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    My (Wandering Teacake's, that is) X351 Ownership Thread

    So this afternoon I collected this...

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    It's my first Jaguar, a 2011 Supersport, with 76k miles on the clock.

    I spent most of the 120 mile journey back trying to get to grips with the sat nav, and enjoying the musical choices of the previous owner, who'd forgotten to remove his music from the CD store. There's going to need to be a careful read of the manual and of various threads on here, I suspect.

    I'll be back with some proper photos and updates on the stuff I'm doing in due course.

    David

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    Very nice.Love everything about that car.
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    Ah a supersport

    Wouldn't mind one some day
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    David, me ole china, welcome aboard, good to have you here..

    What a great choice of vehicle and in SuperSport too

    She's looking great and I'm looking forward to yet another ownership / build thread.....

    Enjoy
    Jim
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    Wow a supersport!

    That's the first X351 supersport thread on here if I'm right... very impressive!

    Must be an amazing car to drive!
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    Thanks everybody for the warm welcome!

    I hadn't realised I was in such a small minority with the Supersport, but in truth it's the only version I seriously considered. After months of research, and a false start with a Jaguar "specialist" (which was one of the most unpleasant buying experiences I've ever had) I settled on this one. Not the newest, not the lowest mileage, but it looked straight to me and has a full Jaguar history, for what that's worth.

    I'll be doing about 15k miles a year, so there's plans for an LPG conversion and a real attempt to see just how many miles you can put on one of these cars. It's going to be a working car for a family of five.

    Impressions so far:

    The controls are very light. Inputs need to be very delicate - the brakes are very sharp and if you're not gentle in lane-changing it lunges across the carriageway. If you're not gentle when prodding the throttle to overtake it suddenly drops two gear and attempts to headbutt the horizon. I also got big wheelspin trying to pull smartly out of the garage where I first filled it up. Some of this is down to inexperience with it, I suspect it could also do with new tyres and tracking. The ride is a bit more fidgety than I'd ideally like, but that seems to be the way these days.

    There's an almost uncanny lack of wind and road noise and the engine is almost silent when cruising, so there's little clear impression just how fast you are going. More than once I suddenly realised I was doing 10-15mph more than I'd expected. I've only done one motorway run and a bit of town driving, so I'm not really used to it yet, but the first impression is of a car that will simply flatten long journeys into submission with no fuss or drama. Kind of like a gentleman's gentleman who will make sure you arrive perfectly fresh and well turned out, but you get the sense that he also did something quite dangerous in that last bit of continental bother and he still remembers 37 ways to incapacitate you with just a thumb. Not even necessarily his thumb. Could be your own thumb. I may be over-thinking this analogy now.

    I love the heated steering wheel, the adaptive cruise, and this is the first stereo that's gone anywhere near the quality I was looking for. The previous owner must have been quite large, because the driver's seat cushion is rather flat, and I'll need to get that sorted as I have trouble with seats at the best of times.

    I'm finding it a challenge to reverse and park, which I'll have to get over as this is going to need to be parked on the street with millimetric accuracy if the local buses are to get past without swapping paint. I've got experience with manoeuvring large vans on the mirrors, but if anything the Jaguar is harder because it's difficult to get a sense of where it ends. The high sides make it hard also to judge where the left side is, so I'm cautious turning left out of junctions in case I thwack the kerb with the rear wheel.

    Some of the buttons are a bit tackily cheap, especially on the steering wheel. If my Saab's controls were hewn from girders to stand up to ham-fisted Swedes wearing ski gloves, and my Honda's controls were precisely machined to contain exactly the right amount of material to operate perfectly every time from a polite and gentle touch, these feel as if they come from a £5 clock radio you'd buy down the local market. And the touch screen feels like nobody ever bothered to do any usability testing at all.

    But the way it drives is so good.

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    I'll be interested to hear hwo the LPG goes - I DIY LPG converted my previous 2 cars, so was considering a V8 when I bought mine, but the info on the Jag 5l V8's compatibility with LPG was conflicting. I know flashlube goes some way towards overcoming valve issues. I still haven't ruled out changing mine for a V8... ...although the boy racer in me keeps making me look at XFRs instead...


    As for parking, ignoring its length, I find it one of the easiest cars to parallel park, and I can't put my finger on why. However, reversing it into a normal parking spot, it is always a bit pissed - I think its because the rear seems wider than the front, so you think its straight when you're in the car, but it aint.
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    As for the touchscreen, if yours is a 2011, it has that god-awful touchscreen that is unresponsive, much like a smartphone from about 2005, where a stylus was supplied, and has the worlds smallest buttons.

    Fortunately, a screen from a 2012 (only, no later!) is plug and play compatible, and has a capacitive touchscreen, and the software has larger buttons.
    2010 XJ Portfolio running on lorry fuel. I know, Jag Diesel is just wrong!

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    Oh, turn off Animations under Setup > System - that will improve touchscreen speed...
    2010 XJ Portfolio running on lorry fuel. I know, Jag Diesel is just wrong!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBoy View Post
    I'll be interested to hear hwo the LPG goes - I DIY LPG converted my previous 2 cars, so was considering a V8 when I bought mine, but the info on the Jag 5l V8's compatibility with LPG was conflicting. I know flashlube goes some way towards overcoming valve issues. I still haven't ruled out changing mine for a V8... ...although the boy racer in me keeps making me look at XFRs instead...
    On the LPG, it'll be a little bit more involved than usual, since as far as I can tell nobody has converted the 5.0 engine yet, and I'm told the direct injection system is quite difficult to emulate because it delivers fuel in rapid tiny pulses. So if it goes ahead, it's going to involve taking the car to the LPG manufacturer in Italy for them to develop a fuelling map...

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