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I have a 56 Prius. In late 2013 the water pump was replaced during a Toyota main dealer service. Only 15 months later, also during a Toyota main dealer service, and after less than 10,000 miles, it was...
I am an MoT tester and only this week I tested a 2010 Golf 2.0 TDI 2.0. When it came to the emissions test like nearly all Golf that are 2010 2011 2012 registered, it would not rev past 2500 revs even...
When - in the emotive debate about diesel emissions - will the words "agricultural machinery", "shipping", "railway locomotives" and (heaven forbid) "LORRIES" start to figure? Have you seen them mentioned...
I know that mixing all season tyres with summer tyres is regarded as unsafe. However, as Michelin Cross Climate are regarded as a summer tyre, is it okay to mix these with other summer tyres? My front...
I am thinking of buying a Volkswagen Up. Their sales period is coming to an end this month and they are offering £900 discount with a finance package. Do you think given the current Volkswagen 'problems'...
Is it true that aftermarket parts such as Yuasa can be better than the manufacturers i.e. Ford? Could you also comment on Yuasa as a brand and good battery brands. I have been quoted £90 to replace my...
My Passat is scheduled to be built this week. I have only paid a deposit & have not signed anything. Given the emissions scandal surrounding Volkswagen I am doubting my purchase. Could I still cancel...
In the recent news regarding Volkswagen's scandal for Euro 6 emissions, I've come to realise that Adblue is normally required for the reduction of NOx levels. The larger Ford engines use Adblue as do all...
I am in the middle of getting a Golf BlueMotion 1.6 TDI from a dealership. My concern as many is should I go ahead with it. Do we know yet if this particular make and model is one of the many millions....
I've put a deposit on a BMW x4 cline for delivery 2nd October 2015. What should I do?
I'm getting a new BMX X1 xDrive 20i. My mileage is 8,000 a year, minimum journey 10 miles from cold. Is the BMW service inclusive worthwhile and should I have oil changed before it's one year old? Is V-power...
How do I know if I have a EA 189 engine? My car is a Skoda Octavia 2012 SE TDI CR 1986cc.
I am due to take delivery of a new Passat TDI 190. Given the emissions scandal surrounding Volkswagen is it wise to take delivery? I appreciate that this may have been asked before.
The car is presently on Goodyear runflat tyres and has no spare wheel. If I can fit an ordinary set of winter or all weather tyres, then in the event of a puncture she could use her breakdown cover. Winter...
How do you find out which engine my Golf has, can you do so from the VIN? Is it EA 189 or 288.
In light of Volkswagen's situation, have any other manufacturers been identified as doing someting similar?
I put a deposit on this van last week at our local VW dealer, I was supposed to collect the van this afternoon Friday 25th September . After a lot of thought I told them I wanted some more time to think...
Last week I ordered a Skoda Superb SE L diesel 2.0TDI DSG. It is a fantastic family car. The VW diesel emissions scandal then hit the news. I contacted the Skoda dealership with my concerns about true...
I can't see how any government would attempt to claw back VED on any vehicle affected by this. A sure vote loser. With the new VED rates due in 2017, surely the logical response is to apply it to vehicles...
I have ordered and put a deposit down on a new BMW X3 due to be delivered March 2016. Should I cancel it or wait for BMW to sort themselves out?
Earlier today you stated in an answer that only the 2.0 TDI engine is involved in the VW diesel scandal, it would now appear you were wrong VW have conceded the 1.6 TDI is also included and these are...
Just took delivery of a VW Passat 2.0-litre CC diesel automatic. Then the emissions news broke. I've got 30 to return it. HELP! Can you help me through the rhetoric. What is the bottom line? Should...
Due to the Volkswagen diesel scandal will governments seek to claw back higher road tax from current owners either retrospectively or from now on? Similarly will purchasers of new Volkswagen group diesel...
I see Volkswagen says that the emissions problems are now affecting cars in Europe. I have a VW Caddy Maxi 2.0-litre TDI 2012 model is this the engines that are affected. As it's a van-based model are...
With all the current hype about diesel cars, the fact that all commercial transport is oil fuelled seems to have been overlooked. What is the emissions situation on these much larger and thirstier engines?...
I wanted to know if there is a difference between EP 80 and EP 80W. Or EP is just an additive in the usual oils with grades W for extreme pressure?
I have a Vauxhall Vivaro and it takes a good 10 seconds to start in morning but once started it starts fine. I also find it bit slow until 2000 revs . I've just replaced the glow plugs but still the same?
I purchased a Tiguan 2.0 TDI 4motion Match 140 in April this year. I understand this has the EA189 engine that is the subject of the emissions misrepresentation. The car is on a PCP deal with Volkswagen...
After much deliberation I have just deposited on a 2013 Skoda Yeti Adventure 2.0 TDI having justified it with my 15k miles a year. Is this engine affected by the VWG diesel debacle? The uncertainty is...
I've been reading reviews regarding all season tyres . I'm guessing these are a better purchase to summer tyres which I use all year because I can't afford another 4 wheels or 4 tyres to swaps. Does this...
A new arrival forces the sale of my much enjoyed Fiesta. I'm looking for an estate or MPV. I do around 22k per year and do not want a diesel as they have cost me a fortune to repair in the past. I like...
I took delivery of a new Skoda Octavia 1.6 TDI yesterday, the day the VW scandal broke. Can or should I reject it? Is there anything I should do? I have only driven the car home and love it but should...
You may have been asked something along these lines already. Having undertaken some extensive research, I have recently decided to purchase a used Scirocco. The recent emissions scandal has however placed...
My Qashqai is seven and half years old. Full service history with a Nissan dealership. last service only 6 months ago, and has done approx 53k miles. About five weeks ago, when driving I heard a noise...
If diesel residuals are now hammered, what does that mean for the car sales industry as a whole, given so many trade-ins will be worthless?
What cars are good to sleep in (occasionally) - back seats down making a bed with duvets or sheepskins ? I tried a golf but it was too small. I've been comfortable in a Mercedes estate but I also want...
Just paid £500 deposit for a new diesel Renault Scenic - given this week's events should I revert back to petrol? Annual mileage c18000miles mostly main roads and longer distances.
Just a quick question for you guys to chew on. This emissions scandal should also be subject to the other subsidiaries that they own including Skoda, Seat, Audi, Porsche, MAN and Scania Trucks there are...
We live in the Republic of Ireland with lousy roads and high road tax. We currently have a 2004 Yaris as a second car and feel we wish to buy something newer as a long term choice. We like the look of...
As Peugeot have discontinued their 1.6L VTi Auto engine, do you think it likely that they are going to bring out a new version on the 2008?
I would like to purchase a Bentley continental R which is the best model as an investment, also there was a gear box change around 1995- what is your opinion?
I am buying a new car for my wife, and it's gonna be her first car. I have two offers: Mazda X3 Sport Nav, 2 litre petrol, Auto, stone leather seats, soul red body Or Mercedes A class 180 CDI, 1.5...
Having had a MacPherson strut spring break on me (Peugeot 306) I would like to explore what is available without MacPherson struts. Bring back the Morris Minor!
I am ready to buy a new car for my family. We are four people with two babys. I am interested in a Nissan Qashqai 1.6, but I am thinking also about Renault Kadjar and Honda HR-V. Whats your opinion in...
After 8500 miles (from new) I noticed a rumbling coming from the rear nearside tyre on my C250 AMG Line estate. The tyres are Continental 255/35R19Y run flats. When I took the car to my local tyre suppliers...
My wing mirror cover on the passenger side is broken on the bottom half would it be fixable?
I have seen an A6 Ultra S line 190 (65 plate) red with full leather. It's virtually brand new and is priced very attractively. Is it a good buy? Or would you advise going for the New A4?
I have an automatic Corsa 07-plate and it will not start. The AA looked at it and tried to reset it but nothing showing on the diagnostics, so they took it the Vauxhall garage were they have but a diagnostic...
How do I report a very aggressive driver? I have camera footage recorded on my dash cam.
I purchased a new Renault Captur on 1st July this year. An under bonnet check at the end of August revealed the brake fluid reservoir to be half full and brake fluid dripping from the front edge of the...
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