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    My New Motor (2000 S Type 3.0 SE)

    I picked up the car a couple of weeks ago. Still getting used to it (driven a couple of hundred miles), and had one or two annoying minor issues, but on the whole it seems like a decent car. Would appreciate any feedback relating to the following:

    Resolved issues:

    Wiper mechanism and motor failed:
    Replaced both and now working fine. From what I've seen elsewhere on this forum, wiper issues are fairly commonplace on these early S Types, as the design leaves much to be desired.

    Wobbly braking: Replaced front brake pads and discs, now absolutely fine.

    Outstanding issues:

    Rear axle / subframe corrosion:
    This has been an advisory for the last two MOTs. I've had an MOT guy look at it and apparently it's nowhere near a fail yet, but I'm keen to try and get something done to contain it and stop the spread.

    DSC System Error: I've seen plenty of posts on here about this, and understand it can be a number of things. When I first picked up the car the light was flashing; a diagnostic test identified a brake sensor which has now been replaced, but the error is now an (almost) constant warning light with the error description in the message centre. I imagine this will take a while to resolve, but the good news is the car drives really well so I'm hoping it's nothing too serious.

    Interior: There is some very minor superficial cracking in the leather on the driver's seat bolster, I understand this can be treated but not sure what products / services are best. It's the very light cream leather, so any imperfections show up very clearly, unfortunately. There are also a couple of stubborn stains on the (original Jaguar) driver's floor mat.

    Bodywork: Generally pretty good for a 20 year old vehicle, but there are a few stone chips on the bonnet, one right next to the grill with visible rust. There's also a scratch on the driver's door mirror, and some slight bubbling (not come through the paint yet) above the O/S passenger door.

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    You are going to need to get the diagnosis code for the DSC fault.
    Please note that low cost pattern part sensors can be a bit of a mixed bag, with some faulty from new!! But the next one in the box will be fine for years!
    It will probably be the same sensor or another, but the rotating rings can get rust under them, expand and then touch the sensor causing it to fail.

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    Thanks for the tips! Here's a few pics:
    https://m.facebook.com/john.wortley/...7726068401713/

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    Looks good and clean.

    As mentioned get the codes read for the DSC, or look at getting IDS yourself as it will save money.

    The sub frame, remove any large flakes but don't get to aggressive. then apply a light coat of wax oil.

    The leather, you could just use a good cleaner and feed any brand will do. You can buy pigment kits although they may be a bad match. A local trimmer will respray it for a reasonable sum.


    Rust on panels needs treated sooner rather than later. either perform a localised repair yourself (if it's tiny or in an obscure place) by grinding out the deep rust and using a quality rust stabilisers followed by a primer, topcoat and lacquer (use a artists brush if it's a stone chip. Or get a body shop a chip repair to do it. It may be worth doing a localised repair in the first instance and get a it done professionally in a couple of years when other imperfections start to show up making a who panel job more economical.

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    Lovely colour!

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    Interior leather ??
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    Quote Originally Posted by ItsHOWmuch? View Post
    Lovely colour!
    Thanks! For some reason, you don't seem to see many in red!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikkilaw View Post
    Thanks! For some reason, you don't seem to see many in red!
    I like a nice red 'un

    She looks like a smart mota!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Henry_B View Post
    I like a nice red 'un

    She looks like a smart mota!

    I Think UIn general, red is not a luxury car colour so the quantity built was probably lower than the silvers, and blues..
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