Currently I work in a converted barn out in the country. As you may have experienced most parts of the UK has had snow and ice over the last few weeks. Anyway, I was driving to work the other day, the main roads weren’t too bad, the side streets were a death trap but I managed to avoid them successfully. I was even able to drive down the 500 yard private driveway which incidentally had not been gritted.
Now, I absolutely adore the Jaguar XK but to be honest it is a nightmare to drive it in the snow. For a start it is a rear wheel drive which is fine if you are driving backwards but not so good if you want to drive forwards anywhere. The next problem would be the fact it is an automatic and not a manual, I don’t even have the option of changing it to a manual because it is not combined. This means I can’t control the gears and overall traction. Anyway to cut a long story short because the driveway is on a slight incline this was fine when I was travelling to work because I was going down the hill. But when I travelled back up the hill this was a whole different story. It was quite embarrassing as the people in the other building I worked at came running out brandishing spades and pick axes to help me out of the snow and ice, it was like the Batman and Robin scene out of Only Fools and Horses. About 50 minutes passed and it was still no good we tried every trick in the book but nothing worked. In the end I had to call out the local garage to get me out.
So, for anybody looking to buy a Jaguar XK it is a fabulous car but not if you want to drive anywhere in the snow.
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