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Is the Opel Astra 1.3 diesel a good engine?

I am looking to buy a 1.3 Opel Astra diesel: is that a good engine?

Filed under diesel - Asked by Ken Lee (Cork) - Sun, 23 Aug 2020 19:51

How to keep my diesel in good condition?

As an over 70 and therefore required to stay indoors indefinitely, how can I maintain my diesel car in good condition when it may not be driven for a very long time?

Filed under diesel - Asked by Brendan McElroy - Fri, 03 Apr 2020 15:06

What's happening with diesel running costs?


What will happen to my existing diesel car with 2017 emissions in terms of road tax, fuel costs etc?

Thanks Gerry

Filed under diesel - Asked by Gerry Phelan (Sligo) - Thu, 16 Jan 2020 09:47

Timing belts or chains?!


I was a bit concerned to read in an online article that the timing chain on a three-year-old Volvo V60 (just outside warranty) broke and destroyed the engine (and until the newspaper got involved Volvo was going to make the owner pay for the new engine). The article also said that they were noticing an increase in timing chains breaking. Surely the whole point of a chain vs belt was that it would last. Better off with a belt and changing it at 150,000km. Costly, but, perhaps unthinkable, more secure??

Having been very taken with your recent review of the V60, I'm reconsidering going back to a Skoda, but unfortunately, the same article said that the Volkswagen Group were suffering particularly from broken chains. Does the Superb diesel have a chain or belt? Do all cars now have timing chains?


Filed under diesel - Asked by Philip Donegan (Ballina) - Tue, 08 Oct 2019 10:23

Should I clean or replace the EGR valve?

My garage has told me that the emissions light on my dashboard is due to a fault in the EGR system. However, the car is running fine with no loss of power. The emissions light is not consistently on, only occasionally in the last week. Should I get the valve cleaned first as my garage are quoting me €500 for a new part plus labour costs?

Thank you.

Filed under diesel - Asked by Margaret Longhurst (Roscrea) - Sat, 02 Mar 2019 10:10

Looking for reasonably priced diesel car...

I'm looking for a reasonably priced diesel car Focus/Mondeo size from Opel, Ford or Volkswagen, 2008 on, low mileage car. I would average 20,000km a year.

Filed under diesel - Asked by Fintan O'Malley (Bailieboro) - Sat, 12 Jan 2013 10:03

Diesel still best for high mileage?

So with so many car makers planning to phase out diesel engine options in 2019, what are the real options for high mileage drivers? Will there be big impacts on residual values for diesel cars purchased later this year? I drive about 40,000km a year and need to change later this year.


Filed under diesel - Asked by Brian O Neill (Kilkenny) - Tue, 13 Mar 2018 17:54

Will Toyota accept a diesel trade-in RAV4?

I usually buy a new car every three years, which means I'm due to trade in my two-year-old Toyota RAV4 diesel at the end of 2018. Will my diesel be accepted against a hybrid?

Filed under diesel - Asked by Dan Dineen (Cork) - Wed, 07 Mar 2018 19:44

Tell me about the Mazda3's diesel engine?

What type of engine is in the Mazda3 1.6 diesel?

Filed under diesel - Asked by Dino Deehan (Athlone) - Mon, 01 Apr 2013 23:04

Is the 2005 Volvo XC90 Euro 4 or 5?

Hi, what EU emission standard does the 2005 XC90 2.4 diesel comply with? Is it EU emission standard 4?

Thanks a mil


Filed under diesel - Asked by Brian Walsh (Dublin) - Thu, 05 Oct 2017 23:33

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