Jaguar will stop producing the XJ in July.

Jaguar will stop producing the XJ in July so that it can focus on producing an all-electric version. The current model is a favourite of British politicians, and is frequently the car of choice of the Prime Minister. The current X351 model has been on sale since 2009, when the Jaguar XJ debuted with an all-new aluminium structure.

The British manufacturer has confirmed that the final XJ will roll off the Castle Bromwich production line on July 5 – with more than 120,000 versions produced over the last decade.

A facelifted model went on sale in 2015 with revised styling and a much-improved infotainment system on offer, while 2017 saw the introduction of a powerful XJR model, which produced 567bhp.

And last year Jaguar unveiled the XJ50 – a special edition marking 50 years since the original went on sale in 1968. This features unique XJ50 branding, unique 20-inch alloy wheels and a gloss walnut veneer interior trim.

The firm’s flagship model is available in standard or long wheelbase versions, and it comes with just one engine an offer, a 296bhp 3.0-litre V6 diesel, which proves a great match for the XJ. Prices start from £62,400, and rise to £83,145 for the range-topping XJ Autobiography.

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Mercedes A-Class airbag fault

The airbag light was illuminated since the car was valetted. A quick scan revealed passenger side occupancy sensor fault.

This sensor detects whether someone is sat in passenger seat so in the case of an accident should that side airbag be deployed.

Alot of people decide when this goes faulty to fit an emulator instead of fixing properly. In our opinion this is dangerous as this kids the computer into thinking there is someone sat in the seat all the time . Luckily this customer decided to proceed with the correct fix.

The seat is removed and the upholstery stripped to reveal the sensor

A new sensor was sourced from the manufacturer, fitted and tested.

Jaguar XKR roof operation

These roofs as standard dont come with automatic operation. With our module modification fitted it becomes operational from the key fob.

Even though Brexit is was delayed the factories still closed and production fell over 40% according to to the SMMT who claimed only around 70,000 cars came of the production line; that was 56,999 fewer than in April a year ago.

The SMMT said car firms had brought forward their annual stoppages normally scheduled for the summer holidays.

It said the shutting of factories was part of a raft of costly measures, including stockpiling, training for new customs procedures and rerouting of logistics. It said the factories would not be able to repeat the process for the new 31 October Brexit deadline set by the European Union.

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said: “Today’s figures are evidence of the vast cost and upheaval Brexit uncertainty has already wrought on UK automotive manufacturing businesses and workers.

“Prolonged instability has done untold damage, with the fear of ‘no deal’ holding back progress, causing investment to stall, jobs to be lost and undermining our global reputation.”

Global slowdown

The stoppages in the factories have exacerbated a continuing slow down in the global car industry caused by the trade tensions between the US and China, uncertainties over the arrival of electric and self driving cars, and tougher environmental controls after the VW emissions scandal.

April was the 11th consecutive month of output falls in the UK.

In the year to date, 127,240 fewer cars have been built compared with the same period in 2018 – a decline of more than a fifth.

The SMMT estimated production for the whole of 2019 would be about 10% down on last year. It said the market might pick up by the end of the year if there was a favourable deal between the UK and the EU and a substantial transition period to adapt to trading outside the single market.

But it said a no-deal Brexit would make the declines worse with the threat of border delays, production stoppages and additional costs.

Mr Hawes said: “This is why ‘no deal’ must be taken off the table immediately and permanently, so industry can get back to the business of delivering for the economy and keeping the UK at the forefront of the global technology race.”

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said: “The Government wants to see the UK automotive sector continue to grow and attract further investment.

“Through our modern industrial strategy we continue to invest in the future of our automotive industry, including £1bn for research and development into cleaner vehicles, and the Faraday Battery Challenge to develop the next generation of car battery technologies in the UK.”

Potentially thousands of car repair firms ‘face collapse’ after no-deal Brexit

Around 1,000 companies in the UK car-accident repair industry ‘could be on the brink’ of collapse within two weeks of a Brexit no-deal, business leaders have warned  It could mean the cost of getting your car repaired goes up – as parts become more difficult to come by. Many other companies could be forced to close within a month, an industry meeting of 17 firms heard.

Body shops that repair cars in accidents face a very uncertain future, business leaders warn

Body spraying a panel in a body shop – the Government has been accused of doing very little to help the industry which depends on speed at the border

New border checks risk slowing down business dramatically for an industry which relies on getting car parts in quickly from abroad, including Europe.

The Government is facing calls to take a ‘no-deal’ Brexit off the table from the car industry

According to car industry experts, the car repair industry had been ‘severely underinvested in for many, many years’ and therefore didn’t have the reserves to step up to the difficulties of a no deal – if the supply chain was hit with delays. Meanwhile Kate Goodwin, who fronts the repair programme and supply chain at The Innovation Group, an organisation which supports industry, added: ‘Repairers don’t get paid until a repair is completed, margins are tight.

According to the government the priority is  to deliver a deal that will protect UK jobs and prosperity and provide certainty for businesses as we leave the EU. The Government is preparing to ensure the country is ready for every eventuality.

Jaguar XKR Roof operation

Into our workshop was this lovely example of a Jaguar xfr. As standard these car do not have 1 touch or remote operation for the roof.

We intergrated a module in to the roof system that allows this to happen. We access the roof module which is behind the rear seats

Once the module is fitted the roof operation is much easier

Over 50% can’t even change a car tyre…Can You?

A survey has found that just over half of Brits are not able to  do basic checks on a car, such as a tyre change or checking coolant levels.

According to Tyre Shopper  found that almost half of the 2000 asked  didn’t know how to change a car tyre or  check the coolant levels in their car.  This appeared to be even more so when asking those under the age of 25’s compared to the over 55’s

The survey found that many of the youngsters didn’t have a clue and would always ask their parents to help them out with car issues; fathers were the most asked by almost double compared to those asking their mums for help with car maintenance issues.

After asking parents, next inline tended to be Google with almost 1 in 3 searching online for answers.

VW Golf




2005 VW Golf with driver’s door electric window issues.

New mechanism required.

Not the easiest jobs but with our experience completed without problems

Have Carmakers Overestimated The Demand for Electric Cars?

Tesla the electric car maker has proven that hundreds of thousands of people are unlikely to purchase sleek luxury electric cars over models from Mercedes or BMW. The market shares of these legacy brands have been slipping with the rush for electric cars even as automakers are making massive investments in the electric future. Daimler has just placed an order for batteries for $23 billion, GM and Ford are both undergoing massive restructuring to keep pace even as Volkswagen has already announced its $50 billion push for electric vehicles.

The market will undoubtedly transition to electric vehicles but the timing of when it is likely to happen is still not confirmed. Just 2% of plug-in electric cars are presently being used in the US as compared to 2.2% worldwide. The massive numbers of electric vehicles are sold globally over the last year is approximately 2 million but just one in 250 cars operate on electricity. The sales of electric vehicles have only risen in Norway which has lavished subsidies and perks to witness an increase in EV car sales in the region of 30%.

The auto industry is currently facing a dilemma which was studded by the consulting firm Deloitte. The dilemma faced by automakers relates to how fast they should be making investments in fresh electronic technology while generating profits to make the transition. The consulting firm expects 21 million electric vehicles to be manufactured and roll over the assembly lines over the next decade even as the prices for EV vehicles slip below similar gasoline and diesel models by 2024.

However, the rush to expand the manufacturing capacity of electric vehicles is predicted to produce a glut of EV’s affecting the bottom lines of manufacturers. Deloitte has stated that their projections indicate supplies will vastly outweigh demand from the market by approximately 14 million units over the next decade. The research conducted by Deloitte suggests that with every manufacturer looking forward to mass producing electric vehicles ever from over a dozen new car makers from throughout the globe the number of manufacturers cannot sustain itself.

Estimates are also provided that the appeal for electric vehicles may not spread fast enough beyond the techies and greenies that initially fuelled the early days of the market as commented by David Keith and engineer and Prof at the MIT Sloan School of Management who also mentioned that electric vehicles may struggle to break the 5% barrier of the US market in the near future. Consumers in the US believe that isn’t a problem which the electric vehicle can solve for them and this is the reason for the prediction made by David Keith.

A former BMW engineer who presently manages a consulting firm in Silicon Valley, Sven Beiker, also has a similar opinion. Even as prices of electric vehicles begin to come down government subsidies which are presently offered for these vehicles are likely to phase out manufacturers such as Ford, Nissan, GM, and Tesla. Price-sensitive buyers could be deterred by the lack of subsidies. Beiker has commented he finds Tesla impressive with the model 3 being on top of the list for 2018 car sales. However, it still needs to be ascertained whether Tesla is managing to hold its position simply because it is an electric vehicle or whether it is just a cool new car.

Lexus with DPF issues

This vehicle came from another garage with engine management light on.  The fault code related to exhaust temp sensor issues.

The customer had not long purchased the vehicle and didn’t know the history of it.

On examination it was found that the DPF pressure sensor had been bypassed with a emulator to kid the car into thinking all was well with the exhaust and emmisions. We removed the bypass module and put it back to standard, whereupon the fault codes changed to DPF pressure issues.

The most common reason to fit an emulator would be because the cost of repair . If the filter needed replacement the costs would be in the 100’s of pounds.

We advised this customer on a correct repair which involved removing the DPF and cleaning it out professionally and then do a regeneration on the system, but on removal of the filterit can be seen that a hole had been drilled through the centre of the filter to allow the exhaust gases to escape

There was no choice but to replace the filter for the customer.