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Questions from March 2010
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 have driven various Vauxhalls over the past 20 years or so and have always found them to drive well in the snow when fitted with winter tyres. My current...
I have an 2007 2.0 TDI DSG and have just read the following in your ‘car by car breakdown’: “Early 2.0TDI DSGs suffer from ECU programming that reduces...
I have just retired and would like to buy a new car that will last me at least 15 years in the price range £17,000 to £22,000 and wondered what your recommendations...
I have recently experienced 2 timing belt failures, both within the 40,000 / 4 years limits. The 1st in August 09 on a 1995 Astra 1.6 petrol. The 2nd in...
I need a practical beast that will comfortably tow a 1,500kg caravan for about 3,000 miles a year, and carry 4 adults and accommodate 2 Labradors and walking...
I have made a New Year resolution to never fill my tank more than half full. My thinking is that I will be making a smaller interest-free loan of tax to...
The heater of my 5yr old Diesel 2.2 Nissan X-Trail T-Spec has never been much good and only starts to give out heat when the engine has warmed up after...
Some of my neighbours, angry that visitors to our town use our residential road as a free "Park & Walk", have petitioned for single yellow lines on both...
I own a Skoda Octavia Hatchback 1.9PD Elegance that has low profile Bridgstone tyres, tread depth 3.5mm. I live in a cul-de-sac untreated by grit that...
Further to the information that you gave to the Mazda owner last week, I would like to add the following in your defence. The owner did not state what...
The Government/DVLA is scamming motorists. In 2008 my wife sold her Vauxhall Corsa to the daughter of friend of a friend. The necessary slip on the V5C...
I wish to replace my 2001reg BMW Compact automatic, fitted with push/pull type hand controls and a steering wheel peg. Ideally I am looking for a front...
I'm ready to replace my current car (a great old workhorse - Peugeot 405 Executive TD) and I'm tempted by the relatively low prices of luxury cars due...
Having been caught out by the snow before Christmas and given the dreadful driving conditions this week, a female friend and I were both of the same mind...
I am looking to upgrade my car and can't decide between a Toyota Verso, a Vauxhall Zafira or a Mazda 5. I have a 2 year old and an 11month old so safety...
I wonder if you can help. Last summer I bought a second-hand 2006/56 Ford Ranger Supercab from a dealer with the remainder of the three-year warranty....
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 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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