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2012 Jaguar XF: The $2300 Guaranteed Parking Ticket Option * UPDATED

June 25, 2012


Digging around in the trunk of our new XF, I came across the front license plate holder which was imprinted with this curious warning. With ACC being short for Adaptive Cruise Control, the warning would infer that you can't run a front plate if you purchase the $2300 option. To make sure, I held the plate holder over the front bumper and sure enough, it would block off a good portion of the lower grille - right where the adaptive cruise control's sensor thingy would reside. Oh, in case you didn't know, driving parking without a front license plate in California is illegal.

I've heard of paying for the privilege before, but really.

* Thanks to reader phennighausen, we're able to see the instructions that Jaguar has sent to dealership on the correct installation of the number plate and it's plinth (plate holder). If you do purchase an XF, make sure your plate holder has been installed correctly or the trick ACC system won't work correctly.

You should always check and double check your new car for every installed option - even for floor mats you've paid for (ask me how I know) before driving off the lot.

Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor @ 1,021 miles

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2012 Jaguar XF in VA is:

$168 per month*
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