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As a prospective XE buyer (probably in about a year's time), I've booked a place on this tour for the 26th. June. I'm certainly looking forward to it, but the list of do's and don'ts for entering the manufacturing plant is pretty long - no watches, belts or mobiles for example - I'm thinking of buying a velvet onesy ;)
 

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So, I'm going on my factory tour next week; (on Tuesday, not Friday now. It turns out that they don't make the XE on Fridays!).
Are there any questions anyone would like me to ask, or things anyone would like me to look out for?
But no, I won't be able to check all the chassis numbers to see if yours is there! [-X
 

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I heard somewhere that Jaguar don't make any cars on Friday (Saturday instead?) so there can be no "Friday Cars". Maybe an urban myth!

As for the tour I was wondering about going myself so looking forward to hearing all about it Pickle77. A few questions spring to mind like:
1. Why is part of the aluminium structure exposed in the boot?
2. Rear seat release mechanism ... when are they introducing the design mod!?
3. Why no front fog lights?

Be also interesting to know what the workers on the production line think of the car.
 

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It's an amazing experience! I went to Castle Bromwich last year to see the XK and F Type being built and it was free then, and still may be. At the time, Land Rover were charging £45, so it look like Jaguar have now followed suit.
If you see an R Sport 240 in Bluefire hanging around then tell them to get a move on. Mine gets built that week and the wait is killing me!!!
 

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Thanks for your replies everyone.
I'll try to find the answers to those questions Quigon, but it's going to be interesting to see how much opportunity there will be to talk with the people on the factory floor. :-?
Re. the Friday thing, I'd booked a Tour for a Friday but the Customer Services rang me a couple of weeks later to say that the Factory had told them that there would be no XE production on Fridays. I know that there's a LR model being assembled on the same line, so demand for that must be even greater than for the XE!
 

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I went on the Factory Tour on Tuesday, and was impressed by the way the Tour was run, and with what I saw.
There were 10 on the tour, split into 2 groups of 5, each with their own 'guide'. Communications within the factory were via headsets, which worked well. Jaguar provide hi-vis tabards, watch covers and so on. The 2 guides were both very informative and friendly, and the sheer scale and complexity of the operations in the factory are well worth seeing .
Anybody buying an XE would be reassured by the care and attention taken with their production, and there is ample opportunity to see lots of different colour and trim combinations.
I'm afraid that I didn't get the answers to Quigon's questions - the guides are specialists in manufacturing methods rather than specific design details of the XE - sorry.
A couple of things to bear in mind - there is a lot of walking and standing - about 2 miles in 3 hours or so, with a break in the middle; also, we started our tour at 1p.m., which is lunchtime for me, and although the refreshments provided are very pleasant, it's coffee/tea and biscuits on arrival, and delicious little cakes at the end, so it's probably advisable to have a snack before arriving at the site.
All in all, well worth the cost imo, and my decision to buy an XE when my current car reaches it's sell-by date has certainly been reinforced by the Experience.
 

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I'm afraid that I didn't get the answers to Quigon's questions - the guides are specialists in manufacturing methods rather than specific design details of the XE - sorry.
No worries, thanks for making the offer!

Sounds like it was a very interesting experience .. I'll put it on my wish list, see how it compares to an aircraft production line as I've seen a few :)
 

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BAIKAR,

I went on the Castle Bromwich tour a couple of months ago and there's no way they would let anyone into the painting "zone", citing potential for contamination as the reason. I went round Toyota also a while ago and they were exactly the same - one of the extreme examples of things that could contaminate was lady's perfume. I got the impression, in fact, that no human went in there except to fix a robot.

Bearing these two experiences, I was astonished when I saw your earlier post about your sub-standard paint job.

My first new car - a Sprite - started to shed paint in large star shaped pieces about 3 or 4 inches in diameter when it was about 5 weeks old. Not covered by warranty I was told, although clearly the shell hadn't been properly degreased. I resprayed it myself - I had the energy and drive to do things like that in those happy days.I happened to see the car about 5 years on and it still looked good !

Ian
 

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BAIKAR said:
Can anyone that went on the factory tour tell me if you were shown the XE being painted?
Hello Baikar - I'm afraid that we didn't get to see the paint shop, no doubt for the reasons which Ian has given.
One thing that I do remember though is that the guide told us that all the JLR models on the site go through the same processes in the same unit - so that would include high end Range Rovers.
 

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There was a programme on discovery channel a few days ago showing the f type being built....there is a lot of paint on it...lol.

Is the XE at the same plant as the f type?
 

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The XF (along with other models - and I would say that around 80% of them were either white or black - apparently they are much favoured in the far east) is built at the old Spitfire plant at Castle Bromwich, the XE is built in a new track in Solihull.

Ian
 
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