I have recently purchased a 2004 Jaguar X type 2l diesel. When driving at steady speed on the motorway, there are frequent (about 1 every 2 minutes), brief (fraction of a second) and slight (just noticeable change of momentum to the driver, no passenger has noticed it) losses of power. When this occurs there is a puff of smoke visible in the rear view mirror. The car is using a little bit of oil, about 1.5 mm on the dipstick in 2 tanks of fuel. I think it is a little short of power at higher revs, seems to have flat power between 2.75 and 3.75 k rpm but I am not sure. Other that this it does not appear to smoke, and seems to work fine.
Does anyone have any ideas of the cause? I am going on a ~ 800 mile european road trip in 2 days, would it be sensible to take this car? There is another option, but it is 10 years older and does not currently have breakdown cover.