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I've been thinking about buying a second hand Volkswagen Passat (2011 to 2013), but I've been reading bad things online about the NOx fixes causing terrible problems with performance drops and fuel economy deteriorating. What do you know about these issues? (yes I know the company line is that there is no drop in performance or fuel economy, but it will say that - no reason to believe a company that would do such things as intentionally cheat on the emissions tests in the first place).
Should I avoid automobiles that require the NOx fixes?
Filed under recall - Asked by Steve Baker (Wicklow) - Tue, 23 May 2017 07:45
I currently drive a late 2012 Audi A3 (new model three-door 2.0 TDI). It's a great automobile, but I'm in a position to upgrade and I want something that has a bit more oomph on the road and is a bit bigger. I have a good 45-minute commute each way to work and I have friends and family all over the country so I need a diesel for all the miles I'm covering.
I'm looking at purchasing second hand, probably automobiles registered from 142 - 152. I'd love a BMW 420d M Sport, but they can be pricey and I have heard from a few people that used BMWs can be far from reliable. I have considered sticking with Audi, but I have found that Audi automobiles from this time period (A4/A5) are a bit underpowered and poorly equipped for the money. Is there anything you can recommend? I find myself only looking at German manufacturers, but I can get over badge snobbery if I found something I really liked.
Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Pearse McDonagh (Waterford ) - Sat, 20 May 2017 08:02
Can you please give me the sale price of a 2011 Volvo S40 Lux with 80,000km on the clock, cream leather interior and it's spotless inside and out?
Filed under used automobile values - Asked by Eileen Mc Automobilethy (Waterford) - Sun, 21 May 2017 16:59
My husband and l are thinking of buying a new Kia Niro through PCP. Neither of us are "into" automobiles as such. We will have a deposit of €10,000 and it will be replacing our 2004 Toyota Corolla Verso. We like the fact that the Kia Niro is hybrid and we have already had a test drive and this sold it to us.
Any advice about the automobile or PCP would be much appreciated.
Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by Jean McConnon (Automobilerickmacross) - Mon, 22 May 2017 08:33
Good and bad things about the Toyota Prius hybrid?
Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by Mihails Grigorjevs (Dublin) - Fri, 19 May 2017 09:58
Was thinking of trading in my current automobile, a 2005 Opel Corsa NJoy. It has 60,000km on the clock and only two owners. It was serviced annually, it's in good condition, apart from the left passenger side was repaired, as previously was in an accident. What value do you think I might get for it as a trade in?
Filed under used automobile values - Asked by Declan Farrell (Ballsbridge / Dublin 4) - Tue, 16 May 2017 14:06
I bought an electric automobile (a Renault Zoe) from Charles Hurst in Belfast, but I am finding it difficult to be sure of the paperwork to be presented at a VRT centre in Ireland.
Is there a number I can ring? Revenue only seem to have answering machines. Do you know if I should fill out the V5 form (red and blue form given by dealer) and send part of it away? On the form it says to send it to Swansea, but is that not just for people in the UK? Also as I have bought a second hand electric automobile, I do not have to pay VRT, but do I need an official letter confirming this before I go to aVRT appointment?
Any advice would be very helpful.
Filed under importing - Asked by Meabh Durand (Sautomobileriff, Co Clare) - Wed, 17 May 2017 20:01
I have a recommendation question. I'm wondering which of the following automobiles I should consider? I have always driven Toyota and currently have a RAV4 D-4D. I'm considering a change and have the following in mind: Honda CR-V ES or Nissan X-Trail SV. I do 50,000km in two years and purchase new. I want something that will be a good trade-in against a Toyota should I revert to the brand in two years' time again.
Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by Stephen Fox (Galway) - Sun, 14 May 2017 13:53
Trade in value of 2012 Suzuki Swift three-door with 42,000km on the clock?
Filed under used automobile values - Asked by Willie Stones (Ballinakill Co Laois) - Sun, 14 May 2017 19:38
I'm considering buying the new Opel Mokka X or similar sized, height and priced automobile. What would you recommend? I've even considered the Dacia range, but maybe its false economy with them?
Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by Simon McCormack (Straffan) - Sun, 14 May 2017 00:23