I was a bit concerned about the up coming MOT because when I first bought the XJR back in July last year, I took it to Les Paul (Jag specialist in Essex) for a once over and they claimed it would need:
1. a LOT of welding
2. they needed to smash off the locking nuts because the master lock nut was missing, then replacement locking nuts
3. 2 new tyres
4. brakes were 20% and needed new discs as the current ones were warped
5. correct size battery
6. lower ball joints needed replacing
They wanted £1600 to get these things done. I said I would collect the car up (after much pestering from the guy to get it done that day!) and get the work done at a later date. They had done an oil service so charged me £250 for this and the check. BUT, when I went to the boot, I took out the lock nut and said "is this what you wanted to charge me £250 for?", the guy looked suitably embarrassed and apologised. So since then I was dubious as to the other work they said it needed... (a guy I know done the ball joints and he said they were fine, didn't need replacing!)
I did replace the 2 tyres, got a proper size battery and had SOME welding done which cost £150 (welding alone)... Another worry was when the car was BONE DRY of oil, only a year after the oil service they apparently carried out and I had done 2000 miles. So I assumed an oil leak was to blame...
I decided to take the XJR to my Lancia garage to get them to have a look as I have been with them for a decade and trust them. It flew through the MOT, I asked about the oil and they said there was no oil leak and it all looked in very good conditiion underneath. The MOT guy said the brakes are 50% and discs are fine...
So all in all, I am glad it passed the MOT but sad that I have had to learn "Les Paul" would stoop to such measures to drum up business.. Avoid at all costs!!!