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My daughter is doing her driving test and the cars she is looking at are the Fiat 500, Ford Ka, Toyota Aygo and Renault Clio? Are any of these good? I need it to be reliable for going to university. I...
I currently have a diesel Skoda Octavia Estate 1.6. I don't do high mileage (average 10,000 per year) and ideally want another Estate with a winter kit, heated leather seats and navigation. I'm only 5'3...
I have a BMW 318 diesel. I'm over the moon with its economy and performance. It's coming to a time with the contract that l must buy it, return it or enter another contract. I was set to buy it for £13,500...
My car is a 2005 Mercedes-Benz SLK 350 7G-Tronic automatic. It has covered 68,000 miles and has been well looked after and serviced regularly. I've had it two years and, after about three months, I found...
I have a 2006 BMW X3 2.0d sport, bought through finance. I've had it since 2014, but since the DPF issue I seldom use it. In the first quarter of 2015, I used it on a long run but noticed an intermittent...
I'm looking to replace my car with a used Estate/SUV and at the moment am discounting all VAG diesels because of the doubtful emissions fixes. Am I safe to consider any of the VAG diesels on the used market?
What is the expected lifespan for the battery on a hybrid car e.g. the Lexus CT200?
My 2016 Toyota Yaris diesel fuel consumption meter indicates a large increase in consumption for about 25 minutes every 350-400 miles. Is this the DPF regenerating?
What would you recommend we do to our Landrover Defender 110 to protect it? There have been a spate of thefts in our area. They are also stripping the car doors off outside owners' houses for parts. The...
I own a 2004 Skoda Fabia 1.4 and I drive about 3000 miles per year. For the last three years the engine management light has stayed on, fault showing as EGR valve. This has happened three times and been...
I have a Honda CR-V on small wheels and the largest tyres, but the ride, for me, is very poor and unsettled. What petrol SUV has the most comfortable ride with a large boot for golf clubs?
I bought my 2011 Volkswagen Polo 1.2 TSI in June 2016 and noticed this week that the oil level as been going down and the light came on. I took it to an independent Volkswagen specialist who told me that...
My father-in-law recently returned home after nine months in hospital following a spinal cord injury. He's now wheelchair bound and needs a wheelchair accessible vehicle. The vehicle needs to be as small...
Is it legal for an insurance company to ask me "to ensure that no major private work has been included in the schedule or being undertaken at the same time as the repairs." I understand the bit about being...
I recently bought a BMW and am worrying about the rear wheel drive element. Lots of people are saying don't push it too hard round a roundabout as you will lose the back end. In what way do I need to drive...
I've been passed my test just under one year and I've had my new car for three weeks. Last week, I was stationary when someone else hit me from behind. The other driver claimed responsibility straight...
My 19 year old son is just about to qualify as a carpenter and needs a van because he will be self-employed. Please can you advise the best type of van insurance company who specialise in young drivers...
A car was travelling towards me, the driver kept looking up and down into his lap and his vehicle wasn't travelling in a straight line. I took evasive action and moved slightly left as it was clear we’d...
Since retiring, I use my car a lot less. When I went to have my two year old Toyota Yaris serviced at the main dealer, I was told the brake pads had rusted and scored the disc.The car has only done 3000...
I'm tall and have a bad back. I need an automatic vehicle that has easy access and is comfortable. My annual mileage is approximately 3000. What do you advise?
I'm about to buy a nearly new Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost 140 ST-Line from Jennings. After seeing the car on the Ford Direct site and enquiring, I was told the car wasn't at the location specified and they...
I'm interested in buying a car from someone who has kept the car in Spain. The car is a classic and is registered in the UK, with a UK owner, who has an address in the UK. If I buy the car, I would pay...
Should I get rid of my 2014 diesel BMW 525?
I have a four year old Mercedes-Benz SLK with 19,700 miles on the clock. I've owned it for a year and it has been covered by a warranty, which has now just expired. So far, it has had a new RPM sensor,...
I have a 2015 Renault Clio with approx 18 months warranty remaining. I've had persistent trouble with the tyre sensors malfunctioning and have had three new tyres already. The dealer says it's a fault...
My daughter and family have gone abroad for three years. My son-in-law has asked me to sell his Audi A3 and he's signed and dated the logbook. We've moved into his house to care for it, so my bank statement,...
I own a 1989 BMW M635CSi with 168,000 miles, three owners and a full service history. What would you value it?
How and what do insurance companies base their premium calculations on? It is becoming obvious that they are not insuring the car, but the driver. To add to the confusion, they do not seem to insure the...
My wife and I have a young and growing family. Our 2009 Audi A3 Hatchback 1.9 TDI is now creaking at the seams and we're looking for a secondhand practical vehicle. It needs to be capable of carrying up...
I need help finding someone to supply and install a third rear seat to my already wheelchair-friendly 2011 Renault Kangoo.
I am looking to buy a second-hand Jaguar X-type estate. Can I personally test drive the vehicle before I tax and insure?
I need a wheelchair access car to take my mum out a few times a week. I need easy to use ramp facility and three seats for passengers to enjoy family days out. I've been looking at the Peugeot Partner...
When I first start my 2001 Ford Mondeo in the morning it is great, however when the engine warms up I start having problems. It doesn't matter what gear I'm in, whilst trying to accelerate it jumps forward....
We're looking for a petrol automatic SUV/crossover with good mpg and fully spec'd for short daily use, with occasional long journeys. We are looking at the Volkswagen Touareg, Hyundai Tucson and Honda...
I'm thinking about buying a 2009 Porsche Carrera 2 3.8S (Gen 2 997). A good example with low miles seems to be selling for about £50,000. How would you rate this as a longer term investment (my thinking...
I have a classic but every (fairish) day use Triumph Spitfire. The battery deteriorates in reliability if left unused for a while. Should I get a standard lead acid battery, as fitted by the original manufacturer,...
I bought a new Jeep Renegade via Carwow. Firstly, it was driven to my home, from the dealer, which I have since noted is some 240 miles away. This was never discussed. Bad enough but it the actual mileage...
I want to replace my diesel Estate with a petrol SUV. The Ecoboost engine would be a good choice but I believe the NOx levels are very high. Are there any tables that show comparisons of all cars?
I'm about to buy a new BMW 320I Touring and have obtained good offers from both Drive the Deal and Carwow. In fact Drive the Deal are a few hundred pounds cheaper than Carwow, but their dealer is 75 miles...
Does a creamy substance on the oil cap indicate head gasket problems?
Someone ran into the back of our 2004 Vauxhall Signum. The insurers have written it off as it's going to cost £1800 to fix. Can we put our foot down and tell them we want it repaired? They are also taking...
I own a 2011 Audi A6 Allroad 3.0 TDI 240PS 6 speed auto with paddle shifts (98,000 miles). Other than 10,000 mile oil changes, what would you recommend doing to keep this on the road for a few years? It...
I have an immaculate 1998 Toyota RAV4 and I'm wondering if you think it will ever attain Classic status, especially as Toyota claim it was the first SUV?
On March 29 my car passed its MoT with advisories on the exhaust and rear bushes. Today my tyre blew while driving and I had to call the AA. The recovery driver was disgusted at state of my tyre and wondered...
I recently purchased a 2015 Vauxhall Astra diesel 1.6 CDTi, attracted by the high quoted MPG of 76 (combined). I always calculate the cars MPG when I fill up, as well as recording the figure the car says....
I am looking to change my Volkswagen Golf 1.4 DSG petrol for a Nissan Qashqai auto 1.2 because I need a higher car due to back problems. However, I'm concerned it will be underpowered on motorway trips....
My 2010 SEAT Leon 1.6 TDI is being called in for its emissions fix. But before this could be done my car went into limp mode and a failed injector was diagnosed. Is this common on this car?
My 2005 Fiat Idea automatic has an electrical leek problem. It doesn't hold its charge. If the battery is fully charged but the car is not used, the battery will be flat within a week. Do you have any...
I am in the process of buying a 2010 Toyota Auris Hybrid but I notice there is no indication of when you are running on electric and when you are running on petrol. Is there any way of adding a unit or...
I am looking at buying an ex London black cab as my new daily runner. Most insurance companies won't insure them because they say it's too old or it's not a usual car. Who should I speak to about insuring...
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