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We need a reliable family automobile for two kids...

Hi there,

We are starting to look for a good reliable family automobile suitable for two young children as our journeys now require a lot more space for everything. I know the estates are probably the most practical, but not our preferred choice so if possible could you recommend more compact options with the best interior space?

We were considering the following: Nissan Quashqai - which is best spec? Renault Kadjar - is it reliable however? Skoda Octavia? Any options from Toyota or Hyundai? Reliability is very important. Your thoughts on the above would be really appreciated.

I also note that most, the Kadjar in particular, are available mostly in diesel. Our mileage is probably around 15,000km a year. Would we be ok with a diesel option?

Many thanks

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How to fix my Peugeot's oil leak?

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How much to replace my Micra's clutch?

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Should I do this work to my MINI One?

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Filed under servicing - Asked by Amy Sutton (Dublin) - Tue, 28 Nov 2017 10:58

Is my Ford Focus diesel too cold?

I have a 2009 Ford Focus diesel. The engine malfunction light came on twice today on way to work. It cut out, I lost power steering and the windows would not work either. The automobile is now parked but it is starting up for me now and the warning light has gone off and all seems fine. What could be the problem please? It is a very cold day here too, maybe the automobile was cold?

Many thanks, Lucy

Filed under fault - Asked by Lucy McDonnell (Blanchardstown, Dublin) - Tue, 28 Nov 2017 09:55

Will my automobile fail its NCT because of this?


If the engine management light is on will my automobile fail its NCT or will they refuse to test the automobile? I have read online some people saying it will pass and others saying it's a fail, but only on diesal automobiles. I know in the NCT requirements on dash warning lights it doesn't mention the engine management light.

Filed under NCT - Asked by Mark Corcoran - Thu, 30 Nov 2017 23:33

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