Prince of Darkness Smites Jag XF. Again.

Mike Solowiow
by Mike Solowiow
prince of darkness smites jag xf again

In our previous edition, the Jaguar XF's headlights had given up the ghost, only to be restored with donor parts from a new, still-on-the-lot XF. This morning, while driving to base to take part in my USAF fitness test, I received a peculiar indication in the center (centre?) computer display: "Performance Reduction." I'd witnessed this message before, when driving quickly through a very high mountain pass. The computer limits the engine output by about 20 percent. Stopping and restarting the car seems to take care of the problem. However, why would it reduce performance while going no more than 45mph in stop-n-go traffic? I can only surmise I angered the spirits of Castle Bromwich. Maybe I should hold a seance over the "power bulge" hood to exorcise the rest of the demons lurking in the convoluted wiring of my Jag, which we have named, "Lady Margaret," or Maggie.

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  • Nick Nick on May 28, 2008
    I received a peculiar indication in the center (centre?) computer display: "Performance Reduction." If you ever get that message on your headboard, you are in real trouble. All joking aside, these two incidents put me off this car entirely. I had a lifetimes worth of electrical problems with my C-Class. Never again.

  • Ktm Ktm on May 28, 2008

    I had nothing but trouble with my B5 S4. The drivetrain was rock solid, it was the electrical demons that kep the car side-lined for 24 days in a 6 month period.

  • Driving course Driving course on May 28, 2008

    Hopefully Tata can beat some reliability into Jaguar in a way that Ford didn't/couldn't. If Jaguar cannot build a more reliable product the marque will die and that would be a great shame.

  • Jems86 Jems86 on May 28, 2008

    This shows us that Lord Lucas never died and is coming back to get us