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Audi A5 or BMW 3 Series Coupe?


I am looking at buying a used car at the moment. Trying to decide between an Audi A5 and BMW 3 Series Coupe. The 2.0-litre diesels look like the sensible option. I would like low mileage, but don't want anything newer than 2008 really. I would get M Sport if I end up going for BMW, but S line not so important for the A5. Max budget is €25k.

I'm interested in your general opinion of both cars. Would you have a preference? Is there anything in particular that I need to watch out for? Better engine options keeping in mind the tax, resale etc? I only do about 10k miles per year...

Thanks in advance, John

Filed under choosing used car - Asked by John O'Connor (Celbridge) - Fri, 22 Mar 2013 19:32

Best used and affordable diesel car?

Which is the best used diesel car to buy within a reasonable budget?

Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Louanne Littley (Waterford) - Mon, 08 Apr 2013 12:04

Looking for a 2008 Audi A3 Sportback.

I'm trying to source an 2008 Audi A3 five-door diesel and having real difficulty. A lot seem to be imported from the UK.

Any advice?

Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Hilary Creedon (Cork) - Tue, 16 Apr 2013 19:52

Any issues with this Jaguar or Mercedes?


Looking to buy a Jaguar XK 3.0 d or Mercedes E-Class 2.2, both 2009 models; are there any issues with these cars?


Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Ed Donnelly (Dublin) - Sun, 28 Apr 2013 09:19

Tell me about the Volkswagen Touareg...

Does mileage matter on a Volkswagen Touareg 2.5 TDI? Also are there any common problems with the same vehicle?

Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Philip O'Meara (Dublin) - Tue, 23 Apr 2013 15:45

BMW 530d or 520d?


Thinking of buying a 07/08 BMW 530d M Sport with 60,000 approx. miles. Have been given all negative reasons why I should not buy a 530d over a 520d. Too thirsty! Tax too high! Repairs very high! Whereas on blogs from UK guys are saying they would choose a 530d over a 520d anytime.

Any advice?

Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Aidan Richardson (Dublin) - Fri, 10 May 2013 16:17

Volkswagen Passat B7: yes or no?

Volkswagen Passat B7: yes or no?

Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Jack Murphy - Tue, 14 May 2013 19:23

What's your opinion on the Citroen C5?

I am considering buying a 2010 Citroen C5 estate that comes with Bluetooth, satnav and cruise control at a price of€17k. "Friends" are saying buy an Avensis or Mondeo as they have a better resale value and are more reliable, but you do not get the same high spec as the C5 for €17k.

What's your opinion on the C5?

Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Zak Adam (Drogheda, Co Louth) - Tue, 14 May 2013 23:04

Have you a review of the Honda Civic 1.6?

Have you a review of the Honda Civic 1.6?

Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Gerard Marron (Limerick County) - Fri, 10 May 2013 22:20

Nissan Almera or Volkswagen Golf?

What is better, a 2007 Nissan Almera with very low mileage or Volkswagen Golf Comfort?

Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Ano Manuel (Vermouth) - Tue, 14 May 2013 11:51

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