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Jaguar XJ220..

on Sat Sep 02, 2017 10:37 am



Well, strictly not a 220, but here it is anyway. A 2007 Jaguar S Type 2.7 TDi. This was given to me by my local specialist as my XF was having a service. Last time I was given their X Type - which grew on me.

I was rather upset, as when I booked the XF in, a rather lovely F Type pulled up near the door - that would make the perfect courtesy car. Anyway they took me out to the S Type; I felt rather naked with no Panama hat or driving gloves; I was full expecting to be transported back to 1948. As you may know the S Type has the same chassis and undergubbins as the XF - Jaguar rushed the XF into production in 2007 when they realised their range was about 40 years behind the times. That's also why the XF has steel panels (except for the bonnet).

The S Type has the 2.7 V6 diesel engine (the same as various Fords, Volvos and Peugeots) and a little over 200 bhp - it feels great with power to the rear wheels. I'm shocked to say, it's brilliant! The car has a very high Waft Factor - as good as the Citroen C6 (same engine too!) - this is probably due to the smaller wheels and thicker tyres. The steering feels similar to the XF - well I guess it would really. Acceleration is reasonable, apparently hitting 60 in about 8 seconds. I tried the Sport button going onto the M5; the gears are held a little longer and the engine note isn't too bad.

Inside the S is standard Jaguar fayre - lots of wood (Dash, door trims etc etc) and more leather than LK's underwear drawer (his Mrs showed me!). There were no rattles and it all fits nicely around the driver. The controls are standard Jaguar / Ford and the seats are very comfortable. The interior cossets you - think Werther's Original. This car would suit any Grand Parent. I have never seen light coloured leather seats in a 5yr+ car looking in such good condition; really thick leather, well looked after.

To look at the car is rather dated; but it was when it was launched - at the time manufacturers were designing cars to look like they did in the olden days - think Chrysler. Jaguar were catering for their existing market place rather than looking to capture market share from BMW and Mercedes. I think the S Type is really underestimated; Crix - buy another one (with the wheels fixed on properly!).

I bet the S Type R is a bit good!! The one I had is topper off with the Jaguar Leaper - nice, and totally in keeping. I have seen pictures of them fitted to the XF - looks terrible.

I collected the XFR last night; they serviced it and did a thorough check - the boss commented that it had had lots of money lavished on it and is in very good nick. He did say, however, that the air filters were really grubby - "expect a slightly better pick up."

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Re: Jaguar XJ220..

on Sat Sep 02, 2017 12:43 pm
Howay man that's a Crix trick that is, was looking forward to a 220

Good review Hugh, so you won't be changing just yet then...
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Re: Jaguar XJ220..

on Mon Sep 04, 2017 9:17 am
Interesting ....

Now if you'd got your hands on that F type, that would have been very interesting ....
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Re: Jaguar XJ220..

on Mon Sep 04, 2017 11:38 am
Hugh,

I test drove a 2.7 S Type a while ago - agree with your impressions - has quite a punch if you use the auto box a bit.

I almost tried to buy a red S Type low mileage last year - it went before I could contact the seller...

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PS - I don't like the hood ornament - OK for Americans


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Re: Jaguar XJ220..

on Mon Sep 04, 2017 11:47 am
Looks nice!! They are temptingly cheap these days...
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Re: Jaguar XJ220..

on Mon Sep 04, 2017 12:56 pm
luxo-barge!, but i was really looking forward to this....

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Re: Jaguar XJ220..

on Mon Sep 04, 2017 7:32 pm
It's the type of car that, with lot of looking, you could find a one owner (old chap), 40k miles, FJSH, complete with travel rug and panama hat on the rear seat. Retiring driver.

There must be a few out there.

The 4.2 N/A V8 would be a great bet - fairly bulletproof engine and gearbox combo.



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Re: Jaguar XJ220..

on Tue Sep 05, 2017 6:24 pm
Haha Hugh,

Got the hat - but no travel rug (or hairpiece) yet.

My first practice drives were with a Rep in Timken Bearings in Glasgow - I was assistant storeman - opening wooden cases and sending them back empty to Timken Duston Northampton.

John had a company Morris Minor FYJ 350C as I recall (the FYJack is correct - I used it a few times shouting at plonkers)

I am reminded of this as Timken insisted that every sales rep in the UK would have a hat on the rear window ledge - worn or not.

There was also a rule that no Rep should EVER be seen in suede shoes (spivvy?)

We had a conference at Blackpool every year - the most successful sales area was awarded a prize - one of my fond memories was of the Regional Manager Manchester walking towards the MD trying to hide his feet...you had to be there

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