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Is the 1.6 TDI engine man enough for the Volkswagen Passat?

Hi guys,

Looking closely at a 2010 Volkswagen Passat, powered by the 1.6 diesel engine. It's the Highline model with great spec. My only concern is with the 1.6 engine: is it big enough for this automobile? Will I be dropping the gears to overtake etc?



Filed under performance - Asked by Michael Mulvey (Ashbourne) - Tue, 07 Feb 2012 09:00

New BMW Series: 316d with options or 318d?

Good morning,

I'm intending to buy the new BMW 3 Series (F30), but I don’t know if I should go for a 318d 136hp or a 316d 116hp with a better pack of options. I’m a calm driver, but I’m afraid that this difference of power could make a huge difference concerning the comfort. Could you please advise me?

Kind regards, Fernando.

Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by Fernando Tenorio (Brussels) - Wed, 08 Feb 2012 09:34

Kia Rio or Toyota Yaris - both new?

Which would you buy? 2012 Kia Rio 2012 or Toyota Yaris?

Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by Ashlene Prasad (Fiji) - Tue, 07 Feb 2012 03:06

How much is my Opel Zafira worth?

How much is my 2002 Opel Zafira worth as a trade in against another automobile? It's petrol and has 135,000 miles on the clock.

Filed under used automobile values - Asked by Denis Horgan (Limerick) - Wed, 01 Feb 2012 19:21

What commercial vehicle would you recommend for €15,000?

Hi, I'm looking to buy a commercial vehicle with four-wheel drive. Would you recomend the best to buy? I have around €15,000 to spend.


Filed under commercial vehicle - Asked by Oliver O Donnell (Ennis) - Wed, 25 Jan 2012 03:10

Is it worth paying more for the 110hp Renault Fluence?

Which Renault Fluence to buy - 90- or 110hp?

There is a 700 Euro difference in price, just wondering if it's worth it or not. On the face of it the vast bulk of Fluences are 90hp, just wondering is the 110hp model a better buy, even for resale later, as it will be a lot rarer. Also, two unconnected Renault dealers are pushing much harder on the 90hp version, which says to me that the 110hp is like a special order for them. They are almost dismissing it as an option, which is odd, or maybe they are looking after me!

Is there any servicing/maintenance differences between the two different engine types? One last thing, problems with DPF, apparently it's a problem if you only drive a diesel automobile on solely short journeys. Is it a major issue or storm in a teacup?


Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by Donal Murphy (Cork) - Fri, 27 Jan 2012 09:55

What tyre pressure shuold I inflate my Citroen's tyres to?

What tyre pressure should I inflate to on my 1999 Citroen Xsara VTR 1999, engine size 1,800cc?


Filed under tyres - Asked by Alison Hurley (Kilnaboy) - Thu, 03 Nov 2011 12:25

How much of a discount should I ask for on a Focus?

I'm thinking of buying a 2008 Ford Focus Zetec 1.6 and don't have a automobile to trade in. How much of a discount do you think I should ask for?

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Kevin Reilly (Dublin) - Wed, 18 Jan 2012 20:31

How much to replace a tyre on my BMW X5?

Hello, I would like to know how much it would cost to replace one standard size tyre on 2010 BMW X5 please.

Filed under tyres - Asked by Mary Murphy (Cork) - Sat, 21 Jan 2012 02:11

Hyundai i40 or Kia Optima? Help!

I am thinking of buying a Hyundai i40. I was advised to wait until March and have a look at the Kia Optima. Which automobile would you opt for?

Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by Damien Dunne (Dublin) - Mon, 30 Jan 2012 20:19