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Any automatic diesels in Ireland?

I've recently moved back to Ireland from Central Europe and can't believe the Irish motor trade's attitude to automatic cars. I've heard various salesmen say stuff like "they give trouble", "fuel consumption is very high" and "sure why would you want one of those?"

I had a deal almost done on a Toyota Avensis diesel until I asked for it with an automatic gearbox. 'Not available in Ireland' I was told. My questions are as follows:

What automatic diesels are available in Ireland? What would you recommend for a family of four? Can automatics be in a different tax band from their manual brothers?

Filed under automatic - Asked by Stuart Foley (Malahide) - Sat, 10 Apr 2010 13:20


How do I remove bird poo marks?

Hi guys. Any cheap fixes for my Renault Mégane? Bird poo has burnt the paint away in spots.

Filed under cleaning - Asked by Maura Smith (Limerick) - Sat, 10 Apr 2010 13:19


Will home servicing affect warranty?

Will home servicing affect my car's warranty?

Filed under warranty - Asked by Paul Hegarty (Dublin) - Sat, 10 Apr 2010 13:17


VW Golf or Ford Focus?

Which is better? VW Golf or Ford Focus? I can't seem to decide. I'm not talking GTI or ST. Just a basic economy model thanks.

Filed under hatchback - Asked by Laura Thompson (Dublin) - Sat, 10 Apr 2010 13:16


Should I buy a crew cab?

Hi guys. For years we have been a two-car family. My wife drove the family car and I had the van. We are seriously considering becoming a one-vehicle household and want to ask your opinion on crew cabs. I have heard so many different views that that I'm confused. Can you recommend a model?

Filed under pick-up - Asked by David McNamara (Clare) - Wed, 07 Apr 2010 20:46


Should Lada come back to Western Europe?

I have read that Lada are preparing to move into the Western European market in 2012. Is it really worth it, given their reputation and the fact that the budget end of the market is pretty heavily saturated already?

Filed under budget - Asked by Paul Campbell (Irishtown) - Wed, 28 Apr 2010 17:01


How much is the new Alfa Giulietta?

How much will the new Alfa Giulietta be in Ireland?

Filed under pricing - Asked by Brion Lynch (Dingle) - Wed, 28 Apr 2010 20:58


Are hybrids as environmentally friendly as manufacturers claim?

I'm becoming environmentally conscious in my old age. I am fortunate to have come in to a few bob and now have a budget of around €40,000 to spend on a new car. Are hybrids as environmentally friendly as the manufacturers claim or would I be better off spending my money on something like a Mercedes-Benz C 200 CDI and keeping it for 10 years?

Filed under hybrid - Asked by Martin Kinsella (Mayo) - Wed, 05 May 2010 22:15


Lower rev limit on diesel Focus?

I recently purchased a 2006 diesel Ford Focus and have noticed on a couple of occasions that the engine cuts out when I exceed a certain engine speed. This happened to me this morning as I was overtaking. As you can imagine, it was quite an unnerving experience. I understand that changing gear a bit earlier avoids the problem but I was wondering if this was normal behaviour or what might be causing it. It's happened three times and each time I'd estimate about 3,000rpm in second gear. On each occasion the engine cut out. Most recently was yesterday morning pulling out of the Maxwell Motors slip road in Blackrock heading south. I let the car glide to a halt and I restarted the engine.

Filed under fault - Asked by Paul Reilly (Blackrock, Cork) - Wed, 05 May 2010 20:51


Servicing before the NCT?

My NCT is coming up soon? Is it best to get the car serviced before the NCT or to go ahead with the test, then have identified faults repaired and return to the NCT centre? Which is most cost effective?

Hi Stephen. We would always echo the words of the manufacturers when it comes to servicing intervals. They are there for a reason so it is usually best to stick with them.

However, from personal experience - albeit with a much older car - the NCT can sometimes uncover things that you didn't know was a problem. If it isn't too long to the NCT, I personally would wait until the NCT and then get a retest if it fails because 9 times out of 10 this works out as a cheaper option rather than getting a service then having to go back to a dealer and get more work done at a later stage if the NCT uncovers anything. At least by having the NCT first you can get the car serviced and also get any faults identified by the test repaired in one go.

However, if your NCT is a long time away and your car is well overdue a service, I would get the service done first as you could end up causing your car some problems which could cost you a lot more to put right.

Filed under servicing - Asked by Stephen Duffy (Abbeyleix) - Wed, 05 May 2010 20:58