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Please help me choose between a Honda Jazz i-Shift and a Honda Jazz CVT. Which is more reliable? I can spend £3000 and I want the most reliable car. It doesn't matter if it is the first generation or second.
After owning my new car for two months, I noticed that the speedo has been removed - either when new or when having some paint touched up as they reset my trip mileage. It's missing the screw interior...
I have a 2014 Skoda Roomster 1.2 GTI. It has been serviced as manual and passed first MoT earlier this year. I have been sent notification of having emissions update carried out but am concerned by conflicting...
What's the most reliable car over the past 10 years?
I'm considering chipping my Peugeot 3008 2.0 150PS, it's done 62,000 miles. The claimed power increase is 187PS and fuel consumption reduction of 30 per cent. Is this viable and, if so, why don't manufacturers...
Could you please tell me if there are any major issues with the Citroen C15 Romahome?
I have recently purchased a new Ford Fiesta (not the very latest model) with a 1.0-litre Ecoboost engine. After returning from a drive around town today, I lifted the bonnet and noticed that the water...
I bought a 2009 BMW 318i Tourer with 95k miles for £5700 in May from an independent dealer with a seemingly comprehensive six month mechanical warranty. On delivery I discovered that the reverse gear was...
The clutch and flywheel on my Ford Focus 1.0 Ecoboost (new since September 2015) were burnt out and replaced in November 2016. The dealer and Ford wouldn't pay under warranty, as they attributed this to...
I have owned a Ford Focus Ecoboost for the last three years and it has had two new engines. It has now gone back to garage with the same problem. Ford is now saying it is the water pump, but the symptoms...
My daughter's car was hit by another car while parked in the street outside my house. The other driver was apologetic and admitted it was his fault so we exchanged details as my daughter was not in. The...
Which cars would you recommend for young drivers?
I've just been on two comparison websites to look for cheaper car insurance than my latest renewal quote. A company quotes £186 on one site and £165 on another for the same level of cover. Why is there...
Have there been any reports of rusting on the Ford Transit Custom?
I put petrol into my diesel Dacia Duster. How do I rectify this?
I have an LDV Maxus, which I have been pleased with as a work horse. I'm looking for a van with more refinement, good fuel economy, road handling, safety and visibility, space, comfort and reliable functions...
I have a choice between an auto or manual gearbox on the Isuzu D-MAX, both 2.5-litre engines. Is there a preference? Not working the truck hard, just bit of logging, no real pulling.
Someone drove into the back of my car and admitted liability. Can I refuse to let my insurer write off my car?
In March my parked car somehow ended up rolling itself into a brick wall, cracking the base of it. I reported it to my insurer, but made no claim to fix my car as it only had a minor scratch on the rear...
I'm told that certain French cities now require cars to display a sticker stating their official emission values. Apparently lots of Brits are being fined by the French cops for failure to comply. Is this...
I have lost one of my sets of keys for my Ford Focus Estate and need to have them replaced. What's the best way to do this?
I've owned a Ford Capri Injection for 23 years. In October 2015, I delivered my car to a local restoration bodyshop in order to have a bare metal respray carried out. The proprietor notified me that he...
My girlfriend closed the boot of our Range rover Evoque manually, without using the auto button. I was sitting in the driver seat at the time and it made a strange noise that I hadn't heard before. I later...
I brought a brand new Mercedes-Benz GLA 220d last September. Within three months of ownership my engine management light came on and the cars power was restricted. The earliest Mercedes-Benz could book...
I have a 2016 Toyota Auris Hybrid and the electric engine appears to have a very short range. On the indicator of battery power you can never get it fully charged, there are two empty bars at the top end...
I have a 2010 Volkswagen Passat CC automatic diesel. It's started to judder when I start it. Any ideas what it could be? It's driving me mad.
My wife favours a used Skoda Yeti petrol auto for local, rural journeys and the occasional long trip. I hear that the Yeti automatic gearbox can be iffy. Any recommendations?
Our 2013 Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 diesel had the emissions fix five weeks ago. Last week, it went into limp mode and the dashboard lit up like a Christmas tree. I took it back to Volkswagen. After they had...
I own a 2014 Volvo V40. I've had it since new and just reached 49,000 miles. Last week, I began hearing an unwelcome noise whilst driving and left the car with my mechanic to locate the source of the noise....
The passenger door of my Peugeot 807 has locked itself. What should I do?
My Honda CR-V has an intermittent fault, when in first gear - it jumps out of gear. I've taken it to the dealership, who've said they have put it on their machine and can't find anything. They say nothing...
I've just bought a Peugeot 207 from a garage, but noticed on the MoT it says "wheel bearing slight play". Should I be worried? I know nothing about cars and would appreciate an opinion while I have three...
What's the knocking in my 2008 Volkswagen Transporter?
About three months ago I received an email from my insurance company informing me that Metro travel bus company were making a claim against me. They say that I reversed into a bus and fled the scene.They...
What are the best tyres for a comfortable ride?
My local tyre fitters have said they may be able to plug the nail hole in my 245/35 R18 runflat Bridgestone tyre for £16.99. Is it worth trying or should I just bite the bullet and payout for a new tyre?
A car hit me and the driver is adamant he wants to pay for damages rather than go through insurance. I suspect he doesn't have any, how can I check?
My daughter recently notified her insurer, Hastings Direct, of her change of address for the remaining three months of her insurance policy. She then received a confirmation message from Hastings, followed...
I have a 1969 Volkswagen Type 2 campervan. It starts as sweet as a nut when it's cold, but once it's warm it struggles to tick over. Once running, it's fine. Any ideas what the problem is?
Our 2011 Volkswagen Caravelle broke down suddenly (no warning lights) a month ago. A local, non-franchise Volkswagen garage replaced the number one injector. The van broke down again on a long run last...
Four months ago we bought a Citroen C3 Picasso 1.2 PureTech. At 1400 miles, it had a burnt out clutch on a very busy road. The dealer blames our driving style as there's no manufacturing defect detected....
The other day I was driving my 2012 Renault Scenic 1.5 DCi when the Check Anti Pollution System Message came on with a slight loss of power. I managed to get the car to a mechanic. He took the vehicle...
My son has a Renault Avantime in RHD. Apparently you are more likely to see Lord Lucan than one of these. Is it worth storing in case it becomes a more valuable classic?
I've had an unfortunate collision with a lorry. I have a dash cam and it clearly shows the lorry hitting all along from back to front of my Toyota RAV4. I'm just waiting for AA investigators to view it....
I understand my car insurance may be void whilst serving a six month ban. If I add my spouse to the policy, could she still drive the car?
Ford has just announced a scrappage deal and other manufacturers offer them too. I'm thinking of scrapping my 2005 Volkswagen Passat diesel. What are the best deals currently available and do any include...
What's the best product to protect paint from road chips?
What are the pros and cons of buying a repaired Cat D car?
In May, someone drove into the back of my car. She admitted full liability and I had a witness. My car got written off and I sustained a whiplash injury. During this time I had a hire car, the hire company...
Someone claims that I hit their car, but I was not in that area. My insurance company is not defending my argument, even though they have inspected my car and found it not to be damaged. My premium has...
 

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