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My jaguar s type has a new message- failsafe engine mode. when it was amber the car was ok but now that its red i have to limp home. how serious is this please. benn quoted a LOT of money at a jaguar main dealer as im **** with mechanics so does anyone know a jaguar specialist near edinburgh. if not can anyone help with the failsafe problem??

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  • bbbain Apr 01, 2009

    took raygin advice and stopped car whilst heading to garage and realised he was spot on with his advice.

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    thanks to 'raygin' and 'daveleeyates' i have the jag booked in for a small repair instead of a monsterous bill from jaguar. thanks guys.


    marky in Musselburgh,Scotland.

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Sorry late reply - just seen this problem. The amber warning is basically saying a problem developing. The red and limp home action is showing more serious developement - But not always very bad news. Had car with same symptoms and it was a faulty sensor on engine, and another similar case was throtle position sensor. Get the car to a garage that can read the faults - so you know what the problem is that has been registered in the memory.
Hope this helps

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