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I have a 2004 Renault Espace petrol. It always starts from cold but sometimes when you stop it wont restart. The engine turns over but won't fire. If you leave it for 10 minutes it then starts. It's a...
My Audi A4 1.9 tdi has suddenly started losing power. It still drives but is very sluggish. There's no smoke coming from the exhaust whatsoever. I've changed the diesel filter but there has been no change....
I have recently purchased a 1.3CDTI Corsa from the Vauxhall Dealer. It has done 37K and has a full Vauxhall SH. I am planning to keep it for approx 4 years during which I will add another 80K to the mileage. I...
I recently had to have a new DPF fitted to my Zafira 1.9cdti (120bhp). It has been on the car less than a month and now suddenly the car goes into limp mode and I get a fault code which relates to the...
I would like to know if I can use CVT NS2 fluids for my Nissan Primera 1999 model transmission fluid, I found it difficult to get CVT NS1 that is specified but I have gotten CVT NS2. Kindly advise if i...
I have a Vectra 2.0DTI. I have a permanent fault code PO243 which means driving round in limp home mode. I've checked all hoses and no splits etc. The code wont even clear off the system when its taken...
I'm an ex mechanic, been out of the motor trade for 15years, but continued with engineering in industry. Do I need any special tools for the cam belt change, like locking pins etc? Never done one on...
Need a 9 seater, there all so ugly, any very large MPV/SUV I could import 2.5 Lt or less?
I have a Volkswagen Polo and I have had problems with the vehicle not responding to the accelerator following a period after the vehicle slows down. The vehicle has done less than 10,000 miles and had...
I am now in the fortunate position of being able to afford a new car. I have owned three Peugeots in the past and they have been very reliable. I have always liked the Audi TT Coupe but the Peugeot RCZ...
Several years ago you featured an immobiliser, the Interceptor, distributed by Enterprise (Europe) Ltd. I had one fitted to a van at the time, and could confidently leave it with the keys in, knowing...
I am looking at buying a 2005 Peugeot 307 HDI with 108k on the clock. Apparently it sometimes crunches going into third gear, but no other gear. It doesnt pop out of gear, just crunches getting it. How...
In June 2011 I purchased a new Mercedes E250 SE CDI Blue Efficiency with 7 speed auto box. The actual vehicle was in the local showroom on rather 'blingy' 17" wheels which I did not want for practical...
My 2006 Passat has been off the road for three months awaiting a spare part. It's under warranty so this is not an issue. However the problem is the length of time off road. The part required is the...
I am proposing to purchase a Focus that has done 55,000 miles from the lease company, it has been used by a colleague and has been trouble free and is in good condition. It is on an 07 plate and the price...
I want to purchase a car that my son can insure and guess a Group A vehicle would be best to get a sensible insurance policy. My budget is between £3 - £5K.
Why does the electronic park brake make a screaming noise and stick on?
There is a blue smoke trail on acceleration in my Saab 9-3. It does clear a bit. The engine light is on and the turbo has now stopped working. Can I run it without the turbo or can I take it off?
Just before Christmas I had a collsion with some unseen bollards. The car is driveable but obviously we wanted repairs so contacted our insurers, Hastings Direct. After a long delay we have been told...
Having read your replies re motorists being billed for overstaying supermarket carparks etc, you refer to new parking regulation from November which you say gives private companies almost unlimited rights...
On paper the Colt seems to compare favourably on price, specification and build quality with the i10, Splash and Note, but does not seem to be rated by yourself. I like the look of the Colt but don't want...
Viewed a car for sale four days ago at dealership (2007 plate). Only half the disc on each alloy wheel was corroded (1-2mm deep) in particular around the rim(s) leading me to assume that the car had been...
Yesterday I was sat at a large roundabout controlled by traffic lights. There was a 4x4 in front of me. When the lights turned green it set off as did I. However the driver in the 4x4 car panicked seeing...
My 08 Peugeot 207 SW sport, at 25000 miles is getting a bit long in the tooth now and really needs new brakes all round. I've been offered £5250 for it against a new 1.2 Panda (with alloys, aircon, power...
I am interested which is the best on motorway cruise - Primera P12, Golf VI or BMW 3 Series. I think that most of the diesels should be refined pretty much, except maybe that old 2.2 Di from Nissan.
My Golf (100,000 miles) goes through stages of just cutting out as I stop (at lights, roundabouts, parking, etc). It happily restarts. This happens about 40% of the time - when engine is warm and once...
I have encountered intermittent power loss from my Corolla Verso, particularly on inclines and from a standing start. Cannot seem to put accelerator far as power seems to drop, come down in gear and all...
My new Suzuki Swift has Traction Control (switchable) - I have left it switched on - but am interested to hear your views on tyre wear. Will it be increased by leaving TC switched on?
I am looking for a suitable large, yet economical used estate car to tow a 1500kg caravan - up to 3 years old for £15,000. A Volvo V70 2.4 diesel seems to fit the bill, except there seems to be a question...
We have inherited a Peugeot 206CC (2.0 petrol full immaculate leather) with a cherished plate and wish to sell it. The roof doesn't work, Peugeot says it needs some switches replaced. It has done 30k miles....
Please publish this warning to your readers. Two week's ago, my wife's car failed to start. Being a member of one the largest car breakdown service providers, I called and an operative came to my house....
We want to buy a car which will take three isofix car seats side-by-side in the back seat, together with large boot for pram - what would you recommend?
Whilst no Jackie Stewart I consider myself to be a safe, courteous and generally good driver with over 26 years of unblemished driving and a never-endorsed licence. However, the utter selfishness of...
We are wondering what car to buy and have narrowed it down to a Hyundai i20 Comfort or Mazda 2. Both can be purchased for £8995. I assume that they share the same tax band and are both cam chain...
I've owned my Peugeot 207 since April 2011, and its been back to the dealership a number of times nw in an attempt to resolve an ongoing issue with the tracking. The car clearly pulls quite noticeably...
I've had a Meriva with no problems for a few years, yesterday the power steering went and I can barely move the wheel. I've read its a common fault and that some Vauhall dealers have agreed to fix them...
At 60yrs old, I would like to buy my first decent motor vehicle. It is for touring and carrying grand children. I am 6.00 foot tall and suffer from back problems. I have therefore, been looking at Nissan...
I bought a new VW Tiguan in August 2010. last month the car engine light and EPC light went on an the car just had no revs. VW dealer came to pick up the car. it has been in the workshop now for a month...
How would I know if the headgasket on 02-plate Fiat Punto 1.2-litre 8 valve has gone?
My daughter's Meriva has been unlocking itself which has led to items being taken from the vehicle just before Christmas. The police said that they she must not have locked the car as there is no evidence...
I have had problems for quite a while now trying to reply to posts. Previously I have been able to type in replies and after the submit button has been pressed, my reply disappears and I am left with...
I am looking to buy an Audi Q3, but wondered how they compare to a BMW X3, what are the positives and negatives of both and which do you think would be the best choice. Also, why can I only find articles...
I have a Citroen C5 and I was driving home the other night and the engine restricted to low Revs and it said on the display "Anti Pollution Fault." Now it was a very bad night and water did splash around...
I had a Vauxhall Cavalier and then for the past ten years an Astra; I am now thinking of a Corsa. It must be automatic; is there anything else of this general size you would recommend as being a better...
Will the new Honda CRV be available with the latest generation diesel engines on its introduction in late 2012?
I saw a car reg for 2012 two days ago. Just for interest's sake, is this legal?.
I am looking for a used family estate car. I have a budget of £8k. I don't mind a high-miler if it has a solid history. I'd like it to be: Nice to drive, economical, reliable, powerful (9 sec 0-60mph or...
When driving in snow in my Juke AWD should I switch off ESP and use 50/50 4WD or Variable 4WD?
Just passed 51k miles and now using oil at a guess of about 1 litre/500 miles. Poor fuel consumption - and when in second gear (as in going around a corner, then faced with an incline) very slow to pick...
My sister in law recently bought a 54 reg Mercedes CLK 270CDi auto with 130k on it. Over Christmas she came to stay with us for a few days which involved a motorway trip of some 250 miles. On her arrival...
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