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What's the Ford S-Max like?

Which Ford S-Max is the best value for money and has the best features when it comes to comparing tax,insurance and year?

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Ian Ridpath (Dublin) - Thu, 05 Sep 2013 13:31

Is the Dacia Duster suitable for LPG conversion?

Hi, is the Dacia Duster petrol 1.6 suitable for LPG gas conversion?


Filed under fuel economy and emissions - Asked by Sylvester Califf (Dublin) - Sat, 07 Sep 2013 15:38

What engine in the Ford Focus would suit me best?

I'm looking to buy a 2008 Ford Focus for my 100-mile round trip to work. Which would be the best engine taking road tax and fuel economy into account?

Filed under fuel economy and emissions - Asked by Myles Mckenna (Automobilerickmacross) - Wed, 04 Sep 2013 17:34

What causes suspension clunks in the Renault Laguna?

Our 2005 Renault Laguna recently passed the NCT (first time surpisingly enough for a Renault!). About a month after the NCT the suspension on the rear passenger side started making clunk/rattle noises going over potholes and bumpy roads - what is the main cause of rear suspension noise in Lagunas?

Filed under fault - Asked by Don Farrell (Cork) - Wed, 04 Sep 2013 17:03

Volkswagen Passat or Ford Mondeo?

Volkswagen Passat or Ford Mondeo? I am trying to decide whether to buy a 2011 Volkswagen Passat TDI 1.6 CL or a 2010 Ford Mondeo Titanium 2.0 TDCi. Both have similar mileage in the region of 35,000. I am looking for a familiy automobile with reliability, fuel efficency and good resale.

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Martina Phelan (Kilkenny) - Wed, 04 Sep 2013 15:00

Can you advise me on buying a Toyota Corolla?

Hi, would you mind giving me some advice/warning re purchasing a 2007 Toyota Corolla 1.4 diesel saloon? It's a new model with 170,000km on the clock and it's advertised for sale at €8,000.

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by John O'connell (Corofin) - Tue, 03 Sep 2013 22:12

Can turbos give trouble in the Opel Insignia?

Can turbos give trouble in the Opel Insignia 2.0-litre?

Filed under fault - Asked by Automobilemel Haverty (Ballinasloe) - Tue, 03 Sep 2013 23:41

Does the BMW 2.0-litre diesel engine have a problem?

I read recently on a site that specialised in information on automobile engines, that the current 2.0-litre BMW diesel engine had a weakness in the timing chain area, and that getting this fixed was pricey. The site also said that BMW refuses to recognise that the problem exists. As I am considering purchasing a second hand 520d in the future, this piece of news is disquieting, as the engine seems to be good - powerful, frugal, and great when matched to the eight-speed auto. Have you heard of any problems with the timing chains of this engine?

Filed under diesel - Asked by Tony Mulhare (Dublin) - Wed, 04 Sep 2013 00:05

How economical is the petrol Volkswagen Passat?

Hi, could anyone tell me where to get the fuel consumption for the 1.4 TSI petrol engine as used in the 2008 Volkswagen Passat? I'm thinking of that automobile for low tax - doing about 19,000 miles per annum but that will fall to 6,000 per annum next year.

Thanks, Rtb, Galway.

Filed under fuel economy and emissions - Asked by Ronan Bray (Galway) - Mon, 02 Sep 2013 11:38

What is our Toyota Avensis Tourer worth?

Hi, due to the impending arrival of a new baby we are looking to sell our 2004 Toyota Avensis Estate (diesel) and change to a seven-seater. With mileage of about 94,000 miles it is in good condition. What do you think we could expect as a 'trade in value' as opposed to a private sale (which would appear to be in the region of €4 to €4.5k)? Also, the seats need a really thorough cleaning. Can you recommend a seriously heavy duty valet service?



Filed under used automobile values - Asked by Helen O'Keeffe (Dublin) - Mon, 02 Sep 2013 14:23


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