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Looking to buy a 2016 or 2017 SUV...

I'm looking to buy a 2016 or 2017 SUV, 1.6 to 1.7 diesel, Manual gearbox with cruise control. I'm not too bothered by my most other factors, other than a decent comfortable motorway drive with good fuel economy. Can you advise which are the most fuel efficient SUVs for motorway driving in Ireland within this range? Currently, I'm considering a Kia Sportage or Honda CR-V or Hyundai Tucson.

Thanks, Paul

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Paul Keyes (Dublin) - Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:38

What's the 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee like?

I'm looking at a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee 2.7 CRD with 185,000km on it. I can't say I don't like the price, but it does seem to be a bit on the low side. What to look for? What can be off with the automobile?

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Piotr Berlowski (Dublin) - Thu, 07 Mar 2013 13:58

What's the Mitsubishi Pajero Junior like?

Hi, I was interested in a 1996 Mitsubishi Pajero Junior 1.1, but was wondering are they heavy on fuel and how reliable are they?

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Joe O'Leary (Wexford) - Wed, 06 Mar 2013 16:15

What's the 2002 Skoda Fabia like?

Is a 2002 Skoda Fabia 1.4 Comfort good for a first automobile? What's the mpg like on it? Any known problems with them?

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Bob Runner (Wicklow) - Wed, 06 Mar 2013 00:50

Need a mid-sized saloon for up to €9,000.

My wife and I are looking for a second hand saloon, mid-size (1.5 to 1.8-litre), primarily for her use, with a budget of maybe €8,000 to €9,000. Possibilites we've spotted include a 2008 Mazda6, a 2008 Toyota Avensis and a 2007 Skoda Octavia. The automobile would be doing 15,000 to 18,000 miles per year, so we're trying to find something that doesn't have excessively high mileage already. Might be a tall order, but any advice on the ones I've mentioned, or are there any suggestions on any other makes and models that might fit the bill?

Many thanks.

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Colm Lambert (Wexford) - Fri, 08 Mar 2013 22:06

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

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