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  1. Pottsy

    Moved on to a Jaguar

    I went from the W212 to a new XF a bit more than a year ago (3.0 PL). In 30,000 miles it has averaged 47 mpg (measured at the pump - the OBC over-reads by a good 6 mpg). Nothing has broken, it is smooth, quiet and powerful and a pleasure to own. :) Compared to the Merc, I prefer the engine...
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    New E (W212) owner

    As an aside, anyone looking for an XF might consider going to the XF forums. Sadly this is a massively over-censored car forum and so a group of us set up Jaginfo.
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    New E (W212) owner

    This was caused by corrosion on the PCB in the older rear lights. The dealer network initially just changed the rear lights FOC when the cars came in, but then Jag put out a recall. As with most JLR products, the older ones were a but suspect, but the newer ones seem to be ok. BBC News -...
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    New E (W212) owner

    OK, here's an 8000 mile update. The good: The engine is utterly amazing - silent, smooth and powerful. I get an indicated 60 mpg on the motorway, but in reality it's 55 mpg (the computer over-reads). The 8 speed ZF gearbox is perfect. The perceived quality is spot on. No rattles, just solid...
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    New E (W212) owner

    Will do - the reason I posted here was for the possible benefit of anyone here who is vaguely considering something that is a competitor to certain Mercs. If it is a reliability nightmare, I'll post it up!
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    New E (W212) owner

    To be fair, one is never better at everything than the other. The Jag has a very upmarket, well screwed together feeling. Much nicer than the Merc. But, the speedo is not as nice, and the colour display between the speedo and tacho is a little bit Fisher Price compared to the rather more...
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    New E (W212) owner

    Yes, they clearly didn't want my E220, didn't want me to drive an E350 and didn't want me in there at such an inconvenient time. I even asked if the salesman that sold me the car (just 2 years ago) was still there and got the rather abrupt reply "never even heard of him". On the other hand, the...
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    New E (W212) owner

    I have now, after 56,000 miles, sold this car. A couple of thousand miles ago the gearbox started playing up. It would randomly not lock up, and then when it did it did so with an almighty bang much like someone hitting the rear of the car with a sledgehammer. The dealer topped up the ATF...
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    W212 Heated mirrors on all the time

    Yes, it's odd. I have had them on for 3 hours continuous (very hot to the touch) because it was less than 15 when I set off and it never got about 18.
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    W212 Heated mirrors on all the time

    I have an E220 CDI Bluefficiency and it's good. :D One oddity is that it's not very economical in cold weather, and very economical in warm weather. This is on long (1.5 hour) journeys, and I am fully versed in all the usual discussion about the performance of diesels in the cold...
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    E220 CDI (W212) MPG variation with temperature

    Mel, The diesel is quite different - it has no throttle so always just pumps the full amount of air. You then add fuel to make a certain amount of power (in this case about 40 bhp to cruise at 70), so the density of the charge makes hardly any difference. On a petrol (and possibly a NA...
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    E220 CDI (W212) MPG variation with temperature

    Average speed is always about the same - I do the same 160 miles every day. :( I wonder... The car must be in a steady state by 50 miles, and certainly 80 miles, but the MPG always settles to a figure that is related to the temperature. I strongly suspect it's software. No need! Did...
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    E220 CDI (W212) MPG variation with temperature

    I have now done 40,000 miles in my W212 E220 Auto. One thing I have noticed is that is has a huge variation in MPG according to outside air temperature. All my journeys are long, so this is not to do with the extended warm up time - the journey MPG settles down after about 50 miles and the...
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    All this snow!

    How about an epic BMW snow chain fail? Taken today. (source Classic pic time (epic BMW snow chain fail) - Civinfo)
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    Tyre Test, Winter v Summer v 4WD

    I bought a new car in the mid nineties (Porsche) and in the front of the manual was a huge boxed "WARNING! This car has been fitted with summer tyres, if the conditions fall below 7C you must fit winter tyres". These warnings disappeared over subsequent purchases - and I wonder if it was to do...
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    winter tyres on rear only?

    Derek, I would wait. Every manufacturer and motoring organisation says don't mix them, and for good reason. Acceleration - will be good. Cornering - lots of understeer, which is OK if you are prepared to deal with it, by going at the speed you would have gone at if you still had 4 summer...
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    Should winter tyres be mandatory in the UK ?

    BBC News - Insurance companies 'charging more for winter tyres' Burger?
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    Should winter tyres be mandatory in the UK ?

    Thank god it was one of those clothed moments... Whatever vehicle you have, it will be better with all-seasons than summer tyres, and better again with winters (in snow/slush). Just because you decide that it's "good enough" with summer tyres or (in this case) it's no use to any vehicle...
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    Should winter tyres be mandatory in the UK ?

    Burger, My experience is that my winter tyres are slightly better in cold and wet conditions than my summer tyres are. However, an independent tyre test, using rails, shows that some winter tyres are fractionally better and some are fractionally worse. But in reality, the difference is next to...
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    Poll - Do you use winter tyres?

    Or possibly discounts from insurance companies.
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