I spoke to jaguar and they said that it was outside the warranty of the car and basically tough.
The car is in for repair and it is going to cost my £500 to rectify the paintwork.
I had a few relatively expensive cars over the years but never had any problems with the paintwork like this.
With modern techniques employed to protect the body from this type of corrosion I did not expect to have this problem on a car of this quality and therefore I will probable shy away from buying a Jaguar in future.
The move to an X350R was something of a revelation. With almost identical mechanical suspension and running gear, that is where the similarity stopped. The aluminum structure didn`t creak and groan like the S-type where with somewhat stiffer springs and dampers fitted, caused the whole monocoque structure to move around on rough roads. Putting fingers in the door shuts, one could feel the whole structure moving. By comparison, there is no movement at all in a 350. It is 60% stiffer whilst at the same time being 40% lighter than the slightly comparable S-type. Not only that, but the 350 underside still looks like new and I`ve only had to treat and refinish just one small corrosion bubble on the lower edge of the O/S front wing. Only that after 100K miles hard road use and living in the open. It was a delight to discover that once the bubble had been removed, the underlying ali was in perfect condition. I`d treated much worse on light aircraft.
Jaguar have never had a good reputation for corrosion resistance with their steel cars. One only has to look at the tales of sub-frame corrosion on the F-type to realise that Jaguar take little pride in producing steel components where the finish and resistance to corrosion is lamentably poor. Sadly, that is the one bad aspect of the 350...sub-frames which are covered in corrosion and perhaps in ten years time will have reached a level which will be of concern to owners. Perhaps I shouldn`t worry about it. My XJR will probably have been part exchanged for a bath chair which I shall insist is made from epoxy and carbon fibre and be powered by my own in built hydrogen producing capacity......I`ll f##t my way to church.
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