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What small car for €8,000 could replace my MINI?

Hi, I am driving an 08 MINI Cooper 1.6D that is a work lease car. I want to buy a small car for less than €8,000 - ideally a 1.1 or so that I don't feel the drop too much! I do very low mileage - 5,000km per year - but want something that could manage a motorway journey or two a year ok. What would you recommend? I have been looking at something 08 or newer: Hyundai i10, Toyota Yaris; old model Fiesta/Polo - any other ideas?

Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Suzie Perry (Dublin) - Wed, 16 May 2012 14:23

Why did the sump plug o-ring have to be changed on the Corsa?

My mam's 2007 Opel Corsa came back from a service with the garage saying it had to replace the 'sump plug o-ring' and I am wondering what could have caused this?

Filed under servicing - Asked by Karl Treacy (Malahide, Co.Dublin) - Fri, 13 Jul 2012 10:44

BMW 316 or Audi A4 1.6?

2007 BMW 316 or Audi A4 1.6? Which one is better?

Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Jason Kenneally (Clare) - Sun, 15 Jul 2012 11:40

How much should I ask for my 2006 Skoda Octavia?

I'm looking to sell my 2006 Skoda Octavia Ambiente 1.4 with 120,000 kilometres on the clock, in dark green, but I don't know how much to ask. It's taxed until 02/13 and has an NCT to 2014. Very clean with timing belt and water pump done already. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

Thanks, Brian

Filed under used car values - Asked by Brian Caulfield (Dublin) - Sat, 14 Jul 2012 16:48

Is the two-wheel drive Nissan Qashqai 1.6 dCi coming here?

You said in your review last year that the two-wheel drive version of the new 1.6 diesel Nissan Qashqai would be arriving "in the middle of the year". Any update on this, as Nissan Ireland has no mention of it on its web site, still just listing the older 1.5 dCi version?

Filed under future engines - Asked by Alan Kelly - Wed, 18 Jul 2012 12:30

Volkswagen Polo or Hyundai i30 for learner driver?

Hi, as a learner driver, which is the best of these? 2008 Hyundai i30 Classic 1.4 (99,000 kilometres) or 2008 Volkswagen Polo 1.2 (32,000 kilometres)? Asking price is €8,000 for both.

Filed under learner - Asked by Joseph Mathew (Cork) - Wed, 11 Jul 2012 03:47

When does the new Mazda6 arrive in Ireland?

When will the next generation Mazda6 be launched in Ireland?

Filed under future cars - Asked by Eamonn McDermott - Wed, 18 Jul 2012 00:21

Reckon it's a good bet to import a new Nissan Note?

I am considering buying a new Nissan Note. I have priced from a main dealer and also from a SIMI dealer  who imports from the UK. The import has a higher spec and is about €2,000 cheaper with all the standard warranties etc. Is there anything I should be aware of when buying an import?


Filed under importing - Asked by Chaz Devlin (Clonard Village, Wexford) - Tue, 10 Jul 2012 21:42

Is the 2006 Lexus IS expensive to run?

Is the 2006 Lexus IS 200 an expensive car to run?

Filed under running costs - Asked by Enda Farrell (Kilcock) - Mon, 09 Jul 2012 16:38

Is there a car-sharing scheme in Ireland?

Hello. I am a member of the car sharing cooperative Stattauto in Luebeck Germany. I wonder if you are involved in some sort international car sharing body and I could use the facility while on holiday in Ireland. Best wishes from the sunny Baltic.

Filed under miscellaneous - Asked by Joachim Hacker (Luebeck) - Mon, 09 Jul 2012 13:25