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Ok to buy a 2008 Mondeo 1.8 TDCi?


I am considering buying a 2008 Ford Mondeo 1.8 TDCi Zetec with 200,000km on the clock for €8,500. Just wondering are they generally a reliable automobile and are there any common issues to watch for?

Regards Joseph

Filed under reliability - Asked by Joseph Gallagher (Galway) - Wed, 16 Jan 2013 23:29

Average price for an older Opel Astra?

Hello there!

I would like to ask what was the average price for an 1998 Opel Astra hatchback in 2011? I need an answer to prove I sold it at a good price (the buyer paid €600).

Filed under used automobile values - Asked by Klaudyna Biesaga (Cavan) - Thu, 17 Jan 2013 11:58

Help me choose the right BMW X3...

What concerns should I have with buying a BMW X3 manual as opposed to automatic? What would you consider pluses and minuses to be of the X3 two-wheel drive?

Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by Dermot Walsh (Dublin) - Thu, 17 Jan 2013 12:27

Does this 2008 Touran sound good to you?

2008 VW Touran with 102,000km on the clock, full service history etc, 1.4 TSI engine: decent automobile?

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Eric Coyne (Cork) - Thu, 17 Jan 2013 19:47

What's up with my Ford Focus spec?

I have a 2016 Ford Focus Titanium with no DRLs. My mate has one with them. Mine has keyless entry while his has a touch handle thing. They are the same age and model. When yoou look on the Ford website for spec it says DRLs as standard. Why are mine missing? Puzzled!

Many thanks

Filed under optional extras - Asked by Steven Hodgson (Manchester ) - Wed, 21 Mar 2018 21:35

Panoramic roof in a Renault Scenic ok?

I am considering buying a Renault Grand Scenic Limited. I have had several Scenics and my experience has always been good. But I am wondering is the panoramic sunroof likely to be a source of problems?

Filed under bodywork - Asked by Brendan Scully (Dublin) - Mon, 30 Apr 2018 11:39

How to keep my Mercedes charged up?


I have a 2017 C-Class Mercedes (C 300) that I keep in Spain for when I visit. As it's one of these modern automobiles permanently connected to the internet, the battery only lasts 4-5 weeks. As I don't have any means to keep it charged, would it do any harm if I disconnected one of the battery cables to keep the battery charged up?


Filed under electrics - Asked by Philip Donegan (Ballina) - Mon, 30 Apr 2018 14:58

How to sort insurance with US experience?

How do I insure my wife who has been driving on a USA licence for the last year, but is now transitioning to a learner permit as is required by the law in Ireland? Insurance underwriters don't seem to be able to flex to someone who has 17 years driving experience, has been driving an Audi A6 legally for a year, but now is mandated to hold a learner's permit until the mandatory 12 lessons and test is passed.

Filed under insurance - Asked by Paul Schneider (Dublin) - Mon, 30 Apr 2018 16:58

Can I buy a new Mitsubishi Lancer?


Would it be a mistake to buy a new Mitsubishi Lancer, as I read that production would not be continued and parts might not be available?

Filed under parts - Asked by F D (Dublin) - Tue, 01 May 2018 11:16

Timing belt change on 2008 Mazda3?


I live in Norvay and I'm going to buy a 2008 Mazda3 diesel model and I wonder if this automobile has a timing chain or belt and what are the intervals for this. Is it different in Nordic countries or the same worldwide?

Filed under servicing - Asked by Jan Olsen (FOLDFJORDEN) - Sun, 17 Jun 2018 21:53