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I have just bought a 2010 Range Rover sport 3.0D HSE, which has 275/40/20 summer tyres fitted. Given that I now have 4x4 traction, would fitting 275/40/20 all season tyres be ok or should I do the same...
We have just bought a 2010 (10 plate) Kia Sportage with only 15000 miles on the clock, but we cannot find any specific reference to a DPF being fitted or to a warning light on the dashboard. Will it have...
I bought this Zafira in November 2013 from a Vauxhall dealer. I had a long chat with them about what I needed the car for and the type of driving I would be doing (running kids around, hospital app's etc)....
My son is thinking of changing his Renault Clio GT dCi (110). It has done 46000 miles with a full service history. Are there any known problems with this model if so what are they? And what would you recommend...
My 2014 Swift was serviced on Friday by the main dealers - they charged me £24.98 + vat for a "intelligent motorist pack". This turns out to be an engine flush & fuel system cleaner - the car had only...
I'm considering buying a Hyundai Tucson. My mileage is 6000 a year so am looking at a petrol engine. Which engine and transmission would you recommend? Would you recommend a Toyota RAV4 2.0 Multidrive...
I am arranging a house and car swap for summer 2016 to Colorado. USA car insurance is not like UK so how can I ensure I am fully covered when driving this 'swapped' car in the Colorado? Do I need elements...
I have just serviced my Peugeot 308 renewing the pollen, oil, air and fuel filter but I have noticed that the car is louder than it was before. The air filter i took out was different to the new one...
My wife's car is now three months out of warranty and has always been serviced by the supplying Audi dealer at the correct times. It has done less than 25000 miles. I had occasion to drive it last week...
I'm looking to buy a stylish large exec, with a good balance of performance and economy. I do anywhere between 12k to 18k miles per year, split motorway and city, and am currently looking at a Mercedes...
I'm being sent to northern Italy for 2 years for work, so my family of 4 with 2 children under 3 and a dog need something larger than the Audi A3 we are currently squeezing into, that can get up and down...
A neighbour falsely accused me of hitting her car. She has gone through her insurance company. My insurance company have contacted me and said she has based it on the fact my car has a blue scuff mark...
I have a new Hyundai i20 1.1 CRDi Blue and am getting a miserly 60mpg with fairly careful driving. Your data for the i20 1.1 CDRi includes both the blue and non-blue models, so I'd like to either see the...
I am looking to change my company car. I have narrowed my choice to a Lexus IS 300h Executive and Mercedes C 220d Sport. Which would you recommend? Approx mileage per annum 20k.
I'm wanting to buy a beetle and have found a 2004 2.0-litre petrol beetle 78k miles. 1 lady owner and full service history for £2295. Is this a good price? And also the garage owner says that the recommendation...
My daughter has just had her 10K service on her 1.2 TSI Polo with the Volkswagen dealer and she had reported a judder in the steering when braking at low speed. The service technician reported to her...
I see the SMMT website says "From 1 September 2015, all new car MODELS sold in the UK must meet this low emissions standard". Does this mean, then, that existing models may continue?
I have 2014 Golf 1.2 TSI but the driver's seat is rock hard and very uncomfortable. Can you recommend similar sized cars in the budget range £11,000-13,000 that are known for their driver comfort?
I have decided to buy an Octavia Estate vRS about 18 months old. I am undecided which would be the best bet - diesel or petrol? I drive about 9000 miles a year with most of my journeys being less than...
My son has in the last 6 weeks purchased an Audi A5 coupe S line 1.8 TFSI. 11 plate c55k mileage from Car Shop. He had it serviced very quickly at Audi dealer (it has always been serviced by Audi). They...
I am looking at a new Transporter T6. I will be carrying 200 to 300kg (bulk rather than weight) and towing a 1000kg Caravan. Is the 102PS powerful enough or should I go for the 140PS?
My new May 2014 Volvo V70 Diesel (D4 181) has been extremely plagued with faults. The repairs were carried out at two separate Volvo dealers. I was told by one of the dealers that Volvo are aware of customers'...
I currently drive an ageing BMW 320Ci Although I live in the Home Counties, my parents live in a hilly area of Wales and I am considering a used, economical 4x4 to ensure I can visit them and do their...
The Polo V (2009-) uses a cam chain which is now seeing more and more failures, and Volkswagen refuses to accept this is a quality problem, despite growing numbers. How do I go about making Volkswagen...
Where can I buy "collision damage waiver insurance" for a rental car ? The hire car companies often charge HUGE amounts for just 3 or 4 days of this added insurance.
I am looking to buy a new car such as Skoda Fabia or Rapid Spaceback but unlike all my previous cars, these and others I have looked at all seem to have rear seats where only the backrest folds, with the...
The turbo charger in my car recently started making a whining noise when the car was accelerating. I put the car into the dealership because they replaced the turbo charger approximately 2 months ago after...
I'm looking at a 9 month old Range Rover with 8k miles sold by dealer as Approved Used Land Rover where previous owner is Enterprise (ERAC Ltd). Don't know if used for pure rental or as supply car for...
According to the website of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), all new cars registered from 1 September 2015 will have to meet the Euro 6 emission standard. Is this correct given many...
I’m looking to replace my trusty V70 D5 after 11 years and 135,000 miles. I’m tending towards petrol rather than diesel to avoid problems with DMF, DPF, etc as I’m looking at long-term ownership. However,...
A garage crashed my car which is now written off. The driver was negligent and has been charged. Their insurers are now offering market value for the car I have paid for for last 3 years with still another...
I've heard people say that the use of old-style non-reflective numberplates has been extended to all vehicles that qualify for Historic Vehicle class, therefore to to those built before Jan 1st, 1975 rather...
We are trying to buy a secondhand Volkswagen Transporter Kombi 2011. We had it checked out by VW and they said it needs a new cam belt, a new water pump, new brake pads and new tyres. It also missed its...
I'm test driving a Skoda Octavia estate 1.9 DSI 2002 with 180k on clock, it has a lot of service history and i've seen they go on for well over 300k. I'm not a high mile user Prob 5-6000 a year , I don't...
Can you tell me if the automatic diesel CR-V has a dual mass flywheel or is it just on the manual box?
When will Jaguar replace the Ford based 240PS engine in the XE as I don't want to purchase an old specification, but I don't want to wait beyond the change to 16-plate to make a choice between this and...
I need a reliable workhorse/load carrier, cheap until I can afford newer. I've seen a tidy Saab 9000 CSI for $1400 NZD. Two owners from new. Worth a punt for a few months? 172k miles
My Volvo V70 stalled approaching a junction. It restarted but would not change out of first gear. I selected manual gear change which worked, drove for a couple of miles then stopped - engaged auto box...
We are selling my husbands Mercedes SLK 350 2005 with 55,000 miles. We sent it to our trusted small local mechanic to remove wheels and send alloys for refurb(super job) and for valet to achieve best possible...
I bought a Polo for £1000 at auction. The engine cuts out when optimum temperature is reached and won't go. Black smoke comes out of tail pipe. Robinsons, my local Volkswagen dealer, say the car requires...
I need to buy a used car for max £10K. I need to drive to work approx 35 miles /day and do some short trips during the week. Need to fit one small child car seat and occasionally a second child + plus...
Looking to buy new, something quick and mid-size, auto gearbox, and have narrowed test drive search to Jaguar XE 240PS Sport, Audi S3 or BMW M135i, although M235i could be alternative as cost and number...
I am looking at changing my Toyota RAV4? Can you possibly give me an alternative car to buy that has about the same spec as the RAV4. Only thing with the RAV4 is the fuel MPG, the maximum return on urban...
I bought a Daewoo Kalos from a dealer 10 weeks ago and the cam belt has broken. Where do I stand with the dealer is it to late to go back to him?
Here I am again with another request for help. I am intending to purchase a Mazda CX-3 2.0 petrol AWD with 18-inch wheels on contract hire and have requested that they put on all- season tyres as best...
I want to buy a replacement for a 52 plate Volkswagen Passat. Petrol only due to low annual mileage. Narrowed down to 3 choices: new 5 door manual Golf GTI (£25.5K), new Octavia vRS Estate (£23.5K), or...
My 2010 BMW 520d broke down on the motorway with a snapped timing chain and BMW asked for around £6000 to repair it. Since then the BMW agents have found the crankshaft wasn't damaged and the total repair...
I have a few issues regarding the electrics in my SEAT Leon Cupra 2003. I have had it for a year now. When I purchased it the rear passenger central locking failed to lock. A few months after the electric...
I am looking at a 2008 Lexus RX400h with 72000 miles from a Lexus dealer. I assume the hybrid battery and motor will need to be replaced. Could this be done properly by an independent Toyota/Lexus garage?...
For a couple of months now, I've had an intermittent problem with black smoke from the exhaust coupled with a reduction in power. Recently it's become less intermittent. Motorway driving is fine as even...
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