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Are our Citroen repair bills reasonable?

Dear all,

I bought a 2006 Citroen C3 two years ago (paid €5.6K, one owner, low mileage) and noticed recently that it was slipping out of gear when in first. Having had the garage look at it, they said the gearbox would need to be replaced fully (costing approx €1,000). It is also leaking coolant and needs the head gasket replaced. Total estimated bill approx €1,500-2,000. Is this reasonable? Are we right to be annoyed as the automobile has only 64,000km on it?

Thanks in advance

Maria in Cork

Filed under repair - Asked by Maria V - Tue, 05 Feb 2013 14:23

Tell me about petrol Skoda timing belts...

How reliable are the timing belts on the 2015 Skoda Octavia 1.2 petrol TSI? How often should they be changed? Any issues with timing belt on new 1.0 TSI?

Filed under servicing - Asked by James Barry (Dublin) - Mon, 26 Feb 2018 12:54

I need a larger automobile for my golfing needs!

I currently drive a 2008 Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion. I would like to change to a automobile that is higher off the ground. I need a boot big enough to hold golf club and caddy, but not looking for a big expensive SUV. Does the new Golf fit with these conditions? I also would like an automatic; what makes do you recommend please?

Kind regards


Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by Angela Osullivan (Wicklow) - Tue, 20 Feb 2018 19:14

Is a high-mileage Skoda Octavia ok?

Would a 2005 Skoda Octavia diesel with 290,000km on the clock still be a good buy? The automobile is in excellent condition body-wise and has had the timing belt changed twice as well as the clutch and turbo done. It drives very well and I am told they are very economical. If it is looked after will it do up to 500K kilometres or more?

Filed under mileage - Asked by Mark O'Sullivan (Dublin) - Mon, 04 Feb 2013 21:51

Which premium compact used estate?

Which diesel estate from the mid-'00's - Volkswagen Golf (Comfortline), Volvo V50 SE, or Audi A4 - is the most reliable and easiest/cheapest to get parts for/maintain?


Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Brian Browne (Mullingar) - Wed, 06 Feb 2013 10:47

BMW 520d or 320d do you think?

2007 BMW 520d Automatic (LCI model) or 2006 BMW 320d Automatic (saloon)?

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Sandra Fairbrother (Dublin) - Wed, 06 Feb 2013 14:45

Are Skoda Octavias of 2005 reliable?

Are Skoda Octavias of 2005 reliable? Looking at a 1.4-litre model.

Filed under reliability - Asked by John Cooke (Waterford) - Wed, 06 Feb 2013 19:57

Towing ability of a 2010 Jeep Cherokee?

How would a 2010 Jeep Cherokee 2.8 CRD Limited Auto perform off-road pulling a horse trailer with two horses? Also, what about its economy?

Filed under towing - Asked by Maria O,Grady (Thurles) - Thu, 07 Feb 2013 11:34

Is this petrol BMW 5 Series too cheap?


I am thinking of purchasing a second hand 2004 BMW 520 2.2 petrol for €5,500 with 91k on the clock. When I compare similar models same year for sale they are minimum €6k more expensive. Am I missing something or just getting a good deal? Just an opinion please.

Thanks, J

Filed under used automobile values - Asked by John Hickey (Dublin) - Fri, 08 Feb 2013 08:31

Black good for a new Toyota Land Cruiser?

Is a black Toyota Land Cruiser a good colour to buy new?

Filed under paintwork - Asked by Pat Keoghan (Dublin) - Fri, 08 Feb 2013 12:15