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Mazda does not seem to do a petrol auto 4WD like the CR-V auto but say they have this Skyactiv technology in diesel, which bypasses the particulate filter problems with low mileages. I only do 1000 miles...
Thank you for recommending the Mondeo 1.6 EcoBoost. Your review advises "1.6 EcoBoosts need idling from hot before switching off otherwise oil in the turbo bearing and oil feed to the bearing can carbonise....
We have a Kia Rio 1 CRDi, which we bought new in March 2010, and have had no problems at all with it and really like the car. We have now done about 15,000 miles and do not really want to change it. Our...
I own a Volvo S40 2-litre diesel, which is eight years old. My wife and I are both in our seventies and I think that it is now time to replace the car, as our average annual mileage is only 5000 and we...
My wife and I are looking for a car with about £20,000 cash to spend, now retired and having had cars supplied to us like Volvo, Lexus and BMW 5 series etc. during our working life. We have needs of automatic...
I have queries on two issues on which you have advised several times. Firstly you have warned that a turbocharged engine should be left idling before switching off to enable the turbo bearings to cool....
I wonder if you would be so kind as to give me some advice regarding my next car. I have been driving a BMW 530d since 2003 and using it to make very frequent long commutes to Scotland from Herts. It has...
I will check whether the 2011 KIA Soul diesel automatic we are looking at has a DPF. It seems it will be a bonus if it has. We have looked at the Venga but don't find it very attractive. There's something...
I am thinking of replacing my 89,000 mile 2004 Skoda Fabia 1.4 TDI with a similar car. I do about 9000 miles a year, mostly short runs. In view of your warnings about DPFs can you tell me at what point...
Our 2001 Toyota Previa petrol automatic has been an absolute joy and we've driven every one of its 125,000 miles. Sadly it's beginning to get expensive in its old age and it's time for a change, but Toyota...
 

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