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What do you think of the Volvo S80?

What do you think of a 2007 Volvo S80 AWD D5 Geartronic? Is it as safe and reliable and economical as others in its sector? I have had Volvos and BMWs (530d and 520d) and found the Volvo better for comfort, safety reliability and the BMW better as a driver's automobile with great engines...

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Justin Mc Elwee (Sligo) - Fri, 11 Mar 2011 12:41

Scrappage conundrum

I have a customer with a scrappage question that I can't answer. Her daughter passed on her automobile to her 12 months ago and now the mother would like to scrap this automobile. Is it possible? Her daughter has had it for a few years and the mother has had it since 12 months ago. Does the automobile qualify?

Filed under scrappage - Asked by Paul Lyttleton (Clonmel) - Wed, 09 Mar 2011 12:29

Will home servicing affect my warranty?

My automobile is due in for warranty work.  When booking it in the woman asked if it had been serviced.   Obviously I have had it serviced, but not at the main dealers. I have a friend who is a mechanic who I trust. He serviced it for me for a fraction of the dealer cost, using genuine parts.  

Unfortunately, because he serviced it at my house rather than at the garage where he works he hasn't stamped my service book. Is this likely to affect my warranty? I have the receipts for the original parts used but no stamp!

Any help would be appreciated. 

Filed under servicing - Asked by Chris Burke (Barnsley) - Thu, 10 Mar 2011 16:04

Toyota Avensis or VW Passat Estate?

Hi guys,

I am looking at a 2006 Toyota Avensis Estate D-4D 130bhp six-speed. It is €5,700 in Northern Ireland from an after market dealer. What sort of economy does this manage? Is it a good buy or not? Or would a 2005 VW Passat Estate with 130bhp be better?

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Jim O'Sullivan (Co.Cork.) - Wed, 02 Mar 2011 21:00

Can you recommend an MPV as a second automobile?

Can you recommend an MPV as a second automobile?

Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by Reilly Sean (Longford) - Fri, 25 Feb 2011 13:55

Will the new driving licence rules affect me?

Do the new rules that are coming into force in April apply to people with learner permits or do you need your full licence to avoid these new rules?

Filed under driving licence - Asked by Adrian Noonan (Cork) - Sun, 20 Feb 2011 21:16

What would you choose between a Ford Focus and VW Jetta?

What would you choose between the Ford Focus saloon 1.6-litre TDCi or Volkswagen Jetta 1.9 TDI? I need a automobile with a large boot to do about 30,000km per year. Any recommendations would be welcome.

Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by Kevin Reilly (Longford) - Mon, 28 Feb 2011 21:00

Which is the best four-door coupé?

Which is the best four-door coupé?

Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by Tridjojo Tirta (Jakarta) - Tue, 01 Mar 2011 03:48

Should I buy a 2006 Mazda RX-8?

Hey guys,

I have a 2006 Opel Astra GTC SXI 1.7 diesel. I have been very unlucky with it and have gotten a lot of problems so I am ultimately thinking of trading it in. I saw a nice 2006 Mazda RX 8 1.3 petrol and liked the look of it. Just wanted to ask your opinion on how reliable they are. If I have any trouble would I have to bring it to a main dealer because of the Wankel engine; are parts expensive, depreciation etc? Any help/advice would be much appreciated. Thanks. 

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Alan Clanty (Limerick) - Fri, 25 Feb 2011 19:12

What automobile has three ISOFIX points?


We hope to trade in our 2005 Skoda Octavia during the summer for a automobile that has three isofix points in the back. We would prefer not to get a seven-seater as we don't need that many seats. Our wishlist would include the three isofix points, a big boot to accomodate a double buggy, low tax and fuel efficiency. We have been looking at the Peugeot 307 SW. The trade in value of our present automobile seems to be in around the €5,000 mark. We can afford to add another €,5000 to that.

Any advice greatly appreciated! Many thanks. 

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Feena Farrell (Kilcock) - Fri, 25 Feb 2011 11:41

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