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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...
What's the ticking noise behind the dashboard when I turn the ignition? The car is a Volvo S40.
The accelerator pedal sticks when I accelerate quickly. I have to get my toes under the pedal to get it back into position. It's a 2003 Citroen Xsara estate.
I'm about to go from 100% home-based to a 400/500-mile per week commute. Currently, I have a 2009 Land Rover Freelander 2 with 144,000 miles on it, going strong. I've put 130,000 miles on it myself over...
Daughter #2 has daughter#1’s old Mini One, which is 10 years old, but has a full service history. A few years ago, it was run dangerously close to running out of oil. It's now using a load of oil (refill...
My niece just bought a 2005 Volkswagen Golf for £1000. After a week, it needs a new camshaft and clutch plate. This is her first car so she can take her driving test, but the seller doesn’t want to know....
I have an 11-year-old car which I'll probably replace before the end of the decade. There seem to be three possibilities: replace soon with another petrol or diesel car then change after 2030, replace...
Hi. I have a 2004 Peugeot 206cc which has been stored in a garage over the winter months. Once a month I start the car, operate the electric roof etc and everything is fine. However, the seats, steering...
I read about the BMW 3 Series being reliable, but servicing, repairs and - I imagine - insurance is a lot more expensive than for non-premium cars. I see lots of these high-mileage, diesel cars looking...
I have a very low budget as I'm studying at the moment. I need a relatively roomy car as I have two young children so need space for a buggy and shopping. I would like low tax and my budget is £1600. I...
 

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