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  1. All cars have their problems, which in this day and age is easier to research than ever, but people don't. They pay a fraction of the price of a new car and expect them to work perfectly and if it doesn't it's not their responsibility as they were 'mis sold' the car. If you want a reasonable amount of protection, buy from an established reputable dealer, otherwise, if buying privately, get someone who knows about the car to check it over. Everything these days is down to cost, people buy cheap and get problems. Expectations are too high these days, you used to get only 1 years warranty on new cars, now the norm is 3, cars used to be rotting away by 5 years old, now people are kicking up a fuss about rusty wings on 8 year old VWs.
  2. How did you pay for the original replacement module? It seems to me that you didn't, so if you didn't actually pay them anything how could they be held liable for is failing? Vauxhall parts warranty is 12 months for their customers who pay for the part. How can you be sure that your 11.5 year old car doesn't have some underlying issue that's causing the modules to fail? Good luck with the SOGA route, which will be difficult without the S.
  3. Assuming this is a MOT for England, Wales & Scotland, the only testable glazing on the car is the windscreen. Modern electric window systems are complicated, rather than the good old days where the switch made the contact to the motor and reversed the polarity to change the direction, these days the switch sends a signal. This signal may pass through two or three control units, the control unit works out what you want the window to do and then controls the window motor. You could get it plugged in to some diagnostic equipment, operate the switches and see what the control unit is seeing the signal as, it may be, up, down, inoperative or implausible. The problem could be with the switch, wiring or any of the control units, my first check would be for any broken wires where they pass from the door into the A post.
  4. A MOT is no substitute for a vehicle inspection, the MOT standard is very low, coupled with the tester not being allowed to remove any parts things get missed, what you need is an AA, RAC inspection or similar.
  5. If the clutch was burnt out at the time of sale, it would have been obvious. Clutches are a wear and tear item, like brake linings and tyres. It could be possible that the clutch had been unduly worn by the previous owner, but still serviceable at the point of sale and that your use of it has just pushed it over the edge. The car is used, so there will be wear to parts of it. I've seen a clutch totally burnt out after 7 miles on a 1500 mile car. As for them having to pay transport costs, it was your choice to buy from that distance away, so I can't see them covering consequential losses. If the clutch is burnt out, it could be down to wear or oil contamination, if it's wear the dealer can attribute it to the driver, if it's oil contamination, it's a fault which they should have to pay for.
  6. The Policeman had stopped for a chat about a vehicle that was showing as not taxed (it had been taxed an hour earlier), I'd never met him before. Any how I think that you need to be 100% sure of these speed ratings, not knowing exactly what model you have, I've taken a look at the technical specifications on BMWs web site https://www.bmw.co.uk/en_GB/new-vehicles/4/grancoupe/2014/technical-data.html . To summarise they have 3 derivatives of BMW 4 Series M Sport Xdrive listed and they all have W rated tyres listed for them. The 4 series model with the highest power output engine of the range has a top speed of 250Km/h and the W rated tyres that Kwik Fit supplied are rated to 270Km/h, Y rated tyres are rated to 300Km/h which is well in excess of the cars maximum speed. On the MOT for class IV vehicles, tyre speed and load ratings are not part of the test.
  7. Something doesn't add up to me - in that BMW are saying that the speed rating of the tyre is to blame. W rated tyres are rated to 168 mph and Y rated tyres are rated to 186 mph, yet the performance data that I can find on the cars, says that they are limited to 155 mph. I had a conversation with a traffic policeman the other week and we talked about the 4 wheel drive BMW that he was driving, I was told that they have encountered wind up problems in the transmission due to differing tyre tread depths and that they now have to check the tyre tread depths daily and ensure that they are all within 1mm of each other. I suspect that the problem is down to having just the front tyres renewed and not all four.
  8. Looking at the legislation that you have referenced to and the definitions that in the further legislation that is referenced: “distributor” means a professional in the supply chain whose activity does not affect the safety properties of a product; “producer” means— (a) the manufacturer of a product, when he is estab lished in a Member State and any other person presenting himself as the manufacturer by affixing to the product his name, trade mark or other distinctive mark, or the person who reconditions the product; I think that your basis for proposed legal action against the car dealer is flawed. The car dealer is not the producer of the car - it is Vauxhall and he is not the distributor of the car, that will be an approved Vauxhall dealer. Why not just get the car booked in for the work and get it sorted out at no cost to you, other than a bit of time and fuel?
  9. 6 services in 3 years seems a lot. Wouldn't this have been on extended service intervals - 2 years/20,000 miles, if the car is around 40,000 moles, then the second service is about due.
  10. It could have already have been inspected under the terms of a recall by Vauxhall. They issued a recall after investigations into there being the above average number of fires, the press picked up on this and it's been very widely reported. They have subsequently issued another recall to inspect the already recalled vehicles again. A franchised Vauxhall dealer will have knowledge of the identity of the vehicles affected, a non franchise car dealer won't know until the letter from Vauxhall lands on his door step.
  11. We don't know what caused the car to break down, was it a fault with the car or driver error?, the smoke, smell and failing to proceed suggest to me that the clutch has been burnt out. This may have a bearing on the validity on some of the advice offered.
  12. There's no substitute for getting the ECUs read for codes. On the Skodas that I've driven from that age there's a display on the dash that tells you when you can change gear, I've a feeling that during the change (when the clutch is pressed) the display alters and when the gear is engaged the gear is shown on the display, this would confirm to me that the clutch switch is operating. What can be flakey are the brake light switches, a part which costs less than £20, if the ECU picks up an implausible signal from it, it'll disable the cruise control, even blown/faulty/incorrect bulbs can cause an implausible signal fault.
  13. It's a 2011 car, so it's already exceeded your life expectancy thoughts, also if as described the engine speed dropped when the clutch was depressed, it would leave me to believe that the clutch switch was working. You can get an engine revving sensation when braking, if you're in a too higher gear and you let the engine revs die back and the anti stall cuts in.
  14. Seems like the services of a mileage correction company are needed, that'll be a novelty for them, getting them to do what they advertise as doing, rather than just winding the clock back.
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