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We are looking to change our aging 3 Series BMW in the next couple of months and have been following with interest your views on the merits of the KIA...
I am sending a photo of one of the front tyres from my Getz. The front ones both had the same wear pattern. I blame this wear wholly on our local speed...
I ordered a new Mazda3, trim TS2, on 27 Nov 2009 from a Mazda dealer after examining several TS2 models in the dealer's showroom and test-driving a TS2....
My daughter, who lives in France, has a problem with her French bought 2005 Toyota RAV-4 D4D 2.0 Litre. It seems the “Volant Bi Masse” has packed up, which...
I live in an area where the solution to traffic flow problems is seen as reducing the number of possible lanes at junctions with white paint, wasting vast...
I am shortly going to be looking to buy a used estate, 4x4 or people carrier for circa £15,000-£20,000. We have one child, which will soon probably be...
I would confirm that carbuyers can consider themselves lucky to be given any sort of spare wheel at all. Looking at various used cars before buying, I...
I purchased a 2006 SAAB 9-3 1.9tdi 150bhp almost two years ago with 19,000 miles on the clock and have now done 50,000 miles, but have had nothing but...
I recently decided to trade-in my 30,000 mile 2003 Ford Focus1.6 Ghia Auto for an 09 Ford Fiesta 1.4 Auto in Moondust Silver. But I was slightly surprised...
I own a 2005/55 VW GTI with 22,428 miles on the clock. At 21,500 miles the ESP light came on. I called my local ex VAG service technician to undertake...
I'm writing to raise awareness of motorists who fail to use their warning triangles in the event of a breakdown. After my car broke down following an electrical...
I currently own a Honda Civic 1.6 Sport 3 door hatchback registered November 2003. I bought this nearly new on your recommendation in exchange for a Ford...
I am a company car driver and currently have a choice of: Ford Mondeo 1.8 TDCi 125ps Zetec 6 speed 5 door Ford Mondeo 1.8 TDCi ECOnetic 5 speed 5 door...
Looking for advice please. My 2007 BMW 120d currently runs on 17" wheels with runflat tyres. The ride is ok, but a bit firmer than I like. I can get 16"...
I bought a new VW Golf plus 1.9SE TDI and was persuaded to have the car with a DSG automatic gearbox after reading the Golf brochure that stated "the DSG...
December and January’s weather will obviously lead many to consider purchasing a 4x4 vehicle as a possible solution to being able to get around in the...
In theTelegraph, of 14-1-2010 there is a photo of a Range Rover in a ditch. It appears to have been fitted with low profile tyres. Would these tyres have...
Last May I mailed to ask your advice concerning a car and warranty purchased from Carshop Northampton and the subsequent misery experienced by my husband...
The week before Christmas I was struck with the ESP light stuck on, on my 06 Skoda Octavia 1.9 4x4 estate, with 30,500 miles. Took it to the dealers that...
I visited UK in November and hired a car from Hertz, everything was in order when I returned the car, I was therefore surprised to find an amount of £34.50...
I was at a party last Saturday, and I was trapped in a corner by a very well juiced council officer. The more drinks the guy had the more he was spilling...
Tags: parking advice
My company car is due for replacement later this year and with fuel price increases due to continue I need a vehicle that is frugal. My annual mileage...
After more correspondence with Met Parking and their escalation of penalty charges for ‘overstaying’ at MacDonalds, I have now received a Notice of Proposed...
I have a Mercedes C200 Kompressor, purchased new and registered April 2001. I have a problem with the square centre panel not lighting up immediately....
I've been talking to Silverdale Cars in Oxfordshire about a 2.0 Diesel Mondeo Zetec. They have been completely open with me and told me the car I'm interested...
Renewal premium from my insurers, NatWest, has increased by 78%. Do you have views on the advisability of including ‘No Claims Discount Protection’. My...
I bought a Mercedes Benz C220CDI in December 2010 from Mercedes-Benz Bridgend in Wales. So far I've done about 4,600 miles but I have an irritating fault....
I drive a VW Jetta 1.9 diesel automatic as a company lease car. I have had this from new since January 2008. The car has 60,000 on the clock and the majority...
I read with interest the email about Mercedes lease terminations. I have just returned a CLS AMG after 4 years and was charged over £1,200 for damage to...
I have owned a 1973 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow I from new. Now it has 80,000 miles. But it is an old car and I am an old man with not much money to throw...
My needs are 1 person 1 small dog, long business travels, and the requirement to collect wood every now and then. Suggested is Jeep Cherokee, my budget...
Tags: buying advice
I recently bought a Citroen C5 SatNav Estate. At no time during the test drive did the dealer tell me that the satnav would not access full UK postcodes....
For 5 years the local Toyota Main Dealer has serviced my 150,000 mile 2001 Lexus RX300. I took it in with a slipping automatic transmission. He told me...
When I purchased my Mercedes B200 CDI the dealer recommended joining an Accident Management Scheme approved by the manufacturers. They said, in case of...
I wonder if you could publish an article about the possible hidden hazards of car air-con systems. I have just been made quite ill with breathing problems...
As you may have guessed I can be a persistent individual. After our protracted correspondence, I would like to let you know that the Prudential Insurance...
A truck in front had a blowout and I hit the tyre on the road. I got the 3rd party details and have put a claim through my insurance. My insurance company...
You must be tired of questions to do with parking fines but I would appreciate your advice. In January I parked in a Premier Parking Solutions car park...
Car insurance companies that deserve praise must be in the minority, so here goes. I was hit by a driver insured by Admiral last Thursday. On Friday, I...
A few weeks ago you named a tyre supply/tyre fitting firm who impressed you with their service/costs. I live in Surrey.
I am thinking of changing my car, a 2007/57 Honda Civic type R GT, 31,500 miles, for a BMW 320d SE saloon. My budget runs to about £18,500 depending on...
Tags: buying advice
A month ago I visited East Sussex and picked up a £60 fine and three points for doing 36mph in a 30mph zone. Pretty much the first blemish on my licence...
I have recently received a Parking Charge Notice from Parking Eye relating to the Sandbanks Hotel in Poole where I parked for approximately one hour whilst...
Tags: parking advice
My problem is probably not uncommon. Some 5 years ago I suffered a series of strokes, which left me with an insubordinate left leg. I was advised by our...
I have a 2005/55 SAAB 9-3, which at 45,000 miles suffered a broken front spring. A neighbour and fellow 9-3 owner has just had a similar problem and drew...
I refer to the letter from DH, Bridgend regarding a 2005 VW Golf with "an array of warning lights that have been coming on together, intermittently". The...
I was intrigued by your reply to PC, Portishead over the problem of a speed hump installed by their neighbours on a Private Road. I would suggest they...
Tags: parking advice
I'm writing to you as a 'last resort' but also because my local MP, Julian Brazier suggested I do so (I have copied him into this emaiI). I hope you will...
Tags: parking
I think you are being over generous to VW. I bought a new 57 plate Audi TT 2 litre DSG which had the same problem from new. Despite a software upgrade...
Tags: DSG gearboxes
I wondered if you could nudge me in the right direction for choosing a good 2-3 year old van that could not only be used for transporting my rubbish around,...

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