PH Blog: The curiosities of cold-start driving
Harris explores a curious trait of the latest Jaguars and wonders whether there are other cars out there with cold-running foibles
In fact it's something particular to the three Jaguars I've run since the back-end of 2010 - they simply don't work for the first 10 minutes of every journey. By 'work', I mean the suspension feels like it has remained asleep. It must be a particular trait of Jag's adaptive damping system, because the XKR did it, as did the very wonderful XJ Supersport I used last year. This morning the XF, for about 15 miles, rode like it was on square wheels. Then suddenly, it was better. Albeit never truly supple, because this car has the full sports suspension package.
But these Jags must have something going on with their shock absorbers. It's a shame, because you rather dread those first few miles each morning.
Anyone else drive anything that suffers a similar personality disorder when cold?
*Well, not this exact car, but you get the idea...
Are Jag not one of these companies that go testing in the arctic circle though? Seems odd that they'd do that and it not be picked up on...
With my R8, it's the tyres that feel the need for warmth initially, and the manual 'box is a bit clunky until properly warmed up.
All adds character, IMO.
make the car feel like it's got 4 blocks of concrete at each corner.
I think jaguar should sell F1 style tyre warmers (10% for the idea),to put around the tyres in the morning before going to work. Maybe a new kind of Kers were the heat from the brakes are dissipated directly onto the tyre walls with a flick of a switch on the dash, winter button
Short of a pre-warming type idea similar to what VW and others offer for cold morning to defrost windscreens etc then just something to live with. Bit of a sod if you drive it 15mins or less to work everyday.
My Impreza GX has no cold start foibles, I like it for that. Feels slick and ready from the go.
I wonder if its an ECU mapping issue? Or the relatively wild cam?
For the record, my S2000 (even more highly stressed N/A, 2 litre, 4cyl) has no such problems and is smooth as silk at any temperature...