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    Petrol or diesel?

    Hello guys!
    Im looking at buying an XF later this year or next year, been looking around alot and they're pretty cheap now
    But I dont know wether I should get a petrol or a diesel?

    I have about 9.3 miles to work, and it's highway almost all the way!
    THe diesels are cheaper and easier to come by, but some have said I should avoid them?

    So what do you guys think?

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    I prefer the Diesel myself

    Suits the cars character...
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    Petrol every time unless fuel cost is important to you.
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    Hi Sarah

    I have the diesel due the amount of miles I do a day (60) but do prefer the petrol.

    I think if you only do 9 miles a day you might encounter some issues with the DPF if you went for the diesel, however it would save you money on fuel in the long run
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    Quote Originally Posted by taffyhornblower View Post
    Hi Sarah

    I have the diesel due the amount of miles I do a day (60) but do prefer the petrol.

    I think if you only do 9 miles a day you might encounter some issues with the DPF if you went for the diesel, however it would save you money on fuel in the long run
    Having a problem with the DPF could easily wipe out the fuel savings
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    I see
    Is the DPF easy to change yourself (like oilfilter and airfilter on most cars) or does a mechanic have to do it? Expensive?

    Other than that, are there issues with the diesels and the petrols? Like, are there certain issues with the petrol and with the diesel? Avoid highmilage or go for them?
    The diesels here are ALOT cheaper and also ALOT more common, but I know getting a diesel for short commutes is generally pretty bad

    Thanks for the replies guys!

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    The diesel engine and year in question may help get a more accurate answer.
    In general diesel engines don't like short journeys because they don't get chance to warm up properly. This causes a few issues:
    EGR valves get clogged up.
    DPF's don't get chance to regenerate and clean themselves.

    Later engine designs cope with these issues better than earlier ones, which may have been retrofitted with the emissions technology. These issues are not Jaguar specific, most manufacturers suffer with the same problems.

    I'd say the car needs to stretch its legs once a week for something like 20 mins of highway driving (50mph+) in one go, without this you may have issues with the DPF and would be better off with a petrol car. Note; all new cars need particulate filters now but I haven't heard of the petrol ones causing an issue yet.

    If a DPF needs changing it would require a mechanic and cost over £1k at least.
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    Is the DPF easy to change yourself (like oilfilter and airfilter on most cars) or does a mechanic have to do it? Expensive?
    Its part of the exhaust system and quit expensive to replace
    Avoid high mileage or go for them?
    Modern cars are made to do high miles but as with any car lower is better

    The diesels here are ALOT cheaper and also ALOT more common
    Swings and runabouts you pay more for the petrol but when you sell it you get more back
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    Sounds to me I should aim for a petrol one then
    Year doesn't matter to me, the facelifted one looks better than the prefacelift one, but both look alot better than what I currently drive, and I gotta say, the XF has aged well in my eyes
    So, pricewise the one from 2007 up until 2010 is the cheaper option, there are some that has done less than 100k for an affordable price, but is there something else I should look out for? Does the petrol engine have a timing belt or chain? Any specific issues that are common on these engines etc?

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    Once you've been able to narrow it down, then it's a lot easier to give you the specific what to look for things.
    I think all the petrol engines are timing chains. The early 5.0 V8s suffer from timing chain issues until 2014ish. The 4.2s V8s are very robust.
    I don't think the petrol engines cause many headaches. I'm sure others will add more things to look for.

    Check for any signs of water in the boot, plays havoc with the electrics.
    Some XFs had an issue with water ingress from the washer pump (only a specific year or two).
    Your in Sweden, so check underneath for rust on the subframes.
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