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I have a 2014 Volkswagen Golf 1.4 DSG, which I love, but the seating is a bit too low on long journeys. I'm looking to part exchange for an automatic SUV/MPV, thinking a Nissan Qashqai or Ford C-Max. Most...
We will be looking for a family SUV around April/May and can spend up to £12,000. Will prices come down after the new reg in March? Also, with the crackdown on diesel, should we be looking at petrol? Our...
My 2016 Volvo V70 with 7000 miles, three months post first annual service, put up a message saying it was due an oil change and at next start up showed an amber engine block icon with 'check' below. I...
I was interested to see that you think the Qashqai 1.6DCI would be suitable for an annual mileage of 8500 with only two 20 minute regular journeys per week. I am thinking of replacing my X-Trail with a...
I'm looking for a small economical car. I wondered what your thoughts were on the Suzuki Alto as I can get a brand new one for £5000 (trading in my 11-year-old Peugeot 206) at my local garage and wondered...
We are thinking of changing our 2004 Golf 1.9TDI. We would like something of a similar size although petrol as we do a lot of short and medium trips with a fairly low annual mileage. I note from reading...
I am thinking of buying a one-year-old Audi A5 Sportback diesel, but I only drive about 5000 miles a year, most of this in short journeys of about two miles. Am I likely to experience diesel particulate...
In 2008 I went to a Fiat dealership and, with the help of the car salesman, configured a 500 Multijet diesel to my 'needs' and to a very high spec. Having spent my life savings on the car, I was told it...
I currently have a pre-DPF Skoda Octavia TDI Estate and am very pleased with it. I would like to buy a new one early next year but want to check a few facts about the DPF. The sales brochure says it should...
Could you recommend a reliable small to medium car or SUV for an average of 10,000 miles per year, primarily consisting of short journeys for a couple of OAPs? We wish to avoid expenses associated with...
 

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