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What estate automobile for the family and dog?

Can you recommend a family automobile (estate) in the €6,000-€7,000 price range? Should I be looking at the engine size to balance the extra weight of a family and dog!?

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Steve Lynch (Bray) - Mon, 29 Aug 2011 13:17


What's causing my Skoda Octavia starting problems?

My 2006 Skoda Octavia 1.9 diesel takes ages to start in the morning. When it does start it runs all day without any problems. Is it injector related?

Filed under fault - Asked by James Mcghee (Paisley ) - Tue, 09 Aug 2011 08:15


What value is my 2006 Ford C-Max?

I'm looking for valuation on a 2006 Ford Focus C-Max with 87k automobile is in excellent condition and full service history - looking to trade up to a Peugeot 5008

Filed under used automobile values - Asked by Annemarie Lawlor (Dublin) - Mon, 22 Aug 2011 20:42


What automobile to buy for €30,000 - €35,000

Hello, I am in the market for a new or second hand automobile with a budget of €30,000 at a push €35,000. What automobile would you recommend in terms of price, reliability, maintenance cost and resale value, driving about 20,000 kilometers annual. I like the Mazda 6 sport hatchback, Audi A4 and the BMW 5 series but open to other makes. Thanks for you the advice.

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Paul Kenny (Stillorgan, Co. Dublin) - Sun, 21 Aug 2011 23:53


What is the Atkinson Engine and is it any good?

What is the atkinson engine, and how does it perform compare to other engines?

Filed under hybrid - Asked by John Automobileey (Clogheen) - Mon, 15 Aug 2011 21:01


WIll I buy now to get the best deal on a Volkswagen Golf?

Hi Paddy,

I love the site and your reviews for the irishtimes. Just looking for some advice. I'm buying a new VW Golf for January delivery. First time buying a new automobile. I'm getting the Edition-R 1.2TSI 105bhp with some options like MFSW, privacy glass and auto lights/wipers. Have you any tips for haggling with dealers?

I've shopped around to about 5 of them and the price in Dublin is much the same - none of them would budge, cost to change for me is about €21k (though I have been offered a better trade in price outside the pale). Also, I was told that Volkswagen are holding a dealer conference in October where some changes are likely to be introduced to the range, and also that VW may increase their 5.9% finance rate - have you heard anything about this or know what kind of spec changes are coming for the Golf? Would I be better off ordering before then and getting the dealer to hold it for me?

Many Thanks, Eoin.

Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by Eoin S (Dublin) - Sun, 21 Aug 2011 13:13


When should I service my Kia Cee'd diesel?

How often should I get my diesel automobile serviced?  It's a 2007 Kia Cee'd 1.6 CRDi. I got it serviced in May this year. The garage recommends it gets servived every 10,000 km. I've now done 12,500 since last service. Theres 80,000km on clock. Money tight at the minute so wondering could I stretch it for another 2,000 km or so?

Filed under servicing - Asked by Lorcan Tobin (Dundalk) - Tue, 16 Aug 2011 22:58


Will older automobiles get on the new tax system?

Are the government ever going to put older automobiles in the new tax system? Some one was telling me older automobiles will be treated the same in tax as the post 08 automobiles. 

Filed under taxation - Asked by James Brady (Clonsilla) - Thu, 18 Aug 2011 21:38


Why is my automobile worth so little?

Please help! My local Ford garage offered €9,000 trade in for my 2-year old Fiesta 1.4 automatic, 17,000 miles against new 2 litre Focus Ghia automatic. . My friend was offered €11,000 for her 2 year old Focus 2 litre automatic 20,000 miles against new Focus Titanium. Both automobiles were originally bought in this garage.

Changeover date for both automobiles Feb. 2012. Can such apalling values for our automobiles be correct? We are going to shop around but we have no idea what figure we should be looking for. Please , please give us your opinion. Regards, Teresa

Filed under used automobile values - Asked by Teresa Joyce (Ennis, Co. Clare) - Mon, 15 Aug 2011 15:01


When is the timing belt due on a Peugeot 807?

When is timing belt due for change on peugeot 807 and what else has to be done with it?

Filed under servicing - Asked by Padraig Sinnott (Donard) - Sun, 14 Aug 2011 11:46





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