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I've had the SV8 a number of years now, it's quick, it's comfortable, it's a pain in the butt - and the pain in the butt is really becoming dominant - and yet all other cars assessed just don't tick the right boxes.

So why is the pain in the butt becoming dominant - issue after issue after issue after issue ....

a) Sick and tired of the cars behaviour re the battery - and I need (in a non covid world) a car that can sit in an airport for 3 weeks without taking a dump - yes it has a brand spanking new high end Varta battery - I'm just so tired of having to leave a maintenance charger on the car - I don't use the car much at all. Then despite the battery being on charge and according to the charger fully charged the car still insists 'Low Battery' - on the infotainment system. The battery management on this car is about the worst I have ever encountered, confidence is so low that I now carry a lithium boost starter in the car. Diagnostics reveals nothing but I'm sure the infotainment system is the problem as it can be heard reading the navigation DVD almost constantly even when sat in the car engine off, there is no easy way to measure the current draw with the car locked.​
b) Drivers door window lift took a dump and yes the window as all the way down and the heavens were open, it was late at night and it was damn cold - fixed, passenger side done as a just in case.​
c) Airbag light on dash caused by the unit behind the steering wheel - that was a pig to replace.​
d) Airbag light on dash caused by the in roof unit - dirty / poor contacts preventing the airbag warning LED functioning​
e) Drivers door started to blister on the outside - yes the dreaded corrosion from inside out - I've put on a new door but because the car isn't a common colour (Emerald Fire) the door thats on is less than satisfactory, going to cost circa £400 to get this to pass my OCD - how long before the other three doors do this ....​
f) The car threw the bank 1 and bank 2 too lean engine code - now fixed - I blame extended period of non use thanks to Covid (I was one of those on the high risk madatory stay home list). However fixing this resulted in destroyed windscreen scuttles (because if you don't take them off you will invent all kinds of new words as you try to see and access stuff), they are almost impossible to remove without destroying (plastic clip tears off), every set I looked at has the clip torn off - which renders them useless, finding good ones was a challenge.​
g) Rear passenger side light had to be replaced - LED failure - but I'll be repairing the old one if and when I feel inclined to take it apart.​
h) Heated windscreen is as much use as tits on a bull - only half of the elements work and it gets worse every year,​
i) Pretty sure the spring in bank 2 VVT is busted so I guess it is time for timing chains - but then there is a lot of oil getting into the induction system - occasionally there will be a puff of smoke on starting, not always but its there, the clatter from the VVT is guaranteed once the oil pressure has dropped / bled off (the spring is supposed to lock the cam in the full retarded position but apparently they break and then the VVT becomes 100% dependent upon oil pressure - won't cause any piston to valve contact but it is majorly irritating, as is the occasional smoke - my OCD really struggles with it - this could be excessive blow by, the engine is an AJ34S so rarer than hens teeth and stupid money when you can find one, when you do find one there's no guarantee that it doesn't have issues and parts to rebuild the AJ34S are obscenely expensive if they're even available.​
j) Whilst cleaning / sprucing and otherwise TLC'ing I spotted cracking on two tyres - so thats 4 new tyres needed (the tyres I have were on the car when I bought, I never do partial replacements / mixed tread patterns / compounds on tyres), and it really is wheel refurb time so that means replacing TPMS sensors (re my OCD), but wait - only summer tyres are available in the Jaguar size - and yey the rear tyres have been the wrong profile (285/35 instead of 285/30) from the day I got the car. Didn't realise the fitted tyres weren't all season - that would explain a few things ...​

Technically I don't really need a car at all based on my usage but I like to have one around 'just in case' - perhaps it's a man math thing. It is however a pretty rare vehicle, it's a blast to drive, should I just suck it up and do all the work needed (conservative £4k to placate the OCD) or just get sensible.

I'm tempted to sell - first person to put £5500 in my hand drives away .... or even PX but the offers (highest 4k) are depressing

What would you do ?
 

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If you can afford a second car get something very cheap to leave at the airport (Like Honda Jazz incredibly reliable for less than a grand).
Meantime look after your sv8 and fix it.
 

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I'd suggest stop being so worried about the minor things. If it's an SV8 it's going to be at least 10 years old now and things won't be what they used to be.

Mine for instance, the drivers heated seat doesn't work anymore and the windscreen heater isn't brilliant.
There's a good 3" gap that's missed, conveniently right in front of me.

My Volans are in desperate need of a refurb but it's a bit of a workhorse so I don't worry too much.

Engine wise it's pretty good, still gets given some hammer now and again even though it's nudging 100k miles. One of the cats has just about had it, but luckily it's the one the MOT station don't test (fully separate exhausts front to back).

One of my rear doors doesn't open from the outside.

It's used and daily and does everything I expect of it. I had 3 lengths of 3.2m gravel board in the other day (across the dashboard on a towel, and right up to the boot lip), 10 bags of gravel (250kg) and a wheelbarrow in the car in one journey.

I plan on keeping it for a while yet!
 

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I'm torn hence the frustrated 'have I had enough' ... stuff that doesn't work for me causes OCD of the worst kind, suppose it is a kind of mental illness but non functional doors etc would drive me potty, this is hard to explain.

I just found a crack in the windscreen too - heat related perhaps - I sure haven't caused it - in any case at least a replacement (booked) should help make it all work again - something I suppose

Finding tyres is challenging - why are all suppliers incorrectly stating 285/35 rear - the handbook clearly states 285/30. Finding a supplier that can do the same brand all round is proving fun - some have the rears and not the fronts, some the other way around. Looking for either Goodyear (Sportmaxx RT 2) or Toyo perhaps - not decided - if I replace I will likely buy the tyres and get the wheels refurbed - need to price the sensors.

The car has hit 137k miles and besides the starting noises / occasional smoke it runs fine - there are no knocks etc but I know it is in timing chain territory.

Does anyone have the tools for the job ? - don't mind DIYing it but finding the tools in this country is challenging too - easily obtained in the USA !!

Worst case anyone recommend an engine shop that knows these cars in the North West UK - I am also sick and tired of so called specialists that only want the easy work or flat out don't know what they're talking about - 'It doesn't have VVT' was a remark from the last specialist - some specialist that is ... I'd let somebody do the work if I had confidence in them ... perhaps if I can get some items off the list I'll feel better about it.
 

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get something very cheap to leave at the airport
Actually have an 08 Passat estate that we use as a workhorse - too much hassle sometimes to move cars around, our only passing place on the driveway is filled with my other projects ...
 

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Why are you doing the timing chains? They usually give you loads of notice, rattling and clanging etc. I wouldn't bother unless you're having problems with them, it's an unnecessary expense.
 

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The issue is the VVT, think I posted about it soon after joining - it is an annoyance, it isn't getting worse and once oil pressure is up things are quiet. To get to the VVT you need to pull the front off the engine, to do that you need a couple of special tools that I can't seem to get my hands on - 'we only sell to the trade' type BS - 40 years ago I WAS the trade - the chains etc is an I'm already in there thing - it is no joke getting into the front of one of these engines.

The real trigger for my OCD was the rust on the drivers door - can't be doing with it - now I don't know if the other doors won't follow on. Internally they don't look much different - you can't see the rust but on the drivers door you can sure see the blisters.

Just spent money on TPMS sensors .... whilst I'd trade in with the current tyres I sure wouldn't sell it to someone - I won't drive far on them after seeing the cracking.
 

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So I've kind of decided. Keep. Total cost for Tyres and wheel refurb is a little eye watering - not much change from £1400 .... getting windscreen replaced ... £155 and I'll strip the remaining doors again and wax them internally (they're dry inside as the car is covered and has been since November ....).

The engine I will just live with for now, the electrics I may need to suck it up and book it into a Jaguar dealer (not that I rate them much higher than the specialists I've encountered) .
 

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I think that reasonable as 14 years ago I was paying 250 per tyre 235 35 R19 for the michelin primacy or whatever it was on my Vectra
 

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Yeah I've used openeo before. I seem to drift between them, black circles and mytyres.
 

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Tyreleader sometimes betters the others on price, just cross check a few outlets. I prefer Black Circles as you can direct the tyres to ATS for fitting, they usually do a good careful job.
 

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It might be too late for you now Ben.. but Michelin are doing £100 cash back for four tyres through certain outlets, apologies if too late...
 

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I have an SV8, mine has only just ticked over 45000 miles though, so far in 2 years I've had a few mainly electrical niggles. Got one at the moment with the infotainment system keeps rebooting. Engine and gearbox wise it's been faultless, and touch wood I've not encountered any paint issues as of yet. I joined the thread late but glad to see you're getting her fixed up and keeping her.

Ive owned a few cars down the years and it's always tempting to offload them once they start having a few problems, but it's always cheaper to fix up your current car than buy a new one, especially if you're in the used market. Chances are you'll buy a car that will need another load of money spending on it in 12-18 months and you end up no better off. I've done this a couple of times in the past and have always looked back and thought, wished I'd fixed that one up and kept it a bit longer. Keep us posted with all the news mate, nice to see another Sv8 owner on here, I imagine they're getting pretty rare on the road nowadays
 

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£100 cash back for four tyres through certain outlets, apologies if too late...
No not too late at all, there's a retailer near me running it and although they're 'expensive' compared to Oponeo the cashback makes it worthwhile - makes the buy price for all four £733 - I was going to get Oponeo to deliver straight to the wheel refurbisher but now I'll get the tyres done and then refurbish the rims - it is all parked at the moment because the windscreen has cracked (getting replaced Friday 14th).

The electrical behaviour of the SV8 is my biggest single annoyance, it is real hard to trust the car, even after a full charge and a battery less than a year old the infotainment system still has the gall to chirp about low battery - my robust backside it is low - pretty sure the BCM and battery strategy was written by an apprentice.

As I said though I've considered parting with a couple of times but so few other cars tick the same boxes, I wouldn't even trade it for a 'facelift' version. I have been looking for a similarly specified pre-facelift XFR but it seems that most aren't particularly well specified and I just don't like black interiors.

If I still had some of the cars that I've owned I'd be pretty wealthy now in car terms, I even had a special edition V12 Jaguar XJS - sold it for £6k - worth 4 times that now and this isn't so long ago !!. has a collection of BMW, Ford, Lotus all of which are now commanding 5 figure price tags.

The SV8 is rare, will it be a classic - I really don't know -
 
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