Episode 48. Jaguar S-type. X667 HLB. (Part 2).

It's been a while since I've said anything about the Jaguar, I've been so busy talking about the rusty crap, and project cars that I have, and not talking about anything I have that is actually ready and able to be driven! With that in mind I figured it was time for an update, and what better place to start that the Jag.


Back in 2015 I had a very interesting motoring experience, and I wrote a little story about it called "Twelve Cars In A Year" as you have probably guessed this meant I went out and bought a car every month for a year, and wrote about my experiences with them. This, for me was fascinating, and with the exception of getting messed about when I tried to sell them, it was very enjoyable. I had some pretty cool and interesting cars that year, well, atleast to me they were cool and intersting. At the end of the year I wrote about which ones I liked the most, and which ones I liked the least. The top two of the year where these two...


Shamelessly stolen from the thread I wrote, the Ford StreetKa, and the Jaguar S-Type. The StreetKa was only pipped at the post because it only had two seats so I couldn't get Mrs Clint, and our two little monsters in the car at the same time. But for me on my own, or with just one of my little monsters, it was brilliant. I bought it at the right time, the sun was out, so the roof was down, and I couldn't praise that little car enough. For recreational driving, I felt the StreetKa really was the car! As for the S-Type I felt it was superb, just superb! This to me was exactly what I thought a Jaguar should be like, I really enjoyed that car, and for me it had it all, road presence, comfort, power, even handling, the whole package. But not just that, with the ridiculously low second had values that the S-type has this meant that they're really good value for money. Since then I must admit, that my ebay watchlist always had several S-types in it! As much as I enjoyed doing and writing the "Twelve Cars In A Year" story the worst thing about it was that I only got to spend a month with each car. For a couple of them a month was more than long enough, but for most of them I wanted to play a little longer, to get to know the car a little better, but the month had ended and I wanted, and needed to sell it on in order to continue with the story. Of all the twelve cars the two cars that I really wanted to re-visit and spend more time with, was what I considered to be the top two, the StreetKa and the S-type. 2017 saw me finally able to spend a little more time with these two cars when I bought these two...


The thing is over two years on, and with two different (but the same) cars I feel exactly the same about them both. The StreetKa is now gone, and the way I felt about it is written in Episode 41. Now it is time for the Jaguar. The thing is though, that it is still not yet time to sell the Jaguar. I'm not done with it, and to be frank, I'm not even close. My previous, and first S-type, the blue one was a V6, and as great as that was I always wondered what the V8 was like. Well the current one, as I'm sure I've said before is a V8! But is it any better? Well, if I'm brutally honest it really is no different. For normal everyday driving you will never notice that you've got two more cyclinders. It's exactly the same on the road, it's exactly the same when you look at the car, it sounds pretty much the same, it feels the same to drive, it's just as comfortable as the V6, and it's even the same here...


At the pumps! Seen here with Aunt Fannys BMW. There would seem to be absolutely no benefit to owning the V8 over the V6, or vice versa! That isn't to say however that the same statement would be true should you open the taps! No doubt that in my younger days I would've found the V8 a very different machine to drive than the V6, but back then I had my boot to the board pretty much everywhere I went! I was always in a hurry, and nine times out of ten I needed to get wherever I was going before I had left wherever I was! But now sitting here writing this I realise that was a very VERY long time ago! I came to the conclusion a long time ago that for the mostly short journeys that I made in my car, having the hammer down the whole time didn't really get me there any sooner, but it cost me more in fuel, tyres, general maintenace of my car, and sadly occaisionally insurance. So I gave up that driving style, and the roads are probably better for it, my wallet definately is! So why have the V8?


Well as the Americans say, there's no replacement for displacement! I'm not sure that these days that saying is completely true, if it was even ever true. With the increase of forced induction engines, auto-manufacturers realized that they don't really need a large displacement engine to push up the horsepower numbers. It isn't with just manufacturers either, it's with performance shops too. These days technology is the replacement for displacement. More displacement is a pretty easy way to make more power, and has potential for power, but boost or variable valve timing or variable length intake runners all can help make more power instead of having a large capacity engine. But having said all that, for me atleast there is something magical about having a V8 under the bonnet. V8's are gooooood, so lazily purring away under the bonnet yet producing effortless power to waft you along to your destination without screaming away loudly, and making me feel that at any given moment I may catch a glimpse of of one of the pistons from my high revving four-pot as it breaks free from its block, and exits through the top of the bonnet! Not that this has ever happened to me, but you get the idea! This isn't some motorway menace race car, it's a lovely comfy wafty boulevard cruiser with a silky smooth V8 soundtrack, and I still really like it, and that brings me to here...


This morning at BelongaClint this plopped onto my doormat. The V11 letter sent from the DVLA to remind me that the tax on the Jaguar runs out at the end of December. This means that I have owned this car for six months now! I can't believe that it has been six months already! I have thought about selling it, to enable me to get my fix from driving something different. But I am really not done with this car yet. I do want to buy, and drive something else, but I don't want to let this car go, I like this car. I am at a bit of a junction with it. On the one hand, well, I've had it six months, so I think let's sell it on, and get something new to try for a bit. But then on the other hand I can't help feeling that once it's off down the road I will kick myself for letting it go! Having said that of course, it's not like they're thin on the ground, they're really quite easy to find for sale, and for sale cheaply! So even if I was to sell it I should be able to find another one quite easily whilst I am kicking myself, although its true to say that the V8's are harder to find than the V6... Let's not even consider a diesel! When I had my 3.0 litre V6 Jaguar S-type I did find myself wondering quite often what it would be like to own the 4.0 litre V8 Jaguar S-type. Perhaps the question I should now be asking myself is, I wonder what it would be like to own the 4.2 Litre V8 Jaguar S-type... With the SUPERCHARGER!

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