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Is it possible to disconnect the stop-start function on my 2012 Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion? I keep forgetting to switch it off until it cuts out the first time I stop. Surely it must eventually wear out the starter? It drives me crazy - makes me look like I'm letting the automobile cut out all the time. If all vehicles had it the streets would be polluted with the noise of dozens of automobile engines stopping and starting. I'm not convinced that this particular innovation will be popular. What do you think?
Filed under fuel economy and emissions - Asked by Teresa O'Donnell (Ennis) - Sun, 08 Apr 2012 22:08
I just bought a 2000 Toyota Avensis off a friend. It has an intermittent problem wih revs going up and down and when it happens the temperature gauge drops all the way down. What could this be?
Filed under fault - Asked by Debbie King (Dublin) - Fri, 06 Apr 2012 22:46
When I turn the steering left when driving I can hear a whining sound. It stops when going straight. What do you think it could be?
Filed under fault - Asked by Sean Larkin (San Roque ,cadiz ,,spain) - Mon, 09 Apr 2012 21:31
Hi, I have a Skoda Octavia that has problems starting. It turns on but has no power until it has warmed up, which takes a couple of minutes. If you try to drive it bunny hopped. Took it to garage where they changed the cold start, but still didnt work. Had an auto electrician on it, no problems detected. Now it wont start at all.
Filed under fault - Asked by Anna Harkus (York) - Sun, 13 May 2012 13:22
I bought a 2004 Skoda Fabia Combi last week. There is a bit of a squeaking from under the body every time you go over a speed bump. What's causing this do you think?
Filed under fault - Asked by Ian Cryan (Dublin 18) - Mon, 07 May 2012 17:58
Hi there changagoidem,
Any idea what I can do/use to get rid of 'fence life' paint from my automobile? It got sprayed a little over the weekend. Will it need to be machine polished to get it all off? I've rubbed the spoiler area for about an hour with warm sudsy water and then a dry cloth and managed to get it 90% off that, but it's pretty much all over the automobile.
Filed under cleaning - Asked by Dave Clarke (Automobilerigaline, Co. Cork.) - Tue, 10 Apr 2012 21:32
I have a 2010 Nissan Note 1.4 petrol Sport model with 21,000km, which I bought new and it's a grand automobile, but I recently had my head turned by two others that I LOVE!
A 2007 Mercedes-Benz C 180 1.8 petrol, auto, 19,000 miles and 2008 BMW 316i ES petrol, 33,000 miles. Both are immaculate with leather seats and loads extras and I'm being asked €4,500 to change. Is this reasonable? Am I mad?
Taking everything into consideration, that either of the new ones would set my heart on fire to own at versus the sensible brilliance of the one I have, what should I do please?
Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Niamh O'Donnell (Dublin) - Mon, 14 May 2012 11:48
Hello I need some advice please.
At the moment I own a 2010 new model BMW 5 Series, which I bought new. It's a fantastic automobile, but my previous automobile was a Nissan X-Trail and I really miss the high driving position. We have recently had a baby, which means lots of bending with automobile seats and buggies. We also have a five-year old and elderly parents who sometimes travel with us.
We have decided to trade the 5 Series for a 2.0-litre diesel SUV and have narrowed the choice down to two. My husband likes the new BMW X3, but I am more drawn to the Mercedes-Benz M-Class 2.0, as I don't really like the looks of the X3.
My question is, which of these two do you think would suit us best?
Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by Jenny Moran (Cork) - Sun, 22 Apr 2012 17:06
What would be the best diesel automobiles to buy? I'm looking at 2008 and not a big automobile. We have a 2003 Skoda Octavia 1.9 TDI so it would ideally be 1.4 to 1.6 in diesel really.
Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Noel Mc Grath (Tralee) - Thu, 10 May 2012 16:49
Does my 2004 Ford Mondeo 1.8 LX have a cam belt or a timing chain?
Filed under servicing - Asked by Ronald Simcock (Warrington) - Sat, 12 May 2012 14:32