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S-Type vs Disco: The Jag made the decision for me

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Driving along last night in hunt of a mascot for the Great Oppo Hunt, which apparently we’re doing, the Jag’s ac suddenly cut out. Then started blowing hot.

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When we stopped there was a pretty distinct “burning plastic” smell.

Typical.

I don’t know what is wrong with it and so far the internet has been unhelpful in the diagnosis.

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I’ll take a look... eventually. Apparently there are a couple failures that can cascade (namely the heater control valve can take out the climate unit) so the Jag is out of commission until further notice. Current thinking is the heater control valve (which I need to check if I’ve replaced....) and/or the climate control unit went poof.  Neither really explains the external smell, but hell being that Jag that might be unrelated.

Then again I’ve never had AC go instantly like that (aside from when the low pressure sensor on the Volvo went) so I’m not really sure what to expect.

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Unfortunately my usual trick of “ask Facebook” returned some pretty inane results. (No, I don’t think the compressor pulley seized. I feel like there would be other symptoms and also the air wouldn’t be HOT.)

I was considering taking it to an AC shop... but then I rolled down the driver’s side window and the tint came with it.

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WTF.

Oh and the roofer showed up this morning at 6AM (I got 12 hours notice) and now both dogs have decided they’re too good to potty on a leash. Dog A will pee on anything that isn’t moving, but hasn’t pooped yet. Dog B finally gave up and pooped, but hasn’t peed. My back yard is full of debris, nails, and roofers so letting a timid Dog A or an overly excitable Dog B out is a no go. Also Dog B pretty much melted down when I took Dog A out for walks without him. Turns out dogs also get FOMO.

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So yeah... back to the Jag.

I’m pissed.

And conflicted.

On one hand I really like this vehicle. It is lovely to drive and very comfortable.

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On the other it feels like it is constantly kicking me and maybe my time and energy is best spent elsewhere.

Furthermore I like it, but I don’t love it. It is lovely to drive, but also despite being rather quick it doesn’t feel quick. Even though the slushbox is... fine... I resent it robbing me of control of that engine.

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I dunno. I feel signs are pointing to ditching it and focusing on my core fleet. The Alfa’s engine work is going to be pretty all consuming and the Saab is always a problem child, so with those two I can’t (or won’t) really have time to deal with whatever nonsense the Jag decides to throw at me.

I think the plan might be finish the work that needs to be done and then put it on the market for too much money and see if it sells.

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As for my upcoming trip... still conflicted.

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The Jag is out. I don’t have the time or energy to deal with bum AC and doing the shocks and EGR. Plus now the tint. I could pay to have everything but the EGR done but I’m pretty sure that won’t be money well spent.

The Land Rover is still... close to being ready. The new steering damper solved the vibration issue... but the noise is still there. I put the front end in the air and got no wiggle from anything so... Dunno. Reaching out on Facebook, expecting inane and/or incomplete answers. Might take it to a driveshaft specialist to make sure it isn’t that?

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Anyway. Disco will get some love this weekend and is the likely candidate, but I also might put on my sensible pants and take the Volvo.

All in all... I’m pretty over today.

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