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Questions from December 2010
Is it better to leave a 10 year old Skoda frozen, as it has been for 4 days so far, or to start it and let it run for 30 minutes or so? If so, how frequently?...
My Bluemotion 1.2 diesel Polo has done 500 miles. Not once has it reached the advertised mpg. Between 3 and 7 Oc reaches just 53 mpg.
I live in the country and iced-up windscreens and frozen washer jets are a problem most winters, not just this one. Do you have a solution to the problem...
Being snowed in for the third time, I am looking at the possibility of an alternative to my Audi A3, to get me back on the road, but don't care for the...
Here in the UK I drive a 4X4 fitted with M+S rated tyres. How do these compare with "winter" tyres as, for example, required by law to be fitted on all...
Does anyone have an idea of the cost of replacing the water pump on an 09 plate Audi A5 3.2l V6 engine? Including labour if possible? I think due to the...
Please can you remind me the recommeded websites, and the relative advantages of tyre change, or complete wheel change for winter tyres?
I noticed that you have endorsed the use of snow tyres recently. I have been Michelin Alpin, M + S rated tyres in winter since 1997 and swear by them....
I live a few streets outside the boundary for the newly reduced congestion zone in central London. Two of my four children go to school in the congestion...
I had Pirelli "Sottozero" winter tyres (Sotto means 'under' in Italian) fitted to my Vauxhall Vectra and found them so much better on lightly snowed roads....
I am a low milage driver and need winter tyres. Can I use winter tyres all year (not more than 5000 miles per year)?
I've lost my spare Astra key (2005). Where to get the cheapest replacement? Tried Thimpsons key replacement store but could not do it.
I am very enthused by the concept you have promoted of winter tyres/steel wheels to cope better with the current conditions. I have looked at your recommended...
I am about to have snow tyres fitted to my Fiat 500 Abarth SS. I have been speaking to an ex AA patrolman and he informs me that I should lower the tyre...
I have a BMW X5 35 diesel sport, 2010 model with run flat tyres which is not very good in snow. I have found some sensibly priced winter tyres which are...
I know that one is not supposed to mix summer and winter tyres. But how about summer and all season ones? I have a Citroen Xsara Picasso 2.0 HDI (excellent...
When the last government reduced the rate of vat to 15% the duty on fuel was increased by 2.5% but when VAT returned to 17.5% the extra 2.5% tax was not...
Which axle should chains be fitted to on a Honda CR-V given that it has a unusual inter-diff?
I've seen a car I like being sold on Autoquake in Leeds and I live in North Devon. Are they a reputable company? The car is a Volvo V70 2008 at around...
I have a Peugeot 407SW 1.6 58 plate with 36000 miles on clock and the front tyres need replacing (Michelin Radial XSE 205/60 R16 92HG1). Main dealer says...
I have an old Toyota Corolla and want to fit some winter tyres (195/60 P15) - what would you recommend? I don't do high speed/performance/off-road stuff...
I have just bought a 2008 Volvo V70 D5, and I am considering winter tyres. My previous car, a Volvo 850 had 205/50 R16 tyres and the handbook recommended...
Winter tyres I shall certainly add to a car, which I anticipate buying this weekend. However, is there any benefit in having a separate set of wheels...
I have been around and measured the loading bay height of just about every estate there is, comparing them with my present Vauxhall Vectra's size, which...
Recently the spare wheel was stolen from under my Nissan Pathfinder. I was surprised to discover from Nissan Customer Care that it is a) easy to steal...
I have recently received a Parking Contravention Enforcement notice through the post due to overstaying 10 mins in a 1-hour car park. The fine is £45 within...
My car is insured with National Farmers Union Mutual. The renewal is due and the price is up by 50 per cent with no change at all in my circumstances....
I purchased 2 pairs of snow socks, one pair for my Skoda Octavia (front) and the other pair for my wife’s Mercedes-Benz C200 estate (rear). After approximately...
In January this year we bought a new 3-door Polo SEL 1.6 TDI, downsizing from our long-lived, and immensely practical, Saab. In most respects the Polo...
My wife and I (in our late 50s) want a 'fun' car. We have £8,000 to spend and we're looking at either a Nissan 350Z or a Honda S2000. Your recommendation...
What is your opinion of plug-in diesel upgrades kits for increased mpg? Bearing in mind the high cost of diesel, are they worthwhile? How many miles would...
I own a 52-reg Peugeot 307 Hdi Rapier with 120,000 miles on the clock. I am looking to upgrade and have seen a few cars. The one I am looking at is a 2004...
My Third Party, Fire and Theft car insurance renewal just came through with a significant addition for legal expenses insurance. Is this something I should...
I have a budget of around £17,500 and I'm looking at the Audi A5 or BMW M Sport 3 Series coupe. Fuel economy and cost of insurance is important as well...
Your readers should beware of what has become of a certain big name motor insurer. In my experience they are friendly and helpful when they are taking...
I can't agree with your suggestion that speeding fines should be raised, but no points should be applied to licences. There are a large number of drivers...
I bought a 2-year-old BMW 118d last May from the local BMW dealer. It is a fantastic car, but the stop-start function didn't work from day one. I reported...
I read with great interest RH's letter regarding the answer to the intimidatory practices of Private Parking Companies. I also agree with your view that...
Would it not be possible for anyone receiving letters from PPCs to go to their local county court and take out an injunction against the PPC forcing them...
I have just purchased a new Corsa to replace my old model, and feel that it is time I had a "refresher" driving course. I passed my test in 1963 and at...
Cars with water-cooled internal combustion engines generate so much heat that it has to be dumped to the atmosphere via a radiator. Using this "spare"...
I bought a Hyundai ix35 4wd diesel manual at the end of October. We are delighted with the car except for its fuel consumption. When we first had it and...
We are a retired couple and currently run a 3-year-old 2-litre automatic BMW 1 Series that proved to be totally unsatisfactory during the November/December...
In the December driving conditions, can I share with you a cheap and effective snow driving aid? All that is needed are a few lengths of polypropylene...
I have had winter tyres fitted to my Honda Civic (four years old) and I would like to know if it is a good idea to reduce the pressure during snowy weather?...
Now that a nice lady has written off my Mercedes-Benz SLK I am looking to replace it with a diesel convertible. Due to the weather I haven't been able...
My Volvo S60 was recently involved in two accidents within a space of a month, both times involving my 28-year-old son, who is a qualified driver and on...
Thank you very much for your simple answer to our longstanding problem with our Clio RenaultSport 200 pulling to the left. As you suggested, we swapped...
The US fluid ounce is the same as the Imperial one - the amount of water that weighs an ounce. There are 20 fluid ounces to an Imperial pint, but only...
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I drive to and from Southern Spain twice a year in November and February and regularly experience snow. The Spanish authorities have built lorry parks...

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