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Jaguar XF took the Fizz out of Boxing Day Celebrations

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My Jaguar XF, truly my dream car has been once of my proudest assets to date.   I had a picture of the car on my ‘Vision Board’ for some time before its purchase but has it lived up to my expectations?  Up to a couple of weeks ago I would have said a huge yes.  I just love this car.

Since the snow arrived in the North East just before Christmas my Jag has struggled with the road conditions, some say it is because its an automatic others that it is a rear wheel drive.  Whatever the issue I dont really care, but what I do care about is that I have a beautiful expensive car on my driveway which I cant drive because there is snow on the roads.

I’ve posted previously about my hubby almost having to abandon the car on roads in Whickham because of the snow but it happened again on Boxing Day.  After having spent Christmas Day with hubby and daughter I was ready to see my folks on Boxing Day and exchange more Christmas gifts. 

My new nephew arrived in late September and my daughter George was really excited about giving him his presents, so off to my parents I went in the Jag with George whilst hubby went off to the Sunderland football match.  I was about half way up my parents street and about to turn around when the car got firmly stuck in the snow. 

My brother and a very kind passerby tried to give the car a big push to get it out the snow but no way was it going to move.  Off John went to get reinforcements.  He returned minutes later with the emergency kit; shovel, salt, carpet and brother in law Ian.  It took a combination of all these things and lots of pushing to get the vehicle going. 

Anyway, of I strugged to the top of the road and turned around so I could drive back down the street and park outside my parents address.  So Christmas festivities got underway, gifts were opened, photos were taken and banner was good.  John had to pop out for something about an hour later and came back in to tell me that I car had slid down the street and was now stationary in the bumper of Ian’s new Mazda.  Thankfully no damage was caused.

Sadly that was the end of my Boxing Day festivities, as my sister and Ian were off to take the new baby to his other set of grandparents the resting place for my car (the Mazda bumper) was moving on it was not safe to leave my car there any longer so I had to head off home.  George was gutted, we’d planned to stay for a few hours and barely lasted one.

The weather conditions have really taken the shine of my lovely new car.  What good is a car, whatever the cost and however great I think it looks, if it is useless for the weather conditions.

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Snow brought my XF to a halt.

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I purchased my new Jaguar XF in June of this year.  Previously I had a Jaguar X-Type.  I love my cars and they are my pride and joy.  I dont drink, smoke or have expensive lifestyle so my car is my luxury item.  Much as love the car to bits it really frustrates me as to how useless it is in the snow.

I took my daughter to school on Friday morning and as I drove very carefully at the end of the road it went into a big skid, thankfully I was able to recover control and it didnt collide with anything.  I had to crawl the remainder of the way.

On Saturday I took George to see Mamma Mia at the Arena in Newcastle.  When we came out I called my hubby for a lift however he was stuck in Whickham in my XF Jaguar in the snow.  OK so the snow was heavy in Newcastle on Saturday.  I thought I would never get a taxi as the snow was lying on the streets of Newcastle City Centre and building up there were not many vehicles around.  Thankfully I managed to get a taxi however as we asked him to detour to Whickham Highway to pick up my hubby he was unable to get up Dunston Bank due to the other abandoned vehicles and a bus was stuck on the hill in the snow.

The taxi detoured along Clavering Road and had to struggle up Swalwell Bank.  I could see a number of cars had been abandoned on the way down the hill as they couldnt cope in the snowy weather conditions.  Hubby had decided to do his best to get the XF going and try to get it home.  Thankfully he managed to get back, beating the taxi that was stuck in the traffic up Swalwell bank.

Police officers were controlling traffic at the corner of Fellside Road and Swalwell Bank stopping traffic going down the latter.  I didnt envy their job, it must have been freezing cold and a nightmare task controlling all the vehicles especially as visibility was poor.  I think the key issue was that the roads had not been cleared or gritted.

I left the XF over the weekend but struggled to get it off the driveway on Monday to take George to school and it got stuck in the snow yesterday when I visited my parents.  I thought it would have to be abandoned until the weather cleared.

Now some people have said to me that it is cos the XF is an automatic, others that it is a rear wheel drive.  Whatever the problem it is clear that having a beautiful car is no good if it doesnt do the job.  When the weather is bad I need to know that I am safe and secure in my vehicle.  Having said that thankfully the number of days in which we have snow is minimal.

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