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I have a few queries which I noticed but as I have never driven a sports car like this was unsure. I have previosly driven a Nissan Juke Diesel and the clutch pedal seemed to require more force to push...
I bought a 1.0 Ecoboost new in 2014. Within 1200 miles I twice reported clutch problems - smell, inability to engage gears. On diagnosis (a drive around the car park) no problems were found & the car was...
Seat Toledo 1.6 diesel. Engine oil pressure light coming in during dpf regeneration. Only comes on during regeneration. Never any other time, and not every regeneration. No dpf lights come on. Oil...
I recently bought a Peugot Ion electric vehicle, 3 years old but with very low mileage. I am generally delighted with the car but disappointed with the battery performance so did some checks to discover...
Ford recently issued a recall on the LED headlights of the Ford Galaxy. My local small Ford service centre has done the work, but the LED lights are now darker and slower to react. I got in touch with...
I own a Peugeot 207 CC Roland Garros, which I have owned from new. The car runs on 17-inch wheels with low profile tyres, which can result in a bumpy ride on rural roads. I would like to put some 16 or...
I read your review of SEAT Ateca and I was wondering what would you choose if you were in my position? I live in a place where winters can be very strong , with lots of snow , also the curvy roads do...
I am planning to buy nearly new, small car. I drive around 15,000 miles annually and want something that is economical. I am wondering between Ford Fiesta, Toyota Yaris or the Honda Jazz. My budget is...
I bought a 2010 Alfa Romeo 159 2.0 JTDM 10 days ago from a reputable car supermarket. On changing the water pump and cam belt, my local Alfa specialist has informed me that the DMF and clutch need replacing....
Your Real MPG figure seems about right for my car, but do you take account of the fact that there seems to be about an 8MPG difference between summer and winter? My Prius will do 59MPG in the summer and...
I have recently retired and will be handing back my trusty Volvo V70 company car, which has doubled as our family car for the past few years. I am now running a 2006 Ford Fiesta as my family car as a temporary...
I bought a used Toyota Corola two and a half months ago. The car was sold with a three month warranty and cost £2750. This week the engine has failed, with a suspected timing chain failure. What can I...
Having lost patience with the continual problems with the dry-pack Powershift on my Ford Focus, I have decided to replace it with a 2016 Focus automatic. How can I tell on the forecourt whether the transmission...
I have recently bought a BMW 1 Series. After checking the vehicle I have discovered that it has summer tyres, though it was never specified when ordering the car. Wouldn't it be better if BMW fitted all...
My two month old Mercedes-Benz C350e was involved in a collision and is in a repair shop waiting to be fixed. However, the dealer is unable to get the replacement part - an airmatic suspension pump bracket...
I purchased a Mercedes-Benz E350 Blu Tec Saloon new in April 2015. It has done 21,000 Miles including 3000 miles whilst towing a caravan. Due to pressure loss in a rear tyre, I went to specialist tyre...
My Nissan Qashqai diesel CVT will soon be three years old. While I love the comfortable driving position and safety kit, I no longer need such a large car. Can you tell me what I should replace it with?...
I am thinking of buying a used sports car. Either a 2009 Porsche Carrera S (DFI engine) Cabrio or a 2013 Jaguar F-Type S. The 911 is £45k with 26,000 miles and manual from a well respected independent...
I recently bought a used Volvo. During the test drive, the salesman described the car as having adaptive cruise control and rear collision mitigation. It now transpires that it has neither. What are my...
I'm thing of getting a used SUV. I have £12,000 to spend and was something that's comfortable, reliable and economical. I do 12,000 miles a year. What should I buy?
What is the best car to buy for a 21 year old with a budget of £2500?
My Ford Focus (2005 model) has stated leaking water into the cabin. The liquid enters though the dashboard and is becoming a real problem. Any idea how I can fix this?
You frequently advocate the use of Shell V-Power Nitro Diesel which I have used in my Citroen C5 from new. You also state that diesel engines are prone to suffering from clogged up DPFs at 80,000 miles,...
My son has a 2012 SEAT Ibiza. Last week the fan blower started playing up. It works at position four, but refuses to work on any other setting. I have changed the pollen filter and it still doesn't work....
My Vauxhall Zafira has a problem with the remote door locking function. The ignition immobiliser works fine, but the doors suffer an inconsistent fault and occasionally stop working. The key has been resynchronised...
I have a two year old Hyundai i20. Recently I have found getting it into reverse gear is a bit of a problem. I have to pump the clutch before it goes into gear, (other gears are fine). I took it back to...
My son's 2013 Skoda Citigo gearbox has failed. The garage has reported water in the gearbox. Is this a weakness in the model?
My daughter is having issues with a lease company. The vehicle, a Citroen C1, was leased for 12 months and involved in an accident after just a few week. The other driver accepted full responsibility and...
I am considering buying a one or two year old BMW 5 Series Touring 520i. I understand that the new 5 Series will be launched in 2017 (saloon in January and Touring later in the year). Does it make sense...
I want to buy a used MPV with an automatic gearbox and cruise control. The car must have loads of space be practical as I'm a keen golfer. I've test driven the Peugeot Partner Tepee, but was disappointed...
I have a Zafira Tourer with Vauxhall's Lifetime Warranty. The car is less than four years old, with 39k miles on the clock. However, when a broken spring was found at the MOT, I had to pay for the repair....
My Jaguar S-Type has started going into limp home mode. It usually recovers after switching off and removing the key from the ignition. I suspect some form of electrical/electronic problem. Any ideas?
My question relates to my Volvo XC60 AWD but I believe relates to most 4x4 vehicles. If I get an unrepairable puncture on one tyre, do I need to replace all four at the same time? I have read about transfer...
I paid a £500 deposit to Mercedes-Benz for a new car. The deposit was refundable subject to finance acceptance. My finance was declined and I am now having great difficulty trying to get my deposit back....
We have been looking for a family car and decided on an SUV. We have narrowed our options to: Audi Q3 2.0 TFSI Quattro, ~71000 miles, registered in 2012 Mazda CX-5 2.0 Sport 4WD, ~70000 miles, registered...
I have a fault with my 6 month old Ford Kuga. The windows chose to open themselves on a very stormy rainy night and now I am driving a pond. I don't expect a car of just 6 months to develop a fault such...
My Audi Q7 has 20-inch wheels and 285/45 R20 tyres as an optional extra. Is it possible to change back to the standard 19-inch wheels with 255/55 R19 tyres without needing any expensive factory re-programming...
I recently bought a Vauxhall Astra Twintop from a local dealer. The car was sold with a warranty that (the dealer said) covers the folding roof. Within a month of ownership, the folding roof mechanism...
I fully agree with Jim Walkden. I also read your askhj daily. Thanks for providing this great source of 'real world' information and advice for motorists. Why is it that motoring is so much part of...
I'm considering replacing my 2013 Volkswagen Transporter Kombi with the new T6 BiTurbo version. Can you tell me if the DSG gearbox is reliable?
I currently have a 2006 Volkswagen Passat petrol, with 97k miles on the clock. It's getting old and tired and we're getting fed up of it being in the garage every two months. We're considering either...
I bought a 2013 MINI Countryman auto from a dealer. The car drives fine, but the DAB radio stops working whenever I turn on the rear heated screen. Is the dealer liable for fixing this?
I am about to trade in my car for a 2013 Qashqai 1.6 diesel. I have heard that the Qashqai shares many components from the Renault stores bin, is this correct? Having owned two modern French cars in the...
I am thinking of buying a Toyota Land Cruiser. I do approx 11,000 miles per year, mostly short journeys but with a couple of 100+ mile round trips a month and a 500-1000 mile round trip every three months...
I am looking to purchase a new compact mid-size SUV-petrol automatic car. My budget up to £25k. The new Suzuki SX4 S-cross looks good value but can you suggest any others you consider worth looking at?
I was hit by another car (Who took full responsibility for the accident). My car is on a PCP and the repairs are going to be quite extensive. Can I refuse to have the car back? Will my final settlement...
I purchased a Toyota RAV4 hybrid earlier this month (after a nine month wait) and whilst the advertising booklet (dated December 2015) has every model fitted with tyre pressure monitoring as standard,...
I'm thinking of buying a Dacia Duster or a Soda Yeti. I do about 7000 miles a year and would like an economical car with low road tax and a reasonable consumption.I am budgeting about £14,000. Can you...
I am a taxi driver. My car is a 2010 Skoda Superb Estate. It has standard 18-inch wheels on low profile tyres which make for a hard ride. I am considering a move to a 16-inch-wheel with a larger sidewall...
I recently purchased a 2009 Vauxhall Insignia 2.0 diesel with 140.000 miles on the clock. It has a full service history and drives well. However, the fuel economy isn't very good. I average 36mpg, yet...
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