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Considering a Japanese import Passat...

Hi, I'm considering changing my 2011 VW Passat 1.4 saloon to a 2012 VW Passat 1.4 Estate, as I need the space. The one I'm considering is a very well equipped Highline model, but it's a Japanese import. Is there anything in particular I should know about buying a used Japanese car?

Thanks, Brendan

Filed under importing - Asked by Brendan Cullen (Knocklyon) - Thu, 21 Feb 2019 12:58

VRT on a 2004 Bentley GT?

Hi, I am looking at a Bentley GT 2004 circa £20 stg. Possible VRT?


Filed under VRT - Asked by K Walsh (Limerick) - Thu, 21 Feb 2019 18:41

Which used crossover to go for?


Out of Hyundai ix35, Tucson, Kia Sportage or Qashqai, all 2015, which to go for? Drove ix35 today with impressive kit, heated seats, windscreen, dual-zone climate etc. Will be going to UK to buy as will save at least €2,000. Which would you choose considering two small kids and about 20,000km per year?

Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Gerry Coen (Galway) - Sat, 23 Feb 2019 16:03

Are older hybrid cars proving reliable?


Hybrid cars, like the ones that Toyota uses rather than plug-ins, have been around for quite some time now. Have you any information on the long term costs of owning a hybrid compared with petrol or diesel, eg, battery life span and replacement costs, longevity of electric motor, servicing costs, CVT transmission, etc?



Filed under hybrid - Asked by Philip Donegan (Ballina) - Sat, 23 Feb 2019 19:13

Can my company buy an EV on finance?

Hi, I have just set up a limited company. I would like to buy an electric company car as there is zero BIK on it. I don't have enough funds in the company to purchase outright. Is there a finance option deal whereby I can make payments monthly?



Filed under finance - Asked by Micheal Curran (Dublin) - Thu, 07 Mar 2019 13:57

What to do about my BMW's timing chain?

I have a 2008 BMW 320d Sport diesel saloon and I think that this should have been recalled due to a timing chain fault, but it hasn’t. Now I’ve been told that the timing chain is a bit loose. What should I do?

Filed under recall - Asked by Geraldine Power (Dublin) - Wed, 27 Feb 2019 18:20

Can I fit three car seats in back of BMW 520d?

Can you fit three car seats in the back of a 2012 BMW 520d M Sport? For newborn, a two-year old and four-year old.

Filed under child or baby seats - Asked by Owen Mcsweeney - Tue, 09 Apr 2019 21:20

Can I connect a Huawei P8 to my Skoda?


I have a 2012 Skoda to which I have Bluetoothed a pre-smartphone Nokia. Recently when I tried to connect a Huawei p8 it did not recognise the device. Is that solutionable?



Filed under Bluetooth - Asked by Philip Donegan (Ballina) - Thu, 04 Apr 2019 19:52

Can a learner drive a 1.7-litre car?

Can someone on a learner permit drive a 1.7-litre car?

Filed under learner - Asked by Maria Kealy (Kilkenny) - Mon, 08 Apr 2019 13:06

Motor tax on the Great Wall Steed?

What is the Irish road tax for a Great Wall Steed 2.0?

Filed under taxation - Asked by Avril O Brien ( Co Roscommon ) - Tue, 09 Apr 2019 22:53