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Opel Astra CD/battery problem

Hi guys.

Do you know anything about a "known" problem with 2005 model Opel Astras whereby the motor in the console mounted CD player stays on when the ignition is off and eventually drains the battery? I know two family members suffering the same problem. Do you know if there is anything that can be done to fix it?

The only option Opel gave is to replace the whole console, but the problem will eventually happen again. Both automobiles are out of warranty so Opel dealers don't want to know and have only offered to replace the console at huge cost. Any ideas lads?

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Filed under fault - Asked by Thomas Leonard (Laytown) - Mon, 16 May 2011 20:33

Can I trade-in two automobiles?

I have a 2000 Nissan Almera and 2003 Skoda Octiava. I want to use both against a new automobile. What are my best options?


Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by John Butler (Thurles) - Thu, 19 May 2011 11:53

How much is my Toyota Yaris worth?

How much can I expect to get for a 2004 1 litre Toyota Yaris with 30,000 miles on the clock and in perfect condition? Thanks

Filed under used automobile values - Asked by Colette Cronin - Thu, 19 May 2011 12:44

VW Passat or Ford Mondeo for taxi?

New Volkswagen Passat 1.6-litre diesel or new Ford Mondeo 1.6-litre diesel, cannot decide which is better for used as a taxi in Dublin.

Filed under taxi - Asked by Paul Mc Mahon (Dublin) - Mon, 16 May 2011 11:35

Toyota Camry engine management light woes

My Toyota Camry engine management light is going on/off depending on what brand of petrol I use. What is going on?

Filed under fault - Asked by Philip Morrin (Navan) - Mon, 16 May 2011 09:40

2011 Audi A6 TDI or BMW 520d?

Hello, could you tell me what you think of the Audi A6 2.0-litre TDI and the BMW 520d - both 2011 models please?

Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by Sinead Dowling (Dublin) - Thu, 19 May 2011 11:34

How much for a Nissan Micra crankshaft sensor?

Hi, I have a 1999 Nissan Micra. The crankshaft sensor needs to be replaced. Mechanic told me the part alone will cost €70. Seems expensive? Can you confirm price please?

Filed under servicing - Asked by Ciaran O'Neill (Dublin) - Mon, 16 May 2011 18:42

How good is the Nissan Qashqai?

I am looking at the 2009 Nissan Qashqai diesel. Is it a good buy?

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Maty Meehan (Donegal) - Wed, 18 May 2011 22:47

How much is my S-Max worth and should I keep it?

Hi guys,

I have a one-owner 2008 Ford S-Max 2.0 TDCi 140 Auto Titanium spec with 75,000km on the clock and wonder at approximate trade-in value? I see a wide variation in asking prices on the web. I am wondering if I should look to change it this year or next, or should hold on as it is a good automobile but don't want to be left with something worthless in a few years time.



Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Andrew Kelly (Limerick) - Tue, 17 May 2011 11:35

Should I choose petrol or diesel?

Hi guys,

My question has two parts. Firstly I am changing automobile and always drove a diesel but am wondering about improved economy of modern petrol engines, e.g. VW Jetta 1.4 TSI vs.  VW Jetta TDI. Maybe you can advise what criteria I should consider?

Also, as my mileage is difficult to predict, I am concerned that if I am not doing enough miles I will have problems with the particulate filter on a diesel. What do you think?

Filed under fuel economy and emissions - Asked by Peter Power - Tue, 17 May 2011 14:51


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