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    Unhappy Jaguar XE 2.0 R-Sport 163 Slipping Clutch

    I have been a member of the forum for sometime, since having my first X-type, progressing through the second X-Type, adding a 3.0 XF Portfolio Sport, and now swapping my X-Type for an XE.

    I have had the XE nearly 3 months, I bought it with fairly high mileage of 92,000, but as it is just my workhorse I didn't mind. The price was very good, and too good a chance to miss. When I test drove it the clutch seemed high, but knowing a friendly mechanic, wasn't too bothered as is a case of just get it replaced when the time comes. Well in the past 3 months I have done 10,000 miles, trouble free, but now as expected the clutch has started to slip in 3rd gear, but only under harsh acceleration, accompanied with that horrible burning smell.

    So the question is, has anybody had their clutch replaced yet, if so, where? And how much? I am looking for a sensible price, and not what the local stealer has quoted. Just to supply the clutch, and DMF if required is £1,500.00, and if they fit it, an all in price (if DMF needed) of around £2,300!!!!!

    So any input where I can get a clutch from for less than the price of a replacement car would be appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.
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    What has your friendly mechanic said?

    I used a local (to me) independent for both clutch changes (and one DMF) on my X Type and as I recall I paid about £450 all in for the clutch change at around 100k miles and about £800 for the DMF + Clutch change at around 200k. This was less than half what I'd been quoted by Jaguar.
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    A somewhat sparse (of info), quote from the Jaguar main agent. Have they added in VAT to make the final £2300 ? VAT is 20%, or adds one fifth to the final total. Their £1500 for parts presumably includes the DMF, and these are not cheap ! However, do you need one ?

    The bottom line is that the job is not going to be cheap, and you're going to have to spend many hundreds of pounds if the DMF is knackered. A quick look on the internet shows several suppliers of "clutch kits" which from the photos includes the DMF, presumably on the basis that, like replacing water pumps when doing a cam-belt, is precautionary.

    My own view is that with the car now on 100k miles, you should fit the whole kit.
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    My friendly independent quoted me £350 for labour working on data supplied by Jaguar for the work required. Jaguar confirmed parts were available on overnight delivery. So purchased the clutch assembly, slave cylinder, and connecting thingamabob, and agreed with my independent they would strip it down, and if the DMF needed changing they would let me know. So dropped the car of yesterday, and got a call at around lunch-time to say they have stripped the clutch out, and the DMF was showing hardly any signs of wear, and there was no play. They said it was fine, the clutch itself had only just started slipping in 3rd gear, and was beginning to look the worse for wear. Collected the car back this morning, drives so much better, without me having to lift my left knee past my ear to get the clutch to engage drive... And the best bit..., Jaguars quoted times for the repair must include tea breaks, as the final cost for installation was £220.00.

    So going from a possible £2,300 (yes that did include VAT), to a more sensible £813.00 (including VAT).

    Not having much luck with cars at the moment:

    Since September my son killed my X-Type (that he was taking ownership of anyway), fuel pump and injectors, and still off the road.
    On the same day he wrote off my MGF Trophy. Fortunately I managed to get an identical one within a couple of weeks, but the suspension has now collapsed on one side down to a leaky pipe (possibly).

    The air-con stopped working efficiently on the XF, so when pressing demist, it misted the car up. A new compressor appears to have cured that, and the alternator also went at the same time. They were replaced, and then a hose slip snapped dumping the coolant.

    Both Jags are fixed now, so now back to the MG...
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    Are you sure you should be letting your son loose on your cars ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by xtypefirsttimer View Post
    My friendly independent quoted me £350 for labour working on data supplied by Jaguar for the work required. Jaguar confirmed parts were available on overnight delivery. So purchased the clutch assembly, slave cylinder, and connecting thingamabob, and agreed with my independent they would strip it down, and if the DMF needed changing they would let me know. So dropped the car of yesterday, and got a call at around lunch-time to say they have stripped the clutch out, and the DMF was showing hardly any signs of wear, and there was no play. They said it was fine, the clutch itself had only just started slipping in 3rd gear, and was beginning to look the worse for wear. Collected the car back this morning, drives so much better, without me having to lift my left knee past my ear to get the clutch to engage drive... And the best bit..., Jaguars quoted times for the repair must include tea breaks, as the final cost for installation was £220.00.

    So going from a possible £2,300 (yes that did include VAT), to a more sensible £813.00 (including VAT).
    So on a par with my old X Type then.

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    2017 XE Portfolio 180PS AWD in Santorini Black with climate pack (I don't scrape!) panoramic roof, privacy glass and 19" style 1015 wheels (that I'd happily swap for a nice set of 18" 5 spokes. Anyone?)

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