Tales from Ruppert’s garage:
Volkswagen Golf - Mileage, 39,722: Days after an errant trailer wheel got stuck under the Golf, the car’s regular driver, Ruppert Jr, and I spent some quality time checking that all was well underneath. It was also a good time for me to explain where axle stands should go. After all, she will inherit mine eventually.
Well, we clipped the Golf’s plastic panels back into place correctly, but there is certainly a hole in one. We have to make a decision about whether to buy a second bit of underside shroud and get it in place before winter arrives. At least nothing important such as a brake or fuel line was ruptured.
A to Z bangerpedia:
Ford Galaxy - That it is Britain’s favourite people mover by some sales margin is no surprise. The Galaxy is big, but it certainly does not feel like it when you’re behind the wheel. The responsive power steering and light gearchange mean it is as easy to drive as a Mondeo.
The seven-seat option makes sense and any of the rear five seats can be removed. The 2.3 petrol is a good combination of performance and economy, although most would go for the 1.9 diesel. £795 buys a 2003 2.3 Zetec automatic with 104k miles and a service history.
Q. I do many motorway miles to my new job. A dealer is selling a 2010 Jaguar XF 3.0 TD V6 S Portfolio with a full service history and 138,000 miles. Is the mileage a concern? Mark Nixon, via email
A. The XF in that specification is an excellent car and an ideal cruiser given your needs. The high mileage shouldn’t be too much of a concern if the service history is truly meticulous, but XFs don’t seem to wear big miles particularly well, so go in with your eyes open and judge based on how the car looks and drives. Only make an offer if it’s clearly been cherished and maintained regardless of cost. AR
Q. Our kids have flown the nest so we’d like to trade up to something a bit more interesting than our Ford Galaxy. We still need a large boot for our dogs and have a budget of £15,000. Michael Horsforth, Rochester
A. A big SUV should have a boot that’s the size and shape you need. And at that sort of money, the BMW X5 and Volkswagen Touareg both make a good amount of sense. The former’s fun to drive, the latter’s excellent value. Both should be plush and comfy too. AR