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Good info on the jag dealers, thanks guys. Pretty much what I expected - some good experiences, some bad. Will suss out my local guys but I have a couple of specialists in town too so should be sweet either way.

@mdem I'm in NSW, there'll be a club here I'm sure. Hopefully they tell me to keep using the euro shop that looks after my VW van, that'd be handy 馃槅 RACV test comes with a 30-day warranty and it's covered by the 3-month statutory used car warranty, so as soon as it arrives, it'll go to them for another thorough inspection to try and find any warranty claims. A moderate repair on this car will cost more than the purchase price of most of my other cars, so I'm a little nervous buying with no factory warranty and will milk the statutory one for everything I can.

@First Jag-g-g WOW ten years of warranty... I'd gladly pay for that these days! Good hear your dealership looks after you well, I'd expect them too haha

Lucky for me, the position of "SWMBO" has been vacant for as long as I can remember and there's no plans to advertise the vacancy anytime soon :ROFLMAO:
 

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There us the main club In Sydney and also one the Hunter region. The Sydney one is at jaguar.org.au
 

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Booked in at ULR Jag in Melbourne for their inspection on Friday, and an RACV inspection at Europei Motori on Thursday. I've got time on Wednesday next week to fly down if I still can't bring myself to spend $60k without actually seeing the car (which is very likely 馃槀)

Spent most of last night reading the VAP tune/pulley threads on the F-type forum, and looking up little stuff like illuminated door sills lol. I think the first round of fun will look something like this:
  • Paint touchup by Basha Autohaus
  • Full show detail by Detail Lab, possibly ceramic coat or PPF wrap (TBD, based on how it polishes up)
  • Illuminated door sills
  • LED puddle lights
  • Tail light and headlight tint/smoke (very light tint, not dark enough to attract attention but just enough to be extra purdy)
  • Front splitter, rear splitter, side skirt extensions (all in black)
  • Black wrap over spoiler (TBD - I think having it match the skirts would be pretty mint but will need to see the skirts on it first)
  • Change brake caliper colour to blue
Also considering a matte black off-centre stripe like the Project 8, it'd look mean over the top of carpathian grey.

Round 2 probably involves the VAP rune and pulley, and a bit of dyno time to go with it. To be honest that's probably where I'll stop, this car is supposed to be a daily work car :ROFLMAO:
 

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Ripper!
(the only bit of Oz that has stayed with me after I lived in Melbourne and Sydney for a year 3 decades ago)
Oh, and Grouse!
(Do you still say these things?)

-Tail light and headlight tint/smoke (very light tint, not dark enough to attract attention but just enough to be extra purdy)
-Front splitter, rear splitter, side skirt extensions (all in black)
-Black wrap over spoiler (TBD - I think having it match the skirts would be pretty mint but will need to see the skirts on it first)
-Change brake caliper colour to blue
-Also considering a matte black off-centre stripe like the Project 8, it'd look mean over the top of carpathian grey.
A very sensible set of cosmetic mods, those. :) IMHO. It's personal taste, of course.
A light tint looks good on the rear lights on dark cars particularly. (In my case I only did the white section (the reverse lights) with a mid tint as the car is white.) The facelifted models have a tint to half way down the lights, from the factory. I tried that on mine, but it looked rather odd on the earlier light cluster. To my eye, at least.
The sills etc def needed if they aren't already. I thought they were on the S.. guess not.
I only did the vertical trailing edge of the spoiler. Gloss black Plasti dip was the perfect solution there as I wanted the option to peel it off. It has proved extremely durable and has stayed as it highlights the subtle spoiler well. With a grey car, that may not be enough.
I recently assembled the rather fun 1:72 Airfix IPace kit for fun (about 10 minutes build time, not like a proper kit) and it has a bonnet racing decal. It's quite striking, even on a small model. I suspect a far better fit on a grey car than mine!
And as for Blue callipers- a certain US correspondent hereabouts may like that one! :D


Sounds like you have many hours of happy tinkering ahead. Good luck. Assuming the purchase all goes well.
 

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ULR in Malvern? That's where I bought my XE and where it has been serviced. I have the illuminated sill plates (Standard have an S logo on them). Can I suggest that you have them covered in something as they are prone to scuffing. I think others on here have suggested what can be done. Mine are not covered and are lightly scuffed.
 

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The illuminated tread plates can be covered by the same transparent film used to wrap a car. You can also apply a coat of nano ceramic on the surface. If you frequently drag your feet across the sill and/or have heavy boots with the occasional stone in them as you get in and out of the car, I'd use the wrap film method. I personally use the nano ceramic method given my gentler use case and they look pristine.
 

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Graphene coating seem to be the evolution of ceramic coatings, i have a car booked in to get applied at the end of the month so have no first hand experience of it yet but if it does what its supposed too it should be good
 

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Would be interested in hearing your thoughts I used autoglym鈥檚 cheap option which I must say I鈥檓 pretty chuffed with so far but considering something more robust for yr 2-5 at which point the car will be moved on :)
 

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In the various back-to-back tests I've seen on YouTube I've not seen any advantages of Graphene over Ceramic. In fact much of what is said about graphene is unscientific and unsubstantiated, so be wary.
 

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Haha well that does depend on what鈥檚 on offer post WW3 but this particular car is on a 54month hire agreement so that鈥檚 the minimum time I鈥檒l have the car :)
 

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Ripper!
(the only bit of Oz that has stayed with me after I lived in Melbourne and Sydney for a year 3 decades ago)
Oh, and Grouse!
(Do you still say these things?)
Haha ripper indeed 馃槀 I say 'Ripper' a lot, 'Grouse' isn't so common in NSW though... I think it's a Victoria thing. Maybe QLD as well - my brother in law says it heaps and he's from up that way

A very sensible set of cosmetic mods, those. :) IMHO. It's personal taste, of course.
A light tint looks good on the rear lights on dark cars particularly. (In my case I only did the white section (the reverse lights) with a mid tint as the car is white.) The facelifted models have a tint to half way down the lights, from the factory. I tried that on mine, but it looked rather odd on the earlier light cluster. To my eye, at least.
The sills etc def needed if they aren't already. I thought they were on the S.. guess not.
I only did the vertical trailing edge of the spoiler. Gloss black Plasti dip was the perfect solution there as I wanted the option to peel it off. It has proved extremely durable and has stayed as it highlights the subtle spoiler well. With a grey car, that may not be enough.
I recently assembled the rather fun 1:72 Airfix IPace kit for fun (about 10 minutes build time, not like a proper kit) and it has a bonnet racing decal. It's quite striking, even on a small model. I suspect a far better fit on a grey car than mine!
And as for Blue callipers- a certain US correspondent hereabouts may like that one! :D

Sounds like you have many hours of happy tinkering ahead. Good luck. Assuming the purchase all goes well.
Trying to keep it reasonably sensible! We'll see how it goes, it looks beautiful already but the way the extra splitter squares off the bottom of the car really does it for me. Re: the side skirts - this guy has the splitter on the front with no matching side skirt extension and, while the splitter looks amazing, the inconsistency bugs me a little bit. This S has the black pack so it has nice skirts already, but if I do the front and rear lip I think I'd match it on the side as well.

Thanks for the info on the spoiler! I haven't really thought that one through properly and will have to look at it when I get the car and work out whether to wrap or plasti-dip or whatever. May end up not doing that one but we'll see.

Matte black racing stripe is pretty likely - I've found a Youtube channel called "Harry's Garage" and he has a Project 8 that he has loads of videos on (I would too!) and every time I see it the racing stripe jumps out at me. He's got a couple of vids of him hillclimbing his P8 and they're pretty fun, worth a watch if you haven't already.

In the various back-to-back tests I've seen on YouTube I've not seen any advantages of Graphene over Ceramic. In fact much of what is said about graphene is unscientific and unsubstantiated, so be wary.
To be honest this is how I feel about ceramic coats, considering the last detailer I talked to wanted about a thousand bucks to do it and the only benefit he could really give me was "You don't have to wash or wax your car as often." I love washing/waxing my car, so that seems like an easy $1000 saved!

Would be interested in hearing your thoughts I used autoglym鈥檚 cheap option which I must say I鈥檓 pretty chuffed with so far but considering something more robust for yr 2-5 at which point the car will be moved on :)
As mentioned above I love to maintain my cars, so 'robust' really isn't something I need from whatever I'm using to put a finish on it. I suppose it helps in those times when I run out of time, but I'm very process-oriented (both at work and in my personal life) so the first thing I'll probably do when I get this car is decide on a regular waxing interval, then go through my diary and block out time every X months for the next year or two :ROFLMAO:

Assuming the purchase all goes well.
It got dropped to the first inspection shop today, goes to Jag tomorrow :D
 

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Hey guys, RACV report is in. Most of this is OK with me, but one question - does anyone know the thickness of the brake discs when they're new? They've measured the disc thickness and given me the minimum as well, but without the starting thickness I can't tell how far through their life they are. If nobody knows it's all good, I'll be talking to Jag tomorrow :)

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Is it fitted with a gas Barbie in the boot and a few tubes in the rear centre armrest for emergency use?
 

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Haha ripper indeed 馃槀 I say 'Ripper' a lot, 'Grouse' isn't so common in NSW though... I think it's a Victoria thing. Maybe QLD as well - my brother in law says it heaps and he's from up that way
Ah. I was not losing my mind then, thanks!
Trying to keep it reasonably sensible! We'll see how it goes, it looks beautiful already but the way the extra splitter squares off the bottom of the car really does it for me. Re: the side skirts - this guy has the splitter on the front with no matching side skirt extension and, while the splitter looks amazing, the inconsistency bugs me a little bit. This S has the black pack so it has nice skirts already, but if I do the front and rear lip I think I'd match it on the side as well.
That's a very interesting pic. Not seen that before..
Thanks for the info on the spoiler! I haven't really thought that one through properly and will have to look at it when I get the car and work out whether to wrap or plasti-dip or whatever. May end up not doing that one but we'll see.
This is the end result on mine with gloss plasti-dip on the trailing edge only, which can be removed in moments. A really easy job.
As the car is white I felt a completely black spoiler would look ostentatious. On a dark car, perhaps not. Without any colour accent, the spoiler just disappeared on my car, to my eye.
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Sounds like you have quite a plan. Good luck!
I'm sure we all look forward to hearing updates.
 
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