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I've just been driving my car and gently pressed the brake to slow from 40mph to 30mph, when I came to a full stop on the road. What could have caused the emergency braking system to trigger with gentle...
We need to upgrade our trusted Seat Arosa with a new 5 door automatic. This is a second car that will only complete 6000 miles per year, a combination of 80% local journeys and the occasional motorway...
I commute 90 miles a day with motorway driving and plan to get a used cruiser as my main priorities are driving comfort, stability and safety. Being a used car (c. 50-60K) reliability is important. What...
Living in rural N Yorkshire, on your recommendation I fitted a full set of Michelin Alpins on my BMW 330i which I leave on all year round. They have proved to be exceptionally good in all circumstances,...
What small to medium size 5 door petrol automatic hatchbacks can you recommend for £9,000? Usage mainly in town and occasional motorway trips. Reliability and being easy to reverse park onto an awkward...
My 2011 Lotus Evora S has been in the main dealer now for over 11 months to fix a poor running problem. They have misdiagnosed the fault several times and the bill has now grown to £5000. The dealer now...
I have a 2006 Toyota Aygo diesel but recently a couple of times I have had a quick sudden loss of power as if something is slipping or cutting out. It only lasts for a second. I also get a slight vibration...
I'm looking to buy a car mainly for local running but it must be automatic. I'm struggling to decide between a two year old Honda Jazz or Toyota Yaris. Both seem to be around the same price or for about...
I have been continuously insured for 35 years, during which I have never made a claim. Until very recently I've only ever owned and insured one car, so I was shocked when I recently enquired about insuring...
My 2006 Volkswagen Caravelle goes into limp mode sometimes. There doesn't seem to be any particular pattern. If I switch it off and switch back on again it's fine. I have heard it can be the turbo fans...
I have owned a 57 plate Audi A6 3.0 TDI Quattro for seven years. The first few years I replaced all four tyres regularly with Pirrelli P Zero. The price became too much so switched to Avons ZZ5. The car...
My daughters Fiat 500 has lost its panel lighting across the left hand side of her heater and affiliated controls. The car is just under a year old and Fiat say it will take half an hour to fit a replacement...
I had an accident the other evening while wanting to turn right coming out of a side road onto a one way road. There were cars parked on my left right up to the junction. As I was edging out onto the road...
My commute to work is four miles there and the same four miles back. I do this twice a day. I'm looking at buying an 09-ish Kia Soul but can't decide between petrol or diesel. Since this model I believe...
I have a Kia Sedona which has high seating, useful for night driving and bad backs. I used to have a Citroen Xsara Picasso which also had highish seats. Would like similar to citroen and with automatic...
Have you received any reports of routing problems with the Toyota satnav? It is inconsistent, giving different routes for the same journey on consecutive days. Example - destination on the side of a dual...
I purchased an imported 1996 Nissan Skyline from a local import specialist,the car has 60,000 miles on the clock. I have had the car for 4 weeks and driven 400 miles. The clutch is slipping,the dealer...
Having always had diesel cars I worry about losing performance by way of reduced torque with an equivalent sized petrol engine. I have a BMW 420d xDrive. I want a petrol engined car that has good performance...
We stayed at Premier Inn Tenby and were told we could use the car park at the back. Not owned by them but controlled by Premier Park. We tried but failed. Money went straight through their machine. The...
I would like to buy a second hand car. I thought of getting a Golf Mk5 1.9 TDI. I want to use this car mainly for commuting to work (aprox 10 miles from my home), but will use it for traveling, sight seeing...
I registered for a congestion charge account before entering it on the first occasion - I am 70 years old and had never driven in the zone before. The reason for my journey was to take my daughter in law...
Since 1995 I have bought Japanese cars - totally reliable. My wife has a bad back and difficulty getting in/out of a "high car" - "low cars" equally bad.Fpr £30k what do you recommend? We want a petrol...
You have noted problems with Volkswagen DSG gearboxes. Does this apply to all twin clutch automatic gearboxes? I am considering the purchase of a Kia C'eed GDI DCT auto. Any known problems?
My daughter is interested in leasing a Renault Zoe, but has heard that a friend of a friend was happy with one until she was driving along at 60mph and it just stopped dead. The dealer could not offer...
Coolant is leaking under my bonnet from underneath/next to the two heater matrix pipes that go through the bulkhead and dribbling down. What do you think the problem is and how much would it cost? Could...
My MINI 11 plate with 15,552 miles had its service and mot at MINI Salisbury yesterday. I was advised when I paid the MOT bill that my TLC package had run our and I duly renewed it on the spot for another...
We had our clutch and flywheel fail on us in very dangerous circumstances and without warning. At 15000 miles and 1 year 2 weeks from brand new. We asked the garage to keep the components for inspection...
Having recently taken early retirement I am looking to celebrate my new found freedom by swapping my BMW 5 Series for a Jaguar F-Type, probably a V6 (S) Convertible. My only real concern is with its capabilities...
I have Just purchased a 2008 Mitsubishi Outlander 2.0 diesel (as i couldn't find a 2.2 Mitsubishi engined one in my area) I am assuming that it has a timing belt and not chain? Additionally - my vehicle...
My 20 year old daughter is learning to drive and despite numerous lessons is really struggling with manual transmission. She has suggested trying an automatic but I am concerned about the implications....
The new Fabia Estate SE that I ordered for Sept has arrived early at the dealership. I had planned on 65 plates. They have offered an inducement equivalent to £100 for me to take the car early on 15 plates....
Audi quattro A3 3.2 DSG 2006. Car languishing with no-one knowing what to do? Free wheeled to a stop. no crunching. Now all 4 wheels locked. The car lost transmission power going up hill, Engine revved....
I have always had a set of summer and winter tyres for my cars as I live on top of a hill. When I take them to the garage to be swapped over, they are put on randomly, as I have always presumed this would...
My daughter has recently taken delivery of a new Ford Focus 1.0 EcoBoost. The car is on a 3 year Personal contract purchase. She has experienced an intermittent problem where she has experienced a loss...
I'm considering exchanging or selling my Verso for an S-MAX for up to 8k as a better option for towing a caravan and bike carrier. I would like to buy a medium caravan in future within 2 years time. The...
My friend has a Vauxhall Zafira that appears to have two problems of concern. There is an intermittent rumbling from the engine bay when no clutch is pressed leading me to think it's the dual mass flywheel....
I own a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Coupe,in Obsidian Black, with AMG Interior Carbon-Fibre Package, Homelink Garage Door Opener, Reversing Camera, Blind Spot Assist, and Fire Extinguisher, supplied new in...
I have an Audi Q5 2.0T (automatic). The car has an issue where when it slows down to a stop, the car starts to judder, sometimes quite violently and on some occasions it cuts out all together. I bought...
Which dealers/brokers would you recommend? I have asked carwow to quote and await their reply. Can you suggest others that would pay me to contact?
My 2011 Ford Galaxy 2.0 TDCi has just been into a local garage and the mechanic offered his advice that I should only use C3 or low ash oil in the engine as other oils will destroy my turbo. I've always...
I own a Fiat Panda 1.1 Active. I recently had an oil change about 3 weeks ago and since last week I have noticed a ticking noise coming from the engine. It only really happens on starting the engine after...
I am currently searching for my first car. I love the shape of the MINI compared to the Polo, but as I've found out the Polo comes in a 1.2 engine. I have a budget of roughly £6000 and I am wondering which...
Having read your review on the new Mazda 6 SkyActive, I bought one a year ago second hand with 3000 miles on the clock from a dealer. I have been happy with it until recently where I noticed steering wheel...
My car was flood damaged last year and it received a new engine and carpets under an insurance claim. The mileage clock remained unaltered. Recently it also had a replacement clutch. If I sell the vehicle...
Several months ago I booked my Honda Civic Diesel ES in for a service at my local Honda dealership (which has full Service history - mostly Honda) and left my service book with them. When I went to collect...
My brother needs an automatic car to get to work. He wants a very reliable car with a flexible interior on a budget of around £6000 which can carry a bike. The Jazz gets very good reviews but the i-Shift...
I can't decide whether to buy a Honda CR-V 2.2 i-CTDi or CR-V 2.0 i-VTEC petrol. My budget is £9000 and I plan to use it as our main family car driving 10000 miles per year. Which version would be more...
We are considering trading in our 2 year old MX-5 for the new model 1.5 ESL. 1. Do you consider the 2.0 ESL the better option? 2. What would you consider a fair trade-in price? 3. There is only the...
Hello HJ, I currently own a 2006 (pre facelift) Jaguar XJR. It's fantastic. Apart from the standard Jaguar suspension issues, the car has been very reliable. It's great to drive, very powerful and...
I use Shell Nitro unleaded in my M4, what is the equivalent grade for Esso, BP and Texaco please (on the assumption that I cannot find a Shell station)?
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