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I am a pensioner and have a budget of around £50,000 to treat myself to a 'fun' car before I am finally too old to enjoy driving. I have owned many high-performance cars in the past and I shall keep my...
I have been considering swapping my 2003 Ford Focus Mark I, 2.0 Zetec, owned from new, for a convertible. I would prefer to retain front wheel drive, 2.0-litre petrol engine (or near equivalent) and manual...
My daughter is looking at a new Fiat 500 on a 3-year PCP from Fiat Cars. She does about 15,000 miles a year, town 60 per cent and motorway 40 per cent. What do you think would be the best engine: the 1.2...
My son lives in the South Pennines and had a Freelander until he replaced it with a Captiva 18 months ago. He regrets this and wishes now to replace it, and (with a bit of help from his dad) says he would...
I have had a 2008 Nissan Note Acenta 1.4 for three years, but although I appreciate its practical qualities I just do not enjoy driving it. I don't need that practicality any more. What I need is a supermini...
Soon I shall need to replace my 2 year old Giulietta 1.4 multi-air for something that is good on steep hills, mud and rutted tracks so will need fairly high ground clearance. What would be a good choice...
I'm almost 63 years of age and I've been a car nut all my life. I currently run a 10-year-old BMW 318 Touring and my wife's 2005 MINI Cooper. I love them both. However, I really want something exciting,...
I drive a Mazda MX5, which I love to bits, but which isn't practical as it snows where I live, so the rear wheel drive isn't the best. I thought a 4WD would be more realistic so I bought a Honda CR-V,...
I know you are very pleased with your Fiat 500 and I'm thinking of buying one secondhand. Which model would you recommend and what would you recommend as an alternative?
I drive a 2005 Skoda Fabia VRS TDI 130 that I love, but it's done nearly 100,000 miles and I'm wondering if now is the time to trade it in before things start to go wrong. Living on my own, I need a reliable...
 

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