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Questions from December 2012
I may need to replace my not-so-trusty automatic car but only have a budget of around £2500. I need an automatic gearbox (fully auto, not semi), decent 0-60 time (around 11 seconds), NCAP score of four...
I am looking for a used small car. Local daily use with occasional longer trips and to transport a four year old. Budget up to £3,000. Reliability more important than performance. What would you recommend?
Having enjoyed BMW cars for some years I have switched to Golf Plus. Very good but after the silence of my BMW the tyre noise is very irritating. What would be a wise switch?
The low level washer fluid warning light is not working. Dealer has confirmed that there is no sensor or wiring fitted to the vehicle. Ford says that this feature is not fitted to the Titanium, even though...
My son has a Volkswagen Passat on 05 plates 2.0 TDI sport with 102k. the oil pump has just failed and the new part is £1200 without fitting. the car did end up running for a few minutes after the red...
Hello, I purchased a Mazda 6 diesel 2.2 TS2 + 5 year RAC extended warranty from The Car Shop, Swindon and took possession on 28/09/12 with a mileometer reading of 38,076 miles. On 13/12/12 the car would...
I keep getting the 'Warning: Alternator, workshop' flash up on my Ford Galaxy and then the steering goes funny?
I own a 2001 Volvo V70 2.4. The headlight main beam light works intermittently; my Volvo Garage has inspected it and has suggested a full instrument binnacle replacement at over £600. They said that a...
I was driving in a 50mph limit but I was doing more. As I saw a police car I braked, but as I was braking the police officer flashed his headlights. He didn't stop me but can they use their speed gun while...
I have a Rover 214 SEI which won't start. It pours petrol into bores on cranking, causing the plugs to foul.
I have a budget of around the £2000-3000 mark and I wanted to know what cars are quite reliable? I am a young driver so insurance needs to play a factor, also I want it cheap to run and maintain with the...
I'm looking at the Hyundai i30. Will the 1.4 petrol have plenty of power for the size of car. Or is the 1.6 diesel a better option. We only do about 8000 to 10000 miles a year.
I have just bought (approx 1 month ago) a 59 plate Civic 2.2 CDTi from AC. I have just noticed a little bit of rust when putting some stuff in the boot today. It is when the roof ends at the boot, behind...
What tyres should I get for my mark 2 X-Trail? Currently it's on Dunlops. In the past I have looked at surveys in Which? and Auto Express and chosen Continentals, mainly for performance in the wet. I can...
When taking my foot off throttle and depressing the clutch to change gear, there seems to be a delay in the revs falling in my Honda Jazz. If I delay changing gear and hold the clutch down the revs fall...
I have owned my Fiat Panda 1.2 lounge for one month and am surprised at the noise when I change up at moderate revs. It sounds like a loud rattle and occurs as I lift off to change up a gear. Any idea...
I am going to give my car to my daughter but her insurance renews 10 days after mine and I don't want to renew mine for those 10 days and then cancel (expensive) or lose a year of her NCB by taking out...
On a damp morning the brakes have started to sound more scrapey that they have in the past on my MINI. After a bit of driving it gets a bit better but the light corrosion across the disc remains on one...
HJ previously recommended a company that is superior to "webuyanycar" but works in a similar way and provides a good service and offers a realistic price. Can you please provide these details?
I have a BMW X3 2.0D which had a new turbo fitted 2010 and now although it revs well it has lost all its power.
My Father-in-Law (a 79 yr old OAP) bought his Grandson a second hand car from a local dealer in Aug 2012 so that he could get to his University placement as he is training to be a Paramedic and is posted...
I currently own a 2007 Vauxhall Corsa Club. I would like to change my car for something smaller, that handles well and has a comfortable driving position. The Corsa has a comfortable driving position,...
On 27th December, my car crashed rather noisily into a pothole. At 9.30pm, I reported the pothole online. At 10.30 the following morning, a Hampshire Council employee rang to establish the exact location,...
I just bought a second hand car from an authorised audi dealer, complete with warranty etc. The car had been originally sold by them and serviced inbetween. The car is fine (so far) but on returning...
My Opel Astra 1.8 leaks oil and I want to know how much oil does it takes. I'm in South Africa.
What way should the timing belt guide fit on the crank shaft pully on a Toyota Carina E 1995? The saucer facing in the way or out the way?
What is the recommended driving technique for safely negotiating deeper standing water on roads? Splash or trickle? Most drivers seem to prefer splash but trickle seems more sensible to me.
Does the BMW 1 Series (2009 2 litre petrol) have a dual mass flywheel? Present mileage 8550. If it does then when should I expect trouble? Genuine low mileage car, carefully driven.
I'm homing in on MPV for family (two adults and three growing kids) and have discounted Grand C-Max and Mazda5 in favour of S-Max on basis of needing the extra room. I need your advice on engines please:...
My local dealer reports that my brake pads are 70% worn and advises all round replacement. The car was registered in March 2010 and has done 49,000 miles. Do you consider that I can safely continue driving...
Can I get some advice on some MoT advisories on my Ford Ka - how much will they cost and do they desperately need doing? 001 front brake disc worn 002 nearside front suspension arm rubber bush deteriorated,...
While driving my temperature gauge rises to 90 degrees pretty quickly. Is this normal or is there a problem with the car?
Maybe someone had posted this before, but I am desperately in need for a solution to this problem. I have Chevrolet Lacetti 1.6 2004 model. The engine keeps going off while in motion. This has happened...
I have a £500 deposit on one of the very last MK6 Golf GTDs. I wanted to collect it in January 2013 and also asked the dealer for it to be registered then, so it would be a 2013/62 instead of a 2012/62....
I have a 2009 Ford Focus and the audio unit won't turn on. It recently had a flat battery and since then it won't turn on. I have put a new battery on and checked the fuses and none are blown?
I was involved in an accident shortly before my insurance runs out. My current insurance has told me when my insurance runs out the courtesy car will be taken away unless my new insurance covers it. I...
My son owns a 2005 diesel Mazda 6. We paid £1000 for a clutch and flywheel repair 6 months ago and now the engine has seized up and he is talking about paying another £1000 for a new engine as 'what else...
Can you let me know what are considered to be fair storage rates for a vehicle that has been damaged in an accident? I have received a bill for an accident 3 years ago for £150 recovery costs (I drove...
We are looking to replace our 53 plate Vauxhall Meriva (which we have been very pleased with) with a used Vauxhall Astra - only one or two years old. We do about 10,000 to 12,000 miles a year. We are...
I have a Hyundai ix20 the ISG stop/start doesn't work. I have told by Hyundai that I don't do enough miles, they said I should have been told that when I bought the car in OCT 2011. There is nothing in...
My son is about to turn 17 and I am looking to buy a small car for him. I don’t want to spend more that £1,000 and I need a car that is: Safe; Cheap as possible to insure; Simple to repair (I want him...
I am a keen car owner, cyclist and pedestrian. The same day that Bradley Wiggins was knocked off his cycle I was out on me best and newest, machine I was cycling (south) along a relatively major road....
You recommended placing least-worn tyres on the rear wheels, contrary to my belief over many years driving. This was confirmed by a few other motorists of similar vintage. Could you please clear this matter...
I'm looking for a car that will take four people and their luggage on holiday to southern Spain. I need comfortable seats and a smooth ride. Cruise control is essential. In the past I've done the journey...
My daughter who lives near Henley has recently got an academic job at Oxford that requires her to commute there on most days. Her venerable 1998R Nissan Almera is still reliable but has very expensive...
We have a 3-year old Audi Q5 that has done 55,000 miles. The tyres on it are 285/30 ZR 22, for which we can’t seem to get hold of replacements. Will other tyres fit? When we input the car registration...
One of your readers letters extolled the virtue of running older cars. Like you, I remember when I was young and had little money. I ran old cars and can’t forget the grief they gave me. Never again. I...
On the BBC2 programme 'How Safe Are Britain's Roads' they did a piece on an Automated Braking System that stopped/slowed the car when another vehicle or pedestrian was in front of it. I have tried to find...
We have a Honda Jazz Hatchback 1.4 i-VTEC EX, purchased September 2011, when 18 months old. During the first 6 months we had to have the battery replaced twice. Last week whilst waiting for my wife to...
Having reached an age when my hearing now requires aids, I find these in fact distort extraneous sounds so that it is quite useless trying to listen to the radio on long journeys. Also, because of the...
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Total cost of credit £1,804.93

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