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Should I keep four-wheel drive engaged?

When driving in snow while in a four-wheel drive, should it be engaged at all times or just in dodgy areas? I.e. main road is clear versus side roads slippy - or take it as given that it's on all the time driving?

Filed under winter driving - Asked by Sean Vigna (Kildare) - Thu, 02 Dec 2010 11:19


Should I get the Santa Fe with fog lights?

I am looking at the new 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe in the "Classic" spec but am worried that this spec does not come with front fog lights as standard and I am told that these cannot be retro fitted after purchase. 

I cover around 40k km per year and need to know if this will be a issue in the winter especially?

Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Noel Slater (Limerick) - Mon, 29 Nov 2010 22:00


Hyundai ix35 or Skoda Yeti?

Hyundai ix35 1.7-litre diesel or Skoda Yeti 1.6 GreenLine? Your opinion please?

Noel Clarke (Drogheda)

Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Noel Clarke (Drogheda) - Thu, 25 Nov 2010 08:16


Should I buy a Fiat Croma?

I spend half the year in Ireland, half in the USA. I am being offered a low-mileage fully serviced 2007 Fiat Croma 2.4 turbodiesel for €9,000 with a full service history and the owner says they never had a problem, but there aren't many about (why?). Do you think it's a good deal for me as a 12,000 mile p.a. driver?

Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Henry Gibson (Oyster Cove, NY And Callan,, KK.) - Thu, 18 Nov 2010 17:02


Should I buy an Alfa Brera?

Hey Paddy,

One of the lads in the office has a pal that's looking at this Alfa Brera.

What do you reckon?

Runner or not?

Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Gavan O'Brien (Kildare) - Fri, 12 Nov 2010 13:13


Can the Opel Insignia compare to the Ford Mondeo?

I was considering a new Mondeo, but Ford is only putting the 163hp 2.0 diesel in the Titanium Spec at about €34k, where as an Opel Insignia has a 160hp 2.0 diesel available at about €30k. However, I have heard the 130hp Insignia is more drivable.

Any comment?

Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Michael Morrissey (Kilkenny) - Thu, 11 Nov 2010 00:27


Should I worry about the coolant warning light in a Passat?

Hi, I'm currently looking to move to a diesel as my new job has me doing a far longer commute. I've spotted a second hand '03 VW Passat 1.9 TDI that I like the look of. I did a full history check on the vehicle and it seems genuine. Only issue is that the coolant warning light is flashing when the coolant level is fine. A friend suggested it could be the sensor needs to be replaced, but I don't want to buy if it's something more serious. Is this a common problem with VWs?

Thanks. Sean.

Filed under fault - Asked by Sean McDermott (Cork) - Tue, 09 Nov 2010 09:31


Is the newer diesel Astra quicker than the old petrol one?

Hi guys,

I am thinking of changing my 2002 petrol Opel Astra 1.4 for a 2008 diesel 1.3 Astra. What is the difference in engine power, overtaking etc?

Thanks

Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Patrick Meskill (Clonmel) - Sun, 07 Nov 2010 17:18


What is the best satnav?

What is the best and most up-to-date satnav product available for the Irish market?

Filed under satellite navigation - Asked by T Swift (Dublin) - Thu, 04 Nov 2010 11:08


What are average prices for the 2007 Toyota Corolla and Avensis?

How much can I expect to pay for a 2007 Toyota Corolla or Avensis without a trade-in? 

Filed under used car values - Asked by Martina Watson (Longford) - Thu, 04 Nov 2010 13:34