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Old 06-12-2019, 11:16 PM
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About last week my xjl went to restricted performance mode. I had just fixed a few issues with the oil and cooling systems and the dealer assured me everything was fine. I called them up and dropped the car off. Now out of the blue they said I need a new vvt unit installed. They quoted me $10,000 to replace. Insane! I love the car but this just seems crazy. I tried searching everywhere and could not find any info about this unit. Has anyone ever been told this before? Iím located in Los Angeles, CA. Any info will help. Thanks.
Old 06-13-2019, 06:39 AM
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Better to buy a new/used motor. I put a 2016 5.0 supercharged in my 2011 for around 12k. Then I parted out my old motor for about 4K. So roughly 8k all in for a very low mileage 2016 motor. You need to find a good indie shop as they have to swap a few sensors and parts from your old motor as the Bosch/Denso parts aren't interchangeable. I got the motor from lkq for 8,599 with almost no miles. Mine had the vvt timing issue as well and my indie shop recommended just swapping the motor. Ended up being cheaper then repairing and the new motors have several updates and changes and are a much better motor.
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Find a good independent with jag experience and ask for a second opinion. It may just be a lot of labor and dealer hourly rates killing you on cost.
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Did they give you a part/ labor breakdown? What are the part numbers that need replacement?
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Yes this is rare and not being reported. Can you get us some part numbers and a better description?

We have a thread now on a 5.0L engine rebuild and the VVT units are delicate and can't be dropped or roughly handled.
This is a very long and thorough thread so it will take some time to read.

5.0L Engine Rebuild

It might be worthwhile to ask davetibbs some questions as he is an expert on the 5.0L engine by now!!
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Iíll ask my independent shop when I have my car in next time about your VVT unit cost. Wonít be for 2-3 weeks though, if you can wait that long.

I agree that the pricing is probably just classic jaguar dealership labor/parts markup. My next service visit is for major service replacing many timing parts,supercharger service etc. I am using an independent shop in Orange County that lets you bring in your own parts. Doing it at the dealership would have cost me well more than 2x the amount. I suspect your bill could be cut at least in half by having an independent shop do the job.

So I would recommend finding out which parts need replacement from the dealership (get a formal quote). Find your parts cheap online (forum members can recommend good sources for parts). And then have an independent shop do the repair using your supplied parts.

Let us know what direction you choose to take.

All the best.
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