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I've been told by my local Skoda dealer that my 2012 Octavia 1.8 TSi DSG Estate needs a new DSG as it suffered a failure. They found metal debris in the gearbox when they stripped it. Any ideas why it...
Is it usual for a belt tensioner to go off centre and shred the belt? This was the case with our Peugeot 3008 at 28,000 miles.
I have a 2007 Jaguar XJ 3.0-litre V6 with 44,000 on the clock. Jaguar are saying that the engine coolant needs replacing at this service and are quoting over £100 to do it. When should the coolant be replaced...
How often should air con gas be replaced in a 2012 Volkswagen Golf?
Our four year old Ford Focus 1.0-litre Ecoboost, with 25,000 miles, went in for its annual service and MoT today (main Ford dealer). When we went to collect it, we were told it was suffering from a major...
The heater resistor pack on my Nissan Note failed and was replaced by my local Nissan garage for £172. The part supplied consists of two parts, the resistor and heat sink, and the wires and plug that go...
In early 2013, I bought a new BMW 640d M Sport Gran Coupe. I part exchanged it two years later for a new BMW M4. That cost me £32,000 in depreciation. I'm now thinking of selling my M4 at the three year...
I changed the oil and filter on my 2012 Ford Fiesta. Now the engine fault light is on and the turbo isn't working.
I bought a Mini Cooper S convertible recently and within a week, an interior cover running across the width fell off. I took it to a garage and found out that the clips are broken and the garage is unable...
The clutch on my new Ford Focus failed after only 16,500 miles (20 months). Ford Customer Relationship Centre say "no defective part" and blame me for "riding the clutch". We may not be the best clutch...
 

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