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Would an electric automobile work for us?

Hi there,

My wife drives a 2005 Toyota RAV4 1.8 petrol. Over a year ago she changed jobs from a 6km commute to one with a 48km commute each way. This is half motorway and then mainly country roads. This coupled with kid taxi duties means she does nearly 650km a week (Mon to Fri) and spends around €75 a week on petrol. I do 900km a week and already have a automobile loan for a diesel automobile.

So my question is, an electric automobile feasible for someone with that commute and no option to charge at work, except for probably emergencies, and monthly repayments must be €300 or less? Which I assume means that the new Ioniq and new Leaf are out of reach.

Filed under electric automobiles - Asked by David Delaney (Kells) - Sun, 12 Feb 2017 15:04

What do you think of the BMW 640d?

What is your expert opinion of the BMW 640d Coupe? I'm thinking of buying a 2016 model.

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Paul Tyrrell (Wexford) - Sun, 12 Feb 2017 11:13

I have €6,000 for a compact MPV...


I am thinking of buying a Ford C-Max, but I do not know which one: 1.8 TDCi: I have heard of problems with cutting out and also problems with common rail; or 1.6 petrol Zetec, but the problem then is economy is less and it's an old engine.

I do about 10.000 miles a year. If these are no good can you recommend something else?

I want to spend about €6,000.

Thanks for your time

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Andy Wood (Barking Essex) - Sun, 12 Feb 2017 10:42

What's the Fiat Grande Punto like?

What's your view of the Fiat Grande Punto - say 2008/2010, i.e. reliability etc?


Filed under reliability - Asked by Gerry Flynn (Dublin 16) - Fri, 10 Feb 2017 16:22

For reliability: Volvo, Passat or Octavia?

Which is more reliable: the Volvo S40, the Passat TDI 1.6 diesel or the Skoda Octavia?


Filed under reliability - Asked by John D Clarke (Blackrock) - Wed, 08 Feb 2017 15:47

Petrol or diesel for a new Toyota?

Hi, I am currently looking at a new Toyota Corolla or Auris. I don't know whether the 1.33 petrol or 1.4 diesel would be better. I have a 50km round commute on main roads and dual automobileriageways and my annual mileage is 16,000km.

Thanks for your help.

Filed under petrol vs. diesel - Asked by Jerry O'Connor (Mallow, Co Cork) - Wed, 08 Feb 2017 09:31

Is the Fiat Doblo diesel good value?

Is the Fiat Doblo Passenger 1.3 MultiJet good value for the price?

Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by Tim Brosnan (Limerick) - Wed, 08 Feb 2017 12:41

Should we bring our automobile from Germany?


Can I ask for some advice please? My girlfriend is a German national who has come to live in Ireland. She wants to sell her automobile here in Ireland. The automobile in question is a 2011 Nissan Qashqai - very good spec with a petrol engine. There is a Moldovian national who is interested in buying this automobile, but we are concerned that the automobile will not be registered in Moldova and we are aware that a lot of German automobiles are in Moldova on German plates.

Any help or advice would be appreciated .

Warmest regards

Michael Roche

Filed under importing - Asked by Michael Roche (Cork) - Tue, 07 Feb 2017 13:43

How to value a 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe?

What is the average depreciation value on a 2015 Hyundai Sante Fe basic Comfort model? How much does high mileage impact on this? 98,000 plus km.

Filed under resale value - Asked by Elaine Harrington (Newport) - Mon, 06 Feb 2017 22:18

Opel Insignia or SEAT Exeo saloon?

Opel Insignia 130hp or SEAT Exeo 140hp - 2012/2011? Any problems I should look out for?

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Michael Walsh (Mayo) - Tue, 07 Feb 2017 17:49

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