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  1. I've just read through all your recent posts. Thanks for keeping us all updated on your shite progress. You are living the dream up there!
  2. So, the jaguar has been fixed and is running well. It seems the problem was a lack of use and lots of short journeys over lockdown. I drove it to London and back a few weeks ago. 200 miles in total. It's been running well every since and no smoke. I'm enjoying driving it now and I even gave it a wash and interior spruce up last week. Just completed a trip to Herefore and back. I will be using it a lot more regularly from now on as more miles to be travelled for work. I plan to give it a polish as I have never done this and the paintwork is pretty mint. It also needs an oil change. Hopefully i will get some trouble free miles out of it now...
  3. My 2006 cmax 1.6 petrol, acquired from my mum, has been fine. Fast enough, economical and quite big. Little bit of rust at corner of arches now but nothing major. Good basic transport, practical and quite good to drive. Fine for kids, dogs, tip runs and days out, remember those...?
  4. I've always fancied one of these. Will be interested to hear how you get in with it. It looks like a good one.
  5. If you're going to do it properly then it needs welding. You might get away with it but it's better to know it's safe, even if it costs a bit more.
  6. I picked the Jag up last week. I am pleased to have it back and it is fixed, sort of. I had a long chat with the specialist before picking it up. He fixed the park brake, replaced an ABS sensor, replaced an injector, reprogrammed the ECU, replaced a long section of aluminium cooling pipe that was leaking and replaced the glow plug module. Once up to temperature it performs well and seems to have a bit more power. It is easier to spin a wheel when pulling out of a junction. However, it does not like starting in cold weather. I will wait to see if this improves when it is warmer. I agreed to take it back and run it for a while. I was previously using it for the occasional short journey so the plan is to take it on some longer runs and get it fully up to temperature. There is also some moly slip fuel additive in there, which I am hoping will help. The specialist does not want to change the glow plugs unless needed due to the risk of causing more problems. Also, this would mean spending more money and the bill is already the wring side of £1k. It needs a minute or two before setting off, there's still a bit of smoke but it clears quicker and, once underway, it goes well. I have noticed the engine is a bit noisier when revved, with a 'tinkly' sound, which I assume is the injectors, but I don't mind this. I have a lumpy cold start video but I don't know how to attach it. When it is earned up it takes an extra second it two to catch, compared with when it was running well, but it then starts ok. I wonder if there's still a leaky injector in there? I drove an 80 mile round trip today. I think economy is maybe up a touch and it pulled well and behaved itself. Disengaging the DSC on a mini roundabout is quite fun as you can hear the rear tyres start to sing. My intention is to maintain it and fix any obvious problems, but not worry about the small things...
  7. Very nice and a bargain at that price. Perhaps you'll want to keep it....?
  8. It may be a bit noisy but it sounds ok to me.
  9. I spoke to the Jag bloke today. He works on his own so he has to swap the car's about a bit. He ordered a glow plug and fitted it. There is still some smoke at start up but he says it runs well when it's warm. He's going to have another look at the glow plugs. I might have it back to see how it goes, just waiting to hear. I also asked if he could tell me which parking sensor is dodgy, so he's going to check the codes and met me know. This car could go either way, working fine for a while or it could continue giving me some gip. I'm in too deep to pull out now...
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