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When did diesel particulate filters come?

Could you tell which were the first diesel cars on the Irish market to be fitted with diesel particulate filters (DPF) as standard or even as an option? We're looking for a 6-8 year-old car and would like to consider a diesel for cheaper running costs, but a DPF is a must because of our concerns over how diesel soot particulates can cause asthma. Preferably at least medium sized or mini-MPV.

Filed under fuel economy and emissions - Asked by John Cradden (Celbridge) - Tue, 25 Jan 2011 20:40


Should I buy a BMW 520d SE?

I am considering buying a 2011 BMW 520d SE. Should I consider anything else?

Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Dave Redmond (Kildare) - Sat, 22 Jan 2011 11:05


Will changing my speedo and odometer raise alarm bells?

Hello,

I may decide to import a car from Britain; as I would plan to keep it for a long time I would like to change the speedo and odometer to km/h. How would this affect the VRT inspection and the NCT? How can I record it that it was changed?

I do not want a scenario that it pops up on a car checking website as suspicious, but would like it to show that the speedo and odometer where changed at a specific mileage. 

Filed under importing - Asked by Jerome O'Connor (Wicklow) - Mon, 06 Dec 2010 19:45


Can I bypass my interior heater?

Thanks for the last answer.

Could I take the heating pipes going through the bulkhead off and join them back to back with a bit of copper pipe? Wouldn't this bypass the radiator in the car and to hell with the heater as I think the dashboard has to come out to fit a new heater radiator. Or am I only looking for trouble?

Thanks again

Filed under fault - Asked by Ruairi Mc Carthy (Mullagh Co Cavan) - Wed, 19 Jan 2011 00:17


What small car will I buy?

I'm in serious need of advice! I'm hoping to buy my own car (have full driver's licence and have insurance on home car). My first major dilemma is whether to get petrol or diesel.

I'm living in Dublin and will be commuting to work roughly about 30 mins away with M50. I would be travelling back to "home home" (about every second/third weekend) and that journey would be roughly six hours in total.

My second dilemma is what car to get. I want a good car but also for it to be reasonably small. I'm thinking Volkswagen Polo/SEAT Ibiza/Opel Corsa/Fiat Grande Punto - quite broad I know. My budget would be around €8,000 or €9,000. 

Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Jane Flatley (Dublin) - Tue, 18 Jan 2011 21:53


Does steam coming out the air vents indicate a problem?

Hello, I started my '99 Citroen Berlingo 1.9 diesel this morning for the first time in a year. It was topped up with fresh diesel, water and checked oil and all ok, but when I turned on the heater steam started coming out of the air vents. Am I in trouble?

Thank you

Filed under fault - Asked by Ruairi Mc Carthy (Mullagh Co Cavan) - Sun, 16 Jan 2011 14:16


Why do Xenon lights self level?

Why do Xenon lights self level?

Filed under optional extras - Asked by Shane Hickey (Dalkey) - Wed, 12 Jan 2011 22:13


Can I scrap a car without the engine?

The question is in relation to my brother-in-law's car, which is being scrapped as part of the Government car scrappage scheme. Can he remove the perfectly running engine from this car and donate it to my brother before he sends it to be scrapped? My brother's engine gave up the ghost last week so it would save my brother the expense of having to buy a new engine. They both have the same make and model of car so it would be brilliant. I've been ringing the Revenue office but have not managed to make contact with anybody who seems to know anything and could find nothing on their website.

Filed under scrappage - Asked by Zoe Stiles (Limerick) - Tue, 11 Jan 2011 15:36


What estate to replace my Renault Laguna?

I own a Renault Leguna Estate and am looking into trading it in for a new car with a similar boot capacity and minimum 1,600cc. What would you suggest for the budget conscious buyer?

Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Ranald Milne (Dublin) - Mon, 10 Jan 2011 17:51


Which dealers offer PCP finance in Ireland?

Which dealers offer PCP finance in Ireland?

Filed under finance - Asked by Katie Dyer (Enniscorthy) - Mon, 10 Jan 2011 15:13