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I need a diesel car to replace my Opel Astra

I currently drive a 2008 Opel Astra SXI with 44,000km on the clock. I commute in to Blackrock everyday from Maynooth and with the recent increase in petrol prices I just wonder if is worth my while, as it's costing me €80 a week in petrol, plus tax, insurance etc. I'm thinking of changing cars, to a diesel model. How much do you think I would get for a private sale or trade-in on the Astra?

Any suggestions on what to get instead? I really love the Astra, so ideally something similar in drive and style. Would it be worthwhile looking at the diesel Astra?

Filed under diesel - Asked by Chloe Walsh (Maynootth) - Sat, 12 Mar 2011 14:58

Will claims on a company car affect my own insurance?

Hello, if a person has a minor accident in his/her employer's vehicle, where a claim is made against you (i.e. through your employer's insurance policy), will this also affect your own insurance in your private car?

Regards Jerome

Filed under insurance - Asked by Jerome O'Connor (Wicklow) - Thu, 24 Feb 2011 18:51

Who can sort my Mazda6 problem?

I currently drive a 2006 Mazda6 TD Sport with 260,000km on the clock - I'm a taxi driver so I do big mileage: over 200,000km in two and a half years. Needless to say I've had problems with the DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) and had to have it regenerated six or seven times. Now the DPF has run it's course and can no longer be regenerated. The price is very prohibitive to get a new DPF, as it costs about €2,500 before fitting.

I couldn't afford to go for this option so decided to have the DPF removed and get the ECU remapped. This has worked to a certain extent, economy has improved and power has been increased. Only problem is that the DPF light is still flashing and engine management light is on.

Would you be able to recomend somebody who can sort this problem for me?

Filed under taxi - Asked by Ronan Laverty (Bettystown ) - Tue, 01 Mar 2011 11:46

New Honda Civic or Opel Astra diesel?

I have a three-year old 2.2 CTDi Honda Civic. Should I trade it for a 2.0 CDTi Opel Astra or wait a year for the new diesel Civic?

Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Donal Walsh (Clonmel) - Mon, 14 Mar 2011 21:32

What recalls were the Volvo S80 subject to?

Thank you for your advice re Volvo S80 (see this question). Could you let me know what are the faults that you refer to? Also, I am consious that the BMW is rear-wheel drive and couldn't locate a four-wheel drive 520d. I can get a 2007 Volvo S80 D5 AWD Tiptronic for the same price as a BMW 520d SE auto. Thanks for all your help.

Filed under recall - Asked by Justin Mc Elwee (Sligo) - Sat, 12 Mar 2011 11:02

Mitsubishi Colt or Toyota Yaris?

Just looking for advice on which is the best small automatic car. My wife is looking at a Mitsubishi Colt versus a Toyota Yaris. I've heard some bad reports on the Yaris automatic and I am wondering if these are unfounded. She currently has a Nissan Micra 1.2 Auto.

Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Tom Brady (Drogheda) - Sat, 05 Mar 2011 10:19

What do you think of the Volvo S80?

What do you think of a 2007 Volvo S80 AWD D5 Geartronic? Is it as safe and reliable and economical as others in its sector? I have had Volvos and BMWs (530d and 520d) and found the Volvo better for comfort, safety reliability and the BMW better as a driver's car with great engines...

Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Justin Mc Elwee (Sligo) - Fri, 11 Mar 2011 12:41

Scrappage conundrum

I have a customer with a scrappage question that I can't answer. Her daughter passed on her car to her 12 months ago and now the mother would like to scrap this car. Is it possible? Her daughter has had it for a few years and the mother has had it since 12 months ago. Does the car qualify?

Filed under scrappage - Asked by Paul Lyttleton (Clonmel) - Wed, 09 Mar 2011 12:29

Will home servicing affect my warranty?

My car is due in for warranty work.  When booking it in the woman asked if it had been serviced.   Obviously I have had it serviced, but not at the main dealers. I have a friend who is a mechanic who I trust. He serviced it for me for a fraction of the dealer cost, using genuine parts.  

Unfortunately, because he serviced it at my house rather than at the garage where he works he hasn't stamped my service book. Is this likely to affect my warranty? I have the receipts for the original parts used but no stamp!

Any help would be appreciated. 

Filed under servicing - Asked by Chris Burke (Barnsley) - Thu, 10 Mar 2011 16:04

Toyota Avensis or VW Passat Estate?

Hi guys,

I am looking at a 2006 Toyota Avensis Estate D-4D 130bhp six-speed. It is €5,700 in Northern Ireland from an after market dealer. What sort of economy does this manage? Is it a good buy or not? Or would a 2005 VW Passat Estate with 130bhp be better?

Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Jim O'Sullivan (Co.Cork.) - Wed, 02 Mar 2011 21:00