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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

Belt or chain in 2014 Opel Insignia?

2014 Opel Insignia 170hp Elite: can you tell me if it's a timing chain or timing belt? If it's a belt, what is the mileage or age to replace?

Filed under servicing - Asked by Noel Murphy (Kilkenny) - Wed, 05 Jul 2017 21:58

How reliable is the Mercedes C-Class?

How reliable is the Mercedes-Benz C 220 CDI SE Executive?

Filed under reliability - Asked by Seamus O'Callaghan (Raheen) - Wed, 05 Jul 2017 23:03

Looking for differences in Audi A5s.

Is there much difference between 177hp Audi A5 S line and 150hp Audi Sportback SE Technik? Also, some automobiles show a dial positioned just below the gear knob for controls while other models show no dial, but a display on the dash. Why is this considering they are the same year?

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Gavin Reddy (Automobilelow) - Sat, 01 Jul 2017 16:25

Looking for something fun and petrol...

Hey guys, looking to upgrade from a 2008 Honda Civic Type S for something a little more comfortable for long journeys but still quite fun and cool. Any advice?

I abhor diesel engines and any help is appreciated!

Filed under performance - Asked by Liam Duffy (Donegal) - Mon, 26 Jun 2017 22:29

What fun petrol hatch for €5,000?

I'm a newly full licenced driver at the ripe old age of 30, I haven't owned a automobile in 10 years so I'm looking at getting a used automobile for €4-5k, but due to insurance I'm limited to automobiles 1.6-litre or less. I want a petrol hatchback and would love something fun to drive yet affordable to run and good for motorways on the odd occasion so 1.0-litre shoeboxes would be a no no.

Any suggestions?

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by John Ward (Galway) - Sat, 24 Jun 2017 13:00

Which luxury automobile for my chauffeur business?

Hi guys,

I'm in the market for a used automobile for my chauffeur business. Budget is low as with any business starting out so I've narrowed my choice down to these automobiles: 2007/8 Mercedes-Benz E-Class CDI 220/270/280, 2007/8 Lexus GS 450h/300, 2008 Audi A8 3.0-litre TDI or 2008/9 Jaguar XF diesel. I have a feeling that the Lexus is the most reliable, but also the most costly fuel wise and the boot is quite small for luggage too. I've been told the facelifted E-Class is very good and reliable as all issues where rectifified with the W211. I don't know too much about the Audi A8 or the Jaguar XF.

Any advice please?

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Kev Dillon (Dublin) - Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:36