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    Iím driving my XK too much

    I have loved owning and driving my XK for 9 months, but have added far too many miles to it and itís bwcome my daily driver - so I want to give it some time alone to rest during the week.
    I recently have been driving to an area west of London near Heathrow for work and my love of the car has started to wear thin.

    Up to now Iíve been adamant that the car is a calming influence and somewhat therapeutic to drive ... that is until I started this mad 55 mile 2-3 hour commute.......this morning instead of patiently letting people lane dodge on the m25 parking lot, I lost it and didnít give way when a certain German vehicle decided to cut in front of me a 3rd time in v slow traffic, without using those new fangled flashing orange lights, so I carried on........ my bad .... I now have a huge scratch along the passenger door and weirdly the rear wheel...... all fixable but I am so annoyed with myself.
    (on the other hand the other car lost its wing mirror and the driver his temper along with his M badge, which seemed to bother him more than anything!)

    Ive decided to stop using the XK as my daily driver as Iím doing it too much harm! Iím going to just use it for weekends or nice journeys. For the general grind Iím going to get a new car, I know I should be getting a new XE but Jaguar really donít seem keen to sell them, whilst I saw the other day that the end of line BMW M140i is practically being given away.

    A silly car like that wouldnít normally be on my list, but as itís relatively cheap and goes like the clappers and actually sounds quite good, Iím tempted ......would you guys still talk to me if I got one?

    Iíd love some opinions, on the potential car choice not my driving, but be kind!
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    We'll allus talk to you

    There are a number on here who have German floozy's as well as a Jag.

    They'll remain nameless, they know who they are, one of them even has 2

    Not got a clue about the specific car you've spotted, but if the math adds up and it's a tad different,

    Go for it,

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    Do what you need to do Joc, you'll always be welcome here...

    Road age can grab you at any time, shame your car paid the price but she'll get some love and attention and be as good as new I'm sure.

    All the best

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    If it was an 8-series I could understand it but a 1? It looks like a training shoe.

    Was the collision his fault? If so I'd get his reg and pursue redress.

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    Quote Originally Posted by simpo3 View Post
    If it was an 8-series I could understand it but a 1? It looks like a training shoe.

    Was the collision his fault? If so I'd get his reg and pursue redress.
    Yes it’s small, but it’s just to commute in. Now I do like the look of the new M8, but my budget is a tad short.....and for that money I’d rather a F-Tyoe SVR!

    Technically his fault, he didn’t look or signal and signs said stay in lane. But then I didn't give way. We swapped details but agreed it was 5050 so won’t pursue. I don’t want to risk the insurance hit as it’s not dented and I can t-cut and polish it out. I was thinking of a respray at some point as the paint looks tired and there are other scratches and stone chips, might look at that later in the year.
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    I switched from an XK 4.2 2007 Coupe to a 25t Ingenium XE R-Sport. The XE handles better, just as quick, more economical, £400 a year less VED and seats 4 in comfort. I do miss the V8 noise though and the styling, but the XE still looks great and is one of the best point to point cars I’ve driven.
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    Lucky you, driving too much. I drive it too little, time... But, I'm driving to Italy next week, that will put some km on it
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    For a start, using it too much does no harm at all - I'm using my X350 XJR at least 1000 miles every week at the moment and its never been more reliable - the more use you put into a car, the more reliable it becomes, which is always the case with any vehicle. I'd put the definition of using "too" much way higher than this, to be honest.

    Life is just too short to put up with something sub-optimal just because some people value a car more with fewer miles on it

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    Hey Joc, sorry to hear about your recent troubles with the Beemer driver! What are your requirements for the daily driver, does it have to be another fun car? The M140i may be a little thirsty... a diesel XE however should help you save on fuel whilst not losing that Jag look and feel on your way to work. Then, you'll really really appreciate the sound of that V8 at the weekend (having drove a diesel all week!).

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    I solved the seating issue by buying an extra Jag.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ian D View Post
    I switched from an XK 4.2 2007 Coupe to a 25t Ingenium XE R-Sport. The XE handles better, just as quick, more economical, £400 a year less VED and seats 4 in comfort. I do miss the V8 noise though and the styling, but the XE still looks great and is one of the best point to point cars I’ve driven.
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