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Hi, I am thinking of updating my car to a 2008-2009 Kia pro_cee'd. I think it is a good looking car and the seven-year warranty a real plus point. Would you recommend this car or know if it's a nice drive? I do roughly 10,000km per year so wondering if the petrol engine might be better for me. Would there be much of a power/economy difference to the diesel model? Is there anything else to watch out for?
Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Ciaran Reid (Dublin) - Wed, 11 May 2011 09:26
My 2007 Skoda Octavia (a 1.4-litre with 90,000km on the clock) was misfiring badly for a good while before the engine warning light came on. The 'bank 1' oxygen sensor went so we replaced the sensor and the warning light went off. No faults were showing on the diagnostic tool (electrics diagnostics only), but the engine was still misfiring. Unburned fuel was found in cylinder 3, which we eventually got cleaned out.
The coil and spark plugs were testing and found to be firing so it looks like the fuel injector for this cylinder is the problem. I'm going to bring it to a main dealer to try resolve as I think best case is to re-program the injector or worst case, replace it. My question is, how much should this cost to do in best and worst case scenario?
Filed under fault - Asked by Linda Meehan (Laois) - Sat, 07 May 2011 20:03
Hello I would like to buy a BMW 520d in January 2012. I need some advice about options. I would like to get metallic paint, 18-inch wheels, xenon lights, a reversing camera, variable dampers and sunroof. This will raise the price of the car by about six thousand Euros. I would like to know if I should go with this spec please.
Filed under optional extras - Asked by Anne Malone (Limerick) - Sun, 08 May 2011 14:45
I have about €10k to spend on a car; should I buy a 2.0 TDI Passat (07-08) or a BMW 530d (04-05)? I do a lot of driving and really would love a BMW but I'm worried about problems that may come with big mileage.
Filed under choosing used car - Asked by John Woods - Sun, 08 May 2011 16:42
I have a 2004 Honda CR-V 2.0-litre petrol that I want to change next year. One of the three cars I have in mind is the new diesel CR-V because they are so reliable. My CR-V has 112,000 miles on the clock and a blown light bulb has been the most trouble it's ever given.
The second car is a Subaru Forester because again it's reliable and roomy.
My final choice is a new model BMW X3 because of less tax. I have test driven one and liked it a lot. Could you give some advice please?
Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Sharon Ryan (Limerick) - Sun, 08 May 2011 21:11
I have a 2003 Mazda6. When I put the car into first, second and reverse gear and press the accelerator I hear a creaking sound. Can't hear it when I'm cruising, only when I accelerate. What could it be?
Filed under gearbox - Asked by Edmund Kavanagh (Galway) - Mon, 28 Mar 2011 18:01
Where can I get a wiring diagram/pinout guide for the ECU connector on my 2001 Toyota Corolla 1.4 VVT-i?
Filed under servicing - Asked by Neil Gregory (Inver, Donegal) - Fri, 29 Apr 2011 20:55
How do I change the driver's side fog light bulb, which is lated in the lower section of the front bumper, on a 2001 Renault Mégane fivedoor?
Filed under servicing - Asked by Paul Hickey (DUBLIN) - Sat, 07 May 2011 11:10
I have a budget of €20,000 approx. I will also qualify for scrappage as I currently drive a 2000 Toyota Corolla. I cannot decide between the new diesel 1.6 Mazda 3 hatchback, new model 1.6 Ford Focus Edge or Zetec or the Diesel 1.6 VW Trendline. Which of these is the better car and which is the most reliable? Thanks, Ally
Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Ally O' Shea - Sun, 08 May 2011 02:31
I'm stuck between the Scoda Octavia Greenline and the Mitsubishi Lancer diesel? Both are costing me about the same with scrappage etc. HELP me decide!!!!! I have test driven both and the Mitsubishi has much better performance but the Octavia is much better on the running cost!!
Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Cormac Breathnach (GALWAY) - Sun, 08 May 2011 11:29