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Should I bargain harder on a Skoda Octavia?

Hi guys - I'm thinking of putting in an offer on a 2010 Skoda Octavia Elegance (1.6 TDI), which has been imported from the North. The dealer will allow me about €2k (although in reality I suspect a lot less) on my own 02 Octavia.

Should I seek some reduction in the quoted price on the basis that a) the automobile has a speedometer in mph and it would cost me to change this and b) it's currently in use by one of the sales people with all the evidence of normal family use over several months and c) it's beyond it's due service. I don't know how much below the initial asking price I should start my offer. Thanks.

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Elaine Edwards (Navan) - Thu, 09 Jun 2011 09:13

How long will a 2.0-litre petrol engine last?

Hello, I would like to know how much mileage to expect from a 2.0-litre petrol engine in its lifetime. My Honda has almost 120,000 miles done in seven years and I am wondering how much more I should expect.


Filed under reliability - Asked by Mary Foley (Cork) - Wed, 08 Jun 2011 00:39

Is the 2.0 TDI Passat worth the extra money over the 1.6?

Hi lads,

My question is that I have a 2009 VW Passat BlueMotion Comfortline (110hp) and I want to upgrade soon. The automobile has full leather, Bluetooth kit and a tow bar. The current mileage is 50,000km. I took the 1.6 for a test drive and found it to be a bit underpowered and I had to change gears a lot. I also took the 2.0-litre for a test drive and found it to be a better automobile.

The 1.6 does 64mpg and the 2.0 does 61.5mpg so would I be better off to actually purchase the 2.0 as I can afford it? Also both automobiles fall into the same tax bracket (104 Euro for a year). I was offered very good money for my current passat. What is your opinion of the 1.6 - I use the Passat for transporting the family so I want a dependable automobile with low tax and something that looks good too! Would the 2.0 be a better option?

Any advice would be great.


Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by Martin Ryan (Athlone) - Tue, 07 Jun 2011 14:24

Should I buy variable bampers on the BMW 5 Series?

Hello I would like to know what you think of the variable dampner option on the new BMW 5 Series please. Do you think it would be better than the standard suspension and would there be a big difference between the two bearing in mind that it would cost me almost €1,500?

Filed under optional extras - Asked by Susan Kelly (Dublin) - Sat, 04 Jun 2011 20:14

Audi A3 or Lexus CT 200h?


I have a 2007 Toyota Auris Terra diesel that I am trading in. It has 87,000km on the clock and is in excellent condition. What it is worth? I was thinking of getting an Audi A3 Sportback 1.6 TDI S line or the Lexus CT 200h S Design. I found the suspension hard in the Lexus. Which would you recommend? 

Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by Martina Kerins (Cork) - Sun, 05 Jun 2011 11:14

Which 4x4 would suit light towing?

I am interested in buying a small four-wheel drive for the occasional light trailer work. I do about 12,000 kilometres per year. What would you recommend please?

Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by Alfie Barrett (Ballinasloe) - Fri, 03 Jun 2011 15:39

What family diesel would suit me with €10,000 to spend?

I have roughly €10k to spend on a used automobile and I was hoping you might help with my choice. My requirements are: I drive 50,000 kilometers annually (work mainly) so a diesel would be essential; I have two children so a saloon sized automobile or bigger would be needed; and I really like a automobile with generous extras. Have you any ideas what might fit my need?

Thanks so much.

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by John Woods (Clonmel) - Sun, 08 May 2011 23:10

Why do automobiles remain online when they're sold?

Why do automobile dealers make a farce of automobile advertising by continuing to advertise automobiles that have long been sold? I sent two emails to a Ford dealer in Cork expressing interest in a automobile. I got no answer. I telephoned and was told that the automobile was well gone and they muttered something about a problem with their emails as an excuse for not replying.

This particular ad is still on serveral sites including the dealer's own site. What is the point of following up and wasting time with chasing these automobiles?!

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by F D (Dublin) - Mon, 30 May 2011 12:20

Is the Impreza AWD Estate a good buy?

Is an 06 Subaru Impreza 1.5 AWD estate any good? Nice looking automobile, good size, but is it cheaper than its rivals for a reason?

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Rob Davis (Dublin) - Wed, 01 Jun 2011 22:40

What is my Mazda3 worth?

What is my 2005 Mazda3 saloon (1.6-litre DOHC 16v with 80,000km on the clock) worth?

Filed under used automobile values - Asked by Rob Davis (Dublin) - Wed, 01 Jun 2011 16:34

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