I've now had the Jag for a week. I'm slowly figuring out how some functions work and getting others to work the way I want them too. In this outing, I'm concentrating on the windscreen wipers.
Say what you like about Rovers. At least the windscreen wipers are simple to understand and simple to operate. You have: Off. Intermittent. Normal and fast speeds. Simple. Just like the majority of other cars out there. What's not to like? The Jag, on the other hand......
By and large, Jaguars are regarded as 'Executive' class vehicles, rather than luxury cars. There's also the 'sporting' pretensions that go with the marque, but that's not important here (My X Type doesn't have a Sport mode). As a result, it's only to be expected for the Jag to have a number of 'toys' that you wouldn't find on the average car, bought by the average driver. The Jag has a number of enhancements to the windscreen wiper function. Some of them are nice. Others are annoying.
Now. Imagine that you're sat in your Rover. The right hand stalk controls your wipers. To turn the wipers on, you'd rotate the control on the end of the stalk. The 1st position would be for Intermittent, etc. Further down the stalk, you have the control for the rear wiper. This is rotated in much the same way as the end control. The Jag shares a similar rear wiper control, but being a saloon, it doesn't have a rear wiper. The front wipers are turned on and off in an old fashioned manner. The entire stalk is moved upwards (Much like cars of old). So now you know the layout. Here's the functions.
In the lowermost position. The wipers are switched off. Moving the stalk upwards once notch, the wipers are on auto. Yup. The wipers decided for themselves when they want to work. You might be driving down the road and a stray drop of water lands on the windscreen. On comes the wipers. A couple of wipes later, they switch themselves off. Sounds good doesn't it? Well. You try following another car on a wet road. The spray from that car sends the wipers haywire! They randomly go on and off at assorted speeds! Damm annoying! The remaining positions for the stalk are for the other speeds of the wipers.
Remember that I mentioned the control for the rear wiper on a Rover? Remember that I said that the Jag had something similar? Well. That control is for the intermittent function.
The default position is Auto. So, if the stalk is on Auto and the intermittent switch is on Auto. The wipers do their own thing. If the switch is rotated to any other position, the Auto function is switched off. The wipers are then on a timer (Much like any other intermittent wiper on any other car). However. The intermittent switch has a number of positions. This means that you can dictate the frequency of 'wipes' in a given time period. For example: The first position could be; 1 wipe every 10 seconds. The second position could be; 1 wipe every 5 seconds, etc, etc. This is handy. In the other of the Rovers I've had. I sometimes had to pull the stalk to get an extra wipe, in between the wipes of the intermittent mode.
In summary. Select intermittent frequency: Good. Auto wipe mode: Bad.
Suffice to say. I've switch off the auto wipe function.