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This week’s motoring miscellany involves steam cars, undercarriages, autonomous anxiety and in Part 2 builder’s van bans, ground zero, automatic uncertainty and Peugeots pretending to be Vauxhalls.
Honest John’s Motoring Agony Column 16-03-2019 Part 2
This week’s car alarms sound off about electric parking brakes, driving into the sun, clutch catastrophes and in Part 2 we see evidence of entrapment in Wales, expose the true cost of an oil change, max a tall reader’s headroom and keep on going.
Honest John’s Motoring Agony Column 09-03-2019 Part 2
Recent road tests
The Volkswagen T-Cross is a small, Polo based SUV that’s set to win the hearts of everyone who wants to sit up high, but doesn’t want to drive around in too much car.
The ‘all new’ 2019 Mazda 3 arrives in May, but there’s a slight pause in the proceedings because the ground-breaking 2.0 Skyactiv-X Spark Controlled Compression Ignition engine will not reach these shores until autumn. All models are extremely well equipped, not merely with European satnav and air conditioning, but also a host of high tech safety kit including Mazda Radar Cruise Control, Traffic Sign Recognition, Head Up Display and Smart City Braking.
The 2019 Nissan Micra has just been refreshed with two new 1.0 litre engines and the option of an automatic transmission. Both 999c chain cam 3-cylinder turbos with an integrated exhaust manifold ‘delta’ head, the more powerful 117PS has direct injection whereas the 100PS uses multipoint injection to squirt the fuel/air mixture into the combustion chambers via the inlet valves.
The VW Golf GTI TCR is a collectible run-out version of the Golf VII GTI, based on the Golf TCR race car with 290HP, 380Nm and the DQ500 7-speed wet clutch VAG DSG.

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