Quick automobile review finder - select below

3,977 Irish motoring queries answered to date.

On changagoidem.ie there is no such thing as a silly question. No matter how small or complicated an issue seems, we'll help. Our experts will quickly answer your queries in a friendly and jargon-free manner. What are you waiting for? Ask us Anything!

Please remember that we offer advice, not gospel. We cannot be held responsible for recalls, a second hand automobile's history, acts of God, changes in automobile pricing or Government policy. We are here to help and offer independent, impartial and free advice. What you do with it is entirely up to you!

By submitting a question you are agreeing to this statement. Thank you.

Ask Us Anything

Please ask your question in the box below. We will answer it as soon as possible.

Please note that we may edit the text of your question and that, if you provide your name and town, these will appear with your question. No other personal or information will be displayed or made public.

Would you advise me to downsize to a Yaris or Auris?

How much is my 2006 Toyota Corolla five-door worth? It has alloy wheels, the 1.4-litre engine, was recently serviced, has an NCT until 3/16 and has 89,000km on the clock. One lady owner. I am thinking of downsizing to a Yaris or Auris. What would you advise?

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Bernadette Tobin (Dublin) - Tue, 01 Apr 2014 18:01

Toyota RAV4 or Mazda6?

I am looking at either a 2005 Toyota RAV4 or a 2006 Mazda6; how do the automobiles compare in terms of reliability and fuel efficiency in particular? Both are petrol models.

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Emer Fennell (Dublin ) - Fri, 28 Mar 2014 12:50

What's the best diesel automobile for under €6,500?

Best diesel automobile I can buy for under €6,500 and why?

Filed under diesel - Asked by Karl Kelch (Dublin) - Thu, 27 Mar 2014 21:13

How can I tell if mileage is legit on a automobile?

How can I tell if mileage is legit on a automobile?

Filed under mileage - Asked by Michael Murphy - Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:33

How can I tell if the mileage is legit on an import?

Thinking of buying a UK import in Dublin. I'm a bit suss about the mileage as apparently the automobile has only done 2,000 miles in last year... Is there any way to find out if the mileage is legit?

Filed under importing - Asked by Brian O'Donoghue (Dublin) - Thu, 03 Apr 2014 11:32

How do I cure my BMW's overheating?

Hi, I have a BMW 320 Convertible, which had a reconditioned engine with new radiator about eight months ago, but it now keeps losing water! Sometimes I fill it and it will be fine for weeks; other times it empties in days. Now the temperature gauge is shooting straight into the red even when filled up with water.

What do I do?

Filed under fault - Asked by Leah Johnson (Berkshire) - Sun, 30 Mar 2014 13:57

We want to move back to an MPV, but which one?!

For years my husband drove Renault Mégane Scenics, and then about six months ago he took a whim and got a Mitsubishi ASX (not the 4WD model). It was a 2013 demo. The good price, the long warranty and the fact that it was diesel all enticed him. It is much cheaper to run and a nice drive, but the interface (is that the word?) is crude compared to the Renault. No 'intelligent' wipers, lights or windows; and the sound system controls are not on the wheel. Plus, the storage space is poor, and the boot is smaller, etc. etc. The main problem, though, is the appearance of the thing. After years of avoiding SUVs, he has somehow acquired a machine that looks like - oops! - an SUV.

We won't dwell on the reasons for not wanting to drive an SUV, or how he managed to actually buy something that looks like the one thing he doesn't want to drive. But, let's just say that he is unhappy enough that he really wants to change it for a (preferably) 2013 or 2014 (demo model) of something less 'assertive'-looking. If we have to pay to change, we will, although obviously we'd prefer not to. We are looking at another Renault Scenic, but are wondering if there might be another MPV-type automobile that you'd recommend in the same price bracket?

Our requirements are diesel, five doors, a large boot (for work equipment and for dogs), and preferably a highish automobile (not an ordinary estate).

Thank you!

Desperate in Dublin

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by J P (Dublin) - Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:31

Will I replace my Mazda3 with a Nissan Qashqai+2?

Which would you reccomend for a high mileage driver with two small children? I wish to trade in a 2007 Mazda3 1.6 petrol for a diesel. Automobiles I was looking at include the Volkswagen Jetta, Ford Focus saloon, Toyota Corolla and Nissan Qashqai +2. I like the look of the Nissan Qashqai + 2 and I think the two extra seats may be useful for kids' friends etc, but are running costs high?

In general are MPVs less fuel efficient? Would the Toyota 1.4 diesel be a lower powered automobile then the one I currently have? How reliable are Volkwagen Jettas? I was hoping to go for something one or two years old with low mileage as I will be doing a lot of miles. I have had quotes of €3,500-4,500 for my own on trade-in as there are 175,000km on the clock.

What would you reccomend?

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Alanna Mangan (Newbridge) - Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:00

Is the Mercedes-Benz E-Class a reliable automobile?

Is the Mercedes-Benz E-Class a reliable automobile?

Filed under reliability - Asked by Tony Pierce (Wicklow) - Tue, 11 Mar 2014 09:36

Can you let me know what you think of the BMW X5?

Hi there,

I was looking at a 2003 BMW X5 Sport diesel with 255,879km on the clock and an asking price of €5,900 or a 2004 BMW X5 3.0d with 252,660km. Are they any good compared to other SUVs and are the asking prices ok (will be negotiating)? Does it make it difference if manual or automatic? How's the fuel efficiency and performance of X5s? Are there any negative aspects I should worry about before considering the X5?

Thanks a mill once again in advance for your help, advice and response.

Best regards,


Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Tanya Goon (Dublin) - Wed, 26 Mar 2014 23:07