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I need a mid-sized family car for about 10,000km a year

Hi there,

I need to buy a mid-sized family car that has to do me for about five years. Both my wife and I cycle to work so it would be in the driveway most of the time though I'd say we still clock up about 10,000 km a year.

My budget is between €9,000 and €10,000 and I was hoping to buy a 2007 car. I had been looking at the Ford Focus diesel estate as it is economical, roomy and decent to drive, but any out there in my price range tend to have a lot of miles on the clock.

I'm now looking at petrol Jettas, which are nice cars but the fuel economy concerns me as I know petrol cars are falling out of favour. Any advice?

Mark

Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Mark Jordan (Dublin) - Mon, 09 Aug 2010 15:22


When is the new Honda Civic on sale?

I have owned Honda Civics for the last 19 years and at present I am on my second 1.8 saloon.

I am considering buying a new car in the new year (2011), but I am wary as the present model was introduced in January 2006. Do you know when this car is due for a revamp?

Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Noel Clarke (Drogheda) - Mon, 09 Aug 2010 16:04


My brakes are squeaking; what is it?

There is a squeaking noise every time I apply the brakes. The pads don't need to be replaced; what could be causing this noise?

Filed under brakes - Asked by Liam Carey (Dublin) - Mon, 09 Aug 2010 13:02


Mondeo or Avensis for taxi?

Hi Guys,

I need advice on which car of two to buy: 2006 Mondeo 1.8 petrol or a 2006 Avensis 1.6 petrol. It's to be used as a taxi, but that the Avensis is €2,000 dearer to buy. Which car would you opt for and why? Just need help deciding, thanks.

David

Filed under taxi - Asked by David Lee (Gormanston) - Sat, 07 Aug 2010 19:15


How much VRT on importing UK Mercedes E-Class?

How much VRT would I expect to pay on a new Mercedes-Benz E 220 CDI diesel valued £28,800 sterling with emissions of 154g/km?

Filed under VRT - Asked by Eamonn Gorman (Mullingar) - Sun, 08 Aug 2010 13:55


Why is the gear change so jerky on the Auris MMT?

Why is the gear change so jerky on the Toyota Auris MMT in the e-mode?

Filed under automatic - Asked by Stephen Fahey (Lemybrien) - Mon, 02 Aug 2010 20:30


One of my wheels has seized. What do I do?

My car has been left idle for a weeks in my garden (on a slope). I went to take it out the other day and it wouldn't move. Reverse gear will engage but the rear passenger side wheel won't budge. Any idea what could be wrong and how to fix it? Thanks.

Filed under miscellaneous - Asked by Emma Synnott (Dublin) - Wed, 21 Jul 2010 23:14


What are the best online motor factor suppliers?

What are the best online motor factor suppliers?

Filed under miscellaneous - Asked by P Bruton (Killarney) - Mon, 19 Jul 2010 12:57


How reliable is the 2005 Ford Mondeo?

Thinking of buying a 2005 petrol Ford Mondeo with 40,000 miles on clock. Are there any outstanding problems or things to look out for or are they generally reliable?

Thanks,

David.

Filed under reliability - Asked by David Lee (Gormanston) - Tue, 20 Jul 2010 23:27


What pressure should I inflate my tyres to?

Hello,

I drive a Renault Vel Satis 2.0 Privilege Hatchback. The tyres are 225/55 on 17-inch wheels. Please let me know the recommended tyre pressures, front and rear.

Thanks

 

 

Filed under tyres - Asked by DERMOT FAGAN (ATHLONE) - Mon, 05 Jul 2010 13:17