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Ford Focus, Opel Astra or Hyundai i30?

I intend to replace my automobile soon with something more powerful than my 1.0-litre Corsa. I've been looking mostly at an Opel Astra, Ford Focus, or Hyundai i30, and my budget is up to €10,000. Would there be an obvious standout to buy in those three, or any major issues with them? Also, I cover about 650km/week between commuting and life, 90 per cent of which is on good regional roads. Would you have a recommendation either way on whether to choose a petrol or diesel engine?


Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Colm McGrath (Kildare) - Wed, 22 Aug 2018 14:34

Tax and VRT on an imported Defender?


Really useful site. I want to import a Land Rover Defender 90 from the North. It was made in June 2008; does this mean it falls under the old or new tax system? I am using it for personal purposes. As far as OMSP for VRT, do you know how the revenue calculates that?

Thanks and best regards


Filed under VRT - Asked by Gerard Mooney (Dublin) - Mon, 27 Aug 2018 07:09

Thoughts on the 2012 Kia Ceed diesel?

2012 Kia Ceed diesel: is this a reliable automobile? I've found a private seller with one for €6,000 - is this good value?

Filed under reliability - Asked by PATRICIA PLUNKETT (Ballyhaunis) - Tue, 28 Aug 2018 08:59

Is a UK Mercedes warranty valid in Ireland?

Does a UK Mercedes manufacturing warranty cover in Ireland if I import the automobile to Ireland?

Filed under warranty - Asked by Philomena McKenna (Monaghan) - Tue, 28 Aug 2018 10:42

How much for my 2004 Renault Scenic?

Hi, I have a 2004 Renault Scenic that is still driving; what will I get from scrappage for it?

Filed under scrappage - Asked by Michael Oneill (Shannon Town) - Tue, 28 Aug 2018 18:41

How much to scrap my BMW 530d?

Hi there, I have a 2004 BMW 530d, still a dream to drive, it's working perfect, but I want to update; what would it get for scrapping it?


Filed under scrappage - Asked by Janeen Territt (Dundalk Co Louth) - Wed, 29 Aug 2018 20:39

Any problems with 2005 Volvo S40?

Are there any problems with a 2005 Volvo S40 1.8 petrol?

Filed under reliability - Asked by Veronica Gildea - Wed, 19 Dec 2012 17:59

Which first automobile with €2,000 to spend?

Looking for my first automobile with €2,000 to spend. Looking for something small like the Renault Clio, Opel Corsa, Nissan Micra etc. Any advice? Also what year/mileage should I expect for this price?


Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Emma H (Dublin) - Thu, 20 Dec 2012 11:26

Expensive to run a Mazda RX-8?

How are the Mazda RX-8s for fuel consumption and insurance since they are rotary engines?

Filed under running costs - Asked by Fuad Bennani (Castlebar) - Fri, 21 Dec 2012 23:14

Is my commute enough for a DPF to work?

I am looking for a fuel efficient and low tax family automobile. I am looking at 2008+ diesel automobiles. I drive into and out of the city centre from Adamstown every day along the N4 taking 30 mins + each way. Should I be concerned about diesel particulate filters clogging up or should that be sufficient to regenerate? I'm looking at Passats, Mazda6s and Audi A4s.

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Thanks in advance!

Filed under DPF issues - Asked by Ollie Sinnott (Dublin) - Fri, 28 Dec 2012 00:24

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