Jaguar XF (2008 – 2015) At A Glance
Few cars feel as special as the Jaguar XF. In a market dominated by German makes such as the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes E-Class, the Jaguar XF is a genuinely different rival that stands out thanks to its sleek styling and wonderfully unique interior. Jaguar moved away from the traditional styling of the S-Type and has instead gone with a sharp yet elegant look, giving the Jaguar XF plenty of road presence, helped by that large gaping grille at the front.
And that appearance is backed up by some superb engines. Jaguar's ethos is focussed towards premium quality and performance as much as comfort, so there are no low powered engines in the range. Instead there are V6 and V8s delivering the kind of pace you'd expect from a Jaguar. But the best engine is the superb 3.0-litre diesel which is supremely refined and incredibly punchy, making for effortless long distance driving.
On the road on 17-inch or 19-inch wheels the Jaguar XF is as cossetting and as comfortable as you'd expect from a Jaguar with a serene feeling on motorways, but it's in corners where the XF is a revelation. It's poised and precise with great body control and a really sporty nature. And inside it's just as good.
The cabin is a superb piece of design with some wonderful details such as the circular gear selector which slowly rises from the centre console when you start the engine. There's also a lovely blue backlight to all the switches which gives the XF cabin a really different appearance at night. Of course, the Jaguar XF isn't cheap, but it does come well equipped as standard and has a charm and class that few cars, even from other premium makes, can match.
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Ask Honest John
Will a V8 petrol be hard to sell?
"If I buy a 2008 Jaguar XF V8 petrol, will it be difficult to sell? "
It won't be difficult to sell but it will cost a lot to keep on the road. If it's a car you have your heart set on then I'd say go for it. But be sure to have plenty of money in reserve for tyres, maintenance and insurance. All three will be relative to a car that's worth £40,000+.
What can I do to ensure my seven-year old Jaguar XF continues to run smoothly?
"My 2012 Jaguar XF 2.2 D now has 65000 miles on the clock and I intend keeping it for a few more years yet. Apart from a regular yearly service is there anything I should plan for that will ensure it continues to give outstanding performance?"
It needs a timing belt, tensioner, water pump and aux belt already. It will cost £500 - £1,000 depending on the dealer. Also, a regular change of brake fluid every two years and probably an automatic transmission fluid change (http://www.fedauto.co.uk).
I have just discovered that my used car was sold to me with the DPF removed - who is responsible?
"I bought a used Jaguar XF from a garage a year ago and it has just failed its first MoT since I've owned it. On investigation, it turns out that the Diesel Particulate Filter has been removed at some point and the engine control unit hacked to ignore the missing DPF. The garage I bought the car from is claiming it's not their responsibility as the car passed an MoT before they sold it, however I was of the understanding that it's been illegal to sell a car with the DPF removed since 2014.
What are my options? I had to spend £450 at a diesel specialist to determine the filter was removed and now face a bill of thousands to make my car roadworthy again. Surely the garage has a responsibility to repair my (illegal) car? If they had an MoT performed last year and it passed despite a missing DPF then surely that's something they need to take up with the MoT centre, not pass on to me?"
Your understanding is correct and it was illegal for the garage to have sold you the car with the missing emissions equipment, so your right is to have the dealer buy the car back from you at market value or pay for it to be fixed. These are your rights: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/faq/consumer-rights / This is a link to Small Claims: https://www.gov.uk/make-court-claim-for-money / And this links you to the law on emissions equpment: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/modifying-your-vehicles-emissions/modifying-your-vehicles-emissions-the-legal-safety-and-health-implications / to quote, "Under the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations (Regulations 61(7) and 61A(3)) and the Road Traffic Act 1988 (Section 42) it is an offence to use on a road a vehicle which has been modified in such a way that it no longer complies with the air pollutant emissions standards it was designed to meet."
Why does my TPMS keep giving me a warning?
"I have a 2009 Jaguar XFR. 12 months ago the tyre pressure warning came up on the dash. I pulled over and checked but the pressures were fine. Since then the fault has repeated frequently, always in motorway type travel conditions. A Jaguar dealer has twice checked the system but no fault found and they are reluctant to start replacing parts if they don't know what they are fixing."
TPMS gets tricked by the fact that tyre pressures increase as the temperature of the air inside them increases, lifting them above the pressures the system has "learned" as normal and exaggerating any disparity. I've seen it rise by as much as 0.4 bar. It may be possible to counter this by having the tyres filled with pure nitrogen rather than air (which is 80% nitrogen).