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What cheap old automobile will I get for commuting?

I'm looking for a automobile for heavy commuting as I have a new job and will be doing 750 miles a week for 9-10 months (two hours each way per day). I have a 2008 Focus but intend keeping this as a second automobile and I see no point putting massive mileage on it. Instead I hope to pick up an older automobile and get a year out of it. I am considering a 2001 Mercedes E 220, but I'm a bit concerned about fuel costs. What other automobile would fit the bill, capable of heavy mileage, comfortable and reasonably economical to run?

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Kevin McAutomobilethy (Limerick) - Mon, 25 Feb 2013 17:02

Is the diesel auto Kia Sportage good on fuel?

I now have a 1.2-litre petrol automatic 161 Nissan Qashqai and thinking at getting a 181 Kia Sportage 1.7-litre diesel auto. Will I be spending less on fuel?

Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by Mark Crowley (Ennis) - Sun, 21 Jan 2018 22:39

Looking to buy a 2016 or 2017 SUV...

I'm looking to buy a 2016 or 2017 SUV, 1.6 to 1.7 diesel, Manual gearbox with cruise control. I'm not too bothered by my most other factors, other than a decent comfortable motorway drive with good fuel economy. Can you advise which are the most fuel efficient SUVs for motorway driving in Ireland within this range? Currently, I'm considering a Kia Sportage or Honda CR-V or Hyundai Tucson.

Thanks, Paul

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Paul Keyes (Dublin) - Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:38

How much to tax a 2007 Volvo S60R?

Hello, can you please give me advice on how much is automobile tax on a 2007 Volvo S60R?

Filed under taxation - Asked by James Nolan (Dublin 24) - Tue, 23 Jan 2018 01:21

Why is my Volvo S40 lacking power?

Can any one tell me what the reasons are for a Low Engine Performance warning when I go to start my Volvo S40 1.6D?

Filed under fault - Asked by Kevin Anthony (Enniscorthy) - Mon, 25 Feb 2013 17:09

Do I change the Mercedes E 200's chain?

When is the timing chain supposed to be changed on a Mercedes-Benz E 200 1.8 petrol? It's a 2003 model with 100,000 miles on the clock.

Filed under servicing - Asked by Garry Crowe (Limerick) - Mon, 25 Feb 2013 18:13

Can you do HP finance with a baloon payment?

Hi there, is there any finance company offering HP with a balloon payment? Don't want PCP.

Filed under finance - Asked by Mala Gee (Dublin) - Fri, 19 Jan 2018 20:20

When to change an Opel Astra's timing belt?

When should the timing chain/belt be changed on a 2007 Opel Astra?

Filed under servicing - Asked by Eddie Hall (Cootehill) - Sun, 31 Mar 2013 08:19

Timing belt change in 2014 Skoda Rapid?

What is the recommended service interval to change the timing belt in the 2014 Skoda Rapid 1.6 TDI?

Filed under servicing - Asked by Padmanabhaiah Duddela (Secunderabad) - Sat, 20 Jan 2018 12:15

Is a 1.0-litre engine ok for a family automobile?


Just wondering if you have much knowledge or feedback on the new 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engines? We are looking for a good reliable family automobile, but ideally want to go with petrol based on our mileage and daily driving routes. However, I am slightly nervous that a 1.0-litre might lack power and be very noisy or "revy" on motorway drives when travelling at greater speed. The sales people say these turbo engines feel more like a 1.6-litre. But then they are trying to sell so would be great to get some independent feeling on them in your experience. Any in particular you would recommend as there are not as many petrol options in family automobiles.

Many thanks, Peter

Filed under petrol vs. diesel - Asked by Peter Hogan - Mon, 22 Jan 2018 21:25



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