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Buying my first car for €5,000

Hi, I want to buy my first car. My budget is €5,000. I will be driving it on country roads and returning to Dublin at the weekend. Can you recommend the best car for my needs. I have a full driving license for the past 5 years. I look forward to your reply.

Regards Hazel.

Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Julie Travers (Tallaght) - Sun, 15 May 2011 22:42

What is the value of my 2005 Skoda Octavia?

What is the current value of a 2005 Skoda Octavia 1.6-litre petrol? There are 120,000 miles on the clock and it is in mint condition.

Filed under used car values - Asked by Liam Arrigan (Rathkeale) - Sun, 15 May 2011 14:38

Are BMW swirl flaps a problem?

Hello I would like to know if swirl flaps are a problem in BMW cars please. I would also like to know at what stage should you look out for this.


Filed under servicing - Asked by Declan Reidy (Kerry) - Sun, 15 May 2011 18:15

Help! I'm confused by Almera models

What is the differance between the 2004 Nissan Almera saloon 1.5 and the Nissan Almera Tekna saloon 1.5?

Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Brendan Higgins (Dublin) - Mon, 16 May 2011 01:11

Is the Toyota RAV4 a good buy?

Is a 2007 Toyota RAV4 2.0 Luna with 46,000 miles on the clock a good buy at €11,900?

Filed under used car values - Asked by John O'Brien (Waterford) - Sun, 15 May 2011 21:24

VW Passat CC or Peugeot 508?

Dear sirs,

I would like to know which car is more reliable and economical between Volkswagen Passat CC 2.0-litre TDI or the Peugeot 508 2.0-litre diesel.

Thank you

Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Gerry Farrelly (Leixlip) - Sun, 15 May 2011 13:10

Why the delays on the Kia Sportage?

Have you heard anything about why it is taking so long for the new Kia Sportage to reach Irish showrooms? Is it just right hand drive cars for Ireland and UK that are slow to arrive or is it all over Europe?

Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Kevin Leonard (Rush Co Dublin) - Sat, 14 May 2011 09:15

Should I buy the VW Golf 1.2 or a Toyota Auris 1.3?

My question is: I'm looking to change my 2006 1.2 SEAT Ibiza and am considering the 1.2 Volkswagen Golf Highline or the Toyota Auris 1.3 Sport. I drive every day, mostly city driving but only do about 6,000km a year. Do you have any comments on either of the cars I'm considering or is there anything else I should have a look at?

Many thanks for your help


Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Brendan Cullen (Dublin) - Mon, 09 May 2011 12:00

Is the Opel Meriva a decent buy?

Hi lads, just a quick question.

We have a 2003 Fiat Punto and we are expecting twins shortly. We were looking for a five-door car with Isofix seats but not too big a body. We are thinking about an Opel Meriva Club version, 3-4 years old. The Meriva has a flat and level boot that would leave some space for shopping etc. Basically, is the Meriva a good car, cheap to run and flexible enough to cope with two young babies?

Do you have any info on autodirect.ie? They seem to offer good deals.

Filed under choosing used car - Asked by David Mc Ardle (Drogheda Co Louth) - Wed, 11 May 2011 16:29

New Audi Q5 or BMW X3?

Hello guys,

What do you think of the Audi Q5 compared to BMW X3?

Thank you.

Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Mary Foley (Cork) - Thu, 12 May 2011 12:32