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Old 06-02-2017, 02:23 PM
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So I am a new member. After searching for the last 6 months, and reading a lot of the threads on here, I pulled the trigger and bought an immaculate 2008 XK convertible, with only 22,000 miles on it when I got it.


My most recent car is a 98 BMW 328i convertible with 220K miles. I also have a 96 Mercedes C220, a 98 Mercedes E430, and a '13 Nissan Pathfinder.


I love this car so far. I am a little in awe of it and am afraid to get a ding or break anything on it. My BMW always had things breaking on it, and there are few parts on it that I haven't replaced or fixed. I spent a lot of time and money working on that car over the years. I am hoping the Jag is much more reliable - I am tired of working on cars.


Now I need to get rid of my C220 and my BMW. Not quite sure the best way to do that, both are old, don't have much value, and have issues that need to be repaired. Don't want to sink money in them to get the repairs done. Might try Craig's list.


I love the forums because I really try to work on my cars myself, and the forums are a great resource for doing that. I was on both the BMW and Mercedes forums for my other cars. Happy to be on here. No issues at the moment, but that can always change.


Anyway, I wanted to somewhat introduce myself, and I should be around.


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Welcome. You'll love the car. We all do. As you already know, this place is great.
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Welcome aboard. Good people=good forum. How about some pics?
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Welcome and congrats !

Pics now !!
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Welcome aboard. 08 convertible? Solid choice, IMHO...
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Welcome! This forum is all about providing information, support, and comraderie, I'm sure you'll soon agree. BUT, without pictures larger than the postage stamp in your avatar, we don't believe it! Have fun, and with so little mileage, and so much reliability, you shouldn't have to worry for a long time.
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Welcome and enjoy. I understand the fear of nicks, scratches, etc but drive it. Mine had 5k when I got it and I'm running that up and loving every mile.
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Similar reasons here,I had older Porsches that aren't worth selling, and cost a lot in my time working on them to keep driving.

I still keep them as a hobby though. I enjoy my time working on them now that I do not actually have to get it done on a crucial one weekend time table in order to get to work on Monday. Working on them has gone from a job adding stress to my life to a hobby releasing stress from my life.
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Thank you all for the warm welcome. Still don't have a lot of pictures but I have a few:


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Similar reasons here,I had older Porsches that aren't worth selling, and cost a lot in my time working on them to keep driving.

I still keep them as a hobby though. I enjoy my time working on them now that I do not actually have to get it done on a crucial one weekend time table in order to get to work on Monday. Working on them has gone from a job adding stress to my life to a hobby releasing stress from my life.




I have thought about keeping my BMW for exactly that. We'll see. It needs a new paintjob, and a few other things but isn't that bad of a car for 225,000 miles. The C220 needs to go, though.
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Great find. I love the color scheme as well. Where are you located?
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I am in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I found the car in Wichita, Kansas. I flew up, bought it, and drove it home.
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Welcome aboard. Lovely car you have. You and I are one of the lucky ones..we have a proper shifter console (instead of the rotary dial) and you can swap out your shift knob for this stunning piece of art: British Autowood > Gearknobs
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Beautiful shift knob!
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Welcome aboard! Though this is not a car friendly to dings and damage (aluminum vs steel) you'll find that it is pretty near bullett proof, thus more than easy to care for.

Yours has a great color combination and will be sure to get lots of thumbs up on the road. Expect to be delayed at gas stations. Relax and enjoy driving it because it is truely an awsome GT!

We'll all be looking forward to hearing more from you and your XK adventures.
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Yep, don't be afraid to work on it either. It's a car with some quirks (keep the battery charged) and so far repairs have been pretty straight forward. My '07 XKR is on the lower end of the 'nice' scale but has been a lot of fun to work on and resurrect. These cars respond well to some TLC.

My advice is read back over the past 40 or so pages of threads and subscribe to the ones that tweak your interest. Lots of great info here. Getting a decent trickle charger and changing the lug nuts out to OEM Toyota's is pretty mandatory.
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So, first quirk. Yesterday, I started the car but the info screen never would leave the Jaguar logo. I stopped the car and restarted it, and the system came up like normal. Later on the same trip, it happened again and restarting the car did not do the trick. Later it started as normal. Is this a battery issue?
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So, first quirk. Yesterday, I started the car but the info screen never would leave the Jaguar logo. I stopped the car and restarted it, and the system came up like normal. Later on the same trip, it happened again and restarting the car did not do the trick. Later it started as normal. Is this a battery issue?
Yes, it is likely your battery charge is low, or else too tired to be reliable in this vehicle.
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Yep, as said, battery charge is low. I plug my new battery into a trickle charger for my bike a couple nights a week as it was still getting drained by the chassis over a weeks time of daily driving. Dang car never goes fully to sleep even with the doors locked.
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