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  • Honest John's Motoring Agony Column 9-5-2015 9 May 2015 (News)
    thought there would be a standard or at least a convention on this aspect of the design. DS, via email There is. The car is designed for LHD to be sold in LHD countries. The modification for the few RHD countries in which it is sold does not extend to modifying the rear door
  • Honest John's Motoring Agony Column 9-5-2015 9 May 2015 (News)
    thought there would be a standard or at least a convention on this aspect of the design. DS, via email There is. The car is designed for LHD to be sold in LHD countries. The modification for the few RHD countries in which it is sold does not extend to modifying the rear door
  • Honest John’s Motoring Agony Column 25-05-2019 Part 2 24 May 2019 (News)
    . Automatic fearbox? Regarding your recent advice on the Nissan Note auto, I have a 2010 Micra auto with 25,000miles. Is this a similar gearbox? It has been no trouble but what maintenance do you advise? DS, via email If it's the 2003 - 2010 Micra it has
  • Honest John's Motoring Agony Column 09-02-2019 Part 1 7 Feb 2019 (News)
    . Minding his Ds and Qs  I have a 2013 Audi A3 1.8TFSI Sportback Sport now at 32k miles. It is fitted with a dry clutch 7-speed s-tronic gearbox. This developed an issue in 2017 at 18,000 miles, which Audi repaired with a 2-year warranty that expires in July 2019. I love the car, great
  • Honest John’s Motoring Agony Column 19-01-2019 Part 2 15 Jan 2019 (News)
    or a Mazda 2 auto. Your advice would be greatly appreciated as to which would be the better buy, or any other make. I have a budget of £20,000 and drive about 8,000 miles per year mostly short journeys. DS, via email I prefer the Mazda 2, but you could also consider
  • Honest John’s Motoring Agony Column 20-10-2018 Part 2 19 Oct 2018 (News)
    a builders bag (900mm x 900mm x 900mm) containing light material in the back when the rear seats are folded. I am not looking for high performance and budget is around £12k. DS, via email Citroen Berlingo Multispace, Peugeot Partner Teepee. Good low floor and no sill
  • Honest John’s Motoring Agony Column 10-02-2018 Part 2 9 Feb 2018 (News)
    £12,000. Garages in the same block now sell for in excess of £30,000. They are going up in price more than houses. DS, via email I know of property investors who have invested in garages rather than in houses or offices. Not a bad gig. You don’t need too
  • Honest John's Motoring Agony Column 11-11-2017 Part 2 10 Nov 2017 (News)
    . Here's what we have:  /carbycar/mazda/3-2014/?section=good  /   Cammy man Can you tell me, please, if the 1.2T petrol Auris has a cam chain or belt. DS, Cardiff 1,197cc 16-valve four
  • Honest John’s Motoring Agony Column 04-11-2017 Part 2 3 Nov 2017 (News)
    pleasures left. My specification is very simple.  Power 250bhp+; manual transmission; either an estate or a 'dog friendly' saloon boot. So far, the only vehicle that I can find that might meet my need is a SEAT Leon Cupra ST: have you any others you could suggest?  DS
  • Honest John's Motoring Agony Column 04-03-2017 Part 1 3 Mar 2017 (News)
    this is also the case for the Modus? DS, via email   Change timing belt, tensioner, waterpump and aux belt. If the aux belt comes off it can wrap itself around the unprotected lower timing belt pulley and take the timing belt off.   Chain of correspondence
  • Honest John's Motoring Agony Column 09-04-2016 Part 1 8 Apr 2016 (News)
    brand? I find local showrooms to have pushy unhelpful sales people so thanks in anticipation of an honest reply. DS, via email No because of their complexity and the fact that repairs to a £70k car will always be to a £70k car even if you only pay £2k
  • Honest John's Motoring Agony Column 13-2-2016 12 Feb 2016 (News)
    prior to having the work carried out by Jaguar. By the way, we lost confidence in the XF and have traded it in for a Mazda CX-5 diesel automatic with which we are delighted. Best wishes and I look forward to reading your columns in 2016. DS, Larbert, Falkirk The CX-5
  • Honest John's Motoring Agony Column: 23-5-2015 23 May 2015 (News)
    that diagnosis and remedial action in May should be at no cost to myself. DS, via email The most likely culprits are the boot light remaining on, the glovebox light remaining on or the interior light 'see you out' delay switch remaining live even though the light goes off. Easy
  • Honest John's Motoring Agony Column: 23-5-2015 23 May 2015 (News)
    that diagnosis and remedial action in May should be at no cost to myself. DS, via email The most likely culprits are the boot light remaining on, the glovebox light remaining on or the interior light 'see you out' delay switch remaining live even though the light goes off. Easy
  • Prototype: Rover P8 and P9 2 Aug 2013 (News)
    on the Citroën DS and later refined for the CX. Evidence sometimes points to King being a pragmatist with some of his later engineering solutions on the Rover SD1 and Austin Maestro especially, but given time – and budget – he was unafraid to experiment with radical engineering
  • Rover P8 & P9 2 Aug 2013 (News)
    on the Citroën DS and later refined for the CX. Evidence sometimes points to King being a pragmatist with some of his later engineering solutions on the Rover SD1 and Austin Maestro especially, but given time – and budget – he was unafraid to experiment with radical engineering
  • Honest John's Motoring Agony Column 08-06-2019 Part 1 7 Jun 2019 (News)
    as a selling point. I would appreciate your comments and advice.  DS, via email The figures quoted were the discredited NEDC lab test figures, previously compulsory throughout Europe, easily 'cheated' by manufacturers and now widely discredited. Replaced for new cars since
  • Honest John’s Motoring Agony Column 27-04-2019 Part 2 26 Apr 2019 (News)
    worrier Could you please give me some advice on the most fuel efficient automatic to buy out of these: Peugeot 2008; Citroen C4 Cactus; Mazda CX-3; Toyota C-HR Hybrid. I make long motorway drives as well as lots of short runs round town. DS, via email   In Real
  • Honest John’s Motoring Agony Column 30-03-2019 Part 2 29 Mar 2019 (News)
    existing car, or look at a completely different car model but of similar size and driving position. I am old fashioned in that my car is kept in the garage and the C-Max just fits. DS, via email   VW seems to be carrying on with the Golf SV and that is a very
  • Honest John's Motoring Agony Column 09-03-2019 Part 1 8 Mar 2019 (News)
    a bigger boot. I have always liked the Honda Jazz but know there are problems with cars from certain years with the automatic gearbox. DS, via email The UK market Jazz 1.4iVTEC from February 2011 regained its CVT-7 transmission, which is okay. The i-shift from 2008
 

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