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New X150 owner here. Bought a 2008 XKR with 2,600 miles last weekend. Could only find a few little things wrong with the car. I am pretty familiar with with the 4.2L motor and it is one of my all time favorites. I have waited for an XKR like this for a long time.

What are things I should have checked when I bring it in the first time? What fluids should I have changed? Anything else mechanically I should have done? I do the have the Alcon 6 piston brakes.

What do people do to help decrease the chances of the leather coming apart on the dashboard that I see on most X150's? Leather conditioner with a UV reflect every few months in the summer?

I was also kind of surprised that this car has only one back up LED light (passenger side) and one LED fog light on the drivers side. Is this correct or is something wrong?

Anything else I should be aware of with the X150?

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Old 03-18-2017, 05:32 PM
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Congratulations - very low milage.


Are you driving or collecting this XKR.


Low milage Corvettes for example will always keep the value.
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Very nice car, enjoy it. You may want to have the bushings checked at all four wheels. There are a couple of threads on the forum dealing with bushings failing due to age, if my memory is functioning properly.
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One backup light and one fog tail light is correct. It's how they were made.
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Only 2600 miles on a 2008? Wow. You found a gem. Congrats!
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Congrats on an exceptional 2008 XKR! Although your car is equipped with the Alcon Performance Brake Package, it does not appear to be a Portfolio Edition since it has Senta wheels (not the chrome Cremonas) and the sill plate is embossed with Jaguar (not Portfolio). Alcons were available as an option on the 2008 XKR, but yours is the first one I've ever seen so it is indeed rare.

All 4.2L X150 models left the factory with one backup light and one rear fog light. Some owners have upgraded their taillights with the newer LED lamps that have 2 backup lights. Those LED taillights began with the 5.0L models.

You'll find lots of helpful information on the Forum and many knowledgeable members. Since the X150 is 10 years old, almost every question you can think of has already been asked and answered and the Search function is very useful.

Among my recommendations:
1. Always lock your car, even in the garage, to minimize battery draw. There are lots of computers and the Smartkey will wake them up when you get close to the car.
2. Keep your XKR on a battery maintainer. I like the CTEK MUS4.3, available on Amazon. Many threads on this.
3. Use a reflective sunshade to protect the leather dash from the Summer sun, and apply a good quality leather conditioner twice a year.
4. iPod connectivity began with the 2009 model year, but the dealer-installed Audio Connectivity Module accessory provides the same functionality.
5. Since your XKR has Alcons, no spare tire was fitted by the factory and, instead, a 12v air pump and can of flat repair goop were supplied in the trunk. You can add a space-saver spare and toolkit if you wish. See my old thread "Spare Tire for Alcon brake equipped cars".

It is normal for new X150 owners to look in their garage before going to sleep. Pleasant dreams!

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Stuart,
It hasn't worn off on me yet, I still look in the garage often! lol
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Hi All,

New X150 owner here. Bought a 2008 XKR with 2,600 miles last weekend. Could only find a few little things wrong with the car. I am pretty familiar with with the 4.2L motor and it is one of my all time favorites. I have waited for an XKR like this for a long time.

What are things I should have checked when I bring it in the first time? What fluids should I have changed? Anything else mechanically I should have done? I do the have the Alcon 6 piston brakes.

What do people do to help decrease the chances of the leather coming apart on the dashboard that I see on most X150's? Leather conditioner with a UV reflect every few months in the summer?

I was also kind of surprised that this car has only one back up LED light (passenger side) and one LED fog light on the drivers side. Is this correct or is something wrong?

Anything else I should be aware of with the X150?

Thanks!
Beautiful car! Mileage is unbelievable!! A common issue reported has been the duckbill A/C being clogged causing a wet passenger side footwell. There are several members here that have a procedure to reduce clogging like closing all the vents and turning the fan to full blast monthly to keep the "duckbill" free.

Pretty intelligent bunch here that are always willing to help.

Enjoy and Welcome!!
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There are lots of computers and the Smartkey will wake them up when you get close to the car.
That is a urban myth that is incorrect. It doesn't continuously search for a fob. On a car with passive entry, if the car is locked it will look for one when you pull on the door handle or try and open the tailgate and the range is only one meter.

On cars with either entry system the RF receiver listens out for the RF signal from the fob when a button is pressed. If you just walk up to the car without pressing any buttons it has no idea that you are there whether it has passive entry or not.

It will also check to see if a key is in the vehicle when you open and close the tailgate while the rest of the car is locked. If it detects a key inside the car it will sound an error warning and the tailgate will remain unlocked.

The rest of the time it doesn't care. You can even leave the fob inside the car and it will still drop out of convenience mode and go to sleep.
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Great find on this XKR. It is very rare to find one with such low mileage.

I previously owned a 2009 Jaguar XKR Portfolio Edition with the Alcon braking system. The Alcon's on the 2009 MY was a $5000 option.

OEM Jaguar Alcon rotors and are very expensive and would highly suggest you search the threads for the Alcon rotors for future replacement.

There is a thread under this class which provides a source where you can buy a complete set for under $450.00 which are Centric branded rotors but are actually OEM Alcon's. The half-moon slots confirm the Alcon's as well as the size. The supply of these rotors are very limited, so once the inventory is sold out, expect the cost to find OEM Jag Alcon rotors at about $2000 to $2500. All on-line parts sellers draw out of the same inventory at Centric.

Here's the link.

https://www.jaguarforums.com/forum/x...-cheap-171582/

I suggest you buy these and keep them for future use. Although the car only has 2600 miles or so, the car is 11 years old, and these rotors could warp. Although the XKR is 2008 model, most likely the XKR was built in 2007. The date is on the driver's side door panel.

See post #30 for full reference to the rotors.

Enjoy the XKR, you bought a beautiful car and was a fantastic find.

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One backup light and one fog tail light is correct. It's how they were made.
You can press the fog light on as you shift to reverse to light up both.
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The maintenance schedule would have you replacing the fuel filter based on time. (Seven years.)

If you have no service history on any of the fluids, I'd flush 'em all, perhaps an exception for transmission and differential.
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Congratulations - very low milage.


Are you driving or collecting this XKR.


Low milage Corvettes for example will always keep the value.
I plan to drive it on road trips and special occasions. But it won't be an everyday car
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Since you'll be going on road trips, you may want to add a compact spare. https://www.jaguarforums.com/forum/x...-brakes-67260/
It could take a while to source all the components.

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You can press the fog light on as you shift to reverse to light up both.
Hmm, good idea mate! Will do this.
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Welcome JaguarXKR and enjoy the beast......
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Wow, almost scary low mileage. From knowledge gained on the Lincoln LS forums, tale special care that the rubber suspension stuff doesn't disintegrate once you start using it. Seems the rubber likes to be exercised and harden / crack if not.

Mine is slated to become a commuter / fun car on my 20 mile route to work. Folks asked why I wanted an XKR and not an econobox but don't seem to realize you only live once. As RR48 said, enjoy the Beast.
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Brake fluid requires a flush every two years. Coolant flush every 5 years. Both regardless of mileage. As the car has so few miles, replace all fluids as suggested already. Unless that battery was kept on a maintainer, replace it.

My biggest concern would be dry seals/gaskets at this point. Before taking any road trips, I would recommend you put a couple hundred local miles on the car.

Bushings do wear out from time, weight and weather (dry) rot, not just mileage but I would merely inspect them and budget for them as they are probably fine at this point.
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And since this is going to be a "special occasion" car, *please, please* heed the advice to get a CTEK battery maintainer and use it always when the car is not actually being driven. That will eliminate the possibility of random electrical symptoms. But I would start fresh with fluid changes and a NEW battery.
You will love this car. Be prepared to spend a lot of time in your garage just looking at it from every angle. This is typical behaviour for Jaguar owners, not just owners of the XK, and it is behaviour that never goes away. You will also find yourself looking back at the Jaguar when you park it - another sign of a Jaguar owner.
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