Q Last year I bought a brand new Rover 75 Toure that was built in 2003, but sat in a showroom until 2009. After just 2000 miles the clutch started to slip, so I took it back to the dealer. They claimed it was my driving style and I wasn't covered by warranty, leaving me with a bill for Ã‚Â£640. Is this fair? A. Goodacre, Bristol
A. There's something fishy here. Clutches don't fail after 2,000 miles. If the car was standing for six years, it's possible the friction material had degraded over time, causing the premature wear. Sadly, clutch friction faces like brake pads, aren't covered bt warranty. If you buy a 'new' car thats already six years old, you must expect some recommisioning.
This must be one of the AE Wilcox (Bristol) cars?
I think all of the SMC Bermudan Tourers were automatics.