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What's happening with the new Hyundai Santa Fe?

Are there any pictures of the new Hyundai Santa Fe coming out this October? The new Hyundai ix35 looks good, but it has very little spec inside for the Irish market compared to other countries.

In Ireland it is very diffucult to compare one automobile company with another because Ireland gets the worst specs. Here in the US I would buy a Hyundai before any Merc because the specs are much better as are the warranties, but that is not the way it is in Ireland. 

Filed under miscellaneous - Asked by RAYMOND FINUCANE (USA) - Sun, 22 Aug 2010 21:25

Is a diesel automobile suited to low annual mileages?

Looking at buying a Ford Galaxy and wondering if it's inappropriate to get a diesel engine, as we only generally drive short distances in the city and annual mileage would only be about 3,000 miles. Would only using the automobile for short journeys damage the engine and potentially cause it to breakdown more often?


Filed under diesel - Asked by Patricia McGuire (Dublin) - Fri, 20 Aug 2010 15:22

Should I buy from SIMI?

I am thinking of purchasing a '06 or '07 Toyota Corolla Hatchback with all the extras. I have spotted one at an independent dealer that suits my requirements however the dealer is not a member of the SIMI.

Would i be better of purchashing from an SIMI dealer even if this automobile at the independent dealer checks out ok.? They have told me that the mileage/km will be warranted & that there able to offer the same level of service as any SIMI member. Should i trust this dealer or just avoid altogether ?

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by James Slyver (Cork) - Fri, 20 Aug 2010 13:46

Is 80,000 miles a lot on a 2007 Ford Galaxy?

We are looking for a used Ford Galaxy and wondering if 80,000 miles is a lot on a 2007 1.8 diesel model? We do very low mileage so won't add much to whatever we buy but we want to keep it for a long time. Don't want to buy something that will soon cause trouble! Thanks

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Patricia McGuire (Dublin) - Thu, 19 Aug 2010 18:06

How much should it cost to replace a head gasket?

How much would it cost to have a head gasket replaced in a 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe diesel?

Regards, John

Filed under servicing - Asked by John Dunne (Dublin) - Mon, 16 Aug 2010 15:20

When are the new Santa Fe and Outlander arriving?

When are the new Hyundai Santa Fe and Mitsubishi Outlander due to go on sale?

Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by Damien Dunne (Dublin) - Tue, 17 Aug 2010 19:16

Why are automobiles a rip-off in Ireland?

My question is: why are automobiles in Ireland a rip-off compared to the rest of the world? I live in the USA and just bought a 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe top-of-the-line model with leather, navigation, Onstar system and many more items for just $21,000.

Hyundai changes a few things on each of its models every year. The Santa Fe in Ireland has been the same since the model was realesed in 2007. Why are the specs so bad in Irish automobiles? And why are the people putting up with it? Who makes the decision to sell automobiles like that in Ireland?

The automobiles in the UK are much better spec wise. If you look at people automobileriers, the options in Ireland are so small and silly. Take a look at the new 2011 Toyota Sienna. It is a very nice automobile. Why can Irish people not get these kinds of automobiles?

Thanks, Raymond

Filed under taxation - Asked by RAYMOND FINUCANE (USA) - Tue, 17 Aug 2010 13:21

Which small automobile will have the best resale value?


We're looking at changing my wife's automobile for something smaller as our daughter is learning to drive. The automobile is a 2002 Volvo S60 (2.0T petrol, tax €600) and from talking to dealers will be hard to sell privately or get over €2k trade-in.

We were thinking of going for a Skoda Combi (1.2T petrol, €105 tax), but are concerned with resale value. Other smaller automobiles (e.g. Ford Fiesta, VW Polo) are more expensive, offer less kit and space, but might have better resale values in five years. Any thoughts of suggestions on what to do, or go for?

Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by Pat Rowan (Dublin) - Sun, 15 Aug 2010 20:50

Should I buy new or second-hand with up to €30k?

I'm thinking of trading in my automobile for scrappage at the moment before some of the deals end and I am thinking of spending €25k - €30k.

I have been looking at the Renault Laguna and Opel Insignia for the scrappage instead of a second-hand automobile. I am looking for something with a decent boot and a bit of poke in it as I'm upgrading from a Corsa!

After thinking about it for a while I then thought about maybe going for a second-hand automobile for resale value and depreciation of a new automobile especially since it's coming close to the end of the year and it'll be a year old in a few months.

On the second-hand range I was considering maybe a BMW 5 Series, Audi A4 or A6 or something similiar in that range. Any suggestions or ideas on what to do or look for in a automobile to maximise the purchase and keep resale value? I am open to suggestions on other makes and models I may have skipped over. Thanks.

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Alan Crookes (Portmarnock) - Thu, 12 Aug 2010 23:32

I need a mid-sized family automobile for about 10,000km a year

Hi there,

I need to buy a mid-sized family automobile that has to do me for about five years. Both my wife and I cycle to work so it would be in the driveway most of the time though I'd say we still clock up about 10,000 km a year.

My budget is between €9,000 and €10,000 and I was hoping to buy a 2007 automobile. I had been looking at the Ford Focus diesel estate as it is economical, roomy and decent to drive, but any out there in my price range tend to have a lot of miles on the clock.

I'm now looking at petrol Jettas, which are nice automobiles but the fuel economy concerns me as I know petrol automobiles are falling out of favour. Any advice?


Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Mark Jordan (Dublin) - Mon, 09 Aug 2010 15:22