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I was able to get temporary insurance cover for my son to drive my car, a Ford S-MAX, when he was a learner. However, now he has passed his test, no one will cover him. I would only ever want him to...
I have a motorhome on a Peugeot Boxer van chassis. The problem is when accelerating it jumps out of fifth gear. Is this an easy fix or will the gearbox need changing?
I paid a car parking fine on the day I received it - £60 on January 12th 2016. I received a letter this morning from a debt recovery firm asking for £160 for non-payment. I checked my bank account and...
I have noticed a considerable difference in mpg when using some supermarket fuels compared to Shell V-power. Is this due to supermarkets buying low grade fuel to keep their costs low ? What is exactly...
I'm buying a 2011 Fiat with 58,000 miles on the clock and have been given the option to pay an extra £500 for a two year warranty. Do you think the warranty is worth it or should I pass?
My partner is looking into buying a car for her 17 year son to help pass his test and to keep through university. They have £5000 to spend, but don't know what to buy. Can you help?
I have a 2016 Vauxhall Corsa 1.4 petrol. Can you please tell me if it has a cam belt or a cam chain? Also, when accelerating up through the gears from cold, there seems to be an exhaust boom or resonance...
Why have the MPG figures only been questioned for diesel engines? Are the figures for petrol engines correct?
My parents (in their 70s) have an R reg CR-V and want to replace it. They do <8k miles per year and are worried about diesel with this mileage. Need automatic, easy access, boot space, similar size (new...
I have a 2004 Jazz ES, the radiators for the engine and air con are visible through the front bumper. Is there a mesh grill available to protect these as they are low down and look vulnerable to damage...
A few days ago in a reply you said to change the fluid in the centre clutch every two-three years on an X-Drive BMW system. Do you have any recommendations for who to get to do this or how it should be...
I have the option to buy a 100k miles 2014 Golf GTi Performance Pack. I know the driver, it's been used for long distance commutes and serviced by VW (long life). Planning to keep it for 2 years, what...
Which is the most silent car (least road noise)--Nissan Rogue (UK Nissan X-Trail), Toyota RAV4 or Mazda CX-5?
My FIAT 500 TwinAir is the third car I have owned with a turbocharger and the first with a stop-start system which is on by default. When stopping after a long fast run (e.g. a queue at a motorway exit...
New Ford Focus ECO Aug 2014. April 2015 7737 miles total failure of clutch. After much discussion Ford paid 90%. They said it was Excessive Thermal Activity. April 2016 noticed clutch slipping 11 months...
The petrol filler cap on my Audi A2 does not respond when the new switch is press to open the flap. Any idea why?
I purchased an approved used MINI six months ago with a mileage of 30,000. Six months and 10,000 miles later the dealer informed me that the car required a new clutch and flywheel. As this was classed...
I have a BMW 325i convertible, I love the smooth quiet straight six engine. The current BMW 235i likewise has a straight six, albeit with turbo. Is this the same engine, although presumably updated a...
Thirty five years ago I owned a lovely Golf GTI Mk 1, I would like to experience again the thrill of owning and driving a small, grippy and nippy car in the form of a new five-door performance hatch. I...
I bought a vehicle from a dealer 12 months ago. The HPI check was performed and was clean. Last week I moved house and tried to change my address on the V5C; however, the DVLA has told me the car is a...
I am looking to get a used family car, with low insurance and a small engine. I have £3k to spend and it must be suitable for carrying two children. What do you suggest we buy?
I own a five year old Renault Scenic with 36,000 miles on the clock. I've owned it from new and had it fully serviced by the same dealer. It has covered 36,000 miles. A few weeks ago the car, with no prior...
I am looking for a high performance car that can fit a young family of five (that means 1 car seat and two boosters). It must boast good performance and handling. I am open to sports saloons and perhaps...
I've a pal at the golf club who owns a new Porsche Panamera, but he is only getting about 3000 miles out of the front tyres. The tyres appear to be wearing out on the outer edge. He's been to the dealer...
I've just taken the plunge and bought a three year old BMW 320i. Following your advice, I am getting the oil changed at a maximum interval of one year/10k miles and I will use Shell V-power unleaded in...
Is it fair that I have to pay £292 for air conditioning regassing on a 2-year old Hyundai i10? Apparently this model uses the new (and very expensive) R1234yf environmentally friendly refrigerant and the...
I have recently bought a (2000) Toyota RAV4 with 93,000 miles on the clock. The clutch is very heavy, biting as soon as you take your foot off of it. Pulling away quickly is very jerky and its almost impossible...
Recently purchased a 2010 Scirocco GT, its a manual with the 210bhp 2.0 TSI chain driven engine. Whilst reversing up an inclined driveway there was a howling noise, at first suspected brake pads but did...
Can anyone please help me to get the radio code for a Ford Fiesta 2004 4500 RDS EON car radio?
I am currently in the market for a new vehicle, I am looking at either an Aston DB9 or a V12 Vantage S Roadster. Which would be the better car to live with day to day, with daily drives up country roads...
I'm generally pleased with my recently acquired Range Rover Sport (owned for 2 months and travelled 5000 miles) but am unhappy with the ride which is much harsher and uncomfortable compared to our previous...
I have read that you have recently been road testing the Honda HR-V. Are Honda still having problems getting hold of the model and would petrol rather the diesel in HR-V be a sensible choice?
My wife drives a 2011 Toyota Verso 2.0 D4D with 60k miles on the clock. My wife drives mainly short journeys of 10 miles with a couple of longer motorway trips every month. We average around 8000 miles...
Should modern car owners with all-electric windows consider buying a hammer or other accessory to escape from a vehicle which has crashed?
How do I reduce road noise? Should I change to smaller tyres or put more soundproofing in the boot/wheel arches?
Approximately how much should it cost to replace a speed sensor (and cabling) on a 2003 Ford Fiesta?
I lease a 2012 BMW 320d. It has done 14,000 miles and is regularly serviced. I retire next year and have the option of buying it for £11,500. Obviously my income will be reduced and I am a little concerned...
My dealer says that the rear brake calipers on my 2012 diesel Honda Civic are worn and may need replacing at a cost of about £1000. Can this be possible after 30,000 miles?
I am looking for a fun, low cost second car to take the dog to the beach or pick up something from the DIY store. I have £2000 to spend and want a petrol vehicle with all-wheel drive. I looked at the Suzuki...
Thinking of buying Jaguar XJ - X350 model. I drive about 250 miles per week, and wondered if the diesel made sense, or if the 3.0-litre V6 would be more reliable and increased fuel cost would be offset...
I am launching a private hire taxi firm and want to buy a seven-seater. I am in the budget between £30,000 - £35,000 and will be doing an annual mileage greater then 25,000 miles. I am looking for a car...
I am thinking of buying a 2008 Suzuki SX4 1.6 petrol. Does it have a chain cam or belt? Is there anything else I should watch out for?
My 2007 Citroen C4 Picasso 2.0 HDI Auto is currently at 95K miles. We haven't had it serviced since 68k miles and are thinking of part exchanging it rather than spending anything on it. Question is,...
Do you think there are links between the expensive failures of the DPF filter systems fitted to VAG group vehicles that do not routinely cover high mileages to the recent diesel gate emissions scandal...
In the light of Volkswagen problems with the emissions scandal, why has Mercedes Benz escaped investigation? I have an 10 month old SLK AMG Sport with the 2.1 diesel engine. Mercedes claim 70mpg for this...
I'm moving to Thailand and will need to buy a car. My company will ship one over for me for free or I can buy locally. I will be based in Bangkok but will wish to explore the country with three passengers....
I'm starting a new job soon, which will involve a daily 60 mile motorway commute. Should I change my petrol Fiat Punto for a diesel? If yes, what would you recommend around £10-12k?
I bought a new Land Rover Discover Sport in January. I've covered 3300 miles, but struggle to get anywhere near the official 53mpg. In fact, my average ecnomy is closer to 35mpg.
In April 2015 I purchased a Nissan Qashqai with 12,000 miles on the clock, from an authorised Nissan dealer. When I booked the car in for its first service 12 months later, having done 10,000 miles, I...
Hi.In process of buying another motorhome,and trying to compare engine power. ie, 1998 ford transit motorhome 2.5 turbo disel BHP and 2006 Auto cruise 2.2 Peugeot HDI Turbo. Don't want to commit, and...
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