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  1. CypherPunk

    Running costs Jaguar S type

    I have recently just sold a Jaguar S-Type R 4.2 SC. It has been a great car for the past 4 years, however the running costs are very high. I would advise you to think very carefully before buying one unless you know a very good Jaguar independent garage or are able to do a lot of the work...
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    iPhone 4 problems thread

    Here is my experience with the new iPhone 4. I picked mine up yesterday and as soon as I got it home and started using it properly I noticed that it kept losing signal, however at the time I put this down to the fact that my number was currently being transferred between sim cards. My number...
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    Rapid Family Saloon

    As an S-Type R owner, I think you would be surprised just how expensive they are to run. It’s not the kind of car you can just get serviced anywhere and hence parts and labour are very expensive. Also the fuel consumption is pretty terrible, especially if you are having some fun, which, let’s...
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    Who else is in the 400 club ?

    I've never had my car on a dyno, but I should just be a member of the 400 club according to Jaguar, although being a great big barge it's not half as fast as some of the stuff mentioned in this thread.
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    High MPG medium sized automatic car wanted

    Sorry, but while the changes are very quick, they just aren't that smooth. I think that a lot of people have only ever driven cheap nasty automatic Vectras or whatever, in which case DSG seems brilliant. However, compared to a good automatic (and for £12,000 there are a lot of good automatic...
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    High MPG medium sized automatic car wanted

    DSG is a terrible automatic gearbox unless all you are concerned about is 0-60 times. It's not nearly as refined as a proper automatic and would quickly drive me mad if I had to live with one. My vote would be for the S60 D5, I drove one before I bought my Jaguar and I was pretty impressed...
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    Running costs on a 2002 BMW 7 series? - New body ones.

    Ouch. That's pretty terrible fuel economy. I can average 22-24 mpg on my commute to work in my Jaguar, which involves driving though a town and a few miles of country roads before I get to the motorway. Anyway, I think if you're only doing 10K miles a year the servicing and repair costs on a...
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    Should I rent this when in Vegas?

    How about a Cadillac XLR, it should cost you about the same as the Mustang for a day and is the perfect car for driving in Vegas (i.e. it's a Cadillac and it's a convertible).
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    Pictures of my new car

    I'd love a B10, but they cost an absolute fortune. To get one that's the same age, mileage and condition as my car would probably cost an extra £4-5K, which is pretty difficult to justify. Cheers, are there are products out there that would clean the remaining glue off the paint without...
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    Pictures of my new car

    Thanks for all of the comments, positive and negative. I think the S-Type is a really polarising car, nearly all of the people I have spoken to either love the car or absolutely hate it. Just to add some fuel to the fire, maybe the E39 side should have a quick read of this. I’ve unfortunately...
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    Pictures of my new car

    They're definitely quick, the 0 - 60 figure is a little deceiving as it’s a heavy car and an automatic as well, however, once you’ve got it going the acceleration is amazing. Have you ever seen the Top Gear segment where Jeremy Clarkson is driving the Bentley Continental GT? It’s a bit like that...
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    Pictures of my new car

    It’s swings and roundabouts really. Your BMW probably has better quality plastics, and they‘re probably held together better too, but the Jaguar has much better wood trim and the seat leather is far nicer too. On a side note, did you ever manage to find a 530d? I very nearly gave you a ring a...
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    Pictures of my new car

    Very nice, I love the colour, I bet it's a real pain to keep clean though. The sensible side of me would love a diesel S Type, but they seem to go for absolutely silly money at the moment. Plus, you just can’t beat the sound of a supercharged V8.
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    Pictures of my new car

    You're right Fox, brand new the S-Type R was the odd car out and that’s the reason that Jaguar only managed to sell about 400 a year. However second hand is a different matter, I’d absolutely love an E55 or M5, but realistically the E55 is too expensive to buy, and the M5 is too fragile for its...
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    Pictures of my new car

    I don’t think that Jaguar offered the sports pack until after it was built. It has got a few additions to make it stand out a little bit, for a start all of the exterior chrome trim has been removed, it’s got the mesh grill, revised front bumper and a boot spoiler. Also the interior is exclusive...
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    Pictures of my new car

    Sorry Ben, you hadn't posted when I started replying. I think that a Jaguar must have at least some wood on the interior, a lot of the later models come with brushed aluminium instead of the wood trim and they look rubbish IMO. The pictures also don’t show the bird's eye maple off to the...
  17. CypherPunk

    Pictures of my new car

    It handles pretty well considering how big it is, obviously it’s not an out and out sports car, but the computer controlled suspension gives a really good compromise between comfort and handling. It also comes with absolutely huge tires and brakes, which means that it can stop in an impressively...
  18. CypherPunk

    Pictures of my new car

    I don’t really want to say, quite a bit more than I got for my old Xantia unfortunately. ;) Yeah, it's a real love and hate thing. Personally I love the looks, especially the front lights but you're right, from certain angles it looks a little iffy.
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    Pictures of my new car

    As promised, here are a couple of pictures of my new car, I haven’t had a chance to give it a proper clean yet (as it keeps raining) so it will probably look a lot better after a polish / wax. Also, before you complain, I know I’m rubbish at taking photos. For those of you who don’t know...
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    Is this legal to have on the car ?

    I'd personally take a look at the Department of Transport fact sheet regarding aftermarket HID bulbs, which can be summed up as: "In summary it is not permitted to convert an existing halogen headlamp unit for use with HID bulbs. The entire headlamp unit must be replaced with one designed and...
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