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I remember reading about several issues with the Volkswagen group DSG gearbox. I recall many saying they were best to be avoided. However I believe this was the previous sven-speed incarnation, and the...
I have a Nissan Almera that I bought new in November 2003. It has done about 34,000 miles and been an excellent runner. About two months ago the heater fan stopped working on the first three speed settings,...
I own a 2015 Hyundai Tuscon 2.0 diesel with 3500 miles on the clock. Recently the clutch burned out suddenly and completely whilst reversing my caravan. The caravan weighs 1400kg - which is well below...
I am on the verge of buying a dash cam. market seems to be swamped as always ahppen when new things become available.Have you any recommendations, sensible quality at sensible price? your advice would...
I bought a new Nissan X-Trail last month. After a week there was a system fault and the car would not switch off. I took the car back and the dealer said they fixed the fault. Six days later, the fault...
I purchased a used 2012 Renault Megane with 61,000 miles on the clock from an independant garage three months ago. The car still has six months Renault warranty. Within the first month the car broke down...
I have spent ages on the internet today, trying to find a space saver spare for a Toyota GT86. The owners' club recommend a T135 70D17 wheel from a Subaru Impreza or Legacy. Do you have any ideas about...
I've recently parted with my 2006 Jaguar XJR. Phenomenal car but started to get costly to repair. I'm now looking at high mileage 2011/12 XJs with the 3.0 litre diesel engine. My budget gets me a car...
My ford fiesta has just died and I need to replace it with a used car. I like the Mazda 3 2.2D and the Honda Civic 2.2 CDTI. I have read that the Mazda 3's 2.2D has had problems with diesel contaminating...
I can't decide between the Renault Megane Tourer or the Renault Laguna Tourer. Both are 2009 models. Is one a better buy than the other? Is there anything specific I need to look out for?
I have recently bought a used Volkswagen Golf 1.9 DSG to tow my caravan. I was told that the car would be powerful enough to tow, but the mechatronic unit has just failed. Is this related to towing? I...
I drive a work van on a the works insurance policy. There are multiple drivers who drive it and - as you might expect - the bodywork gets dents and marks like a normal work van. We have now been told...
I ordered a new Ford Mustang in January and was told that delivery would not be until September 2016. In the meantime I bought a specific "66" number plate from the DVLA to put on the car (£400). My car...
I have just received a letter from Volkswagen inviting me to make an appointment to have the software updated on my car to address the issue of the emissions scandal. Having just heard that it has agreed...
I am planning to buy an Audi A3 2012 model with 1.6 TDI engine. What should I look out for when buying this car? Are there any specifiec issues with the 1.6 diesel engine?
I'm disappointed with the fuel consumption of my Mazda 6 Tourer 2.2 diesel. I never see better than about 44mpg on motorway runs (400 miles in a weekend), and only return 37mpg on town driving (which I...
I have received a parking fine for a supposed violation at Newcastle airport. Is this a private company? Can I ignore the demand? Will they need to pursue me for the fee or should I appeal and not ignore...
I bought my Lexus IS220d (08 plate) four years ago with 40k miles on it and have now added 100k miles without much going wrong, Lexus customer services have been excellent throughout. I am now starting...
I have a Peugeot 407 1.8 petrol. Good Car, smooth, 125k on clock. It developed an issue this morning; when lifting my foot completely off accelerator I can hear a 'grating' kind of sound coming from engine....
I currently own a Vauxhall Meriva, which is very handy as the fold flat seats convert it into a small van. I now need to buy a new car. Are there any larger vehicles which have this facility?
Is the Nissan Qashqai 1.6 diesel engine better than the 1.5 diesel engine and does it have DPF problems?
I am looking to buy a Honda CR-V through a nationwide dealer. Last week I found one that looks good value. However, the HPI check shows it as having outstanding finance. Should I look for another car or...
My car was written off after it was involved in an accident. The cost to repair £16,000 and the insurance company says it is beyond economical repair. However, the write-off value is less than replacing...
Which new petrol Dacia Duster should I go for with respect to resale in 3/5 years? (I do less than 6k a year mainly commute 16 miles total) a) 1.6 4x4 Ambiance prime Basic spec that I can live with but,...
After years of being spoilt with a company car my wife is leaving her job to become a full time student. What car would you recommend for a daily 16 mile road trip to the train station? She would like...
I have bought 2009 Peugeot Bipper diesel van from the estate of a deceased farmer.I have insured it for Private use and the road tax quoted at the Post Office is £230. However, when I Google the van it...
I really like the New Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 diesel front-wheel drive DSG and may well order new soon. It comes with 19-inch wheels. What all seasons tyres would you recommend?
I have a Ford Transit LWB 2.4 ASM, when attemting to drive the vehicle, the Gearbox jumps out of forward or reverse into neutral, after a few seconds, two fault codes are returned on diagnostics U1900...
I briefly owned a 2009 VW Passat Estate – the 2.0L (138 bhp? TDi Highline version), with the DSG gearbox. Pulling out of a side road or entering a traffic island could prove unnerving as there was a district...
I have an 18 month old Renault Grand Scenic, still under warranty. Following heavy rainfall, there was strange whistling noise from the air vents. Water then began pouring into both driver and passenger...
I purchased, privately, a Mk5 VW Golf 1.9 TDI on an 07 plate with a full service history just over one year ago. Approximately two weeks ago the ESP warning light came on. I took the vehicle to my local...
I have imported a 1948 MGTC from South Africa. It Landed on 5 May and I have paid all of my Taxes to HMRC, but they have taken more than seven weeks to send me my NOVA certificate. When my agent phones...
My 2010 Audi A3 cabriolet had an engine management light come up. I took it to a reputable local Audi specialist who traced the code to the cooling fan. They checked the fan, which was fine, and reset...
I purchased a used 2013 Honda Jazz with 42,000 miles on the clock. I did notice corrosion on the all the brake discs at the time and the rears were quite heavily corroded. The comment by the salesman...
My 2005 Ford Focus 1.6 TDCI misfires when cold at 1400-1800rpm.. Also white smoke comes out for 2-3 minutes until the engine heats up. The injectors where removed to clean the water from the pistons as...
I know you consider vans to be designed to last four years of hard labour but I would like to know which van you would recommend to use as a replacement for my large Ford Transit and handy Vauxhall Meriva....
My wife's Honda CR-Z is often left standing in the garage for long periods. What would you suggest we buy for keeping the battery fully charged?
We bought a Nissan Almera Tino from a dealer for £695. We accept that this isn't a great amount of money, but we expected a decent runner. In the advert it was stated it had done 80,000 miles, but it was...
I have been told that the previous-generation BMW 330ci M Sport is a very good car and that its engine is probably one of the best of its kind. Can you shed any light on this? Is it as good as people say?
The passenger door on my three-door 2009 Hyundai i20 cannot be opened. Is it likely to be an electrical problem, or a mechanical problem with the lock itself? An auto electrician mentioned drilling a...
I am buying a new BMW 320i SE and would welcome your advice on wheel size for a smooth ride.
Which car would you say is the best in your opinion? The Ford Mondeo ST220 or the BMW 330ci M-Sport?
My father in0law passed away, leaving us his beloved Riley RM from 1954, which he'd had since 1963. It's a 1500cc in running condition, with its original interior in fair condition. It also has its original...
We're looking at buying a small second-hand car (e.g. Seat Ibiza, Ford Fiesta, Volkswagen Polo, Vauxhall Corsa size). We want to spend around £5000 and would like a good deal with as low mileage as we...
I own a Volkswagen Touran 2.0 TDI. It has a six-speed manual gearbox hat struggles to shift the gears when cold. The problem started a month ago. I tried all possible ways, but the gears were so stiff...
We run a Ford C-MAX as the main family car on 215/50 R17 95W ContiSportContact 3s. I need to replace the fronts and noticed ContiSportContact 5s are marginally cheaper (£10 a tyre), quieter, more efficient...
I'm thinking of buying a hi-spec BMW X3, year, 2010/11. Prices I'm being quoted are £16/17K for low mileage models. Is there anything I should be aware of when buying this model? Timing belts, niggling...
I currently have two cars. Both are insured on separate policies. If I exchanged the town car for a low insurance group runaround and put both my children as named drivers could I legally pass the policy...
I have bought a used Ford Focus with a "Full dealership history" and indeed the service book is fully stamped up to 38k. At 37.5k the Powershift fluid should have been changed but the Ford garage who did...
With the well publicised issues with DSG automatic gearboxes, is it even worth considering buying a second hand VW, Seat or Skoda? If yes what should I look for? Have most issues been solved? Is it worth...
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