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Used Peugeot 308, Renault Megane or Auris?

Hi, we want to buy a newish automobile this year with about €10,000. We have looked at a few models including a 2012 Peugeot 308 HDi, 2012 Renault Megane 1.5 dCi and a Toyota Auris 1.4 diesel all with 50k ish miles. Which would be your choice? We do about 20,000 miles a year.

Thank you

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Ruairi Mc Automobilethy (Mullagh Co Cavan) - Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:02

VRT on imported Toyota Verso diesel?

How much VRT will I have to pay on a 2016 Toyota Verso 1.6 diesel D-4D if I import it from the UK?

Filed under VRT - Asked by Aine W Watts (Ennis County Clare) - Thu, 12 Jan 2017 21:18

What mpg will the Skoda Octavia 1.0 TSI do?

What are the actual miles per gallon of the Skoda Octavia 1.0-litre?

Filed under fuel economy and emissions - Asked by Georgette D'Arcy - Wed, 11 Jan 2017 22:37

Any problems with the Hyundai Tucson auto?


I am wondering whether there is any known or recurring problems with the automatic Hyundai Tucson?


Filed under reliability - Asked by Tom Barry - Sat, 07 Jan 2017 22:02

Can I get a full refund on my faulty automobile?

I bought a 2007 Nissan Qashqai diesel from a SIMI dealer on Sat. 7th and 25 hours later into ownership it has developed the four following faults:

A) ABS fault light on dash after first test drive - solution agreed and accepted - a fault nonetheless.

B) Faulty driver side rear window - window does not rise up again after being lowered - this was noticed 1.5 hours after purchase.

C) Red engine warning light on dash after 2.5 hours of purchase - Nissan manual advises automobile needs to be reviewed professionally ASAP - thick white smoke from the exhaust.

D) 3.15pm Sunday 8th Jan. - automobile simply will not start. I have advised the dealer I want the automobile collected and a complete refund issued.

I believe I am entitled to do so under current consumer law (not of merchantable quality and unfit for purpose) - can you confirm?


Filed under legal - Asked by Cathal Tiernan (Dunmore, Co.Galway) - Sun, 08 Jan 2017 21:58

Is the new Dacia Duster a quality vehicle?

Is the new Dacia Duster a quality vehicle or will it have problems sooner rather than later?

Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by Nigel Nangle (Bray) - Mon, 09 Jan 2017 13:09

Looking at the Toyota Proace Verso for a taxi.

Looking at the Toyota Proace Verso for a taxi; is it value for money?

Filed under taxi - Asked by Dave Taaffe (Dublin) - Tue, 10 Jan 2017 13:57

Can I swap an unused Prius for a new Hyundai?

I'm thinking of buying a new diesel automatic, possibly the new Hyundai i30. Would any dealers take a 2008 Toyota Prius not used for a couple of years and another automobile, our 2009 FOrd Focus diesel automatic? What do you think?

Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by Tony Broderick (Automobilelow) - Sat, 07 Jan 2017 01:50

A few questions about turbocharging...

Hi, I have a few related questions please about turbo petrol automobiles. I'm thinking of changing my automobile soon and might actually go for petrol over diesel this time, mainly due to cheaper purchase price and reliability concerns about diesel automobiles when warranty runs out.

Do modern turbo petrol automobiles typically have EGR valves and Dual Mass Flywheels, two parts that often cause problems in diesel automobiles? Also most turbo petrols of today don't have particle filters, do they?

Final question please: why, if petrol is meant to have more potent power than diesel in many ways and I know petrols can generally manage higher revs and top speeds than diesels, do turbo petrol automobiles usually have much less torque/pulling power figures than equivalent sized turbo diesel engines? I've found diesels to have much more pulling power and responsiveness at speeds that are actually legal and under the limit, than petrols, in automobiles I've driven. Why is this when both types have turbos?

K Holden, Waterford.

Filed under diesel - Asked by Kieran Holden (Waterford) - Fri, 06 Jan 2017 22:10

Which new seven-seat MPVs would you go for?

I currently have a Ford Galaxy and looking to get a new/nearly new seven-seater. Have you done a review on seven-seaters? What would you recommend?

Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by Luke Tyrrell (Dublin) - Fri, 06 Jan 2017 18:41


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