Questions from July 2020
If these two cars are essentially the same and built on the same line at the factory, why does the Crossland have a poor handling report while the 2008 does not?
Given Mitsubishi Motors announcement that they are not going to supply any new models to Europe and UK and are withdrawing from this market, should I hold onto my three year old Mitsubishi ASX or would...
I'm considering purchasing a plug-in Mitsubishi Outlander in the next few months. It's my first venture into electric vehicles, however, I've seen that Mitsubishi have announced they will not be selling...
A family member has a diesel Ford S-MAX. It's nearing time for a newer model and they require seven seats. They have always liked the Ford but London has begun discriminating against diesel. They cover...
About to buy a Volvo XC60 with blonde leather faced seats on the basic Momentum spec. Can you recommend how to give some protection for these seats from teenage children, jeans etc? I don't want seat covers....
I have been contacted by my local Audi dealership advising that my car's (Audi A6 with 23,000 miles) air conditioning should be serviced every two years to keep system at optimum. They're offering their...
I recently bought a Volkswagen Passat GTE. My local commute is only 10 miles round trip so I'm running almost exclusively on electricity except if I make a long journey. Would the car be more efficient,...
I share a car and the insurance covers the policy holder and a named driver. If the named driver makes a claim on the policy for an accident which was their fault, does the policy holder loose his no claims...
We're keen to buy a Volkswagen campervan and have identified a particular model that we like - a Rolling Homes Columbus. A new model, including the accessories that we need, would cost about £53,000. We...
It will apparently be possible to tow with the new Nissan Ariya. If so, what weight? Surely the range will be devastated. Also, is anyone planning to provide charging bays for tow cars with their trailers?...
My wife and I are both in our 70s and we have two cars (a Renault Scenic and a Citroen C3) but we would like to go down to one. This will probably be our last car and we would like a plug-in hybrid as...
I want an automatic car with a smooth ride. I'm disabled and need luxury automatic. What do you recommend? I have £3000 to £5000 to spend. I've thought about an older Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Any recommendations?...
Can I fit summer tyres to the front of my Audi A3 and all-weather tyres to the rear?
Our Mazda 5 was written off recently. We don't need five seats but we do like the space. We have a budget of £8000-10,000. Any advice what we should replace it with? Thanks.
I'm thinking about buying a diesel Ford Edge but I wanted to know if it's a good car. Will it depreciate a lot?
I have a 2012 3.0-litre diesel Audi Q5 and have noticed a strong vibration under my feet starting at 60mph. It stays, and arguably gets worse, the faster I go. It’s not really through the steering wheel...
I'm 17 years old and am looking for a car to buy once I've passed my driving test. I have researched a bit and found that all-in-all, a Volkswagen Polo from around 2010 may be the perfect car for me. However,...
I have a one year old Renault Kadjar with dab radio and Bose speakers. The radio constantly loses the signal. The dealer says it is a problem with radio Newcastle but it happens on all stations. It also...
Should I get a catalytic converter lock from Lexus for £300. I have a 2016 Lexus CT but wasn't sure if this model was affected or whether it is worth the cost. Please advise me.
I bought a new Volkswagen T-Roc 1.5 with a manual gearbox in March 2020. I complained about the kangarooing issue just after I bought it for the full amount in cash. I returned the car months later due...
I'm buying a new Mazda through a local dealer. They've offered their Paint and Interior Protection package for £300. The car I've picked has leather rather than fabric seats, so I won't get much value...
Up until last night, I was set upon selling my eight year old diesel Kia Sorento and going a bit greener by buying a one year old Toyota C-HR Dynamic Hybrid (approx £25,000 from main dealer). Two friends...
I bought a BMW i3 eight months ago secondhand from an independent dealer. It's done 1000 miles since purchase. An error was shown and BMW have indicated that the engine sensor is not reading. A full replacement...
Is a secondhand 2010 Mitsubishi L200 worth buying?
I've been advised not to drive anymore, but I have an immaculate, low mileage V6 Rover 75. My plan is to back it out of the garage, perhaps every couple of weeks and let the engine run for 10-15 minutes....
I currently have a 2017 Ford Fiesta but I want a car with higher seating, electric windows and the same standard as the Fiesta.
When are the DVLA going to make it mandatory to sit a course for driving a motorhome? I find there is an increasing number of inexperienced drivers.
My wife's lease car comes to an end next month. As a fan of MINI, having leased for the last decade or so, she would like to stick with the brand. I've seen 2012 diesel Countryman with 75,000 miles, one...
Has an extension been granted for driving licence renewal? I missed my renewal date by a fortnight but have now made an online renewal and received a confirmation. Can I drive with my old out of date licence...
My timing belt is due to be replaced after five years. The water pump is driven by a separate belt at the other end of the engine, I am told. Do they need replacing at the same time?
I am considering buying a 2009 Volvo XC90 which has been imported from Singapore. What potential pitfalls should I be aware of?
We've done nearly 27,000 miles and our garage says we need to change the cambelt of our 2015 model (£494). Is it necessary to change it now? Other sources are saying it doesn't need changing until between...
I run a low mileage 1988 Jaguar XJ-S. I have always run it on V-Power - which for a long time did not apparently have an Ethanol content, now it is 5%. Do I need to take any steps to tackle problems...
I'm thinking of replacing my Volkswagen Bora, which I have owned for fourteen years. I'm looking for something similar (saloon with boot) there seems little choice other than a BMW, which I do not want....
I recently purchased a 1974 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow long wheel base. I'm trying to find out any history of this vehicle. Can you help, please? The plate under the bonnet says it is a Silver Shadow as...
Can you recommend a reasonably efficient, petrol, seven seater? I have about £12,000 - £13,000 to spend. Thanks.
I have a 2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class. The air-conditioning was giving out hot air on the nearside so I took it into the local independent who I use to service the car. They have found that whilst the air-conditioning...
I’m buying a BMW X1 but I’m not sure which engine to get between the 1.8 diesel or the 2.0 petrol. I drive around 10,000 miles a year - probably 70/30 motorway/town. I’m told from most dealers that for...
Which estate car has the longest boot space with a flat load deck?
I know that tyres are date stamped on the tyre wall but who is out there monitoring those age stampings other than ourselves? Is there a recommended age limit for tyres or is there likely to be one imposed...
I want to buy a 2018 or 2019 automatic city car. What are your thoughts on the Hyundai i10 and Kia Picanto? I like these because of the warranty. What are your recommendations? Thanks.
I've just had two new tyres fitted to my Mercedes-Benz, but the mechanic broke my master key. They've offered to drill the broken nuts but I don't trust them not to further damage the wheels. Plus, why...
I’m 20 and am looking at my first car. I have two main options; a 2018/19 VW Polo or 2013-16 Mercedes-Benz A-Class. I like the A-Class for its beautiful interior but am concerned about expensive maintenance...
I'm interested in a 2011 Audi A5 convertible. It's diesel with 67,000 miles. Is there anything that I should be aware of, or that should put me off buying this? Someone has mentioned problems with the...
We recently collected a new Ford Fiesta from a Ford dealership. On the drive home, an engine warning light appeared on the dashboard with the message "low oil pressure". We stopped driving and called the...
My 2018 Volvo V60 has been written off by the insurers as Cat S. After a lot of negotiation, the engineer agreed to add £340 to the what he says is the market value of the car to account for the fact that...
I have been told that the service book is purely computerised for my new car - but surely I should have a paper service book so I can see a record and any future owners. Am I being told the truth here?
I've been thinking for a while now of going into being a courier/delivery driver - especially with the recent huge uptake of online shopping. What van would you recommend? Any obvious pitfalls to watch...
I own a MINI Countryman - which I purchased new in September 2017. As well as the usual warranty, the paintwork is guaranteed for three years. The car is garaged and kept in pristine condition. Two weeks...
How often must the photograph on the 70+ DVLA driving licence be renewed? Thank you and kind regards.
 

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