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Jaguar XK Series Overall Ownership Experience

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  • laurasdadalaurasdada Posts: 2,705
    Not this winter. I have use of an older SUV for the white gold. Come this fall, I'll have to decide which direction to take: snows or as the OEM Dunlop's may be ready for replacement, all-season's with a rep for being good in the snow (Continental Contact DSW, Nokian WRG2?) or trading the XK for something a little more practical. Right now, that would be an Audi A/S5, A7 or RR Evoque. Would be tough to part with the XK, though, but I think I've scratched the mid-life crisis itch. Although, there is the (hopefully!) upcoming Jag C-X16! Wife told my son it would be "irresponsible of your father to buy a two-seater!" That's cold... ;)

    '13 Jaguar XF, '11 BMW 535xi, '02 Lexus RX300

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    edited January 2012

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  • laurasdadalaurasdada Posts: 2,705
    Thanks for the advice, I'll review when the time comes. Luckily, they're an easy clean.

    '13 Jaguar XF, '11 BMW 535xi, '02 Lexus RX300

  • laurasdadalaurasdada Posts: 2,705
    Not sure he would cross his Mom, the "money tree!" Wife has a passive-aggresive attitude about my XK. She's been encouraging me for years to just do it, but I being a fiscally conservative New Englander felt there were better things to do with the money (mortgage, college savings, blackjack... ;) ). But, when a stock I owned was bought out, a sudden cash windfall-ish. Which I was going to save for a rainy, college invoice day... But she persuaded me to go to the dark side. And, is mad at me for doing so! I think she thought my "cheapness" wouldn't allow me to do so. Heads she wins, tails I lose!

    But, that future Jag is a temptress. Let's see how reality stacks up to the fantasy.

    '13 Jaguar XF, '11 BMW 535xi, '02 Lexus RX300

  • laurasdadalaurasdada Posts: 2,705
    So, two days after a rock creates an 18" straight line crack in the wife's BMW, today my car got nailed. Dime-sized crack about 8" below my sight line. Let's see how it looks tonight...

    '13 Jaguar XF, '11 BMW 535xi, '02 Lexus RX300

  • v8catv8cat Posts: 6
    I've had my 2010 Jaguar XK coupe now almost 1 1/2 years. Not a problem! It has been back to the dealer only once for the free annual oil change. I'm just amazed at what an improvement the car is over the 1999 XK8 coupe I traded in. The aluminum body is much more rigid, and the new 385 HP engine is nice. The exhaust note is really exotic sounding - the older model I had was too quiet. The interior materials are top-notch including the leather covered dashboard and the soft grain leather seats with contrasting stitching. It also has the Bowers & Wilkins sound system, 16-way heated & cooled seats and the BEST THING ABOUT IT IS ALL OF THIS WAS STANDARD. There was not an option on the car except for the 20 inch Kalimnos wheels. It's great that you don't feel a bit cheated becasue you are in the base model.
  • laurasdadalaurasdada Posts: 2,705
    edited April 2012
    Nice to hear about your XK, I agree that the exhaust note is great! My '09 "only" has the 300hp 4.2, but that's fine by me. The B & W system is also great, much better sounding to me than the Alpine. Mine also has the luxury pkg, so leather everywhere, multi-adjustable seats etc. Contrasting stitching would have been a nice touch, though.

    Where are you located, any snow experience with your XK?

    '13 Jaguar XF, '11 BMW 535xi, '02 Lexus RX300

  • laurasdadalaurasdada Posts: 2,705
    It has been a year since I bought my Liquid Silver '09 Jag XK Coupe.

    Likes: Well, look at it! It's an attention getter (last week, the father of one of my son's teammates brought his silver Aston Martin DB9 convertible to the game, I parked next to him. Like twins, separated at birth! Gotta admit, though, the Aston looks even better). Exhaust note, power delivery through the seamless auto tranny, luxurious interior, great ride/handling combination and fuel economy all make the like list. My new favorite frivolity, heated steering wheel has spoiled me for all cars to come (except, of course, the "winter beater" I'm contemplating buying. I just need that to run well and have heat!). And the keyless push button start is cool, the B&W audio system rocks and rolls.

    Dislikes: Hmmm, well fuel economy (yes, also a like, because given the car and my driving, the 19-20mpg I average ain't bad. But, not great.). Warranty trips to the dealer for the AC issue (passenger footwell filling with condensation water), the audio control module and Nav system replacement. But, it's a British car, so the electronic gremlins surprised me not. The AC was unexpected. But, warranty work and absolutely fine otherwise. The touch screen certainly isn't state of the art, slow and having to scroll back and forth amongst screens isn't as much fun as it sounds. But, again, I knew of the electronic foibles before buying, so it was not a deal breaker.

    So, I'll continue to enjoy this wonderful GT through the summer that is inching closer every day. I do kinda miss having a roof hole, c'est la guerre. I do need a road trip, though!

    '13 Jaguar XF, '11 BMW 535xi, '02 Lexus RX300

  • laurasdadalaurasdada Posts: 2,705
    But the other Prince of Darkness: Another "Lucas" moment. The other day, hopped in the XK and all the radio presets were gone. As was any radio audio. Ok, switched to CD, no problem. Drove home, rebooted car and all is well again. No problems since. But, the Gremlins, they lay in wait! 9 months of warranty left...

    Of course, this happened two days after I was at the dealer for an hour simply getting my state inspection sticker, maybe it picked up a germ from a Land Rover? :P

    '13 Jaguar XF, '11 BMW 535xi, '02 Lexus RX300

  • laurasdadalaurasdada Posts: 2,705
    To all my many loyal readers: Took a bit of a road trip this past weekend. MA to CT (overnight at Mohegan Sun, got a free t-shirt!). Then, CT to the Berkshires in MA (in driving rain for a good portion of the trip). Returning via the Turnpike from Stockbridge to Boston (Ok, Westfield to I-495...).

    75/25% I'll estimate highway/local driving. Including several stops, one PITA traffic tie-up on the way home Sunday returned (per the OBC):

    338 miles
    48mph average speed
    26.2mpg

    All in the smooth, quiet and effortlessly powerful Jag. A pleasure, as always.

    Downside? The Jag was parked under a tree from Friday night to Sunday afternoon, tree and birds did their jobs nicely. Hosed off the nasties upon returning home, will properly wash the car tonight.

    '13 Jaguar XF, '11 BMW 535xi, '02 Lexus RX300

  • laurasdadalaurasdada Posts: 2,705
    But, I'll try to break through all the noise...

    '09 XK is now out of warranty. Nothing to report so far. I think it will need new shoes before state inspection. Otherwise, all is well. Just passed 35k miles, mpg has picked up as I think we may now be in the summer-blend of gas. A few dings in the passenger side door, which makes me quite sad. Like a scar on an in her prime Kim Basinger...

    '13 Jaguar XF, '11 BMW 535xi, '02 Lexus RX300

  • laurasdadalaurasdada Posts: 2,705

    :( To my many, many followers on this thread: It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my 2009 Jaguar XK....to a local Jag dealer as trade on a 2013 Jaguar XF. Great New Year's Eve deal, slightly offset by the lighter than other Jag dealer trade-in offers on the XK. But, the Jag/LR dealer (currently being refurbished) was great, threw in winter mats after the deal was done. Great financing, too.
    I will pine for the XK for some time, it was a very special car to me. But, life does not always follow a straight road, a curve in said road led me trade for a more sensible pair of shoes. A pair I could drive in the snow and take a pair or two of skis within if I so desired.
    Only have had the XF for a week, still adjusting to it. But, it is a lovely design both interior and exterior. So far, not thrilled with mpg, but not a highway run of more than a few miles so far, next week I'll take a longer road trip.
    Besides the two vs. four doors, the AWD (and the extra ~400lbs) and the big trunk, the biggest difference to me is the ambience: The XK was a British Gentleman's Library: Quiet (besides the fantastic V8 growl and excellent B & W stereo), all wood and leather with dashes of chrome. The XF is cool and modern: not quite as silent (and missing the V8 symphony), more aluminum than wood, but matted wood vs. highly glossed in the XK and a bit o'the chrome. Improved infotainment, but still lags BMW and Audi. But, easy to get used to and it works, although a bit slowly at times. Phosporesent blue lighting, cool...
    And, of course, since I bought it to be able to drive in the snow, ain't no snow to go in! And, none forecasted, it's getting warmer (from, of course around 3 degrees!). My guess is that now that I've bought a snow go car, I won't see snow again for years! Adieu, sweet XK. I hope you find a truly loving home.

    '13 Jaguar XF, '11 BMW 535xi, '02 Lexus RX300

  • sov211sov211 Posts: 2

    In a word: superb: smooth, fast, powerful, comfortable, excellent fit and finish and a shape that puts every other car to shame. And as long as you keep the battery fully charged, no problems at all.

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