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I am a taxi driver, currently running a 2004 Vectra 2.0l DTI (chain cam). What car purchased for £5,000 should be the best buy for taxi use. I am wary of dual mass fly wheel problems, and wonder if automatics would be better, but I don’t know whether to go for Toyota, Ford or Volkswagen, or something else.

Asked on 10 September 2011 by TV, via email

Answered by Honest John
If a car has a torque converter automatic transmission it doesn't need a dual mass flywheel. Ford did a Mondeo 2.0TDCI (chain cam) auto. Test here: www.honestjohn.co.uk/road-tests/ford/ford-mondeo-t.../ (TC later wrote to tell me she had purchased an 2004 Mondeo TDCI 130 Zetec auto with 60,000 miles and service history for £4,500
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