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09-24-2014, 10:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 647
Posted By mechelement

The $6,000 KBB made me sad when trying to sell...

The $6,000 KBB made me sad when trying to sell the car. After a few weeks of listing, I was discouraged and we set out to look at new SUVs. The Ford dealer asked me what the trade in needed to be to...
09-24-2014, 11:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 647
Posted By mechelement

Over the course of two years we accrued 4000...

Over the course of two years we accrued 4000 miles on the VDP. 90% of those miles my wife drove the car. If there was a cloud in the sky it stayed in the garage. If the ground was wet, stayed in the...
09-24-2014, 01:10 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 647
Posted By mechelement

2015 Explorer XLT AWD. Damn good family hauler...

2015 Explorer XLT AWD. Damn good family hauler and much more practical than the VDP. Bumper to bumper service and maintenance warranty for 72,000 miles. Win.
09-23-2014, 11:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 647
Posted By mechelement

Well, I Sold The VDP

I never drove it and neither did my wife. I tried to sell it on eBay and CL. No luck. I had lowball offers from dealers until we went to Ford. They gave me my bottom dollar selling price ACV. Bought...
07-19-2014, 10:39 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,526
Posted By mechelement

Here's a video of how it runs now: 2002...

Here's a video of how it runs now:

2002 Jaguar XJ8 VDP Smooth Engine - YouTube

It runs excellent now. Zero tick/clack or rattle at any RPM.
06-23-2014, 10:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 849
Posted By mechelement

07/2001 make and newer? Is this true?

07/2001 make and newer? Is this true?
06-23-2014, 10:20 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,237
Posted By mechelement

Hmmm. I'll have another run at the cover bolts...

Hmmm. I'll have another run at the cover bolts and back them off a bit. The covers have metal sleeves in each hole. The bolts should clamp down on the metal sleeves and not put pressure on the...
06-22-2014, 04:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,526
Posted By mechelement

I believe it had something to do with the 15W40...

I believe it had something to do with the 15W40 Rotella I used for the previous oil change. I should have listened to most here and stayed with Castrol 5W30. My wife noticed the ticking after the...
06-22-2014, 01:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,526
Posted By mechelement

Wow, it's been a long time since my last post in...

Wow, it's been a long time since my last post in this thread. My career literally skyrocketed with a major promotion, so I've been busy setting my department up and getting everything working like a...
06-22-2014, 09:41 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,237
Posted By mechelement

I did use high temp nickel anti seize sparingly....

I did use high temp nickel anti seize sparingly. Mine came in a jar w/ a small paint brush affixed to the cap. No issues there.

I torqued my spark plugs down by feel. I tried the finger tight and...
06-21-2014, 04:24 PM
Replies: 3,504
Views: 289,327
Posted By mechelement

Today: NGK Iridium spark plugs Napa Gold air...

Today:
NGK Iridium spark plugs
Napa Gold air filter

Tomorrow:
New battery from O'Reilly's
Castrol 5W30 oil
Wix oil filter
06-21-2014, 01:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,237
Posted By mechelement

Thanks! I searched on here and multiple threads...

Thanks! I searched on here and multiple threads were riddled with the gap requirement of .052" per the service bulletin. I bought the plugs anyway and they're all gapped at .044". I hope to have...
06-21-2014, 10:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,237
Posted By mechelement

2002 VDP N/A Spark Plugs?

NGK Iridium IX BKR5EIX-11 --- is this the correct plug? They're gapped at 0.044" not 0.052". I've seen mention of 0.052" gap was mandated by Jaguar. What's the deal here? I've got them on hold for me...
08-14-2013, 10:50 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 7,219
Posted By mechelement

I agree 100%. FINALLY Jaguar's quirky interior...

I agree 100%. FINALLY Jaguar's quirky interior layout has been revised with a well thought out, high quality material design. One thing I completely dislike about our VDP is the console. Might as...
08-11-2013, 11:22 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 7,219
Posted By mechelement

If a person who owned a brand new XJ walked up to...

If a person who owned a brand new XJ walked up to me and wanted to trade it for my XJ8, I'd do so without even thinking twice, in a NY minute. That said, without a doubt, I'd rock a new XJ and none...
08-11-2013, 03:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,526
Posted By mechelement

Is this the typical tick that the timing...

Is this the typical tick that the timing tensioners cause?

I'll order plugs this week.

I don't believe the t-stat opened in the 3-4 minutes it ran. I've always thought it idled high when in...
08-11-2013, 11:04 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,526
Posted By mechelement

New video: 2002 XJ8 VDP Cold Start - Tick2 -...

New video:

2002 XJ8 VDP Cold Start - Tick2 - YouTube



In the 90*F+ heat yesterday, the tick was worse under load. I'll try to get another video today when it's hot.
08-11-2013, 10:21 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,526
Posted By mechelement

I'll take another video today, but with the hood...

I'll take another video today, but with the hood up. It sounds louder when under load - driving it slowly in the driveway. Actually, that last video is the most ticking I've heard it do thus far....
08-10-2013, 03:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,526
Posted By mechelement

Videos

Just uploaded a couple videos on YouTube

2002 XJ8 VDP Cold Start - YouTube

2002 XJ8 VDP Cold Start - Tick1 - YouTube


My wife just told me this has been getting progressively worse over the...
08-10-2013, 10:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,526
Posted By mechelement

2002 VDP Intermittent Idle Engine Tick & ~2,500rpm Rattle

I noticed this last weekend when I moved the car out of the shop. It will start fine without any rattling noise, but during its idling, it will rhythmically tick louder than typical running noise,...
07-11-2013, 12:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,891
Posted By mechelement

The gold pinstripes on my VDP seem to be coming...

The gold pinstripes on my VDP seem to be coming off during a wash. Passenger side is starting at the rear, driver side at the front. It is starting to approach looking a bit haggard.
07-09-2013, 12:11 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,408
Posted By mechelement

When I was under my car after reading the rear...

When I was under my car after reading the rear shock replacement procedure in JTIS, I wondered if this was possible. Good to know I wasn't pipe dreaming!
07-09-2013, 12:05 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,714
Posted By mechelement

How's the car handle over bumps when traveling...

How's the car handle over bumps when traveling 35+mph?
07-06-2013, 09:43 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 7,434
Posted By mechelement

Is this cleaning suggested on MY 2001 and later...

Is this cleaning suggested on MY 2001 and later cars? The Jaguar bulletin was for '98-MY '01.
07-06-2013, 12:15 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 7,434
Posted By mechelement

Is "part-load breather orifice" another name for...

Is "part-load breather orifice" another name for CCV?

Is that the part towards the front of the motor on the same side as the oil fill cap? Mine looked a little wet, but I wasn't sure if it was...
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