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2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged: Can I just Get a Dipstick?

July 11, 2012


We were out at the track yesterday and part of the pre-test inspection includes checking all fluid levels. Now, I'm no technophobe, but I think car makers should at least give us the option of checking oil levels the old-fashioned way.

So there I was, in front of the Jag with the hood open. Brake fluid, check. Coolant level, check. Oil? In the absence of a telltale yellow dipstick indicator, I went right to the XF's touchscreen. After flipping through all of the menus a few times, I found nothing. Sigh.
Alright, fine. RTFM.

In order to check the oil, you have to toggle through a few screens on the gauge cluster with the power on but engine off. No big deal, BMWs do this too. But you also have to wait 10 minutes for the engine to cool down. Ugh.

I moved on to other tasks while the Jaguar slowly assumed the ambient temperature, tightening lugs, weighing cars, etc. Fifteen minutes later, I still got the "Not Available" message, but a few seconds later I finally got a reading.


I contend that most people don't check their own oil, and modern Jaguar owners check it even less often (classic Jag owners probably check it on the hour). But for the few that do check their own fluid levels, I think we should at least have the option of the good ol' traditional method.

Am I alone in this thinking? Am I just being a grumpy old man? I don't know, but, GET OFF MY LAWN!

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 2,021 miles

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