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How best to swap my VW Golf GTI for a Touareg?

I've a 2002 five-door VW Golf GTI with cream leather interior, sunroof and alloys. I'd like to trade it in for a VW Touareg from around 2005/2006. What's the best way to do this?

Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Emma Hannon (Dublin) - Wed, 16 Mar 2011 11:21

Will I buy a new Corolla under scrappage or a used one?


I am reviewing replacing my 1998 Toyota Avensis with a diesel/low tax model as I have a daily commute of 60 miles. Option A is to go for a Corolla diesel under the scrappage scheme or buy second-hand from around 2007/08. Is the scrappage real value and what is the best scrappage deal avaialble?  Or is a second hand model a better option if I can trade in my avensis? 

Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Pat Cuddy (Ennis) - Fri, 18 Mar 2011 09:47

New car or older BMW 520d?

Hi lads,

Would you buy a 08/09 BMW 520d or a new car of another make for the same value? If your answer is the BMW would they be expensive to run?

Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Jim Cotter (Limerick) - Sat, 05 Mar 2011 16:43

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