Taking the plunge

My present car is a Mercedes-Benz C 220 CDI, with the torque converter automatic gearbox. After 50 years of manual gearbox driving, I took the plunge and changed to automatic life, and I am thoroughly sold on it, and on the car itself. However, I do have a concern regarding which I am hoping you […]

Looking for a comfortable ride

Hope that you can help, Doctor, regarding thoughts on purchasing some new tyres. There’s plenty to read on various tyre manufacturer and retailer web sites, there are group tyre tests to read from other magazines, including some by European magazines, and there are, not that unexpectedly, somewhat conflicting reports. Could you offer any helpful thoughts, […]

Filter tips

I wonder if The Doctor might offer me a few words of advice on whether, in view of all the problems with diesel particulate filters (DPFs), I should look at having mine on my 2013 Focus Zetec 1.6 TDCi taken off, as I believe is still possible? Will it save me enough fuel to cover […]

Something lost in the translation?

Further to your letter from Dan Deakin, he was correct in saying that you do not add petrol in any amount to diesel fuel. I do recall the recent quote from a service manager of an Audi garage saying that it was in a handbook from Audi to add petrol. I was also a service […]

Soapbox – Motoring Journalism

I guess it dates me somewhat to confess that as a lad I used to buy Autocar when it was “one and nine pence” in old money (around 9p today) when a new Porsche 911 cost well under £3,000. Many young boys in those days dreamed of writing for the weekly Motor, Autocar and monthly […]

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