Mark Five

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  • First Name
    Mark
  • Jaguar Model
    S-Type
  • Year of Jaguar
    2004
  • UK/Ireland Location
    Greater London

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  1. I've just dropped my car off at The Wheel Specialists, and thought I'd check to see if they are on the discount list - and they are. I gave them a quick call and got a very worthwhile 15% off 🙂 So lamenting the empty space in my garage has been somewhat diminished (but not entirely) by the saving of £50!
  2. Personally I wouldn't touch it with a bargepole - it looks too good to be true (so probably is). I'd get it remapped by a professional outfit.
  3. Has anyone had any experience of having a towbar fitted? I'm thinking of having one fitted but there's such an array of choices and prices that I'm finding it a bit of a minefield. I don't want any surgery on the rear bumper, as some are suggesting, so any recommendations or suggestions gratefully received. Thanks in advance!
  4. I bought this one from Adamesh - it was a bit fiddly cutting the vertical slats out with a Dremel (try not to break the clips!). The insert was secured with a dab of epoxy resin. I must say it was quite satisfying doing the work myself.. https://www.adamesh.co.uk/jaguar-s-type-mesh-grille-insert---models-after-2004-1210-p.asp Or you could buy this one: https://www.adamesh.co.uk/jaguar-s-type-mesh-grille---chrome-surround-2004---2007-models-575-p.asp
  5. Thanks Peter - probably time to replace the battery then.. Regards, Mark
  6. What would you consider to be 'low voltage'? My battery comes back with 11.4v, and I've had the odd lurch, 'gearbox fault' and engine MIL (all whilst moving), which clear themselves after an immediate restart. My 'short' runs are 2 x 13 miles, three times a week, and all in London..
  7. Hi all, I'm now on my second S-type, a 2004 2.5 auto with 45k on the clock. A few weeks ago I had the transmission sump replaced (warped & leaking) after getting 'gearbox fault' with increasing frequency - which I also had with a previous S-type (2001 with 3.0 + 70k). When it happens I reset the 'box by switching off the engine and immediately starting up again (sometimes with a rolling restart in neutral). I also get the odd thump (gearbox? diff?) when it's changing gear, and when I accelerate after slowing down with engine braking. The 'gearbox fault' went away with the new sump and fresh oil = but now it's back again! Most of my driving is commuting in town (14 miles each way), and at relatively low speeds (London!), so I'm wondering - is it my driving technique (slow acceleration and engine braking) or is there an inherent problem with these gearboxes? Any ideas? Cheers, Mark
  8. Here's the Portfolio spec: https://www.jaguar.co.uk/jaguar-range/xf/models/index.html You might like to take a look at this too: Good luck!
  9. A few days ago I started getting the dreaded 'gearbox fault' warning, which cleared immediately after stopping and starting again (4 times on a 12 mile urban journey!). I took it straight to my tame indie who hooked it up to his diagnostic kit, which showed a problem with gears 2 and 3. The fault was cleared and we took it around the block, and all was fine - but for peace of mind I decided to get the oil changed, which meant a new sump (filter) too. Now here's the weird thing.. these gearboxes are supposed to be 'sealed for life', but the PLASTIC sump had warped and was slowly leaking fluid which, unsurprisingly, resulted in the gearbox fault warning and bad shifts. Only 3 litres was left in the gearbox, when it should have had 7! Yes, I should have checked the level, but I didn't. For some silly reason Jaguar decided to change the sump material from aluminium (which didn't warp with repeated heat cycles) to plastic (which does) - so if you're getting the same warning and symptoms that I did, check for oil leaks! Happy growling! Mark
  10. Unless you're happy with finding where the fault(s) lie, or you can take someone who can, personally I wouldn't touch it. It's £400 for a reason. If it's a stretched cable, great, but if it's a broken gearbox you're looking at big money. Cheers, Mark
  11. I had exactly the same problem, and this is what I found.. once the wiring was reconnected everything was fine (but I changed the O-rings while I had the valves out) Good luck!
  12. Hi everyone, If anyone is looking for a good, honest (and well-priced) indie, I can definitely recommend Alan Lloyd Motors in New Malden. I've used them for years (for things I can't, or won't, do), and they've always treated me fairly. They're a very small outfit and generally pretty busy, but I wouldn't go anywhere else. Cheers, Mark
  13. Hi Steve - it seems you're gradually getting the Jaguar bug.. you'll know you're fully infected when you go and admire it it the dark! Welcome to the club!
  14. UPDATE: It appears that when the dash-cam was hard-wired the key memory was wiped, probably through the wrong fuse being pulled (and re-inserted when they realised the mistake) - the same effect as having a flat car battery. On another note, and as R2e correctly said, all the methods described here http://www.bluejag.co.uk/S-Type-keyfob-reprogramming.php didn't work on my particular vehicle - it had to be done via the indie's SDD/IDS system. Lesson learnt: don't let Halfords fiddle with your fusebox unless they know EXACTLY which fuse to pull.
  15. It's a case of breaking a window I think.. not ideal, but if you need urgent access that's the only solution I can think of.