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Hi all,

Having sold my first X-Type 3 years ago, I returned to that fold this year as I missed the overall quality. Thanks to a kid that really shouldn't have a licence, that car is no more after he drove into the back of it 3 weeks ago. I very nearly shed a tear :(

Fast forward to today when I collected a pristine 4/2003 XJ6 3.0 auto.....

I'm not remotely familiar with these so have had a look around for info. The details on Wikipedia seem to suggest that it's the X350 and I'm here to ask how I confirm this please?

* When in 2003 were they launched?
* Are there particular features that will easily identify it?

I'm over the moon to be back in a Jaguar, even after 2 weeks of driving a '67 plate Volvo 2.4D courtesy car which is as smooth as silk. The XJ is far more responsive than my 2.5 X-Type and I'm sure this has something to do with the fact that it's not 4WD.........which I didn't know!! :oops::oops::oops:

Cheers.

James
 

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Apply a magnet to the bodywork. If it's an X350, there will be no attraction cos it's all aluminium.

The AWD in your X-Type should not have made it noticeably unresponsive.
 

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Sorry to hear about your X type, but congrats on what sounds like an X350 to me, how about a pic?

Enjoy
Jim
 

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... 4/2003 XJ6 3.0 auto.....

I'm not remotely familiar with these so have had a look around for info. The details on Wikipedia seem to suggest that it's the X350 and I'm here to ask how I confirm this please?

* When in 2003 were they launched?
* Are there particular features that will easily identify it?
Welcome and enjoy the car whatever it is :)

A very good way to check is to sign up for a basic (Independent Operatior) JLR Topix account and enter your VIN to display the details of your car's original build:

https://topix.jaguar.jlrext.com/topix/user/loginForm
 

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Sorry to hear about your X type, but congrats on what sounds like an X350 to me, how about a pic?

Enjoy
Jim
Cheers Jim! I definitely will after a polish :-D

Welcome and enjoy the car whatever it is :)

A very good way to check is to sign up for a basic (Independent Operatior) JLR Topix account and enter your VIN to display the details of your car's original build:

https://topix.jaguar.jlrext.com/topix/user/loginForm
Cheers Neil - very helpful!
 

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The earliest registration for an X350 was on a 52 plate if that's any help. I had one.
Also, I'm not sure the V6 3.0 was available in the model before.
 

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If it's an X350 then the last six digits of the VIN begin with a 'G' ... eg -G01234

If it's an 'F' then it's late X308
 

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Also, I'm not sure the V6 3.0 was available in the model before.
I believe you have hit the nail on the head :) X308 only had V8s (3.2 and 4.0). The 3.0 V6 from the S-Type was used in the X-Type and then in the X350 XJ.
 

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The earliest registration for an X350 was on a 52 plate if that's any help. I had one.
Also, I'm not sure the V6 3.0 was available in the model before.
If it's an X350 then the last six digits of the VIN begin with a 'G' ... eg -G01234

If it's an 'F' then it's late X308
Cheers both - that's confirmed it once & for all!

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Well, the first thing to say, is you've bought the one with probably the best engine for reliability and cost, (3 litre V6 petrol).Performance is more than adequate for most of us who pay for all our motoring. I had a 2003 3 litre Sport from 2010 to 2016 and took it from 30k miles to 115k miles. I had to deal with a number of issues that are not present in my current X358 Sovereign. Unfortunately the aluminium construction proved to be a lot more difficult to develop than expected, so the car was late on sale. Intended to be on sale before the X type it came out after that car. So there were a number of issues remaining, that the test engineers did not sort out leaving it all to the warranty period as owners found them out. My car was a 2003 on 30k miles, and virtually in "mint" condition, yet in months I had to have a new air suspension compressor fitted. Yet the new one lasted the rest of mu ownership and was still on the car when I part-exed it in October 2016 for a Sovereign. I had a few other issues like the headlights switch played up culminating in me losing all the lights for about 3 seconds on a twisty and unlit road near Macclesfield sometime in 2012. A new switch cured the problem and it never recurred again. I had a few other things as well, but was never, ever, let down at the roadside, even when in around late 2011, I had a transmission fault come up on the annunciator. So nervous was I, being with friends in Rugby, that we went home via the A5, but got home OK and a simple reflash of the TCM solved the problem. Another time we were coming home from a visit to Howarth, (Bronte Sisters village), and the car started misting up, (weather was a complete clamp-down with rain and mist). We managed to get home OK, took the car to our local specialist, to find that the fan control module had failed. A new one with bigger cooling fins cured this problem.

So, as you can see, the 2003 cars were by no means fault-free, but any 2003 car in 2017 should really have all these issues sorted out. Only one issue remained when I part-exed the car. This was the intractable "hunting on warm-up" of the transmission. During the warm-up from cold on light throttle, the transmission would hunt by about 200 revs. I tried to get this sorted by reflashing the TCM but it was never cured in the time I had the car. On asking what the cure was I was told it was a "clever wheeze" by some engineers to reduce fuel consumption. Apparently the torque converter lock-up clutch was cycled on/off to create friction to warm up the transmission fluid more quickly. When it was warm this cycling stopped. The cure was to replace the torque converter with a later one which had reprofiled friction surfaces that didn't cause the rev-counter to show the cycling ! As I didn't want to spend around £600 on a TC, I used to just put the transmission into 5 or 4 for a few miles. The only other thing to mention is the rather short life of some of the suspension bushes. I call this the "Jaguar unfair wear-and-tear" syndrome. Parts that you know are going to wear out some time in the future seem to wear out far too quickly !! Rear lower wishnbones, and all the lower air spring unit bushes are the worst for this.

My current 2007 Sovereign, same 3 litre V6 engine has so far proved OK and I have had none of the issues I had with the previous car. I think it is highly probable you will not have as many of these issues as me, because the previous owners will have sorted them out. You may however, get the transmission hunting syndrome.
 
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