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What is the difference between the BMW 218d and the 220d? Is it just the engine mapping? Can't they both be remapped to run the same power?
A pal of mine is relocating abroad and is selling his 2005 plate Saab 9-3 convertible for £4000. It’s done 75,000 miles, rides extremely tightly for its age and is in pretty good nick for a nine year old...
I want to buy a used city car for my 20 year old daughter. Reliability and economy is important, otherwise I will be paying for all of the repairs. What do you recommend for £4-6k and £6-9k?
I own a 2006 Volkswagen Golf with a 10 year corrosion warranty. However, I have noticed rust under the wheel arch and Volkswagen is saying it is not covered by the warranty. Apparently the rust is caused...
I have recently purchased a BMW 118d cabriolet on sensible 16-inch wheels with 205 55 16 tyres. These are not run flats but I do not trust the tyre repair and inflation kit to work and know that you have...
We are looking for a diesel estate that gives us a comfortable journey as well as good fuel economy and reliability. What do you recommend?
Would you recommend a mid-service mileage oil and filter change for the Mitsubishi ASX diesel engine at 4500 miles?
Can you tell me when I should replace the cam belt on my Audi TT? The dealership are advising it needs changing now as it is five years old - is this correct?
I own a 2000 Vauxhall Corsa. Do you know if Vauxhall has ever admitted to a water ingress build fault with this model? I bought my car last year and have noticed that water has started to leak into the...
I own a 2006 Peugeot 307 CC. recently, someone drove into the side of my car and it has started making a loud noise. I contacted my insurer – who had the car inspected by a garage – and I have been told...
I am having a problem with the centre console on my six month old Nissan Juke. The paint has started to bubble and discolour. I have returned it to my local dealer, but Nissan has rejected my warranty...
I would like to purchase a Ford Galaxy diesel. Can you tell me which models don't have DPFs and does the Galaxy switch from torque converter to DMF at any point?
I am considering buying a Jaguar and have about £30,000 to spend. However, I can’t decide on which model (new or used) to buy. Which would you recommend a new XF or a used XJ?
My 2003 Volkswagen Passat Estate is suffering from air con problems. It refuses to cool, even after a gas top up. Any suggestions?
Can you tell me why the emission light keeps switching on my 2004 Volkswagen Golf?
My wife’s Peugeot 207 CC has started making a terrible rattle from the rear when the roof is up. We took it to the local dealership for inspection and they put some sound proofing in, but the fault persists....
I am looking to spend £10,000 on a comfortable reliable saloon. I don't fancy the rear-wheel drive of a BMW and am considering a 2009 Honda Accord (petrol or diesel) or a 2012 Peugeot 508 diesel. I drive...
Which small automatic would you recommend for £3000? It must have five-doors and be suitable for town driving.
My Audi A5 2.0 TDI is still under warranty and is suffering problems. The garage found suspected clutch slip and at a total cost to myself (£2187) have replaced it. The car did not show usual signs of...
New Bmax 2013 4 times since purchase last year loss of power when using car ie suddenly 30 mph on motorway cos engine protecting itself, bristol street says its a timing problem but car computer not showing...
I own a 1998 ford focus 2.0 petrol, it's done 144,000 miles and over the past six months it has started to blow out lots of blue. I think it may be the valve stem oil seals, any idea how much this would...
I'm hoping to buy a 2 or 3 year old Mercedes-Benz E-Class convertible for low mileage, fair weather driving. I like the write ups for the 350 diesel engine but the sport suspension sounds hard and I want...
My wife is a driving instructor and is considering replacing her three year old Toyota Yaris (petrol). Most driving instructors appear to use diesel cars but with the inevitable short journeys and stop/starts...
I have a budget of around £6500 to buy a used car. I need something that is fun to drive everyday, reliable, nimble, cruiser on motorways and good mpg and tax. So far I have looked at: Honda Civic 1.8...
Other than the increased octane rating, does Tesco Momentum U/L have any other advantages over their basic U/L and how does it compare with Shell Fuelsave U/L?
The oil warning light has started illuminating on my 2004 Vauxhall Astra. It comes on intermittently when stationary at traffic lights and goes off immediately when I start driving. I have checked the...
I'm being forced out of my company car and need to buy my own. My budget is £7000 and I'm looking for a 2009 onwards high spec Ford Mondeo or Honda Accord diesel. At this money each will have 100k miles...
I recently bought a used Audi RS6 from a dealer. Three months after purchase, I had it serviced and checked over by a local garage, who tell me it needs £12,000 spending on it. The car only cost me £10,000,...
Can you tell me if the 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander 2.0 diesel suffer with DPF problems?
I am looking for 2004-2005 pick-up 4x4 to use on my land to get animal feed etc. Which make and model would you recommend?
I'm looking to replace my 2008 Citroen C5 Tourer. I do about 15,000 miles per year now and want a medium size, reliable replacement with reasonable performance and economy. I've got about £10,000 to spend....
My Hyundai i30 diesel is now out of warranty. The independent garage who will service it tells me that it is not necessary to change coolant and brake fluid. They will check boiling point of fluid and...
I have a 2000 Volkswagen Golf 1.9TDI. The dual mass flywheel/clutch needs replacing - what's your thoughts on converting to single flywheel?
My wife is looking for a new city car - she's seen the Toyota Aygo, Hyundai i10 and Volkswagen Up, but is frustrated at not being able to find an interior that is bright in colour - too much grey and black....
When does the new 2014 Ford Transit hit the showrooms and more importantly what's it like to drive?
Do you know which wheels drive the mileometer on a Citroen C5 Tourer? Is it the front or rear?
Which Volkswagen would be better for us: - A Golf Mk6 TDI 105 Match (2012) 14000 miles £13000 Or - A Golf Mk7 TSI 85 S 14000 miles (2013)£12500 We will cover 15,000 miles a year on hilly rural roads....
I am looking at a new Audi A3 diesel, can you tell me if this car has any DPF problems? And is it ok for regular short trips?
My local BMW garage tells me I will not need to change the oil in the X1 for two years. Is this correct?
What tyres do you recommend for a 2002 Rover 75 Estate?
My mum has just had a flat tyre on the front on her Jaguar X-Type. She called the AA and asked them to fit the space saver spare to the back and fit the back wheel to the front, but he refused. I am...
I bought a used Mazda MX5 three months ago from a dealer. The car had just 65 miles on clock and was just a couple of months old. The franchised dealer told me it was a former demo car. Since then it has...
I'm keen to buy a Ford Fiesta 1.6 TDCi to commute 18,000 miles a year. I've found quite a few 2012 plate examples in a decent spec well within my price range, however they are mostly between the 40-50k...
I recently bought a new Suzuki S-Cross and on collection day I noticed a small area of rust on the edge of one of the panels, which looked like it had been missed when the car was being spray-painted at...
Very occasionally I experience severe clutch judder in my 2005 Volkswagen Golf when pulling away in 1st gear, generally after stop/start driving in heavy traffic for 30 mins plus. Higher revs allow a smooth...
Considering purchasing an in car camera. Which is best. Roadhawk or Smartwitness & which model has most features? Also where to fit in Volvo V60 with CitySafe kit under mirror?
I have a 2005 Yaris with digital speed display, which is so much easier to glance at quickly than gauging the position of a needle on a dial. (Most dials do not even have 30mph as a major line). I want...
My daughter received a parking ticket in Leeds late last year for £50. The ticket machine was out of order at the time which the car park admit, but they say she should have found another machine or rung...
When it rains heavily, the passenger foot well carpet becomes saturated and I am unable to locate where it is getting in, the under seat storage compartment has also been wet. This is occurring when the...
I am looking at what appears to be a fairly honest 1992 Audi Cabriolet 2.3 e. Do you have any guidance regarding the reliability of that model. Also, are there any gotchas associated with that engine,...
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