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My Peugeot 407 2.0 HDi won't start in the mornings. If I roll it down a hill it will start and it starts any time when warm. Any ideas?
Maybe I am a bit dim but in your MoT failure stats it states one failure category as "Vehicle ID No." What on earth does that mean in terms of failure?. Or are they talking about the number plates?
Will the long term maintenance on hybrid and/or electric cars have a higher repair cost compared to current petrol or diesel cars due to the different components needed?
Our 18-year-old daughter is angling for her own car and would like something 'more interesting' (i.e. faster) than her mother's three-cylinder 1.0 litre Hyundai i10, in which she's to date been a secondary...
Are there dash cams available that don't need wires to connect them to the car?
We have a Fabia TSI automatic and live in a rural area so speeds are low and limited to 30mph for miles around. The auto keeps the revs as close to 1500 as it can so there is no way to drive at 2000rpm....
I don't know a great deal about cars but I'm looking to spend somewhere between £3k and £5k. I've narrowed my choices down to a Volkswagen Golf, Ford Fiesta, Ford Focus or a Skoda Fabia. What do you recommend?
What GAP insurance would you recommend for a van on contract hire?
I'm looking now to purchase a new SUV and wanted your opinion as to whether it should be a diesel or petrol version? I've always been of the opinion that as the vehicle is only likely to cover around 7000-8000...
I was advised by my local Audi dealer to change the cam belt on my five-year-old Audi A3 with 32,000 miles on the clock, so I booked it in for this and a major service. Instead of having the car returned...
Could you please quote your source for saying that diesels registered pre 01/07/2008 are exempted from this part of the MOT? My wife’s 2004 Citroen Xsara Picasso diesel car has just failed the MoT on this...
I am considering fitting a reversing camera to my recently purchased Honda Jazz, to supplement the reversing sensors. I am looking at the Halfords EchoMaster monitor and reversing camera, but the reviews...
I have an MG RV8 with the usual spare tyre in the limited boot space. Considering it would cost about £60 to replace a tyre and I have only had five problems with regards to a puncture in 48 years of driving,...
Are there any quality narrow cars the same width or less than my 2006 BMW 1 Series? I really like this car but the latest models are too wide for my garage door. Street parking is out of the question....
I accidentally scraped up against a parked car while attempting to park. There were only a few very minor scratches on the car and my car was left with a few scuff marks. I waited for 30 mins and the driver...
My husband died recently and I am left with a 1961 Ford Consul which is in bits with lots of spares. I don’t know where to start in trying to sell it. How and where should I advertise it? I don’t know...
I drive about 5000 miles a year and use my car for moving furniture, visiting friends and family, taking stock to sales etc mainly. I currently have a 2012 Peugeot 308 SW which I like but it's not the...
On a streaming wet motorway in roadworks I hit the rear of a BMW X5 in my car when the traffic stopped suddenly. The impact speed was approximately 10 mph and the damage to my car only a broken front number...
My car was hit from behind while I was driving. Unfortunately, the cars became attached on my tow bar so I had to call my insurance company to get someone out to detach the cars which were both driveable....
What are the requirements for driving in France? Do I need more than the GB on my number plate?
I have a Mercedes-Benz E-Class which is three years old this June. Between my wife and, we have managed to scuff all the alloys a bit. Before I consider trading in, would it be better for me to have the...
I've been looking at buying a DS 7 for a few months. I'm concerned that, I've never seen it advertised anywhere and have not seen any on the road. They don't seem to be selling according to classified...
I am looking for a small/medium quiet SUV with a torque converter or CVT gearbox that also has a reasonable size boot. What do you suggest?
What should I look for before buying a Jaguar X-Type? It has a new clutch and flywheel.
Where did the use of 0-60mph as a benchmark originate?
Which is the best and safest small car for country roads?
I got stopped by the police because I had no insurance, yet the day I bought the new car I phoned the insurance company to amend the insurance. They are now saying I was not covered and I have been paying...
My father-in-law bought a car four months ago and the alternator has gone. The garage are refusing to touch it saying it's wear and tear. Are they right
In light of recent concerns over the easy way thieves are accessing keyless entry cars I have been trying to find out if my 3008 can also be attacked by using these scanning devices to trick the car into...
I own a 2012 Seat Exeo ST 2.0 TDi Auto. One morning I found a pool of transmission fluid and water on my drive. It was towed to a SEAT main dealer and they informed me that the coolant system is contaminated...
I have a 2017 BMW and I have unfortunately got sun tan lotion on the central arm rest. I have opal white Merino leather and I cannot shift the ugly yellow stain using leather cleaner. My local BMW dealer...
A member of my family suffers from chronic pain and we need a very comfortable car with very soft springing. We currently have a C5 with Hydractive 3 suspension, which has been brilliant but it's reaching...
The dealer buying my car has asked for my bank details so that he can deposit a small amount of money prior to the actual sale. Is this safe? I know you said that sellers should ask for cash, but the dealer...
I'm considering buying a 2016 Renault Trafic S127 Energy dCi panel van (66 Plate) and have checked online with Transport for London's ULEZ Checker and it seems to be compliant. The problem is that I understand...
My car was written off in 2018 and is classified a Cat N. I had another non-fault accident with the same vehicle. The market value they paid at the first accident was £3000. Because the car has a category,...
I have owned my 2000 BMW Z3 3.0 since I bought it from my sister in law in 2005. It has all the bells and whistles as extras such as a leather tonneau cover and an M steering wheel plus a hard top and...
I accidentally filled my works diesel lease van with petrol then drove 27 miles before realising my mistake. The only label was on the inside of the fuel hatch which I didn't see. Work have told me their...
Are tyre inflators easy to use and effective?
Is a tyre pressure light showing an MoT failure even if the pressures are correct? Can I just disconnect the light?
I have never bought a category A, B or C car. However I'm looking to swap my ageing 57 plate Nissan soon and I've noticed a Ford Kuga for sale that is a Cat S write off. When I asked what structural damage...
I am thinking of buying the new Honda HR-V having waited for them to put a decent engine under the bonnet. I have read many reports of full dilution issues - petrol in the oil, particularly in the USA....
Don't laugh, but in my lifetime is there any chance the Ford Focus saloon will become a future classic?
I’ve bought a second hand Skoda Fabia and had it for less than a year. I’ve noticed recently that the noise in the car is very loud when it reaches 60mph and 70 mph. Below 60mph the sound is there but...
I only do about 6000 miles a year and would like an SUV which would take both a medium and large size dog in the boot. I'm looking at a BMW X3 or Audi Q3. My budget is only about £15k and I'm looking at...
I have nine years no claims discount on my policy. The insurance company charge £45 per annum to protect this discount. They also state that in the event of a claim the premium will be increased. In view...
I am reading a spy novel which describes Stanley Baldwin as being driven on official business in a Rolls-Royce. Is this true?
Which is the best 7 or 8 seater for use as a taxi?
Is it an absolute fact that an engine warning light that stays on permanently once the car is up and running is an MOT fail? Is this cast in stone?
What small petrol automatic cars are available with a basic radio/cd player and no electronic touchscreens?
I want an automatic crossover/SUV capable of towing 1200kg, preferably with a wet clutch. My budget is £25,000 to £30,000. I fancy the new Ford Focus and Mazda CX-5 but would value your input.
 

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