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Which premium estate for up to €14,000?


I'm in a top spec '07 BMW 3 Series 2.0 petrol auto with only 60k miles. I love the automobile but need more space. Any recommendations you have would be greatly appreciated. My overall budget is max €14k (€10k plus €4k that I hope to get by selling privately, as dealers are only offering me €3k). I would like to stick to a premium brand, and would buy a used estate version of my current automobile, except they're all diesel and I don't do enough mileage to warrant a diesel engine.

Many thanks and best regards

Tony, Dublin

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Tony H (Dublin) - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:32

Kia Optima or Opel Insignia - from 2013.

At a cross roads re choosing a automobile: 132 Kia Optima Platinum with 127,000km or 132 Opel Insignia with 42,500km, SC spec?

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Gareth Egan (Cadamstown) - Sun, 03 Dec 2017 12:15

Audi Q7, BMW X5 or Toyota Land Cruiser?


We are looking at buying a 2007 Audi Q7, BMW X5 or Toyota Land Cruiser with around 60,000/70,000 miles on the clock. We need four-wheel drive and seven seats. Are there any reliability issues with these SUVs? What would you recommend?

Any advice would be great.


Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by S Walsh (Waterford) - Wed, 20 Mar 2013 21:06

Talk me through the Passat trim lines...

What is the difference between the VW Passat Comfortline/Trendline etc? The one that I am currently considering is a Volkswagen Passat 1.6 FSI four-door B6 115hp. Also are Audi/BMW generally expensive to service and maintain in comparison to a VW?

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Bryan Molloy (Dublin ) - Fri, 22 Mar 2013 13:54

Audi A5 or BMW 3 Series Coupe?


I am looking at buying a used automobile at the moment. Trying to decide between an Audi A5 and BMW 3 Series Coupe. The 2.0-litre diesels look like the sensible option. I would like low mileage, but don't want anything newer than 2008 really. I would get M Sport if I end up going for BMW, but S line not so important for the A5. Max budget is €25k.

I'm interested in your general opinion of both automobiles. Would you have a preference? Is there anything in particular that I need to watch out for? Better engine options keeping in mind the tax, resale etc? I only do about 10k miles per year...

Thanks in advance, John

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by John O'Connor (Celbridge) - Fri, 22 Mar 2013 19:32

Best used and affordable diesel automobile?

Which is the best used diesel automobile to buy within a reasonable budget?

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Louanne Littley (Waterford) - Mon, 08 Apr 2013 12:04

Looking for a 2008 Audi A3 Sportback.

I'm trying to source an 2008 Audi A3 five-door diesel and having real difficulty. A lot seem to be imported from the UK.

Any advice?

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Hilary Creedon (Cork) - Tue, 16 Apr 2013 19:52

Any issues with this Jaguar or Mercedes?


Looking to buy a Jaguar XK 3.0 d or Mercedes E-Class 2.2, both 2009 models; are there any issues with these automobiles?


Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Ed Donnelly (Dublin) - Sun, 28 Apr 2013 09:19

Tell me about the Volkswagen Touareg...

Does mileage matter on a Volkswagen Touareg 2.5 TDI? Also are there any common problems with the same vehicle?

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Philip O'Meara (Dublin) - Tue, 23 Apr 2013 15:45

BMW 530d or 520d?


Thinking of buying a 07/08 BMW 530d M Sport with 60,000 approx. miles. Have been given all negative reasons why I should not buy a 530d over a 520d. Too thirsty! Tax too high! Repairs very high! Whereas on blogs from UK guys are saying they would choose a 530d over a 520d anytime.

Any advice?

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Aidan Richardson (Dublin) - Fri, 10 May 2013 16:17

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