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What's the problem with my Skoda Octavia?

Hi, I have a Skoda Octavia that has problems starting. It turns on but has no power until it has warmed up, which takes a couple of minutes. If you try to drive it bunny hopped. Took it to garage where they changed the cold start, but still didnt work. Had an auto electrician on it, no problems detected. Now it wont start at all.

Any ideas?

Filed under fault - Asked by Anna Harkus (York) - Sun, 13 May 2012 13:22

What's causing my Skoda Fabia to creak?

I bought a 2004 Skoda Fabia Combi last week. There is a bit of a squeaking from under the body every time you go over a speed bump. What's causing this do you think?

Filed under fault - Asked by Ian Cryan (Dublin 18) - Mon, 07 May 2012 17:58

How can I clean this stuff off my automobile?

Hi there changagoidem,

Any idea what I can do/use to get rid of 'fence life' paint from my automobile? It got sprayed a little over the weekend. Will it need to be machine polished to get it all off? I've rubbed the spoiler area for about an hour with warm sudsy water and then a dry cloth and managed to get it 90% off that, but it's pretty much all over the automobile.


Filed under cleaning - Asked by Dave Clarke (Automobilerigaline, Co. Cork.) - Tue, 10 Apr 2012 21:32

Does it make sense to swap my Nissan Note for a BMW or Merc?

Hi gents,

I have a 2010 Nissan Note 1.4 petrol Sport model with 21,000km, which I bought new and it's a grand automobile, but I recently had my head turned by two others that I LOVE!

A 2007 Mercedes-Benz C 180 1.8 petrol, auto, 19,000 miles and 2008 BMW 316i ES petrol, 33,000 miles. Both are immaculate with leather seats and loads extras and I'm being asked €4,500 to change. Is this reasonable? Am I mad?

Taking everything into consideration, that either of the new ones would set my heart on fire to own at versus the sensible brilliance of the one I have, what should I do please?

Thanks, Niamh

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Niamh O'Donnell (Dublin) - Mon, 14 May 2012 11:48

Should I swap my 5 Series for a BMW X3 or a Merc M-Class?

Hello I need some advice please.

At the moment I own a 2010 new model BMW 5 Series, which I bought new. It's a fantastic automobile, but my previous automobile was a Nissan X-Trail and I really miss the high driving position. We have recently had a baby, which means lots of bending with automobile seats and buggies. We also have a five-year old and elderly parents who sometimes travel with us.

We have decided to trade the 5 Series for a 2.0-litre diesel SUV and have narrowed the choice down to two. My husband likes the new BMW X3, but I am more drawn to the Mercedes-Benz M-Class 2.0, as I don't really like the looks of the X3.

My question is, which of these two do you think would suit us best?


Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by Jenny Moran (Cork) - Sun, 22 Apr 2012 17:06

What small diesel automobile would you recommend from 2008?

What would be the best diesel automobiles to buy? I'm looking at 2008 and not a big automobile. We have a 2003 Skoda Octavia 1.9 TDI so it would ideally be 1.4 to 1.6 in diesel really.


Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Noel Mc Grath (Tralee) - Thu, 10 May 2012 16:49

Does my Mondeo have a timing belt?

Does my 2004 Ford Mondeo 1.8 LX have a cam belt or a timing chain?

Filed under servicing - Asked by Ronald Simcock (Warrington) - Sat, 12 May 2012 14:32

Why no spare wheel in the Kia Rio?!

Why is there no spare wheel or jack in the new Kia Rio? It costs €115 to replace puncture sealant cannister that is supplied instead - that is crazy!

Filed under tyres - Asked by John Murphy (Dublin) - Mon, 30 Apr 2012 12:33

How much is my Hyundai Santa Fe worth?

How much is a  2005 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS petrol with 75,000 kilometres on the clock worth on a trade-in against a 2008 Opel Zafira 1.6 petrol - or I should say cost to change!


Filed under used automobile values - Asked by James Brady (Clonsilla) - Tue, 10 Apr 2012 14:27

Any problems with the Peugeot 3008?

Do you know of any problems with the Peugeot 3008?

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Pierce Mcallorum (Dublin) - Thu, 26 Apr 2012 11:01