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Honest John's Motoring Agony Column 03-02-2018

Published 01 February 2018

This week’s motoring malfunctions concern national grids, driver-less cars, the emissionary position, queue tips, remote control and enough to keep you occupied while the other half watches ‘Saturday Kitchen’.

As usual, emails to Honest John should be addressed to: letters@honestjohn.co.uk  Please try to keep them as short as possible. 

Blackout

I'm concerned about the seeming push towards electric vehicles in the near future. As an owner of three petrol cars, one a classic, what is the future for all of us whose vehicles are fossil fuel? I'm not expecting you to own a crystal ball but I thought you might have access to any government logic?

AM, via email

Under current EU plans embraced by Michael Gove in the UK, all NEW cars registered for the first time from 2040 will have to be electric or electric hybrid. Existing internal combustion engined vehicles simply carry on with increasing restrictions as to where they can be driven. That said, coal-fired electricity power stations are to be phased out by 2025, wind turbines produce only 8% of our current electricity requirements, and the return on private investment in nuclear power stations is extremely slow, so planning of electricity supply for 2040 lags well behind the wishful thinking.

Volvo Autonomous Brake Test Fail 

Sensor occasion

I took delivery of a Skoda Kodiaq 4WD in September 2017. The car performs well and I am getting used to adding AdBlue. However I have had warning messages that my 'Front Sensor is impaired'. The common scenario is the weather conditions being wet, foggy and lately having snow and ice. This sensor is behind a cover in the grille, whereas my previous car, a VW Golf, had the sensor open to the elements and below the front bumper. In 3 years the VW did not show any such warning messages. Is this a common fault?

SB, via email

This is quite common on VAG vehicles. I've also had it in heavy rain in a BMW and suffered the same thing briefly in freezing conditions in my Renault Koleos. It's intermittent. And I have to admit that, despite autonomous braking being switched on in my car, I’ve never actually experience it working. Of course even assuming the sensor was working, autonomous braking would not necessarily work in snow and ice anyway. It might apply the brakes, but that does not always mean the vehicle would stop moving forwards.

 

A mender NOx 

I have a 2011 VW Golf 1.6 TDI with 70,000 miles and in March 2017 had the recommended NOx emissions update. I have this week had the EGR fail and would like to know if this is linked to the update and if there may be any recourse to VW?

MS, via email

This is almost inevitably consequential of the fix and VW is committed to pay for replacement. So back to the dealer that did the fix.

Traffic Jam M25 Galaxy

Gearfoxed?

I note your comments on avoiding the 7-speed dry-clutch DSG gearbox. I am sure some people have had problems, but I am on my third Skoda: one Octavia and two Yetis with the 7-speed DQ200 without any problems. The Octavia did 65,000 miles, and the first Yeti 50,000 miles trouble-free. My latest Yeti has done nearly 8,000 miles so far. Is there any indication that the way people drive a DSG could have an influence on longevity? It is not a full slush auto and you have to be aware that it has clutches, so drive it accordingly and not let it ‘creep’ too much (which does strain the clutch packs). The benefit is that mpg is better than a manual, which is not the case with power sapping torque converter boxes.

WT, via email

You’re right. When stationary, dry clutch DCT drivers should put the box in Neutral to prevent clutch drag. If a significant problem is reported to us over the years, it usually represents only 3% - 10% of owners. But I'm still receiving complaints about the DQ200 on a daily basis: clutch packs, Mechatronics, well over 1,000 compared to none at all for Mazda, Suzuki and BMW torque converter automatics. As well as that there is the problem of intermittent hesitation when exiting side roads or entering roundabouts. Modern BMW torque converter automatics are actually certified as slightly more economical than the equivalent manuals. Mazda torque converter autos are not.

 

Cognoscenti 

Have you had any feedback from Peugeot 3008 owners regarding a gearbox issue? My new company car is a 2017 Peugeot 3008 GT Line 2.0 litre Diesel Blue (150PS) with a manual six-speed. Frequently, I'll select first gear, move off, and the car will spit out the gear. Not only is this annoying (and noisy), it's also pretty dangerous. Holding the gear against the selector doesn't work either, as it’s strong enough to push against your hand. For example, I was turning right across oncoming traffic this morning and it happened, so rather than completing the manoeuvre, I was just left stranded in neutral with traffic hurtling towards me. I drove a 3008 manual in the summer and it did exactly the same thing.

KM, via email

No other reports. But that's a classic sign of the gears inside the box having moved along the shaft. I had it with a Mini 1000 in the mid 1970s. It could be an external linkage fault, but more likely to be an internal one.

BMW 730Ld 2016 Parking Screen 2 

Government parking ban

I have a Mercedes A180 with Park Assist and was somewhat alarmed to read that the government is only now considering making remotely controlled parking legal. I hope this does not include the Parking Pack offered by most manufacturers at the moment. I bought mine with a view to helping me to reverse up my narrow drive, which has a stone wall on one side and a slatted garden fence on the other. It doesn’t, unfortunately, do that, but when I asked the local dealer to show me how to use it conventionally for parallel and perpendicular ‘hands off’ parking as described in the handbook, I was greeted by comments along the lines of ‘Oh I’ve never used it, you’ll have to ask someone else’. Why I am concerned is that at no point in the supply chain did anyone mention that it might be illegal.

CW, Cirencester

What you describe is not “remote parking” because you are inside the car capable of taking over at any time. “Remote parking” is where you stand outside the car and control the parking from a special key. Current BMW 5-Series and 7-Series have this as an option. (On the other matter of controlling private parking operators, MP Sir Greg Knight's Parking Code of Practice Bill received its 2nd reading yesterday.)

 

Entry model

I'm looking to buy a 2008 Volvo S60 and it appears to come with only one key. The local Volvo dealer has just quoted £200/£300 for a new key. Do you know of any alternative sources?

JW, via email

Sometimes Timpsons can clone the keys (in Tesco carparks and foyers); sometimes not. Otherwise look under Keys and Locksmiths in this directory: /useful-websites/specialists/

Bulgarian SAAB 9 3 Cabrio F34 

Maurice Traveller

On Saturday 2nd December, you responded to a person who keeps a UK registered car at an address in Italy, returning the vehicle every 12 months for MoT. You stated it was an offence to keep the vehicle out of the UK for more than 6 months. I have a boat now in Holland and a motor home. My intention is to live on the boat in summer using the motor home to reach places the boat cannot go. In winter we will use the motor home to travel in and around Spain. Given this plan the motor home will spend 8 to 10 months out of the UK.  Our insurance covers our extended use out of the UK and the vehicle is UK taxed and MoT’d. I have searched the Internet and all references are to 12 months.  We have a UK address and do not own property elsewhere. Would you be kind enough to clarify the position?

GB, via email

You have misread what I wrote. It’s not how long your vehicle is out of the UK; it’s how long it remains in another single EU state. But you will get around this because your motorhome will not be in a single EU state for more than 6 months at a time because, as you say, you will be moving around. The rule is an attempt to stop people moving from one EU State to another and keeping a car in an EU State where it is not registered (or taxed) for more then six months.

 

Returned unsealed

I would be obliged if you could give me some advice about a problem with my 2014 XS Freelander 2. I bought the car on 22nd October 2017. It had done about 21,000 miles. On 23rd November I discovered an extensive water leak in the o/s front footwell. It had not rained between these two dates. I phoned the garage and returned it to them for repair on the 26th November. On 5th December they called me to say that the car was repaired and I went to collect it. On 7th December I contacted the garage again as the door seal had been fitted in the wrong position (joint at the bottom) but worse than that it had been fitted inside out. This time they collected the car at my house on 11th December and returned it to me on 14th December claiming that it was OK now but I see that they just re-used the old door seal. What I would like to know is do I have any chance of recompense for this as I would really like to give them the car back and get my money refunded.

PG, via email

If the car is now fixed I don't think a Small Claims judge would regard the issue as being sufficiently serious for you to reject the car. If it isn't fixed, then you may have a case.

Jaguar Mk IV 3.5 1948 F34 Historics 

Two in one

A couple of queries: You recently advised a correspondent to avoid buying a replacement vehicle if, amongst other things, it had a push button starter. I'm sure you had good reason to say this but it escapes me given that my 1949 Jaguar has one and has never given me trouble in the 50 years I've owned the car. Secondly, whilst driving along a very long, non-stop, stretch of the M4 into Cardiff I got to think "what is the optimum cruising speed for best MPG?" I have a 1.0 litre petrol Nissan Micra. Is this something one can calculate, find in the vehicle's handbook or simply learn from experience?

PA, via email

I was referring to current generation remote keys and push button starters where the system senses the presence of the remote key and allows the car to be started. Signals from these remote keys can be boosted via tablet computer devices and used to start cars even when the keys are locked inside the car owner's house. The way to stop this is to keep the remote key in a signal blocking Faraday bag. Optimum cruising speed depends on the size of the car, the size of the car engine, the gearing and whether it is manual or automatic. But for most ordinary cars it tends to be between 50 and 60 mph. 50mph is anti-social on a motorway because it holds up HGVs that have to drive at their maximum governed speed in order to deliver the goods on time. So 60mph is the minimum sensible speed.

 

Emergency brexit

After Brexit, what will happen about number plates? Will EU ones have to be changed to just plain reflective ones and the old GB sticker attached to the rear of the vehicle?

AT, via email

Wait and see, and stop reading ‘The Daily Wail’. Brexit might not actually happen as the mood of the country changes. We have all already lost 10-15% of our wealth as a result of it so far. Inflation will increase to 5% over 2018. Wages will not increase to match.

Honda HRV Cross Climate Front 

Climate change

On 2 April 2016 you praised Michelin Cross Climate all weather tyres for giving a softer, quieter ride, as well as all-weather benefits. I am thinking of fitting them to my Subaru Outback and would be grateful to know if there might be any disadvantages.

JS, via email

Wheel and tyres sizes for all models of car vary, so first check that you can get Cross Climates in the correct size here: https://www.michelin.co.uk/tyres/car-tyres#type=type_2&brand=subaru&range=legacy%20outback&model=legacy%20outback&selectedFilter=summer / (you'll need to fill in the missing details). I ran them for 10 months and about 10,000 miles on a Honda HR-V. Run at lowest recommended cold pressures they improved the ride and steering and reduced road noise. There were no downsides in terms of fuel economy and longevity. But some sizes are quite expensive.

 

Engine-newity

I bought a brand new Range Rover Evoque convertible in December 2016 and have been very happy with it. I needed a reliable car for my daily commute between my two clinical practices. In October a problem occurred with the coolant and it went into Land Rover in Southampton, having done 11,000 miles. 8 weeks later it is still there and has just had a new engine fitted. I have been given a loan car and offered £300 in compensation, but I am worried that when I get my car back it will essentially be prone to problems. I took out a PCP contract. Can I reject the car or seek further compensation from Land Rover? Thank you for your advice.

NB, Winchester

Presumably Ingenium diesel? Not heard of a cooling system problem with Evoques before. I wonder if the EGR Cooler could have fractured. If they fix it, there are no grounds for rejection and in any case, after 11,000 miles, all you could do would be force a buy-back at current market value that could lose you £15,000 - £20,000. So best be patient. After all, a new engine is better than one with 11,000 miles on it.

Jag X-Type Estate 2008 700

Scrap value

I have a 102,000 mile 2005 Jaguar X-Type 2.0d FWD estate, which I intended to trade in via a scrappage scheme. However, the deal I finished with via Drivethedeal (brilliant) meant I kept the car. It is due its MoT end of the month (+service and VED) and has an undiagnosed noise from the rear wheel (suspected bearing but intermittent and never shows itself when with garage) and recently the rear door will not open. I have had the car from new with complete Jaguar service history, but it does not owe me anything. As these seem to sell for £1,000 - £1,500 on the Internet it does not seem sensible to carry out this work (especially if it’s not a bearing), but would it be worth getting it MoT’d (sure it will pass if rear door is not a failure item) or just sell to a ‘buy any car’ company as it is?

LT, via email

You'll probably get a derisory offer from one of the carbuying companies because there simply isn't enough quick profit in a car like this. Always better to sell with an MoT. A squirt of WD40 on the lock servo and mechanism might drive out any moisture that is jamming the rear door.

 

Total wiper out

I drive a 2009 Nissan Qashqai 1.5dCi. This has given me excellent service for the last five years. Sadly, the windscreen wiper motor and linkages failed recently. My local garage, which uses Europarts, could not obtain these parts and was not given any date when they would be available. Contact with three Nissan dealers in Merseyside proved negative. None of them had the part or could give me a date when they would be in. Faced with the prospect of not being able to use my car for three to four weeks I have been forced to part-exchange it for a KIA. I have complained to Nissan Customer Services. They said they would log my complaint. Is there any further action I can take on this appalling situation? It should also be pointed out that my garage had a number of other Nissans brought in with the same fault over the last few weeks. It is likely to be a common fault and all the more reason why Nissan should have a better supply of parts.

GB, via email

Noted in the carbycar entry. The Qashqai has not been particularly reliable and because the first generation is now an obsolete model, the spare parts inventory must have been used up. When that happens a manufacturer will only commission a run of replacements when sufficient orders are received. Meanwhile every working wiper motor in the country gets used, including those on scrapped Qashqais. A manufacturer only has to supply parts for a model for 10 years, but yours did not go out of production until 2013, so Nissan still has that obligation until 2023.

Toyota Yaris 2017 Gunmetal Side 

Gearlessly into the future 

I need to purchase a new car for my wife and I to drive: an automatic with a 1,000cc engine would be sufficient, perhaps a Toyota Yaris Hybrid. Before purchasing the car I am seeking your advice since the last two cars you have recommended have given us excellent service.

LA via email

A Toyota Yaris Hybrid is 1.8 litres, like most Toyota hybrids. But it's still very economical: /road-tests/toyota/toyota-yaris-2017-range-road-test/ The best 1.0 litre automatic is the Suzuki Swift 1.0T Boosterjet 6-speed auto: /road-tests/suzuki/suzuki-swift-10-boosterjet-automatic-2017-road-test/ They also do a slightly bigger Baleno 1.0T Boosterjet 6-speed automatic: /road-tests/suzuki/suzuki-baleno-2016-road-test/ Avoid small 'dual clutch' automatics and Nissan CVTs.

 

Blinded by the light

A reader complained about being constantly dazzled at night by modern car headlights. From personal experience it may be that they have a type of cataract where a ring of material around the circumference of the lens develops a different refractive index. This results in loss of visual acuity, despite you feeling that your eyesight is perfectly good. The ring of material likewise results in headlights “flaring” and blinding you at night. I had this surgically fixed with replacement lenses, as otherwise I was going to lose my pilot’s license. It is different from the common cataract where the whole lens becomes fogged up. A friend had the same problem/solution some years before me. I was diagnosed by a properly qualified optician (Masters Degree standard), carrying out the Civil Aviation Authority examination for a pilot’s Class II medical, followed up by a consultation with a specialist Consultant Eye Surgeon.  A very different situation from a "Specsavers" check up.

AMV, via email

Very useful information. Thank you. However I am reluctant to refer readers to high street opticians outfits such as 'Specsavers' who have caused numerous readers to be inconveniently banned from driving for up to a year due to dodgy diagnoses.

VW Golf SV Side (2)

Hesitant 

My 2016 VW Golf SV SE 1.4TSI DSG, bought new in November 2016, has, a seven speed dry clutch transmission, which gives major problems, especially on hills when attempting to either reverse or move forwards. My local VW dealer's response is simply to press further on the accelerator when it then almost "jumps" giving my wife, as passenger, enormous back pain. Apart from this we love most things about the car, especially the size (dimensions), comfort, extras, etc. As I suspect VW is aware of this problem, do you know whether they have either corrected it or have been willing to replace the transmission? What would you recommend I do, if anything, including selling it and buying another car? (and if so, what?) We previously owned a Mercedes B180SE Blue Efficiency auto (1595cc) with which we experienced no problems whatsoever.

RK, Dorchester

The otherwise excellent Golf SV is tested here with precisely that cricicism: /road-tests/volkswagen/volkswagen-golf-sv-2014-road-test/ In answer to your question, DQ200 7-speed dry clutch DSGs and s-tronics continue to fail. They occasionally hesitate while exiting side roads and entering roundabout. The obvious alternative is a BMW 2-Series Active Tourer, which currently has 6-speed, or 8-speed torque converter autos. But BMW has just switched MINIs over to dual clutch autos so I guess intends to do this to Active Tourers as well.

Audi RS3 400 2017 Sedan F34 Building 

Just deserts

I have, maybe naively, booked a holiday planning to hire a car to drive from Abu Dhabi to Oman. Now that the flights and hotels are booked I discover this might not be as simple as I'd thought: tales of being refused access over the border or huge rental costs and even some companies refusing to permit the hire. Help. Is this possible and how do I do it? I've already had to cancel a dream holiday to Sicily earlier this year because I fell off my road bike and sustained too many injuries to travel; I can't tell my wife this trip too is doomed.

GS, via email

That should be okay. They did it on 'Top Gear'. Chris Harris and Matt le Blanc both did that run, actually from Dubai via Abu Dhabi. Last year we drove the Audi RS3 400 on mostly ‘deserted’ roads in Oman, where the greatest hazards were feral camels: /road-tests/audi/audi-rs3-400-saloon-2017-road-test/ Just be polite. And if officials start getting officious, be even more apologetic and polite.

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Comments

General de Goole    on 1 February 2018

Correction: the Yaris hybrid has a 1.5 litre engine (not 1.8 as stated); the Auris hybrid, Prius, Prius+, and C-HR have the 1.8 litre engine; and the RAV4 hybrid has the 2.5 litre engine.

aufdermaur    on 1 February 2018

While I agree with HJ's dismay at leaving the EU, I bet his 'remoaning' goes down well in the Torygraph.

TICKENHAMTIGER    on 1 February 2018

While I agree with HJ's dismay at leaving the EU, I bet his 'remoaning' goes down well in the Torygraph.

It doesn't go down well with me! He may be right about loads of things but Brexit will happen.

glidermania    on 2 February 2018

Correct. HJ should limit his comments to driving related matters and not try and peddle his socio political views on others via his privileged position. And yes, the daily wail is carp.

Engineer Andy    on 3 February 2018

Correct. HJ should limit his comments to driving related matters and not try and peddle his socio political views on others via his privileged position. And yes, the daily wail is carp.

Quite right - the question did not merit any response related to the merits (or otherwise, in his opinion) of Brexit - all he had to say was - theses are the rules now, and these 'might' be the rules after we leave, if we indeed do so (I have no problem in him saying that, given current policical circumstances, as long as its not qualified why 'because I think that's the right thing to do and we're all going to pot if we don't).

Taking HJ's so-called 'facts (this is what REALLY gets my goat, given he makes a BIG PLAY about other so-called motoring 'journalists' telling porkies):

1. The so-called 10-15% 'drop' in wealth (presumably he means since the result of the referendum) is only if you hold it in foreign currency or items abroad that you cannot bring in to the UK or sell here, and is only a problem for people who wish to realise (i.e. convert to £s) right now, due to the drop in the value of Sterling relative to other currencies. People, like HJ himself, who live abroad, would actually do better if they moved back to the UK as they'd get more £s for their local currency. I suspect its because HJ has lots of money (including earnings from this website) tied up in the UK in £s, so his income has reduced. Easily solved, mate - moved back from Thailand to the UK.

Of course, if we assume that the 'doom-mongerer' remoaners who prophecised that our economy would tank after the vote were wrong, given the facts since then, then we can reasonably assume, if we get the right deal from the EU as regards free trade (without being in the EU in all but name) or just leave now under WTO rules, we'll do perfectly OK as the EU's contribution to our GDP has been falling year-on-year for some time now and will do so as former Third World nations become richer and we make our own trade deals with them. As such, the Pound will likely strengthen again other currencies, and particularly the Euro, given the bloc will be significantly poorer and pack far less of an economic and political punch without us, never mind the problems the single currency itself has with Greece and other heavily-indebted EU nations, which could easily being down the whole currency or even (quite easily) the bloc itself. We would then not have to 'pick up the bill' and so our currency would rise relative to what was left of the EU.

2. Its highly unlikely that inflation will rise to 5% this year, unless Labour gets in power. If that happens, it will be the least of our (then) MANY problems. Forecasts on this front have generally been more accurate than GDP growth, mainly because they aren't as easily skewed for political reasons. It is forcast to rise this year to higher levels than in recent years, but only for a short period, as been the case in the past, even recently, and the 'high' figure is for RPI, not CPI (whichever you agree with as the best for us). I just looked up RPI trends, and it peaked at 5.2% in 2010 (nothing to do with Brexit) then dropped sharply.

For the most part, inflation changes a lot when the price of commodities varies a lot, which will happen a lot more as gas and oil bcome more scarce, more difficult (read harder and thus more expensive) to extract and environmental laws/taxes makes their use more expensive. The same goes for variations in weather (more cold weather, higher fuel prices because of higher demand) and political considerations, such as problems in the Middle East/OPEC nations (especially as regards larger oil exporters) and more generally around the world (Russia and China being more agressive in foreign policy, especially wrt their neighbours and NATO countries; possible conflicts between nuclear-capable nations such as NK and the US, etc etc).

Yes, the drop in the value of Sterling has had an obvious effect on the prices we pay for commodities valued in $s, such as oil and gas, consumer goods and raw materials mainly mined abroad for use as building materials and for industrial production, but, again, these changes are temporary, and if we get things right, may well improve. It should also be noted that the price of goods from some nations, such as China, will inevitably rise as their economy grows and their population wants pay rises and more affluent lifestyles similar to their Western counterparts. This has nothing to do with Brexit and will continue whether we leave or not. Yes, countries like Indonesia will partially fill the void in that respect, but essentially its a law of diminishing returns as the World's wealth gets more evenly distributed by these changes in liefstyles brought on by capitalism.

We were lucky that over the last 20-25 years China was in a position to produce cheap, generally high quality consumer goods that essentially reduced the inflation figures to the 2% average, when actually they were about 1% higher if they weren't included. Again, nothing to do with Brexit. Car prices wre also artificially low 10 years or so ago due to significant over-supply in the European market (I paid more than 25% less than the RRP for my new Mazda3 in 2006, which couldn't be sold in Cyprus and made its way over here to be eventually sold via Motorpoint, similarly to VW Golfs last summer after Dieselgate struck/EU economic woes and Euro sales bombed for a while) - the market is now far more realistic in terms of supply, pricing and deals, but the £'s value has temporarily affected this. When I bought my car, the £ was worth $1.75, and after the global financial crisis hit, $1.5, dropping to $1.25 after the 2016 referendum, but has been recently climing (and sharply) back to $1.42, not that far away from the average of the last 10 years if the trend continues.

Some of that will obviously depend upon what deal we get with the EU or what exit we choose, but this is certainly not helped (uncertainty) by ardent activist remoaners like Hammond, the other political parties & Co. muddying the waters and weakening the PM's hand (alread weak enough without their meddling) by making inflamitory and contradictory statements at every turn, especially when the vast majority (except Ken Clarke) agree to abide by the vote and not to do what they now are doing. If we all 'pulled together', and not this one step forward, two steps back approach, then things would get a lot better, and fast. This behaviour may have and be affecting the value of the £ and levels of investment (foreign and domestic), but its not that bad, and again, is NOT the fault of those voting for and advocating a clean (not hard) Brexit.

HJ - please stay out of politics when its patently not warranted. All you're doing, in my opinion, is turning members here, many of whom are VERY loyal to the website's honest (pardon the pun) way of reviewing cars and the take on the industry as a whole - don't spoil it (and lose your audience) by bringing in your own politics to matters that don't need them, especially when its not well researched and, in my view, uses very personal experiences to make generalisations.

Just my opinion. Thanks for managing to get through this lengthy response.

John Boy    on 4 February 2018

Correct. HJ should limit his comments to driving related matters and not try and peddle his socio political views on others via his privileged position. And yes, the daily wail is carp.

Quite right - .....

.... Just my opinion. Thanks for managing to get through this lengthy response.

Seems to me you're doing pretty much what you're accusing HJ of. How do you find the time to do all that typing?

Strawman    on 4 February 2018

Taking point 1, a lot of goods, including food is imported. So this change in the value of our currency is why the average person is worse off, in simple terms out costs have risen faster than our wages. Yes there were some b******s spoken on both sides, but the general message, backed by the current governments own analysis, is that Brexit harms our country, and that in turn harms our individual wealth. Now remember Brexit has yet to happen so we have further to fall. Just because our situation only got worse, not disasterously worse, does not mean that Brexit is ok, it still harms our country and is the unpatriotic thing to do.

And another point to ponder on, the remain camp makes of lot of striking our own deals etc. But has no one stopped to wonder why our currency fell. Is it because the other countries think the UK outside of the EU is in a worse trading position. And if you think leaving the EU and moving to free trade with countries like China wil result in a better deal, can I suggest you go out and examine the trade deal as a manufacturer in the UK. I have and believe me it is a lot easier to export and sell to countries close to you than ones far away. We are turning our backs on the organisation that helped turn us away from being the sick man of europe, still we might win that back with Brexit. Why is the UK economy not seeing the growth the other EU economies are? Answers on a post card. Is it because of the shadow of Brexit....

The signs are there. No it is not as bad as some of the remain campaign said, but then there are not the unicorns that leave promised either. Result Brexit is bad for us. Time to smell the coffee and leave the extremists behind.

Edited by Strawman on 04/02/2018 at 19:40

Silversalmon    on 5 February 2018

And just as equally this is not a website for you to view your own political comments!

Strawman    on 4 February 2018

It may well happen but it is till not in the interest of our country. Those of who love our great nation need to call an end to this action which is damaging out great country and reducing our standing in the world. Sad to see that the government Brexiteers are now turning on the civil service for pointing out the obvious.

Engineer Andy    on 5 February 2018

It may well happen but it is till not in the interest of our country. Those of who love our great nation need to call an end to this action which is damaging out great country and reducing our standing in the world. Sad to see that the government Brexiteers are now turning on the civil service for pointing out the obvious.

The Civil Service are not doing that - they are, in my view, producing highly biassed reports, as they did for 'Project Fear' which said by now that unemployment would be 500k - 800k higher than before the referendum, etc, etc so they can circumvent the will of the people and keep political power in the hands of them and their bureaucrat firends and colleagues in Brussels.

I bet if the vote had gone the other way, you'd be arguing for all the Brexit supporters to 'shut up' and 'leave it alone' as 'the people have spoken'. Stop being hypocritical - just because you disagree with the decision we as a nation made, democratically, AND despite all the lies from the remianer team saying how bad things would get, doesn't mean you and the remoaners in government/parliament can try and scupper the process by undermining it at every turn, mainly because they have gold-plated pensions, a cushy pay-off and likely guaranteed future careers if they lose their seat at the next election, so they can say and do what they like.

If you guys stopped meddling, accepted you lost and let the people who WANT to make the best of it get on with the negotiations, maybe things would go better. The vast majority of the problems in the Brexit process have been caused by remoaners undermining the process and PM (not that she needs much help in that dept) and threatening to effectively bring down the government if they don't get 'their way'. How selfish and childish, not the actions of 'honourable members', who should've accepted defeat gracefully.

Strawman    on 5 February 2018

Sorry a bad decision is still a bad decision. We have the evidency of our currency fall, the drop in our economic performance they are not bias, but evidence we should consider. Also look at what has been discovered in the negotiation process so far. Consider the issues of the Irish border. We have so much that has still to be defiend even after all this time.

Should HJ stop giving his advice on VW DSG or DPF on diesels with low millage/short journies? The answer is no because they are real issues, so buyers should stop and think does it affect them. So it is with Brexit. If you were on the process to buying a car and you found it was a bad match for the sort of journeys you do would you not say sorry guys this inot fitting my needs I am not going through with the deal. Why is Brexit different?

We had a vote where quite honestly a lot of the needed information was missing.

It is not like the EU was perfect, far from it and you would find me pushing for reform of it. But we need to protect the future for our children. So as a patriot, I cannot stand buy while our country does self harm. Blind faith has its limitations.

oldroverboy.    on 1 February 2018

I started to have visual field problems in 2007, after headaches and "falling sheets of stars". My GP refererred me to an independant optician who having examined me and taken photos referred me to a specialist at the local Hospital where a slight swelling was noticed. Fast Forward to 2016 and after a failed eye test at a"high St" opticians, my cousin who is a retired multimillionaire specialist Optometrist gave me the name of an independant specialist. He then referred me to a Consultant who diagnosed me with wet AMD. Following a course of eyelea injections my eyesight has actually improved a bit in the affected eye. Advice to anyone,

Don't delay!

Edited by oldroverboy. on 01/02/2018 at 20:41

Chris C    on 2 February 2018

I wonder if the garage with the Qashqai didn't try very hard - only interested in replacing rather than repairing? Qashqai wiper motors are readily available both new and used on a wellknown auction site while linkages can be repaired - I had a Nissan whose linkage had seized up and it soon responded to a bit of dismantling and WD40.

geeegs    on 3 February 2018

Is it worth having a separate Agony Column just for VAG owners? It would seem that they're by far and away the most prominent posters.

jchinuk    on 4 February 2018

Regarding "Blinded by the light"

Since I had cataracts removed from both my eyes late last year, I have noticed how much brighter everything is, and driving at night is tiresome, though I can see where I am going much better. I invested in a pair of 'night driving' yellow glasses, which take the worst glare away

I don't share your reservations about High Street opticians, I was referred directly by my Tesco optician, hopefully their takeover by Vision Express will not effect the service.

WSM    on 6 February 2018

Re. the "Europlates" issue, I can't see Brexit making any difference for cars with pre-existing EU plates. If the owner objects to them carrying the EU flag, then they can cover them up with the readily available GB / England / Sco / Cymru stickers which fit the left hand side of the plate. I can't see many people rushing out to buy and fit new plates at 25 quid plus, even if they hate the EU and all it stands for. Incidentally, my previous car (Toyota Prius) in the UK had Europlates, and it picked up numerous minor dents / scratches and marks. My latest car (Vauxhall) didn't, and no such marks and damage have ocurred in over 2 years. What does this tell us!

As I now spend more time in Spain than the UK, I have recently re-registered my car to the Spanish system, and although I have to carry the EU plates as it is obligatory there, my insurance, road tax, MoT (ITV) and servicing is much cheaper (as is petrol). Whether my car will again start picking up scratches etc when I return to the UK remains to be seen.

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