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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

Do you have prices for the new BMW 3 Series?

Do you have prices for the new BMW 3 Series, due in the New Year?

Filed under pricing - Asked by Shane Hickey (Dalkey Co Dublin) - Thu, 01 Dec 2011 09:12

When does the plug-in Prius arrive?

Any firm news yet about the release and pricing of the Toyota Plug-in Prius? I drive an '06 Prius and have been holding out for this but fear that if they wait much longer the new models from Peugeot and Opel will steal their market.

Filed under future cars - Asked by Peter Browne - Thu, 01 Dec 2011 12:58

Is it possible that my MINI doesn't have ABS?

Is it possible that my 2008 MINI Cooper S does not have anti-lock brakes (ABS) fitted as standard? It does have DSC, but I heard this is not the same.


Filed under brakes - Asked by Shane Hickey (Dalkey Co Dublin) - Wed, 30 Nov 2011 23:58

Should I take €10,500 for my BMW 520d?

I have been offered €10,500 trade-in value for my 2005 BMW 520d M Sport with 91,000 miles on the clock, including an NCT until 2013 and a full BMW service history. Is that a good trade-in value?

Filed under used car values - Asked by David Mc Kenna (Dublin) - Tue, 29 Nov 2011 08:55

What do you think of driverless cars?

Are self-driven cars a good idea in your opinion?

Filed under future cars - Asked by Rory McCormack (Sligo) - Thu, 24 Nov 2011 16:38

What do you think about the 2009 Ford Focus TDCi?

I'm looking at buying the previous generation Ford Focus, the 1.6 TDCi 110hp five-door. There is also a 90hp version available. Was the 110hp released in Ireland from 2009 on? Are there any major problems to date with this model? What sort of money would I be looking at for a 2009 1.6 TDCi Zetec 110hp five-door with about 40,000miles ?

Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Steve O'Meara - Mon, 21 Nov 2011 12:06

Do self driven cars break the speed limit?

Do self driven cars break the speed limit?

Filed under future cars - Asked by Sadhbh Farrell - Wed, 23 Nov 2011 18:10

Petrol or diesel on a Toyota Avensis?

Petrol or diesel? I want to trade in my 1998 Toyota Avensis (automatic, 100,000km) for a newer model Avensis. I have €4,000 to spend and I drive approx 11,000 miles per year. My question is two-fold: what trade-in value should I expect for my car and should I go petrol or diesel?

Filed under diesel - Asked by Antoinette OSullivan (Carbury) - Tue, 22 Nov 2011 05:04