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How safe are rear seat passengers in a seven-seater?

What is the safety record for rear seat passengers in a seven-seat automobile?

Filed under safety - Asked by Shane Oneill (Kildare) - Sun, 30 Jan 2011 21:02

Should I buy at an auction?

I am a 24-year-old man looking for my first automobile. I am looking for something of medium size, medium to small engine and a solid automobile. I was just wondering is it a good idea to go to automobile auctions or are they a bit of a gamble. Or what could you recommend with a budget of a maximum of €4k?

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by John Doheny (Kilkenny) - Mon, 31 Jan 2011 23:21

Has the new Audi A6 got offset pedals?

If you've driven the new Audi A6, does it have the horrible off-set clutch pedal like the A4 / A5? 

Filed under gearbox - Asked by T Charles (Dublin) - Tue, 01 Feb 2011 20:36

How much is my Peugeot 307 SW worth?

Where can I find out how much my 2002 Peugeot 307 SW Estate is worth? Thinking of trading it in for a new automobile, if possible a Renault. 

Filed under used automobile values - Asked by Lisa Naughton (Tullamore) - Mon, 31 Jan 2011 14:56

How much is my 2003 VW Golf worth?

How much should I get for a trade-in of my VW Golf 1.9 TDI, 2003 reg with two years' NCT and 175,000 miles on the clock?

Filed under used automobile values - Asked by Trevor Friffin (Limerick) - Fri, 14 Jan 2011 14:59

When did diesel particulate filters come?

Could you tell which were the first diesel automobiles on the Irish market to be fitted with diesel particulate filters (DPF) as standard or even as an option? We're looking for a 6-8 year-old automobile and would like to consider a diesel for cheaper running costs, but a DPF is a must because of our concerns over how diesel soot particulates can cause asthma. Preferably at least medium sized or mini-MPV.

Filed under fuel economy and emissions - Asked by John Cradden (Celbridge) - Tue, 25 Jan 2011 20:40

Should I buy a BMW 520d SE?

I am considering buying a 2011 BMW 520d SE. Should I consider anything else?

Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by Dave Redmond (Kildare) - Sat, 22 Jan 2011 11:05

Will changing my speedo and odometer raise alarm bells?


I may decide to import a automobile from Britain; as I would plan to keep it for a long time I would like to change the speedo and odometer to km/h. How would this affect the VRT inspection and the NCT? How can I record it that it was changed?

I do not want a scenario that it pops up on a automobile checking website as suspicious, but would like it to show that the speedo and odometer where changed at a specific mileage. 

Filed under importing - Asked by Jerome O'Connor (Wicklow) - Mon, 06 Dec 2010 19:45

Can I bypass my interior heater?

Thanks for the last answer.

Could I take the heating pipes going through the bulkhead off and join them back to back with a bit of copper pipe? Wouldn't this bypass the radiator in the automobile and to hell with the heater as I think the dashboard has to come out to fit a new heater radiator. Or am I only looking for trouble?

Thanks again

Filed under fault - Asked by Ruairi Mc Automobilethy (Mullagh Co Cavan) - Wed, 19 Jan 2011 00:17

What small automobile will I buy?

I'm in serious need of advice! I'm hoping to buy my own automobile (have full driver's licence and have insurance on home automobile). My first major dilemma is whether to get petrol or diesel.

I'm living in Dublin and will be commuting to work roughly about 30 mins away with M50. I would be travelling back to "home home" (about every second/third weekend) and that journey would be roughly six hours in total.

My second dilemma is what automobile to get. I want a good automobile but also for it to be reasonably small. I'm thinking Volkswagen Polo/SEAT Ibiza/Opel Corsa/Fiat Grande Punto - quite broad I know. My budget would be around €8,000 or €9,000. 

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Jane Flatley (Dublin) - Tue, 18 Jan 2011 21:53

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