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Can we look at petrol vs. diesel in detail?

Though diesel automobiles are more expensive to buy, the trade-in value will also be greater, a point that does not seem to be taken into consideration in the diesel vs. petrol debate. The first question a dealer asks is "is it petrol or diesel?", which is generally followed by a turning up of the nose when the answer is petrol.

Practically all motoring correspondents highlight the benefits of diesel without referring to the fact that diesel engines are designed to be driven on long journeys where the engine reaches its optimum temperature, which does not happen on short runs, thereby increasing the potential for engine damage. Thumbs up to you for your very informative question and answer section. How about a full article on diesel-v-petrol taking into account servicing costs and highlighting the potential of engine damage to diesel engines when used only on short journeys?

Filed under petrol vs. diesel - Asked by Michael Corduff (Dublin) - Fri, 19 Jul 2013 21:56

Is there a jack in a Citroen C4 Picasso?

Does a 2010 Citroen C4 Grand Picasso come with a jack?

Thank you.

Filed under tyres - Asked by Paula Briggs (Galway) - Wed, 24 Jul 2013 15:54

Automobile tax on a 2007 Audi A4 TDI?

What is the automobile tax on a 2007 Audi A4 diesel in Ireland?

Filed under taxation - Asked by Alan Mc Donnell - Thu, 25 Jul 2013 22:15

In a 2007 Volkswagen Passat a good buy?

Is an 07 Volkswagon Passat 1.9 with 160,000 mileage a good buy?


Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Barbra Brennan (Drogheda) - Sat, 27 Jul 2013 16:18

What new automobile deals are coming for 181?

Any ideas of what kind of automobile deals will be coming for the 181 buying season? Expecting good deals due to poor sales or are we in for high PCP rates all around?

Filed under finance - Asked by John O'Connor - Wed, 30 Aug 2017 16:10

Which hybrid saloon for up to €60,000?

Hi, what hybrid saloon automobile would you recommend with a budget of €50 -60k? How are residuals with hybrids doing?

Many thanks,

Paul from Automobilelow

Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by Paul Duffin (Automobilelow) - Thu, 07 Sep 2017 18:24

What will I replace my Saab 9-5 with?


I'm looking for a reliable and cheap to buy saloon or estate to replace a 10-year-old Saab 9-5. I'm thinking Saab again. Any advice on alternatives?

Many thanks, Dave.

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by David Doyle (Dublin) - Sat, 02 Sep 2017 09:33

How safe is the Ford EcoSport?

What's the international safety rating for a 2017 Ford EcoSport Titanium?

Filed under safety - Asked by Debbie R (Joburg) - Sun, 03 Sep 2017 09:30

Timing belt in Skoda Octavia 1.9 TDI?

Tell me about the timing belt in the Skoda Octavia 1.9 TDI Elegance...

Filed under servicing - Asked by Stephen Clarke (Gillingham) - Wed, 30 Aug 2017 23:16

How do I get into my Merc SL's boot?!

I am unable to open the boot-lid on my 1992 Mercedes Benz 300 SL roadster. I have been opening manually on key but lock appears to be broken as key does not catch and runs almost freely from side to side. Any other way to open boot-lid?

Filed under fault - Asked by Gearoid O'Driscoll (Bandon) - Wed, 31 Jul 2013 14:42