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Questions from June 2017
I own a 1990 Ford Fiesta RS Turbo. A 'suppressor' connected in the fuel injection has broken down causing the engine to cut out due to fuel starvation. The part number number is V90FB 158209 AA Finis code...
I just started a new job in which I'm doing 120 miles a day, mostly motorway, five times a week. What would be the most economical car to commute and what kind of mpg can I get? I can spend around £5000,...
I'm a sole trader who recently sold an Audi A3. The buyer said they were having it remapped even though I told them it would void any warranty on the engine, clutch and gearbox. Subsequently, almost straight...
A dealership sold us a Nissan Leaf. We didn't have many requirements beyond the basic spec (Acenta 30kw) but did specifically ask prior to order to have the ability to plug into a car charger at a specific...
With a baby on the way, we are about to outgrow our 2011 Nissan Micra with 30,000 miles on the clock. We have about £10,000 to spend, plus whatever we can get for the Micra. We need an automatic with sufficient...
I bought a new Ford Transit Custom M-Sport from a Ford main dealer in March 2016. In January 2017, the paintwork bubbled in the cold weather. Ford put me onto Van-Sports (M-Sports) who did the bodywork...
I'm considering buying a hybrid vehicle but have been advised by a friend that because I only drive once or twice a week, distances of about 20 miles, a hybrid vehicle may prove problematic. Something...
I bought a manufacturer-approved used car in January of this year, from a dealer some distance away. Recently giving it a good clean, I discovered that the car has previously been in a minor bump (small...
I'm a new wheelchair and crutch user who loves driving and this is done mostly alone. My 2003 Ford Fiesta 1.4 is great as the boot opening is wide enough to sit on, take the wheels off the chair and place...
I've started my own up-cycling business and I don't want to use a third party. My largest piece is 54-inches long and 45-inches high and pretty heavy, so needs to be able carry considerable weight. Considered...
Having read your columns for many years I notice how you advocate the regular use of higher grade petrol. I have a Skoda Octavia Scout 1.8 TSI and inside the fuel door there is a label that says use 95...
I bought a Honda Civic diesel in October 2013 and have had filter problems for the past two months. I'm retired and don't drive long distances, so the filter icon lit up on the dashboard. When I took it...
There's a 1986 Jaguar XJ6 Series 3 on eBay at present. What's it worth bidding wise, dont want pay more than its worth in case it's not for me?
My car was badly damaged all along its offside while it was correctly parked on the public highway. I was at a meeting some 200 yards away, when I returned the driver responsible had left a note on my...
I'm a named driver on a car insurance policy, fully comp. I had a small accident. When the car owner renews their policy I'm no longer going to be a named driver on the vehicle. If I've made a claim on...
I was involved in a accident earlier this year where I was joining a roundabout. There was a car on the right hand side which was edging forward to join the roundabout and because I could see oncoming...
What small car do you recommend for around £6000 - £6500. It must have five doors and five seats. My 18 year old son will also use the car so must be cheap on insurance. I can't decide between a Ford Fiesta,...
With 5000 miles on the clock, my Land Rover Discovery Sport 150PS calculates that diesel dilution caused by active regeneration of the DPF is currently 4.2 per cent by volume, against a maximum of 7.0...
I commute along part of the M60, which for the last three years has been in the process of being "upgraded" to a Smart motorway. It has been without a hard shoulder while the work is carried out and almost...
I have a 1953 Morris Oxford MO which, as a historic vehicle, is MoT exempt. I would like to replace the original engine (now dead) to a more reliable and powerful one, maybe a V8 with updated suspension,...
My girlfriend has no use of her left arm. Obviously, whatever car she buys will need some modifying but the fewer mods needed the better as she'd prefer to lease. So, what car would offer most of the following:...
There seems to be great deals on diesel cars at the moment, I thought an EU6 would be a good buy. With all the negative press surrounding diesel cars, is it worth buying a new diesel car? It will be used...
I had the emission fix done six weeks ago on my Volkswagen Golf 1.6 TDI. After only 500 miles, an injector failed. Car has only done 41,000 miles. I took the car to a Volkswagen garage who changed it free...
I misunderstood that when getting learner insurance I needed to declare a motorbike crash. Now my insurance is void. Does this void insurance follow over to new the insurance company or is it just for...
I have just bought and collected a new car. I declined their overpriced offer of paintwork protection. I recall you have recommended in the past a product from Autoglym that will give the same level of...
My car was written off by my insurer. They have asked me to send them part of the log book, but I don't know whether to leave it blank or write the insurer as the new keeper. They said to send the other...
I have a Vauxhall Zafira 2001 1.6 petrol which has not been driven in months. It drives but won't go over 3000 rpm. It will when parked but there's white smoke. I did the pedal and brake trick and the...
I purchased a Volkswagen Polo 1.2 new in May 2015 from a Volkswagen supplier and have had it regularly serviced with them. Early this year, after heavy rain, I noticed that on opening the rear passenger...
My Nissan X-Trail is under two years old and has done less than 8000 miles. The air con isn't working properly and I've been told by the Nissan dealer that all of the gas may have been used up and I need...
I bought a 2003 BMW 540i Touring M-Sport in February 2017 from a dealer for £6900. It is a rare model and very high spec. I insured with Admiral fully comp. April 15th 2017, I pranged the front end of...
Having been without her own car for three years, my wife recently bought a £600 runaround. Having shopped around, we found insurance for £160 fully comp + £30 to protect her 10+ years No Claims Bonus....
Is the Ducati Multistrada 950 a good bike?
I have an old, low value car that I would like to use for a couple of months in the summer. I expect to do less than 200 miles in it and would like to know the most cost effective way of insuring it.
Our daughter purchased a 2013 Skoda Citigo earlier this year after passing her driving test. The car is now developing a problem selecting first and reverse gears, which is worrying. The car was purchased...
I have a 1986 Audi Quattro Coupe (non turbo). Owned from new with 45,000 miles, FSH and is in new condition. All original except the exhaust. I would appreciate an estimate of the current value.
My wife and I each had a car insured under a Direct Line multicar policy. We are both named drivers on each others policy. I recently sold my car and haven't found a replacement so told the insurance company...
My daughter has bought a three year old Isuzu pickup truck with only 12,000 miles on the clock. The DPF light keeps coming on, the main dealer says that this is normal because it shows that the regeneration...
Why are Europeans encouraged to buy diesel cars with cheaper priced fuel when we are told to get rid of ours?
I've been looking for a car insurance quote, but between 2014 and 2015 I was involved in two accidents (one fault and one no-fault). However, when I inputted these for an online quote, a third claim had...
At what mileage should the cam belt on an Audi A3 be changed?
I'm thinking about getting a Nissan Elgrand. Do I have to pay the duty on it as well as the price of the motor?
I bought a Citroen C4 with a broken turbo and got a new one fitted with warranty. However, the new turbo failed within 10,000 miles. Another one was fitted under warranty, but less than three months after...
My wife has a four year old Volkswagen Up with 16,700 miles on the clock. She's been advised that you should change the brake fluid every three years but I cannot find any information on this subject in...
My husband dropped me off in my car one evening to purchase do some shopping. He left the car parked to collect another purchase from nearby, then returned to collect me some 20 minutes later. I had to...
While on a two week cruise, I'm leaving my car in the hands of a vehicle storage company that collects and returns it when I come back. Who is responsible for any damage or theft to my car whilst in the...
For someone in their late 60s, doing under 10,000 miles per year, would you recommend buying new or used? If I buy new, I'll get a guarantee, and the money I tie up would earn little interest anyway; but...
My 2004 Vauxhall Vectra has lost power steering. There was a sign on the dash showing the steering wheel and an exclamation mark.
What are the pros and cons of leasing versus buying a new car?
Our treasured Honda Concerto with mileage of 27,499 has just been stolen. We are receiving shoddy service from Direct Line despite being long time customers with fully comprehensive insurance. Could you...
I have a 2013 Ford B-MAX Eco 1.0. It's done 52,000 miles and is regularly serviced with Ford parts. However, it has an engine malfunction light on, tick over is irregular and an intermittent starting...
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