Current mileage: 168,642
Classic Motor Show, NEC – 11th, 12th and 13th November 2016
The buzz before the show …….
|My pick of the show …..
XJ40 3.6 Sovereign, one previous owner, 35,000 miles, sold at the NEC for £7995. Almost a match for Opium (E264 OMP)
All our efforts were made worthwhile when Sir Stirling Moss paid his annual visit to the JEC stand!
Diesel Disasters 2016
We don’t normally suffer many problems with our petrol powered Jaguars, but our two diesel Jaguars, which we purchased for economical long distance runs, seem to be cursed!
|2008 X358 2.7 Diesel|
Having munched its way through numerous turbos in 2015, our 2008 X358 2.7 Diesel then started cattle-gridding, which is caused by a failing gearbox. If you haven’t experienced this, it feels like driving over a cattle-grid, hence the term, and happens around 2000 rpm, usually going uphill as you pull away. The cure is a new gearbox!
Replacement gearbox (with guarantee) sourced from Eurojag.
Even after the replacement gearbox was fitted our car did not run well, and a final fix was to remove the sensors from the electronic engine mounts to smooth out the ride.
|Replacement gearbox waiting to be fitted by XJK|
The diesels seem to be full of mis-fortune for us. Driving as many miles as we do, our Jaguars often suffer chipped windscreens, but rarely do they split, except for the diesels, of course! Travelling from one JEC meeting in North Wales, to another in South Wales, we were hit by a stone and watched the windscreen slowly split from right to left, knowing that X350/8 windscreens are in very short supply!
On returning from our trip, the car was booked into National Windscreens in Edinburgh, who allowed me to take pictures of the process of removing the old screen and bonding a new one in.
Three days later, while washing the X350 Diesel on a very hot day, I sprayed cold water over the car to rinse it, and saw the screen split from the top down!
|X350 2.7 Diesel|
Returning home late one night, we were happily trundling along the A19 when it was closed and we were diverted onto an unknown road. Pulling away slowly from the roundabout, up a slight incline, we heard a bang and a rumble, with sounded and felt just like a front tyre blowout, but as I blurted out ‘What was that?’ Rob responded with ‘I don’t know, but I’ve got no power!’
We were recovered from the side of the road, and the general consensus was a snapped timing belt, which had seized the engine. The car had, at that time, covered 88,000 miles, and we had purchased it with receipts to show that the timing belt had been recently changed, so it was a mystery!
The car was sent to XJK to have a replacement engine fitted, and when they had stripped down the seized engine, it transpired that the crankshaft had snapped, the end of which had jammed in the bottom of the block, and the front end had been thrust forward out through the front of the engine block, taking everything in its path, including the oil pump, hence the cracks and extensive damage shown in the pictures.
We have since been told that the 2.7 diesel does not like travelling uphill on low revs!
When it came to replacing the engine, we were advised that it would be easier to replace a DPF engine with another DPF engine, rather than trying to decommission the relevant electronics to make the car compatible with a non-DPF engine (Diesel Particulate Filter)
We purchased a 2.7 Diesel S-type with a mechanically sound engine and gearbox, which was being sold as a non runner due to problems with the braking system.
XJK placed the two cars side by side on two adjoining ramps. The engines and gearboxes from both cars were taken out, ancillaries were then swapped, as those for X350 and S-type differ, despite the engine and gearbox being the same. The engine and gearbox from the S-type donor was then placed into our X350.
Jaguar Growler Badge
To add insult to injury, a bunch of marauding crows decided that it would be fun to peck the Jaguar Growler badge off of the radiator grille on our poor X350 2.7 Diesel, and he had to have a new one. We put a sticking plaster over it to prevent a repeat of the incident!
More pictures of the NEC and Diesel Disasters can be seen on the Xclusively Jaguar Facebook Page
See separate report for The Andrew Whyte Memorial Lecture – 27th November 2016
All information correct at time of publishing
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