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In April 2008 I had a new ABS modulator fitted to my 24,000 mile 2003 Rover 75. The same fault has now re-occurred and I am getting no sympathy at all...
I picked up a new Nissan Qashqai 1.6 on Wednesday, then on Friday it stopped whilst driving. It did re start, with trouble. Later the engine management...
Regarding your article on unintentional acceleration of automatics, the early Lexus LS400 was very prone to this problem where the accelerator pedal would...
I own a 2001 Nissan Micra 1.4SE (Mr Blobby body shape) and prior to this owned a 1996 Micra 1.3GX from new. I have been very happy with both cars, and...
My father has been given a £50 fine by a "parking control" company for overstaying in a car park he has never been in, in a town he has never been to....
I have a Honda CRV, which is kept outside, and at times is not used that often. As the battery will be flat within three weeks I have recently purchased...
The ex-demo 1994 Citroen ZX Turbo D I purchased in 1995 is now in the hands of a daughter 150k+ miles. No problems apart from new radiator early on. Still...
I am a GP, mountain rescue doctor and am about to do blue light training to respond as a volunteer for the local ambulance service. I need something that...
My 2005/55 Ford Street Ka has done 45,000 miles. A week ago failed its MoT and needed a broken offside front spring and front arm replaced due to corrosion,...
I am in the process of arranging my mother's car insurance (she will be 80 in February). She has an 'L' reg VW Polo, for which I have guessed an optimistic...
We have recently returned to the UK from Spain and have driven back in a 3 year old Ford Fusion, Spanish registered, which we bought from new. Can you...
In October I received a speeding ticket alleging that I was doing 38mph (at 14.31hrs on 12 Oct 2009) in Carnforth, Lancashire. Consulting my diary I realised...
My daughter’s diesel SAAB 9-3 has had a catastrophic failure after passing through shallow water on the road. The breakdown man seemed to think that this...
My wife and I are Australian travelling to UK and Europe arriving in April. We are going to be touring for 2-years and after an initial 4-week spell in...
I have a Sept 2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara 1.9DDIS which I bought about 18 months ago with 19k miles from a non-franchised dealer. In April of this year at...
A friend is changing his 2006 BMW 330i SE Coupe. It is in pristine condition and he has offered it to me. However, it is on 19" wheels and in the last...
I bought my Ford S-Max a year or so ago with runflat tyres. Before people go for this option, I think they should bear in mind that they cost much more,...
My wife's 2004/54 Ka with just 23,138 recorded miles has needed to have a Helicoil ftted because the drain hole disintegrated while in the Ford Dealership...
I am due to change my company car in March 2010. I am currently on my 2nd Volvo S60, but the new S60 is not due in the UK until September 2010. I cover...
I am faced with a bill of over £600 for a replacement ECU in my wife's MKI 2004 Skoda Octavia VRS, as it failed due to water ingress. Is there some sort...
We bought, from Mercedes Benz of Salisbury a 2004/54 CLK 320 Coupe Avantgard with auto, leather, comfort pack, audio 10 plus CD changer and phone pre-wire,...
3 weeks ago my 10-year-old Proton Persona was in a quite severe accident. My insurers (co-op) uplifted it and have assessed it as being beyond economical...
I'm looking to replace my beloved Fiesta 1.6TDCI Zetec S and want something with the same sort of performance - either diesel or petrol. Now retired, I...
I recently took my Nissan Micra 1.3 into the local dealer for service. Whilst there I enquired of a salesman about the rev counter on the dashboard, my...
If I understand correctly, you have a house and farm in Thailand? I also have a house there and currently have a 2-year-old Toyota Vios. I'm considering...
I wonder if you could advise me please. On 17the October I delivered my daughter to our local Driving Theory Test centre and because she was very nervous...
Eight months after the warranty ran out on my 2006 Skoda Octavia 4x4 1.9 TDI estate, I started it one morning to find that the ESP button light was permanently...
I need to buy a new car after not having driven for 8-9 years. Using buses has become hopeless with so many services closing. I'm thinking of a diesel...
I hired a car in Faro 3 weeks ago from www.myalgarvecars.com. The rental company took a swipe of my credit card as deposit. When we returned the car intact...
I have a VW Tiguan SE and find that I get a hard-core jiggerly ride. I remember you suggesting in your column a particular tyre that would give a softer...
My wife and I set out on a trip from London to Lyon last Saturday (14 November) in our new BMW 320 Touring to have a birthday dinner with friends. Whilst...
What is the advantage and disadvantage of speed/revs gauge/dial being centralised in a car, for example the Yaris, opposed to the normal placement, i.e....
The DVLA has finally summonsed me to court to answer the charge of failure to notify change of keepership. In the DVLA’s submission to the court is the...
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We ordered a nearly-new Ford Fiesta from our local Ford dealer on the Ford-direct scheme (7 months old 2,500 miles – decent price - £10,400 for a Zetec...
I have a 2008 reg manual Ford Fiesta Titanium. I am very pleased with it. It's a great car. The car was supplied with low profile tyres. Pirelli P-ZERO...
I have ordered a new car from a franchised dealer, only to find his quotas have been exceeded for the next few months. Am I entitled to my deposit back...
I bought a new Mazda 2 1.3 TS2 last year and just could not get on with it - too much road and suspension noise and rattles in the dashboard area. I decided...
I have a 2006 Volvo S40 with 1.6 diesel engine. You suggested this engine in preference to 2.0 litres. It has been economical (average of 48mpg for mixed...
Our 2005 Astra 1.8 Auto has just become a near write-off. The auto gearchange stopped working and when we took it to two Vauxhall garages both said that...
I am looking to replace a 1996 Ford Escort Cabriolet 16v Ghia, with a FIAT 500C. I had terrific service out of my Ford, but after 13 years living in the...
For your information, I recently bought a car through Drivethedeal. Everything went fine. Good communication from all parties involved, especially the...
I am going to soon purchase a second-hand car from a Vauxhall main dealer. He says the car has been HPI checked as are all the second hand cars they sell....
I had my timing belt replaced 3 months ago, but it snapped. The garage says that the water pump broke and that caused the belt to break. The garage that...
The tyres for my car should be 225/55/16 95W. Unfortunately the tyre supplier has fitted 225/55/16 95V. Would this affect my insurance?
I am considering purchasing a car in the USA (Florida) rather than paying car hire charges for lengthy stays (2-3) months twice a year. I would preferably...
I own a VW Golf Mk5 SE 1.6 FSI 115PS registered 16/05/2006. The ESP OFF light came on along with the skidding car motif on the console and would not respond...
I am thinking of changing my 2006 Focus 1.6 (113) Zetec for a new Octavia with the 1.4 turbo petrol engine. I would appreciate your view on small turbo...
My Granddaughter, who is 17, hopes to pass her driving test in the next couple of months and my wife and I are thinking of buying her a car. I seem to...
I am looking at changing from a VAG 1.6FSI petrol to a VAG 1.4TSI turbo petrol (Skoda). I have an unavoidable 40% proportion of sub-2 mile journeys from...
In your reply you suggest to HR of Oakham that he needs a satellite navigation unit that shows the prevailing limit and the true speed. I have two problems...

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