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First automobile for a student?

I want a good first automobile.  I am a female student. Can you help? My budget is between €1,000 - €2,000

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Helen Ryan (Limerick) - Sun, 16 May 2010 13:16

Volkswagen Golf or SEAT Leon?

I am replacing a 2005 Ford Focus. In all that I have driven I find the Volkswagen Golf comes closest.

I have yet to try the SEAT Leon. How do you compare them? There are so many different styles and prices in both that it is confusing.

I want a post-2008 diesel, and a comfortable seat is a must! There is a new SEAT Leon 1.9-litre Sport Limited Edition 105hp diesel, Tax Band B, reduced by €2,000 to €19,900 or a new Golf 1.6 TDI diesel 105hp for €21,200. Is there much difference in running costs between a 1.6-litre and 1.9-litre?

Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by Angela Osullivan (Wicklow) - Sun, 16 May 2010 19:42

How does the Toyota Verso stack up?


In relation to a family automobile, I see you have high praise for the Qashqai+2. How would a 2009 Toyota Verso compare in terms of space, safety, price, etc? Many thanks and good luck with the site.


Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Brian Keane (Dublin 16) - Mon, 17 May 2010 11:51

How much is my Passat worth?


I have a 2007 VW Passat 2007 1.6-litre petrol FSI Highline Limited Edition, fully-loaded with only 45,000km on the clock. I want to trade it for a 2009 or brand new VW Passat same spec. So how much is it worth?


Filed under used automobile values - Asked by Daniel Davidescu (Dublin 15) - Mon, 17 May 2010 13:22

Is a used BMW a good first automobile?


I have a budget of €4,000 and I am looking for a automobile that will fit the golf clubs and a trolley. I'd like something sporty and was thinking of a BMW but that may cost too much with road tax etc. It will be my first automobile. 


Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Edward Murphy (Dublin) - Mon, 17 May 2010 19:44

Mazda6 or Passat to replace my Vectra?

I am looking closely at buying a 2008 Mazda6, but I am not sure whether to go for diesel or petrol. The petrol is 1.8 and I am wondering how thirsty it would be. I do approx 12,000 miles per year on mainly good roads. Was looking at putting about €10,000 with my own automobile. I have a 2006 Opel Vectra with 38,000 miles on it. It is a 1.6-litre petrol.

Was also looking at a 2007 Volkswagen Passat 1.9 TDI, but heard a lot of mixed reports. Looking for something comfortable and reliable mainly.

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Michael Mulvey (Ashbourne) - Mon, 17 May 2010 20:28

Should I buy the Mégane under scrappage?

I have just test driven a new Mégane Coupe. I've got the scrappage thing just want to know is this a good automobile to buy or is there some other automobile at the same price in better spec with a diesel engine?


Filed under scrappage - Asked by Den Darlington (Kildare) - Mon, 17 May 2010 21:01

What diesel to replace my Ford Mondeo?

I fancy a change from my Ford Mondeo, which I love. What do you reckon in a 2.0-lltre diesel: Merc, BMW, VW Touareg or Jaguar X-Type?

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Fergal Reidy (Celbridge) - Mon, 17 May 2010 23:24

Which diesel for €10,000 or less?

I am changing my automobile. I fancy a diesel 1.3 or 1.4-litre and I have €10,000 to spend, maybe a little more. Any ideas? I am scrapping a automobile under the scheme. 


Filed under scrappage - Asked by Yvonne Hogan (Dublin) - Tue, 18 May 2010 01:24

What seven-seater for our new arrival?

We need to get a seven-seater when our fourth child arrives soon, so we're looking at a SEAT Alhambra, VW Sharan or Ford Galaxy.

We have a 2003 Focus Ghia saloon plus a budget of around €10,000 to add to it. Do you have any other similarly-sized automobile suggestions that we've missed and is it a concern if a second-hand automobile that is five or six years old has three or more owners if the mileage is less than 60,000?





Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Tonya Kirwan (Wicklow) - Tue, 18 May 2010 12:43



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