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    X-Type Outer Sills

    Can anyone help please?
    Have a 2002 X-Type, in immaculate condition APART from both Outer sills.
    They are completly rotten.
    Car Breakers are wanting around 100 each, that is if I can locate any.
    Any ideas?

    Regards,

    Phil

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    Re: X-Type Outer Sills

    Hi - worth checking fleabay there were a pair on there last week
    I usually just search for x-type and browse through the parts and accessories by picture
    HTH
    Jim
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    Re: X-Type Outer Sills

    Thanks Jim, will look.

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    Re: X-Type Outer Sills

    Just had a look at my sills and the paint on the O/S sill at the front has blistered over a larger area, just above the sill moulding. Being a 2002 model I'm not expecting a pleasant surprise when I remove the sill mouldings. Badly corroded sills seems like a growing problem in the US.

    If owning a newer X Type and intending to keep if for a while I would seriously consider having the sills injected with Waxoyl or similar. According to the US forum the inner sills have very little anti-corrosion protection.

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    Re: X-Type Outer Sills

    Hi Phil
    I to have the same problem with my x type 2002 model, like yours immaculate condition every where else but under that outer plastic skirt what a mess, Im led to believe that these sills new can only be purchased through Jaguar and i have been quoted 290 plus vat less 22% as the company i work for have a fleet of Jags and we use Hadfields of Shrewsbury my bodywork chap says he will require the car for a week hence the 700 labour costs so almost 1,300 in total you just dont expect that with an 8 year old car. Keep in touch Phil would be interesting to see how you get on.

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    Re: X-Type Outer Sills

    Given that you will have the decorative cover showing and not the actual cill - why not do what we had to do in my youth (long time ago) to keep our cars running cos we could not afford or could not source (pre-internet) the bits we needed? - have some cills made up locally.
    Any competent tin basher (body shop) should be able to do them for less than Jaguar want and you will get a better end product too.
    Ahh......... the good old days
    Jim
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    Re: X-Type Outer Sills

    Jim, I'll certainly be dusting down the MIG welder and patching if and where necessary. My first car in 1982 was going to be my grandfather's 1964 Riley Elf, but was found to be too rusty. I opted for my other grandfather's 1973 Minivan which seemed less rusty, but turned out to have just as much. Spent 2 years replacing the whole front end, sills, all 3 doors, rear valence, subframes etc. Sprayed it a beautiful red only to have it written off 3 months later, ironically by a Post office van.

    Quite disappointed really with the Jag's rust as I have a Zafira from the same year and it has faired much better on the whole.

    In all seriousness I think we'll start to see a lot of early X Types being written off due to the sills being rotten. Of course the plastic sill covers will prevent a lot of rust being detected at MOT time. The covers will also have prevented owners being alerted earlier to potentially minor rust, becoming more serious over time.

    Discussions on the US and UK forums seem to suggest that this issue wasn't addressed on later models either. Time will tell.

    Grant

    PS I would recommend having any car treated with Waxoyl, Ziebart or whatever as they really do preserve the car for much longer, particularly around sills and wheel arches etc.

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    Re: X-Type Outer Sills

    Hi all. Back to basics.... Can't detect any rust under the plastic on my '52. However I'd like to take the cover off and have a good look. Does the plastic sill cover come off by just unscrewing the line of screws - or will I come across a un - reusable plastic fixing or two that will prevent me from putting it back on without a degree in plastic pop rivets. Sadly if I come across any major corrosion - down the road it goes, so to speak Cheers, David

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    Re: X-Type Outer Sills

    I had my X-Type since new (52), and, as someone who spends a lot of time and effort making sure cars (and bikes) are in tip-top order, I was less than pleased when I noted cill corrosion just as I was about to sell it for an XK earlier this year - the main dealer reckon he'd never heard of this problem with X-Types before! The body shop who repaired it reckoned the root cause was that the drain holes towards the front of cill were blocked when it was incorrectly jacked-up at some point (in a tyre shop) to change a front tyre i.e. the steel 'fins' that the car's own jack locates onto had bent over covering the drains, which stopped any water/salt draining away. It's something that should be checked, and may avoid a very expensive repair bill in the future

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    Re: X-Type Outer Sills

    the steel 'fins' that the car's own jack locates onto had bent over covering the drains, which stopped any water/salt draining away.
    Good to get a valid reason. I wonder if I might spin this around and ask how many owners of elder X types do not have this serious problem, to gain perspective on how widespread it is.


 
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