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We're looking for a good seven-seater.

Hi, we're looking for a seven-seater where we could potentially fit three automobile seats across the back seat. We currently have a Nissan Qashqai, which we love. A friend recommended a Volkswagen Touran, but says it feels a bit boxy to drive - but that might be the case with all seven-seaters? Our budget is €30k net of trade in (04 Ford Fiesta).

Happy to buy new or consider up to two years' old.


Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by Rosalind O'Brien (Dublin) - Sun, 16 Jul 2017 22:02

Which 2008-2009 estate to buy?

What is the estate automobile to buy around 2008-2009 low tax brands? I was leaning towards Volvo.



Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Mike Doherty (Cappoquin) - Mon, 17 Jul 2017 10:24

Do I need xDrive 4x4 in a BMW X5?

Hi I currently drive a BMW 520d and am interested in buying a 172/171 BMW X5 2.0-litre diesel. There is a good price difference between the sDrive and the xDrive models. If I do buy the X5 I wouldn't be going off-road driving and wouldn't be using it for towing either. I would just be using it for normal on-road driving. I do about 20,000 miles/32,000km a year. I would like to know if you think that the sDrive model would be enough or would I need the xDrive for added stability for driving on wet or icy roads in the winter. I've never had trouble in my 5 Series, but then the X5 is bigger and taller.

Thank you.

Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by Jane Walsh (Cork) - Mon, 17 Jul 2017 15:07

Do I buy petrol or diesel in a new automobile?

I want to buy a new automobile but I am confused - do I buy petrol or diesel?

Filed under petrol vs. diesel - Asked by Taranpreet Singh (Jalandhar) - Tue, 18 Jul 2017 04:02

Any advice on a BMW 7 Series?

Hi guys,

I've been looking at a 2007 BMW 730Ld for chauffeur work. One owner from new who is also a chauffeur, all timing chains replaced and gaskets and seals and full auto transmission service done. There's 160k miles on the clock.

Any advice on this model BMW please?



Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Kev Dillon (Dublin ) - Wed, 12 Jul 2017 15:10

How much is tax on a 1997 BMW 520i?

How much is road tax on a 1997 July-registered BMW 520i?

Filed under taxation - Asked by David Conway (Cork) - Fri, 14 Jul 2017 21:18

Which of these Toyota Avensis to go for?

Thinking of buying one of the two automobiles mentioned below:

2009 2.0-litre Toyota Avensis D-4D Luna four-door with 145,000km on the odometer or 2010 2.0-litre Toyota Avensis Strata with 87,000km on the odometer. The 2010 model is €995 dearer, but with a difference of 58,000km on the odometer it might be a better buy? Both are diesel. Other than a lower mileage, do you have an opinion which is better? Also what is the max mileage one can expect to get over the lifetime of this automobile

Many thanks. Marlen

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Marlen Automobilevalho (Wicklow) - Mon, 10 Jul 2017 11:29

Is this 2014 Opel Astra too good to be true?

Thinking of buying a 2014 Opel Astra (1.4 petrol) for circa €7,000. NCT'd to 2019, but highish mileage at 177,000km. Too good to be true?

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Patrick Trehy (Donaghmede) - Fri, 07 Jul 2017 16:07

Which new seven-seat SUV for 2018?


I currently drive a Land Rover Discovery Sport, five-seater diesel and I am thinking about changing in 2018. We would ideally like to stay in the SUV market, but our new automobile will need to have seven seats. The Discovery Sport does come as a seven-seater, but  wondering what other options are out there for a total budget of €50k approx either in or out of the SUV bracket?


Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by Enda Daly (Galway) - Thu, 06 Jul 2017 14:57

Should I replace my Zafira with a Volvo V60?


Looking at a 2016 (162) Volvo V60 D6 Hybrid AWD, with less than 6K miles, (9.5k kilometres) on the clock. It is a demo model. Reviews tell me that I should avoid this automobile, primarily because of price. With a cash price tag of €36K on this automobile from a dealership I am inclined to think that the value is more acceptable. Does this price raise your two-star rating?  With three children approaching teenage, they have outgrown the Opel Zafira and so other options I am considering include the XC60.

each of advice appreciated.

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Padraig Coffey (Killarney) - Fri, 07 Jul 2017 11:52

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