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What small diesel automobile can you recommend?

Can you recommend a few small diesel-engined automobiles that qualify for the scrappage scheme? Value for money is important. It must be a five-seater, must have four doors and reliability is important. I'm considering a Ford Fiesta or similar-sized automobile.

Filed under scrappage - Asked by William Neale (Dublin) - Sun, 17 Oct 2010 11:00

BMW 520d auto versus manual?

Can you give me a rough idea what the mpg difference would be between a BMW 520d automatic and 520d SE manual version for mainly suburban driving.

I know that for resale automatic is better, but ecomony is important to me.

Also, the suspension for M Sport version is stiffer and firmer; I am not into fast driving, but do like the sport styling. Can you tell me is the ride comfort difference noticable?

Filed under fuel economy and emissions - Asked by William Neale (Dublin) - Sun, 17 Oct 2010 11:22

How much is our Ford Focus worth?


We have a 2005 Ford Focus 1.4 petrol with 114,000km on the clock. The automobile has alloys, a sun roof and cruise control. I wonder what is the approximate value of this automobile, please.

Regards, Donal O'Shea

Filed under used automobile values - Asked by Donal O'Shea (Midleton) - Fri, 15 Oct 2010 16:52

A new estate with a diesel engine and four-wheel drive?

I want to buy a new station wagon with a diesel engine, automatic transmission and four-wheel drive. There seem to be very few options, e.g the Volvo XC70, which is too expensive. Can you recommend any alternatives?

Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by Pat Norris (Clonakilty) - Mon, 11 Oct 2010 20:21

I need a bigger automobile, but I have a small budget.


I have a 2005 three-door Mitsubishi Colt and need a bigger automobile: I have a three-year old and baby on the way... Don't have much cash  (€1,000 max); what sort of automobile could I get with my automobile as a trade in? I have looked at Mitsubishi Spacestar and Mercedes-Benz A-Class. I want a reliable automobile and want to keep engine size down to save on tax and insurance.. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Also, have you any ideas of anyone who would pay cash for my automobile? Tried all the cash-for-automobiles places and got no answers.


Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Sarah Morgan (Dublin) - Mon, 04 Oct 2010 15:59

I'd like something economical to replace my Focus.


I have €10,000 plus a 2000 Ford Focus 1.8. I'm looking for an economical automobile to do 100km a day, every day. What kind of automobile should I be looking at? Was thinking of a 1.8 TDCi Focus. Is diesel a good choice?


Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Pete Tinsley (MACROOM) - Thu, 30 Sep 2010 14:40

2007 Toyota Yaris or 2007 Volkswagen Polo?

I am looking at a 2007 Toyota Yaris 1.0-litre Terra with 23,000km or a 2007 Volkswagen Polo 1.2 Comfortline with 20,000km. Both can be had for €8,000 cash. It is a first automobile for my daughter. Which one should I buy?

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Chris Fox (Dublin) - Sun, 03 Oct 2010 13:49

What will I replace my Mitsubishi L200 with?


I am driving a Mitsubishi L200 pick-up, but I am thinking of changing. I like the height of the driving position, but I am looking for lower tax and a diesel engine that's more economical. Any suggestions?

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Marie Finucane (Clare) - Tue, 21 Sep 2010 13:20

How do I retrieve my tax renewal PIN number?

I have lost my tax renewal PIN number and form. Is there any way of getting this instead of travelling to the tax office and queuing?

Filed under road tax - Asked by Paul Byrne (Drogheda) - Tue, 21 Sep 2010 14:07

Why is the reversing light on the Mazda3 so poor?

I have a 2006 Mazda3 and the light given out by the reversing light is shocking in compared to other automobiles. Why is this? Is there anything I can do to remedy it?

Filed under miscellaneous - Asked by COLIN RICHARDS (MIDLETON) - Thu, 26 Aug 2010 15:40


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