Long-term update: Jaguar XK’s smart repair showing its age
Hard to believe, but our 2008 Jaguar XK is a decade old now. I’d say we’ve kept it cleaner than most, even though we simply park it outside all the time and service it once a year. Real premium cars (not the rebadged stuff from mainstream carmakers) are generally built with better materials, so they last longer in terms of trim and leather (but not always mechanically). However, our Jag needed a bit of care to keep it looking fresh.
A part of the bonnet paint had faded, but not because the factory paint was cheap. We tried out “smart repair” four years ago to fix a minor scratch on the bonnet back in 2014. Turns out these smart-repair places, which blend in some paint over the scratch, truly are just temporary fixes, and has faded badly over this time, with matte white patches all over. True, four years is a long time, but it’s disappointing that they ruin a big section of the panel when they blend in their cheap paint in a bid to fix a minor scratch.
The only fixes are to get it smart-repaired again for Dhs 400, or repaint the entire bonnet properly from an actual non-dealer bodyshop for Dhs 900. We chose the latter, getting it done at Premier Car Care.
One of the tweeter holders on the door had also cracked, so we had to replace the entire tweeter piece for Dhs 700 at that same garage. We didn’t check the dealer cost.
On a separate note, we got a free oil change from the Dubai dealer as part of their annual offer in February. During that “free check-up,” we bought new wiper blades for an additional Dhs 374.
The car continues to run well, and all the leather on the seats, dash and doors is in great condition. We’ve left the minor chips and dings along the side of the car as is (the doors have been smart-repaired twice already), and maybe get them repainted once there are some more chips and dings from inconsiderate neanderthals.
Original Mileage When Bought: 99,150 km
Latest Mileage To Date: 113,500 km
Latest Average Fuel Economy: 14.5 litres/100 km
Cost of Latest Problems: Dhs 1600
Cost of Latest Maintenance: Dhs 374
Total Non-Fuel Running Cost Since Bought: Dhs 41,243