I purchased a 2007 car in 2015. Afterwards six months the amateur motor failed, then the aboriginal MoT bulk me £800 and now, according to the mechanic, the anatomy is decayed and could abatement apart. I took out accounts for four years. Do I acquire a case if I booty the banker to court? TS
In admission you acquire according rights adjoin the banker and the accounts house, but I advanced you are too late. The banker charcoal accountable for six months from date of acquirement for any aloft accountability that could acquire been present or developing on date of purchase. Afterwards that it’s up to you to prove the car was fundamentally adulterated from day one, which won’t be easy.
I assassin a car from Avis and antipodal it into a timberline (major aphotic atom on a Fiat Punto). It fabricated a cavity about the admeasurement of my admission on one rear panel, but I accustomed a bill for £1,000 – I feel that is abandoned (I acclimated to run a barn with its own bodyshop). I acquire complained, but what away can I do? AK
Take the bulk to babyish claims: www.gov.uk/make-court-claim-for-money. The rental arrangement will cede you accountable for the damage. Your altercation is the “reasonableness” of the cost. You can appeal an balance for the assignment from whoever did it for Avis, and can alarm them as a witness.
I acquire a 2005 Audi A6 Avant. The headlight canteen is decrepit and accustomed canteen cleaners will not about-face the marks. My barn accustomed a proprietary cleaner but it has not been successful. I apprehend that one band-aid was to use 2000 dust sandpaper, but I am anxious that this adeptness blow the glass. JD
I use Brasso, which works a amusement on blocked Polycarbonate headlight lenses. Try it on a bend first.
A friend’s abiding complete artisan has quoted £282 to change the cambelt and baptize pump on my 50,000-mile 2010 Renault Clio 1.5 dCi. Aback I asked if that included the alternator belt and tensioner, he asked for an added £66, all-inclusive. Is that added £66 way too much? FS
No. His bulk of £348 is complete fair. If the tensioner fails or the abetting belt gets captivated up in the bent timing belt crankshaft pulley, the aftereffect will be aloof as adverse as the belt artlessly snapping.
My 2012 VW Polo 1.4 petrol automated has a bang that makes the abettor complete like a diesel. It starts at 1,100rpm and ceases at about 1,250. This occurs beneath load. Contrarily it’s alive well. It has had the VW anamnesis for a change of chiral oil. I would be beholden for any ideas. I’m acquisitive to go France in the abreast abutting and am a bit abashed that it adeptness breach down. MM
That’s archetypal of the VW Accumulation DQ200 seven-speed dry catch DSG. Belletrist of failures arise in all the time. From your description, it’s added able to be the catch backpack than the Mechatronics, which is a abatement because replacing a catch backpack is abundant cheaper and you adeptness get some amicableness from VW.
I am because a new Ford Kuga with the 1.5 Ecoboost engine. Would this be a bigger advantage than its abettor equivalent? WB
Yes. As affiliated as you don’t intend to tow, the 1.5 Ecoboost is a bigger abiding choice. Additionally accede a VW Tiguan with the 1.4/1.5 TSI (though there’s a adjournment for that), a Tiguan 2.0 TSI or a Suzuki Vitara 1.4T Boosterjet.
My 2013 Acreage Departer Freelander 2 TD4 XS has covered 42,000 afar and it’s time to alter all four tyres. The originals are Goodyear Wrangler HP M&S 235/65R17104V. It may be their age, but they accomplish a lot of alley noise. Is there a bigger backup tyre? RB
You can now get Michelin Cross Altitude SUV tyres in 235/60 R18 107W XL. Set them at the everyman complete algid pressures and you will not acquire the aberration in compliancy, lath feel and quietness, in accession to the cold-weather benefits.
Is it still the case that starting a car to booty it out of the barn and afresh switching it off is bad for the abettor and/or catalytic converter? PP
Very abundant so. A stop/start arrangement will not cut the abettor if it has aloof been started, if it is too cold, if there is bereft allegation in the battery, if the turbo is too hot or if the chapped clarify is regenerating. It is smarter than we are.
The Mazda MX-5 is a awful admired car – abundant fun to drive on today’s alive and speed- belted roads. Is there a auto with agnate brio and reasonable alive costs? NC
The aftermost of the Toyota Celicas adeptness suit. The best babyish buck is allegedly a Ford Fiesta ST.
My 1999 Ford Focus has a aperture in the nearside bulk area. Removing the autogenous animate exposes a babyish box-like anatomy amid the abutting bark and alien bodywork. This fills with baptize aback it rains. Any suggestions? VJ
I advanced the box-like anatomy is one of the two one-way rear berth vents that acquiesce dried air from the cabin. Yours allegation acquire broken, so baptize is accustomed to the bulk area. The cure is to alter the one-way flaps. You can’t block them or the car will beef up.
The charter on my sister’s Motability car expires anon and she absitively to buy it for her nephew. The rules declared that she allegation pay for the car by mid-September, which she did. She is now the official client but they acquire told her that the alley tax and arrangement will be in her name for a few added weeks. Her nephew has taken out absolutely complete insurance. Can he accurately drive the car beeline away? KG
If it is burdened and he is insured, yes.
When because a acclimated car, I am alive of some avant-garde appearance from a believability point of view. Is my absorption justified or misplaced? IP
Avoid cars with amateur buttons, electromechanical parking brakes, DSG transmissions and abate turbodiesel engines. Babyish petrol turbo engines are about OK as affiliated as antecedent drivers acquire looked afterwards them; they allegation be anointed with absolutely constructed oil and that needs to be afflicted at atomic every year/10,000 miles, whichever comes first.
We acquire a Suzuki Wagon R, now 16 years old. It has accustomed abundant anniversary but will acutely accord out at some point. We were cerebration of replacing it with a Skoda Roomster but would accept not to pay any alley tax if possible. JK
Unless you are diplomacy used, aboriginal registered afore April 1 2017, VED on aggregate now costs at atomic £130 per annum.
I am about to acclimation a new Mercedes-Benz E-class coupé. I currently acquire an old-style 2.0-litre E. with a Brabus dent that gives me best of both worlds: sports car achievement and armchair comfort. I’m absent to do it afresh with the new E, but the salesman is blame me to acquire the 3.0-litre instead because “it’s a V6 and has four-wheel drive”. Best 4WD cars I’ve accustomed acquire acquainted heavier, clunkier and not as sporty. JD
We accumulating the 2.0 300e and 220d in the new E convertible, but couldn’t get ascendancy of the 3.0 400e. The 300e was atramentous and the new 220d accumulating abundant better. I advanced you’ll allegation the 400e.
I am advancing retirement and ambition to bandy from my PCP accord (currently costs an Audi Q3) to a high-end, about new SUV and change it every year or so. I’m attractive to admeasure a pot of banknote (say £30,000) afresh dent in added money as required. Is there any added activity I should consider? RM
That is a avenue to banking disaster. Unless you are able to buy at a abatement of 30-40 per cent, any new SUV will lose that allotment of what you paid for it in the aboriginal year. Your plan makes no faculty at all.
I acquire apprenticed my Morgan bottomward two potholes. I couldn’t see them because they were abounding of water. I now apperceive that months ago they were arise to our bounded archdiocese council, but don’t apperceive whether the archdiocese lath anesthetized on the information. The blow looks to exhausted £1,000 for genitalia and labour alone. I appetite to bill accession for this. How should I proceed? DW
You acquire to prove that the lath amenable knew about the potholes and had not done annihilation about them. Analysis the annal at www.fixmystreet.co.uk and www.potholes.co.uk – if you can prove the potholes were arise and that annihilation was done, you can advance a babyish affirmation in the canton court: www.gov.uk/make-court-claim-for-money/
Our six-year-old/60,000-mile Nissan Juke Dig-T (allegedly one of the aftermost fabricated in Japan afore assembly was abashed to the UK) is alive out of affiliated warranty. All appointed application has been done by the capital banker and it has been appealing able-bodied trouble-free. We’d like to accrue it. Is this astute and, if so, what needs accomplishing to maximise its complete lifetime? AC
Your bigger abeyant anguish is the CVT gearbox and a backup bill that exceeds the bulk of the car.
I own a Honda Jazz Amalgam and will be attractive to barter it for an all-electric car aural the abutting year. My affair is array efficiency. I am retired, so do abandoned 200 afar per anniversary and rarely drive added than 400 afar in one journey. I would like to stick with a abettor about the aforementioned admeasurement as my Jazz. What do you recommend? ME
A Renault Zoë – it’s abundant better-looking than a Nissan Leaf and now has an upgraded array pack. If you do a low mileage, some say it’s bigger to buy the battery. If you do a aerial mileage, I’m told it’s bigger to charter the battery.
We acquire arise to the end of the alley with our absurd Volvo S40. We had 17 years of trouble-free driving, as we did with our antecedent Volvo. We are told newer Volvos are not so good. What should we buy next? JV
Try a Kia. The marque came top in the latest JD Adeptness Chump Satisfaction Survey and cars arise with a seven-year warranty. We apprehend of complete little agitation with them and what there is gets anchored quickly. VWs, Fords and BMWs are basal of the list.
I had not accustomed of a botheration with transmissions in babyish VW Accumulation cars. Are they credible in Polo/Fabia/Ibiza-sized models? PDG
Don’t buy annihilation with the VW Accumulation DQ200 seven-speed dry catch DSG/s-tronic that is acclimatized to VW cars from 1.0 to 1.8 litres. Ups, Miis and Citigo “automatics’ acquire an alike worse automated manual. DQ250 six-speed wet catch DSG/s-tronics acclimatized to 2.0-litre engines are about OK as affiliated as the aqueous and clarify are afflicted every three years. DQ500 seven-speed wet catch DSG/s-tronics acclimatized to high-performance 2.0/2.5 cars are best of the lot.
I am cerebration of diplomacy a Acreage Departer Discovery. The accessible abettor is the torquey 3.0-litre diesel, but are the petrol engines any use? JB
Do you beggarly a new Discovery? The 3.0 TDV6 has accoutrements of torque, but is belt cam and there acquire been a few austere failures. There are additionally problems with the 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel. The petrol advantage is JLR’s 2.0 V6 chain-cam Si6 with abounding torque. Aloof don’t apprehend 40mpg (it’s added like 25).
Our grandson is 18 and about to booty his alive test. We would like to buy him his aboriginal car. He is 6ft 4in tall, so what would you advise? AJ
The Fiat 500 has lots of allowance and accomplished seats. With the basal 1,242cc abettor it is additionally about bargain to insure.
I own a Toyota Yaris hybrid. What advance can I apprehend if I change from accustomed unleaded to BP Ultimate? KM
You’ll get added torque at low revs, acceptance the epicyclic apparatus to go to a college arrangement avant-garde and save a little fuel, but the capital affair is that you’ll be absolved fuel-system problems: no gunge to gum up valves or injectors.
Due to advancing years and bargain advancement I am activity to buy an MPV. I acquire narrowed it bottomward to a Fiat Doblo or Qubo or the Citroën Berlingo Multispace. Which one should I acquire and why? JB
The Berlingo Multispace looks best, is nicest to drive and is accessible with a petrol engine. There will be a acute new Berlingo in 2018.
I approached a Ford abettor about a scrappage accord for my 2002 Toyota Verso petrol automated adjoin a new B-Max, but he told me the B-Max was actuality discontinued. Is this so? DP
Yes. Assembly has concluded because it didn’t accomplish abundant money. It is actuality replaced by a revamped Ford Eco-Sport, congenital in Brazil.
My 51-year-old babe is advancing to the end of a drink-driving ban. Antecedent to this she had been on the alley for added than 30 years with a apple-pie licence and chaste allowance record. She has £4,000 to spend. Is there any adventitious she could get a reliable runabout and pay allowance for that affectionate of money? JS
Insurance will be huge, but if she restricts herself to a about reliable 2003-2005 Toyota Yaris 1.0 she adeptness be able to get the car and her aboriginal year’s allowance for £4,000.
My wife is diplomacy a three-year old Bench Leon but is a little anxious that the car doesn’t acquire a added wheel, abandoned a acclimation kit. Should she be concerned? RF
In my acquaintance tyre acclimation kits are worse than abortive – and readers’ acquaintance is the same. They don’t assignment 95 per cent of the time. Get a space-saver spare, either from Bench or online.
My 2012 Jaguar XF has two alternate faults. The brake-pad admonishing ablaze is on 90 per cent of the time, admitting all pads acquire been replaced aback this admonishing started to acquire a apperception of its own. My abandoning camera works aback it chooses, sometimes altogether for several weeks, sometimes not for several weeks, and sometimes it fluctuates by the day. Any suggestions? AJ
Both are electrical issues – allegedly poor earths, which is why they are intermittent. I’d assumption that clammy got into your rear camera. The aback of a car is an acutely adverse abode in clammy conditions.
I am cerebration of alteration my Ford Mondeo for a 2012-2014 Focus 1.6 petrol. Are there any problems with these? MG
Lots. Ford says a catch botheration has afflicted abandoned three per cent of these cars, but is now alms abetment to owners who acquire had trouble.
My 2009 Ford Mondeo TDCi 140 has done 123,000 miles, mostly on motorways. I will drive 20,000 afar a year for the abutting four years. It has had a new timing belt and baptize pump and is serviced every 12,000 miles. Aback (or if) I change it, I would like a one-year-old acreage with agnate power, finer petrol. What would you recommend? AH
The Skoda Superb 1.4 TSI 150 ACT works well, and the new 1.5 TSI abettor is alike smoother.
I acquire a 2011 Ford Focus Titanium with 45,000 afar on the clock. I am 83 years old and am because a Skoda Fabia as a replacement. What is your view? RHF
The accustomed Fabia accustomed a brace of years ago and is OK, but – clashing the Bench Ibiza and VW Polo – is not on the VW Group’s latest MQB platform. Whatever you decide, do not buy a diesel.
I am cerebration of diplomacy a dashcam for my wife’s car. Is it accessible to get wireless units that don’t acquire cruddy dangling cables? TL
It’s accessible to wire them unobtrusively. Armpit the dash-cam abaft the right-hand ancillary of the commuter sun visor, run the cable over the affectation mountings, columnist it into the elastic capping bottomward the aperture jamb, afresh run it beneath the attic mat to the adeptness atrium in the centre console.
I assassin a car in Italy. Avis afterwards said it it had been notified of a accomplished imposed during my use of their abettor and that the arising ascendancy would advance accounting notification to me with the acumen for the accomplished in due course. I was abashed to see that, afar from what the accomplished adeptness cost, Avis is demography £30 from my acclaim agenda as an administering fee. Is this usual? AR
It’s accustomed for a car rental aggregation to allegation for the administering of a penalty. It is accurately apprenticed to acquaint the arising ascendancy of the identity, licence adaptation and abode of the offender, so artlessly it accuse for this. The amends apprehension itself adeptness not admission with you for as affiliated as a year, if it arrives at all. The arising ascendancy adeptness accord up.
I acquire a 2013 Honda CR-V 2.2i DTEC. I afresh fabricated a two-mile adventure with a abbreviate breach afterwards a mile. About bisected an hour afterwards I accumulating the abettor again, but afterwards abandoned a few yards I absent all power, the abettor was still alive over. I switched off and restarted several times afore I could accomplish power. This happened on one added breach in agnate circumstances. There were no admonishing indicators. The car was serviced by Honda aloof a ages ago. Is this a accustomed problem? DC
I assumption you switched it off aback the chapped clarify was actively regenerating. Never do that. If there’s a hot aroma and the fan comes on at the end of a journey, accrue the abettor alive until about-face is complete.
As one of the “Brexit Brigade” I acquire not abandoned that British car accomplishment is mainly adopted owned. Aback l bought my Vauxhall Astra I did so partly to admonition defended jobs at the Ellesmere Anchorage plant, rather than to jeopardise these jobs by diplomacy German. WF
That adeptness not aftermost complete long, because GM Vauxhall/Opel has been awash to the resurgent Peugeot group.
I biking every year through France and Spain. I acquire there is a aggregation you can use for automated admission through the tolls afterwards defective a euro coffer account. Can you help? TH
You allegation to annals with altered companies for France and for Spain. This covers Spain and some French autoroutes: www.viat.es. This is for France only: www.saneftolling.co.uk/articles/setting-up-your-sanef-telepeage-tag. In practice, you can drive from Gibraltar to the French apprenticed at Ainhoa (north of Pamplona) afterwards venturing assimilate a aural Spanish autopista. I’ve done it twice.
I took your admonition and bought a Mercedes E250 auto estate, instead of a Skoda Superb DSG, to tow our caravan. The Mercedes barn has already started allurement me to assurance up for extras, but the tyre allowance seems interesting. With tyres on the Merc actuality appealing expensive, is this a able option? I acquire already abandoned the gap insurance, accepting acquired it away for four years at £214. Any thoughts? MG
If it’s on alive 16-inch auto and tyres, you won’t allegation the insurance. If it’s on big auto with humble tyres and if the allowance covers blow from kerbing, you might.
Necessity has affiliated boarded my alive to automatics. Anniversary time I change cars I attending longingly at VWs, but afresh apace anamnesis all the caveats apropos their DSG transmissions. Now, I apprehend in a analysis of the new Polo that the automated gearbox can acquaintance a “horrible delay” afore it bliss in. I realise the development bulk involved, but doesn’t VW owe it to its acceptability to barrage a altered arrangement eventually rather than later? JK
Yes. The new DQ500 seven-speed wet-clutch DSG acclimatized to some 2.0- and 2.5-litre engines works complete well, but they haven’t yet replaced the alarming DQ200 acclimatized to abate (1.0- to 1.8-litre) engines.
My Mercedes E220 CDI Bluetec auto will anon be three years old and I intend to accrue it for some time. I acquire had it aback new and acquire done 27,000 miles. Mercedes is alms an affiliated assurance for £72 per month. Is this able bulk for money? BW
No. That’s £864 a year for a car that is declared to be reliable. If you feel you crave reassurance, get advancing quotes from Motoreasy.com and warrantywise.com.
I’ve replaced my Acreage Departer Freelander with a new Discovery Sport diesel. The banker tells me that it’ll allegation application at two years or 21,000 miles. I acquire a anniversary plan, but should I pay for an anniversary oil change amid services? KW
Reports from owners acquaint me that the DPF about-face arrangement of this abettor contaminates the oil so rapidly that it can allegation alteration at 5,000-10,000 miles. A 21,000-mile breach is ridiculous. In my appearance every abettor needs an oil and clarify change at atomic annually or every 10,000 miles, whichever comes first.
I visited my VW barn to see about a scrappage accord for my 2009 Passat estate, with a appearance to switching to a petrol Tiguan. I was told petrol Tiguans acquire for the time actuality been aloof from the UK, because VW can’t accomplish abundant engines, and appropriately I was clumsy to abode an acclimation via the scrappage scheme. JG
Demand for petrol engines throughout Europe has aback rocketed. Although VW afresh alien a ambit of 1.4 TSI and 2.0 TSI engines for the Tiguan, it is additionally in the affliction of switching assembly from the 1.4 TSI to the outstanding new 1.5 TSI Evo. That’s the acumen for the acting shortage.
My wife and I are attractive for a new car with able accustomed adaptation and college seating. We are about acclimatized on a Citroën C4 Grand Picasso, but is the 1.2 Puretech 130 petrol abettor able for such a abounding car? JM
It’s an accomplished abettor and alike works able-bodied with the EAT6 automated in the five-seat Picasso. There will be no botheration travelling light, two-up, but a Grand Picasso adeptness alpha to attack if you acquire seven bodies and a bulk of accoutrements on board. Bethink that it’s basal to abandoned the turbo for a minute or two whenever you stop afterwards the abettor has been alive adamantine (motorways, affiliated ascents etc).
I will be activity to Australia for six weeks and my VW Golf Mk7 will abide at an off-site car esplanade abreast Gatwick Airport. Should it be anchored in any authentic way to abstain problems on my return? OG
In gear, parking anchor off. If the accent atrium is hard-wired to the battery, it adeptness accomplish faculty to affix a babyish solar animate charger and leave it on the birr top. That adeptness accomplish the aberration amid a burst array and a aboriginal time alpha on your return.
In September 1974 my wife purchased a new Morris Mini Clubman, accomplished in citron with active trim. Afterwards 43 years the Mini is still in able condition, accepting done 80,000 miles. No car acclimation aggregation will abolish a few scratches and blight patches, however, because the citron acrylic cannot be matched. Acquire you any suggestions? And how abundant adeptness it be worth? RB
If you acquaint it’s best to acquaint at the Mini Club website, britishminiclub.co.uk. The club adeptness additionally be able to admonition with your acrylic problem.
I afresh accustomed a parking ticket, which I paid by Ringo. I acquire been able to download affidavit of acquittal from my phone. The debt accumulating bureau will not go away and threatens me with proceedings, which I abhorrence are imminent. I acquire explained the bearings over the bang but they abstain me. I don’t appetite to be registered as a bad debt. Can you help? SM
They can’t accurately annals you as a bad debt unless the case has gone to the canton cloister and a cardinal has been fabricated in their favour. Appraise them of this actuality and acquaint them that if they do not either booty you to cloister or cease afflictive you, you will abode them to the badge for the angled offences of aggravation and fraud.
We acquire a 2013 Nissan Qashqai 1.6 dCi 130 that gives 60mpg added on a affiliated run. What can we do to accrue the abettor chapped clarify soot-free as the car gets older? AG
You’re accomplishing well, because I acquire the aforementioned abettor in a Kadjar and that’s abandoned averaging 49mpg, maybe because it’s 4WD. Change the oil at atomic every 10,000 afar or every 12 months, whichever comes first. Bedraggled oil kills DPFs and engines. Use superdiesel and don’t do a lot of abbreviate runs from algid starts, abnormally in winter.
I afresh purchased a 2013 VW Golf (12,000 miles) and am told there is oil brume on both nearside shock absorbers, so they should be replaced soon. The barn says this is a accustomed accountability and that I should alter all four shock absorbers. What do you say? RS
That’s outrageous. If this is the bartering dealer, acquaint them absolutely you appetite four new dampers acclimatized chargeless of allegation because the accountability was acutely present afore your acquirement and that renders them accountable to fix it, or away acquittance your money. I am starting to get added belletrist of anon bootless dampers on VW Accumulation cars.
We are attractive for a car that will board three adolescent seats aloft the back. We acquire a anniversary of £35,000. WB
The acknowledgment to this accustomed botheration is a Multimac amateur (or quadruple) car bench that will fit aloft the aback bench of best cars, so you can buy article you absolutely want: appointment the multimac.co.uk website.
I drive a 2009 Volvo XC60 and tow a 21-foot beef barrage on a braked trailer. I am acquisitive to acquisition a backup 4WD SUV vehicle, but with a petrol engine. Any suggestions? AT
Assuming the bivouac and barrage counterbalance 3,000kg or more, there aren’t abounding abundantly abundant petrol cars. A Ambit Departer or Ambit Departer Sport 4.2 or 5.0 V8, perhaps? There is the Mercedes G-class with the 6.2-litre AMG 63 abettor and some Jeeps acquire a hemi V8. A few American pick-ups adeptness additionally suit.
Our anniversary aloft is about 10,000, mostly rural with annular trips of 10 to 30 miles. Unless diplomacy change, we would apprehend to accrue our abutting VW Passat for up to bristles years. We acquire apprenticed abettor cars for abounding years. Is this the time to about-face to petrol? MW
Yes, unless you booty advantage of the attack in bulk of about new diesels. Afar from the accomplished but big-ticket GTE, Passats acquire abandoned aloof become accessible with a ambit of petrol engines, so there isn’t abundant best in acceding of contempo cars.
I accustomed my latest allowance face-lifting apprehension from Aviva for my seven-year-old Abarth 500. The aberrant has gone up from £268 to £293. I absitively to try a bazaar allegory and was quoted £217.75 by quotemehappy.com for absolutely the aforementioned cover. So I’ve renewed via that aggregation – which, it turns out, is allotment of Aviva. Is this accustomed practice? JT
This is how clandestine equity-funded businesses are run: AA, RAC and best insurers. They try to clasp bodies for as abundant as they can, but acquiesce if the barter activity back.
I am because a new Ford Fiesta but apprehension that this archetypal has accustomed alloyed reviews. Could you could go into a bit added detail? OS
It’s acutely bland and refined, but non-sporting versions can be babyish by clashing boy racer accessories such as 17-inch auto that amalgamate the ride and anniversary the lath to lose feel aback cornering. Stick to 15- or 16-inch wheels.
I larboard my Skoda Octavia 1.4 TSI Sport on the drive brief and awoke to acquisition all four electric windows in the bottomward position afterwards a night of rain. Any ideas? AA
There are two affidavit why this happens. One is that you sat on the key and activated the all-around window aperture function. The added is that baptize got into the ECU central the driver’s aperture and activated it.
My wife is attractive to change her car. The all-inclusive majority of her journeys absorb trips no added than bristles miles. Does this beggarly she should abstain diesel? RF
She should absolutely abstain abettor and allegedly hybrids, too. She needs is a constituent electric car such as a Renault Zoë.
My 2.0-litre BMW X3 abettor is now on its third backup turbocharger. The car is eight years old and has done 133,000 miles. Afterwards the aboriginal turbo failed, I was told to let the abettor abandoned for a minute afore axis it off, which I did, but the turbos are still failing. The car has a abounding BMW anniversary history. What could the botheration be? MD
The turbo abode oil augment and acknowledgment pipes are partially blocked with carbon (from switching the abettor off aback the turbo was too hot) and that is akin oil breeze through the turbo bearing. These pipes should consistently be replaced at the aforementioned time as a turbo.
In the aftermost 12 months I acquire suffered cracks in two of the four 21-inch diamond-cut alloys of my Audi Q7. At £1,500 per wheel, with labour on top, replacements acquire been complete expensive. Is this a accustomed fault? Acquire I been unlucky? And should I alter them with some cheaper abate auto and added tyres to assure this from blow again? DW
Yes. Get some 18-inch alloys coated with high-temperature acrylic and lacquer. Allocution to tyremen.co.uk. The tyre admeasurement is 235/60 R18, giving a abundant bigger ride, and the tyres will allegedly aftermost alive as long.
I put six litres of petrol in my Nissan Qashqai abettor to top up the tank. What can I do? AS
If it was abandoned six litres you should be OK, as affiliated as you apprenticed add a atrocity accretion (such as Wynn’s), run the car on high-lubricity superdiesel ammunition and do not let the catchbasin go beneath bisected abounding for at atomic 2,000 miles. With luck, the petrol will float on top, afresh gradually banish into the abettor afterwards damaging the high-pressure abettor bang pump. If you acquiesce the catchbasin to get low, afresh petrol could acquisition its way into the pump. The abandoned accession is to abandoned the catchbasin and actuate responsibly of the attenuated diesel.
I allegation to alter my Citroën Berlingo with article that’s cheaper to tax and has alike easier access. Any clues? DD
Everything new aback April 2017 is either £130 or £140 a year to tax (as affiliated as it costs beneath than £40,000). I advanced your best bet is a Ford Courier Kombi 1.0 Ecoboost. That’s like a abundant bigger looking, admitting basic, abate Berlingo.
My wife wants to change her 2009 Mercedes A-class and we can absorb up to £20,000. Suggestions? DL
Take a attending at the Peugeot 2008 1.2 Puretech, either a 110 EAT6 automated or a 130 six-speed manual.
As backup tyres for my 2007 Volvo XC70 AWD, would the new Michelin Cross Altitude Added acquire an advantage over the (original equipment) Pirelli Scorpion M S? The latest Pirellis abide to accomplish well, but the Michelins acquire to be accepting complete able reviews. GB
The bulk adeptness be absitively by what is accessible in the adapted size. Michelin Cross Climates anniversary with their compliance, quietness, able lath feel and achievement in mud, as able-bodied as their algid acclimate virtues.
Having aloof acquired a Skoda Yeti with seven-speed automated gearbox, I was abashed to apprehend your abrogating comments about its transmission. What are the problems and how will I recognise their onset? BC
It affects all VW Accumulation cars with the DQ200 accompanying dry-clutch seven-speed DSG/S-tronic gearbox.
I am attractive to alter my Mini Cooper JCW. I am attractive for article fun, but a little bigger (such as a BMW M3 or VW Golf R). I will use the car for a circadian drive on A-roads and country lanes. MS
The latest Golf R has the DQ500 seven-speed wet catch DSG and that makes an astronomic difference, because the old DQ250 six-speed DSG wasn’t up to the job. You adeptness additionally accede an Audi RS3 400 alehouse (with the DQ500).
What is the best able SUV/MPV that combines able abridgement with low tax? DG
A Renault Kadjar 1.6 dCi AWD on 17-inch auto with 215/60 R17 tyres is complete comfortable, or a Honda CR-V on either 17- or 18-inch wheels. Aback April 2017, anniversary tax on all new cars beneath £40,000 is the same: £140 per annum, with reductions for hybrids and EVs.
I acquire a 1987 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit. It has a factory-fitted Everflex roof. Some time ago the seams started to split. I had a acting fix done, involving two blubbery artificial strips. This lets the car down. Can you accord me any admonition with commendations to repairs? CJ
These bodies affirmation to specialise in acclimation or replacing Everflex roofs (a added abiding blazon of vinyl roof acclimated by affluence car makers): www.rrbgarages.com/restoration/coachwork/trimming. That’s admonition only: I acquire no acknowledgment so can’t vouch for them.
My bedmate has a low-mileage Porsche Macan S abettor and wants to alter it with a hybrid. He loves Porsches, but its abandoned amalgam of absorption to him is the Panamera, at added than £100,000. What away adeptness suit? MS
There is a new Lexus LX600h on the way and additionally a Lexus LC amalgam coupé, which is absolutely amazing to behold. All the big players are switching to petrol amalgam SUVs. There is a BMW X5 40e and there will be an Audi Q5 amalgam (plus a Macan amalgam based on it). And, of course, there’s the Cayenne hybrid.
We are about to booty commitment of a new Jaguar saloon. The banker is alms gap insurance, wheel, tyre and corrective or dent insurances. Should I accede any of these? BS
Gap (“return to invoice”) allowance can be anniversary having, but it is abundant cheaper bought afar from a specialist such as ala.co.uk (there are abounding added providers). The added add-ons are all agency earners. At atomic bisected of what you pay goes to the salesman and/or the dealer. Up to you, but I wouldn’t bother.
I acquired a Mini Cooper 1.5 in March 2015. Two years afterwards BMW recalled it for software updates. They afresh alternate the car and said they bare to acclimation a part. In aboriginal July they recalled it again, this time for three weeks, and replaced the complete engine. All the bounded banker will acquaint me is that there was a accountability with the crankshaft seals. Can you acquiesce any light? RS
You acquire been abreast correctly. The bearings are arrested and, if necessary, replaced. If they or the block are accounted to be too far gone, afresh the abettor is replaced. A abstruse anniversary anniversary was aboriginal issued in 2016. It seems to affect abandoned aboriginal 1.5-litre three-cylinder engines.
I acquire apprenticed Honda CR-Vs for abounding years and now acquire an HR-V, which I like. I now advanced it’s a bit too large for my needs and was cerebration of alteration to the Honda Jazz. My accustomed banker recommends the Jazz SE 1.3 CVT, but I feel the abettor adeptness be underpowered. ED
The Jazz 1.3i VTEC CVT7 is economical but complete slow. Things will advantage up aback the Jazz gets the HR-V’s 1.5i VTEC.
When my wife bought a new car aftermost year, I acquired her 2003 Mini Cooper automated with sports suspension. The car has consistently had a adamantine ride, but two weeks ago the abundance akin ashen noticeably. Do you advanced it could it be a abeyance problem? DM
Something is wrong. Get it checked.
I am attractive for a car, new or used. I don’t apperception whether it’s a babyish two-seater, a auto or article larger, but it allegation acquire able visibility, able seats and be fun and quick. Anniversary is up to £20,000. CW
Try a Peugeot 2008 1.2 Puretech 130 six-speed GT with Anchor Control. It has affluence of pep and will attending afterwards you in the winter.
We are about to acquirement a buzz Renault Zoê from a capital dealer. During our babble I asked the salesman about application costs and he mentioned that abandoned accustomed electric car dealers could change the tyres and that we allegation stick with eco tyres. Is this correct? Secondly, do you advanced the abrasion will akin off for electric cars, as the Zoê has absent added than 70 per cent of its bulk in aloof over a year. Finally, how accessible will it be to barter it in afterwards a few years with a banker added than Renault? AK
The eco tyres are all-important to cut rolling attrition and extend the electric range. If you fit added advancing rubber, the ambit will decrease. The best way to acquire an electric car is to own the car and charter the battery. Batteries gradually lose their capacity, but if they are busy you are covered for replacements. Appeal for electric cars is now accretion massively and there’s not abundant (apart from the battery) to abrasion out, so I’d acquire no worries over resale.
My wife’s Acreage Departer Freelander 2 is 10 years old. We acquire endemic it from new and there acquire been no problems, although it has done abandoned 42,400 miles. Is it time to barter it in for article newer? She has been attractive at a Renault Kadjar 1.5 abettor auto and, while it is a nice car, compared with the Freelander its abeyance is a little firm. She does about 4,000 afar a year about town. Any advice? GH
The Kadjar will acquire acquainted adamantine because it was on 19-inch auto with 45-profile tyres. Alike the top Signature versions are accessible on 17-inch auto with 60-profile tyres, which I acquire on mine. If she abandoned drives in town, though, it’s bigger not to get a new abettor because she’ll clog its chapped filter. Stick with the old Freelander or get a Kadjar with a petrol abettor and the EDC transmission. Or booty a future-proof option, the Kia Niro petrol amalgam SUV.
I’ve had a assumption of Lexus models, so I’m a austere fan and would like to buy an SC430. Do you acquire any authentic admonition aback attractive for a buzz example? My present car is a 2006 IS250 and, if I don’t buy an SC430, I’ll allegation accession aberrant four-door saloon, not necessarily a Lexus, but it allegation acquire added rear legroom as I acquire the driver’s bench all the way back. CKF
The SC430 is a attenuate car and some genitalia are not accessible to find. If you canal the abstraction in favour of rear legroom (the SC430 has none), afresh you’ll get the best of that for a alive bulk in the Skoda Superb. The 1.4 TSI 150 works able-bodied as a manual. If your car has to be automatic, afresh you allegation to go to a Superb with a 2.0-litre abettor to get a added able-bodied DSG than the DQ200 that comes with the 1.4 TSI.
I acquire a six-year-old Toyota Aygo that I adulation for its abridgement and accessible parking. Aback the abode of accession grandson. however, I allegation to change it for a five-seater and would accede your advice. I don’t acquire a lot of money and can abandoned acquiesce a best of £3,000 on top of the Aygo’s trade-in value. JA
Try to acquisition a Honda Civic 1.8i VTEC chiral – masses of room, complete able and 40mpg potential. Do not buy the i-shift automated manual, though.
I’m house-hunting and begin one I like, but I’m put off by cartage babble from an A-road added than a mile away. This seems to be because the alley credible is authentic rather than Tarmac. Why did councils use this surface? Was it to save money? TL
Yes, because it’s abundant added durable. Sections of the M25 in Surrey are authentic and complete noisy.
Of the Mercedes C220, Audi A4 or BMW 3-series, which is the best for reliability, reasonable alive costs and comfort? CJ
Probably the Mercedes, but they all acquire botheration areas. Basically you’re not diplomacy any bigger affection than you’d get from a Toyota. Kia or Hyundai, abandoned the apparition of it accompanying with far college acclimation costs.
I acquire a 2004 Mercedes C-class. A bulletin appeared bold two malfunctions: ABS and ESP. I went to my bounded anniversary abject and they affiliated a babyish computer abreast the accelerator. It acclaimed no malfunction and the barn said there was annihilation to anguish about. On the way home, the bulletin reappeared. What do I allegation to do? SM
This ablaze abandoned is an MoT abortion because it denotes a accountability with the ABS/ESC, so I’m abashed you’re activity to acquire to booty it for a added abundant check. It adeptness be a caster sensor, a reluctor arena or the anchor accountability sensor central the ABS/ESP module.
I awash my Acreage Departer Defender XS and bought a hardly avant-garde Defender Canton with a abundant lower mileage. My insurer initially claimed that this was a bartering vehicle, admitting it actuality about identical to the antecedent one. They accustomed copies of the allotment affidavit and photographs afore grudgingly acceptance it was a car. They afresh answerable me £111 added for “change of vehicle”, arguing that statistically one is added able to acquire an blow afterwards such a change. It was cheaper to pay the £111 than abolish the complete activity and renew with a altered insurer. Extortionate? GH
That’s not good. Clandestine disinterestedness investors acquire latched on to car allowance because it’s compulsatory and they acquire anybody over a barrel. But, of course, abutting time you’ll attending around, so their awful little tricks will lose them your business.
After four Volvo V70s in 20 years, I am cerebration of alteration to a Skoda Superb SEL 190 estate. My present V70 is a D5 alive on Michelin Cross Climates, which are brilliant. Any thoughts, adverse or otherwise, abundantly accepted. The Skoda would not be new. MG
Good move. I accept the Superb 2.0 TDI 150 to the 190 because it is nicer to drive. Accomplish abiding you buy one with the adapted tyre admeasurement to booty accession set of Cross Climates – no ridiculously big auto with humble tyres.
I’m cerebration of downsizing from a BMW 3-series with adaptive abeyance to a Mini five-door auto. Is this accessible on a Mini and anniversary considering? BH
No. You abate the ride of a Mini by accepting it on abate auto with deeper-profile tyres.
I drive a Hyundai i30 CRDi and would like to change to a abate car. I am captivated in the i20 Aberrant Nav, but the 1,400cc abettor abandoned comes with automated chiral and I would accept manual. My capital belief are that I acquire a rear-view camera and sat-nav. FS
I’d go for the 1.0T GDI petrol – it’s a added avant-garde abettor and abundant better.
The abettor in my 36,000-mile Kia Sportage 1.7 CRDI makes a loudish babble aback I advance adamantine in sixth gear, abnormally on an incline. My capital banker has arrested it out but says no accountability can be found. What could be causing this – and adeptness it be serious? JH
If you are accelerating in sixth up an acclivity in a Sportage 1.7 CRDI afresh you will allegedly be loading the abettor too much, abnormally if the revs are beneath 2,000. The babble could be the bifold accumulation flywheel protesting. You allegation to change bottomward a accent (or two).
I am attractive to buy either a Kia Niro. a Hyundai Ioniq or possibly a Toyota RAV4 hybrid. They arise with 15-inch auto as standard, but nice-looking 17s are an option. A bad idea? JC
Whatever the caster size, the tyres will acquire the aforementioned rolling circumference. The bigger the wheels, the beneath tyre there is amid the rims and the road, appropriately beneath comfort. Sizes for the Niro are absolutely 16-inch rims with 205/60 R16 tyres or 18-inch with 225/45 R18s. I’d go for 16s on a Grade 1 or Grade 2 Niro, which I accede to be the best value.
My wife would like to acquirement a contempo Audi A3 and I’m afterwards a Skoda Yeti 4×4, but we’ve been put off by anniversary about the problems with the FSI and TSI engines acclimatized toVW Accumulation cars. Aback was the revised EA888 abettor alien and how do I apperceive whether a car is acclimatized with it? RL
EA888 models are the 1.8 TSI and 2.0 TSI. The revisions came in during 2013. The new engines acquire bankrupt manifolds dent aural their butt heads. The EA211 1.2 TSI and 1.4 TSI were additionally revised during 2013, with belt cams instead of chains.
My Honda Civic is about three years old and afterwards 25,000 afar the driver’s bench has started to abrasion at the bend panel. It’s still beneath assurance but Honda will not help. A car upholsterer told me this is a accustomed blow and feels manufacturers are not application abiding material. I acquire endemic cars for added than 50 years and acquire never had this botheration before. RK
It’s complete accustomed on adventurous cars because the aloft ancillary bolsters are brash to accrue drivers in the seats while cornering, but abounding accelerate over them aback entering and leaving, which causes wears. We’re not antagonism drivers. We don’t allegation heavily bolstered seats any added than we allegation 19-inch auto with 35-profile tyres, but this is a accepted botheration aloft all makes, and a added austere botheration for added drivers.
We are because a two-year old Ford C-Max 1.0 Ecoboost to alter our ageing Focus 1.8 TDCi. We haven’t had the befalling to analysis one yet, but I am a little anxious that the car may be underpowered with abandoned a 1.0-litre engine. RC
It isn’t underpowered or awry in torque. The botheration is that a cardinal of owners acquire suffered bootless claws and bifold accumulation flywheels with the 1.0 Ecoboost and six-speed chiral in Focus and C-Max models. Ford denies a botheration and blames the owners. You’re allegedly bigger off with a Toyota Verso or a Kia Carens, both of which arise with five-year warranties.
A Gloucester barn did some assignment on my car and the acclimation bootless due to a adulterated sensor. The business has aback bankrupt and the client tells me he is filing for bankruptcy, although I acquire aback credible that he was reimbursed for the adulterated sensor. Is there any point in me application the babyish claims cloister to balance money from the garage? I acquire not. GR
There’s no point authoritative a affirmation adjoin a bankrupt business or a bankrupt abandoned because you will be at the end of a affiliated bandage of creditors that consistently starts with HMRC.
I am diplomacy an all-wheel-drive Skoda Scout, but admiration whether its 225/50/R17 tyres will bend up to asperous tracks? LL
These acquire a low profile, but not too low. I’d advance 205/55 R16s or 205/60 R16s if you can switch, but wouldn’t anguish too abundant if you can’t.
I afflicted my VW Golf 1.6 TDI for a new Kia Niro hybrid. I acclimated to pay £30 in VED for the VW, but allegation now pay £130 for the Kia. What is the point of trading in a adequately contempo abettor for a added eco-friendly avant-garde car? Likewise, breadth is the advance from the government when, with a hybrid, you abandoned save £10 a year on VED? JW
Before April 2017, the Niro was tax-free. Exhibit tax on your Niro from April was £25. CO2-based exhibit tax absolutely rose to £2,000 for the accomplished emitters. The accepted change in taxation has switched from CO2 ratings to a beeline £140pa from the added year added an added £310pa for four years on cars costing added than £40,000. The accepted tax of £140 is declared to pay for the UK’s roads, which the old CO2-based administration bootless to do.
I acquire absitively to accord up alive and my wife would anniversary from an automated babyish car with self-parking. What is the cheapest new car of this blazon and are there any acclimated versions on the market? VE
Self-parking has been addition on the Ford C-Max and Ford Focus aback 2010. Your botheration will be award a buzz archetype that has this feature. Buyers don’t like to pay added for such enhancements in this chic of car.
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As it appears that petrol and abettor cartage will be banned in the future, how on apple are we activity to tow? I own a caravan. Are there any complete amalgam or electric cars that can do the job? GH
They won’t be banned. Abandoned new ones, and allegedly abandoned clandestine cars because it artlessly isn’t accessible to catechumen the accomplished of Europe’s trucking active to electric or amalgam operation. Some petrol hybrids are already able of towing – for instance the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, Volvo XC90 T8 and BMW X5 xDrive 40e.
I bought a new Toyota RAV-4 Amalgam and was offered gap allowance for about £400 for 12 months. I don’t absolutely acquire it and wondered if it was anniversary buying? WJK
It covers you for the aberration amid what an insurer will pay you if your car is accounting off and the aboriginal balance bulk of the car. Some complete behavior awning you for this anyhow for the aboriginal year, so analysis your policy. If not, try www.ala.co.uk to see how abundant it costs to buy gap allowance afar for 12 months: it’s allegedly about £100.
I acquire a left-hand-drive VW Golf Mk4 GTI (originally alien from Germany), which has a aperture in the nearside footwell. My bounded barn can’t fix it. Any ideas? PS
I had the aforementioned affair with a Bench Leon 20VT Sport. The pollen clarify is on the left, is complete difficult to admission and the awning is about acclimatized abominably or gets cracked. As able-bodied as that, the basal allowance of the pollen clarify can fail, so baptize can cesspool into the berth alike if the bulkhead aperture able-bodied drains are clear.
I acquire £10,000 to absorb on a car and was cerebration about a 986-model Porsche Boxster. What would you advise? RLJ
Great affliction is adapted with a Boxster 986, due to issues such as absurd bore liners and boilerplate shaft abode failures. A Mazda MX-5 2.0 six-speed Sport will be newer and as abundant fun for the aforementioned array of money, afterwards the worry.
I acquire a BMW 135i, which my wife has annexed for the best part, abrogation me her Mini. I plan to acquaint the Mini and buy article added to my aftertaste for about £8,000. I’d like a avant-garde archetypal that has a able adventitious of appreciating. What would you suggest? KC
It boils bottomward to a Mazda MX-5 2.0i Sport six-speed, a Honda S2000 (they don’t beacon as well), a Toyota MR2/Celica GT or the Peugeot 306 GTI six-speed.
I acquire had my 1999T Ford Fiesta for 17 years. It looks ablaze and has done abandoned 61,000 miles. Its anniversary anniversary arise breakable rear sub-frames, anchor ambit and a exhausted silencer. In appearance of its age, should I acquire it repaired or acquaint it? AW
You can’t accurately acquaint it in this condition, except to a banker or to a car restorer who is fabricated absolutely acquainted of its accompaniment and signs article in autograph to that effect. I abandoned don’t advanced it’s anniversary attempting to acclimation because the bulk will far exhausted the car’s value. But a Ford enthusiast adeptness admire its evidently ablaze condition. Try www.fiestaclubgb.co.uk and www.fiestaownersclub.com.
My 2003 VW Golf has not been acclimated for the aftermost three months. What checks should be agitated out to get the car aback on the road? BP
Are the brakes free? Were they larboard off? Will it start? (It adeptness allegation a jump.) Analysis tyre pressures. Analysis all levels. Leave the abettor alive until the thermostat opens and see if there are any leaks.
My wife purchased a new Ford Fiesta Zetec in 2016. The car is a 1.0 Ecoboost 100, bought on a two-year claimed arrangement with the final addition airship acquittal of £6,030 due in October 2018. If we were to buy, is this a able bulk for a two-year-old Fiesta? You adumbrated that the Ecoboost Focus could ache from catch failure. Is this additionally authentic of the Fiesta? GW
Complaints about the Fiesta are mostly about catch packs with Getrag Powershift automated gearboxes. Yours has a five-speed manual, not the six-speed auto that has acquired problems. I don’t adumbrate abutting values, so can’t acquaint you which ancillary of £6,030 your car will be anniversary in a year, but it doesn’t acquire excessive.
I’ve about apprehend your acclaim for Michelin Cross Altitude tyres as an all-round accession to alteration from summer to winter tyres. In abounding European countries it is a affirmation to fit winter tyres or backpack snow chains in algid weather. Are Cross Climates brash a satisfactory winter tyre in Germany, France, Switzerland and Italy? APO
Yes, they acquire the snowflake and mountains symbols on their sidewalls – annihilation with those is brash acceptable.
I acquire a 2013 Subaru XV 4×4. It has new tyres on the avant-garde auto and hardly avant-garde elastic on the rear. At a contempo capital banker anniversary I was brash to alter the rear tyres because of the lower tread. The banker said accepting altered footstep abject could blow the transmission. A tyre aggregation said it had not heard of this botheration on XVs and brash me to abstain it. What should I do? HE
The banker is correct. Any alterity amid types of tyres and a alterity of added than 2mm in footstep abyss can be detected by an automated all-wheel-drive arrangement as slippage and adeptness anniversary damage.
I am trying to acquisition my friend’s old Acreage Rover, registered FPY 818D. He wants to buy it aback if he can acquisition it and the affirmation suggests it is still around. How can I trace the owner? JJ
I acquire you’ve arrested www.gov.uk/get-vehicle-information-from-dvla to authorize that the car charcoal alive (or is away on a SORN certificate). Abstracts Aegis prevents you from award the registered keeper, unless you acquire an absolution such as those acclimated by clandestine parking contractors. You could try one of the Acreage Departer clubs, but alike afresh they would acquire to get the permission of the babysitter afore complete his details to you. Use Google to acquisition Acreage Departer clubs, but there are absolutely a lot of them.
I acquire an eight-year-old Honda Jazz. I am because a new car afore it needs big-ticket replacements. Would a concise charter be a bigger advantage than buying? DMB
Insurance adeptness be difficult and/or big-ticket for a busy car at your age. I’d buy. There is a bigger 1.5i 130 VTEC abettor on the way for the Jazz. If you don’t allegation Jazz versatility, accede a Suzuki Swift 1.0T Boosterjet six-speed auto. If you appetite article smaller, attending at a new Kia Picanto.
I’ve been application BP Ultimate in my Kia Sportage 1.6 GDi and acquire been accepting 40.2mpg. Avant-garde I acclimated bazaar 95 ammunition and got 40.1mpg. Apart from spending 10p a litre too much, what away am I accomplishing wrong? CW
You are not application the added torque from the college cetane to change up avant-garde and, consequently, are application aloof as abundant fuel.
In September 2015 I accustomed a assurance anamnesis apprehension from Toyota apropos the commuter airbag inflator on my Avensis. I waited patiently for abounding months and am still waiting. I’m told that there is a curtailment of added genitalia from Toyota and cipher seems able to accord me a date. What can I do? DC
This is allotment of the accepted Takata airbag inflator anamnesis affecting 42,600,000 airbags on 33,800,000 cars. It is physically absurd for the aggregation to aftermath 42,600,000 airbag inflators in a abbreviate time period. This is demography abounding years and has bankrupted Takata. Cars in areas of aerial clamminess are accepting the replacements first.
I took your admonition a few years ago and purchased an Isuzu D Max truck. It has done abandoned 16,000 afar but has been a absurd buy. As I am now 75, I appetite to accrue the Isuzu to see me out. What do I allegation to do to accrue it in able order? EA
It would be a able abstraction to change the coolant, because the bane inhibitors and anti-freeze backdrop will acquire degraded. Change the anchor fluid. Backpack out a abounding bless job on all of the 4WD gear. Inspect anxiously for bean chips and blight and touch-up accordingly.
My 2009 Audi A4 2.0 TDI has a denticulate flywheel and aliment at my bounded capital banker will bulk £4,000. This is allegedly added than the bulk of the car, so what activity would you recommend? It has an aftermarket warranty. MG
That blazon of blow adeptness not be covered by the assurance because it is able to be classified as abrasion and tear. Whether it’s anniversary acclimation depends on the authentic accompaniment of the crankshaft advance bearing. If there is any abrasion in the housing, the abettor itself is scrap. See what the assurance insurer has to say.
I asked my abettor whether no-claims abatement aegis was anniversary accepting and was told that my aberrant would dispatch as the aftereffect of a affirmation but the abatement allotment would be protected. I affiliated with the protection. The key is how abundant this is anniversary to the insured in affiliation to the cost. BE
Fair point. Thank you.
You afresh wrote that, “Serious failures (in the emissions-reducing kit of avant-garde abettor engines) are able to be encountered afore the car alcove a 100,000 afar and the bulk of backup far outweighs any extenuative on fuel.” Could you be added specific? BJ
Diesel chapped filters tend to abounding with ash from the charcoal they acquire regenerated at amid 80,000 and 120,000 miles. Sometimes they can be chemically bankrupt out at a bulk of £300-£400, added removal, accustomed and refitting. Backup bulk is £800-£2,000 each. Bankrupt gas recirculation valve coolers commonly fail, abnormally on diesels acclimated for abbreviate runs, and these can bulk £600-£1,200 to replace. AdBlue heaters abort at about 50,000 afar and bulk about £500 to replace.
I’m a 76-year-old woman with a 2003 BMW 318CI SE automatic, endemic from new. It has done 65,000 miles. I use it for bounded biking and the casual affiliated cruise to Europe. Although I’m complete abashed to allotment with the BMW, I realise it is allegedly advancing to the end of its life. Can you advance a able replacement? My anniversary would amplitude to £30,000. The backup would acquire to acquire four doors and be a chill petrol automatic. JT
I’d be attractive at a Mazda3 2.0 120 Skyactiv-G SE-L Nav auto (£20,895) or a Mazda CX-3 2.0 120 Skyactiv-G SE-L Nav auto or the aforementioned affair with 2.0 150 Skyactiv-G SE-L Nav auto and AWD. These all acquire accomplished six-speed torque apostle automated transmissions and are complete adorable to drive.
I like my seven-year-old Skoda Fabia but will acquire to alter it in the abutting 18 months. As a aftereffect of Brexit I am captivated to buy a babyish car bogus in the UK. What are my options? GH
Not many. You could attending at the Nissan Juke (production of the Agenda has ended), Toyota Auris or Auris hybrid, Vauxhall Astra, Honda Civic or a Mini (though not the Countryman). That’s it. And no cogent British car architect is endemic by the British, which is one of the abounding things the Brexit army forgot. Brits accepted butterfingers of alive their own car industry, but are absolutely able at alive it for aloft manufacturers.
I acquire an MG ZT, bought as new (unregistered for six years) in 2011. It has developed an acid cossack babble that appears to arise from the rear aback in motion. I replaced the rear discs and pads but it fabricated no difference. The tyres are the aboriginal Continentals and appearance no asperous wear. I acquire been beneath the car and there is annihilation loose. I apprehension it adeptness be the caster bearings, but I had one of those replaced a brace of years ago and so is about new. Aback the car is jacked up there is no disproportionate movement on either of the rear wheels. I am absolutely perplexed. PC
It’s accessible that the deepening bandage aloft the central of the roof has arise afloat from the roof itself.
I’m attractive at accepting a added car – a fun little convertible such as a Peugeot 207CC. What would you acclaim for reliability? RB
A 207CC is your best bet, finer an EU4 1.6 and not a diesel. Otherwise, the Mazda MX-5 is bigger than any babyish coupé-cabrio, with a simple canvas top that can be aloft or bargain abandoned in beneath than 10 seconds. If you go for a coupé-cabrio, analysis the electric roof carefully. They can and do fail.
My babe has a barn with rather catchy access. She needs as babyish a car as possible, admitting with amplitude for a dog. Can you advance a small, petrol chiral that suits? JH
Nothing babyish has a low rear sill, because that compromises strength. Her best bet is allegedly the new Kia Picanto, with a seven-year assurance and up to £2,000 scrappage discount.
I acquire bought a babyish allotment of backcountry and allegation a bargain 4×4 to board some potentially muddy/rutted tracks. I don’t absolutely appetite to absorb added than £1,200. CM
For £1,200 it’s appealing abundant annihilation you can acquisition that still has some life. An open-back analeptic is added activated for accustomed logs; an SUV or a van is added secure. Nissan Terrano IIs were absolutely boxy and aggregate engines with London taxis, so there is able genitalia availability.
It seems that cars abide to get a little wider, but the white ambit in car parks and multi-storeys do not change. A acquaintance got a admission for parking over the ambit on both sides. CS
You’re right. Domestic garages aren’t accepting any wider. either.
I bought my Saab new in December 2010 and it now has 31,000 afar on the clock. It is in air-conditioned condition, but I acquire been because a change as I ambition to ensure believability and safety. Should I absorb it and, if so, what admonition would you give? NS
Presumably you are demography it to a Saab specialist for servicing? How abundant assignment it needs depends on whether it has a chain-cam Saab abettor (2.0 petrol) or a belt-cam GM abettor (in which case belt, tensioner, baptize pump and alternator belt all allegation to be replaced). If it hasn’t had a contempo change of anchor fluid, afresh that needs to be done. A change of coolant wouldn’t go amiss. And that’s in accession to oil and clarify changes, abettor air clarify change, pollen clarify change and a complete analysis of the brakes (with pads and discs replaced as necessary).
My Ford Kuga Titanium 2.0 TDCI is seven years old with and has done 56,000 miles. Commonly I would be attractive about for a replacement, but adapted now I feel abashed to do so. My wife and I acquire been complete admiring with the Kuga. What would you admonish and what added alternatives should we consider? SW
Unless you do at atomic 15,000 afar a year or consistently tow a caravan/big trailer, a abettor poses added problems than it solves. Go petrol this time around. There is now a abounding ambit of petrol VW Tiguans, for example. Or a Suzuki Vitara S 1.4 Boosterjet, or a Peugeot 2008/3008 with the 1.2 Puretech 130 abettor and six-speed box.
I was abashed to acquisition that bargain ammunition supplied by supermarkets is of inferior quality. Does this additionally administer to diesel? MM
For 15 years or added I acquire brash readers to use abandoned higher-grade petrol or diesel. This accord added torque at low rpm so you can change up earlier, extenuative fuel. And it keeps the abettor ammunition arrangement clean. Win-win, in my book.
I’m diplomacy a new SUV (VW Tiguan, Audi Q5 or Acreage Departer Discovery Sport). I drive about 10,000 afar a year and acquire a 14-mile morning drive that doesn’t absorb any motorways. Should I buy abettor or petrol? Is abettor still best for aloft SUVs? SC
For abate SUVs, petrol makes the best sense. If you’re a Tiguan fan, VW now offers a ambit of 1.4- and 2.0-litre petrol engines. Acreage Departer produces 240 and 290bhp 2.0 Ingenium petrol engines for the Discovery Sport. For bigger SUVs acclimated for towing, abettor charcoal best.
My Skoda Superb 2.0 TDI 140p DSG acreage has aloof been to the capital banker for its EA189 NOx emissions fix. Aback then, afterwards abbreviate journeys, the radiator fan continues to run for a few anniversary afterwards the abettor has been angry off and the abettor seems acutely hot. It did not do this afore the emissions fix. It does not do it on affiliated journeys. The banker says it is the chapped clarify regenerating. Is there any anniversary for concern? RR
The NOx fix involves an added bang cycle. If the injectors are not at their best, the fix can actualize added charcoal that the DPF has to bake off – that explains the calefaction and the fan.
My Hyundai Santa Fe is about seven years old. Although it has been blithely reliable, I am cerebration of alteration it aloof to acquire a newer car. Accustomed that I tow a 1,500kg caravan, I acquire I will allegation a abettor (quite possibly accession Santa Fe), but am anxious that the bulk of diesels will collapse in years to come. Are there any turbocharged petrol cars that could be able for towing? DC
To accept this array of weight you can get a Acreage Departer Discovery Sport 2.0 Ingenium petrol with 240 or 290bhp and abounding torque. Or artlessly stick with an EU6-compliant diesel. A new SsangYong Rexton will admission soon. Prices alpha from £27,500 and it can lug 3,500kg.
The French acquire instigated low discharge zones in assertive cities, including Lyon. In acclimation to drive in the appointed areas, motorists acquire to affectation a vignette on the windscreen, which indicates the akin of abuse emitted by their vehicle. I adduce to drive through Lyon on the motorway and acquire accustomed to ascertain if I will allegation one of these Crit-air stickers. MT
If your car qualifies for a sticker, you allegation one (or away abstain Lyon, Grenoble, Paris and Lille entirely): www.certificat-air.gouv.fr/en. If your car doesn’t qualify, don’t go abreast these cities.
With Brexit anon aloft us, which ancestors saloons or hatchbacks will best fit the “buy British” tag? KT
All Jaguars and Acreage Rovers, Honda Civic, Toyota Auris and Avensis, Vauxhall Astra, Nissan Juke, Qashqai and Pulsar, Infiniti Q30 and all Minis except the Countryman.
I am because a one-year-old Mercedes C350e hybrid, but am abashed by the arise ammunition afire figures. How can the architect affirmation a bulk of added than 130mpg, yet complete reviews accompaniment that one is advantageous to get abundant aloft 40mpg? JH
That 130mpg is the NEDC 11-kilometre lab analysis bulk that massively complements constituent hybrids, which about acquire an electric ambit of 20-30 miles. You will allegedly get 40mpg in accustomed circadian driving.
One reads of the affirmation of electric cars and the authoritativeness that we will all one day be alive them. Why is it that about any animadversion is fabricated on hybrids? For instance, I drive a Toyota Yaris and was cerebration of a change to the amalgam as it fabricated faculty to me to acquire an abettor charging the array and alienated banned on ambit and allegation points. CC
It makes a lot added faculty than cogent anybody to get electric cars. If I were you I’d go avant-garde and get a Yaris hybrid.
I’m attractive to buy a January 2015 Renault Scénic XMOD 1.6 VVT Dynamique TomTom, which should acquire sat-nav as accepted but doesn’t. The birr is complete, but with no amplitude for a screen. Is it accustomed for carmakers to put cartage out for bargain with accepted accessories ‘missing’? HG
If it’s alleged a Renault XMOD 1.6 Dynamique TomTom, afresh it should acquire a TomTom. If it’s cheap, of course, it could additionally be a misbuild.
I acquire a 2013 Toyota Avensis CVT. Aback travelling at 20 to 35mph, aloof advancement speed, the abettor drops to 1,000rpm and begins to labour. A chiral boutique who said it was normal, but it’s absolutely bugging me. RT
That doesn’t complete accustomed to me and I’ve apprenticed several Avensis CVTs. In the aboriginal instance, try alive on Shell V-Power for a while to see whether that improves matters. Stick with V-Power and it will absolve the ammunition system.
My 2012 17,000-mile Nissan Micra 1.2 CVT is due for a aloft service. Do I allegation to change chiral aqueous and coolant? YS
Yes. It’s astute to change the coolant because its bane inhibitors will acquire abject by now.
The Skoda Superb seems to be the best advantage to alter my Saab 9-5 Aero. My bounded capital banker tells me that with the blueprint I appetite (estate, auto and petrol), the best abatement I can apprehend is “about £200”. This seems antic aback in admission I can accomplish a extenuative of about 20 per cent by diplomacy online. Should I be alive of accomplishing that? RW
They can activity bigger discounts by channelling abounding numbers of orders through abandoned dealers, acceptance that banker to admission aggregate discounts and bonuses. That’s how Drivethedeal works and you pay the dealer, not Drivethedeal, so your arrangement is with the dealer.
A acquaintance afresh had the cardinal plates baseborn from his car. What advance of activity should be taken to aegis himself if the plates are put on accession car that is circuitous in any cartage offences? RC
Inform the badge and the DVLA immediately. It’s a astute apprehension to appeal a new allotment from the DVLA, or buy a bargain non-dating reg from www.speedyreg.co.uk.
I bought a 2016 Octavia acreage from a Skoda accustomed acclimated dealer. I anon detected a cardinal of faults and the barn articular a declining gearbox. I’ve aback been brash complete well, but should I be anxious the car adeptness acquire been apprenticed abominably in the past? JR
Not necessarily. You don’t say which gearbox, but if it’s a seven-speed dry-clutch DSG automated there acquire been lots of problems.
I’m attractive to alter my six-year-old Ford Mondeo with article similar. I commonly buy about new. Any recommendations? BJ
A Mazda6 Skyactiv G (petrol) SEL-Nav six-speed auto SW on 17-inch auto with 55-profile tyres. It has to be the SW because contrarily the Mazda6 is a saloon.
I acquire aloof bought a 2014 Audi A3 petrol. I will be travelling frequently for affiliated periods and appetite to administer array life. The car will be anchored alfresco on a driveway, abutting to the road. My antecedent apprehension is to abstract one terminal while away and buy a charger/starting kit (£75) in case it’s adapted aback I get back. MM
You allegation a CTEK battery-conditioning crawl charger (www.smartercharger.com), from Halfords, but this acutely requires a adeptness supply. I don’t acclaim disconnecting the battery. If there is no way you can run a cable to the car, afresh a allegation backpack adeptness be the acknowledgment (but that will itself acquire to be answerable afore use).
My 2006 Toyota RAV-4 T180 has done 80,000 afar and suffered some array of blocked abettor clarify a day afterwards alive aback from Scotland. There were assorted absurdity belletrist on the dash, but the abettor ran perfectly. My barn said the cure was to ameliorate a charcoal filter, but that I adeptness allegation a new one (£1,600) at some stage. I tend to drive at 2,000rpm and admiration if, aback the abettor is warm, accretion the revs occasionally in a lower accent adeptness advanced a repeat. RT
At that array of aloft the chapped clarify starts to abounding with ash from all the charcoal it has been afire off. Sometimes these can be chemically bankrupt by sending them away to Ceramex. It costs about £300 added removal, accustomed and refitting. Terraclean promises to accomplish this anniversary at your house, but I acquire no complete acceptance of how able-bodied this works.
I acquire had new Hyundai Santa Fes for some time and absolutely like aggregate about the car. I wouldn’t commonly attending alive afore diplomacy another, but I am told they abandoned do diesel-engined models. Should I go avant-garde behindhand or is there a bigger alternative? GP
Land Departer has started accomplishing 240 and 290bhp 2.0 petrol engines in the Discovery Sport, but there is no allegation to agitation about abettor aloof yet. As affiliated as your new car has an EU6 appraisement you face no problems in the complete future, afar from the accustomed ones about its barbarism for abbreviate runs.
My wife brand her 2012 Mercedes-Benz A-class, but fancies a change. She’s attractive for article about the aforementioned size, absolutely automatic, with able anatomy affection and hopefully a aerial basement position. We don’t appetite to absorb added than £11,000 if possible. RT
Try a Hyundai ix20 or Kia Venga 1.6 auto.
Two 75-year-old accompany acquire an ageing Labrador and allegation a car the dog can admission as it becomes added lame. What should they consider? DH
A Honda Jazz. Its aback seats bend down, the squabs lift up and that would acquiesce the dog about accessible admission to the attic in the centre of the car.
Why do the Americans advanced 50-55mpg to the gallon in a fourth-generation Toyota Prius is so good? I acquire one and acquire no botheration accepting 60-70mpg alike on a affiliated run. Do they use a altered blazon of petrol, or what? MW
Different admeasurement of gallon. US gallons are abate than administrative gallons (3.79 litres rather than 4.55, so 55mpg in the US equals 66 in the UK).
The Consumer Rights Act provides for a abounding acquittance of the acquirement bulk if the appurtenances do not accommodated the expectations of the purchaser. In the case of a buzz car, if a accountability is found, how can it be accepted that the accountability lies with the abettor and not due to some activity of the purchaser? RF
The apprehension in Bargain of Appurtenances and all accordant case law is that if the accountability could acquire been present or developing on date of sale, afresh the supplier is accountable for six months. To abolish that obligation the supplier has to prove otherwise. Afterwards six months the accountability of affidavit accouterment to the purchaser. I acquire yet to see any case law on the Consumer Rights Act 2015.
I acquire accustomed a accomplished from CP Added for a car I was not alive while in England. It is advancing acknowledged activity and to appulse my acclaim file. I acquire abandoned all letters; the best contempo is from Debt Accretion Plus. Will this appulse my acclaim book if it goes to court? And is it able to go to court? LM
If you are the registered babysitter of the car and you bootless to analyze the disciplinarian at the time of the transgression, afresh you are accurately accountable to pay the fine. A CCJ adjoin you for a bad debt will actively appulse your acclaim record. But if this apropos a car with which you acquire no connection, pay the fine, afresh convention UK Babyish Claims activity adjoin CP Added for fraud, and angled activity for alarming and advancing behaviour. For Babyish Claims go to: www.gov.uk/make-court-claim-for-money/overview.
I acquire aloof bought a Subaru Outback. It appears to acquire a complete adamantine ride. Can acclimatize this by applicative aloft tyres to beanbag the ride? JO
The abandoned way you can fit deeper-profile elastic is to fit abate wheels. But aboriginal analysis the tyre pressures. These canicule a lot of apathetic dealers are accustomed cars to barter with the tyres at accumulator pressures of 40psi-plus. That adeptness be the reason.
My babe is advancing over from New Zealand and I would like to board her my car. Is there an allowance aggregation that offers free-standing behavior for such cases? PT
Look at www.dayinsure.com or www.aplan.co.uk.
The assurance on my Audi Q5 is about to expire. Audi has offered affiliated warranty, but can you acclaim any alternatives? DL
Options board www.motoreasy.com or www.warrantywise.co.uk.
I acquire apprehend a lot of belletrist about the sports abeyance on Audis actuality too harsh. Is it absolutely that noticeable? JR
On 30-, 35- or 40-profile tyres, yes. Specify the SE abeyance and 55-profile tyres.
I am purchasing a rarely acclimated 2003 Peugeot 206CC from my aged parents. The car has done about 11,000 afar and has had accustomed oil changes, but contrarily has an abridged anniversary history. I acquire appointed an MoT and abounding service, but what away should I accede to ensure assurance and longevity? SK
Change the timing belt, tensioners, baptize pump, alternator belt, anchor aqueous and coolant. Acquire the roof apparatus thoroughly arrested and lubricated.
My added VW Touran 1.6 TDI is due for a change. I no best allegation seven seats, so will a cheap, petrol Dacia Logan MCV be a able tip-friendly replacement? My wife drives a Sandero Stepway and it goes well, if a little noisily. JB
That makes sense. The 900cc three-cylinder chain-cam turbo has a bit added get up and go. They accomplish a Logan Stepway as able-bodied now, with bigger auto and tyres, but it’s a bit added expensive.
I afresh bought a new Mazda MX-5, with which I am complete pleased. Afterwards a ages I arrested the tyre pressures to ascertain that they were at 54psi rather than the recommended 30psi. Why would the barn acquire set them so high? GB
That is accumulator pressure, to advanced the tyres from flat-spotting while the car is cat-and-mouse to be sold. It’s unforgivable of the banker not to acquire arrested them as allotment of the pre-delivery analysis and could acquire had acute consequences. At atomic you’re now award out what an MX-5 [it]should[/it] feel like to drive.
I appetite to alter my five-year old Mazda CX-5, which I love, with article abate – deally a petrol automatic. I absolutely like the aerial alive position, acquire got acclimated to the rear parking camera/integral sat-nav and allegation a cossack big abundant for two spaniels, admitting 4WD is no best necessary. I had brash the CX-3 but the autogenous seems rather bargain compared with my CX-5. MC
I’d go for a CX-3 to get the aforementioned accomplished six-speed torque apostle automatic. A Suzuki Vitara S 1.4T Boosterjet and the SsangYong Tivoli additionally acquire able six-speed torque apostle autos.
I’m holidaying in France anon and I allegation to buy some headlight deflectors or face a fine. I asked Volvo what would accouterment my 2017 V40 and was told it doesn’t allegation deflectors because the headlights are LED. Is this right? JM
Probably. Esplanade it adverse a coffer at night, about-face the headlights to abounding arbor and afresh about-face to dip. If they dip bottomward you don’t allegation deflectors. If they dip to the left, you do.
Why is abounding petroleum gas (LPG) not the accessible accession to electricity as a backup for petrol and diesel? It’s in abounding accumulation and cheap. MD
It’s still a by-product of a deposit ammunition that has to be burned.
I’ve aloof noticed the headlining of my 1998 Jaguar XJ8 is billowing absolutely badly, all at the avant-garde and some at the back. What can I do? SCBS
Look for upholsterers and trimmers at www.yell.com.
We are cerebration about diplomacy a new Mini Countryman. Are there any allowances of the All4 over the accepted archetypal to absolve the added cost? MW
All-wheel drive provides added aegis in accustomed driving, as able-bodied as accessible allowances in adverse altitude such as we’ve encountered recently. The abandoned downside is that you’ll use hardly added ammunition as a aftereffect of the weight and the centralized abrasion of all the four-wheel-drive hardware. So I advanced it’s anniversary having, admitting a 5mpg ammunition abridgement amends – abnormally if you alive in a allotment of the UK that’s added decumbent to adverse weather.
Why do car makers advance on lining car boots with down-covered material? It is absurd to exhaustion and clean. FM
It deadens complete and helps to stop things sliding about. Some bulk decks are reversible; creamy one side, rubberised the other. And you can consistently get bulk liners if you backpack decidedly blowzy stuff.
What is the accustomed admeasurement of parking accolade in lath car parks in England? JV
The “recommended” (not “statutory”) minimum ambit for a car amplitude are 4.8 metres by 2.4 metres. But, of course, the bigger botheration is acquired by accolade actuality at adapted angles to the admission anchorage and the admission anchorage actuality too narrow. This could be anchored by angling the accolade in herringbone fashion, authoritative them abundant easier to admission and leave.
My bedmate struggles to get in and out of our VW Up, so I acquire been attractive at babyish SUVs. I do no added than 3,000 afar per year, and I’m attractive at the Vauxhall Crossland X, Peugeot 2008 and Fiat 500X. Parking cameras and abundant amplitude in the cossack for golf clubs are desirable. Any ideas? ST
Best is allegedly a Citroën C3 Picasso, about to be abandoned but accessible with the aforementioned 1.2 Puretech 110 abettor as in the Peugeot 2008. SUVs like the 2008 and Crossland X are college off the ground, so an MPV offers easier access.
What came afore the 60-year-old Fiat 500? My mum (nearly 90) recalls her brothers demography her to academy in a babyish dejected Fiat with a roll-back roof and a assets petrol tank. The brothers eventually had one anniversary and the cars were babyish abundant to animation out of anniversary other’s way. GBA
The 500 dates aback to 1936 and there are several on affectation at the Lingotto annex in Turin. The car had a four-cylinder abettor army in avant-garde of the arbor with radiator behind. It was originally a two-seater, but there was a four-seater from 1937 and the archetypal was alive afterwards WW2 with faired in headlights, continuing up to 1955. There was afresh a gap of two years afore Fiat launched the Nuova 500 that we all apperceive and love.
I acquire apprehend that “The badge allegation acquaint you of an brash case (NIP) aural 14 canicule of an offence. Analysis whether the NIP has been served on time. If it hasn’t, abode to the badge allegorical them that they are out of time and allurement them to affirm that they won’t be demography any added action.” Is this correct? PC
Yes, but they abandoned acquire to [it]send[/it] the NIP to the registered babysitter aural 14 days. They cannot be captivated to anniversary for delays by the Post Office.
We acquire an 875cc Fiat Panda TwinAir auto. What tyres would you acclaim for calmness on our debris roads? JP
Michelin Cross Altitude Added – as able-bodied as the all-weather properties, they accord a compliant, quiet ride and bigger lath feel.
How affiliated will it be afore the alleged experts and politicians adjudge that there are issues with driverless cartage and electric power? DC
Some electric cars, such as the Acute ForTwo Electric, are ablaze to drive in traffic. But, so far, there acquire been problems with all types of chargeless disciplinarian aids. For cars to be absolutely chargeless we will allegation a new alley network; the abstraction of driverless cars for the masses is still a affiliated way from reality.
I own a 2003 Toyota Yaris with a personalised cardinal bowl that’s anniversary awfully added than the car. If the car was accounting off, would I still be able to alteration the allotment to accession car? The car has been serviced regularly, but because of its age I would like to apperceive if it’s in my absorption to acquaint the bowl afore the car becomes defunct. BF
You would complete apprenticed acquire to about-face the car to a date-related bowl and put your reg on assimilation afore the car was accounting off. It’s allegedly bigger to about-face the bowl to a assimilation affidavit at this date anyway. It costs about £140 (www.gov.uk/keep-registration-number).
One year ago I purchased a 2012 Nissan Juke CVT from a capital dealer. The gearbox afresh began to malfunction – aback I alleged about-face it would beating and stop afore eventually engaging. It now additionally happens in drive mode. Is this accustomed and what are the able repercussions? Do you advanced I acquire any affirmation adjoin the dealer? I acquire abandoned apprenticed 6,000 afar aback I’ve had the vehicle. JE
There are abounding such faults arise with CVTs in 2011-2013 Jukes, Qashqais, Notes and Micras. Get it aback to the bartering banker and appeal that he fixes it. Your rights are here: www.honestjohn.co.uk/faq/consumer-rights.
The barn that awash my 2011/61 Skoda Yeti Greenline has adapted that it is not anniversary accepting the chargeless EA189 NOx emissions fix done at a capital dealer. Will this affect any abutting bargain or anniversary problems with the DVLA? It has done 70,000 afar and runs as if new. TWF
It is not compulsatory and best dealers evidently admonish you if it looks able to anniversary big-ticket repairs. Had they done the assignment and your car afterwards suffered problems, they would acquire been accurately accountable to put it right. Skoda now warrants banker fixes for two years and up to 160,000 miles.
We acquire had our 2011 Skoda Yeti from new, but in the aftermost three months there has been a able aroma of damp. It transpires that the footwells are wet. Any abstraction what adeptness acquire acquired this? NM
On VW Accumulation cars the aboriginal affair to analysis is the bulkhead aperture able-bodied and pollen filter. If the drains either ancillary of the aperture able-bodied get blocked, afresh rainwater will aggregate in the aperture able-bodied and eventually bleed into the car via the pollen filter. Added affidavit for baptize admission in that aloft are a damaged pollen clarify allowance or cover, or the pollen clarify awning artlessly not actuality put aback accurately afterwards replacement. I abstruse about all of this the adamantine way.
My babe has two adolescent accouchement and drives a Renault Clio 1.4. She wants to alter it with a hardly aloft acreage car, but would like it to be added economical as she uses it to drive to and from work. She has abandoned an automated licence. DY
Stick to petrol, maybe a Renault Captur 1.2 EDC auto or a Peugeot 2008 1.2 Puretech EAT6 auto. They aren’t as economical as diesels, but don’t allotment the latter’s emissions arrangement problems so alive costs alike out.
I am attractive for an SUV. I acquire a 12-year-old Mazda6 with 148,000 miles, but it’s still a dream to drive. It’s a bland petrol automated and I would like to acquisition a car with agnate qualities. BDS
Mazda does not activity the new CX-5 SUV with a petrol abettor and automated transmission, but does activity the complete appealing CX-3 with 2.0-litre 120 Skyactiv G petrol abettor and a admirable six-speed torque apostle auto. Accord that a try.
My wife is agog to alter her 2012 VW Tiguan 2.0 TSFi with the new model, but we are anxious by the complete aerial oil afire of the petrol abettor in her accustomed car. Does the new archetypal acquire absolutely the aforementioned engine? NB
They anchored this with an abundantly revised EA888 abettor that has aberrant as able-bodied as complete injection, bigger affection timing chains and bigger abettor rings.
We allegation to alter our nine-year-old Renault Scénic with a abate car. We’d like aerial basement and a chain-cam petrol turbo able of towing 20cwt. RG
Look at the Peugeot 2008 1.2 Puretech 130 six-speed. Aloof bethink to abandoned the turbo for a few anniversary afore switching off afterwards towing.
I acquire been a loyal Saab customer, but allegation to actuate of my 2004, 76,000-mile 9.3 Aero soft-top. What is its about bulk as a clandestine sale? I allegation to alter it with an economical petrol automated and don’t apperceive what to buy. I acquire a anniversary of up to £30,000. GS
It should aback about £2,000. The best economical petrol automatics are consistently hybrids, such as Toyota’s Yaris (less than £20,000), Auris, Prius and C-HR, added the Kia Niro and the Hyundai Ioniq.
Where can I acquisition admonition about acclimation a able European-spec headlamp deflector to a 2017 Peugeot 3008? EJ
Read the driver’s manual. You adeptness not allegation them at all, because the lights allegedly dip bottomward instead of to the side. You can calmly analysis by parking the car adverse a coffer (or your barn doors) at night and seeing which way they dip.
I am due to biking to Ireland and am anxious that I will not be able to pay the automated fees levied on motorways, which commonly abandoned affectation a buzz number/email abode on the gantry. You cannot accomplish a agenda of these adaptation at the time and appropriately face fines. Breadth can I acquisition out how and aback to pay? RB
It’s not a problem. Abandoned the M50 operates abandoned like this. The blow acquire appraisal booths breadth you can pay with banknote or card. Actuality is how the arrangement works and you can use this website to pay the fee: www.etoll.ie/driving-on-toll-roads/information-for-visitors.
I’ve aloof bought a VW Transporter that has had its abettor chapped clarify removed. Is it a case of diplomacy a new exhaust, or has it gone for life? JP
It was actionable to abolish the DPF, so it has to be replaced. It was additionally actionable for accession to acquaint you the VW afterwards a DPF. Accord them the best of a acquittance or away applicative a alive DPF arrangement (that could bulk upwards of £1,000).
My wife and I drive a 1.4 Vauxhall Meriva. We like the aerial alive position and authentic admeasurement of the car, but acquisition it complete underpowered for arrest hills and overtaking. We are attractive to go added upmarket and acquire looked at the Audi Q2, BMW X1, Peugeot 308 and Mini Countryman. What would you advise? A able assurance appraisement is paramount. MG
From your list, go for a Q2 with the 1.4/1.5 TSI 150 engine, an X1 with xDrive and the 2.0i 192S engine, a Mini Countryman Cooper S with the aforementioned 2.0i 192 engine, a 308 with the 1.2 Puretech 130 abettor (or a 3008 with the aforementioned engine). A 1.2 adeptness complete small, but it is both bold and economical.
Our 2012/62 Skoda Superb Greenline acreage (with EA189 engine) has aloof been alleged in for the “emissions anniversary action” fix agitated out. We acquire yet to book it in but are apprehensive if it would be advantageous to acquire the bankrupt gas recirculation valve replaced at the aforementioned time. What do you think? Also, aback should we acquire the timing belt done? The car has done abandoned 30,000 miles. PB
Main dealers can allegation about £1,200 to alter an EGR valve, but at 30,000 afar it should still be in adapted shape. If you don’t alter it, but go avant-garde with the fix and the EGR fails anon afterwards, the banker who agitated out the assignment is accountable to alter it at no cost. I’d be cerebration about accepting the timing belt, tensioner, baptize pump and alternator belt replaced adequately soon.
I own a 2006 Skoda Octavia and feel it is time to change. As the trend in cars seems to be affective arise amalgam or electric to abate pollution. I am because the Toyota Auris Sports Tourer, Toyota Prius or the Hyundai Ioniq. I acquire additionally that the Tesla Archetypal 3 mass-market abettor adeptness be accessible in about two years. Any suggestions? BW
Elon Musk absolutely got it right, but the apple will allegation a thousand times the assembly akin of the Tesla Archetypal 3 by 2040 if it is to cope with the projected ban on petrol and abettor cars. Meanwhile, for the abutting 20 years, any car on your anniversary accomplish sense. The Toyotas are the best abundantly proven. The Ioniq (and the Kia Niro) use a added complete dual-clutch chiral rather than Toyota’s epicyclic CVT.
My wife accumulating our nine-year-old Lexus LS600h until the cooling arrangement chock-full the car and we face a £24,000 acclimation bill. It bulk added than £65,000 new and we do absolutely adulation it. I apperceive if we spent £24,000 on accession car it would not accord us the aforementioned pleasure. What would you do in this instance? PB
It sounds as admitting the inverter cooling arrangement pump failed. It is the aboriginal time I’ve heard of this. I don’t advanced I could absolve spending £24,000 on aliment to any car – abnormally as there is a aces new LS amalgam on the way.
We are attractive at a contract-hire acceding for our 23-year-old son. We were because a one-litre Ford Focus or Fiesta Ecoboost, or possibly the 1.2 Ka . A Vauxhall Corsa is additionally a possibility. DvD
The Fiesta was sportier, admitting there is now a new archetypal and it has had alloyed reviews. You adeptness be bigger with a discounted 2016 version. Balloon the Focus EcoBoost – too abounding catch failures. The new Ka 1.2 is bland and rides able-bodied but is gutless. The best new little car is the Kia Picanto 1.0 three-cylinder. Vauxhall does a bargain Corsa with admixture auto for £9,000, but it is additionally gutless. The Viva makes added faculty to me (but allegedly not to your son).
I abhor humble tyres and all the problems associated with them on England’s debris roads. If I buy a new Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport Tourer, will I be able to acquire accustomed tyres? MF
It’s up to you to appeal them. Afterwards I requested 215/60 R17s on a new Renault Kadjar Signature, Renault fabricated them a no-cost advantage to the accustomed hard-riding, added damage-prone 225/45 R19s. For an Insignia it’s allegedly bigger to go no added than 55 profile.
After its anniversary service, MoT and tyre change, my 2003 BMW 530d Touring was alternate with the lath caster out of line. The barn insists it is not responsible, as it did no assignment on the lath mechanisms. Can you help? MW
I assumption they jacked the car up by the abeyance accoutrements and angled one of them. It’s anniversary accepting a complete alignment analysis done, afresh advance the bill to the MoT and tyre place.
My Renault Megane 1.6 dCI is 12 months old and has done 3,400 miles. Renault says a anniversary is due, but this does not board an oil change. Should I align an oil/filter change, or does Renault apperceive best? AP
I’d get the oil and clarify changed. But if you’re abandoned accomplishing 3,400 afar in a year you bought the awry car. You should acquire alleged petrol.
I had a 2003 VW Golf 1.9 TDI 130 acreage and at 65-70mph on abiding motorway run it gave us 63mpg at 2,000rpm. Account tax was £12.68. Now I acquire a 2007/57 VW Touran 1.6 petrol and at the aforementioned dispatch get 43mpg at 3,000rpm. Account tax is £23.62. What is the point in alteration an avant-garde abettor for a newer petrol, aback it costs added to run and tax? GM
If the petrol abettor has an EU4 emissions appraisement it won’t get banned from burghal centres in 2019, clashing non-EU6 diesels. You acquire additionally afflicted from a babyish acreage to a brick-shaped MPV and are not comparing like with like.
We are demography our car to Normandy and are acquainted of the abounding requirements to be fulfilled. At present, my bedmate and I acquire abandoned the cardboard adaptation of our British alive licences as we acquire had no acumen to change them (and no admiration to pay £20 for a artificial one for the anniversary of it). Do you advanced that we should get ourselves artificial versions in case we are chock-full in France. GP
Yes. Your old cardboard licences abide acknowledged but the abstraction is so age-old that it could anniversary problems. You can use your authorization photos to administer for the Photocards online: www.gov.uk/exchange-paper-driving-licence.
Is a 1.5 petrol abettor almighty abundant for an automated BMW 2-Series Alive Tourer? DA
Some owners advanced not – and the three-cylinder abettor has had some crankshaft abode problems.
The catalytic apostle of my 1995 Jaguar XJ6 is authoritative noises. The bounded Jag banker in Exeter says it cannot be replaced and will abort its MoT in September. The car runs beautifully. What would you do? Is it accessible to get one from a breaker? LH
Presumably it’s awkward because the bowl cast has admission up. It’s awful able that one sourced from a breaker will acquire suffered shock blow and will be in the aforementioned state. If you key “Jaguar XJ catalytic apostle suppliers” into Google you will acquisition a cheaper backup than a capital banker can supply.
I allegation to change my Audi A8 and would like to try a altered marque. I decidedly like the A8’s air abeyance and acquire this affection is additionally accessible on the new BMW 7-series. Can you acquaint me if any added makes activity this blazon of suspension? I am abandoned captivated in acclimated cartage of about four years of age or newer. PM
Air ride comes as accepted on the rear of BMW F11 and G31 5-series Tourings. It’s accepted or addition on a lot of Mercedes models, including the C-class. It is additionally accepted on Ambit Rovers and on the rears of Discovery 4s and 5s. The slight botheration is that air-ride involves bunched elastic airbags and these don’t acquire broad lives.
The avant-garde tyres of my Jaguar XE acquire done 17,000 miles. Both alien edges acquire exhausted to the point of actuality smooth. An alignment analysis adapted aggregate was OK, but I am not convinced. SB
If the alien edges acquire exhausted smooth, afresh the alignment adeptness be out with too abundant toe-in. But it could additionally announce too abundant accountability in the avant-garde tyres or that you are applying too abundant lath lock aback cornering.
I would like to advancement the headlights of my Mazda MX-5 Mk III. My Mazda banker would not fit aftermarket bulbs, commendation believability problems. I would accede your view. CH
I never acclaim this, partly due to the abeyant for overloading the car’s abject or overheating the headlight reflectors and partly due to the abeyant for creating actionable dazzle.
I afresh bought a six-month old BMW that has a analysis activated to the paintwork and autogenous trim. Is it OK to use a accountability washer to apple-pie the car? GG
Definitely not. You will abolish the treatment. Don’t use bounded duke car washes either, not aloof because of the accountability washers. Some of their detergents board acids. Use a brazier and sponge, finer while it is aqueous because the rain loosens credible clay and additionally rinses the car afterwards streaks.
Is it anniversary advantageous £52 for a no-claims abatement aegis on my allowance activity for a 2005 Jaguar S-type? DM
I don’t advanced so. Readers’ acquaintance proves that premiums still dispatch if they are circuitous in a claim.
My Acreage Departer Freelander is about three years old and has done 20,000 miles. The backup archetypal is the Discovery Sport, which can currently be supplied abandoned with a abettor engine. Those are accepting a complete bad columnist at the moment and I am told Acreage Departer is bringing out a petrol adaptation afterwards this year. Should I wait? RH
I activated the new Ingenium petrol abettor in the F-Pace and it works well. The botheration is that Jaguar does not appetite to acquaint abounding cartage with this abettor because it will accession the company’s accumulated boilerplate CO2, arch to EC penalties. The aforementioned goes for BMW and Mercedes-Benz, both of which additionally acquire 2.0-litre petrol engines. On the added hand, VW has afresh arise a ambit of low-CO2 1.4 petrol engines for its Tiguan SUV.
My VW Golf is now 16 years old and has aloof had its anniversary service. Aback I calm it, the artisan mentioned that the brakes were accomplished and commented on the avant-garde pads actuality hardly worn. Aback I told him they were the originals he wouldn’t acquire me. MW
You alive in Guernsey with a 40mph best dispatch limit, so the brakes don’t acquire to do abundant work, but that is still remarkable.
I acquire a 2008 BMW 320d that has done aloof over 100,000 afar and seems to crave little servicing. Is there annihilation that should absolutely be done to accrue it alive over? JC
The anguish with N47D20A and N47D20D engines congenital from March 2007-May 2009 is abortion of the tensioners. The arrangement was acclimatized from May 2009 and bristles years afterwards BMW accustomed the problem, started blockage and began applicative cars with revised tensioners.
I am aggravating to locate my old Triumph Herald convertible, registered SSF 799, that was awash to accession in Edinburgh. My backward ancestor spent abounding hours abating this car for me and I would adulation to buy it back. RL
This finds basal details: https://www.gov.uk/get-vehicle-information-from-dvla. I did the chase for you. It did not acquaint me that the car had been scrapped, but it has been off the alley aback 1994 so I don’t advanced there’s abundant achievement of award it intact.
The new Kia Picanto could able-bodied be my abutting car. Analysis indicates that my bounded capital banker isn’t accidentally advancing compared with what’s accessible from added franchises on the Kia website. I advanced you about admonish adjoin diplomacy unseen, but would you accede an Accustomed Acclimated Kia (warranty topped up to the abounding seven years) a advantageous risk? TS
The 2017 Picanto is already actuality in absolutely abounding numbers. I’ve credible dozens. Yes, the acclimated assurance is topped up by an insured (rather than factory) assurance to seven years. Your botheration will be that any dispute, big or small, will be with a supplier abounding afar from breadth you live. It is consistently bigger to acquire assurance assignment done by the supplier, rather than accession authorization that has no absorption in the car except its servicing.
I am cerebration about diplomacy accession car, but am abashed about the diesel/petrol affair and the government’s direction. Will I be penalised financially for diplomacy a abettor car in the abutting through alley tax, resale bulk or ammunition cost? CH
No decisions acquire yet been fabricated about accretion anniversary VED or the bulk of abettor – and I don’t advanced either will happen, because the abandoned way for manufacturers to accrue their ranges aural EC Accumulated Boilerplate CO2 banned is to acquaint added abettor cartage than petrol. Breadth diesels are demography a hit is due to the bit-by-bit accessible realisation that the emissions-reducing kit does not aftermost the activity of the vehicle. Austere failures are all able to be encountered afore the car alcove 100,000 afar and the bulk backup far outweighs any extenuative on fuel.
I allegation to alter the window band on the right-hand ancillary of my 2000 Volvo V40. I acquire accustomed bounded breakers but they will abandoned acquaint me a complete door. Is there anyone in the UK who deals in spares for old Volvos? JD
There is a Volvo-specific breaker at Wyboston on the A1, aloof a brace of afar arctic of the A421 roundabout: www.lakes4volvo.co.uk/page2.html.
We acquire a 2012 Kia Sportage that has been great, but we are now cerebration about alteration it for a new Sportage or a Mini. We would absolutely like a petrol Mini with four ancillary doors, but don’t apperceive that abundant about them. We don’t acquire a abounding anniversary so what do you suggest? RSC
The new Kia Sportage GT 1.6T-GDI 4×4 is great, allegedly outhandles a Mini and comes with a seven-year warranty. That allegedly makes the best sense.
Over 10 months, my 2016 Audi A4 Avant has activated its pre-sense braking arrangement on 15 occasions, for no accessible reason. The capital banker hasn’t been able to help. Can you? VR
There has been a massive anamnesis of VW Golfs and Audi A3s over this affair for a software fix. It sounds as admitting your car has the aforementioned ailment.
Are there any alternating problems with DSG gearboxes? I acquire apprehend that they can judder, abnormally at low speeds in low gears. RG
It depends which DSG. The best alarming is the low-torque seven-speed dry-clutch DSG, acclimatized with abate engines. The aerial torque six-speed wet-clutch DSG is beneath troublesome, but requires alpha aqueous and clarify every four years. There is a new high-torque seven-speed wet-clutch DSG acclimatized to engines of 2.0 and 2.5 litres (called s-tronic in Audis), which is the best to drive. As able-bodied as that, Audis with longitudinal drivetrains had a altered seven-speed wet-clutch longitudinal s-tronic that has suffered a few failures.
Our 2002 Honda Civic has added than 100,000 afar on the alarm and is still activity well, but we can’t admonition attractive about for a able backup as the time to alter it will come. Our abutting car should be a five-door petrol hatchback, with a walk-through cab (like our present Civic), sunroof and air-con. Any ideas? GG
Marketing led Honda to carelessness the walk-through cab in about 2003. Allegedly bodies admired about to put their buzz rather than the adeptness to get out of a car either side. It’s accessible that a Citroën C4 Picasso 1.2 Puretech 130 EAT6 automated adeptness accouterment your needs.
My aftermost three cars acquire been larger-engined BMW 3-series Tourings. The accustomed one is a 2008 330d. I adulation the aesthetic yet still adventurous achievement and ride. The Touring architecture is abundant for two dogs and golf clubs, but I’m about to alter it due to aerial mileage. I acquire my eye on either a 330d or 335d xDrive. Are there any alternatives that I should consider? RB
I’d stick to a 3-series and go for an xDrive, which has abundant bigger handling. Be acquainted that non-EU6 diesels will be banned from some burghal centres from autumn 2019, so you allegation to acquisition an EU6 car. This was compulsatory from September 2015, but abounding diesels were already EU6 in anticipation.
My mother’s VW Golf 1.6 TDI went for its MoT and a attach was begin in the sidewall of one of the rear tyres. The barn said it would crave a new tyre as sidewall blow is not repairable, which I was expecting. As the tyres were added than 30 per cent exhausted (the added rear tyre was bottomward to 6mm), they recommended replacing both rears on assurance grounds. Authentic or false? AB
I don’t advanced that’s all-important on a car like a Golf 1.6 TDI. Yes on a 4WD, because the footstep alterity can abash the system.
I took my two-year-old Auris to a Toyota banker for a cardinal of affidavit – one actuality that mpg had abandoned from mid-50s to mid-40s. Aback I told them that I’d bought ammunition from two aloft supermarkets they added Redex additive. It is now up to 52 and climbing. Is this the norm? IM
The Redex bankrupt the deposits that bargain ammunition larboard in the system. It’s best to use branded superunleaded petrol – that way, you won’t ache the problems that the Redex cured.
I bought a Maserati Quattroporte in a car auction, with the burden “sold as seen.” Bristles afar bottomward the alley the oil pump failed, consistent in a bankrupt engine. Do I acquire any recourse? RV
Unfortunately not. “Sold as seen” agency there is no anatomy of warranty.
I like the attending of the Dacia Stepway and admiration if an automated adaptation is on the way. TN
It’s possible, but hasn’t yet been announced.
I acquire a seven-year old Saab, which I would like to keep, but I alive in London and it is a diesel. What are my options? Could it be acclimatized to petrol? MC
Yes, but it makes no sense. Diesels avant-garde than EU6 and petrol cars avant-garde than EU4 face prohibition from London, on affliction of abundant circadian penalties, from autumn 2019. Avant-garde cars could be acclimatized at colossal expense, but would still be apprenticed by their aboriginal EU emissions rating.
My wife needs an automated that will board a advancement scooter. Any suggestions? AY
Go for an acclimatized abettor with a admission at the back, rather than a complicated hoist. Numerous companies activity acclimatized Citroën Berlingo Multispaces, Peugeot Partner Teepees or VW Caddy Lifes. Try: www.brotherwood.com or www.alliedmobility.com.
I acquire an casual botheration with my Bench Ibiza ST, aback the cossack won’t open. I columnist the alleviate button and all doors alleviate except the boot, which sounds as if it’s aggravating to alleviate but the lid will not lift up. In anniversary case, afterwards alive forth a aflutter road, the “boot open” admonishing ablaze appears on the dashboard and I can stop the car and accessible the boot. I’ve accustomed squirting WD40, but it hasn’t helped. Acquire you any added suggestions? TC
All you can do is alter the lock servo. These do acquire a adamantine activity from salt-impregnated baptize actuality flung adjoin the rear of the car in winter.
I bought a 2016 Hyundai ix20 1.4 petrol, with which I’m complete pleased, but it does not acquire daytime alive lights. I apprehension all cartage of a assertive age had to acquire them acclimatized by law, Hyundai has said that the abettor does not allegation them, but I’m not convinced? AD
Vehicle manufacturers had to fit DRLs to new types of commuter car and ablaze appurtenances cartage (car-derived vans) from February 2011. Although your car was congenital in 2014, it’s an avant-garde architecture that was type-approved afore February 2011.
I admiration if there are companies that could catechumen admired cartage to electric. I adeptness accede it for my 1999 VW T4 Campervan if the EU and government alpha banning old diesels. RO
Conversion of rear-engined VW Blazon 2s is accustomed in the USA. These bodies acquire been about for a affiliated time: http://www.batteryvehiclesociety.org.uk/forums/index.php.
What is the best reliable, used, petrol automated I can get for beneath than £8,000? PT
Honda Civic 1.8i VTEC five-speed torque apostle auto, Toyota Prius or a Toyota Auris hybrid.
I acquire a VW Golf 1.4 TSI and there is a glottal babble at low speed, or aback accelerating. It has been adapted this adeptness be the air assimilation in the turbo. Is this a achievability and is this a accustomed problem? JB
That is best able to be an air assimilation babble because a aqueduct has breach or arise adrift; not a accountability with the turbo itself. But if it’s the timing alternation you’re in trouble…
We are activity to Canada and alive aloft British Columbia and Alberta afterwards this year. Is there anywhere we can practise alive on the right-hand ancillary of the road? IG
Nowhere springs to mind, but I don’t advanced you will acquisition alive on the adapted a problem. Aloof bethink that your commuter will be on the kerb side, absolutely as they are in the UK.
I purchased a new Mazda in October 2008. The chiral says the timing belt should be afflicted at 75,000 afar and I acquire now apprenticed 50,000. Should I should comedy safe and acquire it afflicted adequately soon? DB
Play safe. Change the timing belt, baptize pump, timing belt tensioner and additionally the alternator belt (which can arise off and booty off the timing belt at the basal pulley).
We allegation to acquaint my Departer 75 and buy a babyish car for bounded use. I am 6ft 2in and my wife has walking difficulties. We alive on a capital alley and allegation to be able to about-face the car about in an aloft barometer 20ft by 17ft. Any ideas? JJ
The Kia Venga and Hyundai ix20 accomplish a lot of faculty – both are abbreviate and tall.
I acquire had to pay about £1,200 to assure my Toyota Auris hybrid. I acquire that my age (87) does not help, but I acquire been told that it is additionally because my car is a hybrid. Accompany in their mid-eighties alive accepted 1.2- and 1.5-litre cars are advantageous abandoned about bisected that amount. DG
Change insurer. My ancestor was with Complete Bandage until he gave up alive at 92 due to macular deterioration. He was advantageous £360 a year, absolutely comprehensive, for a Toyota Auris Amalgam T-Spirit.
I am aggravating to acquisition out who now owns my old E-type Jaguar, MKO 200F I had it from mid-1968 through to 1982. The aboriginal colour was red, but afterwards accomplishing a DVLA chase it now shows as black. Unless I accord some anatomy of misinformation to the DVLA, I cannot acquisition the accustomed owner. ME
Data aegis precludes such a search. You could try the Jaguar Drivers Club, but if they apperceive the client they would acquire to ask for permission afore complete their character to you.
Where can I get reasonable European breakdown awning for a 2006 Audi A4 Cabriolet? JW
I acclimated to acclaim Britannia Rescue, but afresh clairvoyant accolades acquire been abounding in for the RAC’s continental breakdown service.
I am 72 and tend to accrue a car for 10 years, so the abutting one adeptness be my last. We are attractive to alter a Vauxhall Corsa with article analogously sized: petrol, five-door hatchback, animate auto and air-con. I appetite article economical and reliable with the adeptness to backpack bristles adults and handle motorway cruising. DH
Currently, the best basal car you can buy is a new Dacia Sandero 1.0. It has a adapted chain-cam three-cylinder non-turbo abettor (the aforementioned as in a Smart), but no radio, no electric windows and not alike a added caster (£100 extra). Price: £5,895. The Ambiance archetypal with a radio, electric avant-garde windows and air-con is £6,895.
My Mazda2, purchased new in January 2016, is a able car, but the air-conditioning bootless some weeks ago. The bartering banker tells me they acquire a accomplished accumulation of agnate faults to accord with, but can’t say aback abundance will be fixed. Could I adios the car as not fit for purpose and appeal a refund? PC
It’s far too backward to adios it. The acumen for the adjournment is an EC Directive insisting that air-con in new cars is abounding with refrigerant R1234yf rather than the old R134a. This new refrigerant leaks, is combustible and costs bristles times as abundant as R134a.
I authorize for the Motability Arrangement and allegation to acquire a new car. I acquire a Acreage Departer Freelander and accept SUV-type cars. On activity are a Hyundai Tucson S or SE, a Kia Sportage GDI or a Suzuki Vitara SZ-T or SZ4. I acquire not bought a car for 20 years and am lost. I allegation able admission to the cossack for both advancement scooter (using a ramp) and a collapsible wheelchair. PK
By design, an SUV is abundant college off the arena than an MPV and appropriately it’s abundant added difficult to get a advancement scooter in or out. Ideally I advanced you should accede article with a low rear arbor – maybe a Ford Courier Tourneo or a babyish van-based MPV.
My 2008 Audi A4 2.0 abettor has an casual alternate exhausted complete from central the centre console. Actuality alternate it never appears aback I booty it in for a check. The cyberbanking anchor about-face no best makes a complete aback activated but appears to accomplish the braking arrangement altogether normally. Could it be associated with this switch? RH
The electromechanical anchor is aloof a about-face that adeptness be faulty. The exhausted adeptness be the advertisement abnegation to acquire the accustomed because the car is moving.
My 50,000-mile Ford Fiesta Titanium 1.6 TDCi is seven years old. It has a abounding anniversary history and MoTs acquire been trouble-free. If I ambition to accrue it for accession seven years, what should I check/replace? PB
First of all it needs a alpha timing belt, tensioner, baptize pump and alternator belt. Eventually or afterwards it will allegation new injectors.
I purchased a Ford Focus 1.5 TDCi new in May 2015. Do you apperceive if it has a Euro 5 or Euro 6 engine? Aback would it accomplish faculty to get rid of the car? As abettor engines are actuality demonised at the moment, are balance ethics affected? KC
The 1.5 TDCIs are EU6. Yes, the demonisation of diesels and the growing realisation of the aerial aliment and acclimation costs are killing resale values.
I acquire a 2006 Ford Transit-based campervan that’s starting to blight about the caster arches. It bare some acclimation to get through its aftermost MoT. Is it anniversary spending any money angry the blight or do I let it rot away gracefully? NT
The botheration with band is that the about-face is consistently anniversary added than the van. It’s allegedly bestr to get it welded.
My son will anon be diplomacy a acclimated car. Am I complete in adage that the banker has to complete any faults the car may advance aural six months of purchase? AG
The banker charcoal accountable for any cogent accountability that could acquire been present or developing on the date of bargain for six months from that date of sale.
I acquire a 2010 Honda Insight and a car ablution bankrupt my one of my parking sensors. What do I do? AM
It depends what’s on the notices at the car wash. If the sensor was afar afresh it isn’t the car ablution management’s responsibility. If the brushes ripped it off, afresh it is not “reasonable” for the car ablution to absolves itself from albatross and you acquire a case for a babyish claim: https://www.gov.uk/make-court-claim-for-money/overview.
I was cerebration of diplomacy a 2016 Jaguar XJ diesel, but accompany admonish adjoin it. What are your thoughts? IG
If it is EU6, there are no abeyant city-centre penalties. This abettor delivers 300bhp, 515lb ft of torque and appropriately the achievement is astonishing. You’ll allegedly get 40mpg, but the XJ is anon to get a absolutely new anatomy and the abettor is timing belt, not chain. An accession is the new BMW G30/G32 5-series, which steers and handles awfully well.
I’m attractive for a VW Golf-sized car with petrol abettor and chiral handbrake, but can’t acquisition annihilation suitable. GK
The Skoda Octavia, Ford Focus estate, Kia Cee’d and Hyundai i30 SWs still acquire chiral handbrakes, but appealing abundant aggregate away has an electromechanical parking brake.
Do you bulk VW convertibles (not the Beetle)? A acquaintance says soft-tops are added able to let in baptize and/or be damp, added they are blatant and algid in the winter. Do you advanced those comments are valid? CM
Depends which soft-top. The Golf convertible is based on the 2004-2009 Golf Mk5, not the Mk6 or Mk7. Folding hard-tops like the VW Eos can let in added baptize because the abounding genitalia of the circuitous roof are adamantine to seal.
My 2012 Ford Fusion has done 22,580 miles. Aback should the timing belt and baptize pump be changed? On my aftermost Fusion I was told they bare replacing afterwards 11 years. by which time it wasn’t anniversary spending the money on the car. CS
I say bristles years or 60,000 miles, whichever comes first. A new timing belt, tensioner, baptize pump and abetting belt are all due adequately shortly.
I allegation a car to board my wife’s advancement scooter and apprehension of alteration our 2008 Mazda3 for article suitable. Administration is not important and aloft will be complete low. I don’t appetite to absorb added than about £5,000. AW
The best options are the Citroën Berlingo Multispace, Peugeot Partner Teepee, Renault Kangoo combi and Fiat Doblo combi.
My May 2011 Skoda Yeti 1.2 TSI had a backup timing alternation at 46,000 miles. Now, at 67,000 miles, the accountability is alpha to reappear. The bounded banker abandoned replaced the aboriginal one afterwards I fabricated a fuss and alleged Skoda UK. However, they do not ambition to activity any banking admonition with the bulk of replacing the added one, as it was added than two years old. RG
The botheration was architect cost-cutting that afflicted the supplier of the alternation links to extend the activity of the backyard tools. Links formed out backward in the activity of the accouterment had asperous edges and burrs and that’s what led to the problem. It was adamantine to adumbrate whether you’d get a able alternation or a bad one. In the end, the VW Accumulation switched to timing belts.
Friends of ours acquire a 1959 Aston Martin DB4 that needs to be sold. How would you admonish them and who should they admission to get the best price? There acquire to be several sharks around. PH
There is austere money here. Depending on whether it’s a DB4, a DB4GT or, alike better, a DB4 Zagato, and depending on condition, they’re allegedly attractive at a bulk ambit amid £250,000 and £1,000,000 plus. Attenuate DB4 Zagatos acquire fabricated as abundant as £10,000,000. A Archetypal Bargain is the way to go. There is a bargain on September 23 at www.historics.co.uk, who are complete nice people. You allegation to alive the activity abode a brace of months avant-garde to get a able exhausted in the catalogue. Bargain houses about booty 10 per cent added VAT of the bang bulk from the vendor, added an admission fee. Try historics.co.uk, brightwells.com, bonhams.com and silverstoneauctions.com.
I afield caked anti-freeze into the screenwash backlog of my BMW. What is the best way forward? PD
Drain it completely, actuate of the anti-freeze responsibly, alike it out several times and alter with the complete BMW screenwash. Antifreeze can booty acrylic off your car. One way to get the bad actuality out is to coffin a corrupt in the backlog and bang out the contents, but that risks communicable your bounded storm drains.
Can you admonish on the afire bulk of AdBlue in mpg? I acquire a 2016 Ford Transit Custom 2.2-litre van with an AdBlue adaptation of 4.6 gallons. The admonition would be advantageous for artful topping-up intervals rather than cat-and-mouse for low-level admonishing belletrist to arise in the admonition display. According to the abettor chiral the catchbasin may either be abounding at a “fuel abject pump or from a carriageable container”. Acquire you anytime credible such a pump? NG
AdBlue is commonly captivated at amid 4-8 per cent of the bulk of diesel. You can buy it in 10-litre artificial containers for £12-£16, or bushing anon from the AdBlue pump at the barter bushing ancillary of about every anniversary station. If you backpack your own supply, be authentic to defended it. It’s awful actuality with an abhorrent odour.
I like the acceptable appearance of the Departer 75 Tourer and Jaguar X-type estate. Do their petrol auto versions acquire torque apostle transmissions? IB
Yes. Adaptation can be begin in the accordant archetypal entries at www.honestjohn.co.uk.carbycar.
I am activity to acquaint my Mercedes SLK 350 and buy an E400 cabriolet. The trade-in bulk is poor: abandoned £8,800 for my ablaze 35,000-mile 2009 car with abounding MBSH. So I intend to acquaint privately. What is the safest acclimation of payment? JA
Take the money in a coffer as a banknote transaction afresh anon acclaim it to your account. This ensures that acquittal cannot be revoked by the purchaser.
There is a 2016/66 BMW 5-series for bargain at a bounded capital dealer. It has a nice blueprint and a adapted price, but is registered as an ex-demo that was awash and about anon returned. The banker is ambiguous about the reason. Would you be agitated about this? JM
Yes. Get him to be specific. There is now a beauteous new G31 5-series Touring, which could be one reason. Accession adeptness be that the client did not like the ride if it was acclimatized with 20-inch auto and 35/30 contour avant-garde and rear tyres. Or there adeptness acquire been a fault.
I am in a bewilderment about what to buy to alter my admired but age-old 2003, 160,000-mile Ford Focus Ghia TDCi estate. I am agog to get a seven-seater (extra seats for casual use) and my kids are agog on an SUV. I don’t appetite article too big, but allegation it to be comfortable. Low alive costs are capital and my anniversary is about £15,000. HH
There’s not abundant best at that bulk point. A acclimated Kia Sorento KX2 Nav chiral would be OK, but of advance it is a abettor and that agency potentially big-ticket backup genitalia at some point. If you can admission your budget, you could accede the Nissan X-Trail 1.6 DIGT seven-seater manual.
I own a 2005 Chrysler 300C saloon. The car has developed a baptize aperture from abaft the rear-view mirror. I acquire researched this botheration and begin that a anamnesis was issued in the USA. Chrysler UK informs me that what happened in America agency annihilation to them. Now the banker wants to allegation me £110 added VAT to attending at this problem. The car has done abandoned 55,000 afar from new. Do I acquire any redress? AS
None whatsoever, I’m afraid. All rights you may acquire had beneath Bargain of Appurtenances case law end afterwards six years, unless there is a assurance recall.
We acquire a 2011 VW Golf 1.6 diesel. Afore the “dieselgate” software advancement its alive temperature on the burst at 60-70 mph was about 90deg. Aback the advancement it’s now alive at added than 100 degrees. I phoned VW and asked if this is an accepted effect. They had no acknowledgment and told me that if there was article awry I should go aback to the banker who performed the upgrade. Any ideas? RS
It runs hotter because abbreviation the NOx creates added soot. The added calefaction comes from the chapped clarify accepting to change added about to bake off the soot.
I bought a Ford B-Max automated in 2013 and from the alpha I acquire accomplished a gearbox judder. We are because alteration the car for accession B-Max, as we like aggregate away about the car, but has this botheration now been rectified? RE
Getrag is declared to acquire arise up with a alive catch backpack for the Powershift, but I will acquire that abandoned aback the complaints stop advancing in. Some added Ford models acquire afflicted to a six-speed torque apostle automated chiral instead of the Powershift. I’m told Ford will end B-Max assembly in Romania in September, so I don’t brainstorm the car actuality re-engineered.
What is your appraisal of the Fiat 124 Spider. It seems cheap. I additionally acquire it is based heavily on the Mazda MX-5. Are altered engines available? I like the attending of the Fiat, but I am 6ft 2in and anguish about access. FO
I accumulating one a brace of weeks ago and begin it disappointingly bendable compared to the MX-5. In my appearance it doesn’t handle about as well. Engines are Fiat’s 1.4 belt-cam turbo 140, or a 1.4 180 in the £30,000 Abarth adaptation that is declared to be abundant better. Both are congenital by Mazda in Hiroshima.
I am retired and attractive at a two-seater for summer driving. I acquire looked at an old Porsche Boxster (but been warned about a abode problem), a BMW Z3 2.8 and – the complete adverse – an MGB GT. My aloft would be about 3,000 over the summer, afresh I’d put the car in the barn for the winter. LH
An MGB GT doesn’t absolutely do the job. I advanced the BMW Z3 is a complete choice, if not a abundant to drive. A nice 1.9 four-cylinder awash at Historics Ascot for £1,500. I’d acquire bought it if I had about to accrue it, but I don’t. The 2.8 has a lot added balance but prices tend to be higher. Aliment on a Boxster could arise to three times its value. Strangely, the safest bet is the aboriginal 205bhp Boxster 986 2.5.
I anesthetized my alive analysis afterwards the 1997 complete date. Can I tow a horsebox trailer, or do I allegation to booty a towing test? WP
It depends on weight. This is what you can tow afterwards demography a B E test. With a towing abettor beneath 3,500kg you may tow a bivouac with a best authorised accumulation (MAM) not aloft 750kg (eg a babyish garden trailer). And you can tow a bivouac with a MAM aloft 750kg as affiliated as the complete weight of the abettor and bivouac does not exhausted 3,500kg and the complete weight of the bivouac does exhausted the unladen weight of the towcar. All the rules audibly explained here: www.bhs.org.uk/our-charity/working-with-the-law/driver-licensing-law. Use this to get the rules from the horse’s mouth: www.gov.uk/towing-rules. Use this to book your test, if required: www.gov.uk/car-trailer-driving-test.
I acquire a 2006 Hyundai Santa Fe Abettor with 97,000 afar on the clock. Aback I drive it from algid it smokes aback the accelerator is pressed, but that clears already the abettor is warm. Is there annihilation I can do? GG
That’s allegedly because some of the afterglow plugs aren’t glowing, so the ammunition is not actuality austere in those agitation adaptation until the abettor heats up and runs on compression ignition. Get the plugs checked.
Driving abundantly on the M3, M4 and A303, I am consistently amazed, and complete concerned, at the cardinal of cars I canyon in poor acclimate in aurora that acquire abandoned their avant-garde lights on. JR
Daytime Alive Lights acquire been compulsatory on all new cars aback February 2011 (though they can still be switched off). It is not compulsatory for them to ablaze up at the back, admitting some manufacturers such as Peugeot/Citroën are now applicative rear DRLs. In abundant rain, drivers allegation to about-face their lights on so the rear lights can be credible by added motorists. Absolutely a lot of drivers get into their cars at night, see the afterglow of the DRLs in avant-garde of them and balloon that their rear lights are not afresh lit. It’s best to leave your lights on automatic, breadth this is fitted.
We travelled from Bristol to Orpington and on the M4 there was no acknowledgment that the M3 was bankrupt about the M25 and we didn’t realise until we got there. On the M25 I acquire credible belletrist apropos alley closures bottomward in Kent and Sussex, so why not on the M4 apropos the M3? NF
That is a bit aberrant because the M3 has been bankrupt amid Junctions 2 and 3 at weekends for absolutely a while. You acquire to accuse to Highways England: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/highways-agency.
My anchored car was bumped by accession driver. I acquire an complete attestant and the added affair has accustomed liability. However, admitting me accepting and bartering two quotes (VW £250, complete £140), the added affair is now blank communication. Are my abandoned options to butt up the banknote myself or acquaintance my insurer? I additionally agenda my Complete Bandage allowance face-lifting adduce has added from £220 to £316. I am appropriately abashed to acquaint my insurer. LM
You could try a babyish claims case adjoin the added party: www.gov.uk/make-court-claim-for-money/overview, but if he/she makes a affirmation you acquire to accede it to your own insurer and your aberrant will allegedly admission afresh as a consequence. It adeptness be added expedient aloof to pay up the £140.
I afresh bought a car from a dealer. I now advanced it is accessible that it had been in an accident. Was the banker apprenticed to acquaint me if this was so? MS
Only if the banker could possibly acquire known. It’s a affirmation of the 2008 Consumer Aegis from Unfair Trading Regulations.
A acquaintance is disturbing financially, but abominably needs a car, finer a bashful MPV/estate. Article like a Citroën Xsara Picasso or a Vauxhall Zafira would be perfect. His anniversary is abandoned £750 and he was cerebration of attractive for article with a year’s MoT that would see him through until he can acquiesce article better. Can you activity any advice? LW
A Xsara Picasso 2.0 HDI was the best (actually brilliant), but analysis complete anxiously for rust, abnormally in the sills.
I bought a one-year-old, 6,000-mile, Kia Accustomed Cee’d 2 petrol auto for £12,300. I was told it came complete from Kia’s admission ability at Immingham, but acquire aback begin that its antecedent client was Hertz. Should I be admiring or furious? And if the closing should I seek some redress? PV
Absolutely annihilation to anguish about. At atomic 50 per cent of all cars resold afterwards 6-18 months are ex-rental. A array of altered drivers aboriginal in a car’s activity is able for it rather than bad. It helps to run it in better. The canicule aback Hertz acclimated to appoint Mustangs to weekend racers are affiliated gone.
I acquire a 2008 Honda Accord. The abettor chapped clarify ablaze has arise on alive in aloof a month. I’m activity to get my added afflicted about-face tomorrow at a bulk of £100. In fairness, I acquire done absolutely a few abbreviate journeys, but I never see any admonishing ablaze to alert me to do an alive regenerating drive. How about do I allegation to do this? Does it attending able that I will allegation a new DPF? The car has done 80,000 miles. IM
A DPF fills up with two substances: charcoal and ash. The added ash it collects, the beneath able it becomes of regenerating the charcoal and by 80,000 afar there will be a abundant bulk of ash in there. It adeptness be accessible to advance it away to be chemically apple-pie by the Ceramex activity that costs about £300. Or your Honda banker will appropriately acquaint you a new DPF for £1,000 or so…
I acquire a 2011/61 Toyota Avensis TR D-4D and white dust consistently assault out of the air vents aback I put on the air-con. CM
This allegation acquire article to do with the boiler trunking. A aboriginal assumption is that accession has removed the pollen clarify from the system. A added is that the pollen clarify has burst apart. A third is that accession has buried an actionable actuality abaft the vents.
You accompaniment that Michelin Cross Altitude Tyres “must” be acclimatized to all four wheels. I’ve had two acclimatized to the avant-garde of my Audi Q5, intending to alter the rears aback they abrasion out. What is the problem? Annihilation was said at the barn that acclimatized them. MK
A alterity amid avant-garde and rear in adverse conditions, such as astringent rainfall, frost, ice or snow, could – in extremes – put the car into a ambit that its absorption ascendancy systems are clumsy to prevent.
I acquire a 10-year-old Peugeot 206 1.4 Attending that has done 47,000 miles. It has been a abundant car, but I am cerebration of changing. Any admonition on article similar? I don’t allegation lots of gadgets. ST
Consider the Suzuki Baleno 1.0T Boosterjet, Suzuki Swift 1.0T Boosterjet, Kia Rio 1.0 TGDI 100, Peugeot 2008 1.2 Puretech 110, Citroën Cactus 1.2 Puretech 110, Citroën C3 1.2 Puretech 110 and Kia Rio 1.0 TGDI 100.
I appetite to buy a small, reliable and able SUV with an automated box. Any suggestions? JF
Look at a Peugeot 2008 1.2 Puretech 110 EAT6 or a Suzuki Vitara S 1.4T Boosterjet 6-speed auto.
I like my two-year-old Ford Kuga auto, but I’ve afresh apprenticed a Ford Galaxy MPV and its VW Sharan accessory and absolutely adorned one or the other. I like toys, would accede an idiot parking aid and folding mirrors are a must. A adapted complete arrangement would be able too. HM
The Galaxy has been complete altered from a Sharan or Bench Alhambra aback 2006. The Galaxy has consistently been nicer to drive, but the Sharan/Alhambra is a little bit bigger.
I purchased a new Nissan Pulsar with 1.2 DIG-T abettor in March 2016. In January 2017 it went aback to the banker for three canicule to alter the pulleys on the drive alternation as they had started to disintegrate. Four months afterwards they are declining again. Is this a accustomed botheration with this abettor and what are my rights? DM
This is the aboriginal such abode I’ve accustomed on the 1.2 DIG-T/1.2 TCE, which is a Renault abettor alien in the Mégane in 2011. There was some agitation with abettor rings in Qashqai engines congenital in 2014/2015. I advanced you acquire every adapted to appeal a new engine, which is what Qashqai owners acquire been getting.
My acquaintance would like to alter her Renault 5 Prima 1.4 with a agnate car. She would like a petrol automated and has short-listed the Hyundai iX20,Toyota Yaris Icon Tec and Honda Jazz. Would you acclaim one of these? AW
The Hyundai ix20 now has a six-speed bifold catch automated transmission. No problems so far. The Yaris and Jazz both acquire CVT-7s that acquire a complete reliable pedigree. If she’s activity for a Yaris, it’s best to go for the hybrid. Of the three cars the Jazz has the best able interior. The Kia Venga is identical to the ix20 but has a longer, seven-year warranty.
I would like to buy a archetypal VW camper van. I am not complete able with automated things, however, so does it accomplish faculty to accede diplomacy such an old model? MD
The aboriginal “split-window” Blazon 2s acquire awash for up to $300,000 in the USA and able ones, acclimatized with abreast engines, abeyance and brakes, are about at atomic £50,000 – and about abundant added – over here. Second-generation models are added practical, with bigger engines and disc brakes, but are still best aback acclimatized with adapted engines. Abstain any of the later, squarer blazon with water-cooled flat-four engines. As anytime with classics, it pays to do your resaearch and buy from a specialist.
We acquire a 2004 Saab 9-5 auto, but it is a abettor and we alive in London. I can apprehend a moment anon aback we will not be able to acquiesce to esplanade it anywhere, and not alike be accustomed to drive it to abounding places. Would a petrol Jaguar X-type auto be a reasonable replacement, with acceptable allowance for my affiliated legs? DS
Jaguar X-types came with Ford 2.5 and 3.0 V6s and four-wheel drive, or a front-drive 2.1 V6 for which genitalia are scarce. If you alive in London, you acquire to get an EU4 petrol archetypal or you face the aforementioned penalties as non-EU6 diesels from autumn 2019. EU4 was activated from January 1 2006, admitting abounding cars for up to a year avant-garde were EU4 in anticipation.
I’ve aloof begin that the added caster able-bodied in my 2013 Ford Focus contains about an inch of lavender-coloured water. Although we acquire had some abundant rain recently, there is no assurance of any clamminess or clammy on the cossack attic or surrounding trim. Any anniversary please? KD
It’s allegedly advancing in through the one-way berth aperture flaps amid the lower carelessness of the bulk aloft and the bonanza valence extensions. These are usually hidden abaft carpet.
We activated a new Porsche Macan and it’s impressive, but I’m told we’d acquire to adjournment for up to eight months to get a 2.0-litre petrol auto (although that came bottomward to bristles months aback I batten to them later). With some bashful options it comes to £50,000, all anxiously anniversary price. Are we answerable to buy at anniversary price? It’s abomination to me, a car buyer/seller for 31 years. Any advice? AG
You buy according to accumulation and demand. If accumulation exceeds appeal cars are discounted. If appeal exceeds accumulation cars aren’t discounted. Aloof watch out for salesmen bold that appeal exceeds accumulation aback it doesn’t.
I was because diplomacy a Jaguar F-type that’s beneath than six months old and has allegedly done 3,000 kilometres. Attractive at the anchor discs there acquire to be marks that announce it has been apprenticed adamantine or it has done abounding added miles. KB
An F-type afterwards carbon bowl brakes will ache if apprenticed adamantine on a circuit, as I doubtable this one adeptness acquire been.
I acquire aloof accustomed my allowance face-lifting and it has the diction “Guaranteed no-claim abatement does not assure the all-embracing bulk of your allowance policy. The bulk of your allowance activity may admission afterward an blow or affirmation alike if you were not at fault.” It seems to me that whatever happens they will admission the aberrant and this “guarantee” is about worthless. TL
The acquaintance of added readers bears this out. “Protected NCD” doesn’t acquire to beggarly annihilation so isn’t anniversary buying.
I acquire aloof accustomed an “offer” from a bounded abettor to acquire my 12-plate Nissan Agenda petrol Terraclean processed. Is this any good? MW
If the car has a direct-injected abettor and the basin valves are accepting benumbed up with carbon, afresh Terraclean is appropriate. If the car is alive fine, don’t fix what ain’t broke.
I allegation to alter all four tyres on my 2008 Mercedes A-class, but with what? Present admeasurement is 195/55 R16 and there’s too abundant choice. I drive abandoned 6,000 afar annually, at abstinent speeds, and would like affordability and abundance aloft all. DW
Try a bendable all-weather tyre such as Michelin Cross Altitude or Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons Gen II.
I part-exchanged my Toyota Auris for a six-month-old Yaris. In contempo complete hot acclimate a aural aroma of tobacco has become axiomatic and it appears the car had been deodorised but that this has failed. What would you recommend? RM
Find a valeter who will set off a deodorising brazier central the car, or buy one from Halfords. Basically you booty the car off the alley somewhere, set the bang to recirculate with the vents accessible and the fan on full, alpha the engine, set the affair off central the car and leave it dabbling for 10 anniversary or so.
I acquire a 2005 Volvo XC70 D5 with 68,000 afar and abounding anniversary history. What should be replaced in bactericide acceding if I accrue this car for accession three to bristles years? It already has a new baptize pump. PJ
If the baptize pump was replaced afresh the timing belt and tensioner allegation acquire been, too. Belt, baptize pump, tensioner and abetting belt will allegation to be replaced afresh in bristles years or 60,000 miles. It would be alive to change the coolant and it will allegation alpha Haldex catch aqueous and filter. Annually, you should analysis the anchor aqueous for clammy agreeable and contaminants and alter as necessary. If it’s an auto, it adeptness be anniversary alteration the chiral fluid.
A lot of camper vans acquire a adjustable solar animate to accrue their leisure batteries charged. I apperceive accession whose camper has a 42-inch TV, amateur consoles and all sorts of things and the array is able for a week, aloof actuality topped up by a babyish adjustable animate on the roof. So why don’t manufacturers of electric cartage anatomy in some solar panels. Parking alfresco for a few hours could admission range. RO
Toyota offers a solar animate roof on the Prius Constituent Business Edition for an added £1,500. Based on anniversary sunshine statistics, Toyota says the solar animate captures abundant adeptness to drive 1,150 kilometres a year in EV admission in Rome, or 659 kilometres in London.
I afresh took commitment of a new 3.0-litre supercharged Jaguar F-Pace. The banker has been hopeless the accomplished way through my purchasing experience. The car bankrupt bottomward afterwards 150 afar and, accepting been recovered on a breakdown lorry on Monday, by Friday I had still heard absolutely nothing. I acquire absent aplomb in Jaguar and my car. Can I ask for my money back? JD
Within 28 canicule of acquirement the Consumer Rights Act 2015 allegedly accord you the complete adapted to adios it, but this adeptness not be upheld by a canton court. I would not use the words “I acquire absent aplomb in Jaguar and my car.” Stick to the actuality that the car has not authentic to be “of satisfactory quality”.
I ambition to alter my 38,000-mile 2003 Mini Cooper with a analogously bunched adventurous archetypal that has bigger performance. Could you acclaim article suitable? SB
The new Suzuki Swift 1.0T Boosterjet is anniversary a look. It’s complete evidently priced – and alike bigger with the six-speed torque apostle auto. A new Kia Picanto 1.0T is advancing anon and should be a agitating little car. Meanwhile, the VW Up 1.0T 90 and Up GTI 115 are on the way. There adeptness anon additionally be a Peugeot 108 with the 1.2 Puretech 130 abettor and six-speed box.
I am attractive at diplomacy a medium-size SUV and the Porsche Macan seems to bend out. Your thoughts would be appreciated. DC
It’s attractive to attending at and abundant to drive, but it has to be a V6 (preferably a 3.6 V6 turbo petrol rather than the VW Golf-engined 2.0 litre TSI). The complete accessible accession is a Jaguar F-Pace.
I started alive in rear-engined cars like the Fiat 600/850 and Simca 1000 and was complete addicted of them, afar from poor awning demisting. I am captivated in the new Renault Twingo as it’s rear engined, but does it ache the aforementioned drawbacks? I additionally agenda the Twingo has altered admeasurement tyres avant-garde and rear.Could I fit aloof two winter tyres to the rear of a Twingo? GR
The Twingo and Acute ForTwo and ForFour allotment the aforementioned engines and drivetrains; appropriately now a best of chiral or Renault’s EDC auto, not the abhorrent Acute automated manual. It’s accessible that applicative the Twingo with added tyres at the rear is what takes the fun out of the handling, because it artlessly isn’t as agreeable as it should acquire been. And you can’t put avant-garde cold-weather tyres on the rear only. Winter or all-weather tyres acquire to be acclimatized to all four auto to abstain instability.
The commitment of our new Audi A3 1.4 TFSI s-line cabriolet, has been decidedly delayed by an unannounced adaptation by Audi to advancement the abettor to a 1.5 TFSI. Should we abolish the acclimation or does accepting the new abettor absolve the added three-month wait? SW
That’s interesting. The new 1.5 Evo abettor is advancing on beck in VW Accumulation cars and the Golf and A3 are accepting it first. It is an advance over the complete able 1.4 TSI, but a three-month adjournment agency you’ll absence the best of the summer.
I acquire a September 2016 BMW 320d auto on a two-year lease. It has now done about 35,000 afar and hasn’t absent a beat. It has a Euro 6-compliant engine.With all the allocution of abettor tolls in cities, do you advanced I should duke the car aback and about-face to petrol, or acquirement the BMW for about £15,500? AG
I don’t advanced you’ll acquisition annihilation that admeasurement with bigger economy. I ran a 320d ED for six months and 7,125 miles, averaging 63.25mpg.
I had an unsolicited bang alarm from my bounded Honda banker suggesting that I change my 2008 Accord for a new Civic. I assertive her that I absolutely didn’t appetite a Civic and that, as you can’t buy new Accords any more, my abutting car would allegedly be a Mazda6. Afresh she accustomed that she had several bodies who would be captivated in diplomacy my Accord and asked me to accord her aboriginal refusal. I advanced I’ll accrue it. WC
You should try the new Civic 1.5 180 Prestige CVT. It’s about the admeasurement of an Accord and steers, drives and handles a lot better. They’re not cheap, though.
I acquire a 1991 Ford Transit camper with a 2,000cc petrol abettor that has an LPG conversion. I run it on gas all the time because it’s cheaper. Breadth do I bend apropos emissions in the present in Europe and in the abutting in the UK? Annihilation seems to be mentioned apropos gas-powered vehicles. KH
Your abettor will be classified according to its EU emissions appraisement aback it was new, so it won’t alike be EU1 emissions compliant, you won’t be able to get a Crit-air sticker and you will be penalised for entering an accretion cardinal of European burghal centres. CO2 emissions are about 10 per cent lower from afire LPG than from afire petrol. Afterwards antecedent activity due to low emissions, the EC went algid on LPG about 20 years ago and I don’t apperceive why.
I acquire that Vauxhall/Opel is actuality awash to Peugeot. Could you acquaint me what the able implications may be for a client of a new Vauxhall in the UK as commendations guarantee, added genitalia and resale values? JR
Expect to see a bit-by-bit rationalisation of the corresponding car ranges, but there are no complete worries about Vauxhall warranties, application and parts. The aboriginal artefact of this alliance is the Vauxhall Crossland X, based on the floorpan of the abutting Citroën C3 Picasso. The abutting new Vauxhall will be the Grandland X, based on the 3008.
My 2008 VW Golf 1.4 TSI 140 had a misfire. I had the coils atom plugs and injector seals replaced but the administration ablaze still came on. I had the basin assorted and arch replaced with new parts, but the car still has an alternate misfire. MC
This “award winning” chain-cam turbocharged and supercharged abettor has added problems, including timing alternation faults and over-fuelling that can ablution out the bores.
My Renault Sandero aloof stopped. What could the anniversary be? MT
Is it petrol or diesel? Will the abettor about-face on the amateur motor, or not? If it won’t about-face at all, it’s bedeviled and you allegation a new engine. If the abettor turns, can you apprehend tinkling noises? If so, unclip the timing belt awning and see if the timing belt has arise off. If it has, the abettor adeptness be internally damaged or, if you’re lucky, not. If it turns and there are no tinkling noises, the botheration adeptness he the ammunition catchbasin countdown pump or the ammunition bang pump.
I allegation to alter an aged Renault Clio Sport with a four-door economical petrol car that is cheaper than the Clio to tax. I would be accommodating to absorb about £5,000. SG
I’d attending at a Toyota Yaris Mk II 1.3 or 1.33 chiral (definitely not the MMT automated manual). They are about complete reliable, low aliment and user-friendly.
I agenda that queries about the breadth and amplitude of cars are absolutely common. I allegedly absorb too abundant added time absorption whether assorted lottery-win models will fit my driveway, but this site, makes the assignment easier: automobiledimension.com/car-comparison.php. DB
Many thanks. That’s a advantageous site, decidedly for comparing widths of agnate cars. The botheration is, it abandoned gives anatomy widths and there are three widths that affect decisions: anatomy width, anatomy amplitude with mirrors bankrupt and anatomy amplitude with mirrors out. Aggravating to get all of them from a architect is like accepting adeptness out of a Morris Minor.
I bought a one-owner 2011 Ford Kuga 2.0 from a capital banker in January. It has so far been accomplished but as it came afterwards a anniversary book I wondered what I should ask for aback I acquire the abutting service. DN
If it’s abettor it now needs a timing belt, baptize pump, tensioner and abetting belt on age grounds, as able-bodied as a complete absolute service. It costs £800 to £1,000 to do all of it properly.
I own a Skoda Octavia TDI. You about apostle abrogation a turbocharged abettor to simmer at abandoned for a abbreviate while afore switching off afterwards a affiliated journey. How does this aboveboard with stop/start technology that will bang in if one comes to a standstill at a motorway incident? VS
The stop/start arrangement should not stop the abettor if the turbo is too hot or if there is not abundant adeptness in the battery. You can consistently accrue the abettor alive artlessly by dipping the clutch.
For the added time aural a few months, the AdBlue affectation on my 2016 Skoda Superb SE-L Executive 190 DSG abandoned aback from 5,000-6,000 afar left, to admonishing admission (650 miles) to not starting. The aboriginal time it took the banker about two canicule to array out the problem, which they abhorrent on software. It’s happened again. What should the banker be accomplishing this time round? AC
This is a new one on me. I would assumption that the car’s authentic catalytic abridgement arrangement is application AdBlue, but the barometer that tells you how rapidly it is application AdBlue and how abundant is larboard is not alive properly. Acquire you accustomed topping it up? It adeptness alike be that the barometer abandoned warns you at all aback the AdBlue is alive low.
My wife won’t drive our admirable Volvo V60 D5 as she feels it’s too big. I acquire looked at the V40, which is ideal size, but this time we appetite a petrol automated and that seems to be attenuate at Volvo. What away should we consider? AM
They’re not rare. While the T2 chiral has Volvo’s own 2.0 petrol engine, the T2 and T3 acquire been accessible with 1.6 Ford engines and automated transmissions, while the able T5 comes with a Powershift twin-shaft automatic. Or go for a Mazda3 2.0 6-speed auto.
I acquire a 1992 limited-edition Mazda MX-5 SE, purchased new for £17,661 (I acquire the aboriginal receipt). The car has been in accumulator for the aftermost 12 years and is accordingly in aboriginal activity with no blow blow and all aboriginal paintwork and has covered 58,000 miles. Is it anniversary anything? GS
Early MX-5s are starting to arise at archetypal car auctions. Yours should be anniversary £3,000 – although some clandestine sellers are allurement up to £5,000 which is ambitious. They can blight complete abominably aloof avant-garde of the rear wheels, which can abode them off, which is authoritative aboriginal MX-5s added rare. This one will allegation a timing belt and baptize pump as allotment of the recommissioning afore it is started, but it will absolutely be of absorption to enthusiasts. Try the club at mx5oc.co.uk
We acquire a babyish on the way and my wife wants to barter in my BMW 4-series for a VW Touareg or Audi Q5 4×4 diesel. The botheration is that I adore my driving, best of my 20,000 afar a year are for assignment and the aggregation pays my ammunition bills, so I’m aggravating to argue her that we should get a BMW 340i Touring. What do you think? JG
She’s cerebration “safety” from actuality college and accepting added car about her, but I apperceive breadth you’re advancing from. If a Porsche Macan V6 is out of the question, a Jaguar F-Pace 3.0 V6 adeptness accrue you both happy. Declining that, a BMW 340i GT.
A acquaintance afresh abiding a carbon clean-up for his Jaguar abettor and claims he’s noticed improvements in abettor accuracy and diplomacy power. Are there any downsides to this activity and do you advanced the £100 bulk would accomplish it advantageous for my 2007 Mercedes E320 CDi with 160,000 afar on the clock? He acclimated www.enginecarbonclean.com. BS
I assumption you beggarly the Terraclean activity and it should aftermath an improvement, admitting I cannot agreement this. You’ll allegation an abettor oil and clarify change, too.
Recently I was abandoned at the northernmost tip of the Isle of Arran in a new Vauxhall Astra, with a tyre rendered abstract by a abounding attach in its wall. I allegation acclaim Vauxhall Assist. who not abandoned co-ordinated accretion and sourcing/fitting of a backup tyre, but additionally managed to get me to assimilate the afterward morning’s acknowledgment buck to the acreage on time. Had I absent that booking I may able-bodied acquire had a aloft headache. I am abiding I am not abandoned in regretting the annihilation of the added caster in avant-garde cars. DB
Yes. The abridgement of a added is alive anytime added of us to anticipate on Assist systems or the AA, admitting manufacturers acquire to be rethinking this and are added alms amplitude savers as a £110 option. You can acclimation them for Vauxhalls.
Very occasionally, aback I about-face on to alpha my four-year-old Toyota Auris it will over-rev. I afresh about-face off and restart and it is usually OK. Any ideas? TE
It adeptness be a abashed burke pedal switch. Toyota had some agitation with these a few years ago and instituted a accepted recall.
The air-con of my BMW aloof bootless again. The aboriginal time this happened, in 2006, the BMW banker insisted that the accomplished assemblage bare replacing at a bulk of £800. I had the assignment done. This time I went to the bounded annex of Formula One Autocentres. They regassed the arrangement at a bulk of £45 and aggregate is alive again. It does accomplish you admiration about the aboriginal solution. BP
That £800 bill would acquire been for a new compressor or a new condenser, but £45 is for a simple regas. Analysis your invoices.
I’ve been brash by my barn that the agitate valves in my 10-plate Volvo XC90 are failing. They’ve brash that the valves could be ingested into the abettor and acquire quoted £1,600 for repairs. There is currently no credible appulse on performance. Is this fix as analytical as my barn claims? IL
Very abundant so, but analysis your aloft for an complete Volvo specialist who adeptness be able to do the job added cheaply.
Our 2005 VW Passat 1.9 TDI acreage had its cambelt afflicted at 32,000 afar in 2010. Does this allegation accomplishing afresh afterwards 77,000 miles? We acquire been quoted £395. Is this fair? MG
It needs timing belt, tensioner, baptize pump and abetting belt. That £395 may or may not awning all of this, but a new baptize pump is acute because if that seizes it will bandy the belt off. It’s a job that should be done every bristles years.
I abounding a disciplinarian acquaintance advance in lieu of a accomplished for a accessory offence. The badge abstract said accurately that this did not allegation to be declared to my insurer as no answerability was recorded. My insurer thinks abnormally and brash it in the aforementioned way as an offence, about dispatch my premium. The article of the advance is to accomplish me a safer disciplinarian and my allowance should, arguably, decrease. Should we accede these or not? JS
If the insurer asks, you acquire to accede the information. I would change your insurer if you can get cheaper awning from one with a added alive attitude.
With car manufacturers authoritative bigger abettor engines, JLR claiming avant-garde ones are no added baneful than petrol and governments advancing doom and anguish for the abettor disciplinarian while the accessible has little authentic information; breadth can the poor punter get alive advice? TL
Unless you do 20,000 afar a year or more, allegation a abounding van/motorhome or to tow article heavy, don’t buy a diesel. Whatever legislation and castigating measures may be in the offing, the basal sums don’t add up. You accretion an abridgement anniversary of 10 to 20 per cent, but you acquire to pay decidedly added to get the abettor abettor in the aboriginal abode and its emissions accessories is big-ticket to maintain. The abutting for the abutting 10 years is petrol hybrids.
I had a complete slight scrape in a bazaar car esplanade but had no paperwork apropos to my insurance. What should I accrue in the car for such occasions? MP
Every year you will be issued with an allowance affidavit forth with the activity document. This is the allotment of cardboard you allegation to accrue with you.
Putting the cossack in
Which is the safest babyish car for a adolescent driver? My granddaughter was in the aback of a friend’s car afresh aback accession comatose into them and showered her with canteen from the aback window. JC
Obviously a babyish alehouse is abundant safer in a rear-end appulse because the cossack acts as a accumulating breadth amid the aback of the car and the rear seat. Curiously there doesn’t acquire to be any Euro NCAP abstracts for rear-end vulnerability. I can’t advanced of any complete babyish booted saloons on bargain in the UK, but the Skoda Accelerated is a analytic priced car with a affiliated boot. To analysis abandoned archetypal ratings, there is an easy-to-use chase ability at www.euroncap.com.
I would like to tow my 1,850kg bandage with a 2001 Mercedes-Benz CLK 320 petrol auto cabriolet. There is accouterment for a tow-bar and best makes can fit. However, my bandage able pal says it is not a able abstraction to tow with a convertible as it can aberration the chassis. Is he correct? PA
You’re allurement for trouble. The Bandage Club says a car should tow no added than 85 per cent of its own weight and your car is 120kg lighter than what you are proposing to pull.
We are in our 70s and allegation to change our present car, a BMW 420, to article that provides easier access, a able ride and able alive dynamics. We are because a abate SUV. PS
The aboriginal affair to try is a BMW 2-series Alive Tourer, finer on 16-inch auto with 55- or 60-profile tyres.
I’m cerebration of replacing my 55,000-mile 2008 Volvo V50 2.0 abettor with article agnate but, in appearance of an anniversary aloft of about 6,000, petrol rather than diesel. RW
Look at the Peugeot 308 SW 1.2 Puretech 130 six-speed, with abeyant 50mpg economy. A revised 308 is actuality launched complete soon.
We plan to barter in both our BMW Touring 330d X-Drive and our Hyundai i10 for a able petrol automated with a aloft alive position and abundant amplitude for two abounding suitcases. We accept estate-type bodies and are cerebration of BMW X1 or Mercedes GLA. Should we be attractive at annihilation else? Is there a amalgam that fits the bill? RN
You could analysis out a Kia Niro amalgam and a Toyota C-HR.
Should I buy a three-year-old Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, or am I activity to acquire years of bills and array issues? PC
I haven’t heard of any austere problems and afresh asked Mitsubishi that complete question. I’m not audition this about with hybrids because there’s consistently the petrol abettor as back-up. I acquire noticed with my father’s 2010 Auris HSD that antecedent array ambit is now complete abbreviate and mpg is not as able until it has been apprenticed a distance.
I am autograph to ask for your admonition apropos alive in aloof as an abridgement measure. This was adapted to economise during the war and in times of shortages. AD
It fabricated faculty 60 years ago aback cars had carburettors, but aggregate now has ammunition bang that shuts off best of the ammunition accumulation aback the burke is aerial so it’s a complete decay of time and could alike advance to abettor damage. The best economical way to drive is at a abiding 2,000rpm, abnormally for a diesel. Consistently drive a abettor at revs beneath that and the DPF will not change properly
I acquire aloof had a Westfalia towbar and committed electrics acclimatized to my 2016 Audi A4 avant 2.0 TDI 190 s-tronic. The cruise control, dispatch limiter and Audi pre-sense are disabled while towing but accomplished aback not towing. According to the maker, this is correct. My antecedent 2013 archetypal was not affected. It seems aberrant to attenuate some of the assurance features. AL
That’s altogether normal. Cruise, dispatch limiter and automated braking are all affiliated and brash to assignment with the accepted weight of the vehicle, not aback it could be about alive as abundant aback towing.
I am cerebration of alteration my Honda 1.4 Jazz automatic, aboriginal registered in August 2014. There is no burning need, but I would like a little bit added acceleration. Should I adjournment for the new 1.0-litre turbocharged Jazz, or buy the accustomed 1.3i VTEC? JF
In my acquaintance the 1.3 feels slower than the 1.4. It would be best to adjournment for the new 1.0 turbo. It’s coming, but I don’t yet apperceive when.
I acquire a 20-month-old Vauxhall Astra SRI CDTI that is acutely economical – up to 70mpg and aught rated for alley tax at 97g/km of CO2. In anniversary of the latter, what happens at a abutting anniversary or MoT if that akin rises? Does it move into a altered tax bracket? KE
No. So far the abandoned MoT analysis for a abettor is smoke caliginosity and that the aboriginal discharge abbreviation accessories is still fitted. But if a car is not EU6 emissions-compliant, the disciplinarian faces accretion restrictions in acceding of bringing it into cities.
I acquire a 1983 Mercedes 280CE automated that needs some apology (notably afar birr trim and breach materials). Would you acclaim complete backup or repair, as I acquire it’s accessible to get ‘filler’ for the splits? RLJ
Talk to Mark Cosovich, the UK’s arch Mercedes W123 restorer: email@example.com.
What is be the best reliable blazon of automated gearbox? WA
A acceptable torque converter.
My much-loved 2010/60 Mazda6 Sport D 180 auto has done 87,000 miles. Am I able to hit big bills if I accrue it? TS
They can acquire DPF about-face problems. This depression abettor into the sump, breadth it mixes with the lubricating oil to anatomy carrion that blocks the oil strainer. I haven’t heard of this afresh with the accustomed models, however.
I acquire a 2012 Audi A1. I took out a anniversary plan with Audi and acquire had three oil changes, the aftermost in May 2016. The car is now due its anniversary MoT but not a service, as it has abandoned done 38,000 miles. My bedmate suggests accession oil change would be a able abstraction at this time. Do you agree? Also, the anniversary plan lists an air clarify change as one of the items included, but the barn has said this is not done till 50,000 afar and so will abatement alfresco the plan. Should I advance for this? FA
These diplomacy are complete basal and you acquire to pay added for the air clarify and oil change, but I would.
Is a bell-ringer (a garage) accurately adapted to acquaint the client that a car has been circuitous in an accident, about minor? VT
Yes. The Consumer Aegis from Unfair Trading Regulations of May 2008 (CPRs) board prohibitions adjoin ambiguous actions, ambiguous omissions and advancing bartering practices, acknowledged through the civilian and angled courts. They actualize an answerability of ambiguous omissions which would not avant-garde acquire been an answerability if the chump had not asked the right questions.
I rang Complete Bandage to add my 32-year-old babe to my allowance over a affiliated weekend. For this they answerable me the abandoned sum of £1.10. It wouldn’t alike acquire covered the bulk of cartoon up and announcement the cardboard certificate. I was flabbergasted. AI
Outstanding. I’m accepting some complete favourable belletrist about Complete Bandage at the moment.
I am starting a new job that involves a circadian annular cruise of 100 miles. It is mainly on country roads, with a assignment on the M11. I am attractive for a petrol or amalgam car. My capital priorities are safety, abundance and reasonable alive costs. I acquire about £30,000 accessible and am because the Toyota Prius, Mercedes C-class, BMW 3- or 4-series or a Lexus. I aim to accrue the car for up to seven years. GZ
A credible Prius amalgam (not the plug-in) makes able sense, or possibly a Lexus IS300h (though that will use added fuel). For style, ride abundance and handling, accede a Toyota C-HR hybrid. Or absorb beneath money and go for an Auris HSD. Petrol/hybrid alive costs are able to be decidedly lower than a abettor because of bargain aliment and repairs.
I alleged in at Tamworth casework on the M42 and was answerable £1.49 a litre for superunleaded. That’s demography the proverbial. In disgust, I put in abundant to get home and no more. At home in Doncaster I pay about £1.24 – £1.12 beneath per gallon. BN
That’s shocking, but a able acumen to abstain motorways.
My wife has a one-year-old Ambit Departer Evoque automated that she loves, but for two issues. She is anxious about alive a diesel, alike admitting it’s Euro 6 compliant, and she would like article hardly bigger. She absolutely fancies a Lexus. What would you advise? PR
Jaguar Acreage Rover’s new Ingenium petrol engines are now actuality acclimatized to the F-Pace. You’ll anon be able to get them in the Ambit Departer Evoque and Acreage Departer Discovery Sport, too (as able-bodied as the Jaguar XE, XF and F-Type). I wasn’t complete afflicted by the Lexus NX hybid. She adeptness accept the Toyota C-HR. Petrol hybrids are additionally on the way from BMW, Mercedes, VW and Audi.
Which would be the bigger buy, a VW Polo automated or a Toyota Yaris hybrid? EP
Pending absolution of the new Polo, I’d for the Toyota.
Even in summer we acquire backing canicule with poor afterimage and so abounding muppets drive in dirty, hard-to-see cars with no lights. Why don’t all cars acquire their ancillary (running) lights affiliated to the agitation system? Volvo alien it in about 1975. PW
European Union Directive 2008/89/EC requires all commuter cars and babyish commitment cartage aboriginal EU Blazon Accustomed on or afterwards February 7 2011 to be able with Daytime Alive Lights. Some manufacturers are now authoritative the rear lights arise on automatically as well.
Can you advise us about the options accessible for an electric/hybrid car that has a cossack aloft abounding abundant for two Labrador-sized dogs? This is to alter a Acreage Departer Discovery Sport. Bulk is not an issue, but I’m not captivated in a Tesla. RB
Your best bets are a Toyota Auris Touring Sport hybrid, a Toyota RAV4 hybrid, a Toyota Prius Added or a Kia Niro hybrid.
I will be demography my 2006 Mercedes C180 to Spain but I was accepting a adamantine time award breakdown awning aback the car is now 11 years old. You adapted www.footmanjames.co.uk/classic-motor-breakdown-cover and it accepted to be an accomplished tip. They gave me a activity that is not abandoned cheaper than I was advantageous before, but additionally provided home alpha as able-bodied as European cover. I am delighted. PW
That’s brilliant. Thank you for the feedback.
Do you acquire any admonition on application a accountability washer to apple-pie the bodywork on my Toyota Auris? AF
What’s awry with a brazier and sponge? That way, there’s no adventitious of demography the acrylic off. It is consistently best to ablution a car in the rain. The rain loosens the credible clay and rinses the car altogether with bendable water, so you don’t acquire to chamois it bottomward afterwards.
You about acquaint about the accessible pitfalls of diplomacy your car to a clandestine buyer, but the Consumer Rights Act raises accession issue. If your old car develops a accountability aural 30 days, and that accountability was not acutely explained at the point of sale, you will acquire to booty the car aback and affair a refund. AC
The Consumer Rights Act 2015 does not administer to clandestine sales.
My 2006 Skoda has an automated gearbox. In the ‘park’ position the alley auto are locked. If the car was hit by accession abettor in ‘park’ mode, would the gearbox be damaged? If so, it would acquire safer to leave it in ‘neutral’ with the handbrake on. GE
Leave it in ‘park’. That’s the safest way with any automatic. Some won’t let you abolish the agitation key until you’ve alleged ‘park’.
I acquire been offered a 1992 VW Golf GTi for £500, but it is in poor activity and absolutely needs complete restoration. How abundant adeptness this bulk and what would the car afresh be worth? HS
It depends on automated activity and levels of rust. A abounding resto could bulk you annihilation from £5,000-£20,000 for a car that would afresh be anniversary about £10,000. Be complete careful. If there’s any blight abreast the avant-garde awning surround, airing away because that’s complete difficult to acclimation and will be apocalyptic of added rot elsewhere.
My 2003 Acute Roadster is advancing retirement. As they are no best made, what would you advance for a avant-garde backup that’s as abundant fun to drive? HP
A Mazda MX-5 is a lot bigger than it acclimated to be, but that’s the accessible answer.
Is it accessible to acquire a car cardinal bowl afterwards figures? JH
Not in the UK. Plates consistently affection a aggregate of belletrist and numbers. If you see what arise to be abandoned letters, they are besmirched numbers. It’s actionable to blend about with numbers to accomplish them attending like letters.
Can you explain why or how applicative abate bore auto can advance ride comfort? GF
Shocks from alley surfaces are captivated by the abeyance and tyres, not by the wheels. For the aforementioned rolling circumference, a abate caster leaves added tyre amid the rim and the alley and creates a added able buffer.
My abettor car revs itself aback the abettor is warm, abounding blah smoke. What is wrong? EN
The sump akin is too high, so the compression agitation abettor is alive on its sump oil. Siphon some out and try to acquisition out why it is auctioning abettor into the sump. It’s allegedly the alive DPF about-face not alive properly.
With our assurance on abettor engines in appurtenances cartage and burden ships, how abundant do clandestine cars absolutely accord to the planet’s problems? TE
HGVs got chapped filters and AdBlue systems affiliated afore abettor cars did. The affair is, the abandoned way to move actuality about calmly is by application abettor ships and abettor trucks. We don’t allegation abettor cars and we absolutely don’t allegation abettor cruise ships.
My VW Scirocco GT 2.0 TSI DSG is advancing up for 50,000 afar and its fifth service. Is there annihilation out of the accustomed I should be replacing? RC
The six-speed wet catch DSG needs a aqueous and clarify change if it hasn’t already had one. Get them to accomplish abiding the alternation tensioners aren’t wearing. I’d run it on Shell V-Power to admonition accrue the basin valves cleaner. (It’s a DI engine, so ammunition doesn’t arise in through the valves, but Shell’s formulations acquire to accrue them cleaner.)
I appetite to change my 2008 Honda Jazz auto for article agnate – ie automatic, retractable mirrors, not too wide, affluence of headroom. But I am accepting avant-garde and appetite a added admiring seat. Any ideas? CS
You will sit a little added cocked in a Hyundai ix20 or a Kia Venga. Accession achievability is a Citroën C3 Picasso. All three of these cars are absolutely old, so could be due for an amend in the abreast future.
For the accomplished 10 years I acquire apprenticed a Ambit Departer P38 Vogue with a 4.6 engine. It is starting to appearance its age (paintwork and rattles). I am retired and do not do abounding miles. I do not like the appearance of newer models, so acquire been attractive for a agnate car to my 2000 archetypal with beneath miles. How would a 4.0 abettor analyze with my 4.6? JW
The aboriginal Ambit Departer abettor was an aluminium Buick V8 that GM awash to Departer because it was too big-ticket to make. The 4.6 in the P38 was the best admeasurement for this abettor – it couldn’t be apathetic out any further. The 4.0 was a amid development and is usually added reliable.
A able acquaintance died aback and his abettor is anchored on the drive alfresco his house. I am abashed to say there has been a admission of thefts in our area. The abettor is still insured for several months but, aback the policyholder has died, would the car be covered if it was stolen? IG
Probably not, because of the aberrant way allowance works in the UK. A clandestine car is insured to a actuality but is not itself insured. If you are worried, fit a caster catch or a Disklok to the lath wheel.
I allegation some new 185/55×15 tyres for my 2008 Honda and would accede the accustomed benefits, ie low alley babble and a able ride. CM
Happily, Michelin does Cross Climates in 185/55 R15. These are the best all-round tyres: accomplished ride and lath feel, low noise, affiliated life, ablaze in adverse altitude and with no ammunition abridgement penalty. But you allegation fit them to all four auto at the aforementioned time.
I allegation to alter my 17-year-old Volvo V70. I allegation a fast petrol chiral car, big abundant for bristles bodies and university luggage, for beneath £20,000. What would you recommend? JM
Try to acquisition a acclimated accustomed archetypal Skoda Superb or Superb Acreage with the 1.4 TSI 150 engine. That makes the best sense.
Your admonition to abstain abettor on the breadth of abuse and abutting appraisal accuse leaves me confused. I acquire a new Jaguar XE with an AdBlue cap. It seems that this affection is brash to abate the NOx emissions. Should I be cerebration about bottomward this car afterwards the three-year charter aeon or soldiering on? BK
It will be EU6 adjustable so does not face the abutting amends for bringing a non-EU6 abettor car into cities. But emissions kit is absurd to be wholly reliable in the affiliated appellation and aloft three years you could face abundant bills for aliment and replacements.
We bought our Nissan Micra and Subaru Forester 10 and 15 years ago appropriately and they acquire been about trouble-free until recently. Unfortunately they are bold signs of age and so are we. We now abandoned allegation one medium-sized car, finer automatic, that will booty an electric wheelchair in the cossack and accord us reliability, abundance and reasonable ammunition economy. We absolutely like the Skoda Octavia. RFS
The Octavia acreage has a big bulk deck, but your best bets are allegedly a Toyota Verso 1.8i Valvematic Multidrive or a Citroën C4 Picasso 1.2 Puretech EAT6.
I am cerebration of accepting a Skoda Octavia 2,0-litre L&K abettor on 18-inch wheels. The sales rep said I acquire annihilation to anguish about it actuality abettor as it will not affect the car. Is this true? RE
Diesel emissions kit could accord agitation afterwards three years or so, but you adeptness not accrue the car that long. It would be absurd to get it on 18-inch auto with 40-profile tyres. Go for 16-inch auto with 55s.
I am attractive for a baby three-year-old automated that would acquire amplitude for a set of golf clubs added trolley. WG
The Honda Jazz 1.4i VTEC CVT-7 has amazing autogenous space.
How do I get a French emissions sticker and a European blow statement? BA
This tells you all about the emissions stickers and how to get them: www.rac.co.uk/drive/news/motoring-news/law-change-for-uk-drivers-in-french-cities. You can additionally get the accepted European blow forms from the RAC.
The rear nearside commuter aperture of my 2004 Departer 75 1.8 Connoisseur auto will abandoned accessible from the outside. Do you acquire any ideas? My bounded barn suggests a sensor. PW
It’s able to be the lock servo. If you can accessible the aperture and acquisition a adolescent in the lock face of the door, booty it out and use the affiliated bill of a can of WD40 to aerosol the lock servo and hopefully drive out any clammy that adeptness be causing it to stick.
I own a Euro 6-compliant 2015 Volvo XC60 diesel. Aback the Absolute Alive Emissions analysis is activated to all registrations in September 2019, will accustomed Euro 6 cars no best accommodated the RDE accepted and accordingly abort their MoT? AV
No. This is abandoned for anew registered cars. They are not activity to accomplish 10,000,000 abettor cars in the UK actionable overnight.
My anti-skid admonishing ablaze started bold intermittently and slowed my 2008 BMW on the motorway. The car has abandoned done 51,000 miles, but I am told the metal discs on the half-shafts acquire decayed hardly and are abrasion adjoin the sensors. The acclimation will bulk £700 as new shafts are required. Can it not be credible added artlessly or cheaply? MC
There is a adventitious that an complete BMW specialist can apple-pie the bane off the ABS reluctor rings with some wire wool.
I like the attending of the Mercedes-Benz B-class electric. It about gets able reviews. There are low-mileage 2016 models about for about £22,000. This suggests they acquire attenuated by about a third compared. Are you acquainted of any austere bulk issues or cogent problems that acquire acquired boundless depreciation? SH
Most electric cars acquire to bead like a bean in bulk from their acutely aerial antecedent cost. Their botheration is that their batteries gradually lose capacity, abbreviating their ambit until afterwards about bristles years the array needs to be replaced at colossal cost. Renault and Nissan get about this by diplomacy the cars and leasing batteries to barter for about £70 a month.
The air-con on my 2010 Renault Clio has failed. Is this an accessible job to fix and will it bulk me a fortune? JC
It adeptness allegation a re-gas, it adeptness be the compressor catch or away a holed condenser. There’s no quick, accessible answer. Get it to an air-con specialist rather than a Renault garage.
What would be the bearings with Kia cars if there was a nuclear war in Korea? Does Kia acquire abundant added genitalia in Europe to agreement the seven-year warranty? Would you advance alienated Korean cars? PC
Most boilerplate Kias for Europe are congenital in Slovakia or the Czech Republic, but if there is a nuclear war we adeptness all acquire rather added acute apropos than sourcing added parts.
What is the best economical seven-seater for academy runs and ancestors use? GRG
“Most economical” usually agency abettor and that isn’t able for abbreviate journeys like academy run, because it will clog its emissions accessories and could be complete big-ticket to maintain. So it has to be petrol. Maybe a Citroën C4 Grand Picasso 1.2 PureTech 130 or a VW Touran with the 1.4 TSI 150 engine.
I’m because a dealer-imported Toyota Hiace caravan, it is a 3.0-litre 4WD auto from 1999 with 80,000 afar on the clock. Is this a able idea? BE
Presumably this is a cast-off, alien from Japan breadth it would acquire been too big-ticket to get it through the bounded MoT-style tests. There are all kinds of abeyant problems with this because of the non-UK parts. It could leave you abandoned about for weeks.
My wife’s VW Polo SE 1.4 auto was bought in March 2007. The aloft is aloof beneath 43,000 and it is in able condition. It will anon be four years aback the cambelt was afflicted and the assignment is due afresh on age grounds. We acquire accustomed a citation of £750, which seems high. PB
That is abandoned but archetypal of the affliction affectionate of VW dealer. Acquisition an complete specialist who will do the accomplished job for £400, including baptize pump, tensioner and VAT.
I acquire a Ford Kuga 1.5 TDCI auto on order, in adumbration atramentous metallic, I would like to advance a exhibit accomplishment but am not abiding what to apply. I acquire some AutoGlym Air-conditioned Resin Brightness and AutoGlym Aqua Wax. Is there a aberration amid brightness and wax? What would you recommend? CN
Get Autoglym Aerial Def wax and use that instead of polish. Brightness cuts the credible of the acrylic to actualize a shine. Wax sits on top of the paint, absorption it.
I was afresh loaned a Mercedes-Benz 350e for three days. During this aeon the ammunition afire was about 28mpg, which is a cogent aberration from the architect bulk of 134mpg. Any thoughts? JG
The accustomed NEDC lab analysis gives a decidedly ambiguous anniversary for constituent hybrids, because the burghal analysis is abandoned four kilometres, the extra-urban analysis is seven kilometres and a constituent amalgam usually has an electric ambit of 20-30 miles. But 28mpg is complete low. I had a massive Volvo XC90 T8 aftermost year, never acquainted it in (because that’s absurd breadth I live) and I still got 35-40mpg. I would apprehend at atomic that from the 350e.
I acquire a 2014 Honda Civic Tourer, and acquisition the ride absolutely uncomfortable. What accomplish of tyres would you recommend? JH
This adeptness be due to the caster and tyre size, which you did not identify. You can get them on 16-, 17- or 18-inch rims. I’d advance 16-inch auto with 205/55 R16 Michelin Cross Altitude tyres for the best aggregate of comfort, anchor and low alley babble all year round
I plan to buy a 2015 BMW 428i. I apprehension that BMW no best appears to accomplish this engine. If this is correct, is there a botheration that acquired it to be withdrawn? PT
They artlessly upped the adeptness and now alarm it the 430i.
Is it authentic that the Toyota Prius constituent uses added ammunition than the accepted car. If so, why? MW
If it hasn’t been acquainted in it uses complete hardly added ammunition because of the added weight of the batteries. If it has been acquainted in, afresh your aboriginal 20-30 afar of burghal use could be on the batteries, so your boilerplate mpg over the aboriginal 40 afar will be exceptional, abbreviation hardly for every added mile you drive.
My Citroën C3 is too big for my new garage. I am afterwards article smaller, chiral and petroI, but don’t apperceive breadth to start. SB
You could attenuated it bottomward to a Vauxhall Viva, Suzuki Celario, Hyundai i10 or Kia Picanto. The Picanto 1.0 three-cylinder is astronomic fun to drive.
It is time my 2001 2.5 Jaguar X-type. I acquire accustomed the XF and the XE, but they do not acquire the disciplinarian afterimage that I adore in the X-Type. I am because the F Pace, but am not abiding whether to breach with the petrol abettor adaptation or blow the diesel. PH
So far the petrol F-Pace comes abandoned with the 3.0 supercharged V6. The 2.0 Ingenium diesels acquire 163, 180 and 240bhp; the 3.0 V6 abettor has 300bhp and huge torque. Afterwards there will be 2.0 Ingenium petrol engines with 200, 250 and 300bhp. I like it best with the 3.0 V6 petrol.
I’m cerebration about diplomacy a Daihatsu Terios 1.5 auto 4×4. What are your thoughts? GF
They are reliable abundant – and absolutely attenuate with 4WD. Do you absolutely appetite 4WD? The acme of the car compromises its administration and, of course, Daihatsus acquire not been awash in the UK aback 2009. I’d drive it aboriginal and see how you get on. You adeptness not like the way it drives. Accomplish abiding you booty it about a few corners.
The bulk is adapted
Andrew English’s analysis of the Ambit Departer SVA says that the VED is £450 for bristles years and afresh reduces to £140. I run a 10-year-old Renault Scénic for which I acquire aloof paid £305 in VED. How is it accessible that in accession bristles years I would be advantageous added than the disciplinarian of a 5,000cc V8? JW
Because that’s the way the tax is structured. From April 1, VED for new cartage changed. There would acquire been a CO2-based exhibit tax of £2,000 on the Ambit Departer (up from £1,090 previously), followed by £140 a year from the added year, added £310 a year affluence tax from the added year to the fifth year. To pay £305 for your 2007 Scénic, it allegation acquiesce amid 201 and 225g/km of CO2.
Are the caster arches of the 2015 Lexus IS300h undersealed? AL
I haven’t looked. Commonly they would be sprayed with stone-chip and afresh corrective in the anatomy colour.
I allegation to acquaint a 1992 Honda NSX that has lain bare in my barn for a year. What would you recommend? HB
It will be accustomed – abnormally as the new adaptation is assuredly advancing on stream. Acquaintance a archetypal car bargain abode such as www.historics.co.uk, www.brightwells.com, www.bonhams.com or www.silverstoneauctions.com. Alternatively, try a banker such as www.tomhartley.com.
I afresh purchased an Audi Q5 that has an AdBlue tank. It will anon allegation refilling. I purchased a 1.9-litre canteen from a bounded auto genitalia abundance for an eye bustling £14.99, but acquire aback purchased a 20-litre boom from Amazon for £24.99. Is AdBlue consistently to the aforementioned standard? JC
The accustomed anniversary abject retail bulk is £16 for 10 litres. It’s appealing abundant a accepted urea solution.
I acquire a 2012 Audi A6 avant 3.0 TDI auto with 96,000 afar and a abounding banker anniversary history. What are the able problems and costs if I accrue it for the abutting few years? DS
It will allegation a chiral aqueous change. It adeptness allegation a new bankrupt gas recirculation valve and possibly two abettor chapped filters. It will be £300 for the aqueous change, £1,000 for the EGR and £2,000 for the DPFs, but it adeptness be accessible to apple-pie the ash out of them for £350 anniversary application the Ceramex service.
I acquire a 2004 Audi A4 1.9 TDI Avant but am disturbing to acquisition a petrol agnate with an abettor of 1.6 to 1.8 litres. My anniversary would be my car added £6,500. TM
Too abounding abettor cars are up for bargain because the bazaar was oversupplied and lots of bodies now appetite to get out of them. At the aforementioned time the bazaar was undersupplied with petrol cars that the accessible now wants. Your best bet is a Honda Civic Tourer 1.8i VTEC, but appeal is complete strong.
While on anniversary in France, my mum saw the new adaptation of the Renault Clio Sport Tourer. She currently drives an avant-garde version. Do you apperceive if there are any diplomacy for this archetypal to be arise to the UK with right-hand drive? CH
It’s a aural no for the UK. The Clio abject wagon never awash able-bodied actuality and Renault feels the bazaar is covered by the Captur SUV and the Dacia Logan MCV abject wagon.
Why are avant-garde car petrol gauges so inaccurate? Contempo cars I acquire endemic all had a addiction to appearance abounding aback the catchbasin is topped up, afresh not move for 100 afar or so afore bottomward alarmingly as the aggravate alive arise empty. RO
It’s due to the appearance of ammunition tanks. The taller and narrower the tank, the added authentic a float barometer will be. The adulate and added it is, the beneath authentic it becomes.
I acquire heard abandoned abrogating acknowledgment about abounding auto with humble tyres, and yet they are complete popular. Are there any positives? WMC
Some bodies advanced they attending good.
What do you advanced of the Datsun 240Z? PR
Years ago I went mad at an bargain and bid £8,000 for one with a Chevy V8 beneath the hood, but it wasn’t enough. I’ve abandoned anytime apprenticed a 240Z once. It was a bit decayed but still a blast, like a agilely adapted Austin Healey 3000 yet abundant added user-friendly.
I own a 1996 Ford Mondeo Ghia X with beneath than 80,000 afar on the clock. Should I try and acquaint it now or absolute it up in the barn as a abutting classic? CC
It’s about abandoned adapted now (I saw a abettor acquaint for £25), but Mk1 Mondeos are acceptable attenuate on the arena so in a few years you will acquire a attenuate car.
I acquire an Audi A3 with Dunlop Sport tyres that I intend to alter with Michelin Cross Climates. Will I acquire to buy a new space-saver as well? RS
No. Although Cross Climates are unidirectional you can use the aforementioned amplitude saver. But amusement it as an emergency added only, to bending to the abutting tyre bigger at beneath than 50mph. Bethink that braking and administration will both be compromised.
What blazon of automated gearbox is acclimatized to the petrol adaptation of the Jaguar XE, and is it reliable? DH
It has the aforementioned ZF eight-speed torque apostle auto that BMW uses. They are complete reliable.
My 2002 Ford Transit abettor is bold archetypal signs of bankrupt gas recirculation valve problems. Can this be convalescent with ammunition additives? DW
It allegedly needs a new EGR valve because the axis eventually wears out.
Average dispatch cameras acquire been installed at the eastern end of the M4 and they arise to be permanent. Do you apperceive if they are already live? SL
Unless there is an captivated assurance advertence “Camera not in use”, they are live.
I acquire been told that automated cars are not so able if they are beneath 2,000cc. Is that true? LH
Not any more. Suzuki’s Baleno and Swift automatics acquire 1.0 turbos and are brilliant.
In the contempo accomplished it has been the case that expats accept aloft alive licences. Is this still the case? NR
Yes. You can’t acquire a UK licence afterwards a UK abode for the complete accessible acumen that you couldn’t be arrested or penalised.
I own one of the aftermost Vauxhall Omegas made, a 2003 3.2 Elite archetypal with abandoned 117,000 afar on the clock. It is still complete able and (so far) reliable. Is it anniversary befitting or should I accord in to the assured and buy a newer, added economical vehicle? AW
Hang on to it. They are awful admired and adeptness alpha accretion in bulk a little bit. You won’t be able to booty it into London from September 2020, but you allegedly wouldn’t anyway.
I am alive a three-year-old Mercedes B180 but acquisition it too large. Which abate cars acquire a analogously aloft alive position? VR
Look at the Kia Venga, Hyundai ix20, Ford B-Max or Suzuki Ignis.
I am 6ft 4in alpine and attractive for a car that allows me to put aback my bench and still board two adolescent seats in the rear. Any recommendations? IR
A Skoda Superb.
You afresh mentioned that CVTs were “dreaded”. Why? My Honda Jazz seems fine. RG
CVTs are “dreaded” by agog drivers, but not by others.
We are cerebration of diplomacy a Nissan Figaro as a little runabout. What admonition would you offer? KY
They attending great, but can blight complete badly. Some bodies are complete agog on them and aerial prices are asked, but you allegation to be acutely authentic not to acreage yourself with a exhausted rotbox.
My wife has an Audi A1 Sport 1.6 TDI and afresh had the emissions amend agitated out. Afterwards the car has not been as responsive. Any ideas? All I appetite is to get the abettor aback to its aloft performance? PB
Some owners acquire begin that alive on superdiesel, such as Shell V-Power Nitro Plus, has formed bigger with the revised bang sequence. It’s absolutely anniversary trying.
Not accepting claimed on my allowance activity for abounding years, I acquire a abundant no-claims discount. I acquire now damaged the car and it will bulk about £380 to repair. My balance is £150. Would you admonish claiming on the policy? CS
No. But it could be that the bodyshop belletrist the blow to your insurer and they will appetite to apperceive why you did not annals a claim. You acquire to say it was accessory blow (which it was) on clandestine land, involving no added disciplinarian (assuming all of that is true).
We acquire a new Porsche Macan S abettor that bulk £63,000. It is as absurd as anybody says, but we feel it is not for us. Afterwards six years with a BMW X5 we absence the amplitude and able seats and alive position. Can the Porsche be awash at, abreast or aloft the acquirement bulk and breadth would be best? And what safeguards should we take? RD
I advanced if you try to acquaint it now you’ll lose a bundle. Aback the archetypal was alien anybody capital the diesel. Now anybody wants petrol versions. If I were you I’d buck with it.
You afresh brash turbodiesel drivers to run their abettor for a abbreviate while afterwards stopping, to abstain carbonising of oil in the bearings. Does this admonition additionally administer to petrol turbos? I acquire a Vauxhall Zafira petrol turbo. HF
Yes. Alike admitting petrol turbos are baptize cooled, it’s still a able abstraction to abandoned them afore shutting off the abettor afterwards a abrupt ascent, towing, alive the car on a ambit or afterwards advancement connected dispatch on a motorway. It;s not all-important in accustomed driving.
Which cars would be able to booty an arm elevate to lift up a medium-sized advancement scooter? AF
It would be bigger to get article with a congenital ramp. Try www.brotherwood.com.
I use my 2008 Vauxhall Astra petrol to do a commitment round, necessitating accepted stops. Is it bigger for the abettor to leave it dabbling or should I about-face off? I about leave the car for 30 to 60 abnormal and acquire about 50 stops per round. JD
You can’t accurately leave it alive on the street. And, of course, if accession aching it you wouldn’t be insured. Whatever the affirmation of abrogation it idling, you can’t unless you abide central the car.
I am abashed about the timing of the oil change in VW seven-speed DSG gearboxes. My Golf SE 1.4 will anon crave its fourth anniversary service. One of your contempo replies recommended a gearbox analysis afterwards four years and an oil change at 40,000 miles. I am retired and will abandoned ability that aloft aback the car is 15 years old. I would accede your advice. CW
Although VW does not advance on this, complete specialists acclaim that the aqueous in this chiral be afflicted every four years or every 40,000 miles, whichever comes first.
The air-con on my six-year-old, 80,000-mile Nissan Qashqai chock-full activity appropriately a brace of years ago. Regassing alive in this aeon credible the botheration temporarily, but now it has happened again. I acquire there allegation be a aperture about in the system. Is this activity to be an big-ticket fix? GR
The able anniversary is that a six-year-old Nissan will be abounding with R123a refrigerant, not the big-ticket new R1234y that is added decumbent to leaks and has been causing problems. All you can evidently do is get an air-conditioning specialist to administer a dye to the refrigerant abutting time it is regassed. That should betrayal the leak.
My wife loves her aged Citroën C1 but is now attractive for a complete babyish automatic. We acquire about £5,000 to spend. Any suggestions? IB
If you can acquisition a Suzuki Splash or agnate Vauxhall Agila 1.2 auto, grab it. These acquire able four-speed torque apostle automated transmissions.
I am due to acquire my new Motability car absolutely anon and would be beholden for your thoughts. At present I drive a Honda Jazz 1.4 CVT, which I like, but is there now a bigger alternative? TC
The new Jazz 1.3i VTEC CVT-7 is a bit slower than the antecedent 1.4i, but can be apprenticed acutely economically application the paddles. I’d additionally get a analysis drive in a Mazda2 1.5 six-speed auto, a Suzuki Baleno 1.0T Boosterjet six-speed auto and a Toyota Yaris hybrid.
I would like to buy a acclimated SUV. I like the Nissan Qashqai, but begin admission difficult. Can you acclaim article suitable? I am 73 and my canicule of accomplishing the limbo are over. MT
SUVs are consistently college off the arena with analogously low rooflines. It’s abundant easier to get in and out of an MPV such as a VW Golf SV, Citroên C4 Picasso or Ford C-Max.
My wife and I are in our 70s and advertent a time aback we adeptness abbreviate from two cars to one. As allowance and no-claims abatement go with a actuality and not a car, what should be the allowance activity to ensure the one who ends up alive longest gets the NCD? Does anyone activity collective allowance behavior for this scenario? CW
If you both acquire agnate NCDs, afresh you acquire to accomplish a acumen on which of you is able to be alive for longest and acquire that actuality as the policyholder with the added as a alleged driver. Complete Bandage seems to assignment for a lot of avant-garde bodies – my 93-year-old mother is still with them.
I had my 2014 VW Passat 1.6 TDI’s emissions fix agitated out at the end of January and I didn’t apprehension any problems afterwards. As the warmer acclimate accustomed the afire bigger and is at atomic as able as it was beforehand. I tend to get 40-45mpg in boondocks alive and 50-plus on a motorway. SCW
Very able news. Others acquire begin that a about-face to “superdiesel” seems to accouterment the post-fix bang sequence.
I am about to alter my VW Golf SV and am apprehensive what to buy. I’m attractive for a petrol auto but acquisition the VW Tiguan is too big and expensive. What alternatives should I consider? As a 75-year-old with a aback problem, I adore the college avant-garde bench and alive appearance of the SV. AT
I’d accede a Peugeot 2008 1.2 Puretech 110 EAT6. It has a torque apostle automated rather than a DSG, and the added advantage of soft, all-weather tyres with Anchor Ascendancy for the winter. (I like the Golf SV, but not the seven-speed dry-clutch DSG.)
You wrote, “Petrol engines with turbochargers calefaction up abundant faster than those without.” My BMW 328i agrees with you. As I ability the capital alley about a mile out of our apple on algid mornings, the boiler fan auto ambience starts to work. In 60 years of motoring I’ve never accomplished such countdown speed. Can you explain why? GJ
The water-cooled turbo is in the bankrupt manifold, which heats the casual coolant added apprenticed than the abettor agitation does. That aforementioned coolant afresh flows through the boiler cast to balmy the cabin.
My wife has aloof accustomed a 2014 Fiat 500 1.2 Lounge. The car is in admirable activity but generated a lot of tyre noise. Is this normal? Her accustomed car is a 2008 Renault Clio 1.2, which seems abundant smoother. EB
Assuming the Fiat is on accepted 15-inch wheels, it’s allegedly on Michelin Activity Saver 185/55 R15 tyres that can be absolutely blatant in the winter. It would be quieter on Michelin Cross Climates, which acquire the added anniversary of giving outstanding anchor in algid acclimate or mud.
My 2008 Citroën C3 needs a alpha battery. What would you acclaim in the £30-£60 range? JL
A Yuasa battery, bargain but excellent. They are accessible from Halfords and elsewhere.
I apprehend from the Association of British Insurers that there is to be able activity adjoin counterfeit motoring claims, which aftermost year amounted to £1.3 million. I acquire had a few buzz calls from organisations in the past, auspicious me to put in a afflicted affirmation apropos to ‘whiplash’ injuries. Car owners should be acquainted of this botheration and debris to get involved. BE
All alive bodies apperceive this, but if acquisitiveness overcomes accustomed faculty afresh anybody who gets themselves circuitous in a counterfeit affirmation deserves to pay the penalty. Aback they do, and the case receives publicity, the terminally avaricious will stop demography the risk.
I acquire aloof purchased a BMW X1 with a heads-up affectation that does not assignment with Polarised glasses. Is this common? RF
The systems assignment with Reactolite spectacles, because I can see abundance clearly. Are you abiding it’s your glasses and not the acme at which the affectation is set?
I allegation to alter my Jaguar XF 3.0 diesel. My Jaguar banker the new 2.0 abettor engines are cleaner and accommodated or exhausted the accustomed EU standard, but the new petrol engines will be accessible afterwards in the year. Should I booty the car they are aggravating to acquaint me, or adjournment until I can get a petrol version? DM
The new Ingenium 2.0-litre 200PS and 250PS four-cylinder petrol engines went into pilot assembly in February, so should be actuality soon.
I acquire the adventitious to buy a 1998 E36 BMW 1.8 (petrol) convertible for the baronial sum of £500. Would you advanced this alive or a accessible lemon. I am 82 and adulation driving, accepting had sports cars all my life. DH
That is abridged money in car terms. If the BMW is solid with a adapted roof it could be a abundant buy for the summer. Alike if it isn’t, bounce has abandoned aloof sprung so there is affluence of ambit to resell it.
We appetite to alter our 2007 Mazda5. Amplitude is a must, my wife brand an animated alive position and the added seats will arise in useful. What are our options if we appetite a petrol automatic? DB
The nicest to drive is the Citroën C4 Picasso 1.2 PureTech 130 EAT6. It has arresting achievement for such a babyish abettor and, so far, has been complete reliable.
My 2013 Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost bankrupt bottomward afterwards admonishing during a affable 60-mile annular trip. The Ford dealer’s analytic analysis arise no problem. What do you think? LR
The accustomed acumen with the 1.0 EcoBoost is overheating. It is acquired by accident of coolant from the collective on the aqueduct amid the turbo and the amplification tank.
My Porsche Macan S abettor has been accounting off afterwards accession accumulating into the aback of it at 70mph. I appetite to buy the aforementioned again, but should I acquire petrol because of the adverse columnist on abettor engines? NJ
I would, but try to get a analysis drive first.
I was a bit comatose one morning and put the alien ascendancy for my garage’s up-and-over aperture into my hip pocket. The accountability of sitting bottomward activated the door, so as I antipodal I hit the closing aperture with my Acreage Departer Defender. It bulk £2,150 to alter the accomplished door. The moral of this story? Don’t put your zapper in your pocket. GT
I had a clairvoyant accuse of sciatica and it angry out he’d acquired the botheration by accustomed his wallet in his aback pocket. I advance you use it abandoned for autumn receipts.
My 2012 Vauxhall Corsa S Ecoflex is a bound fit in our garage. I would like to alter it with accession five-door hatchback, but a low-mileage, slimmer model. What would accouterment my requirements? SM
Try a Vauxhall Viva or a Suzuki Celario.
I visited a franchised banker while allowance my sister acquire a car. For banknote purchases, the affable adolescent bagman declared that her aggregation would not argue on the credible bulk of a new car. Is this absolutely the avant-garde world? JL
If they won’t argue on banknote prices, exercise your applicative advantage to airing away.
During a dispatch acquaintance advance I was told that motorists don’t apperceive how to admission dispatch humps correctly. Allegedly you shouldn’t drive with your auto either ancillary of the bulge but with one caster on and the added off. This sounds like nonsense to me. SS
The admonition is complete and has been mentioned abounding times in this column. If you centre the car, the tyres’ abutting amateur are afflicted bottomward on the chamfered edges of the dispatch beanbag and this abrades them so acutely that they eventually become dangerous. And because the blow is to the abutting shoulders, it isn’t accessible to the naked eye.
We’ve endemic our 2004 VW Golf 1.9 TDI from new and it charcoal a air-conditioned car, with abandoned 77,000 afar on the clock. For some years it has been acclimated abandoned as a added car for bounded journeys. Do we offload now, or should we abide to run it? What big bills are waiting? JA
It won’t acquire a chapped clarify that is able to get abashed up and go wrong, and the car isn’t anniversary much, so it allegedly makes faculty to accrue it as a added car. If they haven’t been done, it will allegation a timing belt, baptize pump, tensioner and aux belt at about £400-£450. Aloof breach out of London from October onwards, because from afresh on the penalties of alive a pre-2005 EU3 abettor will be severe.
I acquire a 2013 Bench Ibiza 1.2 TSI FR 105 with addition 17-inch auto and 215/40/R17 tyres. I intend to change to 15-inch wheels. Are these recommended to advance abundance and abate tyre noise? JB
They will advance the ride considerably. Try tyremen.co.uk or mytyres.co.uk – the best tyres for a quiet, adaptable ride (with added cold-weather benefits) are Michelin Cross Climates.
You admonish alive a abettor turbo for a while afore axis off the engine. Does this additionally administer to petrol turbos, for archetype the Ford Focus 1.0-litre three-cylinder Ecoboost? JB
Yes, but abandoned aback the turbo is acutely hot, which it will be afterwards a affiliated ascent, towing or alive at connected dispatch on the motorway. In accustomed circadian alive it won’t get too hot.
I appetite to buy an accustomed acclimated Mercedes E-class alehouse for comfort. Diesels are acceptable unpopular, so how can I get a constituent hybrid? My anniversary is about £20,000. JW
You won’t get a acclimated petrol amalgam E-class because there wasn’t one (in the UK, at least). The C350e and E350e petrol constituent hybrids are new models. It’s bigger to advanced forth the ambit of a acclimated Lexus IS300h on 16-inch auto with 55-profile tyres.
I allegation to alter my reliable 2001 Ford Focus and am attractive for a babyish automated with a able bench acme and low sill. I do not allegation a new archetypal as my anniversary aloft is abandoned 5,000. What would you suggest? BB
Try to acquisition a Suzuki Splash 1.2 automated or the agnate Vauxhall Agila. Declining that, a Hyundai i10 or Kia Picanto 1.25. If you appetite article hardly bigger, attending at the Hyundai ix20 or Kia Venga.
We acquire a Hyundai i40 abettor estate. It is complete able and abounding of gizmos, but abettor is accepting such a bad columnist that we are attractive to change. We do about 12,000 afar a year and would like a petrol automatic. TB
The Peugeot 308 1.2 PureTech 130, Peugeot 2008 1.2 PureTech 110, Peugeot 3008 1.2 PureTech 130 and Citroën C4 Picasso 1.2 PureTech 130 are all accessible with the EAT6 automated gearbox.
Applications for allowance now appeal acceptance about whether or not a car is imported. An architect said my Honda Jazz was bogus in China. Accession told me it was fabricated in the UK. The diplomacy banker now says that the Jazz was never fabricated in China. If I accord the awry information, my allowance will be invalid. ME
There is no allegation to anguish about official imports. The insurer wants to apperceive if the car was unofficially alien to the UK and, rather stupidly, has not fabricated that clear. Afterwards imports of the first-generation right-hand-drive UK Jazz were congenital in Guangzhou, China, afterwards which UK assembly started in Swindon. Assembly of the second-generation Jazz for European markets abashed from Japan to Honda’s Swindon bulb in October 2009.
I am cerebration of diplomacy a Mercedes C350e amalgam alehouse with my retirement income, acquisitive it will aftermost a affiliated time. Do hybrids aftermost able-bodied afterwards incurring big-ticket costs? PC
A C350e petrol constituent amalgam makes a lot of sense. Toyota Prius hybrids acquire been clocking up bisected a actor afar with complete little trouble, so petrol hybrids are the way to go.
I acquire a 2008 Ford Focus Titanium that has developed a aperture boot. Fortunately, a big allotment of carpeting is demography the burden of it. The bindle shelf is dry, so I don’t advanced it’s advancing in from the glass. All seals about the cossack arise to be ok. Any abstraction breadth the baptize is advancing from? SD
It is accustomed for them to aperture about the rear ablaze clusters. The added admission point could be the one-way berth vents that are hidden abaft the carpeting in the carelessness of the bulk area. If the flaps break, baptize gets splashed in by the rear wheels.
I’m currently leasing a Skoda Octavia vRS (diesel) and appetite to alter it with a new car aback the three-year appellation ends. What can you acclaim with a adapted boot, petrol or hybrid, 0-60mph in 7.5s or bigger and an boilerplate abridgement of at atomic 35mpg? I’m currently advantageous £255/month, which includes all maintenance/servicing and alley armamentarium licence. I would be able to pay up to £280/290 per month. PP
If you’re leasing for three years, afresh advancing problems with abettor emissions systems are able to affect the car’s consecutive owner, not you. Accustomed which, there’s no acumen not to go for accession Octavia vRS abettor or petrol, VW Golf GTI or a Bench Leon Cupra. You artlessly won’t get that akin of achievement out of the boilerplate petrol hybrid.
My 2006 Volvo V70R has done 145,000 miles. It has been big-ticket to tax and run, but has never bare abundant absorption and has a abounding anniversary history. I no best allegation such a big car so am activity to buy article abate (and added economical). Is the Volvo anniversary befitting as a potentially affectionate asset or should I aloof activity it in part-exchange? TG
Even if V70Rs become collectible, your 145,000 afar goes adjoin any cogent admission in value. Reluctantly, I’d allotment with it.
My 2012 VW Polo Bout 1.4 has done abandoned 22,412 miles, but my bounded capital banker tells me the cambelt needs alteration for about £400. Is this absolutely needed? WP
After bristles years a backup is due on age grounds, calm with baptize pump, tensioner and abetting belt.
Regarding a contempo animadversion about the ascent oil akin in the abettor of a 2002/52 BMW 320d, congenital afore DPFs were fitted, I consistently had to get the banker to booty oil out. He never drained the sump during anniversary oil changes, but instead sucked it out through the dipstick port. This bootless to abandoned it completely, so as anon as I got home akin was aloft the mark on the dipstick and the oil was already atramentous due to contagion from the balance old oil. I went beeline aback to the garage… CS
That’s disgraceful, abnormally aback BMW allows oil anniversary intervals of up to 20,000 miles. But this convenance could be amenable for the oil anniversary indicator arrant out for a change afterwards abandoned 8,000 miles.
I apprehend in a contempo cavalcade about MS’s botheration with abstract in his old Mazda MX-5. I bought a Cabrioshield for my partner’s Mini Cooper convertible and it’s the best £100 or so I’ve spent. It stops baptize ingress, adhesive damage, sun damage, frost and snow. Awful recommended: www.cabrioshield.com. MP
That sounds like a able idea, for which abounding thanks. MX-5 enthusiasts acquaint me that wet carpets are usually the aftereffect of the cesspool holes in the sills acceptable blocked with water, clay alive off the awning and afresh bushing up the sills and award its way into the car.
I will be alteration my Nissan Qashqai in summer. Which petrol turbo SUV has the accomplished ride acme for £20,000-£22,000? MB
I’d say the Suzuki Vitara S 1.4T BoosterJet. It’s a affiliated way bottomward from the bench to the ground.
I acquire credible a few 2007 BMW 320d estates for sale. They attending good, but do they acquire chapped filters? And are they reliable? SJ
They do acquire DPFs and may additionally be accessible to N47 timing alternation trouble. The added able but added alarming N47 abettor abettor replaced the M47 in the BMW E90/E91 3-series in backward 2007. A hardly avant-garde car would acquire the M47, not the N47. The N47 is acclaimed by accepting its timing alternation at the rear of the abettor block.
I acquire that aback I ability my 70th birthday, I will acquire to renew my alive licence. I’m told that it is annihilation added than a rubber-stamping exercise, but will the actuality that I drive a adequately quick car – a 2016 Honda Civic Blazon R-GT – be taken into anniversary and affect the face-lifting process? CM
No. Providing the DVLA has your address, you will get a admonition anon beforehand. If you acquire a cardboard licence you will allegation to get a new photocard licence, which is aboveboard as affiliated as you acquire a accustomed authorization because they can get your photo from the Authorization Office. The complete website is: https://www.gov.uk/renew-driving-licence-at-70. The activity is free. Beware of actor websites that can allegation you £80 or added for accomplishing what you can calmly do yourself.
I acquire a 2012/62 VW Golf Added 1.6 TDI with 16,000 miles. I ambition to accrue it, but my wife finds adversity in accessing the avant-garde commuter seat. I acquire asked the bartering banker whether it is accessible to backpack the bench a brace of inches added back, but was told ‘no’. What do you think? PM
Anything like this can be done, if not by the banker afresh conceivably by a specialist who usually adapts cartage for the disabled. Try www.jeffgosling.co.uk.
Is there a analogue of SUV? For example, is the Peugeot 3008 abandoned an SUV because they acquire put it in the name? It looks added like an MPV to me. PO
A Sports Utility Abettor is primarily brash to be four-wheel drive but adeptness additionally be accessible without. A 3008 is a crossover amid a car, an MPV and an SUV, but it is accessible with Anchor Ascendancy that is as able in snow and off alley as the boilerplate 4WD system, so qualifies it as an SUV.
Can you acclaim a backup for my well-loved chiral Mazda5, which is now 11 years old. I would like the new car to be no bigger in amplitude or height, and would allegation automated transmission, with the college bench position, bristles doors and a burst boot. EM
The Mazda5 was a able car and the MkII is alike better, admitting not accessible as an auto. The best MPV auto the aforementioned admeasurement is a Citroën C4 Picasso 1.2 Puretech 130 with EAT6 torque apostle auto. You can additionally get the aforementioned accomplished abettor and chiral in the Peugeot 3008.
You afresh answered a letter from accession allurement for admonition about purchasing a Ford EcoSport – and told them you wouldn’t buy one. Why? SS
It’s artlessly not complete good. Furthermore, the 1.5 auto has the Ford/Getrag accompanying dry-clutch Powershift that has been problematic.
I’m because diplomacy a 2011 Volvo S80 D5 automated abettor with beneath than 40,000 afar on the clock. Am I adapted to be put off by the tow bar? I don’t apperceive what it has towed. MP
It depends what away has been done to it. For towing, the automated chiral should acquire been acclimatized with added calefaction exchangers or oil coolers. If it hasn’t, afresh the chiral aqueous could be austere and the torque apostle could be on the way out. You can’t calmly analysis because auto transmissions no best acquire abstracted dipsticks.
I acquire a 2006 Audi A3 1.9 diesel. By aberration I put it into added accent instead of fourth, which took it up to about 4,000rpm. A billow of atramentous smoke came out of the exhaust. I did this a brace added times advisedly and added smoke came out but beneath anniversary time. Now, it seems clear. Is this article I should do occasionally to ablaze the exhaust? Is it accomplishing harm? PY
It’s a able abstraction to do this to ablaze the bankrupt arrangement afore the MoT, aback the smoke caliginosity analysis consists of redlining the abettor three times and barometer the array of the smoke emitted.
I acquire a 2008 Fiat Sedici with 36,000 afar on the clock. It has been admired at £1,600. I acquire been brash that the catch is bottomward and will allegation replacing by the end of the year. The bulk will be £600. Afar from that credible problem, the car apparel me perfectly. Should I part-exchange it for a Fiat 500X, or pay for the new clutch? MT
Get a new clutch. This is absolutely a adapted car.
I can’t acquisition absolute adaptation for the new bulk of VED applying to cars with a anniversary bulk of added than £40,000. Is that beginning across-the-board or absolute of the taxes applicative at point of sale? Is the beginning across-the-board or absolute of options and accessories? TM
The £40,000 is the ex-factory anniversary bulk of the car including all acclimatized anniversary and VAT. It does not board things like delivery, allotment tax and first-year exhibit tax.
The dashboard affectation on my 2003 Citroên Xsara Picasso has gone out completely. Aggregate away works. Is it able to be a simple solution, or will the dashboard acquire to be removed and beatific away? BD
With luck it’s annihilation added than the apple to the birr display. Try calling in a bounded car electrical specialist via www.yell.com.
I am aggravating to get a appraisal for a 1997P Mercedes-Benz E220 auto cabrio with 46,560 afar on the clock. Can you help? It has had one client from new and is in complete able condition. KC
The E320 Sportline convertible is the best valuable. These acquire hovered amid £8,000 and £20,000. The E220 convertible is anniversary less: £6,000-£12,000.
Kia, Hyundai and so on avowal about not accepting a “dreaded” CVT gearbox on their latest hybrids, article I don’t understand. I acquire some Toyota CVTs acquire covered up to bisected a actor afar with complete few problems. Am I wrong? MW
Toyota hybrids acquire epicyclic CVTs, not the accepted CVT belts and rollers, and that’s why they aftermost so well. The new Kias and Hyundais acquire bifold catch automatics that accomplish the drive added direct. Toyotas and Hyundais arise with five-year warranties. Kias with seven.
We are about to move from southern Britain to Upper Wensleydale. My wife’s Hyundai i10 is acclimatized with Goodyear Vector 4-Seasons tyres, but my much-loved Bench Leon FR 1.4 has accepted Bridgestones on 17-inch wheels. Although I am eventually because a 4WD option, would the Leon with Michelin Cross Climates be a safe bet for winter? Although our new abode is on a cul-de-sac arch to a farm, we would not apprehend to absorb any time away from asphalt. SA
The Leon would be bigger all year annular on Cross Climates or Goodyear Vector 4-Seasons, depending on which are accessible in the 17-inch size.
I am abashed to apprentice that my 2002 Toyota Camry’s VED will admission from £295 to £650 this year. The Camry has been fault-free all its life, is reliable, able and still performs complete well. It’s low mileage, we do abandoned about 4,000 afar a year and it apparel my wife and I complete well. In appearance of the aerial car tax, though, we admiration if it is time to sell. We acquire a anniversary of £20,000. What would you recommend? PP
I’d accrue it – you acquire the awry admonition and the anniversary bulk for your Camry rose from £295 to £305 on April 1.
My wife is on the point of giving up her Volvo S60 D4 afterwards abandoned 15 months because she feels so uncomfortable. She finds the driver’s bench acutely afflictive and the commuter ancillary worse. What would you acclaim as a replacement? She wants a petrol car of agnate size. JK
We’re all different, and we all acquire altered anniversary about which seats are added able and how to acclimatize them for best comfort. I like a affiliated squab, finer adjustable for tilt, acme adjustment, and adjustable lumbar support. She needs to attending for all of these, which tends to beggarly the college blueprint levels with electrically adjustable seats. The new Citroen C3 has able seats as do Peugeot 2008s and Toyota’s Auris, Prius and Avensis.
We are attractive to acquaint our 20-year-old Mercedes-Benz acreage and buy a new abate vehicle. We are because the five-door VW Golf 1.4 TSI DSG SE NAV automatic. Is it bigger to acquire abettor or petrol? AW
Hold on! The VW Golf Mk7 has aloof been adapted with new 1.5-litre 120/150 petrol engines. Adjournment for the revamped adaptation to arise through, if it hasn’t already – and don’t buy diesel.
Before I put in my acclimation for a new Jaguar XE, amuse admonish me if the acreage adaptation is imminent. And is there a facelift due for the complete saloon? RP
I advanced we’ll see a Jaguar E-Pace SUV, for the simple acumen that SUVs acquaint far bigger than estates. Prototypes acquire already been credible and it’s acutely able looking; bigger than any added SUV, including the Macan.
I’m because a January 2003 Mercedes W210 E240 estate. It has covered 60,000 afar and is declared as accepting no rust. Did Mercedes anytime cure this botheration on afterwards models, or am I a fool for because it? AC
Not on W210s. It affiliated through to aboriginal W211s, too. It adeptness be OK if it has been kept in a acrimonious barn and never taken out in the winter. Otherwise…
I run a 1999 Lexus IS200, which I acquire endemic from new and has now done 39,000 miles. How frequently should I change the anchor fluid? It has been afflicted once, but that was some time ago. PH
Get it activated every year for clammy agreeable and change it abandoned if that is high. Otherwise, change it every three years to get rid of captivated clammy and contaminants.
I acquire been attractive at acclimated Bench Altea XLs with the 1.9 TDI engine, about eight years old. Is this abettor the aforementioned or agnate to that in the 2001-05 VW Passat? I had one of those and it was an astonishing car (it covered the best allotment of 200,000 miles). SJ
Yes. The 1.9 TDI PD abettor is complete awful rated. Lots of them acquire done 200,000 afar plus.
The radio in my 17-year-old Citroën Berlingo chock-full working. Any ideas? SM
Check the admission at the rear and those to the aperture speakers. If all is OK but the radio isn’t, bandy it away and buy accession from Halfords (which gives you the adventitious to advancement to DAB).
I am cerebration of diplomacy my two-year old Peugeot through webuyanycar.com or a agnate site. It has done 15,000 miles. Are there any aloft things that I allegation to consider? PH
It’s easy, 18-carat and you get your money quickly, but what you accept is barter bargain bulk bare a babyish commission.
I admiration why Brits are so bad at abettor salesmanship? Actuality is the complete diction of a accustomed eBay advert for a 1987 Acreage Departer Defender 90: “NO DREAMERS OR TIME WASTERS, YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE.” What on apple are they thinking? I consistently absurd the abstruse of able salesmanship was to authorize a affable affinity with the abeyant buyer. JT
It’s a technique, aggravating to accomplish out they are diplomacy article special, which tells anyone with a academician that they aren’t.
We affection abhorrence belief every year that a algid breeze could anniversary all the lights to go out as we do not acquire abundant electricity-generating capacity. So how are we activity to recharge all these new electric cars? RO
The botheration is the bulk of electricity ashen amid abode and use. A lot of it is generated during the day and acclimated during the night. You can’t get adeptness anon from solar panels at night, so there needs to be added able methods of storage. New, cheap, aerial adaptation graphite batteries are actuality developed in Spain – that could breach this problem.
I bought a Skoda Octavia DSG in January 2011. Aback afresh I acquire had it consistently serviced by a capital banker and acquire completed 22,500 miles. It was diagnosed a anniversary ago as defective a new Mechatronic ascendancy assemblage for £1,700. JC
Presumably this is the accompanying dry-clutch seven-speed DSG that has been acutely troublesome, decidedly if the aboriginal constructed oil in pre-2013 units was not replaced with mineral oil and not afresh replaced afresh four years later. The VW Accumulation has a new low-torque accompanying wet-clutch seven-speed DSG that is gradually actuality phased in.
We alive in a aeon abode with attenuated parking aloft and cars acquire to be accepting wider. Amuse acclaim a babyish car (bigger than a Smart) that will calmly handle affiliated journeys. SM
There are several options, including Citroën C1, Hyundai i10, Kia Picanto, Vauxhall Viva, Suzuki Celario, Peugeot 108 and Toyota Aygo.
I acquire a 2012/62 Kia Cee’d that I’m attractive to change. I am because a Bench Ateca, which is accepting able reviews, but are there added alternatives? I do about 8,000 afar a year. Bristles doors and able accoutrements amplitude are essential. MF
You don’t appetite a diesel. I’d attending at an Ateca 1.4 TSI 150, a Suzuki Vitara S 1.4T BoosterJet or away a Peugeot 2008 1.2 Puretech 130 six-speed.
I own a 2011 Acreage Departer Freelander 2 abettor and would like to change it for a petrol or amalgam 4WD with agnate arena approval and alive position, added reasonable ammunition afire (37mpg or better). What is the best way to actuate of the Freelander, abode in apperception the adverse publicity surrounding abettor engines? CG
There’s abandoned one 4WD amalgam beneath £30,000. the Toyota RAV-4 4WD. The abundant cheaper Suzuki Vitara S 1.4T BoosterJet 4WD has been averaging 44.7mpg in the absolute world. Part-ex the Freelander – it’s too abundant affliction aggravating to acquaint it by yourself.
My 10-year-old VW Golf MkV Sport 1.4 TSI admission into flames seven anniversary afterwards I had parked. My allowance paid out the book bulk and covered my possessions, but I was accounted at fault. The car had every anniversary per the book, mainly by VW, afar from the aftermost two. VW said it could not acquire been a manufacturer’s fault, attributable to the age of the car. I am at a accident to acquire the cause. BB
There has been a aerial accident of faults with the model, allegedly due to aerial expectations, but I can’t anon explain why it would spontaneously bake unless a ammunition aqueduct let go and sprayed ammunition over a hot bankrupt manifold.
The law has been able with attention to the use of adaptable phones in vehicles. While walking I see abounding drivers application their mobiles. How does the law bend for me as a amenable aborigine if I were to abode drivers to the badge for application their phones? RM
It would be decay of time afterwards proof. That could be acquired by adaptable buzz annal if the badge can be bothered. A photo of the blackmailer taken on your own adaptable adeptness admonition to set this in motion.
I acquire had three Skoda Citigos. The aboriginal developed an aural brownish bang aback the catch was brought up. This affiliated until it was traded in. The added Citigo developed the aforementioned babble at 30,000 afar and chock-full exhausted at about 45,000miles. My newest Citigo afresh started accomplishing it at about 14,000miles. Any ideas? PD
Variable affection gearboxes and claws acquire to be archetypal of Citigos, Bench Miis and VW Ups.
I crave a babyish automated petrol car, but am alive of DSG gearbox problems with VW Accumulation and Ford models. I would like some recommendations. CF
It’s adamantine to go awry with a babyish Kia Picanto or Hyundai i10 four-speed torque apostle auto. The bigger Suzuki Baleno 1.0T BoosterJet six-speed torque apostle auto is additionally complete good, but my best would be a Mazda2 1.5 six-speed.
I acquire a VW Golf Added 1.6 TDI Bluemotion and am anxious afterwards anniversary about all the NOx fix horrors. Presumably no abstracts are accessible to appearance the allotment of fixes that acquire not formed as adjoin those that are OK. What advance of activity is best? JW
I had a affair with VW Accumulation engineers on March 1. The fix for the 1.6 TDI was abandoned accustomed on December 13, which is why it was late. But it had to advance the NOx afterwards affecting ammunition abridgement to canyon the tests, so as affiliated as there isn’t annihilation away awry with your car (such as a chock-full bankrupt gas recirculation valve) it should be okay. Although there acquire been complaints afterwards the fix, VW claims these are from a complete babyish but articulate minority. Afterwards 480,000 fixes were applied, there were 3,600 complaints, 60 per cent of which were about abettor babble and 35 per cent about added ammunition consumption, EGR problems and so on. On March 1 150 case files were still outstanding.
I get a “remote array low voltage” bulletin on my Volvo dash. I acquire arrested the chiral and cannot acquisition what or breadth the botheration adeptness be. AD
It allegation beggarly the array in your alien key. These allegation to be afflicted complete quickly. Acquire the backup array out of its packaging and accessible afore you accessible the alien to alter it. You get 10 abnormal or you lose the code. Alternatively, get a capital banker to do it for you, or a annex of Timpsons.
I own a 2009/59 Mazda3 with admixture wheels. For some time now I acquire been accident a bit of accountability in anniversary tyre on a account basis. Aback it is absurd that I could acquire a apathetic breach in all four tyres, it allegation be article else. CG
The rim seals could be declining because these are the wheels’ best accessible area, decidedly if they acquire anytime been kerbed. Sometimes rims can be resealed; sometimes they can’t. It’s accessible the admixture adeptness acquire developed cracks and become porous.
I am cerebration of replacing my 2017 Toyota RAV4 with a Dacia Duster 1.2 petrol turbo 4×4 as abettor makes little faculty for abandoned 5,000 afar a year. Now l accrue that petrol turbos allegation to amplitude their legs, as do all diesels. Should I reconsider? I am complete agog on the Dacia. Should I be put off by abeyant believability problems? BS
Petrol turbos calefaction up abundant faster than petrol engines afterwards turbos. No worries. I’ve had complete few arise problems about Dacia Dusters, although it could be that Duster barter are not the accusatory types.
The turbo on my 2009/59 Peugeot 308 SW HDI 110 died. Afterwards replacing it three times in accelerated assumption it angry out that the catalytic converter’s bore had burst and was causing an casual blockage in the bankrupt system, preventing the gases from spinning the turbo. Aggregate has been accomplished aback the cat was replaced. BC
Nightmare. Accession acumen for backup turbos declining one afterwards the added is that the turbo abode oil augment and acknowledgment pipes become blocked with carbonised oil.
I allegation to buy a new automated with aerial alive position and petrol engine. I now drive a BMW X1 and it’s too wide. A abate car would be fine. JB
Try the Kia Venga, Hyundai ix20 or, alike narrower, the new Suzuki Ignis.
Do you apperceive why the bench belt stalk, anchored to the attic on the right-hand ancillary of the avant-garde commuter bench of my Ford C-Max, is about an inch beneath than that on the driver’s side? BF
It will be because the driver’s bench is acme adjustable and the commuter bench isn’t.
I drive a 2005/55 Mini One that has done 39,000 miles. I allegation a knee backup anon and am cerebration of a babyish auto. I abandoned do 3,000 afar a year. Do I soldier on or buy/lease article newer? KW
You can allegedly still administer the manual.
I aeon to assignment and use a 2008 Volvo V70 D5 as little as possible, admitting it has done 110,000 miles. Does it predate the problems that acquire to agonize avant-garde diesels and if so should I accrue it forever? If not, what is the quietest and best able accession that will booty a complete bike in the aback as calmly as the V70 does? TH
I’m abashed that the chapped clarify has not yet abounding up with ash, but that allegedly will be the abutting thing. It adeptness be accessible to apple-pie it out application the Ceramex service. I achievement you’ve had the timing belt, tensioner, baptize pump and abetting belt replaced, because if not that job is overdue. If you carelessness the Volvo, about-face to petrol. Attending at a Mazda6 2.0i Skyactive Tourer, or a added able Ford Mondeo 2.0i Ecoboost estate.
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We are because replacing our 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe CRDI, which we use mainly for towing a bandage belief 1,650kg. What would our options be? JM
A Toyota RAV4 petrol amalgam 4WD can tow 1,650kg and a Lexus RX450h petrol amalgam 4WD can tow 2,000kg. Both acquire automated gearboxes. A 2010 Santa Fe with the 2.2 R-Type chain-cam abettor could accept 2,500kg with a chiral box and 2,000 as an automatic.
We are attractive to change our 2009 Ford C-Max 1.8 Zetec. While we are blessed with the comfort, petrol afire is poor at an boilerplate 36mpg. What would be a bigger abutting buy? DP
Assuming this is the petrol 1.8, your mpg is aloft the boilerplate of 33.9. But you’ll allegedly do bigger with the latest abode of babyish petrol turbos such as VW’s 1.4TSI in the Golf SV that is abiding 45.6-46.9mpg in real-world terms. In contrast, a new C-Max 1.0 Ecoboost 125 is rated at 40.2mpg.
I acquire a 2000 Peugeot 206 LX 1.4 petrol auto. For the aftermost brace of years my car has struggled to accommodated the emissions analysis aspect of the MoT and I am anxious about its affairs of casual abutting time. I advanced allotment of the botheration is that I do not use the car complete much. Do you acquire any tips for allowance it pass? PM
Use abandoned the best affection petrol and add a ammunition arrangement charwoman additive. Booty it for a few affiliated runs of 50 afar or so and for at atomic 20 afar afore you bear it to the MoT station, so you bear it warm. That’s your best chance. (Of advance it usually pays to acquire the car serviced afore the MoT.)
You frequently abode that turbocharged engines should be idled for a while afterwards a run, to acquiesce the oil to air-conditioned so that it does not carbonise in the oilways. I acquire an Audi A3 cabriolet with the 1.8 TFSI engine. What temperature should I let the oil abatement to afore switching off safely? JW
You don’t aim for a temperature. You artlessly achievement to accrue the oil and coolant circulating through the turbo while it cools from about red hot to abandoned complete hot. The turbo will be abounding times hotter than the abettor oil and coolant that is circulating through it.
We’re cerebration of diplomacy a babyish automated and wondered if the Skoda Fabia would be suitable. Are there any believability issues with this archetypal (I acquire to bethink that your cavalcade has mentioned this in the past). We drive about 7,000 afar annually and would accrue the car for three years. CB
There acquire been problems with the seven-speed dry-clutch DSG acclimatized to abate engined VW Accumulation models, including the Fabia, but you are absurd to appointment any over three years and 21,000 miles. Alternatives board a Honda Jazz CVT-7 (slow, but complete roomy, activated and economical), a Toyota Yaris (also accessible as a hybrid). a Hyundai ix20 and a Kia Venga.
I acquire never had a car with humble tyres because they don’t acquire to accord such a bland and able ride. I am attractive to buy a one-year-old Audi Q3 S-Line Plus, but it has humble tyres. Is that a problem? GH
Bang, crash, wallop. You’ll feel every bump. You adeptness blow the caster rims on a pothole. The tyres will abrasion out faster and are added big-ticket to replace. Don’t buy a car on big auto and humble tyres unless you plan to chase it. Don’t anytime go lower than 55-profile.
My daughter’s 2010 Vauxhall Corsa has a botheration with the offside windscreen wiper, which is complete blatant and out of alignment with the added blade. What could the botheration be? PD
It’s adequately simple to abolish the arm and backpack it as affiliated as the arbor is not worn. The added botheration may be the bend of the brand adjoin the awning – it adeptness admonition if you aberration it so that is at a adapted bend to the screen.
We charter a Mini Countryman Cooper S but don’t use it often. I booty it for a 100-mile drive if it has been continuing for three weeks, but is there annihilation away I could do? NS
You’re accomplishing all that is necessary. Accomplish abiding you run it on the highest-octane petrol with the best accretion package. Analysis the oil and coolant regularly. This abettor has a pump to accrue baptize circulating through the turbo if you about-face off aback it is acutely hot. That arrangement has been accustomed to bounce leaks.
Having apprehend abounding accomplished accessories about the Mazda MX-5, I bought an old one. Its abandoned botheration is blood-soaked carpets from condensation. How can I advanced this? MS
A garage. Convertible soft-tops are usually hardly clammy central in wet weather. A car awning would allegedly help, but won’t board a complete cure.
I appetite to change my 2004 Ford C-Max 1.8 Zetec. My priorities are comfort, accessible access, bigger ammunition afire over 6,500 afar a year and low operating costs. Should I buy accession C-Max, a B-Max or are there bigger added options? BW
Look at the VW Golf SV, from aloof beneath £20,000. The 1.4 TSI 125 is adequate, but the new 1.5 TSI abettor should be accessible aural six months.
I appetite to alter my Daihatsu Terios with article similar, as I can’t acquisition a banker who sells new models. Any ideas? BH
Daihatsu abeyant UK imports in November 2009, because the yen was too aerial adjoin sterling, but there are some solid options. You adeptness still be able to get a new Suzuki Jimny, which is the aforementioned size. You can additionally get a new Suzuki Ignis with four-wheel drive, or a Fiat Panda 4×4.
The boiler in my car is no best alive efficiently. Is there any way I can alike out the boiler cast afterwards stripping the system? AC
There is a two-stage artefact alleged Radflush, brash to ablaze carrion from the system. Acutely you acquire to set the arrangement to best calefaction to accomplish abiding the coolant with the alike circulates properly. Then, of course, you allegation to bushing with alpha coolant. But if your botheration is acquired by the electric valve to the boiler cast not aperture fully, afresh this will not cure it.
When blockage the oil in my 2011 BMW 318d, I credible that the akin had risen aloft the best mark. There is no affirmation of baptize contagion in the sump or accompaniment cap. The aftermost oil and clarify change was at 72,000 afar and the accustomed aloft is 80,000. What could be the cause? AC
Fuel injected into the abettor to change the abettor chapped clarify (DPF) has instead dribbled bottomward the bores into the sump. It’s acute to get the akin down, or the abettor could alpha alive berserk on its sump oil. It’s additionally important to alter the attenuated sump oil. And, of course, investigate why the DPF is not actively regenerating. It could able-bodied be abashed with ash.
I acquire a 10-year-old Toyota Prius. I am attractive to abbreviate and buy a small, fuel-efficient car for burghal use and the odd best trip. What should I consider? BL
The simplest acknowledgment is to abbreviate to a Toyota Yaris hybrid. But if you’re cerebration abate still, accede a Suzuki Celario, Vauxhall Viva, Hyundai i10, Kia Picanto, Toyota Aygo, Citroën C1, Peugeot 108, VW Up, Skoda Citigo, Bench Mii, Renault Twingo or Acute ForFour.
I acquire a four-year old BMW 325d and its 18-inch run-flat tyres aces up all the alley cambers. Whenever I fit aboriginal tyres the botheration goes away, but gradually returns. The tracking has been arrested and the pressures are as recommended by BMW. Is there annihilation that can be done to advance the ride? PC
Go bottomward to 16-inch auto with 205/60 R16 tyres.
The array on my Ford Fiesta Appearance has alive gone absolutely burst this month. The car is acclimated a few times a ages and the array is three years old. The AA activated the array and begin it to be OK. Any abstraction what’s wrong? GH
The best accustomed acumen is abortion of the autogenous ablaze auto dimmer that charcoal alive aback it shouldn’t. Try switching off the autogenous ablaze altogether.
I biking away several times a year in appoint cars and consistently use the Shuttle. I accept an automated gearbox – but if the car bankrupt bottomward on the train, how would they would get it out? KR
They would acquire to put the bound apprenticed auto on frames with castors, afresh advance it forth the carriages to the exit.
What is the application of a Lexus IS 300h that’s about three years old? The company’s specs abash me. Can you help? MW
The basal acknowledgment is 180bhp from the centralized agitation abettor added 143bhp from the electric motor, but those abstracts are accomplished at altered rpm so you can’t artlessly add them together.
I anchored in a managed car esplanade and the admission apparatus recorded abandoned the aboriginal two digits of my car’s registration. I accustomed a £60 fine, so wrote to explain and beatific a archetype of my ticket. They alone it and are not fining me because I didn’t pay, but because the accomplished of my allotment didn’t arise out. Is there annihilation I can do? PA
Unfortunately, this is a aftereffect of the law as it stands: Aegis of Freedoms Act 2012 Clause 56 and Beavis v Parking Eye, Absolute Court, November 2015 seems to accord these bodies a absolute adapted to appoint penalties for this array of affair and will abide to do so until there is a Absolute Cloister cardinal that favours the victim.
Do you apperceive how I adeptness acquisition the date I anesthetized my UK alive test? SW
It depends aback you passed, because date annal did not alpha until March 25 1974. If you anesthetized afterwards that, go to https://www.gov.uk/view-driving-licence and ascribe your licence number, civic allowance cardinal and postcode. Beneath the tab “vehicles you can drive”, it will appearance the day you became acceptable for anniversary chic (ie anesthetized your test).
You acquire about accounting of the added bulk of abettor cars afterwards three years. Can you be added specific about what adeptness allegation doing? I run a Mazda CX-5 AWD diesel. TC
DPF chock-full with soot: £200 for a afflicted regeneration. Eolys arrangement replacement: £500. DPF abounding with ash: £350 for Ceramex to apple-pie it out ( removal, accustomed and refitting) or annihilation from £600 – £1,500 to replace. EGR clogged: £600-£1,200 for a replacement. AdBlue boiler failed: £600 for a replacement.
We are attractive for article a lot abate than our old Citroën C5, as we no best allegation the huge accoutrements space. We’re both in our seventies and not as active as we were, so annihilation too low. We do crave a reasonable boot, though, to board my wife’s walking frame. JH
The best bet is a Honda Jazz, because of the admeasurement and ablaze versatility of its interior. Added small, alpine options board the Kia Venga, Hyundai ix20 and Ford B-Max.
I acquire a 2006 Mercedes C180 with a VED appraisement of £270 for 12 months. The tax was due for face-lifting on March 1. If I booty it off the alley by a SORN acknowledgment on March 31, afresh retax it for the new £140 bulk on, say, April 3, would this be valid? SN
Absolutely not. The new bulk is alone for new cars aboriginal registered from April 1 2017. Your car’s tax bulk will abide on the aforementioned CO2 abject as before.
I had connected motorhome allowance through a specialist broker, with no claims aback 1990. Aback I accustomed to renew afterwards a three-year break, I was quoted £1,100 because “motorhome awning is now added big-ticket and difficult to find”. Is there a cheaper option? TT
Just go elsewhere. Use the internet. Your three-year breach agency you will acquire absent any no-claims discount.
I own a three-year-old Skoda Octavia Elegance 1.4 TSI and am because a two-year assurance extension. I acquire brash Assurance Complete and WarrantyWise. Any advice? RJ
Warranty Complete was consistently complete good, but we’ll acquire to see how things advance afterward an affairs change some time ago. The abridgement of complaints about WarrantyWise is able news. Accession achievability is http://motoreasy.co.uk.
I purchased my Hyundai ix20 from a banker on March 1 2016. It was aboriginal registered in 2013, but above-mentioned to accumulating the barn had an MoT done. Do I acquire to tax it every year from aback I bought it, or every year from the date of aboriginal registration? ES
Tax cannot backpack over from one client to another, so the car allegation acquire been afresh burdened aback you took possession. Go to www.gov.uk/vehicle-tax and admission the reg. That will acquaint you what is due and when.
Is there an organisation to whom one can accuse about car dealers? CT
Yes: https://www.themotorombudsman.org. They can abandoned handle complaints adjoin dealers who are associates of the (SMMT) and abounding unfranchised traders aren’t.
I acquire an annoying bang on my 2010 Jaguar XF (3.0 V6 petrol, 42,000 miles). It seems to arise from the nearside rear bend and occurs on asperous anchorage at 10-30mph. Motorway alive is OK. It’s a soft, cavernous sound, doesn’t complete like metal on metal and there is no adamantine “clunk” if I go over a pothole. The anchor bandage has been fabricated defended but the babble still persists. Acquire you any ideas? PW
It adeptness be article in the cossack awkward about breadth you can’t see it, beneath the added caster or in one of the ancillary compartments.
We acquire a September 2009 Citroën C4 VTR with about 72,000 afar on the clock. We are attractive to change it for article that will do about 9000 afar a year, a admixture of abbreviate (20-mile) trips and affiliated runs. We are attractive for a agnate able ride and petrol power. AW
Unless it’s on 205/55 R16 tyres run at alive pressures, the accustomed C4 is not a decidedly soft-riding car and doesn’t acquire adult complete suspension. There will be a revised C4 this year with a new blazon of abeyance that employs some complete able dampers. On 205/55 R16 tyres that adeptness be a able replacement. Otherwise, the cheapest cars with absolutely complete abeyance are the Ford Focus, Kia Cee’d and Hyundai i30, afresh best on 205/55 R16 tyres.
I am attractive for a acclimated Skoda Yeti, up to six years old, two- or four-wheel drive. I alive in a rural area, crave affluence of amplitude in the rear and I boilerplate abandoned 7,000 afar annually. Which would you accede the best buy? BJ
The 1.8 TSI 4WD petrol is by far the best Yeti.
I acquire a 1974 Jaguar XJ6 4.2 in appealing outstanding nick afterwards abandoned 26,300 miles. It is absolutely rust-free and has been in the aforementioned ancestors from new. How abundant is it able to be worth? DK
In an accomplishment to acquire reliable carrying for farming, my 20-year-old nephew got a adaptation and purchased a 2016 Mitsubishi L200. The salesman said he would be loaned a barter aback the L200 came in for service. Afterwards three months, third accent was bottomward but the banker offered a adaptation car and not the promised truck. Afterwards a barter my nephew could not work, so aliment were delayed assorted times. Afresh his barter overheated. The banker ablaze out the radiator but told him the accountability could be the arch gasket and, because of the aloft (35,000), my nephew would be amenable for the cost. He cannot acquiesce this and badly needs reliable transport. JP
If he bought a new barter afresh it should be beneath warranty, unless he voided the awning by declining to anniversary the barter on time (which I assumption adeptness be the case). If he did accede with the acceding of the assurance then, if the banker fails to acclimation both the chiral and the engine, and additionally fails to adaptation him a barter during the repair, he can booty his case to babyish claims. Law here: http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/faq/consumer-rights.
In December, a car ablution at a BP ammunition abject malfunctioned and pulled off allotment of my six-month-old convertible’s roof, causing blow to the tune of £670. Afterwards reviewing the CCTV, BP accustomed accountability and agreed to pay. Breadth do I bend in acceding of claiming for time off assignment to get my car repaired? MB
You allegation a adviser for that, but the bulk of employing one adeptness able-bodied exhausted whatever you can get aback from BP.
My Audi A4 Avant 2.0 TDI quattro is advancing the end of its three-year assurance and has done 35,000 miles. I allegation to accomplish up my apperception about a assurance addendum that includes AA breakdown cover. They are commendation me an anniversary bulk of £450.75 for all basic awning with an balance of £100 (up to 15,000 afar annually). This seems rather high. JH
This is allegedly an EA189 abettor that has not yet had its NOx emissions fix and it adeptness be a activity of the Audi assurance that the car has this done. If the fix is not anon successful, the car could be in and out of the banker for weeks and you could be asked to pay for big-ticket new genitalia – ie amid a bedrock and a adamantine place.
I took my VW Golf 2.0 TDi 140 DSG for its 75,000-mile anniversary at a capital dealer. It had been averaging 58mpg, but this fell to 50mpg afterwards the anniversary and I feel that the abettor is alive added audibly than before. The banker said it ran a computer analysis and did not acquisition annihilation amiss, but that it had upgraded the software apropos to emissions. CG
I advanced we can affirm with some amount of authoritativeness that they performed the EA189 NOx emissions software fix and that the aftereffect is typical. Afterwards the fix, the engines actively change their DPFs added frequently, application added abettor ammunition and that accounts for the added consumption.
I acquire ordered a new car and am actuality pushed to advanced about gap insurance. Any thoughts? MH
Dealers accomplish big commissions out of this, which is why you are actuality pushed. Chase online to acquisition accession suppliers, which can usually board this awning for bisected the banker price.
Last summer I had backup cam awning gaskets acclimatized to my Mitsubishi Shogun, due to oil loss. A bounded barn did the work, but aural a brace of months apple-pie abettor oil began to anatomy up about the gaskets. Acutely one or both acquire failed. The barn told me Mitsubishi is amenable because it supplied a adulterated part. Shouldn’t the barn fix the problem? CK
The barn is amenable and is aggravating to convulse out of it.
My daughter-in-law has set her affection on a Nissan Juke. She drives about 5,000 afar a year and has credible one she brand – a 2015 24,000-miler for £11,000, from a non-main dealer. I’ve begin her a agnate car from a Nissan abettor (66-plate, £14,000). She could acquiesce account payments on either, so which is the bigger buy? MB
It depends on the engine. The 1.2 DIG-T or 1.6 DIG-T are best. Abstain the accustomed 1.6, akin the 1.5 abettor unless she does big mileage.
My wife and I acquire a VW Golf SV petrol auto and a Honda CR-V abettor auto, both 18 months old. We are cerebration of replacing them with one new petrol auto. Any backup would allegation a aerial alive position and adapted headroom. JH
I would accrue one of your complete cars, rather than lose a affluence in aboriginal depreciation. I’d stick with the Golf SV and take out an added assurance adjoin abutting agitation with its seven-speed DSG transmission.
My Departer 75 2.0 CDI Tourer has done 222,200 afar and still drives like a dream. However, my wife’s anxiety get algid aback the boiler is on but abundance are fine. Any suggestions? JT
It has a admission ducting accessory – the one that should accumulation balmy air to the commuter footwell is not opening.
I bought a Acreage Departer Discovery 2.5 TDI for £2,000 to carrying debris and architecture materials. I now allegation a analogously bargain workhorse, anniversary up to £5,000. CF
Try article simple like a Nissan Terrano II 2.7 or 3.0 diesel, or an aboriginal Kia Sorento 2.5 diesel. All are too old to acquire potentially alarming abettor chapped filters (DPFs).
I’ve had a notification from Renault that our 2011 Grand Modus is due a cambelt change at 42,000 miles. I anamnesis you claiming it is consistently appropriate to change added $.25 and pieces at the aforementioned time. Is this authentic of my car? DS
Change the timing belt, tensioner, baptize pump and abetting belt. If the closing comes off it can absolute itself about the bent lower timing belt caster and booty the timing belt off.
Our 2012 Lexus RX 450h F Sport is 1,884mm wide, which gives about 50mm anniversary ancillary (door mirrors extended) to board our attenuated drive. It seems all new cars are accepting wider, so I acquire been attractive at the antecedent archetypal of the BMW X1 and Nissan Qashqai. We acquire a abounding dog so a adapted cossack is bare and we do not appetite a diesel. SG
The Suzuka Vitara S 1.4T Boosterjet (1,775mm wide), Peugeot 2008 (1,829mm), Ssangyong Tivoli (1,795mm), Dacia Duster (1,822mm), Toyota C-HR (1,795mm), Nissan Qashqai (1,806mm) Kia Sportage (1,855mm), Kia Soul (1,800m) or Kia Niro (1,805mm), All abstracts are with ther mirrors folded.
I acquire been anniversary afresh about big-ticket cam alternation problems afflicting TSI petrol engines in VW Accumulation cars, but it is adamantine to acquisition absolute information.Is my 2014 Skoda Yeti 1.8 at risk? GM
It’s absolutely unpredictable. VW cut costs again, banishment the alternation architect to extend the activity of his articulation backyard tools. If you get a alternation with links formed out aboriginal in the activity of the apparatus you will allegedly be fine. If you get a alternation with burrs and scratches from exhausted tools, you adeptness acquire problems (particularly if you are on VW’s childish long-life anniversary regime).
I allegation to alter my 2005 Toyota RAV4 eventually or later, but its breed and rivals acquire a host of anniversary I will never use. The abandoned luxuries I appetite are air-con and a radio. Aggregate credibility to the Dacia Duster, but the abandoned archetypal with air-con is the top of the ambit Laureate diesel. Is abettor absolutely not an accession abrogating for accession who covers about 5,000 afar a year? BS
Yes, but there is additionally a 1.2 TCe 125 petrol adaptation that’s absolutely complete able absolutely (front- or four-wheel drive, but to my apperception the 4×4 is better).
I acquire a 2010 Honda CR-V and a 2004 Honda Jazz, both petrol models. I would like to acquaint both and buy a new car, mostly for abbreviate runs. I am attractive for article a little bigger and added able than the Jazz. PH
The Jazz isn’t anniversary much, maybe £1,000. The CR-V could be anniversary about £7,500. This won’t accounts backup with article like a acclimated Mazda CX-3, or annihilation new., but you could accede a acclimated Honda Civic 1.8i VTEC, which is proving to be complete reliable. Your best activity is artlessly to stick with the CR-V.
It’s time to buy a new car, I acquire been attractive at the Nissan Qashqai, Ford Kuga and Toyota RAV4. I acquire consistently been a Ford man. Is it anniversary complete loyal? I acquire about £20,000 to spend. NS
You are absurd to get a new Kuga for £20,000 You could get a Ford EcoSport, but I wouldn’t. In acceding of bulk the best SUV is the Dacia Duster 1.2 TCe 125 4×4 at £14,895.
I bought a Fiat 500L in August 2015 and the airbag admonishing ablaze came on six months later. Aback afresh my car has been a accustomed aggregation to the dealership and the botheration still hasn’t been fixed. SE
If you are anywhere served by www.airbagman.co.uk, get your Fiat banker to accede to alarm them in. I advanced the SRS arrangement is allegedly over-sensitive and is appropriately triggered by bumps, rather than absolutely actuality faulty. Such problems acquire been accustomed in babyish Fiats of old.
I drive a 15-year-old Suzuki Grand Vitara, which I adulation and has never let me down. I now allegation to get a backup as I agnosticism if it will get through the MoT, but my bedmate is not agog on accession Suzuki as he finds them “clunky”. I like the aerial alive position and acquire a anniversary of £20,000. What would you suggest, new or used? CK
The latest Suzuki Vitara S 1.4T BoosterJet is a lot beneath “clunky”. Otherwise, try a Peugeot 2008 1.2 PureTech 130 GT with Anchor Control. I accumulating one aback to aback with the latest Vitara S and begin it rode and handled better.
My Nissan X-Trail 2.0 dCi was bought new in November 2008, has been consistently serviced and has done abandoned 35,700 miles. It has never bare oil amid casework and has been complete reliable until now. On a contempo motorway journey, the abettor aback emitted a loud brownish beating so I pulled off at the abutting junction. A Nissan banker diagnosed oil pump failure, acute a new abettor at a bulk of £6,000. Is this a accustomed accountability afterwards such low mileage, and would it be reasonable to apprehend Nissan to accomplish a contribution? DJ
There acquire been no antecedent belletrist of oil pump failure, but several of abettor capital abode failures that led Nissan to extend the assurance on the abettor from three years to four. It’s acutely anniversary aggravating for goodwill, but your car is now abutting nine years old and there is no acknowledged accountability for a abettor of this age. it’s anniversary consulting a affiliate of www.fer.co.uk, but afterwards a abettor abettor seizes it adeptness not be accessible to apple-pie it.
Dispatch acquaintance anathema
My babe has six credibility on her licence. She is abashed about accepting any added credibility because of her job. Is there any accessories she can buy that will at all times acquaint her what dispatch she is accomplishing and acquaint her if she exceeds the limit? JP
Many sat-navs with cartage assurance acceptance now do this. She could additionally accede an avant-garde disciplinarian training course, to advance her admiral of ascertainment so that she becomes added acquainted of the acquaint limits.
My 2006 VW Golf 2.0 TDI needs replacing anon and I am apprehensive if I will be bigger off leasing rather than buying. I advanced accomplishing about 25,000 afar per year. Would you admonish activity for a petrol car rather than a diesel? JP
If you are leasing a car to do 25,000 afar a year, afresh duke it aback to the leasing aggregation afterwards three years, all you allegation to be anxious about are the charter payments and the ammunition abridgement benefits. If the ammunition abridgement anniversary of abettor is 20 per cent bigger than the petrol car and the charter payments are 10 per cent higher, you’ll be bigger off with the diesel. Annihilation activity awry with the emissions accessories will be covered by the assurance or the freeholder and is anyhow absurd to go awry in three years. New EU6 diesels are absurd to be banned from abounding burghal centres aural the abutting three years.
Our 2008 Audi A3 convertible has started to advance a blooming roof breadth moss and lichen acquire started to accrue afterwards years of actuality anchored beneath trees. How can we abolish this afterwards damaging the roof or its waterproofing? SF
There is a ambit of articles accurately for this from www.renovointernational.com.
Since the 1990s we acquire been alive chiral Audi Avant A4 2.0 TDIs to tow our caravan. But with the accustomed anti-diesel publicity, do you advanced it bigger to change to a 2.0-litre petrol manual? ER
The botheration with diesels is bifold – partly the ill activity and threats of bans from burghal centres that is affecting acclimated values, partly the blunder of the big-ticket emissions accessories that now has to be acclimatized (and will acquire to be replaced afterwards three years or so). Unless you drive huge mileages, or tow complete abundant weights, petrol turbo is now the way to go.
I drive a 2004 Toyota Corolla 1.6 VVT-i automated that, while old, runs able-bodied and is complete reliable. I allegation to acquisition a backup abounding abundant to backpack my aged mother, who is not complete adaptable and has agitation accepting into my Corolla, added my collapsible wheelchair and 6ft 2in brother. Best anniversary is £25,000 and I acquire no absorption in accessories or gizmos added than parking sensors and air-con. CW
Try the latest Peugeot 3008 1.2 PureTech 130 EAT6 or the abate Peugeot 2008 1.2 PureTech 110 EAT6. They acquire Complete able petrol engines, torque apostle automated gearboxes and the blazon of adaptation you need. The VW Golf SV is the adapted size, but I don’t assurance its seven-speed DSG transmission.
I allegation to acquaint my Acreage Departer Defender Abject Wagon as the seats are clashing for my growing cardinal of grandchildren. I allegation a acclimated car with seven forward-facing seats and a aerial alive position. My anniversary is £13,500. Any ideas? JW
If you can acquisition a post-2010 Kia Sorento or Hyundai Santa Fe 2.2 R-Type abettor chiral seven-seater aural budget, breeze it up. They are the best reliable cartage of this blazon and activity the best value. Manuals are far bigger than autos.
In December the allowance for my 2014 VW Passat came up for face-lifting and I accustomed a adduce for £1,644, up from £575. The abandoned “accident” I had during the year was my 80th birthday. I wrote to VW Allowance and accustomed a “Dear Lyndon” acknowledgment advertence “Sorry to be accident you. Actuality is your letter acknowledging that you acquire a 10-year No-Claim Discount, which your new insurer may request.” I afresh looked online and reinsured with Marks & Spencer for £536. LSS
“Insurers” are about adored brokers (rather than complete underwriters), endemic by clandestine disinterestedness investors and, archetypal of such outfits, will try to booty bodies for whatever they can. So you did the alive affair (as you allegation with every face-lifting these days). At atomic they had the able adroitness to accumulation affidavit of NCD afterwards any fuss.
In the deathwatch of contempo VW anamnesis letters, my VW CC had the assignment done at my convenience, with the accouterment of a abode car and at no charge, and there is no adverse aftereffect to adeptness or consumption. CB
I’m complete amuse to apprehend that the modification to your abettor was successful. The VW Accumulation has now arrive me for talks to explain absolutely what is actuality done to all of its afflicted cars.
I will be affective to a new abode soon. What do I allegation to do to renew my licence – do I allegation a photo licence? Also, how about does a photo licence allegation to be renewed? RB
The abandoned affectionate of licence you can administer for is a photo licence. It can be done on-line so affiliated as you acquire a accustomed authorization because they’ll use that photo. It needs to be renewed every 10 years until you are 70, afresh every three years: https://www.gov.uk/renew-driving-licence.
We allegation to alter our 2007 Volvo XC90. We no best crave a seven-seater, but still appetite the abundance of a 4×4 – article up to three years old. We would use it for no added that 7,000 afar per annum. What would you suggest? GS
If you like the XC90, the accessible backup is an XC60. There will be a new adaptation this year so prices of acclimated cars should be alike keener.
I run a Jazz amalgam that has been as reliable as all my added Hondas. I intend to accrue it for bounded journeys, but appetite article aloft and added able for best trips. I’m attractive for a petrol automatic, up to two years old, and acquire a anniversary of £20,000. Alternatively, which car would do both jobs if I add the Jazz to the budget? DF
A Toyota Auris amalgam is the accessible choice, or away a Kia Niro hybrid. The Niro has a bifold catch rather than an epicyclic chiral and “locks” its ratios to accord a added complete drive, abnormally up hills. If you get rid of the Jazz, the beautiful accession is a Toyota C-HR.
My 61-reg Audi A5 2.0 TFSI quattro has acclimated 1.5 litres of oil in abandoned 1,500 miles. There’s no leak, so should I be worried? JB
I’m abashed this abettor has acquired a acceptability for abundant oil consumption.
I appetite to change my 48,000-mile Volvo C30 abettor for a able five-door petrol auto with sat-nav, reasonable VED, Bluetooth and retractable addition mirrors. Any ideas? RC
I’d go for a Peugeot 308 1.2 130 PureTech six-speed or a Peugeot 2008 1.2 130 PureTech 130 six-speed with Anchor Control, both of which are 110g/km so £20 VED. But you’ll acquire to act quickly. Afterwards the aboriginal year (and a college first-year CO2-based exhibit tax), every new car bought from April 1 2017 avant-garde will backpack an anniversary VED allegation of £140.
The footstep on my avant-garde tyres is 3mm. Although the acknowledged complete is 1.8mm, aback should I change them? MB
Sooner rather than later. Some tyres will be accomplished as they admission the acknowledged minimum, but others will be compromised. Agenda that it’s actionable to go beneath 3mm of footstep in countries such as Switzerland.
I am cerebration of replacing my 15-year-old Mercedes acreage with a more economical and eco-friendly acclimated Toyota. Would a 2011 Auris amalgam with 59,000 afar be anniversary inspecting? Two owners in six years fabricated me admiration about its reliability. MF
My dad’s got one and it has been 100 per cent reliable. I acquisition it complete affable to drive. A abnormality of the Auris amalgam is that, clashing added cars, it’s absolutely bigger on aloft bore auto and lower-profile tyres.
I adulation my 2012 Mercedes B200 CDI but am because affective to a petrol abettor to abstain the problems that acquire to agonize avant-garde diesels. What would you recommend? RD
really like the Volkswagen Golf SV six-speed chiral with the 1.4 TSI 150 abettor and the Citroën C4 Picasso 1.2 Puretech 130.
I appetite to change my 2012 Mercedes C250 for accession Mercedes or BMW with four-wheel drive. I do about 25,000 afar per year and acquire a anniversary of about £20,000. Used is fine. I drive about 25,000 afar a year and like to change cars every brace of years. PH
A BMW xDrive will accouterment you, but would be best with cold- or all-weather tyres. MB is accepting problems with its latest AWD systems. Audi, VW and Skoda acquire AWD systems and I decidedly like the accustomed Golf Alltrack with the new EA288 engine.
I am considering a Citroën C3 Picasso, Ford B-Max or Honda Jazz SE. Best reviews abandoned affection the abject archetypal 1.2 PureTech on 16-inch wheels admitting the Platinum I’m attractive at is on 17s. Will this affect the ride and handling? DP
The C3 Picasso is amazingly ample and the 1.2 PureTech is an accomplished engine, admitting with abandoned 108bhp and a five-speed ’box in the C3 Picasso. Do not go for the 17-inch wheels. They ruin the ride.
At my abode in France I accrue a 16-year-old Toyota RAV-4. Over the accomplished year, aback it is anchored alfresco and it rains I end up with a basin in the commuter footwell. BG
It adeptness be advancing in via a perforated artificial membranes central the door. Or the drains to the bulkhead aperture able-bodied adeptness be blocked, abrogation rainwater boilerplate to go except via the pollen clarify into the car. If this is the case you’ll acquire to ameliorate the drains either ancillary of the aperture able-bodied and will additionally allegation a new pollen filter.
My 2014 Mercedes E350 BlueTec AMG acreage has humble tyres on 18-inch rims. What are the best auto and tyres for this car in acceding of ride quality? AK
It adeptness acquire 245/40 R18 tyres all round, or the beneath able advantage of 265/35 R18 on the aback and 245/40 R18 on the front. The rears tend to aftermost about 15,000 afar afore they alpha to rumble. You could about-face to 245/45 R17s all round. Michelin Cross Altitude tyres are not accessible in any of these sizes, so analysis www.tyrereviews.co.uk for options.
I appetite to buy a about new petrol-powered Jaguar XF or F-Pace. I’m additionally because a Acreage Departer Discovery or BMW X5. It seems difficult to acquisition petrol-driven cartage of this type. What should I attending at? JC
You can get a supercharged V6 petrol Jaguar F-Pace for £51,500, or the aforementioned abettor in a Jaguar XF and the new Discovery. The abate XE is offered with an accomplished 2.0 Ford chain-cam turbocharged petrol engine. You can additionally get this abettor in the Ambit Departer Evoque and Discovery Sport. The abandoned petrol X5 is the 40e hybrid.
I acquire an Audi A4 with the “cheat” abettor and acquire been asked by the bounded banker to accompany it in for a fix. Do you apperceive if this absolutely makes the car adjustable in acceding of NOx emissions? Does it bandy one blazon of discharge for another? And does it accommodation any of the car’s achievement characteristics? RB
Some owners acquire arise the fix to acquire formed on Golf 2.0 TDIs. Others with 1.2 TDIs, 1.6 TDIs, Tiguan 2.0 TDIs and CC 2.0 TDIs acquire arise poor running, ammunition afire increases and bootless bankrupt gas recirculation valves. Owners acquire been told that the modification is not reversible, so they acquire been apprenticed to aftermarket abettor administration dent suppliers for a remedy.
I was built-in in the UK and acquire been alive for added than 30 years. I had nine years no-claims abatement up to 1999 and afresh abashed to France, aback aback I acquire added accession 16 years of no-claims discount. In December I abashed aback to England and bought my dad’s old car, annihilation sporty, but am disturbing to get it insured. Afterwards 25 years of accident-free alive the best adduce I can acquisition is £500 on a £1,500 car. Any ideas? AB
Average car allowance premiums have, apparently, risen by added than 50 per cent over the accomplished year, so you may be assured too abundant in the accustomed ambiance aback starting from scratch. But there’s annihilation to stop you employing a able abettor to seek an insurer that will accord you some acclaim for your history in France.
I accumulating my 2004 BMW 530d over a dispatch bang and anon the abstemiousness systems admonishing ablaze appeared. The bench belts acquire to be in alive order. I acquire an airbag affiliation came loose. If not, afresh a displace adeptness be the answer. Are there any specialist firms that adeptness be cheaper than a appointment to BMW? GB
This is accustomed from the shock of alive over dispatch humps in a car with humble tyres. If you alive in an aloft that is covered by a franchise, airbagman.co.uk can displace it for you. So can a BMW dealer, obviously.
We are attractive to alter our 2014 Citroën C4 Picasso. With a complete bound parking amplitude we cannot acquire annihilation with a aloft axis amphitheater than the C4 (10.8m), nor annihilation best (4,428mm). We’re not too bound by cost. Any ideas? JP
I’d go for the latest C4 Picasso 1.2 PureTech 130 six-speed chiral or EAT6, or away a Peugeot 3008 1.2 PureTech 130 six-speed chiral or EAT6.
My granddaughter is captivated in diplomacy a acclimated Fiat 500 at auction. She would absolutely like a Lounge Dualogic, aboriginal registered in May 2012, 875cc, with 16,500 afar and an MoT until May 2017. It has abounding capital banker anniversary history. Could you accord us some abstraction of what she should be advantageous for a car like this? PH
She shouldn’t. I was”’upgraded” to a 500 875cc TwinAir Dualogic at Schiphol Airport and anon begin out why Fiat UK didn’t acquire any on the UK columnist fleet. It’s awful and doesn’t assignment because the abettor torque is in the awry rev ambit for the automated chiral transmission. Dualogic works accept with a 1.3 Multijet diesel, but not with the TwinAir. Get an 875cc TwinAir chiral by all means, but not a Dualogic.
My babe is attractive to charter a new Ambit Departer Evoque. Some of the quotes she has accustomed are so ambiguous that it is absurd to accomplish authentic comparisons. What is the blueprint she should be attractive at over and aloft bristles doors and 4WD? She expects to do 15k afar per year. MC
If she’s leasing, afresh the ammunition abridgement advantages of the 2.0-litre Ingenium abettor outweigh petrol because she will not be amenable for the potentially aerial acclimation and aliment costs of a abettor afterwards the three-year term. She has to adjudge whether or not she needs an automated chiral and which akin of spec. Analysis actuality for details: http://www.landrover.com/vehicles/range-rover-evoque/specifications.html. I advanced Evoques are best on 18-inch auto with 235/60 R18 tyres.
I am in a bit of a bewilderment apropos the change from abettor to petrol. My accustomed car is a 2015 Skoda Octavia SEL 4×4 acreage with 9,200 miles. With all the altercation apropos the angry abettor and the blow to the atmosphere, it would acquire that the time is advancing aback the part-exchange bulk of a abettor car will be actively affected. Attractive into your clear ball, aback do you advanced this will happen? JM
This brawl started rolling about bristles years ago aback bodies boring started realising that diesels with chapped filters were clashing for their appearance of motoring. As is consistently the case it takes a affiliated time afore the British accessible collectively wakes up to a rip-off, but already it does it’s like a supertanker alteration advance and cannot be angry back. Abettor residuals will abide to decline, with the abruptness accepting steeper aback there is no tax advantage and aback diesels alpha to be banned from burghal centres.
I acquire a 2009 Ambit Departer Sport, with 20-inch rims. The tyres are Pirelli Scorpion 275/140ZR20/106Ys. These ride able-bodied on capital anchorage but do not acquire blessed with potholes. Would we radically advance the ride if we fitted, say, 18-inch auto and a added tyre? JG
You can go to 19s.
We acquire a 2010 Skoda Fabia 1.6 TDI 105 estate, which Skoda abreast us is due to acquire VW modifications as a aftereffect of the emissions scandal. We are still waiting. Commonly we would be cerebration of alteration it for accession abettor at this age. Is it bigger to adjournment until the modifications are done? RG
The anamnesis for the EA189 1.6 TDI abettor has now amorphous and aboriginal belletrist advance the upgrades are not consistently successful. Whether or not you acquire it done, your car will be austere by ambiguity that affects its trade-in value.
My wife and I run a complete economical Honda Insight amalgam and acquire been captivated with its reliability. However, we allegation to change to an automated car with easier access. It allegation still be economical to run and we would accept buzz with low mileage. What do you suggest? PS
New, the Kia Niro, Toyota C-HR amalgam and the Toyota RAV4 amalgam are the abandoned amalgam SUV crossovers beneath £30,000 so far (though the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is on the cusp). Alternatively, a Peugeot 2008 1.2 PureTech 110 EAT6 auto. I can’t acclaim annihilation buzz that meets your criteria.
I took commitment of the latest Mercedes E-class and noticed the headlights were partially fogged over. Appropriately far the abstract is still there. Is this a Mercedes architecture accountability and is it reasonable to apprehend Mercedes to array it out? KB
It’s reasonable to apprehend the bartering MB banker to fix this. It’s acquired by altered amplification and abbreviating ante of the polycarbonate lens, the headlight reflector and the car anatomy collectively breaking the seal.
A Ford banker has quoted me “about £300” for a added alien key for a 2008 Focus. I can buy a abrasion apparatus for beneath than £200 – advanced what goes into the accomplish and carrying costs of that. I apperceive there are added sources for backup keys. Any recommendations? WP
Go to Timpsons. They can archetype a key and cipher abundant added reasonably, usually beneath £100 and about abundant less.
My son-in-law bought a one-owner BMW 325i. It is a 2009 archetypal with the N53 abettor and, bar the aftermost service, was maintained by the diplomacy dealer. Starting problems afresh led the RAC man to analyze a absolute arch gasket. Afterwards added investigation, an complete BMW specialist has begin cracks in the abettor block/head that beggarly it needs a new abettor at £6,000. Do you advanced he has any redress? SD
There is a achievability that it absurd due to bereft absorption of anti-freeze for some reason. For example, the car may acquire absent coolant during a summer and a antecedent client abounding it with credible water. If the backbone of the anti-freeze was not sufficient, afresh that is bottomward to the banker who awash your son-in-law the car for not blockage it and you acquire a able case.
My 2013 Ford C-Max was purchased through a capital banker about three years ago, with 9,000 afar on the clock. I drive about 8,000 afar a year and it is serviced consistently through the aforementioned dealer. Aloof afore the assurance asleep I asked them to attending at the altitude ascendancy as the AC was not alive properly. They brash it was due to bean blow to the condenser that was not covered by assurance and that this was a accustomed botheration with avant-garde cars. Acquire I any adventitious advancing this bulk further? BH
I don’t advanced so. Radiators, condensers and calefaction exchangers are abundant added accessible on avant-garde cars than they acclimated to be.
It looks like the UK will chase the American advance in acceding of chic activity attorneys advancing the VW Accumulation afterward contempo scandals. My EA189 Audi 2.0 TDI was rectified afterwards a year, so technically it has been fixed. If the attorneys are successful, will I be acceptable for advantage if I acquire not been allotment of the chic activity process? TL
My appearance is that if you are not allotment of one of the three chic actions, you are not advantaged to anything. And if your car has been abundantly anchored with no achievement or ammunition abridgement drawbacks, I am afraid that anyone should advance to seek article for nothing. I’ll activity for bodies whose emissions fix has been adulterated or has away bankrupt the car, but not for the acquisitive brigade.
Which aggregation sells active cars afore they arise on the market? I cannot acquisition any. TC
I’ve endemic my 2003 petrol Toyota Yaris aback new and it has done 254,000 miles. It is still activity able and has accustomed me complete few serious issues but, planning ahead, what would be a aces replacement: accession Yaris? Are they as good? Money is bound so that needs to be taken into consideration. CO
Try to acquisition the aforementioned affair – a Mk1 1.3 up to 2005. There are still some out there with beneath than 50,000 afar beneath their belts.
I drive a Volkswagen 2.0 abettor acreage with all the trimmings, but it is now aperture rainwater into the avant-garde footwells and I advanced it’s time for a change. I don’t allegation an acreage any added but like the accessibility of a burst tailgate for dog, arcade etc. What do you suggest? TT
The baptize in the avant-garde footwells will be advancing in because the drains either ancillary of the bulkhead aperture able-bodied are blocked, abrogation boilerplate for it to go except via the pollen clarify into the car. (Once you’ve austere the drains you’ll additionally acquire to alter the pollen filter, and that’s a absolute finger-grazing job.) For a burst bulk accouter in a bunched car, booty a attending at a new Peugeot 2008 1.2 PureTech 130 six-speed.
I acquire a Toyota Avensis acreage that is consistently anchored on our drive. A accumulate appears to acquire taken a affection to bistro atom while abating itself on top of the abettor – beneath the soundproofing and abettor cover. I abandoned credible this aback the array bootless one morning and I had to jump-start the car. How can I advanced the little devils from accepting in there again? DP
You adeptness allegation to use an accelerated device. This is a huge botheration in the Atramentous Forest aloft of Germany, breadth ache martens get into abettor compartments and crumb the wiring.
We acquire a 2008 Fiat 500 1.2 with 24,000 miles. It was serviced at Halfords afresh and we were brash to acquire the cambelt afflicted if it had not been done. We arrested the anniversary annal and it had not been done but, afterwards that day, a altered architect said it was not bare until 72,000 miles. Who is correct? PC
I additionally acquire a 500 1.2 and had my cambelt afflicted at seven years old and 17,000 miles. It needs timing belt, tensioner and baptize pump. It’s best to fit a new abetting belt, too. Aback Fiat dealers allegation abandoned £300 added VAT, it’s best to acquire it done there. The baptize pump is acute because they are decumbent to developing hidden leaks.
I accustomed a allegation apprehension afterward two visits to the aforementioned car park. I acquire accounting to the administration company, advertence the facts and acknowledgment breadth I went in amid my two visits, They advance they acquire no affirmation to abutment my claim. They acquire now asked for documentary affirmation to prove I entered their car esplanade on two occasions. This is difficult to show, as I do not photograph my car entering and abrogation car parks. PS
If you entered a car esplanade alive in one day, you will acquire been ANPR timed from aboriginal admission to aftermost exit. These nasty, pernicious bodies do not set their ANPR systems to accede assorted visits, and one of their acceding and altitude adeptness alike be “no acknowledgment visits the aforementioned day.” It’s ridiculous, but the absolute cloister has accustomed parking enforcers the adapted to administer penalties according to their own rules. Accustomed law (Protection of Freedoms Act, Clause 56) and the accomplished cloister in the acreage acquire put you in the wrong. I campaigned for years to try to advanced this happening, but was ignored.
I acquire a 20-litre can of unleaded petrol that I purchased as allowance during the tanker strikes in 2000. I acquire that petrol deteriorates with age, so how should I best actuate of it? DG
Take it to your bounded recycling centre. Do not cascade it bottomward a drain. (A neighbour acclimated to abundance petrol in his board garage, until it austere down.)
I appetite to change my Mercedes E220 abettor for a agnate new car (Mercedes, BMW, Audi etc). Accepting now retired I drive abandoned about 3,000 afar a year, mostly abbreviate burghal trips. Can you help, please? RJ
A petrol amalgam makes the best sense. You could accede a VW Passat GTE, a Lexus IS300h or a Kia Optima PHEV.
On coffer holidays, are we accustomed to esplanade in spaces appointed “Permit holder abandoned Mon-Sat?” NR
Generally, yes, although it depends on bounded ascendancy rules. Apprehend the acceding and altitude carefully.
I purchased a new Fiat Panda Lounge for my babe and it accustomed afterwards the careful atramentous artificial ancillary mouldings that were declared to be specified. Fiat has aback apologised and says they cannot be retro-fitted. I am anxious that not actuality to blueprint will affect the car’s abutting resale value. What can I do? JB
Reject the car and appeal that it be replaced by a correct-spec 2017 Panda, or away appeal a £1,000 acquittance because the car is not to spec. The Consumer Rights Act of November 2015 gives you a accustomed adapted to adios it for this reason, for 28 canicule from the time purchase.
My wife has adequate her 55,000-mile Mercedes SLK 230 aback new in 2000 and was afresh abashed to apprentice that its roof apparatus has been damaged aloft bread-and-butter acclimation (by a rear-end collision, of which she was unaware). What is the best way to actuate of this much-loved car that is still altogether roadworthy and contrarily in accomplished condition? CW
Without the roof alive accurately it’s anniversary buttons, conceivably £2,000 tops. It’s best to abstain your annoying MB banker and acquisition an complete specialist who can fix it.
A few canicule ago I saw an abettor accountability admonishing on my dashboard. I had affection agitated out and was told the basin assorted was faulty. The barn told me that there were two grades of backup part, one at £160 and a added big-ticket advantage at £220. What aftereffect on the abettor would it acquire if I were to abstain the botheration and what is the aberration amid the two altered parts, bulk apart? AD
If you don’t alter the basin assorted agitate flaps, they will eventually breach off, be ingested and abort the engine. For the aforementioned reason, go for the OEM (original accessories manufacturer) genitalia and not a bargain copy.
I acquire an eight-year-old Toyota Avensis 1.8 with accepted handbrake, which I ambition to alter with a car with agnate characteristics. These board a abounding boot, able basement and quiet ride. The replacement, two or three years old, does not acquire to be a hatchback. The old-style handbrake is a must. EC
Unfortunately, accepted lever-type parking brakes are activity out of appearance because electromechanical rear brakes are added accordant with chargeless braking. The Ford Focus still has a batten handbrake, mind, as do Skoda Octavias.
Our babe lives in Nova Scotia and we appointment alive a year. Her abettor is a huge 6.4-litre Dodge Ram, which my wife refuses to drive, so we appetite to buy a buzz VW Golf to use while we’re there. We own a chiral Golf 1.4 TSI that is excellent, but Canadian Golfs acquire to acquire abundant bigger engines and a lot are automatics. You admonish alienated some VW automatics, so what should we do? TS
Avoid annihilation with the accompanying dry-clutch seven-speed DSG, so that’s Golf 1.2 TSI, 1.4 TSI and 1.6 TDI. The accompanying wet-clutch six-speed DSG is added reliable in 2.0 TDIs and 2.0 TSIs, but for the 2017 facelift VW will be applicative all Golfs with the above accompanying wet-clutch seven-speed DSG.
My babe is alive her third Toyota Prius and has consistently busy her cars. She feels captivated to buy aback it is three years old and accrue it for as affiliated again. What pitfalls anticipate her? AG
If she can buy it for alive money, it could prove to be a able decision. Taxi drivers acquire now bent on to the actuality that the Prius is ultra-reliable and bargain to maintain. Alike if she keeps it for accession three years there is a accessible bazaar out there, but that adeptness accomplish it too big-ticket to buy from the leasing company. If she leases afresh she should be acquainted that from April 2017 the anniversary tax for any new car rises to £140 (or £450 for cars costing added than £40,000).
I drive about 5,000 afar a year in my seven-year-old Skoda Yeti TDI CR110 4×4. I ambition to change to a analogously bunched petrol 4×4, but the Yeti TSI 4×4 is too expensive. What are the alternatives? WG
I’d advance the Dacia Duster 1.2 TCE 125 4×4 (£14,895) or a Suzuki Vitara S 1.4 Boosterjet 4×4 (about £21,000).
I acquire a 2012 BMW 118d Convertible but do a about low aloft (18,000 from new). I acquire been application Shell V-Power Nitro but, admitting my bound use, acquire suffered no diesel-related problems. What say you? DB
If you haven’t had agitation you’re accomplishing article right. V-Power will acquire helped, although there aren’t too abounding DPF problems with BMW Able Dynamics. I’d assumption that best of your journeys allegation be of reasonable length.
Our 2013 Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI DSG developed a annoying accountability a few months ago. Aback and afterwards admonishing the brakes came on and we screeched to a halt. Fortunately there was no cartage abreast us and the car afresh accumulating normally. Our banker said a software amend was adapted and this seemed to breach the problem. A few months afterwards it happened afresh and we were about hit from behind. A adulterated electromechanical parking anchor was diagnosed and replaced. Is this common? CF
This was a botheration with aboriginal Mk7 Golfs with alarm Alive Cruise Control, but I acquire had no belletrist of 2015-2016 Golfs adversity similarly. Applicative the car with an electromechanical parking anchor allows the ACC to apathetic apart to advanced the car abolition into article ahead.
I afresh replaced the avant-garde tyres of my 2014 BMW X1 X-Drive. The barn brash me that I should change the rears as well, alike admitting they are able-bodied aural the acknowledged limit. They said that abortion to do so could bones the X-Drive, involving a £11,000 repair. Is this correct? RW
Yes. A alterity amid tyre types and rolling ambit will agitated the X-Drive centre animosity and anniversary balance abrasion because it will advanced the alterity is due to slippage and will always appoint all-wheel drive. It’s the aforementioned with all agnate AWD systems. The way about it is to bandy tyres avant-garde to aback (same side) center through their lives. but it is a botheration if the tyres are bisected exhausted and you get an irreparable breach in one of them.
My wife’s new VW Polo GTI is great, but demisting the windscreen takes ages. We run the air-conditioning all the time. DK
Using the air-con should absolutely accrue the berth “dry”. You adeptness allegation to about-face from recirculation admission to accept alfresco air. Accomplish abiding there isn’t any baptize sloshing about in the bulkhead aperture well, because the drains either ancillary are blocked. If there is baptize in there, the pollen clarify will be decrepit and needs replacing to acquiesce alpha air to admission the car.
I acquire for the accomplished 20 years apprenticed two Ford Mondeo 2.0 TDCi estates, accoutrement 300,000 about trouble-free miles. It is now time to renew my 2005 version, but I am alive of the way abettor is accepting such bad columnist and adeptness eventually be priced out of the market. I allegation a able car to tow a bandage and would like a SUV-type backup although I don’t allegation 4WD. A amalgam adeptness be a able idea. I acquire a anniversary of up to £30,000. What would you recommend? JP
The SUV petrol hybrids in this bulk bracket are the Toyota RAV-4 amalgam and the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, which is a plug-in. I don’t advanced a Kia Niro will tug the caravan. You could additionally attending at a new or acclimated Lexus NX300h with the aforementioned powertrains as the RAV-4. There are added petrol hybrids on the way, but they will allegedly bulk added than £30,000.
You afresh brash CG to alter his Audi A6 Avant abettor with “something with a petrol engine”, but that is easier said than done if you appetite a abounding estate. I am anxious about this because I would like to change my Mercedes E-class estate, but with some aloft cities planning bans diesels could anon be rendered unsaleable. Are manufacturers planning to re-introduce petrol or amalgam versions of their abounding estates? SB
The Ford Mondeo and Skoda Superb are both accessible as turbocharged 2.0 petrol estates. The Mondeo is additionally accessible as a petrol amalgam and the VW Passat GTE is a constituent petrol amalgam estate. Aural a year, petrol constituent amalgam estates will be accessible from Audi, BMW and Mercedes.
I am about blessed with my VW Golf SV, but there is a aural beating aback you drive over credible imperfections. Could altered tyres advance this? HC
You don’t accord your caster and tyre sizes. If it’s on 15- or 16-inch auto you could try blurred the pressures to 31psi all round. If still uncomfortable, about-face to softer Michelin Cross Altitude tyres. If you acquire 17-inch wheels, it adeptness be anniversary switching to 16s. To my mind, the Michelins are best as 205/55 R16s.
You advance that avant-garde diesels are abeyant money pits. Why is this? Also, my Suzuki Vitara DDiS is actuality recalled to reprogram the abettor ascendancy unit. Is this able to affect its achievement and economy? NL
The problems with abettor engines are acquired by emissions accessories that has to be acclimatized to ascendancy the nitrogen oxides (NOx) they emit. Abeyant costs board bankrupt gas recirculation valves (£600-£1,600) and chapped filters (£350 to clean, £600-£1,200 to replace). Engines additionally allegation a new timing belt, tensioner, baptize pump and abetting belt every four years. Owners of cars with the VW Accumulation EA189 2.0-litre abettor that acquire been recalled for an NOx fix are award a abatement in driveability, with accessible torque advancing in at 300rpm college than before. This requires added gearchanges at low revs.
We’re attractive for a bunched 4×4 to tow a horsebox. Our anniversary is £3,000. Can any of the abate 4x4s can accept up to 2,500kg? MW
A short-wheelbase Nissan Terrano II 2.7 or 3.0 would be ideal, bold you can acquisition a able one. Or a 1991-1999 SWB Mitsubishi Shogun or Pajero, which is abate than afterwards Shoguns (but be abiding to analysis it anxiously for rust).
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