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Peugeot 407, VW Passat or Mazda6?

Hi lads,

Any thoughts on the Peugeot 407 1.6-litre diesel? Seems to be great value. Looking at that or either a 2007 Volkswagen Passat or Mazda6.

I have heard mixed reports on all at this stage. Budget is tight so swaying to the 407 as seems to be a lot of spec etc.

Thanks,

Mick

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Michael Mulvey (Ashbourne) - Thu, 15 Jul 2010 19:49


What will I replace my 5 Series with?

Hi changagoidem,

I am upgrading my automobile. My budget is around the €25k mark. First off, I'm no expert, but I do know I'm not much into speed and performance; I'm more into comfort and style and I prefer European automobiles over Asian ones (Honda and Lexus being possible exceptions). I'm a big person myself, over six-foot three so leg- and head room are important.

For the last few years I have had a BMW 5 Series and have always liked BMW so I'm leaning that way. Currently thinking about a BMW 6 Series: there are some '05s floating around that fit the bill.

Question: is the 6 any good? Should I stick to the 5 Series (although I'm not a fan of the recent models in terms of looks)?

I'd be interested to know if you think there are other makes and models I should be looking at. I have tried a few Alfas - 159, Brera and GT - but they didn't grab me, were generally too small and always have that 'rep' associated with them (rightly or wrongly).

I'm not keen on hunting for automobiles in the UK (the hassle), but is that actually a no-brainer I'd be stupid to ignore?

Should I be looking at a brand new automobile?

Thanks for your time, and a great automobile website; the best in my opinion,

Stephen

 

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Stephen Moriarty (Dublin) - Fri, 16 Jul 2010 11:48


What's the Mercedes-Benz Viano like?

Can you tell me anything about the reliability and safety of the Mercedes-Benz Viano? NCAP results are from a test on the 2008 model and we are looking at an 06 or 07. Also I've read about recalls on the Viano so wondering if they are likely to cause trouble or what should be check before buying. Thanks very much!

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Leah Donnelly (Dublin) - Fri, 09 Jul 2010 16:40


Reliability issues with Passat?

I am thinking of a 05/06 diesel Passat, but am worried about reliability issues. I have heard about clutch problems and bulbs blowing constantly on these automobiles. What is your opinion? Also is there any other automobile you would recommend in this category? Mondeo, Octavia, A4?

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Cyril Cleere (Kilkenny) - Wed, 30 Jun 2010 22:00


What problems to look for on 2006 Mercedes E 200K?

What should I watch out in a 2006 Mercedes-Benz E 200K with 77,000 miles on the clock for €16,950? The automobile has just one owner, has a full NCT and come with full service history.

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Marc Sutton (Dublin) - Tue, 22 Jun 2010 22:54


What do you think of the 2005 BMW X5?

I am thinking of a 2005 BMW X5 3.0d Sport Auto. I don't like the ride of the new version and think this one is better. What do you think of this automobile? Have you any review on it or can you direct me to one please? I'm not concerned about economy, tax or insurance, as I do only 15,000 miles per annum.

Thanks

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Justin Mc Elwee (Sligo) - Wed, 16 Jun 2010 12:31


Should I downsize from the Nissan Qashqai to the Note?

What are the most reliable mid-range diesel automobiles on the market and cheapest to run? I hope to buy in the UK and import.

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Jane Berry (Dublin) - Thu, 27 May 2010 11:03


We need a large seven seater with boot space.

We are looking for a seven or eight seater MPV for a family with four small kids so we will be using four rear seats daily and often five. Worried that the standard seven seaters don't have enough boot space with all seats in use. Driving in the city mostly so wary of large minibus type vehicles. Also safety and reliability are priorities.

Our budget is about €25K (less if possible!). We are changing from a large estate so are used to a large boot, hence most of the seven seaters I've looked at just don't measure up in terms of boot space.

What would you recommend? Thanks

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Patricia McGuire (Dublin) - Fri, 11 Jun 2010 20:58


What four-door automatic will I replace my Fiat Punto with?

My wife wants to change to a automobile with automatic gears as she has broken her leg and now her ankle has plates in it and recently she fractured a bone in the same foot, the left foot.

She does not put up much mileage and drives only local, no country or even cross-city. She has a 2006 Fiat Grande Punto with 18,000 miles on the clock. She wants a four-door and automobileries a few grandkids quite often. What would you recommend in an 08 or 09?

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by F D (Dublin) - Sat, 05 Jun 2010 17:20


Is a 2007 Fiat Croma a good buy?

My partner and I have arrived back in Ireland. She will be based here for at least the next 12 months and needs a automobile that can automobilery four people in comfort over most of the island fairly regularly. It must also be something of a load-automobilerier as she will need to move items of bulk rather than weight fairly regularly. A local dealer in Kilkenny has an '07 Fiat Croma 1.8-litre manual at a good price and just 25,000km. It's big enough, safe enough and powerful enough, but we know nothing about this model.

Is it a good buy?

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Henry Gibson (Oyster Cove, NY And Callan,, KK.) - Thu, 03 Jun 2010 23:44


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