So I've been pretty much obsessed with Jaguar XJRs since trying a broken one (X306) in the spring. They are not very easy to buy though especially as I prefer the XJR6, which is starting to creep up in value. Anyway long story short an X308 fell into my lap just like that last week. I was close by, got there first and did a deal. Interestingly the car was not for sale in a sense, the number plate was. The car was just a freebie. The deal I did, after very nearly just walking away from it, was for the dealer to keep the plate and for me to have the "free" car fairly cheap. The dealer pushed for this since he really rather wanted to deal with me than scores of people who were trying to swap for an Xbox ONE M8. There was total understanding it's a rough car, but given the price it would be fine even in the event that it died since it could just be chopped on for spares.
Anyway I left it for a week to clear some room on the fleet. Speaking of witch "PLEASE BUY MY XJ SPORT AS SEEN IN ANOTHER THREAD!". My main concern despite having already test driven the XJR was that would it make the 85 mile drive from Bury to the East Riding. Today was collection day in horrendous weather. The first problem was that the battery had died. I later realized a interior light had been left on which might have drained it. With the engine running a quick check of vital fluids said all was ok, then £35 and off home. The winds were so strong on the M62 that even a 1.8 tonne Jag was getting blown about. I took it very gingerly on the way back, which is evident in me achieving a claimed 25 Mpg.
So it's on the drive now. There is belt noise from cold and the headlining has dropped completely. Those are the two main issues off the bat. Also the wheels are hideous. I bought a set of X300 "Sport" wheels. which I picked up cheap. Problem is now I realize the brakes aren't standard XJR, they seem to be the optional Brembos which makes me think 17 inch wheel will not clear the caliper.
As irresponsible purchases go, this is up there. Weapons grade Autoshite, hope you approve.
I' really pleased with the functional air con and heated front screen as with the lambs wool rugs. They are really rather silly. Obviously the plate is coming off when the DVLA have processes the application, other than that it's running and on the road. For how long, who knows. Haven't made an attempt to use the performance yet due to the terrible conditions. I get the feeling it could go rather quickly though.