Just picked up a 2006 XJR in black with Cranberry interior; 103k miles, 1 owner since 2007.
Some excellent information on here, thanks to all contributors.
I have a coolant leak which I believe to be small, however, i dropped off the car with Tom Lenthall near Finchampstead earlier today for further investigation - this could turn into a coolant system refresh, including the hoses under the supercharger.
Have some basic questions, which i’ll Post in the relevant sections
Cheers all and seasonal greetings
Gearbox and diff oil changed by Tom and worth every penny.
The valley hose change is not a nice job. Several of us here have done the job but it is a nightmare for access. The EGR valve removal can bring you close to tears and getting the throttle body elbow off the back of the charger is exceptionally frustrating. This has to happen so the charger can come off and access be afforded to the valley hose. In my opinion, this job is best put out to the trade. Tom Lenthal has the staff to do the job. Expect a bit of a large invoice. The work needed is slow, difficult and tedious.
You might access the past magazines section on this site. Go back three plus years to the X350 section and then read forward to the current date. You will find many of my articles which detail work done to my XJR and the process involved. In addition you will probably find that looking at engine and suspension sections of this X350 site useful. These are the two areas of the car where regular maintenance is required.
I’ve read your posts in detail, many thanks for the effort you’ve put in; your experience is part of the reason i chose Tom to work on my car.
I’ve asked Tom to detail any other items in that vicinity, that would require SC removal to access (eg knock sensors, IAT), and change those too. I may as well leverage the opportunity, whilst it presents itself.
I’m not a fully paid up member, so don’t believe i can access the magazine archive.
Why not call our Head Office in Bristol and become a member. For less than a £1 a week, you get twelve glossy magazines each year and get to know more about our activities. Believe me, it is money well spent.
Hope that helps
1996 XJS Celebration Conv. (shown on the JEC stand at NEC Nov 2015)
2001 XKR Convertible
1989 XJ-S V12 Coupe. 2006 XJ TDVi Sovereign. 1995 XJ6 3.2. 2013 XF 2.2d. 2009 X Type 2.0d Sovereign estate
I've had the valley pipes, knock sensors, transmission cooler pipes, radiator hoses, coolant change, front and rear discs/pads, lower front banana arms, engine oil flush treatment (slight VVT knock on cold start*), transmission fluid flush, and also fitted Nevis wheels with new continental tyres. I love the way it now looks and its been a while since i've owned a daily-driver which causes me to look over my shoulder after parking up.
*i'm planning on trying a 0w40 oil to see if this helps with the cold start rattle, currently on 5w30
Overall, i'm really impressed with it. It feels like a quality item, and its able to mix cruising with 'enthusiastic' driving. I'm visiting my mother more frequently now due to health reasons (300 mile round trip), so i'm using it much more recently. It's ideally suited to the task. i think she quite likes it too.
I've sprung for an L322 (BMW 7 series engine with Prins LPG) Range Rover meantime to finding an X350 after three X308 -- all were a pleasure to drive and work on.
Why does that body shape just "look right"?
Or is it just me being overly sentimental toward memories of "real Jaguars"?
Current: '03 Strange Rover L322
In trim shop for total refurb: '73 Owen Sedanca 4.2L
Stalled in storage '61 Mark IX with 4.2L
I agree re the shape, especially IMO with the wheelarches filled out better than standard.
Good luck with the RR - I’d love to try one, but the 3 people I know who have had one wouldn’t have another due to reliability issues.
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