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Is a Toyota Avensis a good buy?

Hello Paddy,

Great site. I'm looking at a 1.6 2008 Avensis Aura.Very low mileage. is it reliable and economical? I do approx 12000km per year.

Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Jose O Connell (Mayo) - Sat, 24 Sep 2011 12:57

What is the best small car?

What is the best small car in your opinion in terms of performance, reliabiliy and economy?

Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Pollyanna Annonymity Important (Youghal) - Wed, 21 Sep 2011 11:58

Will I buy a Volkswagen Passat instead of a Golf?

Hi Paddy,

Thanks for the answer above (Which VW will i buy? 06/09) but i have another question: looking around i've realised that i can get a 2011 1.4 Petrol Passat Comfortline for the price i'd be paying for a 2012 1.2 Golf Highline. As the family is growing should i consider this?

I really like the Passat and the 1.4 Petrol would be ideal for me as although i drive every day, it's all city driving with only the occasional long trip outside Dublin. Anyone i say this too thinks i'm mad buying petrol as when i come to trade the car in up the line, no one will want a petrol car? I'd appreciate your thoughts.


Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Brendan Cullen (Dublin) - Fri, 23 Sep 2011 13:00

What car to replace my reliable Volvo?

Hi folks,

I drive 500 miles a week at my own expense to and from work on the N24 - one of the worst national routes in the country. My 2001 Volvo S60 2 litre Turbo (Petrol) has been mostly a great servant and now has almost 240,000 miles on the clock. The running costs have become a bit tasty in recent times. I have a budget of around €15,000 to replace it with a second hand motor. I'll consider most any marque of car. Running costs, reliability and safety are my most important considerations. Any chance of a few suggestions?

Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Noel Carroll (Tipperary) - Thu, 22 Sep 2011 16:43

How much is my 2005 Ford Focus worth?

How much is my 2005 Ford Focus LX 1.4 petrol with 70,000 miles on the clock worth?


Filed under used car values - Asked by Wayne Rowan (Athy) - Thu, 22 Sep 2011 22:41

New Focus or used BMW/Audi?

I'm changing my car for a diesel one early next year. I'm undecided between a new Ford Focus Zetec saloon or a 2008 BMW 320d/Audi A4. My main concerns are fuel economy, reliability and running costs. Any advice on what to go for?

Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Tony O'Leary - Thu, 22 Sep 2011 20:00

What have I done wrong in changing my brakes?

I just changed my front brakes and had a tough time with the passenger side. Everything came off easy but when I tried to install the new pads my caliper wouldn't fit right. When I got it on, the caliper bracket the opposite side of the rotor went crooked and had about half an inch that needed to be pushed back (only on one side). I put the tyre on anyway and doing so pushed the rotor to where it's supposed to be but now it takes a lot of effort to drive and without using the brakes it stops very quickly. What do I need to do to fix the problem?

Filed under brakes - Asked by Blake Greiner (Lansing) - Fri, 23 Sep 2011 04:32

Should I buy my BMW from a main dealer?

Hi. I would like to buy a 2010 BMW 5 Series in 2012. I would like to know if I should buy from a BMW dealer or would it be ok to buy from a SIMI-registered dealer, as there is a three-year warranty with BMW.


Filed under warranty - Asked by Tom Higgins (Cork) - Mon, 19 Sep 2011 16:41

Am I better off buying a car in the UK and then importing it?

I have been researching replacing a Ford S-MAX (hence my questions to you alreadu!) and have been struck by the spec difference between the new model SEAT Alhambra here and in the UK. Most cars nowadays seem to be the same in the two countries, but with this model it appears to me that there is a huge difference.

We do not have the option of the more powerful diesels and the SE Lux in the UK comes with absolutely everything. The Irish spec is very basic in comparison with all the gizmos and leather etc. extra. Do you know why this might be? Based on my initial rough calculations I think I could buy a brand new model in the UK, pay the VAT/VRT and get a higher spec car for less.

What do you think?

Filed under importing - Asked by Andrew Kelly (Limerick) - Fri, 02 Sep 2011 14:43

What do you think of the VW Golf 1.6 TDI?

Hi lads,

What is your impression of the 2011 VW Golf 1.6 TDI 105bhp?

Thanks again

Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Jim Cotter (Limerick) - Fri, 16 Sep 2011 15:59