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My wife purchased a year old Nissan Micra 1.2 Acenta a year ago. It has just been in for service at the selling dealers, the main Nissan agent in this area. On top of the basic service they have told her...
I am looking to change my 2004 Jaguar 3.0-litre SE auto estate. In order to avoid the constant pothole problems and gain higher seating, I would like something with a little bit of go, preferably an auto....
The sheer arrogance of NH beggars belief. He seems to believe that he and his CLOG members have a divine right to force other motorway users to undertake (potentially dangerous) or overtake him in lane...
My colleagues and I are having a debate about what the term 'VAT Qualifying' means when applied to a car that is obviously not 'new'. The car in question is BMW 325i M Sport Highline Convertible. The car...
I drive a Honda Jazz SE on a 69-mile round-trip to work every day and, due to the repeated cold winters we now seem to be getting (due to global warming, apparently) I'm considering getting a set of winter...
Reading the letter and your reply in Motoring Lifestyle, I thought you may be interested in my current problem, which hopefully will be resolved on Friday. I have 2006 SEAT Leon that has covered just 26,000...
Some time back you reported a legal precedent where a dealer was held liable for repairs to a car that developed faults in the first six months from the date of sale. I have searched your website but cannot...
As an ex-Traffic Policeman (accident investigator) and a person who has left-foot braked for over 30 years (even though I sometimes drive a manual car), I felt I must comment. When left-foot braking an...
I purchased a new Toyota Yaris from a dealer in Bury, Lancs a year ago. I complained at the first service recently about 'poor shift quality' when changing gears - in particular the lower gears. The diagnosis...
I have advised my wife that for only about 5,000 miles per year she needs to stick to a petrol automatic SUV because it's cheaper and diesel engines do not like short runs from cold. She has looked for...
I consider myself a car connoisseur but have hit a brick wall. My wife and I decided to buy one family car with plenty of space, additional seats, some prestige and decent running cost. A Mercedes-Benz...
I have seen a 7-seater SEAT Alhambra. I would like to know what is the face value of the car and how much should I offer if I am interested in the purchase? It has three previous owners. The CD player...
I have recently inherited a 2002 Rover 45 with 38,000 miles, mostly short journeys. It has recently had a new cylinder head gasket fitted and new tyres and has a current MOT but no recorded service history...
At the end of January last year I purchased a new i20 from my local Hyundai dealer. All was going great until about a week ago when my wife noticed the key (it’s the jacknife type that flicks out when...
We recently went to our local Honda dealer, and negotiated the purchase of a Honda Jazz to replace our '08 plate Yaris (5-door, 1.3 petrol, 21,000 miles). We agreed a price, taking into account trading...
My daughter-in-law has a SEAT Ibiza Ecomotive 1.4 diesel purchased from new in September 2009. At the first service, after 8,500 careful miles, the (factory fitted) front tyres are worn almost to the legal...
My wife and I are planning to exchange her Peugeot 207 for something bigger and more comfortable for long journeys. We have more or less decided on either an Audi A3 or the Volvo S40. I have done a bit...
I am disabled. I use an electric buggy that my wife finds very hard to lift into our car. Do you know a model that has a 2-part powered tailgate that will be able to lift electrically my buggy to the same...
We are planning to buy a property in France with a view to spending perhaps half the year there and the rest in the UK. I envisage that we shall be travelling between the two countries two or three times...
I am recently retired and now only doing short journeys around town with the occasional long motorway trip. I am following your advice by changing from diesel to petrol. I am trading in my SEAT Altea 1.9TDI...
You recently recommended a company for Motor Legal Protection. Would you let me have the web address again, please?
When I first drove a go-kart, I discovered that the brake pedal was on the left and the accelerator on the right. It struck me what excellent control this arrangement offered and I immediately started...
Can you please recommend an economic automatic car, not van, to accommodate at least a husband of 82 and a wife of 77 with arthritis, two golf bags and two electric trolleys. We currently have one car...
My local Audi dealer is offering me an Audi A3 1.6 Technik, black, 3-door for £15,000. He says it's £1,500 under the usual price as this is his last one in stock for a while. Should I be cautious, as I'm...
A few days ago, I was collecting an arriving passenger at Heathrow Airport, Terminal One. I followed all the signs correctly and found myself in the short stay car park. The person I was collecting was...
I’m sure you have recommended Event Tyres before. If not, they are great. I needed two new tyres for my Golf and they were the cheapest, the quickest and in my view the best. They came to my work and sorted...
I have a 2005 Range Rover Vogue auto, bought second hand from Stratstones, Woburn Green, High Wycombe, just over two years ago. A week ago I stopped at a set of traffic lights, then, when they turned to...
I need some advice on my 2007 Mercedes-Benz A180 CDi Auto with 25,000 miles on the clock. Yes, some people like them. It is annually serviced by the Mercedes-Benz local dealer. We love the car as it fits...
I want to buy a FIAT 500 and decided that the 100PS 1.4 engine should provide the kind of performance I am looking for. FIAT has now produced the 85PS 'TwinAir'. Should I consider this, as FIAT claim,...
I want to change my big old car for something small and economical. There are so many to choose from, but what do you recommend? I want low tax group, low VED and good mpg. I do mostly rural driving, occasional...
Your correspondent EC, via email, appears to have identical needs to mine, except that our dog is a Springer Spaniel, not a Lab. I also drive 12,000 miles a year and make frequent trips to the Scottish...
A use for all those tyres rendered useless by speed humps? You guessed it: make them into speed humps: www.leics.gov.uk/index/your_council/council_publications/leicestershire_matters/leicestershire_matters_september_2010/leicestershire_matters_september_2010_2.htm....
I currently have a 2007 Range Rover TDV8 Vogue but it’s due for change. I'm afraid my budget won't allow me to get another, this is my second and I've loved them both. I'm looking at an new Audi A7 3.0...
I do a 70-mile commute to and from work on the A449 between Newport (South Wales) and Ross-on-Wye five days a week. Half the journey is on an A-road and the rest on a dual carriageway. Is the limit 70mph...
As a result of a recent illness my wife will need to change her car for an automatic. She currently drives a fairly new Honda Jazz manual. We would be happy to stick with a Jazz but are put off by recent...
I have been running a Ford Focus 53-reg 1.8 Zetec diesel for the last seven years. The car has been very reliable except for water in the passenger foot well, about three times in all, and I have just...
I am thinking about buying a new 1,400cc Volkswagen Polo. I know they have had good reviews in the press but could you tell me what you think and whether you know of any pitfalls?
Since my last email to you I sent a cheque for £10 to Parking Eye as you advised adding disabled appeal, my age (80), 13 mins over time limit etc. I've received today a Final Notice with the charge upped...
I own a 2002 Ford Ranger pick-up and use it for work and pleasure. I have noticed that on a motorway run, at 70mph it is running at just over 3,000rpm. I realise that it is a 4x4 and is therefore lower...
I hope you can help. I know this is a bit off your usual track. We are currently looking for a proper 4x4 to drive here in Oman. I am not planning to cross Africa in it but it needs to be a real 4x4 capable...
I am thinking of buying a top-of-the-range Honda CR-V 2.2 Diesel Auto with the Advanced Anti Collision system. This is probably the most expensive car in the mid range SUV's but is it the best? Most of...
In May this year I purchased a new Volkswagen Scirocco costing £23,000. My present mileage is 2,000 and my problem is traces of rust appearing on the ‘drums’ between the brake discs of all four alloy wheels....
I'm tempted to order an Audi A1 1.4 TFSI Sport DSG but can't find one to drive. Your review gave me a lot of confidence, but could you please answer two queries for me. Would it be appropriate to specify...
I know two elderly ladies who have each written off their nearly-new automatic cars due to lack of control. I am convinced that, in their cases, the problem resulted from not having the brake pedal firmly...
I am a recent convert to your Q&As in the Telegraph. I have, on several occasions noted you commenting on alternative wheel sizes for specific cars. What factors are affected by the wheel size of a car?
I have just had to pay £1,365.46 to replace the ABS/ESP pump of my 4-year-old Volkswagen Eos, which has covered 27,500 miles only. The car was bought from a Volkswagen dealer in Cheshire and was just four...
We have a BMW 318d Touring with 225/45 R17 91V Continental Sport Contact 2 SSR runflat tyres. We want to fit winter tyres for a European trip this winter and similar trips in future. BMW has quoted £785...
I'm sorry to bring up this old chestnut again, but your article about left-foot braking frightens me to death. I am hiring a car in Tasmania later in the year. It's a mid-range model and only obtainable...
In your Telegraph column you mentioned a test near Berlin that showed that left-foot braking was quicker because of the time lag in transferring the right foot to the brake pedal. Like many drivers, I...
My son privately sold an elderly Daihatsu Sportrak through our local classifieds. The buyers explained they were unable to make the 40-mile journey to view it, but they said if he delivered it, they would...
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