If your car has developed a fault, or for consumer advice, turn to Honest John by emailing [email protected] Fee licks the cat I am looking at buying a 1967 Jaguar Mk2 with a 3.8-litre engine. It is mechanically good, but needs work on the bodywork (some minor welding and a full respray), upholstery, headlining – none of which I am able to carry out myself. I live in Gloucestershire; the car is in Stockport. Can you suggest who I might approach to get some costs before I make an offer on the car? Is it likely to be very expensive? IP Yes. You don’t mention the purchase price of the car or your budget to finish the restoration, but the cost of properly restoring a Mk2 will probably exceed its restored value by a considerable amount. I think you will be looking at £50,000 and perhaps more. As a guide, a full repaint will cost at least £10,000, so talk to as many marque experts as you can before deciding whether to … [Read more...] about Honest John: is it worth spending £50,000 to restore a classic Jaguar?
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Honest John has been the resident “agony uncle” at The Daily Telegraph for more than 20 years, responding to readers’ car-related queries with his trademark blend of experience, authority and, sometimes, bluntness. He remains undeterred by the volume of correspondence he receives every week, from car-buying advice to the sort of complex legal cases from which he has gained a solid reputation as a champion of consumer rights. Despite receiving many hundreds of queries each week from Telegraph readers and via his own website, Honest continues to deliver his no-nonsense - and, always, highly trusted - advice. For ease of use, we’ve broken batches of Honest John queries into sections relating to the nature of the problem, such as tyres, odd noises, diesel issues, automatic gearboxes and the like. If your car has developed a fault, or for consumer advice, turn to Honest John by emailing [email protected] And if you’re one of the many readers who … [Read more...] about Car maintenance: Common fuel issues
I saw Britain’s most popular SUV in its natural habitat the other day; parked in a bus stop outside a school, hazard lights on and doors open, with a harassed mum haranguing two pre-teen lads about football kit. One of them was proclaiming his innocence waving his breakfast pop tart, before a golden Labrador leant out of the boot and gently eased it out of his grasp. Anti-dog theft tech is one thing they haven’t developed for the Nissan Qashqai at the company’s technical centre at Cranfield. It has, however, done just about everything else for this school-run champion, which regularly features in the UK top 10 best-sellers list. It’s had 360-degree cameras for years before the opposition, it was predominately front-wheel drive at a time when rivals were still sweating over driving all four wheels and it’s been sold pretty much round the world in largely the same form. Yet somehow the opposition, even when markedly superior, hasn’t been able to … [Read more...] about Nissan Qashqai review – Britain’s favourite SUV gets a mid-life facelift, but is it enough to keep it on top?
The old Jeep Compass was a rubbish car. Introduced in 2007 to the already very competitive ‘soft roader’ section of the UK car market, it was one of Jeep’s first tentative steps away from the cuboid Cherokee and pseudo-military Wrangler on which it had built its reputation. But with a drab interior, weak engine range, two-star Euro NCAP rating and divisive appearance (it resembled a Willys MB that had been microwaved) the Compass never really found its way, and lost out to more compelling rivals. With the bar set this low, Jeep can be confident that its new Compass will comfortably outperform its predecessor. The fact that the TV ad campaign for this car focuses on the word “recalculating” is presumably a nod to this - the old car landed so far wide of the mark that the new one is a complete re-working, tasked with establishing the Compass as something you might actually buy on purpose. It’s fair to say that the 2018 car is a fairly … [Read more...] about Jeep Compass review – a good car, but is it good enough?