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I own a 2006 BMW X3 2.0d Sport, which at 53,000 miles has suddenly lost all power. At the time it lost power, the car was towing a car and caravan. I took the car to a BMW main service centre and ask...
My 20-year old Mitsubishi 1.8i Space Runner automatic goes on and on like a faithful servant, but I fear replacement time will come next year. I wouldn't buy a diesel because of pollution but I am attracted...
I have a four-year-old Range Rover Sport bought new from a dealer. I have had all the servicing done by the same dealer on schedule. The vehicle has done 68,000 miles and the turbos self destructed, causing...
We are thinking of purchasing a Dacia Sandero Stepway, and would like to know what is your opinion of the small petrol turbo engine versus the diesel? Our mileage is light. Would the small petrol engine...
My husband is looking at buying a SEAT Altea TDI. I've read a few comments on the internet about the turbo blowing and costing a fortune to repair. Is this a common fault? We had a Ford C-Max TDCI a year...
My 2006 Skoda Octavia 1.9 TDI PD Estate has just completed 150,000 miles, 145,000 miles in my ownership plus 5000 as the dealer’s demonstration car. The only major expense I have incurred was for a dual...
You may be interested to know that my 2009 1.4TSi Golf has had a new engine put in it, free of charge. Despite the car being slightly over three years old, Volkswagen admitted "serious component failure"...
Are modern turbochargers more reliable and longer lasting than they used to be? Or, if I bought a car with a turbo for long-term ownership could the turbo become an expensive part to replace?
My wife has a 7-year-old Nissan Note automatic, bought from new, with which she is entirely happy. Being short (5-feet) she likes the ease of access to the driver's seat and the good all-round visibility...
Two years ago I bought a Suzuki Swift Ddis from an authorised dealer. The car was running fine until, a few months ago, the turbo failed. The car was still under warranty, but I had to pay £100 to recover...
 

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