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Diesel or petrol for a new automobile now?


I want to know if buying a new automobile should I go for petrol or diesel ?

Filed under petrol vs. diesel - Asked by Anthony Dineen (Cork) - Mon, 29 Oct 2018 14:39

Can I get low tax on a converted camper?

If I covert a commercial vehicle, say a 2017 Volkswagen Transporter, to a camper van and get it certified etc, will I qualify for the lower rate of road tax?

Filed under commercial vehicle - Asked by VINCENT CROWLEY (Cork) - Mon, 29 Oct 2018 12:14

Your thoughts on this Peugeot 3008?

Greetings to you, I will like to request your view on a 2010 or 2011 Peugeot 3008. We are first time automobile buyers and we are currently viewing a 2010 Peugeot 3008, with approximately 110k miles on the clock, diesel engine, automatic for €7,500 sticker price (negotiable). We love this automobile and we would love to have it, but we are wondering what kind of problems and the level of reliability this automobile has. We will appreciate if you can provide us with your analysis of this automobile.


Filed under reliability - Asked by Afeez Are (Leixlip) - Sat, 27 Oct 2018 19:01

Motor tax on a 2007 Skoda Octavia?

Automobile tax on 2007 Skoda Octavia 1.4?

Filed under taxation - Asked by Sam Strahan (Dunleer) - Thu, 01 Nov 2018 17:47

Cost of changing an Audi timing belt?

Cost of changing a timing belt on a 132 Audi A4?

Filed under servicing - Asked by Hugh Gallagher (Letterkenny) - Fri, 02 Nov 2018 09:26

When is my Audi A4's timing belt due?


I own a 142 Audi A4 2.0-litre diesel. I was informed when I bought the automobile that the timing belt was not due until 210,000km. Is this correct? I am currently only at 90,000 miles, but am just wary in case it is in fact due.


Filed under servicing - Asked by Aisling O'Grady (Naas) - Fri, 02 Nov 2018 15:04

Will a Vauxhall timing chain last forever?

Will a timing chain on 2011 Vauxhall Astra last the life of the engine? Someone told me Vauxhall says this.

Filed under servicing - Asked by John Smith (Warrington) - Tue, 23 Oct 2018 20:00

Do VAG TSI engines have timing chain probs?


Looking at a 2013 Audi A1 1.4 TFSI S tronic. Am I right in saying these engines are susceptible to the timing chain stretching and a hefty repair bill if it does? Would you steer clear of this engine or, generally, any of VAG TSI/TFSI engines pre-2015?


Filed under fault - Asked by Colin McGowan (Dublin) - Fri, 12 Oct 2018 11:19

Is the new Mercedes C-Class in Ireland?

Is the new Mercedes-Benz C 220 d in Ireland yet?


Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by Padraig Flanagan (Adare) - Thu, 11 Oct 2018 20:09

Can I afford an Audi A5 or BMW 4 Series?

I currently drive a BMW 318d automatic. Got it the first day of the 162 reg. It has 82,000km (60/40 motorway/good regional roads) and I'm feeling the itch to change. However, I don't want to buy a new automobile again with the mileage that I do. Sore lesson learned. So maybe a 171 reg would work. I plan on keeping the next automobile I get for three years. Hoping that changing will only cost €10-12k.  I like the idea of an Audi A5 or a 4 Series. But I think they might be a bit of a stretch unless I look to the UK. What else could I look at?

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Anthony T (Automobilelow) - Mon, 17 Sep 2018 15:15