to make a £1. A two bob piece = 10 to £1 And then a shilling was a 5p piece in this modern money. I also was taught the real words of Rule Britannia Rule Britannia Two tanners make a bob, Three make one and six [1/6] And four two bob. That Shropshire fresh air can take some getting used to.
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    hi usually valve stem seals, did you use genuine jaguar ones, some after market ones are really poor quality could also be the crankcase pcv, it controls the pressure in the crankcase, they stick as they get old and cause the pressure to rise in the engine case and cause oil to be pushed past the piston ring and smoke its on the left side of the engine and is like a round disc this is a common problem on higher miles cars cheers Joe
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    Hi Jon, I’m afraid I can’t really help, but weirdly I had exactly that happen to me yesterday in my 2011 XF. It was daytime so not a serious issue, but it’s never happened before (that I’ve noticed) and I’d just seen this post earlier. I’ll keep an eye on it and see if it persists. I really am no expert so I can only hazard a guess, but as it was the first decently warm day this year, maybe a sensor or something is expanding with age and heat possibly. Hope someone on here has experienced (and fixed) this! cheers Ian
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    I was sort of wondering thst also 🙂. Oops just noticed ... there's a photo in my first post thst shows my reg. How do I edit my first post?
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    Hi Carpo, Further to my previous post, I found that www.autodna.com gives accurate results (at a cost of about 7euros), absolutely correct for both my XF-S and my wife's TT. I didn't learn much, but it was interesting! Cheers, Jon
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    Hi has anyone had the engine remapped on a 2.2 Diesel and if so can you tell me any positives or negatives please
  24. 1 point
    Hi Tim, Me again, I should add, I have the 2.2 200BHP, I have done about 30'000 miles since Nov 2017 when i got it and never had any DPF issues at all. I use Shell V-Power and every 3 fills or so I add a bottle of Wynn's Gold treatment to the tank. Prevention is better than a cure and the cost of using a premium fuel and 2 bottles of snake oil a month is minimal when looking at refurbing or replacing a DPF. Dom
  25. 1 point
    One of the first things I did was source another alloy wheel and relegate the spacesaver to the shed.
  26. 1 point
    Thanks for the welcome Peter, much appreciated. My knowledge level lies firmly alongside yours! Having had a good browse over the last few days, I can certainly see that there's a wealth of experience and expertise, so whilst I can only aspire to this, if there's anything at all I may be able to offer I will certainly do so and I look forward to being part of the club. Best regards Francis
  27. 1 point
    My one does it sparadicaly. Usually caused by my sausage fingers just pressing 2 buttons accidentally on the remote. Sometimes when locking the car my sausage thumb turns the headlights on.
  28. 1 point
    if I could just mention that I would check out the wiring ? as it may be a bad earth contact, short in the circuit, break in a wire, many things route itself showing what it is but trying to trace it is very hard,... I would find a good auto electrician or if you've good at using a multimeter you can check it out yourself.
  29. 1 point
    Thanks Steve, It definitely is a struggle in the footwell, especially for someone who's 6'2" and 62yrs old ;-). I'll have a go at removal soon, but taking the cat on it's first long journey (since I got it) - off to Ireland this week - can't wait!!! Thanks again, Jon
  30. 1 point
    Believe it or not,a clap of thunder moved something on the shelf that moved the jack,still on the shelf but east west now. Mike
  31. 1 point
    hi if you need any more info, theres a lot here http://www.jagrepair.com/ electrical diagrams and workshop manuals which may help cheers Joe
  32. 1 point
    hi every thing you need is here http://www.jagrepair.com/ cheers Joe
  33. 1 point
    hi easier option would be to fix the boot lock then you can just put your key in and open the boot cheers Joe p.s. there is a main battery terminal in the drivers side front wheel arch, this one with jump leads you can start the car.
  34. 1 point
    Welcome to the Forum Paul ECO Start/Stop
  35. 1 point
    I used to have a 2.5 v6 X-Type and the AWD system coped very well with heavy snow over the winters we had while I owned it, It was replaced by a Nissen XTrail which, while also coping with the snow did not have the comfort of the X-Type, I remember one particular night in the X-Type approaching the hill up to our street in heavy falling snow coming across a queue of around five cars that had attempted and failed to climb the hill. I was approached by the driver of a small FWD car who actually started laughing when I pulled out to overtake him and still remember the expression on his face in my rearview mirror as I disappeared from him on my way slowly but steadily up the hill. The Xtrail was replaced by a Volvo XC90 and it was tremendous in the snow. I am now happy to be back with Jaguar with an XF and am not too concerned as over the fifteen years of 4x4 ownership, in reality, I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of times I really needed it.
  36. 1 point
    Hi, try locksmiths, my local locksmiths will do keys and remotes, they even repair remotes, they can clone the keys and they work out a lot cheaper, they can also supply remotes and code them to the car, phone round a few, most do car stuff now, cheers Joe
  37. 1 point
    I've used V-Power ever since buying the jag 3 years ago, gives better mpg and no major DPF problems. As said above, the cat does need to be let out of the bag occasionially
  38. 1 point
  39. 1 point
    Just by way of update, I can confirm that Marina is still around, and still very good from what I can gather from one visit (with another to come next week). They have moved from Southbourne though and are now on Ferndown Industrial Estate.
  40. 1 point
    Just thought I'd stick a few photos up while she is reasonably clean 🙂
  41. 1 point
    Hi, If you need any help with insurance for a re-map at all then please feel free to drop me a line. Regards, Dan.
  42. 1 point
    Hi Andrew, and welcome to the club. I am inclined to agree with Rodney. A turbo charged diesel has plenty of power, especially from 30 mph to 70 mph. Its there when you need it. The design engineers are pretty good when getting the power to weight ratio right. Jaguar used the same engine in the XF and in the Estate version and it could easily pull a heavier car. Years ago, in my motorcycle days, a mate had his 250 cc BSA speeded up, and he claimed it would do 100 mph, and it dis, -- for about 10 seconds. The X type is a nice comfortable car and you will enjoy it as it is. It will save you a few shillings, too. Regards, Peter.
  43. 1 point
    Hi Steve I work in the Surrey area and would always use 'Surrey Jag Centre', not quite in your part of Surrey, but they are very good, reasonably priced with the offer of a courtesy car too. The owner is Ray a Supreme Master Technician, if you just Google 'Surrey Jag Centre' they will come up or you can call them on 0208 689 3333. Regards Kevan
  44. 1 point
    Hi As long as the first part is the same it will be ok, the last two letters are usually the version the higher the letter the newer it is, "A" been older and "F" been newer some may need programing, if its not from a similar spec car cheers Joe
  45. 1 point
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    My beautiful 2001 XJ8.


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