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Wahoo, the dealer just called and told me that my XE just arrived. They will detail it and go over everything and it will be ready for pick up on Friday. I've already given them a down payment, so I'll have to decide if I want to lease it or purchase it, and it looks like Jaguar has some pretty good specials going on both options. ****, but Friday is a long way off.

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British Racing Green, XE Prestige, RWD, 2.0 TDI
 

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Let me first suggest something that MAY seem like a criticism of Jaguar's XE, but it's not:

Go through the instruction manual and test every one of the features you read---decide to test NAV traffic announcements on one trip,
Cruise-control and Auto Speed Limiter on one trip,
then Meridian speaker settings and USB reader on one trip,
Bi-adaptive xenon headlight movement another trip, and so on...
... until by the time your break-in period is over, you've had the chance to spot every item that may be functioning dubiously. That includes warning lights on you dashboard, because this car is very good at giving you messages that should be investigated.

A lot of owners have collectively identified odds and ends things that occur with the XE and posted them across about 4 different forums, most of them niggly little annoyances, but a few important items to catch if you spot it happening in your model.
This is YOUR Jaguar-----make it flawless.

Second, enjoy this car immensely. It's not like the typical Mercs BMWs and the rest. There is something so danged FUN about being on a road with this thing, that validates trading extra luxury inside for extra spirit and edginess on the pavement. All I want to do each day is get out of work and commute home. To WANT to Commute!! That sounds insane. But 40 minutes of my commute is in the XE.
 

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Let me first suggest something that MAY seem like a criticism of Jaguar's XE, but it's not:
Go through the instruction manual and test every one of the features you read---decide to test NAV traffic announcements on one trip, Cruise-control and Auto Speed Limiter on one trip, then Meridian speaker settings and USB reader on one trip, Bi-adaptive xenon headlight movement another trip, and so on... until by the time your break-in period is over, you've had the chance to spot every item that may be functioning dubiously. That includes warning lights on you dashboard, because this car is very good at giving you messages that should be investigated.
A lot of owners have collectively identified odds and ends things that occur with the XE, most of them niggly little annoyances, but a few important items to catch if you spot it happening in your model.
This is YOUR Jaguar-----make it flawless.

Second, enjoy this car immensely. It's not like the typical Mercs, BMWs, and the rest. There is something so danged FUN about being on a road with this thing, that validates trading extra luxury inside for extra spirit and edginess on the pavement. All I want to do each day is get out of work and commute home. To WANT to Commute!! That sounds insane. But 40 minutes of my commute is in the XE.
 

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Second, enjoy this car immensely. It's not like the typical Mercs, BMWs, and the rest. There is something so danged FUN about being on a road with this thing, that validates trading extra luxury inside for extra spirit and edginess on the pavement. All I want to do each day is get out of work and commute home. To WANT to Commute!! That sounds insane. But 40 minutes of my commute is in the XE.
THIS.


Everyone gets too caught up in the fact its a new car and all the thoughts which come with that; issues, questions, etc.

This is a british car after all, what we need to do is take it around some twisty roads aka (what I like to call) its natural habitat.
 

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I would really check the vehicle after they detail it. They don't have detailers, they have car cleaners, which means that they could introduce a lot of scratches into the finish. Be weary and check it properly first.
 

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Streamline, I decided to lease it for 3 years with 36,000 miles. I ran the numbers and decided that this will be the company car, and with a lease the complete payment is deductible, while on purchase you have to depreciate the vehicle and claim the basis when you sell it. So leasing made more sense. Besides, we test drove the Alfa Romeo sedan and my wife fell in love with it. So I'm guessing that in about 3 yrs we may be ready to switch from Jaguar to Alfa Romeo for our next vehicle.

Newlester, I appreciate your suggestions and will start paying closer attention to each feature. Since this is primarily my wife's car I won't be driving it all that often, but will pay attention when I do. So far I like the music system and my wife commented that she enjoys the sound of the engine when she pushes it a bit.

And the British Racing Green is a fantastic color that pictures just doesn't capture. It looks OK in subdued lighting, but when the bright sun hits it it just pops.

Overall we're very happy with our selection.
 

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British Racing Green is what I have on my Prestige as well.

Took me a long time to agree to order Green. I remember it from a good childhood memory, but even so, every picture I saw of it made it look "different". I had to visit two dealerships and see the car under three different conditions to be confident I was ordering the right color.

...An incredible color. Storm Grey does the same thing. Becomes anonymous under evening lighting, safely hides like a ninja among other cars when parked at night. Sparkles like something from Hawaii when strong sunlight is on it.
Love it.

Ironically,... this year the color was dropped from the selections over in the UK. British drivers can't buy a British Racing Green XE this year. No greens at all.
Shock.
 

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Although they don't get British Racing Green they do get the standard transmission. I sure wish we had that option.

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Grrrr.

I'm an auto-transmission mouse, I'm afraid. Always been in the cities, where manual seemed unnecessary mistreatment (LOL, for car AND driver both).

Just in case you weren't told, rotating the XE dial into "Sport" gear, AND switchig the center console to "Dynamic Mode", makes the car as near to manual as you can get it. Once in this state, YOU have to handle the upshifting (with the steering wheel paddles),... the car won't do it anymore for you.

(Downshifting is still done by the car, unless you downshift before it does...)

...That's way too "manual like" for my comfort, but I've heard some drivers love it.
 

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Yes, I'm familiar with paddle shifters. I had them on my last family car (Mercedes E-350) which also only came with an automatic. But it just isn't the same as a manual transmission. I decided to lease rather than buy this XE with the hope that in 3 yrs either Jaguar or maybe Alfa Romeo (I like the Julia) will decide to import a manual transmission to the US.

Stan
 
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