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Is the Opel Meriva a decent buy?

Hi lads, just a quick question.

We have a 2003 Fiat Punto and we are expecting twins shortly. We were looking for a five-door automobile with Isofix seats but not too big a body. We are thinking about an Opel Meriva Club version, 3-4 years old. The Meriva has a flat and level boot that would leave some space for shopping etc. Basically, is the Meriva a good automobile, cheap to run and flexible enough to cope with two young babies?

Do you have any info on They seem to offer good deals.

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by David Mc Ardle (Drogheda Co Louth) - Wed, 11 May 2011 16:29


New Audi Q5 or BMW X3?

Hello guys,

What do you think of the Audi Q5 compared to BMW X3?

Thank you.

Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by Mary Foley (Cork) - Thu, 12 May 2011 12:32


How much to replace my Fiat's windscreen?

How much will a windscreen cost me for a 2003 Fiat Doblo?

Filed under windows - Asked by Eileen Lyne (Caherciveen, Co. Kerry) - Tue, 03 May 2011 21:12


Are Xenon lights better?

Hi, I would like to know if Xenon lights give better light than standard halogen lights and I would also like to know if Xenon bulbs blow faster than standard please.

Filed under miscellaneous - Asked by Jane Kelly (Cork) - Tue, 10 May 2011 17:25


Which Kia pro_cee'd will I buy?

Hi, I am thinking of updating my automobile to a 2008-2009 Kia pro_cee'd. I think it is a good looking automobile and the seven-year warranty a real plus point. Would you recommend this automobile or know if it's a nice drive? I do roughly 10,000km per year so wondering if the petrol engine might be better for me. Would there be much of a power/economy difference to the diesel model? Is there anything else to watch out for?

Thanks, Ciaran

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Ciaran Reid (Dublin) - Wed, 11 May 2011 09:26


I have injector problems with my Skoda Octavia.

Hi,

My 2007 Skoda Octavia (a 1.4-litre with 90,000km on the clock) was misfiring badly for a good while before the engine warning light came on. The 'bank 1' oxygen sensor went so we replaced the sensor and the warning light went off. No faults were showing on the diagnostic tool (electrics diagnostics only), but the engine was still misfiring. Unburned fuel was found in cylinder 3, which we eventually got cleaned out.

The coil and spark plugs were testing and found to be firing so it looks like the fuel injector for this cylinder is the problem. I'm going to bring it to a main dealer to try resolve as I think best case is to re-program the injector or worst case, replace it. My question is, how much should this cost to do in best and worst case scenario?

Thanks! Linda

Filed under fault - Asked by Linda Meehan (Laois) - Sat, 07 May 2011 20:03


What options will I add to my BMW 520d?

Hello I would like to buy a BMW 520d in January 2012. I need some advice about options. I would like to get metallic paint, 18-inch wheels, xenon lights, a reversing camera, variable dampers and sunroof. This will raise the price of the automobile by about six thousand Euros. I would like to know if I should go with this spec please.

Filed under optional extras - Asked by Anne Malone (Limerick) - Sun, 08 May 2011 14:45


VW Passat or BMW 530d with my €10,000?

I have about €10k to spend on a automobile; should I buy a 2.0 TDI Passat (07-08) or a BMW 530d (04-05)? I do a lot of driving and really would love a BMW but I'm worried about problems that may come with big mileage.

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by John Woods - Sun, 08 May 2011 16:42


New Honda CR-V, Subaru Forester or BMW X3?

Hello,

I have a 2004 Honda CR-V 2.0-litre petrol that I want to change next year. One of the three automobiles I have in mind is the new diesel CR-V because they are so reliable. My CR-V has 112,000 miles on the clock and a blown light bulb has been the most trouble it's ever given.

The second automobile is a Subaru Forester because again it's reliable and roomy.

My final choice is a new model BMW X3 because of less tax. I have test driven one and liked it a lot. Could you give some advice please?

Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by Sharon Ryan (Limerick) - Sun, 08 May 2011 21:11


What's causing my Mazda6 gearbox problems?

I have a 2003 Mazda6. When I put the automobile into first, second and reverse gear and press the accelerator I hear a creaking sound. Can't hear it when I'm cruising, only when I accelerate. What could it be?

Ed Kavanagh

Filed under gearbox - Asked by Edmund Kavanagh (Galway) - Mon, 28 Mar 2011 18:01





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