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As a keen reader of your columns in the Saturday Telegraph, I am well aware of the pitfalls of operating a modern diesel for short journeys. Our local postmen have been subjected to new "modern" work methods,...
We are looking to buy a diesel estate but have had conflicting advice on how often you have to take them out for longer, faster drives to avoid problems with DPFs. Is it twice a month or every couple of...
In November last I purchased a Honda Jazz 1.4 VTEC ES CVT, first registered March 2012, and am getting conflicting advice regarding the need to change the CVT gearbox oil. Current mileage is 6600 and it...
I'm looking for a second-hand SUV for my wife to do the school run in. I don't want to spend a fortune but want something comfortable that is not thirsty. What do you think about a 2005 Volvo XC 90 2.5T...
My parents are in their 60s and looking for a new car. They don't want anything flash, just something small and reliable that isn't too expensive to run. They will mainly use it to get around town with...
I am a community midwife working in a semi-rural practice in Hertfordshire. Due to the NHS belt-tightening, we now have to replace our vehicles previously leased by the Trust with our own private cars....
I have a SEAT Ibiza 1.4 petrol SE Copa five-door in silver on 61 plate with 8000 miles on the clock with all the buttons, auto lights, wipers, climate, cruise, trip computer, electric mirrors, aux in,...
I have been reading with interest your advice on diesels having just taken delivery of my new company car a Mercedes-Benz E350 CDI. Like all diesels, it gets really upset if all I do is drive 1.5 miles...
I puchased a new Hyundai i10 Automatic in April this year. I do two or three daily journeys of about three miles a day, in total about 50 miles per week. I only seem to average about 22mpg. I was told...
Our trusty 2004 Nissan X-Trail, at 160,000 miles, worries me and may need replacing. Whilst the engine is still sweet, there is a fuel judder at 1800rpm again. Last year we replaced the EGR, camshaft and...
 

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