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Thought you might be interested in my recent experience with my Saab 9-3 2.8-litre estate. The car is four years old but has only covered 19,000 miles and has just failed the MoT with a broken front...
I have for many years only driven a classic car , Renault 9, with an agreed value. The time has come to replace this car for a secondhand Renault Clio, as I can't afford to keep restoring this and my Triumph...
The boot lid will not stay closed and pressing the lock button on the key fob will only lock the main doors. Because of this I suspect the solenoid in the lock is faulty. Is it difficult to replace ?
How is a thief (twice now, in quick succession) accessing my car without damage or setting the alarm off, and getting through the double locks? They seem to be looking for anything valuable. I just...
I am about to buy a BMW 3-Series through Broadspeed (online). The deal means the car would be registered first by the dealer and I would receive the V5 after approx 1-2 weeks, and be the second owner....
I'm an elderly driver with bad arthritis knees and need a high driver's seat for ease of access and decent leg room. Must be automatic, with petrol engine, budget up to £8,000 - £10,000 for car up to...
We tow our caravan (mtpl 1430 cwt) with a 2004 Terrano three-door. We are considering buying a 2005 SEAT Alhambra Stylance, the main reasons being comfort and economy. Please give your opinion.
I am on the verge of buying a new Hyundai ix35 1.7 CRDi (thank you for your helpful review by the way), but am being put off by a number of online comments I have recently come across to the effect that...
Just wondering were the starter motor is located on a Vauxhall Astra 2003 1.7DTi. I have looked everywhere and can't seem to see it. Have you any idea?
Head says ... buy Mazda 2 auto Heart says ... buy Suzuki Swift SZ4 auto Have Suzuki sorted the autobox issues on motorway raised in your review? PS: wife has i10 auto ... it's a little whizzer on motorway
I noticed a vibration on the car when going through 2000 - 2500rpm in gears 3-6 and reported it with no success. Yesterday noticed idle was dog rough so took in again and Ford says the flywheel has disintegrated!...
Ford Mondeo 2001 diesel 2.0-litre auto. When I turn on the ignition, the mileage does not show and speedo does not work, but everything else does. After 10-20 min of driving, it starts working again.
My car started mis-firing, so I took it to a garage and had new spark plugs and new coils put it but it doesn't seem to be running the same and still mis-firing. My mate came round with diagnostics and...
I have an eight-month, 7000-mile Porsche Cayman 2.9 manual with extras which made list price 41K. Bought new from Porsche dealer. Building a new house this year so considering selling to cut my outgoings;...
A couple days ago my EPC lights came on. After I stop it disappears. Today the emmissions light went on. The car is a VW Golf 1.6 from 2001. I have Diagnostic test running and it came up with the following: Fault...
I recently had an accident and the other party is claiming that the accident was a 50/50 event when in fact it was all his fault. The accident happened in busy road conditions so there were many witnesses...
My son is looking at a Renault Clio 1.2 52 plate, £1695. It has 60k on the clock. It looks like a tidy car, and that's where my car knowledge ends!
We bought a used Ssangyong Musso last August from a garage for £1500 (reduced from £2000). We were given a three month warranty and a 12 month MoT. We first had a problem with the immobiliser and often...
I need to buy a small-ish automatic car, second hand. It needs to be comfortable for a 6ft 4in man and have 5 doors. I've driven the VW Golf and Ford Focus automatics, both diesel and quite like them....
My wife has recently renewed her insurance policy through Castle Cover (who I have used for years with car and house insurance). She completed the deal but a couple of days later she received a letter...
I am looking to trade my Citroen C4 picasso VTR+ 1.6 HDi seven-seater 57 plate with 36500 milers for a Kia Ceed 1.6 GS diesel. What Car? and Parker's value my car at £7600 and £8000. The dealer offered...
What should I ask for a private sale of my silver 2002 51 plate BMW 318i SE Touring with full black leather and 86k miles, FSH, 10 months' MoT, excellent condition?
I have a Land Rover Freelander 2 TD4 XS, full black leather, bought new by me in June 2008, 27,000 miles in grey, aprox £18K trade in. I want to save on my motoring costs. I'm a single mum, no longer...
Can you please advise me of the rought price for a 1984 (B reg) Honda Civic Shuttle five-door manual gearbox with around 80k on the clock?
I have owned this car since 2005. At MoT last June (2010), it has new front discs and pads. Had these replaced FOC at same (Citroen) garage in August 2010. Now they need replacing again! Have only done...
I have not before taken too much notice of the tyre size fitted to my Peugeot 308 SE HDi 6-speed manual diesel 1997cc (registered Nov 2007). However I have just noticed that the tyres fitted by the...
My Skoda Superb on a 54-plate needs a new headlight unit due to water ingress damaging the electronics. The price quoted is £540 plus VAT plus fitting plus possiblty a Xenon bulb if not supplied. I can't...
Having easily achieved the government mpg figures for various vehicles from new (petrol and diesel small and large), I was confident that I could expect the the combined 80.7 mpg figure promoted for the...
I bought a Vauxhall Astra 1.7DTi 2003-plate last week. It was working fine, then today turned the engine off and tried to start it and it cranked over for about a second. It didn't start. Then tried again...
The Audi dealer says he could give us 10% off any other model, but not the Q5 as they are in such high demand - do you think this is true? The delivery time is five months. We have considered going through...
I have the possibility of buying a company car (renting). What will be better, a fully-equipped Passat, Mondeo or Mazda 6, or a basic BMW 5-Series (also 3-Series, X3 or Audi an Audi A4 avant or Allroad)? Security...
I live in Guernsey (low speed limits but steep hills and no salting permitted because of run-off to our resevoirs so 4WD perhaps desirable), annual mileage c5-6K so comparative fuel cost is less important...
Can you tell me when the 3008 Hybrid will be available in the UK and have there been any reviews yet?
Which cars offer the most comfortable and supportive seats (in the lumber region) for back sufferers?
My wife and I have just had twins and our 2003 Honda Civic is now not big enough for us. We'd like to be able to carry 3 adults and the twins but there is not room for an adult in the back of our car with...
I am a 78-year-old widow living in Spain and I would like to thank you for your recommendation of the Hyundai i10 1.2. I just LOVE it. It's so easy to get in and out of, the controls are easy and with...
A friend of mine told me that the VW Golf MkI, MkII, MkIII and MkIV are basically the same car. The mechanic thinks they were just slightly upgraded just to adopt new engines and the weight of the car,...
Any comments on a Toyota Corolla T Sport Compressor, 06 plate, 45000 miles? Is it worth buying? Anything in particular to watch out for? Price is £7250, main dealer.
I'm interested in selling my 2002 Clio Renaultsport 172 at auction as your advocating sure sell as a good idea. I suggested this to a few dealers, as opposed to part exchanging my car, and they said not...
I am 78. use a stick and wish to change my automatic diesel Ford Mondeo Ghia (04) for something with good access, a boot big enough and accessible enough to take a folded wheelchair (which I shall require...
I've watched and read you reviews for a while and absorbed all the advice like a sponge. Right now I am planning to buy myself a new car. I want something fast, with 4x4 system because of snow in my...
I have a three-year-old Vauxhall Astra Estate on 18,600 miles. My two front tyres will need replacing in the next 1000-1500 miles. My spare in the boot is unused. Is there any reason why I cannot/should...
In the Telgeraph on 15th January you replied to a question about updating the Sat Nav on Mercedes Benz cars to give six digit postcode entry rather than just 4 digit. I have a 2009 Mercedes-Benz C-Class...
We bought an '07-plate VW Golf from a dealer four months ago. The ESP and ABS light came on, and they've said since our warranty is out they won't fix it. They've said to contact VW dealer, but want £75...
I have just changed the battery on my Skoda Octavia and although the radio works and the digital display comes on evry time I switch the engine off and then turn it on again, the digital display panel...
How can I tell if the DMF burnt out the clutch or if the clutch destroyed the DMF? I am being accused of driver error and therefore responsible, but I have been informed by experienced mechanics that...
My elderly Volvo 850 estate (1994) is nearing the end of its life. We do not need such a large car, but an estate would be useful. I like the Renault Clio Sport Tourer 1.5DCi. Is there anything else...
You have answered a number of questions about expensive electronic problems with VW cars. Were the problems only found in vehicles built during a certain period, or are they still present, even in new...
I would appreciate your advice and views. I have the choice of BMW, Mercedes, Volvo and Audi for my next company car. After several test drives (BMW 520 Volvo V70 D5), I have been amazed by the Mercedes...
I bought my kia when it was just a year old from a Kia (group) dealer on the Isle of Wight and it had done just 8000 miles. It was fine at first but soon things started to go wrong including; rust, wheel...
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