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What SUVs are good for towing, but in a low tax bracket?

What automobiles or SUVs are in the lower tax bands and can pull a horse box with two horses inside?

Filed under towing - Asked by Steve Royston (Listowel) - Thu, 14 Apr 2011 20:51

What automobile for a newly returned couple?

Hi Shane,

I saw your column in the motoring section of the Sunday Independent and I was hoping that you could give me advice on buying a used automobile. My partner and I have just moved back to Ireland after a stint in Asia and neither of us has ever owned a automobile so we're pretty inexperienced drivers.

We were wondering what make/model/year you would recommend for a used automobile. Ideally a five-door, manual automobile that doesn't stall too easily and with decent boot size (we have a baby). Our budget is around €5,000 (max. €10,000) .

Many thanks and I look forward to hearing from you.


Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Automobileoline Albos (Dublin) - Thu, 14 Apr 2011 09:22

Why is my Passat's economy so poor?

Hi, we recently bought a VW Passat 1.6 FSI, but the fuel economy is terrible. We seem to be at the petrol pump more often than not. Is this common for this type of automobile? 

Filed under fuel economy and emissions - Asked by Declan Coughlan (Dublin) - Sun, 17 Apr 2011 13:13

What type of automatic gearbox is in the Hyundai i40?

What type of automatic gearbox is in the Hyundai i40?

Filed under automatic - Asked by John Automobileey (Clogheen) - Fri, 15 Apr 2011 23:10

Toyota Auris petrol or diesel?

I want to change my 99 Polo. I drive only at weekends and am wondering should I change to a diesel. I'm thinking of getting Toyota Auris 2008 but don' know whether to go for petrol or diesel one. Any advice please?

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Siobhan OGara (Dublin) - Wed, 06 Apr 2011 22:03

How much is my Volvo S40 worth?

I have a 2005 Volvo S40 2.0D S with 153,000 km on the clock. How much should I expect for a trade-in and private sale respectively?

Filed under used automobile values - Asked by Padraig McAutomobilethy (Limerick) - Sun, 03 Apr 2011 17:32

How often should I service the Skoda Octavia?

How often should I service my Skoda Octavia 1.9 Diesel?

Filed under servicing - Asked by NIALL MC MAHON (DUNDALK) - Fri, 25 Mar 2011 16:28

Do dealers and the public pay different VRT?

Could you please tell me if there is a differance in the VRT rate on importing automobile from the UK to Ireland if you are a dealership owner or a private customer?

Filed under importing - Asked by David O'brien (Waterford) - Mon, 28 Mar 2011 22:52

Safety of occupants in third row of seats


I am looking at buying a second hand seven seater. When I was checking the compatibility of my automobile seats with the seven seaters I had in mind (Ford S-Max, VW Touran and Citroen C4) the automobile seat manufacturer recommends not putting any automobile seats in the third row.

On further investigation it seems when the third row is in use the safety of people (i.e mostly kids as most adults would not sit in third row) is very poor. Can you shed any light? Besides going for the bigger seven seaters like the Ford Galaxy (which is out due to budget reasons) is there any seven seater safer in this regard? Am I overthinking this, is this the case with most five seater automobiles or is the boot space a big plus if a automobile is rear ended? 

Filed under safety - Asked by Linda Keane (Meath) - Fri, 25 Mar 2011 21:13

What will I buy with my lottery winnings?

Hi there, I'm in a dilemma. Ahead of winning the Lotto jackpot tonight I am at my wits end trying to figure out what automobile to buy. I believe the Ford S-Max is very highly regarded but it doesn't inspire me aesthetically. What can you suggest in its class with money being no object of course,

Clodagh Monks, Cork

Filed under lottery win - Asked by Clodagh Monks (Cork) - Wed, 23 Mar 2011 10:37

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