Questions from July 2010
hip, hip, hooray. The despicable, rip-off stealth tax on property HIPS scheme is being abolished by Cameron and partners. I had one done when we wanted to sell. The inspector spent all of five minutes...
I have had a Citroen C1 for the last year, but am now looking for a slight upgrade that will provide a more comfortable ride without burning a hole in my pocket. I have been looking at the new Ka and Clio....
I bought my 2007 Ford Focus Cabriolet 2 two years ago (yes, the roof was leaking and Ford repaired it before I took it home) and I am very happy with it. But the two-tone alloy wheels are starting to blister....
I read recently of some drivers having difficulty in getting temporary car insurance cover for family members visiting from overseas. As my own insurer would not even discuss my requirements outside 30...
Last year I sought your advice on buying a Jaguar XF. You advised me to wait until I could afford the 3-litre version. I recently took delivery of a 3-litre portfolio and want to say thankyou, thankyou,...
On the 23rd April I purchased a Jaguar XF Portfolio model at a cost of nearly £44,000. I have now covered approximately 700 miles and I find that the ride is very hard and not at all acceptable. The standard...
To add to the discussion regarding daytime lights, I used to drive with front foglights on, but recently a Police car drove up beside me at traffic lights and the officer asked why I had my lights on as...
I have just finished reading the article "Green Mean & Clean" by Judith Woods and it occurred to me that the Millbrook Proving Ground could be used to demonstrate the effect that the ubiquitous speed bumps...
I have a 2004 Renault Scenic and am unable to remove one of the front alloy wheels due to the centre being welded to the brake drum. I have tried Plus Gas and hammering the rear of the wheel without success....
My pet hate is indicators flashing in my eyes when waiting at traffic lights, especially on cold, wet British winters nights. Nothing worse. Especially cars or vans with worn out old lamps that are almost...
I still enjoy our long and short distance driving, and have patronised BMW since the 1980s. However, the last year with our local franchise dealer has become somewhat fraught. It may be due to my age and...
My son is soon to go into business for himself and will need a vehicle with room for carrying samples, but one that can be used for the family at weekends. It also needs to be reasonably economic. He saw...
Having previously enjoyed an Audi A4 2.7TDI (190BHP) Multitronic and returned an average fuel consumption over 25,000 miles of 43.5 MPG, which pretty much matched the manufacturers data, I recently changed...
You recommend running at higher revs to help a DPF to regenerate. I drive a Volvo V70 AWD 2.4d. At 2,000 rpm I travel at 60 mph. At 2,300 rpm I travel at 70 mph. How do you suggest I exceed the speed limit...
The Highway Code states that: “You must use headlights when visibility is seriously reduced…..You may also use front or rear fog lights but you must switch them off when visibility improves.” What then...
My daughter-in-law will very shortly be choosing another company car. Her current car is a Ford Focus 1.8 diesel (I think). However, she is now considering a hybrid because of VED band A zero tax. Her...
Has anyone ever done the CO2 calculations on speed bumps? If you decelerate and accelerate (even be it sensibly) there is a CO2 implication in the extra fuel and brake wear (presumably CO2 is generated...
Recently I was stopped by an unmarked police car and accused of using a hand-held mobile phone whilst driving. In fact my Peugeot has built-in handsfree and in any case my phone was in my pocket and certainly...
For the past two years I have carried out the routine servicing of my wife’s 2003 BMW MINI Cooper which has covered 15,500 miles from new. When preparing the car for the MOT Test I noted that the original...
I have a BMW 320d SE first registered November 2002, that I bought second hand from a BMW dealer in 2006. The aircon pump was about to fail a month ago, picked up by my estimable mobile mechanic and he...
I have recently bought an 2002 Golf Automatic and have gathered that you advocate driving with the left foot for the brake. Will you please explain why?
Is this a situation you have heard of? A driver is stopped by police who say his car is uninsured. He is given 7 days to produce documents. He then discovers his policy had lapsed in October 2009. No renewal...
I am looking to replace my VW Polo and would be grateful for your advice on the best small car with zero road tax I have been thinking about the Toyota Aygo. My driving is mainly around the town and I...
I'm a motorcyclist who likes to make eye contact with drivers waiting at junctions to ensure that I've been seen. However, lots of front side windows are (illegally) heavily tinted. You recently described...
I wondered if you provide some advice. I plan to replace my 2005 BMW Mini Cooper. It has been back and forth from the garage with various faults and it cost £450 to get it through an MOT last year. I would...
Regarding the email from MU in Saturday's HJ column, what is a "private dealer" please? I thought private car sales are exempt from consumer rights protection.
Further to your recent correspondence about poor mpg experienced by owners of Hyundai i10s, like others I am unable to obtain anywhere near the advertised mpg. Since last September when I purchased the...
I read your answer to an AA member in Saturday's Telegraph dated 8 May who commented about their renewal quote. Although some time has now passed, I thought it would be useful to point out that we are...
I commute daily to London from Southampton by car and currently drive a 6-year-old 1.6 petrol Peugeot 307. Unfortunately it has recently become unreliable, costly to run and expensive on repairs. Could...
Your correspondent FM asked what is the best driving technique to use with Honda's i-Shift. In my experience with a Jazz, bought last November to replace a Jazz CVT-7, there is no best way. This electronic...
Please can you advise? My 1999T Volvo S80, bought new, now with 54,000 miles, developed a faulty lambda sensor. While removing it the Volvo dealer broke the collar in which it was attached to the exhaust...
Several weeks ago, I accidentally put 20 litres of unleaded into my 9 year old, 93,000 mile 1.9D Renault Kangoo. I immediately filled the rest of the tank with diesel (about 35 litres) and ran the car...
I just thought I'd let you know that I've also had a Teves Mk 60 ESP failure. Having read the forum on honestjohn I noted that I met the 'criteria' (i.e, under 5 years old, under 60, 000 and full main...
I own a Mercedes C220CDI and at the last service I was advised that 3 glowplugs need replacing. A price was quoted but I was advised that if the plugs were difficult to remove or broke in the process the...
I am puzzled why you, and other reviewers, are so reluctant to recommend Ford Fusions? I have a 2006/56 Fusion Zetec TDCi 1.6, do about 12k miles a year and, except for one fill up in the hard weather...
As promised, my experience with the IAM Drive Check 55 you recommended me to take. I received a letter within a couple of days of booking, selected a local branch and e-mailed them. It took a few days...
I might buy a car from Car Giant. I believe you have recommended them in the past. What should I be aware of? Will they haggle on price?
I have fallen foul of one of Croydon's many enforcement cameras. It is alleged that I “stopped on a restricted bus stop / stand”. The bus stop has a single wide yellow line. I did stop to set down a passenger...
My local garage last week replaced the thermostat housing unit on my Peugeot 307 1.6 semi-automatic 2007 model, after I woke up one morning to find huge water loss. The car has only done just over 22,000...
Returning on Saturday from shopping in our 55-reg Golf Plus (46,000 miles), I noticed the ESP light was on. Ironically, on returning home, I opened the Telegraph Motoring section and the very first thing...
I am contemplating the purchase of a 2008 Honda Civic 1.8 iVTEC EX fitted with an iShift gearbox. This does not have a torque converter but a clutch, as fitted to the 1.4 manual where the changes are made...
I own a Freelander 2, bought new in August 2007 and am considering purchasing a new Freelander 2 TD4 HSE. Under the Land Rover Finance agreement on the existing car, the final payment will be £13,482....
I drive approximately 12,000 miles per year in a 2004 diesel Astra, 30 per cent motorway miles and the rest on country roads and lanes. The tyres are due for replacement in September at MOT. I am thinking...
Volkswagen agreed in the end, under their goodwill scheme, to repair my car after a lot of argument. That was a couple of weeks ago, however I have since noticed a dent on the passenger side under the...
We have an '02 plate SEAT Alhambra 1.9TDI. In the last month or so, my wife has lost power twice when driving it. She switched the engine off, and everything was fine again. In the first few days, we were...
I'm looking at purchasing a Volkswagen Golf 1.6 16v SE, 5-door with 46,000 miles on the clock. I am wondering what you think would generally be a good price. I am not really looking to spend more than...
Can you start a car which is in first gear without engaging the clutch?
I require a replacement key for my Vauxhall Corsa. However I have been informed by family and friends that the only place I can obtain one is from a Vauxhall garage and will cost around £140, obviously...
I have been advised by the dealership I bought the car from new, that my 55-plate Mazda 6 Sport 2.3 petrol falls within a VIN range which is covered by a TSB, stating that some vehicles may experience...
I have recently had a test drive of the new BMW 5 Series saloon and was very impressed. I have few reservations about the car, but one is that runflat tyres come as standard with no other option. For UK...
 

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