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Headline:XJR Last ImpressionsDate:15/10/2004
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Review:A painful tax bill followed by staggering depreciation  
The miles continued to pile on as the months passed and another set of tyres were needed (800) and then just 12k miles later another set were called for - must be something to do with turning the traction of and playing on the deserted country lanes that I took to the office. 50k miles arrived and another 550 departed into the bank account of my local Jag dealer.

The service that I have received from Swain and Jones in Farnham had alway been as one would expect from a Jag dealer - wonderful. The servicing experience from Ryebrok Jaguar in Chester is not and is generally from the Basil Faulty school of customer service. When you ask them to check something and they tap it into their system - you expect it to be done, the reality is that they did not do it and lost any record of me asking - I only asked 3 times for a new Jack as the original was faulty.

June arrived, so did my tax bill. As I was running the Jag as a company car with the fuel paid, the tax bill came in at 18,000, which was quite a shock and much more than my back of a fag packet calculations had come up with previously. After pondering this for a while, I decided it was time to get rid of the blue whale before we reached the (I thought) 60k milestone. Ryebrok Jaguar did not want to buy it - it was 2.5 years old with 52k miles and unmarked with a FSH. No other Jag dealer wanted it and in the end the best I could get for it was 16k! Considering that it cost about 55k new and that I paid 35k for it with 15k ish miles - its stella depreciation and very dissapointing that no Jag dealer would even consider it. So my final thoughts/summary after 35k+ miles in the blue whale. Dont buy a new one or even a nearly new one. Buy one with about 50k miles for bargain money. I know of a couple now past 120k miles with no probs, so it should be a good used buy.

The running costs are not too bad, about 500 ever 10k miles for a service and 800 ever 10-16k miles for tyres and around 20mpg on average.

It is extremely comfortable, quiet and relaxing to drive and one of the very few cars that 6ft4 of me will fit in. Whilst it has 370bhp and serious brakes, its soggy handing lets it down. The biggest cause of lack of driver involvement is ironically one of its best features - the front seats are big comgy armchairs BUT you get no seat of the pants feel from the car through them. And as the steering is so light you get no feeling of grip or feedback here either so you cant 'feel' what its doing. Eventually you just learn the grip level, but you never feel 100% secure when pushing is as you have no feedback until it slides. The new 400bhp XJR is even worse and is not close to be sporty in the EVO sense. The XJR is really an excellent very comfortable motorway car that can be fun on the tight twisties, but never that involving.









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