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MotorMax: Dr Dashboard/Sister Spanner: What is the best classic motor?; EACH week MotorMax medics Dr Dashboard and Sister Spanner treat your motoring ailments and provide help on a range of problems. Whatever you need to know, they're here to help.

QI'M a nostalgia buff and I'm keen to buy a classic car. What models do you think are worth a look at?

Tim Spencer, Ludlow Dr Dashboard says: It depends on what floats your boat, Tim, and how much cash you've got, because nostalgia can leave you requiring open-wallet surgery.

My particular favourites are the MG Midget, MGB and the Triumph TR4, 5 and 6. The MG Midget is an affordable (pounds 875 to pounds 5,000) basic two-seater and a simple way into classic sports car ownership.

The MGB is a British institution and you can expect to pay anywhere between pounds 800 and pounds 11,000.

Enduring popularity means prices for Triumph's TR4, 5 and 6 are high (up to pounds 17,000) but the parts supply network is very good.

THAT'S GOING MUCH TOO FARQCAN you settle an argument my mate and I had down the pub the other night? He says he read somewhere that a car owner managed to get more than a million miles on the clock. He's talking rubbish, isn't he?

Steve Coulson, Warwickshire Sister Spanner says: Sorry Steve, butyour mate's right. According to the Guinness Book of Records the highest recorded mileage for a car is 1,690,000 miles. The vehicle in question was a 1966 Volvo P-1800S, owned by Irvin Gordon of New York, USA.

I think you'd better buy your pal a drink. Mine's a vodka and tonic.

AVOID WINTER BREAKDOWNSQWinter is approaching and I was wondering what advice you could give me to prevent breakdowns caused by the cold weather?

Susan Vernon, WorcesterDr Dashboard says: Breakdowns soar inthe winter months but there are five things you should do to help ensure you're not left cursing on the roadside.

First of all, put your car through a pre-winter service. Secondly, check the connections and charge the battery regularly.

Continue to make weekly checks on your brakes, engine oil and water levels. Clean headlamps and indicators to ensure you can see and be seen - and finally make sure you get your brake pads checked. On average, they last around 12,000 miles.

Send your motoring problems to Dr Dashboard or Sister Spanner, Sunday Mercury MotorMax, 28 Colmore Circus, Queensway, Birmingham B4 6AX or e-mail
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Oct 13, 2002
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