Could not agree more, I am not a fan of the single wiper and it just feels so different to my X type, especially with the windscreen so close! I miss the 18 way adjustable seats in my X, and the fact that EVERYTHING worked in it, apart from the engine and clutch. Haha, I once had a chap in a XJ8 tailgate me and attempt to overtake me, when I was in cruise at 55 in a 50 zone, I was not to happy and I noticed that the road was straight with no dangerous obstructions in the way.. So I waited until he pulled out for the overtake, I put the 3.0 manual wildcat into 3rd and woooosh, he was just a memory. I can imagine he was very embarrassed pulling back into his correct lane, staring at my quad exhausts and thinking to himself that it was the wrong jag to overtake and it wasn't just one of those diesel mondeos with a jag badge on it huh I found that most people wouldn't treat my X type like a 'real' jag, even though it most certainly was, any X type is a real jag. Where as this has a much more jaguar feel to it and a lot more wood in it also, I don't get anyone telling me that this brute is a ford. Even though I am sure ford owned jag at the time this thing was produced.My experience has been that my X would take the V8 to the cleaners, I also tried it aganst a straight 6 XJR and mine comfortably showed that a pair of wheels as well. But that's not what they are about is it? The XJR seemed to spend some time with the traction light flashing, the X didn't it being AWD. It would never be a fair drag race in the wet would it? But I feel like I'm driving an armchair when I'm in the SJ. It took a while to get used to the windscreen being so close, and the single wiper I can't get on with but it irons the road for you. That's what they do.
I have been told that it is honestly a huge difference between the 2.5 and the 3.0, especially with the manual gearbox. There is faster cars out there, but the 3.0 manual is a very quick car for what it is and there is not a lot of big cars out there that are going to embarrass it. Even the big V8 XJ's! But I wouldn't fancy it's chances against a 390HP supercharged XJR, those things intimidate me!Well, either my 2.5 X is unwell or the 3.0 is far superior but my X would have trouble keeping up with my old I6 XJR and no chance against my XJ8 4.2. My auto box on the X is very sluggish so maybe that's it.
I test drove a 2.5 auto before I bought mine and immediately crossed it off my wanted list as it felt very, as you say, sluggish. There's a big difference with the 2.5 and 3.0.Well, either my 2.5 X is unwell or the 3.0 is far superior but my X would have trouble keeping up with my old I6 XJR and no chance against my XJ8 4.2. My auto box on the X is very sluggish so maybe that's it.