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What mileage does the BMW 316i SE do?


I am considering buying a 2008 BMW 316i se petrol. Any idea roughly what the mpg of this car might be (the dealer told me 49mpg)? I've trawled the net with not much luck. I do approx 13.5k miles per year, would I be better off with a diesel? Your advice is appreciated.

Thanks Gavin (Tipperary)

Filed under running costs - Asked by Gavin O Connor (Roscrea) - Tue, 04 Oct 2011 18:54

Why are my service intervals so short?

My Skoda Octavia with a 1.6-litre TDI CR engine and set to variable servicing does not do more than 8.5K before the service spanner comes on. Any idea of the problem?

Filed under servicing - Asked by Peter Dalby (Cockermouth) - Thu, 08 Sep 2011 12:52

Can I service my Nissan Almera myself?

How do I service my own Nissan Almera oil and air filters?

Filed under - Asked by Joseph Roche (Limerick City) - Fri, 23 Sep 2011 14:40

What should I do about squeaking brakes?

My front passenger-side wheel is making a squeaking noise when in motion. It's a 2006 Nissan Almera SXE. Also my brakes make a load noise when being pressed. Can you help please?

Filed under brakes - Asked by Leeianne Roche (Limerick City) - Fri, 23 Sep 2011 14:50

How safe is the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen?

How safe is the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen?

Filed under safety - Asked by Adi Greenberg (Los Angeles) - Sun, 25 Sep 2011 17:09

Is a Toyota Avensis a good buy?

Hello Paddy,

Great site. I'm looking at a 1.6 2008 Avensis Aura.Very low mileage. is it reliable and economical? I do approx 12000km per year.

Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Jose O Connell (Mayo) - Sat, 24 Sep 2011 12:57

What is the best small car?

What is the best small car in your opinion in terms of performance, reliabiliy and economy?

Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Pollyanna Annonymity Important (Youghal) - Wed, 21 Sep 2011 11:58

Will I buy a Volkswagen Passat instead of a Golf?

Hi Paddy,

Thanks for the answer above (Which VW will i buy? 06/09) but i have another question: looking around i've realised that i can get a 2011 1.4 Petrol Passat Comfortline for the price i'd be paying for a 2012 1.2 Golf Highline. As the family is growing should i consider this?

I really like the Passat and the 1.4 Petrol would be ideal for me as although i drive every day, it's all city driving with only the occasional long trip outside Dublin. Anyone i say this too thinks i'm mad buying petrol as when i come to trade the car in up the line, no one will want a petrol car? I'd appreciate your thoughts.


Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Brendan Cullen (Dublin) - Fri, 23 Sep 2011 13:00

What car to replace my reliable Volvo?

Hi folks,

I drive 500 miles a week at my own expense to and from work on the N24 - one of the worst national routes in the country. My 2001 Volvo S60 2 litre Turbo (Petrol) has been mostly a great servant and now has almost 240,000 miles on the clock. The running costs have become a bit tasty in recent times. I have a budget of around €15,000 to replace it with a second hand motor. I'll consider most any marque of car. Running costs, reliability and safety are my most important considerations. Any chance of a few suggestions?

Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Noel Carroll (Tipperary) - Thu, 22 Sep 2011 16:43

How much is my 2005 Ford Focus worth?

How much is my 2005 Ford Focus LX 1.4 petrol with 70,000 miles on the clock worth?


Filed under used car values - Asked by Wayne Rowan (Athy) - Thu, 22 Sep 2011 22:41