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I really need help to choose the next right automobile for my family (me, wife and seven-year-old twin boys). I'm currently driving the Ford Focus (2007). No complaints, but do feel that newer and bigger one would be ideal. My latest shortlist is: Ford Grand C-Max, Toyota Verso and Peugeot 5008. I'm reluctant to spend too much money on power (i.e. big motor capacity etc.) and prefer to use it on comfort elsewhere.
As I'm current a customer of Ford I have to say that its offer is financially the best one out of these three at the moment. Would you recommend Grand C-Max or do you suggest to turn my attention elsewhere? Anything good/bad I should take note of with Grand C-Max?
Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by Andres Vaher (Tallinn) - Fri, 15 Apr 2011 22:48
I am looking for a seven-seat MPV. What do you think of a 2007 Citroen C4 Picasso Grand manual - or a 2008 automatic? Was told Renaults were unreliable, what do you think? Any other suggestions?
Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Niamh Clarke (Naas) - Sun, 03 Apr 2011 21:15
Are there any 4x4 diesels that fall into Band B for tax, and if not, what diesel 4x4s have the lowest tax rate?
Filed under fuel economy and emissions - Asked by Steve Royston (Listowel) - Sat, 09 Apr 2011 20:36
Hi, what trade-in value should I be getting on a 2002 Suzuki Jimny with 68,000 miles on the clock?
Filed under used automobile values - Asked by Brigid Lee (Dublin) - Thu, 14 Apr 2011 14:16
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
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
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?
Filed under automatic - Asked by John Automobileey (Clogheen) - Fri, 15 Apr 2011 23:10
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
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