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Looking for a reliable family automobile...

We are looking for some good options for a really reliable family automobile. Nothing too big as parking in the automobile park my wife works in is a nightmare as it is very tight. We were looking at a 2014 Nissan Qashqai+2, a 2015 Kia cee'd Sportswagon and might look at the Skoda Octavia. Insignia looks good but it's a monster of a size.

The Qashqai+2 seems expensive for a 2014 model. Would it be a waste? We do mileage of about 11k to 12k a year. Are the automobiles we looked at above the best options or what others would you recommend and best engine to go for? We want a really good boot and rear seat space for young kids with ISOFIX seating.

Thanks

Filed under family automobile - Asked by Tomas Best (Dublin) - Wed, 10 Jan 2018 09:09


Should I swap my Nissan for a Mercedes?

Hi there,

Thinking of changing my automobile this year from a Nissan to possibly a Mercedes GLA or B-Class. Are they similar? Can you help me narrow down my decision; should I change or stick with Nissan?

Thanks in advance

Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by Mary Murphy (Clare ) - Mon, 08 Jan 2018 20:42


Should we stick with petrol or go diesel?

Hi there,

We do annual mileage of about 11 or 12k. During the week the daily mileage is only about 20 miles or so and on slower roads so speed only about 80km/h max. We would do bigger mileage some weekends on motorway. My question is, would we run into problems with a diesel automobile? We currently have petrol but looking to update to a bigger automobile with a 1.4-1.6-litre range. However, there are very few petrol automobile options it appears suitable for family size. each of the options seem to be diesel, which is fine, but I have heard that there can be mechanical issues if mileage and speed is not sufficient. Is that true?

Any advice much appreciated. What automobile options would you recommend to look at if going petrol or diesel?

Filed under petrol vs. diesel - Asked by Tomas Best (Dublin) - Mon, 08 Jan 2018 08:11


Price of a 2008 Toyota Corolla?

What about the price of a 2008 Toyota Corolla with petrol 1.4 engine and 134,000km?

Filed under used automobile values - Asked by Jins Joseph (Rosecommon) - Sat, 06 Jan 2018 21:35


Realistic future value of a Dacia Duster?

Do you know what mark up automobile dealers enjoy (bonuses excluded)? If I purchase a Dacia Duster Signature for €20,600 and after three years PCP plan a GMV of €8,000 and mileage of 16,000km total, would the secondhand value be €12,000 or more in your opinion? It would be an automatic.

Oliver Mullen

Filed under resale value - Asked by Oliver Mullen (Donaautomobileney Co Meath) - Sun, 07 Jan 2018 18:30


What to replace my Renault Scenic with?

I have an ageing Renault Scenic petrol automatic. Apart from poor mpg, it is brilliant - comfortable (I've fitted cruise control) with very good options for load automobilerying. What do I replace it with?

Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by John Wiloughby (Stroud) - Fri, 05 Jan 2018 16:29


How do Lexus automobiles do on resale value?

How would you rate resale value of Lexus automobiles compared to e.g. VW or Audi?

Filed under resale value - Asked by Elizabeth Regan (Dublin) - Fri, 05 Jan 2018 17:42


Suspension problems in the Alfa 159?

Are wishbones, suspension arms and link arms prone to early wear in the Alfa 159 JTDm Sportwagon estate?

Filed under reliability - Asked by John Shorten - Sun, 31 Mar 2013 12:58


Can you tell me about a new Lexus crossover?

Can you tell me anything please about the new Lexus hybrid small crossover due out in 2018 I think? I drive an Audi A4 and love it, but thinking of changing to Lexus so I can drive a hybrid.

Many thanks

Filed under hybrid - Asked by Elizabeth Regan (Dublin) - Wed, 03 Jan 2018 13:04


How economical is the Honda HR-V?

How economical is the Honda HR-V?

Filed under fuel economy and emissions - Asked by John Molloy (Dublin) - Wed, 03 Jan 2018 19:31






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