Coil Spring Damage

A very extreme example!

A lot of modern cars are equipped with coil spring suspension – go and have a look at your car.  Have you done so?  Did you notice wound steel springs set up to take the up-and-down movement of the vehicle?  These are your coil springs.

Coil springs are unfortunately one of the most frequently damaged parts of a vehicle – due to loads that they bear and the ever more common speed bumps up and down the country.  Other parts of the suspension system Continue reading “Coil Spring Damage”

Buying A Mazda RX-8

Mazda RX-8

Test Drive an RX-8 or request a brochure

There’s nothing quite like Mazda’s rotary engine coupe – that has a 1.3 litre engine under the bonnet that powers the car like a 2.5 litre.  Though some argue that it unfortunately drinks more like a 3 litre!  When the first models were available back in 2003, the unique styling of this interesting motor was a top selling point.

Featuring suicide doors at the rear (that open the opposite way to normal) and a nice Continue reading “Buying A Mazda RX-8”

Vauxhall Corsa VXR Arctic White

For many, the Corsa VXR is the darling of the VXR range – it isn’t too unwieldy like the Astra, it isn’t ridiculous like the Zafira.  It is just right, a well balanced, exceptionally quick hot hatch with great looks.  An uprated, very safe small car that is just as much at home larking about on the track as it is going to Asda for the shopping.  So, what’s this about a ‘Limited Edition’ Arctic White version?

Well, here’s what Vauxhall have to say:

Introducing new Continue reading “Vauxhall Corsa VXR Arctic White”

Vauxhall’s Handbrake Problems Part 2

Well, don’t say that we don’t care about you all, dear readers. This is especially the case when our cars disengage their handbrakes and simply smash into inanimate objects. To get an idea of how bad the damage can be, check out the photos below from one reader.

Naturally, I couldn’t just let this lie. So, I decided to find out what those at Vauxhall had to say. I didn’t get a response at first, but a little perseverance can go a long way. After a little while, I Continue reading “Vauxhall’s Handbrake Problems Part 2”

Five Cars That Are Cheap To Insure

I’ve made no bones about my passion – and that tends to be fast cars.  You may have even gotten a little sick of hearing Lamborghini this or Aston Martin that.  You’ll no doubt be shouting at the screen – much as many do with Top Gear – and saying ‘where are the normal car reviews?’

Well, I’m not about to review the new Kia Picanto for you (even if it is a good car).  Well, I will if I get an invite to test-drive it.  In the Continue reading “Five Cars That Are Cheap To Insure”

The Top F1 drivers of all time.

This top one hundred may raise a few eyebrows; one because Sir Stirling Moss has been named number one and the great Michael Schumacher has been placed outside of the top ten. This is because in he deals with the Ferrari F1 Team, many people claim that he demanded seniority over other drivers.

Felipe Massa Racing

Clearly Michael Schumacher is the number one F1 driver as he won 91 Grand Prix, while the top four of Moss, Clark, Senna and Prost only won 133 Grand Prix between them! Continue reading “The Top F1 drivers of all time.”

Vauxhall Hit by renewed faulty handbrake alarm

Vauxhall has been hit by fresh claims that it is producing cars with faulty handbrakes and its vehicles have the capacity to roll away when parked.

A Report by the BBC’s watchdog programme said owners of the latest Vauxhall Corsa with a D Model variant, which is less that a year old, had reported instances of their car rolling away after being left stationary with the handbrake on, similar to other models earlier last year.

Complaints to the programme have now reached triple Continue reading “Vauxhall Hit by renewed faulty handbrake alarm”

Water & Flood Driving Advice

It is likely through the winter months that you will encounter some flood water, either as large puddles on the road, or where a river/stream has burst its banks.

Take a different route where possible.

Never drive through flood water when you cannot see the ground under the water. It could be far deeper than you imagine, and if it is a river in flood there is a danger you and your vehicle could be swept away.