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    Bye Bye XK

    Sad to see my 2009 XK4.2 finally going. Its been a great car and for the first time ever(for me), I even considered buying a newer model. What a beauty the XK60 edition really is. To me it still looks low, sleek and stunning. I did consider spending the £1-2K on mine it probably needs to get it driving perfect again but chose not to. (needs a new battery, front tyres, wheel bearing, suspension rubbers…..oh and a aspirator that I’ve been living without for 18 months….)

    Four+ years of ownership have cost £14.5Kdepreciation, £660 failures, £4300 servicing, so in total £20K in 51 months &40Kmiles or £390 permonth (not inc car tax, fuel & depreciation was buying and selling to dealer - so not ideal)

    Miss the badge, the class, the style, the presence, the space, the noise with the window open, its rear and the sublime autobox.
    Don't miss the drone, the tram lining, the neither sporty nor waffty ride, its size, the inconsistent performance (sometimes it felt super fast other times painfully slow)
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    2009 XK60 4.2 in black
    (Gone:TR7, TR8, MR2mk1, MR2mk2, MX6, FTO, TTmk1, TTmk2)

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    Sorry to see another one leave the fold so to speak What have/are you planning to replace it with?

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    Such a shame Iain, hope you get back in the saddle soon.
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    2009 XK 5.0L PortfolioPast:-87'XJS 3.6L, 93'XJ40 3.2L gold, 95'XJ6 4.0L sport, 00'XJ8 3.2L sport, 2005 XK8 4.2L coupe in that order and enjoyed all of 'em.

    I do not offer advice, I only say what I would do with the set of circumstances presented. Your choice always.

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    That last post was my 100th and now I’m spoiling it!

    I’m embarrassed to say I’m replacing the XK with a used BMW i8. I’ve always been a bit ‘meh’ about the i8’s looks but then I drove one and jeeez its soo refined and fecking FAST!! Hate the badge tho… The trade in was 100 miles away and the XK averaged an impressive 32mpg with spirited driving there. Coming back in the beemer I got 50mpg but with blistering performance.
    With some serious man maths (which means ignore interest charges), zero road tax, 50mpg, my losses wont be much more than the Jags over the years but that is completely dependent on whether the i8 follows the similar Audi R8s excellent depreciation curve. Which it hasn’t done to date….and I don’t know why. (yes the i8 is a ‘dated’ hybrid when the future is all electric but the R8 is even more dated having IC)

    First job obviously is to disconnect the superfluous indicators. Hate the badge. Hate it.
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    2009 XK60 4.2 in black
    (Gone:TR7, TR8, MR2mk1, MR2mk2, MX6, FTO, TTmk1, TTmk2)

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    Sorry to see someone leave the fold

    Quote Originally Posted by Iain123 View Post
    £4300 servicing
    This is a lot higher than the figure over almost 5 years for my car. (It's probably more than double the costs I've incurred.) Either I'm lucky or you've been very unlucky. Or a bit of both.
    2009 XKR 5.0, Kyanite Blue with ivory interior.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iain123 View Post
    ... but that is completely dependent on whether the i8 follows the similar Audi R8s excellent depreciation curve. Which it hasn’t done to date….and I don’t know why. (yes the i8 is a ‘dated’ hybrid when the future is all electric but the R8 is even more dated IC ...
    Anything filled with batteries has a comparatively poor resale value at the moment as it is unknown what will happen when they need replacing, however easy and cheap it might be for a particular car.

    I get the feeling that powerful, special, petrol cars are still selling well as people have one before they "disappear".

    Enjoy the i8. Only heard good things about it.
    S-Type 3.0 Manual MY2001 in Pacific Blue with Cashmere Leather Sport Seats, Sunroof, Melbourne Alloys, Premium Sound plus some other stuff ... 55k miles.
    XKR 5.0 Speed Pack MY2011 in Polaris White with Ivory/Charcoal Leather, Nevis Alloys and R-Performance Interior plus some other stuff ... 16k miles.
    FIAT Coupe MY1997 in Steel Grey with Tan Leather ... 55k miles.

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    It will be interesting to see what the nearest all-electric equivalent to the XK/X150 (hopefully, by Jaguar) eventually turns out like.

    Jaguar's I-Pace may be an excellent car but it's more SUV than Grand Tourer. The Tesla Model S is a fine-looking car (especially from the rear quarter - much like a Jaguar) but is a big, luxury 5-seater hatchback, not a stylish 2-seat GT. The model X is just an SUV and the Model 3 a boring little saloon (not even a hatchback).

    All other all-electric cars so far are as ugly as sin.

    Who will be the first manufacturer to produce a beautiful-looking high-performance all-electric GT car to compare with our cars?
    Jaguar 2007 4.2 litre XK (X150) convertible
    Maxzda 2007 MX-5 2.0 litre (non - 'Sport') roadster-coupe
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    Reliant 1975 Scimitar GTE SE5a (off the road after 243,000 from new)

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    Quote Originally Posted by SiliconS View Post
    Sorry to see someone leave the fold


    This is a lot higher than the figure over almost 5 years for my car. (It's probably more than double the costs I've incurred.) Either I'm lucky or you've been very unlucky. Or a bit of both.

    Yep too high -my man maths not as good as I thought - true costs:

    1st year
    £120 diff oil seal (to fix leaking diff - didn’t work)
    £500 2nd hand diff fitted - specialist
    £500 Gearbox service due to lurching - specialist
    £300 front disc/pads
    £250 service
    £550 tyres

    2nd year
    £350 Main dealer service

    3rd year
    £350 Main dealer service

    4th year (this year - independent garage)
    £250 tyres
    £300 Rear disc/pads
    £300 2off lower shock bush
    £500 1 new suspension arm (due to bush rubber – you can get this refurbed for about 200quid at a specialist but my car was stranded MOTless)
    £100 oil change

    Total £3750 servicing (+£120+£500 rear diff failures)
    oh and I had to get an alloy straightened and the alignment done a couple of times.
    2009 XK60 4.2 in black
    (Gone:TR7, TR8, MR2mk1, MR2mk2, MX6, FTO, TTmk1, TTmk2)

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    To each his own, and congrats. To me, factoring in mpg in my choice of enthusiast car doesn't make sense. Miles per gallon don't matter, smiles per gallon do!
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    Quote Originally Posted by No Quarter View Post
    To each his own, and congrats. To me, factoring in mpg in my choice of enthusiast car doesn't make sense. Miles per gallon don't matter, smiles per gallon do!
    Many people seem to buy a car based on the road tax. How many times have you heard people justify their purchase by saying 'The road tax is only £30 a year!'

    I call that tax evasion. They should buy XKs and pay for a nurse for a week!

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