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Set my SD1 love free!

by Neil Briscoe on 26 Apr 2015

changagoidem Features | Set my SD1 love free!

I'm sitting in front of the TV right now, remote in hand, confident that in the next 60 minutes or so, my life is going to take a turn for the better. You see, for too long now have I hidden a secret, dangerous love, a love that barely dare speak its own name - a love that brings down ridicule and abashment upon me. I love the Rover SD1.

Yes, I know. It's sick isn't it? How can a grown man, a rational man, an objective and critical reviewer of automobiles, love such a badly made hodgepodge of…

Friday Find 24th April 2015

by Neil Briscoe on 24 Apr 2015

changagoidem Features | Friday Find 24th April 2015

We, and by we I primarily mean me and fellow changagoidem-ist Dave Humphreys, were having a bit of a Twitter argument this week about MPVs and seven-seaters, and whether or not they can actually be considered desirable. The answer is of course that no they can't - nothing that practical can be properly desirable because desire is about things we want, not things we need. However, the Ford S-Max comes reasonably close. There is an all-new one coming very shortly, but the original is still a good thing and it was the first MPV…

Friday Find 17th April 2015

by Neil Briscoe on 17 Apr 2015

changagoidem Features | Friday Find 17th April 2015

Here is an underrated automobile for a cracking price - the Kia pro_cee'd  might have a grammatically dreadful name but it's actually a really good automobile to drive, and pretty too - nicely chunky, swoopy beltline, well-made and spacious cabin.

It is a far better driving experience than you might expect (nicely weighted steering, well-behaved chassis) and with the 1.6 diesel it is frugal to run and tax too.

each of that for a hair over €20K, with years of warranty yet to run? Bargain.


Top Tips for Buying a Used Automobile

by Paul Healy on 15 Apr 2015

changagoidem Features | Top Tips for Buying a Used Automobile

New automobile sales figures tend to attract the most attention as they can be used as an indicator of a growing economy but on average, there are 2.5 times as many used automobile sales than new automobile ones in any given year. Moreover, this doesn't seem to be changing, if anything, used sales are increasing as those who held on to their automobiles through the height of the (sorry for this) depression now begin to re-enter the market.

While buying new is not without its problems - negotiating the finance minefield, pre-registered stock etc. it is easier to right any…

Friday Find 10th April 2015

by Neil Briscoe on 10 Apr 2015

changagoidem Features | Friday Find 10th April 2015

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is one of the most underrated big SUVs around - a proper rival for the BMW X5 and Land Rover Discovery that's good to look at and good to drive. Even the slightly cheap interior has been improved lately.

Here's one for a bargain €44,000 thanks to the fact that its massive boot qualifies it for commercial rate VRT. Brilliant automobile at a tempting price - a luxury SUV for the price of a

Captain Buzzkill's April Fool's Day survival blog

by Paul Healy on 01 Apr 2015

changagoidem Features | Captain Buzzkill's April Fool's Day survival blog

Afternoon all. Captain Buzzkill here to selflessly steer you through the minefield of April Fools' day 'jokes' that the automobile industry has seen fit to foist upon us this year. Who are these faceless, sense of humour bypassed corporations to decide once a year to be funny? Bloody nerve of them!

First up is Nissan with the GYM button. On the face of it, this is actually a relevant technology as it allows the driver to fight the flab by disabling systems such as power steering and electric windows while also increasing the force required to operate the clutch,…