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I have recently experienced 2 timing belt failures, both within the 40,000 / 4 years limits. The 1st in August 09 on a 1995 Astra 1.6 petrol. The 2nd in December 09 on a 1999 Zafira 1.8 petrol, which occurred...
I have a 52 plate ex-police force Skoda 1.8T with around 95,000 on the clock and service evidence would suggest the mileage is correct. Recently, though, the engine warning light symbol has come on and...
Could you please advise me about a hefty service quotation I have received from the local Volvo main dealer for a 100,000-mile service of my 1996 Volvo S40 automatic? They have serviced the car since I...
My VW Passat V5 is registered Dec 1999. It's a V registration. I have had it for 7 years now. I bought it in 1992 and it had 2 previous owners and 10000 miles on the clock. Apparently it had a bump in...
At four and a half years old with 45,000 miles on the clock and despite regular servicing and easy domestic usage, the timing chain on my 2,184cc Nissan X-Trail DCI SVE snapped. Nissan was not interested,...
My wife's Audi A2 1.4 diesel has approx 16,500 miles on the clock, mostly on short journeys. It is just over 3 years old and our Audi dealer has recommended changing the cambelt on the basis of time. This...
I have a 2004 Alfa Romeo 147 diesel that has done 39,000 miles. Last week the cambelt failed and the local dealer says it needs an engine rebuild at a minimum of £3,000. The dealer said the cambelt should...
My wife and I test drove the Hyundai i30 Comfort 1.4 petrol and 1.6 CRDi diesel last Sunday, and preferred the diesel for its power, lower emissions, taller gearing and motorway cruising. The problem is...
My car is a FIAT Panda Dynamic Multijet 1300cc diesel, 2005. Just today I've received a letter from FIAT where they strongly recommend me to change the timing belt every four years even if I've driven...
Just out of interest for very high mileage, is there anything that could be described as 'bulletproof'? Or at least, more bulletproof than a VAG 2.0 litre diesel?
 

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