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Is Volvo servicing expensive?

Hi, am I being ripped off on my Volvo servicing? I was quoted €229 for 20,000 service, €259 for 40,000 service, €360 for 60,000 service. The first is for oil, oil filter and fluid top-ups; 40,000km service includes oil, oil filter, pollen filter and fluid top-ups, plus Volvo wipers were €48. Servicing for other cars I've owned (VW, Ford and Opel) was nearly €100 cheaper. I am sorry I bought a Volvo now.

Filed under servicing - Asked by Jimmy Dillon (Swords, Dublin) - Tue, 27 Dec 2011 17:15

What SUV for €10k would be good for carrying bikes?

I'm thinking of getting an SUV. Nothing fancy, just big enough to get a couple of bikes in the back, won't be much off road done in it, and preferably low emissions for tax reasons. What would you suggest? My budget isn't great, under €10k if possible. Is that way too little to get something half decent?

Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Rob Davis (Dublin) - Mon, 02 Jan 2012 00:22

Why is the Discovery called the LR4 in the USA?

Why is the Land Rover Discovery 4 called the "LR4" in the USA?

Filed under miscellaneous - Asked by Shane Hickey (Dalkey Co Dublin) - Tue, 27 Dec 2011 21:29

How economical is the 2004 Opel Meriva?

What is the fuel consumption of the 2004 Opel Meriva 1.6?

Filed under fuel economy and emissions - Asked by Bokane Baleseng (Gaborone) - Tue, 22 Nov 2011 05:13

Is the Nissan Twice is Nice Deal a good one?

Would it be a good idea to change my 2011 Nissan Qashqai 2011 for the Twice is Nice Deal? With the VAT increase and new diesel engine, is it still a good deal? Thanks.

Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Joe Malon (Dublin) - Tue, 29 Nov 2011 12:02

How do I stop the exhaust fumes coming into my car?

Please help: I have exhaust fumes on driver's side when the window is down. Car was recently tuned. Cold start switch also replaced. I also used foam strips to seal boot lid and had the exhaust checked for leaks and there were none. I have a five-month old baby that drives with us and am very concerned. I am desperate...

Filed under fault - Asked by Lee Capo (Cape Town) - Tue, 20 Dec 2011 13:50

Am I being ripped off for repairs on my Micra?

My six-year old Nissan Micra (that has never given me any problems) just suddenly won't start. Apparently the crankshaft and sensors need replacing, and the garage tells me it's a big job, it will take a couple of days of work (engine out etc.) and will cost €750 approximately. What do you think? Expensive or what?

Filed under fault - Asked by Tricia McGovern (Glasgow) - Thu, 01 Dec 2011 12:17

How economical is the new BMW 316d?

Do you know the combined mpg figure for the new 2012 F30 BMW 316d sedan?

Filed under fuel economy and emissions - Asked by Shane Hickey (Dalkey Co Dublin) - Wed, 07 Dec 2011 16:28

What auto will I replace our SEAT Alhambra with?

I am getting rid of a 2000 SEAT Alhambra automatic 2.0-litre, as it seems to only get about 23 miles to the gallon. I want to get a smaller car with good mileage for about €5,000, but it needs to be automatic as my wife is American and can't drive 'stick'. The Mercedes-Benz A-Class seem cheap. Are these any good or can you recommend an automatic with smaller engine?

Filed under automatic - Asked by Greg Darcy (Dun Laoghaire) - Sun, 04 Dec 2011 01:40

What tyres should I go for on my Mazda?

I put new tyres on my car about six months ago, but just got cheap ones as cash was a bit tight. I have never been happy with them. The car (Mazda3 saloon) hasn't handled the same since. The slightest bit of moisture and there is very little grip at all. And with the cold weather lurking I am not looking forward to driving in ice and snow with them. So, basically, I am going to get new (better) tyres in the next few days, but I am not sure what to get.

I don't mind spending a few euro on them. I'd rather do that and feel safer. Should I be looking at winter tyres, or will this mean forking out more money in spring for regular tyres again? Or is there an all-weather option that would see me safely through the winter but wouldn't need to be taken off in a couple of months?

Thanks, Rob

Filed under tyres - Asked by Rob Davis (Dublin) - Tue, 06 Dec 2011 08:33