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Hi, not my first post, so I should say hello, bit of a story here……bear with me. :D
firstly, so pleased I found this forum, it’s great to see you haven’t all defected to FB which is the kiss of death for technical forums. Im a moderator on a Morris Minor forum, I know how FB can damage a great resource. I’ll also join up today to help support.

I digress, I’m Al, I’m mechanicAL. You can stick so many words in front of Al, try it, it’s mentAL almost comicAL.

Anyway, I’m good with the spanner’s, last biggish project was a 1275 from a midget into my minor which involved machined flywheel and clutch swap from hydraulic (midget) with 6 bolt crankshaft, to lever-operated as in the minor which had 4 bolt crankshaft. I’ll tackle anything mechanicAL with finesse and and win, one of the worst jobs I’ve done in recent years was a rear gearbox output shaft seal and clutch actuation push-rod in a BMW 1100RT that was shoving gearbox oil down the hollow actuator rod into the clutch that made it slip. Good old German design….
All that’s left of the bike is the front wheel and forks plus half an engine by the time you get to the clutch…gearbox needed totally stripping just to extract a £1 oil seal. I went on to ride that bike all over the France and Spain in and around the Pyrenees and the clutch never slipped again….

The Jag, I always fancied a Jag and 3 weeks ago I began looking for a diesel XF for the regular trip between Thirsk and Rothbury. A journey of 97.5 miles on the A19 or 107.5 miles on the A1. I’m getting to the point……….🤪

My used car buying policy is and always has been to buy the lowest mileage examples I can find. It’s never let me down so I defaulted to this in the search for an XF.

I set the search for 70,000 miles and 7K on autotrader and looked at everything with good history. Clearly there isn’t much about that ticks those boxes. I wasnt bothered about if it would be 2.7 or 3.0 or if it would be pre or post facelift but the criteria made it extremely likely that it would be a 2.7.

I searched for a few days, there was nothing on the market with the low miles I was after and then, as I was sitting out on the patio with a beer and looking once again on autotrader and eBay……………………………….a 2009 2.7 lunar grey XF luxury pulls up outside my place in Rothbury. I quickly googled the reg, checked the mot history and found it was last motd in March this year at just 48,000 miles. The MOT history is excellent with consistent, low annual mileage.

I went to talk to the guy, he was getting too old to be climbing in and out with his bad knees and was thinking of selling……… I went home, did a HPI, found it was 3 owners And 3 private reg transfers, It has a stamp for nearly every year in the book, is in fabulous condition, almost unmarked save for alloy scuffs and one minor bumper scuff. Interior is like spanking new. And thus, following a test drive, a deal was done to include the XFJ number plate and I bought it the following Monday, driving it the A1 route home to Thirsk.

Jobs to do before I start to use it.
Full belt service, serpentine, cam, fuel pump (never been done) and it’s 12 years old now!!!!
Full service, oils and fluids, filters
Rear camera is very dark, suspect the boot loom is cracking up
AC is in need of recharge
boot gas struts are tired, I’ve seen the mod vids on the boot lid opening
2 x tyres which are just on the wear indicators


If you are still here, thanks for reading,

Al





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Pull up a chair…….

Hi, not my first post, so I should say hello, bit of a story here……bear with me. :D
firstly, so pleased I found this forum, it’s great to see you haven’t all defected to FB which is the kiss of death for technical forums. Im a moderator on a Morris Minor forum, I know how FB can damage a great resource. I’ll also join up today to help support.

I digress, I’m Al, I’m mechanicAL. You can stick so many words in front of Al, try it, it’s mentAL almost comicAL.

Anyway, I’m good with the spanner’s, last biggish project was a 1275 from a midget into my minor which involved machined flywheel and clutch swap from hydraulic (midget) with 6 bolt crankshaft, to lever-operated as in the minor which had 4 bolt crankshaft. I’ll tackle anything mechanicAL with finesse and and win, one of the worst jobs I’ve done in recent years was a rear gearbox output shaft seal and clutch actuation push-rod in a BMW 1100RT that was shoving gearbox oil down the hollow actuator rod into the clutch that made it slip. Good old German design….
All that’s left of the bike is the front wheel and forks plus half an engine by the time you get to the clutch…gearbox needed totally stripping just to extract a £1 oil seal. I went on to ride that bike all over the France and Spain in and around the Pyrenees and the clutch never slipped again….

The Jag, I always fancied a Jag and 3 weeks ago I began looking for a diesel XF for the regular trip between Thirsk and Rothbury. A journey of 97.5 miles on the A19 or 107.5 miles on the A1. I’m getting to the point……….🤪

My used car buying policy is and always has been to buy the lowest mileage examples I can find. It’s never let me down so I defaulted to this in the search for an XF.

I set the search for 70,000 miles and 7K on autotrader and looked at everything with good history. Clearly there isn’t much about that ticks those boxes. I wasnt bothered about if it would be 2.7 or 3.0 or if it would be pre or post facelift but the criteria made it extremely likely that it would be a 2.7.

I searched for a few days, there was nothing on the market with the low miles I was after and then, as I was sitting out on the patio with a beer and looking once again on autotrader and eBay……………………………….a 2009 2.7 lunar grey XF luxury pulls up outside my place in Rothbury. I quickly googled the reg, checked the mot history and found it was last motd in March this year at just 48,000 miles. The MOT history is excellent with consistent, low annual mileage.

I went to talk to the guy, he was getting too old to be climbing in and out with his bad knees and was thinking of selling……… I went home, did a HPI, found it was 3 owners And 3 private reg transfers, It has a stamp for nearly every year in the book, is in fabulous condition, almost unmarked save for alloy scuffs and one minor bumper scuff. Interior is like spanking new. And thus, following a test drive, a deal was done to include the XFJ number plate and I bought it the following Monday, driving it the A1 route home to Thirsk.

Jobs to do before I start to use it.
Full belt service, serpentine, cam, fuel pump (never been done) and it’s 12 years old now!!!!
Full service, oils and fluids, filters
Rear camera is very dark, suspect the boot loom is cracking up
AC is in need of recharge
boot gas struts are tired, I’ve seen the mod vids on the boot lid opening
2 x tyres which are just on the wear indicators


If you are still here, thanks for reading,

Al





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Welcome Al, I'm Alan (prefer all the letters, 4 is hardly many!). I'm in Derbyshire, cars as per signature + 2 Mini's in the family. Have my own home workshop, lift etc and do most of my own mechanicALs too. You'll enjoy this forum, it's more of a community and no, we're not going to FB!

I need the cam belt on my 3.0D changing too. While I could do so myself, by the time I've bought the locking kit I'll never use again and spent all the time and effort, I may as well just let the local Jag specialist (Elite and Performance Jags) a couple miles from me do the job.
 
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Hello & welcome, stay safe.
 
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Thanks for the greets chaps,
I contacted 2 jag independents, one was so busy they couldn’t do for a month and had no courtesy cars whatsoever,
the other is a bit far away and was also very busy but might have been able to squeeze me in If I called back later.
I don’t use garages that are so under pressure, it is inevitable that jobs get done as fast as is possible which I know from experience isn’t always a happy ending.

Also, the satisfaction that the job was done properly by oneself is worth the sweat and car-cuts Innit. 🤪 🤪

Cheers chaps
Al
 

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Welcome Al, that looks like a decent purchase.
Don't be shy about posting up your Minor adventures as well :)
 
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