Posted: 28/08/2016 at 10:57
Fairygirl/Daughter, beware of anything that is automatic, those computers have a mind of their own. A lad working on Motorway recovery told me the cars he was called to most often were Mercedes and always it was a computer board. "have you got a credit card" right £250 please, then slip out the offending board in with the new and a shocked motorist went on his her way.
I had VW when in Germany then Ford, none ever broke down or let me down at any time, none were 4x4 yet we drove in all weathers, one simple reason, on the Continent it was the law to have chains in the boot from October to Spring, ten minutes to fit the chains unlike some British makes that take forever to untangle and away you went. In Germany spiked tyres would be fitted in the worst weather, you did not see cars sliding downhill there as you do here.
It is mostly common sense and no matter what your driving preference is the same rules apply. You are in a killer machine that needs care and attention, no phones no reading the newspaper and no ducking under the dash board for the sweets you dropped or plugging the kettle into the lighter connection, "Oh" and regular servicing they do not run forever on the same old brake fluid.
I only ever met one stroppy garage manager, he mouthed off, I took my order for the new car elsewhere, a letter arrived from the Garage asking why I told them in no uncertain terms and never went back.