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I am pleased to say I am back as a Jaguar owner, having sold my XJ8 three years ago (X350 model) and previous owner of an XJ6 (X300), the XJ8 was probably one of the best cars I have ever owned, don't do huge mileages due to having so many vehicles but it served me well for 7yrs, bought at a very reasonable price in 2013 just after it's 9th birthday, I always liked the feel of the Jags when you climb in, so much different to the plastic Mercedes although I do have at thing for them ever since owning a C230 Kompressor yr2000 model with the proper 2.3 engine, it was brilliant (if you ignored the constant battle with rust).

Any way, I'm back with an XK 5.0 N/A, completely impractical bit, you only live once, and for the time being I still have the practicality of the R Class which is huge, plus our family bus the Viano which is just run in with 340000 miles on the clock.

This car has the feel of the Jag that I remember along with performance and sound that is just addictive, in the past I have always maintained and repaired my own vehicles but admit as I get older and don't have any garage to work in I tend to get the MOT and service done at the same time then I'll do anything else that I can do outside, brakes etc. I also usually change my own tyres and have access and experience with a/c charging equipment which has been a part of my work for over thirty years now, all this experience ( I still work with specialist vehicles as technical support/planning special vehicle builds and some hands on stuff) recently trained in high voltage electric vehicles, all of this makes me a pain when I have to get work done by a garage, it's never good enough! Why can't they fit the engine cover back on properly? Why do I need to buy a new DPF when it's clear it just needs a dpf pressure differential sensor? Recently MB wanted to charge me £144 diagnostic charge to price up fitting a new injector seal, I said surely you can just look at it and say, yes it is leaking and this is how much to repair? which they did, but they had their money as it took them 5 hrs, but they only charged me for 4 after estimating 2, and they didn't fit the engine over properly and they carried out an emissions update after I asked them not to ( I swear it has lost power since, especially top end).

Back to my new purchase, all well? No not really, the key fobs fell apart, easily replace for £20 with items from the internet, the exhaust heat shield fell off, one front wheel is flat spotted (noticeable at high speed), I had and engine management light come on which is related to timing (i believe one VVT unit got stuck as it happened when engine was cold and the traction kicked in pulling away as if it was just moving the cam and the shut off whilst it gained traction, went away on it's own and no history suggesting it happened more that the once, accessory socket didn't have power (blown fuse), but the biggest problem, sometimes the defrost setting doesn't put air on the screen , now I believe it is probably the stepper motor (or servo whatever you want to call it) but of course when I go to it with the diagnostics it is always working and I can move the flaps at will via controls or via the diagnostic kit (icarsoft JLRV3). Now my local independent specialist want £95ph and two hours to diagnose, I would just change the motor but you can't get it out without removing the dash and replacement is likely to be the only way to identify if it is the stepper at fault and not the control or infact another stepper causing a communication problem on the Lin bus, all of the steppers and the control unit require the dash to be removed to replace them, i'm going to live with it for now (maybe it will correct itself) but if the dash has to come out the only option is to replace all of the steppers on that lin bus and possibly the control, box as well, I am going to look closer to see which if any can actually be removed with out removing the dash. Anyone know how long to get the dash out? I suppose it depends on who's doing it and if they have done it before and of course I bet they don't do it as well as they should?

Apart from that I do love the car, the feel and the sound is just right for me.
 

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an XK 5.0 N/A, completely impractical
No they're not, assuming you don't even think of the rear seats as seats, rather as a luggage compartment! Perfectly practical as a "proper" car for the driver and passenger for a long weekend away, as is its design, a GT car. In that guise, it is perfect. Love my XKR.

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We work as foster carers, hence impractical for me often 4/5 kids at a time, but I have other options still have my company vehicle and the R class for now plus we have our Viano bus.
 

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Hello scrubber and welcome back to the Jaguar fold. Nice looking car.
 

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Hello & welcome
 
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