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Client Review: KWE Suspension Upgrade – XJ-S Convertible V12

We love a good review here at KWE, it’s very encouraging to know we are doing right by these wonderful cars and their owners. This is a recent review from a new customer that decided he wanted to upgrade the handling, ride and all round reliability of his XJ-S Convertible. This work included our full suspension/brakes and steering package, V12 perishable engine service, AC revamp, new convertible hood and also taking care of it’s underside rust and bodywork imperfections, plus other minor issues that needed addressing.

Here’s what David had to say:

“First – thank you for the very professional job that KWE have done on my XJ-S. I feel much more confident about driving it (and stopping it!) after the suspension and braking upgrades.
Similarly I am very happy with all the remedial work you did to the sub-frame which was clearly in rather poor condition judging from the photos you sent me.

Now for the really important bit – the drive experience itself. To be perfectly frank, on the initial drive back to London, I thought – ok, this is an improvement on what went before, but didn’t get the ‘big cat grin’ that maybe I had been expecting.

However, later that week I drove from London to our house in Perthshire – a distance of 450 miles, and there I really began to appreciate the remarkable difference the work had made.

First, on the motorway – I drove up the A1 – the car was much tighter, the suspension firm but supportive and with very little if any ‘shake’. Overtaking was a pleasure and the car cruised effortlessly at 80mph.

However the real joy was leaving the A1 after Scotch Corner and taking the A68 up through the Kielder National Park, and then through the Scottish Borders – Jedburgh etc and around Edinburgh. Here the improvement in handling was very evident – tight around the corners, no scuttle shake and almost light into and out of the bends – for such a big car. Yet the steering remains responsive and you can ‘feel’ the car unlike modern power steering which gives the driver no connection to the road.

The car was greatly admired when I stopped at a petrol station in Jedburgh as it was looking in tip top condition so well done to KWE.

Next up – the upgraded exhaust as we discussed so I’ll be in touch in the New Year to arrange to bring it in!

With very best wishes”

Thank you David for giving KWE the opportunity to upgrade your XJ-S and providing your wonderful review, we look forward to seeing you again.

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