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My husband bought possibly the ugliest car on the road - a Jeep Patriot. From October to February he drives a regular round trip of 150 miles each Saturday and may possibly experience a little snow now...
Can you recommend a new or used model of front wheel drive car that is permanently driven by both front wheels? I am tired of having to pull off or to the side of narrow roads to allow passing, only to...
I read with interest PH's email regarding getting only 20,000 miles out of the front tyres of his Mondeo. I've just changed the front tyres on my 2008 Mazda 6 Estate and the car has done 40,000 miles on...
My son's 2003 BMW 3 Series 3-litre 6-cylinder has been a delight but needs to be replaced. With three teenagers and increasingly long trips on the cards, a 2006 Mercedes-Benz R-Class diesel automatic looks...
Against my better judgement I have owned two Land Rover 1.8 petrol Freelanders and, as predicted, both have been unreliable with many problems over the years. Despite that I still like the car. It is the...
I fully endorse DH of Bakewell's comments regarding small pick-ups. My little Subaru 4WD pick-up is an amazing vehicle and it's a great shame they were not updated and continued in production. Sadly most...
My 2001 Audi A6 1.8T suffered a front wheel impact, which caused me to suspect the tracking may need to be checked. My local tyre dealer confirmed on his rig that the alignment was indeed out of specification,...
After 13 years trading, my son suddenly finds his firm with a cash-flow crisis and the need to sell his self-indulgent limo and buy a second hand 4WD vehicle able to tow up to two tons (a one-ton stump...
We need to consider changing our 6-year old RAV4 before too long and need advice on which models are worth considering. It must be 4WD. We are also looking for good fuel economy, reasonable tax band, reasonably...
I ordered a new Nissan Qashqai 1.6DCI 4WD, which has a delivery date coming soon. Having seen recent bad publicity regarding DPFs, have I ordered the wrong car as the majority of my mileage is local commuting...
 

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