Pleasing planet Earth

Perhaps it’s rather too fashionable to moan about motoring today, its costs and its annoyances, and maybe some of it is a result of the present circumstances, without mentioning the dreaded C-word. But it’s difficult not to feel hard done by at times, and one of those instances came up recently when it was time […]


Dear Doc, I currently run a Rover 75 diesel and last year it only just passed its MOT because of the dreaded tin worm in somewhere crucial under the car. I’m scared that it may not pass another year and I’ll have to condemn it to the graveyard in the sky. The problem is in […]

Vehicle stopped for driving without a front tyre

Police have previously stopped a motorist for driving a car with its front tyre completely missing. There was no front panel on the driver’s side, with what appeared to be leads or cables trailing along the road behind it.   Officers stopped the vehicle in Pembrokeshire, and it was confirmed that the vehicle had no […]

Comfortable SEAT

Hello Doc, I bought my ex-Motability SEAT Altea XL 1.6 TDI DSG auto first registered in August 2011, in late July 2014, with under 13,000 miles on the clock. It came from car hypermarket Fords of Winsford, in Cheshire, complete with new MOT certificate, and they changed the number plate to my personal number. We […]

An often unrecognised friend… in time of need

Hi Doctor Diesel!  I was just browsing through the latest issue of Diesel Car, while working on the May issue of Audi Driver over the Easter weekend, and I came across the letter on page 91 relating to electronic parking brakes. I canít comment on the systems used on other marques, but with regard to […]

Honoured reader’s views

Good morning to you Doctor. I have just seen the letter from Norman Budge (Issue 352) regarding recent increases in HGV speed limits. Yes, he is correct in saying that the limit for normal roads has increased from 40 to 50 mph, but dual carriageway limits remained as they were. (I’m sorry Paul, but they […]

Software issues

Some advice please. Does the present issue with the Volkswagen group diesels impact upon the process of software rewrites and add-on boxes for extra power and/or economy? Or is it likely to in the future? I have been thinking of having my MINI Cooper D tuned and I don’t want to run into any trouble […]

Testing times

Hi Doc. I’m not sure whether to address this to you or the editor. As the owner of a 2012 Skoda Fabia Estate 1.6 TDI, I am concerned as to where I stand at its next MOT emissions test. Nothing seems to have been said about this so far . Do you have any information? […]

The other tank, and the other additive…..

I’ve got a little point that I would like to ask you about AdBlue in relation to our Peugeot 307 (I know what readers may be thinking! Patience good folk! Doc.) My wife’s 53-plate Peugeot 307 came up for its annual MOT and service, with everything going alright, but two days later the amber engine […]

LIVING IN CARS: 4×4 B&B anyone?

As the number of homeless in the UK continues to rise, anecdotal evidence suggests a new popularity for cars as improvised shelters. Simon Hacker investigates ñ and asks if a cheap 4×4 is the wisest choice of mobile home 1 I have form on this subject, so Iíll come clean here: I have lived in a […]