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Questions from July 2012
I just changed my oil an my oil filter on my Xsara Picasso 2,0 HDI 2001. However I put 5l of oil in and realised now it is just a tiny bit above the max level on the thread. I did 200 miles this weekend...
I have a problem with a Y reg 2000 Ford Galaxy MkII 2.3 petrol manual. The engine doesn't start or even attempt to turn over. All the dash lights come on as normal but when the key gets turned all the...
I currently own a Jeep 4x4 2 ltr diesel. It is reliable but expensive on fuel especially on short journeys. I travel about 30 miles per week but want to go up North 2xs year(400 each way) and not getting...
Which would you recommend out of Range Rover (2003-2004) or Touareg (2006-2007) both diesels for reliability and drive?
I have a new car on order from a Ford dealer (via Drive the Deal as recommended by you) due for delivery mid-September. If I buy a personalised plate from DVLA now can I have the car registered by the...
My new Golf 1.6 TDI DSG BlueMotion had a complete electrical shutdown whilst on the motorway with less than 50 miles on the clock. The on-site recovery technician diagnosed a faulty alternator, which...
What driving techniques (if any) would you advise to limit damage to Dual Mass Flywheels - I have a Freelander 2 (09 plate)?
Need an estate for three labradors. Thinking about Mondeo / A4 / A6 /Superb and was thinking about recent models with high motorway mileage. We do about 10K miles PA. Any thoughts on choice of model and...
I am English but based in Poland. I am about to buy a Hyundai 130 1.4 2010 "BASE PLUS" but I can't find any specifications for the 'Base Plus' Model. Can you please assist?
I will be travelling 250 miles per day on a new job Epsom to Coventry. My local garage has a BMW 520d M sport touring diesel 55 reg 143K miles at £ 7695. It looks in good condition. Is it a good deal...
I am interested in purchasing a car from ukcarbroker.com, however I have been told that as far as the v5/log book is concerned i woild be registered as the joint first keeper, "Care Of". I'm a bit dubious...
Thank you for keeping such a informative website for car buyers and users. I would like you to consider a piece of information that you can add on one of the review http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/mazda/5-2010/?section=bad On...
Recently purchased a high mileage Insignia 160 cdti Elite with full service history in reasonably good condition considering the 102K miles on a 09 plate. I have done approx. 4000 miles with no problems...
I want a diesel saloon and have decided between the Skoda Octavia vRS td 170 bhp or a the Lexus IS220d F-Sport 177 bhp. Which one would you reccommend as the better car for performance reliability and...
From new, my now 18 months old has a gearbox fault , my Mercedes dealer has had the car several times, the last was for 4 weeks. They have admitted that they still cannot find the problem. I have told...
Which? Magazine [August 2012] said that "Toyota's IQ has performed badly for reliabilty this year, partly due to recalls for its steering system". I found this surprising, given 12 years experience with...
I'm after a car for pulling my touring caravan and have narrowed it down to either the Santa Fe or Vauxhall Frontera, both around 2003/4. What engine would you advise? I've just looked at two Fronteras,...
My father (in his 70s) bought a new Hyundai i30 Comfort 1.4 petrol in September 2011. At the time the car was heavily discounted as the new model immanent. His annual mileage of 17,000 a year is greater...
I see you give cars "star" ratings - what cars get "5 Stars" from Honest John? Am searching for a 5 star old automatic luxury petrol car I can cherish - without air suspension (springs only please?) and...
My Golf TDI GT Sport 170 was recalled and repaired due to fault with the Piezo injector. Three new injectors were fitted. I have had problems ever since and the dpf light is on every day - I take it...
I'm looking only for cheap cars and I found a Mitsubishi Carisma selling for £695 with a 1.6 litre engine. Would this be cheap on insurance for my first car?
Points for and against the Megane Estate 1.9 dCi Auto?
Thanks for earlier reply about Gatso camera at Chideock, Dorset. The Dorset Police have again failed to reply to my second letter points, but have sent a curt letter telling me they will be prosecuting...
I overstayed the three hours parking allowed at our local car-park. It is clearly signposted and the mistake is all mine. I have received a parking enforcement notice from Civil enforcement ltd of Liverpool,...
I have a Nissan Primera P12, but the LCD is very faint and is in Japanese. How do I convert into English and make the LCD visible?
The driver and passenger windows on my 2004 350 SL have developed vertical scratches as if something has rubbed on them when they are lowered. Have you any suggestions how I can remove them? Ordinary glass...
Ford Mondeo LX auto 2.0 year 2002. Is it a timing belt or chain?
I will soon be in the market for a nice convertible for between 5K and 6k. Economy is important, as well as looks and a desirbale badge. I am drawn to a BMW 3 series 318, 2004, is there any particular...
Car lacks power when climbing a hill - plenty of revs but no power. In addition on a couple occasions car has slipped out of cruise when climbing gradient
Two cars, a Volvo S80 V8 and BMW 125i Coupe. Volvo insured my name, husband full no claims. BMW insured wife's name, full no claims. Wife failing eyesight does not wish to drive any more. What do we...
We have owned a Honda CR-V and then Toyota Rav 4's as we prefer the higher platform ride. We are thinking of buying a slightly more luxurious vehicle with the same features. Please could you recommend...
Having just been offered a new job I am researching the best car to commute in. I'll be travelling 120 miles a day, 5 days a week, mostly on motorways. I don't really want to spend more than £2K - ideally...
I want to step back from a Vehicle Order and Agreement(Scotland), as after signing the form I have received a far better offer from the supplier of my old car for this deal. I paid a deposit which I wouldn't...
I'm considering buying a new Citroen C4 2012 with a manual transmission. The dealership only has a 92 hp/230 torque model in-house to test-drive but can order a model with 110 hp/270 torque if desired....
When I use the car, I park up and after a while I go back to the car to go home, I start it up and after 10 seconds it cuts out. I have trouble starting it, but after a while it starts up, but the people...
No power to management light, when you turn key engine turn a bit and stops coil packs burnt out once as well.
My recently acquired 59 plate FIAT 500 1.4 Dualogic Sport has a very harsh ride. I assume this is because it has 195/45 tyres on 16inch wheels. If I replace these will it be worth while or are they all...
No problems for the 1st 105,000 kms. For 5,000km have had a hot starting problem; replaced fuel filter and ECT sensor; diagnostics indicate no problem. Now found a work around - car does start hot if throttle...
Three weeks ago I met up with a friend for a round of golf at a very exclusive golf club in Surrey. I parked in their non-members car park without incident and even played a reasonable round of golf. I...
In September I will take delivery of a new Audi A6 3.0-litre Diesel Multitronic. The car has been already manufactured and is on its way, very slowly, to the UK. 1. I am concerned that it has been ordered...
On collecting my wife's Skoda Fabia from a long-stay airport car park recently, we found that the spare wheel well was full of rainwater. As the car is nearly always garaged but this time had been left...
I own a 1993 Mercedes-Benz 600 SEC. My local Mercedes-Benz dealer refilled the air conditioning gas and I was informed that there was a fault on the compressor cylinder which would cost around £1000 to...
I have mixed feelings over Roger Stansfield's article on quoting ‘real’ emissions for new cars, rather than the artificial constructs presently published by manufacturers. Gives the potential purchaser...
My Volkswagen Golf now has the ESP light on all the time. My garage tells me that this is a fault with the ABS system and is a common fault. The car is six years old and has done 26,241 miles. I have been...
We have a new puppy that is going to grow into quite a large dog. Are there any two seat or 2+2 sports cars on the market that are in the mould of the old Reliant Scimitar GTE or Lancia HPE?
My husband needs to update his company car. He does about 25,000 miles a year so needs a comfortable, fast and fun car to drive. Currently he drives an Audi A6 Avant, but now we're a family of five with...
I have a 2006 1800 Vauxhall Astra Club first with 45,000 miles on the clock. When it was serviced (at a Vauxhall garage) and the MoT was renewed I enquired when the timing belt should be changed. The service...
I've read your pages in the Telegraph for years but have never written before so I will take the opportunity to say I think you do a great job. Regarding the calculation of miles per gallon, the most accurate...
I had to write because I thought you ought to know that Shipham Volvo are better than excellent. Proof: I took my lovely old 1995 850 T5 to them a few years back thinking it needed a change. The car was...
Two months ago I bought a used Volkswagen Polo 1.4SE from a VE dealer. The safety checklist prior to sale showed the car to be fault-free and the car is well appointed and looks pretty, but the ride is...
 

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