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My BMW X3 automatic has covered 38,000 miles from new in my ownership and recently had an inspection and brake fluid change at Sytner High Wycombe. The service received and the ongoing communication throughout...
Recently you have mentioned the problem of "rusty Mercs", and the unwillingness of Mercedes-Benz to honour its 30-year Mobilo warranty. Like other Mercedes-Benz owners, what I would like to know is whether...
I was interested to read the correspondence on rusting Mercedes-Benz cars. I bought four E-class Mercedes-Benz Estate cars in a row. The first three were excellent, both mechanically and bodily. I bought...
I just bought a 2007 Volkswagen Polo today, which was stolen/recovered from an auction site that insurance companies give their cars to. The car's back brakes are locked for some reason. Any ideas why...
My daughter is going to work on a small island in the Atlantic. It has a subtropical climate and cars there have a tendency to rust due to the saline environment. Please could you recommend a small car...
My Mercedes-Benz E-Class is nearly eight years old (79,000 miles on clock) and with the numerous areas of rust appearing (top of all doors, three wheel arches, off-side front door and around the boot lock)...
I am the owner of a Jaguar X-Type Estate registered in October 2008 and it has a rusty rear sub-frame. Jaguar completely deny responsibility and I have a letter from them stating "Surface corrosion is...
I've seen a BMW 316i for sale on a 95 reg, asking price £1000. It has a long MOT with a full service history and 122,000 miles on the clock. It looks ok, it's just the miles are a bit high. I've been told...
My Y-reg Mercedes-Benz SLK is starting to become very rusty. It started at the boot handle, and is now affecting all sills. Someone told me that this is a fault associated with Y-reg Mercedes-Benz models...
In the past I have owned a Volkswagen Polo and a Golf. The cars lasted 17 years and 14 years and were still good roadworthy cars when I sold them. I was shocked when I read your comments about modern cars...
 

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