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A few simple things to check when you go to see it. Apart from the obvious like service history, tyres, warnings on dash,etc.
Go round and check all door and boot locks work properly. Put the air cond on full and make sure it is very cold on tickover. Don't be put off with a few stone chips (motorway driving is best). When the car first starts with the vents all open you should not get exhaust smells in the cabin. Simple things on these cars which are not a problem on some cars can be expensive. Best to check as much as possible before you buy rather than have to try to get money back after.
If you look on this forum for things to check before warranty expires you will see a list of everything that goes wrong with the things. But don't be put off, it is a bit scary, having said that it is better to be safe than sorry.
Thank you. Pic is above. It has impeccable service history. I'll be sure to do all the checks I can :)
 

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You might consider doing a full history check with someone like Car Vertical which will give a full report on things like mileage, theft reports, outstanding finance, any accident damage with photos and if written off etc. Not expensive and gives you peace of mind. I have no affiliation with Car Vertical but used them when I bought mine.

 

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You might consider doing a full history check with someone like Car Vertical which will give a full report on things like mileage, theft reports, outstanding finance, any accident damage with photos and if written off etc. Not expensive and gives you peace of mind. I have no affiliation with Car Vertical but used them when I bought mine.

hi yes did that, all good which is nice!
 

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Looking at the MOT history I would have a real good look at the suspension, especially the rear but I wouldn't ignore the front either.

A few things from the top of my head:
  • Secondary turbo actuator: once warmed up accelerate well past 2,800rpm to ensure it is working properly.
  • Brake Judder: get to at least 60mph and then gently brake and feel for any vibration.
  • Water Ingress: check the boot, wheel well and rear fuse box for water ingress.
  • Idling: after the test drive and the car is warmed up, leave it on idle and go outside. Listen carefully for any unusual noise in addition to the usual diesel clatter coming from deep within the engine such as the crankshaft area.
  • Capillary Action: Not sure how willing they would be to let you check this but a pretty important one. Water can wick its way up the wire from the front windscreen washer pump and into the front fuse box. You can pull the multiblock connect to check for corrosion. If no corrosion then it's either been addressed or you have time to fix it yourself. Very cheap and easy to fix, can be very expensive to fix if damage is done. Check on here to get more details on it.

I did a lot of short journeys so took it out for a run every week to clear the DPF. It was great at first but eventually it not only became a bit of a hassle as it was time consuming, but also rather expensive on diesel - bearing in mind a DPF regen will use considerably more fuel than normal driving. I also had to change my oil every 6 months and it often looked rather runny (probably full of diesel). A couple of local specialists suspected my crank was failing, probably due to all the regens. I hated the diesel clatter sound it made at idle, it was not refined sounding as one would expect of a Jaguar.

Looks like I'm going against the grain but personally from my experience I would avoid a diesel for your type of use and look at their petrol engines.
 

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hi, thank you so much for such a detailed write up. some more detailed history:-

24-12-09 16109miles Guy Salmon Jaguar
13-10-10 32500miles Guy Salmon Jaguar
13-7-11 48649miles Colliers Jaguar
9-5-12 63928miles Colliers Jaguar
28-1-14 72334miles Lee Robson, Loughborough
6-8-15 76942miles Stratstone Jaguar
2-9-16 82665miles £387 Chiltern of Bovingdon Jaguar Specialist
21-2-18 87750miles SN Automobiles
11-3-19 90340miles £924 SN Automobiles (inc alternator)
15-04-20 New Battery £112
31-7-20 96836miles Lookers Jaguar £858 (inc. belts)
10-12-21 2x lower front arms and bushes, 2x upper rear arms £952
27-5-22 104182miles Reliance Autos, Bicester £488 (inc brembo discs and pads, supplied) 4x new tyres, thermostat housing replaced OEM part £300
 

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That all sounds pretty comprehensive, it certainly looks well cared for. There is no question diesels are ideally suited to motorway cruising and I do a fair bit of that in my 2.2D, but not every week. Most of the time it is local supermarket runs etc. However, I am normally able to find an excuse to have a drive out somewhere at the weekends to visit somewhere or walk/cycle with the other half, which gives it the longer runs it needs. I have never had an issue with the DPF on mine, nor with oil dilution. In fact last time I changed the oil I took out almost exactly what I had put in, she hardly used a drop over 9k miles. Find an example that has been well cared for, continue caring for it and they will repay you with years of happy motoring.
 

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That all sounds pretty comprehensive, it certainly looks well cared for. There is no question diesels are ideally suited to motorway cruising and I do a fair bit of that in my 2.2D, but not every week. Most of the time it is local supermarket runs etc. However, I am normally able to find an excuse to have a drive out somewhere at the weekends to visit somewhere or walk/cycle with the other half, which gives it the longer runs it needs. I have never had an issue with the DPF on mine, nor with oil dilution. In fact last time I changed the oil I took out almost exactly what I had put in, she hardly used a drop over 9k miles. Find an example that has been well cared for, continue caring for it and they will repay you with years of happy motoring.
yes i've been very picky, and this one is more expensive than others, but the fact its been so well cared for is worth the extra IMO (and experience) its a lot of car for £7000
 

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yes i've been very picky, and this one is more expensive than others, but the fact its been so well cared for is worth the extra IMO (and experience) its a lot of car for £7000
It's nice to see someone appreciating a well looked after car, I hope this happens with mine as I maintain them to an almost OCD level. But that is quite strong money for the age and mileage. You can get a younger facelift (Portfolio albeit not the 'S') with 15k less miles and a decent MOT history for similar money: link

For an extra £500 there's an even younger one with adaptive cruise and other extras link

You can even get a newer XJ (2010) with lower mileage and the 275PS output for much the same money. It might be too big, especially being the LWB, but a lovely car link
 

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Hi, yea I know it's at the higher end, I'll be negotiating though and have made that clear to the seller who is open to it. I've learned the hard way that newer doesn't necessarily mean better, plus I actually prefer the look of the pre facelift (I know I'm in the minority here!) Appreciate the advice though and certainly something to think about!
 

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I would have suggested looking at the 2011 facelift 8 gears
I had one for more than 6 years trouble free motoring. Only changed it to get lower emissions to enter more cities....but each to his own,
Good luck.
Thank you, yes must admit the 8 speed box would have been nice but I guess at this age, value etc it's about compromises for the right car for me
 

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The indicator noise is generated by a synthsizer and speaker. Others have had the instrument cluster replaced when it failed but it might be repairable by a competent auto-electrician. It is not clear whether it would be an MOT fail as that simply says an indicator 'tell-tale' may be audible or visual without indicating if one of the two suffices. Otherwise, enjoy the new car!
 

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The indicator noise is generated by a synthsizer and speaker. Others have had the instrument cluster replaced when it failed but it might be repairable by a competent auto-electrician. It is not clear whether it would be an MOT fail as that simply says an indicator 'tell-tale' may be audible or visual without indicating if one of the two suffices. Otherwise, enjoy the new car!
Yes upon closer inspection it appears to be seatbelt warning, light warning and indicator sounds not working. I got some money off for this, I hoped it would be an easy fix...
 
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