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Old 08-09-2019, 09:37 PM   #1
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Jaguar XFR 2011MY

So, I still have the 330, but it will be listed for sale imminently, due to my new purchase. If you havenít gathered from the title, then shame on you

Been looking to replace the car for a long time and always changing my mind about the car that would take its place. Finally decided on a pre facelift XFR, I prefer the look of them to the facelift, not sure why...Bonus is theyíre typically cheaper

I wanted a high spec model, which was more of a focus that condition (obviously condition was a factor, didnít want a dog, but much easier to rectify condition that spec typically and cheaper)...

After a couple of weeks of searching (and missing out on one a few miles away) I found a listing for one on Auto Trader that had all of the spec I wanted, and more! It was very well priced, it had a few cosmetic shortcomings, but nothing woeful, only downside was that it was in Sheffield. Thatís a long way from home

Made a couple of phone calls to the dealer to check a few things, very helpful and pleasant, decided to book a train and go up to view it:



Checked the car over and transferred the funds, was then an XFR owner! Filled the car up with fuel and headed down to Peterborough to my friends house so we could look it over and start compiling a plan of action, or at least somewhat of a plan!

The car has been owned from new by 1 person, it has full JLR dealer service history, however it seems the person concerned didnít retain the invoices

I will try and obtain the details of the owner (for the second key, any other documentation and also to return items that they left in the car). I will also try and contact JLR for records of works completed as their online service history tracker doesnít bear any results failing that Iíll contact each dealer noted in the history individually...

Before that though, took it on a drive on some rural roads and got the first photo opportunity:







As you can see, nice enough looking car, just needs some TLC and love, but I didnít want a car that required some work because otherwise Iíd be bored

Whilst looking it over, one of the rear shelf speakers had failed, panic stations as the car has the bower and Wilkins setup and thought here the first premium price comes... panic avoided as the speaker was readily available on eBay and very cheaply at that!

My friend being the audio person of the duo decided to access the speaker to confirm part number (before we ordered and disconnect it to stop the noise (it was ghastly).

Here are the many stages of getting there: (although forums say 40 minutes, but took him about half that to disconnect and reassemble:

Trying to pry grille (donít do this, itís wrong! He didnít break it though)



Seat belt clip off:



Further disassembly of many things:



Taking advantage of the big boot:



Et voila:



Got the part number:



Unplugged for now, and then reassembled... easy enough for him to do again

Then he noticed that the rear vents were not sitting correctly in their cover, theyíd sunken inward (although his hands are there we hadnít touched anything yet:



Removed the trim:



Re seated and reassembled:



One of the things that I noticed was the need for some rear pads, although the discs have evidently been changed, took a visit to brembo site to find the correct fitment:



Ordered the pads...

I then journeyed home, enjoyed the car, compiled information etc.

Skip ahead to today, after I did life things (yawn), I went to go and get the car aligned, it desperately needed it! One of the wheels was so far out that it didnít read on the gauge...







Whilst it was there I checked the underside for any nasties and took the height change opportunity to picture some cosmetic issues that I need to address...

Below are all of the pictures of the underside I took, no damage to report of, some replaced parts and some requirement for some aesthetic improvements...



































Here are the cosmetics I noticed there:







The bumpers arenít pictured, but they need repairing, Iím contemplating buying a pair of bare bumpers and having them painted...

When I returned home I had a parcel, it was one of those signal blocking things, to stop the key being scanned and car started...











Decided to make a start on some of the smaller pieces to do, starting with the rusty locking wheel nuts:



Wire brushed, sanded down and then etch primed:



Painted silver:



Fitted:



Then to start with a gritty engine bay:











The trim pieces and seals have many many many clips , a couple of which were broken, many of which had not been reassembled correctly;















As you can see from the above there were many things wrong, but I corrected them and itís much better now... located all of the missing clips on eBay to replace them.

Cracked on with cleaning the bay:



Then treated the plastics:



Then cleaned the metal part:



The tailpipes are in very poor cosmetic shape...







Used a pick to remove the tar between the 2 pipes:





Started with the wire will and the metal polish:





As you can see thereís a marked improvement, however thereís still a lot to do with them. That took about half an hour and I was bored senseless! I will continue to improve them over time, any tips appreciated

Hereís a copy of the build sheet:



As with other project threads I have, I will update as and when I have something worth updating...

There are many things I have planned to do to the car, some of which are more urgent than others and some more involved tasks...

All seems well so far
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Old 08-09-2019, 09:41 PM   #2
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Great buy JR.

Get yourself over to the Jaguarforum they'll look after ya regarding Any techie bits!

Tell em Henry_b sent ya!
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Great buy JR.

Get yourself over to the Jaguarforum they'll look after ya regarding Any techie bits!

Tell em Henry_b sent ya!
Ta, I did use the forums to see if there were any concern areas which, surprisingly, there donít seem to be any unique to XFR that are worrying!

Will get myself over there at some point during the week I imagine
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The important question, what does it go like?
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The important question, what does it go like?
In the words of Meatloaf, like a bat out of hell!

Scarily fast to be quite frank
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Cool car great start!!
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That's a real beast!!!

Keep the updates coming!!

Health to enjoy!!

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Donít suppose thereís an easy way to embed videos onto the threads is there? Have a few short videos that I would like to add, and would be handy for future updates too I would imagine
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Looking good. Definitely looks a beast in the black as well

Enjoy your new motor
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I think I have got a carbonfibre engine cover for that car. I know its sat in the factory somewhere.
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