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In your review of the Renault Captur, you mentioned there is 'No form of 'Grip Control' initially'. Are you hinting that this might be introduced at some later stage?
My BMW X3 2.0 xDrive has covered 48,500 miles since new and is still running on the original Pirelli Scorpion STR 235/55 R17 99H tyres, which I am about to replace with the same specification of Pirelli....
I have been very satisfied with my Subaru Outback 2.5 automatic. It's an excellent car, but slightly too big for my driving now. I am not keen on the XV car as its finish is a bit ‘tinny’ and seats uncomfortable....
I have a 2008 KIA Sorento XS with 47,000 on the clock. I am looking to change, but have found that KIA cannot provide me with a new KX2 demonstrator to test drive. I am also somewhat wary of buying a Sorento...
I have a 2005 Volkswagen Touareg 2.5TDI with 30,000 miles, which has developed a transmission fault. Moving slowly up a gradient, the transmission seems to wind up with a loud clicking from near-side rear....
I have a 2010 Mercedes-Benz B180, bought 18 months ago when an automatic gearbox was dictated for health reasons. I need to change to a small 4WD as I live in the New Forest, so roads are narrow and edges...
I have seen you write about the merits of the Peugeot 2008, but it isn't possible to get Grip Control with the automatic version. The new Suzuki S-Cross has ALLGRIP and CVT in the 1.6 version. Are there...
I was very interested in your answer to MA of Stroud regarding the merits of a winter tyre-shod Porsche Carrera S rear wheel drive against the 4WD version without winter tyres. As I currently drive a Skoda...
My friend and neighbour is now on the lookout for a sporty replacement for his Nissan X-Trail. He was ready to buy a 2010 Subaru WRX hatchback but is now stuck having, fortunately, read an article I sent...
I have not long taken delivery of a 2005 Volkswagen Golf TDI 4-motion with 67,000 miles that also has a most awful droning noise at approximately 2000rpm or 68-70 mph. It's as if the vehicle shouldn't...
 

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