Brucie’s Diary: April 2012

Current mileage: 140,074

Jaguar X300 Service – 15 years and 140,000 miles

Brucie had an impeccable service history for the first seven years, which seems to have stood him in good stead fortunately (to date!) as despite a lack of care in the last few years, engine, gearbox and rear diff, currently make all the right noises and behave as they should, despite leaking fluids!

Obviously, I want this to continue, (the smoothness and silence, not the leaks!) so immediately upon purchase in November 2010 Brucie was given an engine oil/filter change, and a general overhaul. Throughout 2011 refurbishment continued, as reported in Brucie’s Diary, but not always in the order I intended – Brucie seeming to take control and decide what HE wanted doing first! Which is as it should be, I suppose?

Due to the lapse in the proper servicing schedule, this latest service has been a bit of a catch up, so I cannot really refer to it as an official “140,000 mile” or “15 year” service, but more of a “let’s see what needs doing and just get on with it” service! As with the service which was performed in late 2010, this one was a basic renewal of engine oil/filter, plus spark plugs and air filter, with the remaining service (which will be quite intense) being spread out over the next few months, and should bring Brucie completely up-to-date.

Parts for basic service

  • Spark plugs (Part number: EBC8143) Standard plugs as supplied by Jaguar for X300. £3.20 EACH + VAT (x6)
  • Air filter element (Part number: EAC 5672) £21.30 + VAT
  • Oil filter (Part number: EBC 9658) £8.89 + VAT
  • Engine oil 8 litres, 10W/40 semi-synthetic (5 litres from SNG Barratt £26.94 + VAT)

Parts available from Jaguar Classic Parts or SNG Barratt. (Prices as charged at time of publishing).



15 years and 140,000 miles

Brucie was despatched from the factory (Browns Lane) on 24th March 1997 and 15 years later, to the day, his odometer flipped over to 140,000 miles at Clyst St Mary, just outside Exeter – an average of 9333 miles per annum!

Brucie, freshly serviced, and ready for the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club International Jaguar Weekend at Weston Park, Shropshire, in June.


While he was in for servicing, Brucie was given an application of “Duxback” – a revolutionary glass treatment that keeps glass clearer, cleaner, and therefore, safer! I was keen to try this out, as the single blade on my X300, even when recently replaced, sometimes struggles with the really heavy rain we seem to be experiencing more of these days. I felt that it may make all the difference between driving safely through a storm, or not, when other vehicles are often throwing up copious amounts of water, either on-coming or as they speed past on the motorway, refusing as they do, to slow down in such adverse conditions!

The makers of “Duxback” claim that rain, sleet and snow simply beads, sheds and rolls off; ice does not stick! Duxback even repels dirt, making your windscreen, side glass or rear glass cleaner and clearer for far longer and if it does need cleaning, a whole lot easier to clean.

I haven’t really put it to the test yet, but having had all of the glass treated, I can comment that it now has the texture of the high-gloss waxed finish on Brucie’s coachwork, so cleaning IS easier, as wash mitts and leathers do not drag.

Under normal conditions “Duxback” will last for 6 months when applied to a windscreen, and 12 months on side and rear windows.