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My car can suddenly stall and engine cut out after driving half a mile. Try to restart it and the revs will not stay up to idle speed and the engine cuts again. If I rev the engine for a while and then...
My wife's MINI Countryman All4 has suffered a premature clutch failure after only 37,000 miles. As the clutch is not covered by the warranty (wear and tear, apparently), it has cost over £2000 to be repaired...
I am laying up my 2006 Mercedes-Benz SLK for the winter. What should I do to protect the doors, window seals and folding roof mechanism?
My 2012 Volkswagen CC went back to the dealer for its emissions work back in July 2016; however, since then the engine has developed a very large rattle and no longer gets better than 47mpg (used to be...
I want to buy a technical manual for my Isuzu Rodeo Denver Max, but can’t find any in the Haynes catalogues. Are there any other places I can find a workshop manual for my pick-up?
My sister lives in London and wants to buy a Volkswagen Golf with an automatic gearbox. She has a budget of £20,000 and does mainly local journeys. with some longer ones at weekends. She is set on the...
I've got a Skoda Octavia 1.6 TDI and do mainly town driving, which usually gives me 45mpg. I noticed that the Octavia (2004-2013) 1.6 diesel and the Toyota Auris hybrid (2013-) Touring both get similar...
I am a taxi driver and have £12,000 to spend on a used hybrid. Which do you recommend between the Mercedes-Benz E300 or Toyota Prius?
I am looking to buy a used car with a budget of about £8000 - what would you recommend? I'm after something that looks stylish, inside and out if possible - with a fair bit of speed. I'm probably looking...
I need a new city car, but have a tight turn to get my car from the street into my garage. Can you tell me which city cars have the best turning circles?
I recently ordered a new SEAT Mii from local dealer, selecting various optional extras including the Convenience Pack. Inconveniently, this was not fitted by the factory and the dealer is crying "misbuild"...
I have a 2006 Toyota Aygo 1.0 petrol which I have had for over nine years. I have started using the car more for work journeys and have noticed that the engine oil needs topping up regularly. To date...
How do you rate the Kia Niro? I am planning to go for a test drive; do you have any figures for the Real MPG and thoughts on the various safety features? What should be the best price and finance deals?
My son owns a (2001 model) Mitsubishi L200 2.5 diesel pick-up. When starting from cold, the vehicle belches out smoke. He was warned that the turbo is on the way out; however, whilst driving home from...
I need to buy a new car and am trying to decide between the Nissan Pulsar and the Peugeot 308. Comfort is my main concern. I also hate cars with body roll in the corners. Which should I choose, the Pulsar...
I have a 2009 Vauxhall Astravan 1.7 diesel. In the past few weeks the vehicle has started developing a smoking issue, which no one can find an answer for. The smoke is grey in colour, but the van doesn’t...
I own a BMW M135i. The tyres have done 30K and are coming up to a change. At present I have run flats (245/35R18 rear and 225/40R18 front), what do you recommend I replace them with?
Great website, best on the Internet! I have had my Kia Cee'd (2014, 15000 miles) diagnosed with rear tyres out of round. Was told by main dealer that this 'can just happen', & is not dangerous, only noisy,...
I've recently bought a 2011 Jaguar XF and have two minor operating issues which I hope you can help me with: 1) Wipers will not fold back to enable windscreen to be washed - is this normal (no info in...
I am looking for a cheap tow car (capable of taking a 1500kg caravan) with low tax and insurance. It must also be reliable. What do you recommend I buy for £2500?
I have a S2000 (2005 model). It's been serviced by Honda recently and they confirmed that one of the front wheels is very buckled and the other front wheel is slightly damaged - no doubt due to pot holes....
I would like some advice on what car to buy. I have £2000 to spend on ideally a reliable MPV but I would also like it to be good at towing for up to 1.3 tonnes. What would you recommend?
I took my car to a garage recently and the glow plug sheared off when being removed. As a result, it required a specialist to drill it out, adding £330 to our bill. Who should foot the added cost and do...
Our MINI One 2011 is using an excessive amount of oil. The problem has appeared quite suddenly. In the past 4000 miles the car has used two litres of oil. Is this normal? My guess is the valve seals are...
I get a company car with my job and need a little advice. I fall into the 40% tax bracket and the company will only pay company mileage at recommended rates.I need a large car for my family and would also...
What's the best vehicle to buy which can accommodate three rear child seats and cope with 25,000 miles per year? Would be happy to consider a used vehicle and it would be nice to have something that...
I bought a SEAT Leon 1.6 diesel on HP in 2014 as I was doing a 50 mile round-trip per day at the time and a diesel seemed like the most sensible option. Since 2015, an change of job means that I use the...
I am considering buying a Honda CR-V manual petrol 4WD or a Toyota RAV4 Hybrid 4WD. I do not do enough mileage for a diesel (around 12,000 miles per year) and want to buy a car that will keep me for 10...
I currently drive a 2013 Honda CR-V petrol, which is now out of it's warranty period. In the two years I've owned it, it has lost £6000 in value through depreciation (£250 a month) and I also pay a monthly...
I have just viewed a used car that's for sale. All looked fine, except the log book (V5C) document has the V5C/3 (selling to a motor trader) yellow slip missing. The guy selling the car could not give...
My Ford Fiesta has started to cut out while driving. The problem is quite sudden, with the vehicle stopping and all of the lights going out on the dashboard. The immobiliser light will also come on, which...
I have a Astra 1.6 SE 2010 Petrol, 33,000 miles. I am experiencing a weird problem when accelerating the car stutters and judders. Not excessively that you cant drive and will reach 70mph and sit there...
It seems everyone and their dog now drives an SUV From where I see it if one of those hits you in your average size family car you will come off worse. At the moment I am looking at petrol versions of...
We bought a new MX5 from a dealer mazda 30/09/16. We went in to buy a new car whet through the sales patter never asked for any discount or add ons as we liked car and wanted it new. We bought paid signed...
I'm looking for a rugged and practical 4x4 as a local run around. Not keen on Land Rover. Something ex-military would be good. Any ideas?
Tyre speed ratings: Is it legal to mix h and s speed ratings on the same axle?
I am interested in a 2014 Insignia SRi CDTi 140 at a local dealer (20k miles, ex-rental plus one owner). Looking at your Car-by-Car Reviews, it would be easy to assume that Insignias have numerous reliability...
My Jaguar F-Pace is five weeks old and has done 1500 miles. Last week, at the traffic lights, I put the car into neutral and all the electrics went dead. When I put it back into gear the electrics re-started....
Has anyone else experienced issues after the vw software update in their VW Passat estate? Last week I had the software fix applied to my Diesel Passat Estate. Since then the vehicle has noticably reduced...
Have you seen this? The EU are worried about VW's fix. Reuters: EU fears VW diesel fixes could damage engines: Spiegel. http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIwlYulmDA Keep up the good work!
I want to buy a second hand Nissan Leaf. Do you know of companies that can do a professional test of its battery and issue a report on its condition?
I was under the assumption that all cars were fitted with pollen filters, but I find no such filter on my 2015 Dacia Sandero. It doesn't have air con, but there is a removable cover in the driver's footwell...
My 20 year old son is looking for his first car - he has a budget of £3000. It needs to be small, frugal and affordable for insurance, but also safe and reliable for motorway trips to university. Also...
I currently drive a BMW E46 M3 and whilst I love the driving experience, as a daily drive it definitely has some short comings. My previous car was a diesel A4 B8 Avant and the one thing I really miss...
I run a 57 reg Volvo S40 2.4i. At 39000 miles it developed a droning/booming noise related to road speed and I suspected a worn wheel bearing. My local garage diagnosed out-of-shape rear tyres and replacement...
A friend is thinking of buying a new Yeti 1.2 TSI with a DSG gearbox. I believe wet clutch DSG gearboxes are more reliable than dry clutch DSG gearboxes - is this correct? And can you tell me which sort...
Failure of the electro-mechanical power steering system happens occasionally during low speed manoeuvring when the system is under maximum load. Turn ignition off and back on and the power assistance is...
My recently purchased BMW (08) has developed an engine sensor and injector fault. Dealer has approved repair, but should other items such as coil also be fitted? If they are not, and the fault happens...
After the news that Nissan are to carry on manufacturing the new Qashqai and X-Trail in this country AND with us leaving the European union in the near future, I would like to support the UK industry,...
I am wanting to buy a 3/4 year old Ford Focus Estate and seem to have found a 2013 one, but the mileage is quite high at 100,000. Would this be a problem in the long run? My average miles per year wouldn't...
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