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One of the doors on my Peugeot 307 locked itself and has refused to unlock, both through the inside and through outside
I purchased my Subaru XV automatic back in June 2020 and the mileage is now at 26,500 miles. I am used to changing the cam belt, pullies and water pump every four years on my previous Subaru RX, but when...
My Hyundai Santa Fe has 130,000 miles on it and I’ve read that the timing chain should be replaced after 100,000 miles. Is that right, or is it still safe to drive until noticing some symptoms? I guess...
The water pump, radiator and timing chain on my 2003 BMW E46 Touring (with 123,500 miles on the clock) have never been changed. The expansion tank was replaced in February 2019. I asked a local, independent...
My 2016 BMW 335D automatic has now covered 74,000 miles. Do you think its worth having the transmission fluid changed in its ZF 8-speed gearbox?
My wife’s 9-year-old Nissan Micra will only have done about 1200 miles since it’s last service and MOT as she has worked from home and the car has mainly sat in the garage. We have used it for a weekly...
In a few weeks time, I shall be trading in my 11-year old Skoda Octavia 2.0 TDI for a new Octavia iV PHEV. My local independent garage tells me that they can service the new car and the manufacturer’s...
I have a 2016 Renault Twingo Dynamique S. It is serviced annually by the main dealer. The first year it did about 6000 miles but the last four years, it has only done just over 6000. It gets a 20 mile...
My car is due for a service shortly. The last three services have been done via a main dealer. It is a 2016 model with less than 19,000 miles on the clock and does less than 1000 miles a year. Is it worth...
I bought a Jaguar XK Convertible 5-litre last August. It was serviced in March 2019 at 76,600 miles and has travelled only 4000 miles since. It's used as a second car, no short trips usually 20+ miles....
 

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