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Will a Vauxhall timing chain last forever?

Will a timing chain on 2011 Vauxhall Astra last the life of the engine? Someone told me Vauxhall says this.

Filed under servicing - Asked by John Smith (Warrington) - Tue, 23 Oct 2018 20:00

Do VAG TSI engines have timing chain probs?


Looking at a 2013 Audi A1 1.4 TFSI S tronic. Am I right in saying these engines are susceptible to the timing chain stretching and a hefty repair bill if it does? Would you steer clear of this engine or, generally, any of VAG TSI/TFSI engines pre-2015?


Filed under fault - Asked by Colin McGowan (Dublin) - Fri, 12 Oct 2018 11:19

Is the new Mercedes C-Class in Ireland?

Is the new Mercedes-Benz C 220 d in Ireland yet?


Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by Padraig Flanagan (Adare) - Thu, 11 Oct 2018 20:09

Can I afford an Audi A5 or BMW 4 Series?

I currently drive a BMW 318d automatic. Got it the first day of the 162 reg. It has 82,000km (60/40 motorway/good regional roads) and I'm feeling the itch to change. However, I don't want to buy a new automobile again with the mileage that I do. Sore lesson learned. So maybe a 171 reg would work. I plan on keeping the next automobile I get for three years. Hoping that changing will only cost €10-12k.  I like the idea of an Audi A5 or a 4 Series. But I think they might be a bit of a stretch unless I look to the UK. What else could I look at?

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Anthony T (Automobilelow) - Mon, 17 Sep 2018 15:15

Any pre-reg WLTP bargains around?

I notice in Spain that there are a pile of pre-registered automobiles labelled "zero km" being sold at a discount to get rid of stock before the WLTP regs come into effect. Has the same thing applied here? I haven't noticed it.



Filed under miscellaneous - Asked by Philip Donegan (Ballina) - Sat, 15 Sep 2018 13:40

Thoughts on the Skoda Rapid?

I just wanted to know your opinions on the Skoda Rapid. I would be interested in the base model in either diesel or petrol. Which engine is better for about 30,000km per annum? Is this automobile very similar to the VW Jetta or SEAT Toledo?


Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by David Clarke - Fri, 26 Oct 2012 16:35

What should be covered by a dealer warranty?


I'm buying an Audi A6 (2010) from a Nissan garage. What should be covered by the garage guarantee? Is the garage responsible for checking for previous finance etc? Is there a way of extending the official Audi guarantee?


Filed under warranty - Asked by B F - Wed, 31 Oct 2012 20:22

Why do we still have VRT in Ireland?

Why is VRT still on vehicles in Ireland when the EU told Ireland to scrap it due to unfair price competition within the EU?

Filed under VRT - Asked by Eamon Morrissey (Meath) - Fri, 14 Sep 2012 17:39

Is the 2006 Toyota Prius a good option?

Toyota Prius (2006): what do you think? A credible option or just a little bit of a gimmick?

Filed under fuel economy and emissions - Asked by John M. - Thu, 04 Oct 2012 20:07

Looking for a small used diesel automobile...

I'm looking for a small diesel automobile like a Corsa or Fiesta with a budget of about €3,000 and between 2000 and 2005 - any suggestions?

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by David Murphy (Dublin) - Mon, 24 Sep 2012 15:43

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