Jaguar XX 2008 - 500 miles in 2 years

Jaguar XX 2008 - 500 miles in 2 years

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knitware

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1,109 posts

149 months

Thursday 18th June
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Hello my new Jaguar friends!

I pick up a car tomorrow, an XK 4.2 NA. The car only has 13,000 miles, and only driven 500 miles in 2 years. It's been to Jaguar for a service every year, same month, since new and I have it booked into Jaguar next month. It's been garaged all its life, I spoke with the servicing dealer who knew the car and suggested it had an easy life.

My question is, with relatively few miles and with my drive home form the dealer being almost as long as the previous chaps annual mileage, should I just drive it, enjoy or do long stood cars suffer in any way?
It has had a dealer inspection and new MOT.

Baldchap

3,056 posts

48 months

Thursday 18th June
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Wind it up and enjoy it.

If you were dating a supermodel, would you leave her pure for the next guy?

V88Dicky

6,399 posts

139 months

Friday 19th June
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I bought a four year old car with 275 miles on it hehe

Bear with me. An old boy, the type who buys his new car from the local dealership, regardless of what make it is, took delivery of it. Almost immediately afterwards, his wife fell seriously ill, the type of illness that requires wheelchairs and portable oxygen etc frown
Now, instead of changing it for something more sensible, he, for whatever reason, decided to keep it.
It got rolled out every year for a service, then service and MOT at three years, even a major service including plugs etc just before he eventually sold it.
When I went to view it, it was essentially a new car. Things like the hoses, belts, brake calipers etc were brand new. Of course I couldn't resist, especially as it was priced the same as others with average mileage for the age.
For good measure, I fitted a new battery and that was it. It's still my daily driver now smile (it's not a Jag BTW)

In your instance, just go in with eyes wide open, consider a new battery as XKs need the battery to be in top shape. Let the car fully warm up, get a feel for it, then put her through her paces and give it an Italian tune up! driving

The car will thank you wink

Summit_Detailing

1,317 posts

149 months

Friday 19th June
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As per V88 above + check the date stamp on the tyres and a vibration when test driving from flat spots where it's been sat.

Sounds like a good find!

Cheers,

Chris

knitware

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1,109 posts

149 months

Friday 19th June
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Hello chaps, thank you for the replys. I collected the car today, absolutely fine. It drives so well, no weird noises or vibrations, pulls and stops beautifully. Im sure a few hundred miles will do it a world of good! Jaguar service booked in July.

Yes, I need to check the tyre dates, how old is too old, 5 years plus?

V88Dicky

6,399 posts

139 months

Friday 19th June
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That's lovely!

I think it's around 7 years or so, but if there's any tiny cracks and deterioration get them changed sooner.

Summit_Detailing

1,317 posts

149 months

Friday 19th June
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Great colour for it, wheel design suits it too.

Enjoy every mile!

Cheers,

Chris

Simpo Two

72,238 posts

221 months

Friday 19th June
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Summit_Detailing said:
Great colour for it, wheel design suits it too.
Agreed x2. But then I would smile

Colour is a funny thing with XK/Rs. I usually find grey cars very boring, but in the XK it works really well, and other colours that you'd expect to look good somehow fall short. Must be the shape.

knitware

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1,109 posts

149 months

Saturday 20th June
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V88Dicky said:
That's lovely!

I think it's around 7 years or so, but if there's any tiny cracks and deterioration get them changed sooner.
Thank you,
I checked the tyres, week number, irrelevant but the year.... 2008,all 4. So 12 year old tyres, I thought they were a bit noisy...

Any recommendations, stick with oe Dunlop or something else? I guess technological has moved on a bit in 12 years, most branded names should be good. Michelin, Dunlop, etc.
Just passed an mot too, is tyre age just a recommendation?

knitware

Original Poster:

1,109 posts

149 months

Saturday 20th June
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Simpo Two said:
Agreed x2. But then I would smile

Colour is a funny thing with XK/Rs. I usually find grey cars very boring, but in the XK it works really well, and other colours that you'd expect to look good somehow fall short. Must be the shape.
Thank you! The colour is a beautiful metallic ultra violet grey, I agree, the colour exenuates the shape of the car. Right, must search tyres...

Simpo Two

72,238 posts

221 months

Saturday 20th June
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knitware said:
Thank you! The colour is a beautiful metallic ultra violet grey, I agree, the colour exenuates the shape of the car. Right, must search tyres...
I've just - after some research - had Goodyear F1's on the front: https://tinyurl.com/yarb38ra As I'm not Lewis Hamilton I can't tell the difference anyway! But they have rim protection which is handy because those Carelia alloys seem to be kerb magnets...

knitware

Original Poster:

1,109 posts

149 months

Sunday 21st June
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Simpo Two said:
I've just - after some research - had Goodyear F1's on the front: https://tinyurl.com/yarb38ra As I'm not Lewis Hamilton I can't tell the difference anyway! But they have rim protection which is handy because those Carelia alloys seem to be kerb magnets...
It might not be question for here but I might ask the dealer to help with the cost of changing, it seems a little poor to sell a car with 12 year old tyres. Especially when, in the video, he made a big deal of the tyres saying how much tread was on them, I'll email him.

V88Dicky

6,399 posts

139 months

Sunday 21st June
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knitware said:
Thank you,
I checked the tyres, week number, irrelevant but the year.... 2008,all 4. So 12 year old tyres, I thought they were a bit noisy...

Any recommendations, stick with oe Dunlop or something else? I guess technological has moved on a bit in 12 years, most branded names should be good. Michelin, Dunlop, etc.
Just passed an mot too, is tyre age just a recommendation?
Mine had the OEM Dunlops on which were fine for me, but it's personal choice. They're actually quite reasonable on the price front last time I checked.

knitware

Original Poster:

1,109 posts

149 months

Sunday 21st June
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Thank you for your recommendation, I found a set of Continental Sport contact 6 at a local dealer, booked in next week.

I also want the change the car battery, its the original at 12 years old, just to be safe.

I'm guessing it's an 019 type, and I don't need the vented type, sealed will do?

That should be all that I need to do...

Edit, just orded this, Varta Silver Dynamic H3 Car Battery. Good, all done.
I'll compose an email to the dealer regarding help with the tyre cost, although I'm sure they perhaps wont help. This thread may help others to check the age of tyres, usually not done, just a tread check, and help with the negotiation.

Edited by knitware on Sunday 21st June 11:30

V88Dicky

6,399 posts

139 months

Sunday 21st June
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Nice one smile

Simpo Two

72,238 posts

221 months

Sunday 21st June
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knitware said:
I'll compose an email to the dealer regarding help with the tyre cost, although I'm sure they perhaps wont help. This thread may help others to check the age of tyres, usually not done, just a tread check, and help with the negotiation.
The dealer would be legally obliged to sell the car with tyres that were legal and safe. If they're not and you can prove it he should give in fairly quickly; if they are - and they just passed an MOT - maybe just carry on and keep an eye on them. Can you see any cracks?

The noise you hear could just be the fact they're wide low profile tyres and a firmish suspension.

knitware

Original Poster:

1,109 posts

149 months

Wednesday 24th June
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I put the tyres on, much better, quieter and plush. The new battery makes the car turn over on start much quicker, pleased I changed it. Spent 12 hours machine polishing and ceramic coating to remove the car wash swirls, what a difference. Shiny new plates arrived too.













Edited by knitware on Wednesday 24th June 20:32

Peter3442

281 posts

24 months

Thursday 25th June
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They are wonderful cars, a modern Jaguar that has some of the older Jaguar's best qualities. They (or at least mine) needs a few miles to clear the tubes if it's not been used for a few weeks. If you press the throttle gently, they may feel a bit slow off the line. if you use it less than say twice a week, it's worth keeping it on a Ctek or similar.

Simpo Two

72,238 posts

221 months

Thursday 25th June
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Looks good!

As I was scrolling down I thought 'WTF he's stuck blue trim on!'

Peter3442 said:
They are wonderful cars, a modern Jaguar that has some of the older Jaguar's best qualities. They (or at least mine) needs a few miles to clear the tubes if it's not been used for a few weeks. If you press the throttle gently, they may feel a bit slow off the line. if you use it less than say twice a week, it's worth keeping it on a Ctek or similar.
I find the 4.2 XK remarkably slow for a 4.2 300bhp car. But that's because the loud pedal seems to need a lot of travel. To overtake swiftly and give the old girl a kick up the butt I use the paddles to drop 1 or 2 cogs. Sport mode is useless IMHO, you just end up driving everywhere 2 gears too low and wasting petrol. The S-Type's sport button worked properly. For me the XK/R marks the start of the decline of the proper Jaguar and the transition into the rather average unrefined stuff they offer now.