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What do you think of the Ford S-MAX?

Hi, we just had our second kid so in the market for a seven-seater. The Ford S-MAX comes highly recommended from friends. We've been offered a 2.0-litre S-MAX Zetec TDCi with 140hp, registered in March 10, with 28k miles on the clock, privacy glass and rear parking sensors for €24,500 in a straight deal (i.e. no trade-in). It has dual-zone climate control and electric windows so is a decent spec and is a UK import. I'd like your opinion on the S-MAX as a family car and on the price?


Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Brian Keane (Dublin 16) - Mon, 13 Feb 2012 11:51

How do I drift a Jaguar XF?

How do I drift in a Jaguar XF with the traction control turned off?

Filed under miscellaneous - Asked by Abdullah Al-barakat (Oman, Muscat) - Wed, 08 Feb 2012 19:30

Skoda Superb, Saab 9-5 or Volvo S80 - all diesel - which one?

Hi lads,

Question for you: 2009 Skoda Superb 1.9 TDI, 2008 Saab 9-5 1.9 Tid or 2008 Volvo S80 2.0 D: all similar price. Safety, reliability and economy are what's important and in that order!


Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Justin Patrick McElwee (Sligo) - Wed, 14 Dec 2011 17:41

Is the 1.6 TDI engine man enough for the Volkswagen Passat?

Hi guys,

Looking closely at a 2010 Volkswagen Passat, powered by the 1.6 diesel engine. It's the Highline model with great spec. My only concern is with the 1.6 engine: is it big enough for this car? Will I be dropping the gears to overtake etc?



Filed under performance - Asked by Michael Mulvey (Ashbourne) - Tue, 07 Feb 2012 09:00

New BMW Series: 316d with options or 318d?

Good morning,

I'm intending to buy the new BMW 3 Series (F30), but I don’t know if I should go for a 318d 136hp or a 316d 116hp with a better pack of options. I’m a calm driver, but I’m afraid that this difference of power could make a huge difference concerning the comfort. Could you please advise me?

Kind regards, Fernando.

Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Fernando Tenorio (Brussels) - Wed, 08 Feb 2012 09:34

Kia Rio or Toyota Yaris - both new?

Which would you buy? 2012 Kia Rio 2012 or Toyota Yaris?

Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Ashlene Prasad (Fiji) - Tue, 07 Feb 2012 03:06

How much is my Opel Zafira worth?

How much is my 2002 Opel Zafira worth as a trade in against another car? It's petrol and has 135,000 miles on the clock.

Filed under used car values - Asked by Denis Horgan (Limerick) - Wed, 01 Feb 2012 19:21

What commercial vehicle would you recommend for €15,000?

Hi, I'm looking to buy a commercial vehicle with four-wheel drive. Would you recomend the best to buy? I have around €15,000 to spend.


Filed under commercial vehicle - Asked by Oliver O Donnell (Ennis) - Wed, 25 Jan 2012 03:10

Is it worth paying more for the 110hp Renault Fluence?

Which Renault Fluence to buy - 90- or 110hp?

There is a 700 Euro difference in price, just wondering if it's worth it or not. On the face of it the vast bulk of Fluences are 90hp, just wondering is the 110hp model a better buy, even for resale later, as it will be a lot rarer. Also, two unconnected Renault dealers are pushing much harder on the 90hp version, which says to me that the 110hp is like a special order for them. They are almost dismissing it as an option, which is odd, or maybe they are looking after me!

Is there any servicing/maintenance differences between the two different engine types? One last thing, problems with DPF, apparently it's a problem if you only drive a diesel car on solely short journeys. Is it a major issue or storm in a teacup?


Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Donal Murphy (Cork) - Fri, 27 Jan 2012 09:55

What tyre pressure shuold I inflate my Citroen's tyres to?

What tyre pressure should I inflate to on my 1999 Citroen Xsara VTR 1999, engine size 1,800cc?


Filed under tyres - Asked by Alison Hurley (Kilnaboy) - Thu, 03 Nov 2011 12:25