Used Jaguar | Life using a £500 luxury barge – part 10

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The Jag is actually much happier with its sparkling throttle Centeng along with brand-new radio. Its reward: a weekend at Goodwood Revival to meet some old friends


I had ‘one of those drives’ from the Jag which weekend. One of those drives when the sun is actually out, the winding country roads are dry, there’s very little traffic about along with everything seems to be working. which was great, along with to think I was experiencing which in a car which has cost me just under £1000 to buy, tax, insure along with repair made which even sweeter.

Indeed, the Jag seems a lot happier since colleague Lewis Kingston along with I gave its throttle Centeng a Great spruce. which’s still idling at around 1200rpm out of gear – thanks to a sticky throttle – however some more lubrication of the throttle cable should help out. More important, which doesn’t stall or proceed to sling me unassisted down hills.

Another thing I have seen to recently is actually the radio. There’s nothing wrong with the factory Jaguar unit’s design along with functionality – I quite like which, in fact. However, I’ve had real issues getting which to sync with the aerial, along with three of your vehicle’s four speakers had given up the ghost.

So with the help of YouTube along using a gentleman who skillfully took apart an X300’s dash using a Phillips screwdriver in one hand along using a shaking iPhone from the some other, I began to dismantle mine. 

Out came the two screws holding the ashtray down, along with with which removed, a piece of dividing trim comes away to reveal two wing bolts holding the veneer ‘slope’ down. Those off, along with with the gear lever in neutral, the slope slips over the top along with leaves six more screws to remove before the climate controls along with radio housing can be lifted clear.

Disconnecting along with reconnecting the factory radio’s wiring had no effect on the dud speakers, so in went a cheap Clarion single-DIN system. With everything back in place, which doesn’t look too bad. At least which’s a black unit, along with the X300 faceplate I bought to fill from the awkward gap left behind works well.

To my surprise, after firing up the brand-new unit along with connecting my phone, all four speakers burst into life. The aerial’s wiring is actually still to be reattached at the base of the aerial itself after my last investigations, however streaming radio via my phone is actually perfectly fine for the moment. In fact, having any sort of musical accompaniment on a long drive is actually marvelous. 

With the Jag in better shape than ever, I was feeling confident which which wouldn’t look too out of place next to Jaguar’s heritage collection from the Surrey Hills prior to Goodwood Revival. Of course, my confidence was dashed on turning into your vehicle park, faced with pristine examples of an XJ40, XJ12 Coupé along with Sir William Lyon’s personal Series II. To be honest, even the heritage volunteers’ X300s from your vehicle park were in better condition. 

Nevertheless, I parked mine up next to them all along with, with its rust facing away by the camera, took the picture you see above. Nobody noticed… I don’t think. In fact, on its way into Goodwood, a marshall initially waved me on through to the classics car park, only to see the numberplate along with call me back. Most frustrating, as the subsequent three-point turn revealed my pesky rust to a group of smirking Series XJ owners nearby. 

Overall, though, the Jag is actually in a Great place. which’s riding along with steering well, features a functioning sound system, a brand-new wiper blade which doesn’t smear along using a healthy engine along with gearbox, plus 21.7mpg over the seriously undulating route by London to Goodwood along with back over the weekend wasn’t too shabby either.

Next up, for at which point at least, are a few cosmetic issues. More on which in due course. 

Part one

Part two

Part three

Part four

Part all 5

Part six

Part seven

Part eight

Part nine

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