Common Alfa Romeo problems

Posted July 10th, 2014 by admin. Comments Off.

Despite the success of the Alfa Romeo there tends to be a widely common feeling that they can suffer with problems, specifically with reliability. There is a range of problems that are reported online with Alfa Romeo’s so be sure to take extra precaution when completing your research.
Now I do not want to be the person that puts you off a great Italian manufacturer, all I will be doing is making you aware of some of the most common problems across the Alfa Romeo models and why some people would prefer to continue with Volkswagen or something from a Japanese manufacturer.

Alfa Romeo Spider – When you are checking out the Spider there are a few problems that I would suggest for you to keep an eye out for. It is common for the cambelt to need replacing roughly every 36,000 miles, so be sure to check out the mileage if you are looking at a Used Alfa Romeo Spider and ask the seller if the cambelt has been replaced. If the cambelt hasn’t been replaced then cater that into the cost you are willing to pay because it may cost upwards of £200.00 for a replacement.Alfa Romeo Spider When looking at an older model the cabins can depreciate over time and it is probable that you will hear a rattle sound when switching the engine on. Another problem that can set in for the older models is the possibility of rust, so a thorough inspection will be required for any Used Alfa Romeo Spider.

Alfa Romeo Giulietta – A lot of the problems that are common with an Alfa Romeo seemed to have been addressed with the Giulietta. Time has been taken to improve the cabin and the number of complaints of a rattle when in the cabin seems to have disappeared. I will say that this isn’t the car for you if you have a family because the legroom in the back is very limited and anyone over 5 foot 5 is likely to be digging into the back of the passenger in front. Despite a few design flaws it is still a fantastic car and with the time they have taken to improve the Giulietta I wouldn’t hesitate in suggesting this model to a friend, whether that be a New or Second Hand Alfa Romeo Giulietta.

Alfa Romeo Mito – When it comes to the Mito there is a problem that seems to be popping up across the MultiAir engines that the Alfa Romeo model is fitted with. It appears that an oil leak is fairly common and with the position of the oil box it can leak down onto the spark plug. Although a leak may not seem the worst that could happen, the oil leaking onto the spark plug may Alfa Romeo Mitoeventually result in the engine misfiring. If you’re looking at buying a Used Alfa Romeo Mito then also be careful that these MultiAir engines may actually need replacing after as little as three years with average mileage on the clock. It would certainly be wise to ask if the current owner has ever had any troubles or if they’ve replaced the engine.

Alfa Romeo GT – A common problem to look on for with the GT model is that their front tyres do tend to wear quickly. Although the cost of replacing 2 tyres isn’t anything substantial it would still be worth assessing when paying for a Used Alfa Romeo GT as you do not know how the previous owner has used the car. This problem could also result in damage to the under tray as the Alfa Romeo GT is prone to grounding when using speed bumps.
The clutch failing is also common across the GT ranges so it would be worth keeping an eye on that or asking the previous owner if it has been replaced already.

Alfa Romeo 156 – As with many of the Alfa Romeo’s there is more than one common problem with the Alfa Romeo 156. However, much like the rest, the problems seem to create a reoccurring pattern. Once again the visibility from the rear window is poor, boot space is very limited and the leg room in the rear is limited. One final thing to look out for, especially with a used Alfa Romeo 156, is the suspension wear can cause trouble to the 156 so be sure to monitor this and listen out for any unusual noises which can adversely affect them.

Second Hand Audi Cars

Posted July 9th, 2014 by admin. Comments Off.

As a used car buyer it can be quite a frightening experience looking for a car that will fit into your budget but yet still be a good quality car. Some of the fears you may have will come from horror stories you may have heard yourself from a friend, family member or somebody of that ilk or you may have seen it somewhere on the television, radio, internet etc. Not to start on a negative but you will continue to hear horror stories in the used car market simply because not everybody can be as trust worthy as you hope. Unfortunately these sellers can ruin your opinion of a used car dealer or a phrase commonly heard is a small minority can ruin it for the majority. Please rest assured there is thousands, probably hundreds of thousands, of reputable used car salesman in the UK.
I understand you may still have your reservations so I am going to tell you a few things you may need to look out for with a few of the popular used Audi’s.

If you are looking at a Used Audi A1 then you will purchasing a supermini car which is actually the entry-level car for Audi. It is a vehicle that has been highly praised when it comes to its level of interior quality and desirability boasting the same characteristics of the Audi A4, A6 and A8 models.Audi A1 Sportback S line/Standaufnahme It is a similar size to the Ford Fiesta however designed as a premium car which means it is more likely to rival the sales of the MINI Cooper, Citroen DS3 and Alfa Romeo MiTo. Despite its purpose the Audi A1 is easily the most expensive supermini on the market with a starting cost of roughly £14,000, which is a little pricey. When having a look around this model it would be worth asking the owner if you can test drive the car because it will give you a chance to check for any problems that are noticeable right away and you can run a few tests yourself. A few problems that have become apparent with the A1 are the lights filling with water, power steering pump failure, number plates falling apart, horn failure, sliding seat failure and an odd smell coming from the air con. If any of these problems have occurred then hopefully the owner will have had them fixed under their warranty but I would suggest you ask the question. These types of problems are likely to come on after so many miles on the clock, by which time it could be a Second Hand Audi A1 and you could end up paying out extra cash you didn’t take into account when buying the car.

Moving away from the A1, the next step up is the Audi A2. Now with the A2 you are only going to be able to find this model as a second hand model because Audi have discontinued the model since 2005. That is not to say that it should not be taken into consideration when looking at a second hand Audi because it is a sturdy reliable car. The A2 has several economical engines to choose from whilst also providing you with a reasonable drive and a practical, well-equipped cabin.Audi A2
Despite the positives, there are a few negatives to take into account when looking for your Second Hand Audi A2. The engine can be very loud when it is being worked hard so if you are somebody who likes speed and takes the rev counter pretty high then this may not be the best model for you, not that driving like that will be good for many cars. The gear change quality does vary across the engines and there seems to be a problem with a few turbo failures in the early few months, however these should be replaced under the cars warranty. Gaining access to the rear is particularly awkward and I would advise not to consider this model if you have tall or elderly people using the rear seats on a regular basis, as it will become a real nuisance. One final problem is because the model has been discontinued there is potentially big costs for any specific spare parts.

Finally of the smaller Audi’s there is the Audi A3, now this model is a highly popular used car and one of the most instantly recognisable in the UK too. It is easy to see why this model has become as popular as it has, from the great choice of engines to the different ranges available such as the Cabriolet, the Saloon and the Sportback Audi really seemed to have catered for everybody that loves the A3’s style.Audi A3
The A3 responds to the steering pretty well and drives competently but just doesn’t seem as sharp as a BMW, so this is something Audi will have to address or they may face losing keen drivers. It is also a comfortable ride without a large amount of noise emitting from the engine when at high speeds. One benefit with a Used Audi A3 is they lose their value relatively slowly. So you may buy your A3 and drive it around for 3 years but, as long as you are not a long distance driver and keep the car in good condition, you should probably be able to get two-thirds of the price you paid back. At the end of the day I can provide you with information regarding some of the most serious possibilities of buying a Second Hand Audi A3 but you need to take into account that these problems are rare, especially compared to the hundreds of thousands of A3’s that were manufactured. As long as you are sensible by checking out the car, keeping an eye out for any problems and maintaining the car properly you should be able to find out for yourself exactly why the Audi A3 is one of the most popular used cars in the UK market.

Some of my favourite BMW cars

Posted July 9th, 2014 by admin. Comments Off.

Over the many decades BMW has been running they have produced some fantastic cars and cars that have become to be appreciated as classics. I myself haven’t been alive to see the popularity of each individual model at their release dates however, since I have been alive, there have been many BMW models that have grabbed my attention for many different reasons, I have consulted my favourite Auto Site and below are just a few explanations as to why they are my favourite BMW models.

BMW 2 Series – The BMW 2 Series is one of my favourite models of the BMW range because it is an appealing small two-door that is actually quite comfortable even though I am 6 foot 4. The cabin has also been finished to a high standard and really gives it that executive feel you get with the likes of the 5 and 7 Series. The shape of the model is aesthetically pleasing too which allows you feel that sense of class when driving around. The only downside from a personal basis is that because the model is still very new the prices are particularly high which means that for me to get my hands on one I would need to wait a few years for the cost to decrease and find a Used BMW 2 Series because for the next few years it is unlikely I will be able to afford one from new.

BMW 3 Series Touring – My Dad actually had a Contract Hire BMW 3 Series Touring when I was in my early teenage years and I loved the car.BMW 3 Series Touring It was the car he used to take me to all my football matches in because of the practical load space it had to fit my football gear in. The cabin was pretty luxurious and I was always excited to take the BMW 3 Series Touring because I knew I would be sitting in the front on the way to football. It also had a really strong performance and my Dad loved to hit the motorway and really put his foot down, as it was never something he was able to do with my Mom in the car.

BMW X1 – One of the things I really like about the BMW X1 is that it isn’t as large as the X3 and X5, which makes parking pretty easy and if you’d ever seen my parking you would understand why this is beneficial. It also provides you with the elevated road view that you don’t get with the likes of saloons and estates and there is a decent amount of cabin space. If I was to look at getting myself a BMW X1 I’m not sure I would spend the money to own it outright because I feel it is a model you may want to upgrade from after a few years. Instead I would look at a Lease BMW X1 simply because you hand it back to the garage at the end of your lease and look for that upgrade.

BMW X3 – The upgrade, moving away from the X1, could quite easily be a transition to a Contract Hire BMW X3. BMW X3Again I have mentioned a lease option because BMW are always upgrading their cars, so after your contract hire is over you can choose a newer model. It is also the next model up in the X-range, after the X1, and is personally one of my favourite BMW models. With this model BMW have managed to find the perfect balance between comfort and agility. The cabin is of real high quality and provides plenty of space in both the front and rear seats and it’s not often I say that, being 6 foot 4 myself.

BMW X6 – The BMW X6 is the most expensive of the X-range models available and after spending just ten minutes with the car it is not hard to see why. My Uncle has a Used BMW X6 and despite his better judgement I managed to persuade him to let me drive the car. The X6 has outstanding agility and reminded me of the agility a sports saloon model provides, whilst also managing to blend in strong acceleration which surprised me considering the size and weight of the car. It actually provides a marvellous drive for all passengers, it’s just a shame there are only four seats in the car.

BMW Z1 – One of BMW’s first modern sports cars was actually released before I was born, this being the BMW Z1. When it was initially released the unusual looks of this roadster led people to believe that it would never make production. BMW Z1However just over 8,000 of them were produced making this a pretty limited edition model. Obviously now you will only be able to buy a Used BMW Z1 and you will be lucky to find one for sale. The one feature of this model that makes it one of my favourite BMW models is that the doors actually drop into the sills instead of opening like normal doors. This makes it really interesting and I’m pretty confident BMW were one of the first manufacturers to bring this idea to road legal cars.

BMW Z3 – The final model I will mention is the BMW Z3, now this model hasn’t actually received critical acclaim however it is actually one of my favourite BMW models. The funny thing is the cabin shouldn’t even suitable for a tall person like myself to drive but it is a great place to be, even on a top-down motorway drive. You will only be able to buy a Used BMW Z3 these days because it’s not been in production since 2003 but the Z3 is a compact, good looking two-seater that is real good fun to drive around, even though the handling is pretty average.

Common Audi Problems

Posted July 9th, 2014 by admin. Comments Off.

When it comes to problems with Audi’s they are generally one of the most reliable manufacturers in the UK car market. They have built their reputation by designing cars that are of high quality based around their engineering excellence and technological innovation. However with this reputation there is always going to be some sort of common problem/complaint or design fault that occurs.

The most common complaint with the Audi A4 Avant is that the petrol engine is just not as economically efficient as the diesel engine. On a personal note I would say that this is to be expected and as long as you are driving enough miles to justify the price tag, and the rising diesel costs then it is worth the investment. You can find all specs of the A4 Avant over the internet whether you are looking at a new, used or a Lease Audi A4 Avant. The suspension on the A4 Avant can also be a bit firm making the ride a little uncomfortable.

Audi A4 Avant

One spec of the A5, the 3.0 litre TDI V6 Quattro was actually recalled by Audi for an inspection or possible replacement of the fuel pipe from the filler to the tank. As well as a potential change of battery because some of them may have not been fitted with the correct battery.
With the Audi A5 Sportback 2.0 TSI spec the biggest complaint seems to revolve around the oil consumption. Now this could be down to either the loosening of the piston rings or a carbon build up on the valves. Either problem prevents the valves from seating properly resulting in engine oil seeping past the valve. This problem has been reported after 60,000 miles so if you are looking at a Used Audi A5 make sure you take this into account when negotiating a price because if it happens to yours, it could be an expensive problem to fix.

The Audi Q3 is one of a new generation of compact posh-roaders that have been built to compete alongside the BMW X1 and Land Rover Range Rover Evoque. The Q3 is a big, chunky looking SUV yet Audi have somehow managed to keep it nearly the same length of its younger sister the A3 Sportback at roughly four metres. Some of the common problems mentioned with the Q3 is the light steering at low speeds which actually then tightens up at higher speeds. A failed manual transmission on the 2.0 TFSI spec was also reported however this should be replaced under the warranty. If you are looking at a Used Audi Q3 then ask the owner whether the replacement has been completed already.

Audi Q3

The Audi Q5 has been built to compete against the BMW X3 and the Land Rover Freelander and a smaller alternative to Audi’s own Q7. One of the biggest complaints with the Q5 is the cost of the optional extras can add tens of thousands of pounds to the original cost. So for anybody looking to buy or sell a Second Hand Audi Q5 it makes the pricing very difficult. The Q5 did achieve a Euro NCAP five-star rating so any worries regarding the safety of the model should be put to rest with this.

The Audi Q7 is an imposing car offering drivers a high driving position that provides a commanding view of the road ahead. The legroom in the last row of seats is limited, making it an unsuitable ride for anybody taller than roughly five foot six. The Q7 is now no longer built with a petrol engine so, if you are a petrol head, the only way to get your hands on one will be to find a Second Hand Audi Q7. Another common problem with the Q7 is its running costs however it is a big, powerful SUV so you cannot expect a high MPG. One final problem to mention is the large 21 inch wheels are easily damaged so expect expensive tyre changes if you get a flat.

Audi Q7

The Audi RS3 is one of the best hatchback models money can buy. With the power of a turbocharged, 2.5 litre, five-cylinder engine and the use of Audi’s four wheel drive traction this is an extremely fun model to drive. This model is only available in the practical five-door Sportback body shape and is now only available as a used model due to it being discontinued by Audi. One obvious problem with the discontinuation of the RS3 is that some parts may have to be found via other methods other than contacting Audi. It has been said that it provides a firm ride which can be uncomfortable and it not available as a manual too.

The Audi RS4 is a step up from the RS3 and is now only available as an estate from new. The old saloon model has been discontinued to make way for the Audi RS5. This does mean that, if your preference is the saloon model, you will only be able to buy a Used Audi RS4, which has been a disappointment for the avid fans of the RS4 model. There is the Audi RS4 Avant available which is incredibly fast. Underneath the hood you will find a 4.2 litre V8, four-wheel drive providing you with 444bhp. Audi RS4There have been complaints with the interlinked dynamic ride control being too hard of a ride and therefore making a journey uncomfortable. The RS4 is prone to leaks at the seals too so keep an eye out for any damage this may have caused even if it’s just a bit of dampness because this can lower the price of your car if you ever decided to re-sell it.

Erm, It Wasn’t…Me?

Posted February 5th, 2013 by admin. Comments Off.

Getting caught speeding can be one of the most annoying things that a driver can experience. Let’s face it; 30mph is just too slow for some roads, so we creep up to 35mph in perfect knowledge that we’re not posing a risk to other drivers. Then out of nowhere you get flashed by a speed camera or pulled over by a policeman. Unless you’re lucky enough to be offered a pricey speed awareness course, this will result in an instant £60 fine and 3 points on your license. It’s a cost that you really could do without, especially considering that every year you need to pay for road tax and MOT and servicing.speed-camera_400x0

Back in July 2012, a motorist was caught doing 152mph in his BMW M5. Brendan Matthews didn’t really have much of an excuse, and he couldn’t deny that he was speeding – although he did state that he was only over the limit for a ‘short burst’. Most of us would struggle to even get up far past 100mph; I just about managed 110mph in my nearly new Ford Fiesta. Brendan’s lame attempt at saving himself from punishment prompted us to make a list of some of the worst/funniest speeding excuses imaginable. And yes, before you ask, people have genuinely tried to use these.


I’ve got diarrhoea and really needed to get to a toilet quickly.
Hmm, probably a little too much information there…

I’m running out of petrol.
Yeah, in case you didn’t know, driving faster is not the way to solve that problem.

I forgot where the brake pedal was.
Well, since you’ve just pulled over for a policeman, it’s doubtful.

I’m late for a date with a girl, and she’s really cute.
Ok, fair enough, on your way sir.

There’s a sale on at Dunkin’ Donuts and I wanted to get there before you, you fat b*stard.
A sale?! At Dunkin’ Donuts?! Well why didn’t you say!eugenedunkindonuts

The state of Britain’s roads!

Posted February 5th, 2013 by admin. Comments Off.

It is no secret that our roads are constantly being put to the test, and they often fail. The harsh winter hasn’t helped things, and it seems that you can’t go a journey without being tossed around by bumps or potholes.

Just yesterday I was driving to work, when my car literally fell into a pot hole, not even the suspension on my humble Ford Fiesta could see me to safety. The whole palaver resulted in an unscheduled servicing check and some online shopping for some spare shock absorbers and some new wheels. FYI a great resource for finding parts.
Now I don’t expect every road to be perfect, but this just takes the mick, and after browsing a few stories and articles online, it does not seem that my troubles were a one off.  This is a disgrace, when you consider that motorists are being taxed £45 billion in road taxes! First of all, this is a mammoth amount, and you would have thought that it would be enough to see that all our roads are kept in tip top condition. However, only 9 billion of the 45 is pumped back into our road system. Now I am not going to claim to know the ins and outs of where our taxes go, but even still, surely the £9 billion would make a considerable dent in these road problems, rather than the actual roads themselves.

But instead everything seems to be getting worse and it has got me considering selling my poor little Fiesta, in the hope that the used car market will find it a better life.