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How to buy an Audi A4 Avant from the UK?

Want to buy a 2001 Audi A4 (b5) Avant TDI in the UK private or from non-franchise dealer. How do I do this without being caught out?

Filed under importing - Asked by Jim O'Sullivan (Co.Cork.) - Tue, 11 May 2010 11:44

What options help a BMW 5 Series retain its value?

I am thinking of buying a BMW 520d second-hand. What are the best optional extras to look for that will help hold second-hand value in a few years? I understand that an automatic gearbox is almost essential for executive cars and that leather can also be worthwhile.

Filed under optional extras - Asked by William Neale (Dublin) - Tue, 11 May 2010 11:19

What car to buy with €30,000?

I have about €30k to spend on a car. I am retired and will consider a diesel as I will be doing some farming and some clerical work requiring travel. What car would you recommend?

Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Tony Kelly (Feakle) - Sun, 09 May 2010 21:55

What to do with Mazda6 problems?

I have recently had a problem with my Mazda6 that has now covered 17,000 miles. This concerns a shuddering at speed that starts around 60 and is noticable right past the legal limit. It does not feel like an out of balance wheeland it seems to have come on suddenly.

Additionally I have experienced a problem with the Bose car entertainment system losing the preset stations. Tthe last time this happened there was a noticable 'popping' sound and I thought it had blown up.

Do you know if the shuddering and problems with the stereo are commom problems? I am going to contact my dealer and obviously am concerned that they may try to pass this off as damage and charge me for the repair.

What do you recommend?

Filed under warranty - Asked by Tony Briggs (Newcastle) - Tue, 11 May 2010 11:19

Peugeot 5008 or Ford S-MAX?

I'm in the market for a seven-seater and considering either the Peugeot 5008 or Ford S-MAX. Was thinking of new Peugeot or second-hand S-MAX (based on old prices), but finding new S-MAX prices are confusing. Any thoughts of one over the other?

Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Karl Langan (Malahide) - Mon, 10 May 2010 21:12

I need a tow car for €12,000.

I have inherited a small farm and I am thinking of buying a car or jeep to pull a trailer, spending about €12,000. What would you recommend?


Filed under towing - Asked by Alfie Barrett (Ballinasloe) - Mon, 10 May 2010 22:26

Legality of booster seat in middle of rear?

Hi Guys,

What is the deal with legislation in connection with seat belts in the middle of the back seat? Are children legally okay to be strapped in the middle on a booster if there is only a lap belt and not a full belt?

Asking as number three is due for August - number two and three will need a full belt for their car seats so number one will be bumped into the middle.



Filed under child or baby seats - Asked by Clodagh Monks (Cork) - Mon, 10 May 2010 14:52

Is the new Honda Insight any good?

What's your opinion of the Honda Insight?

Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Ruth Quinn (Ennis) - Mon, 10 May 2010 19:54

Bluemotion Golf worth buying?

Have you any information on the latest VW economy car Bluemotion. Is it as good as an ordinary Golf or better?

Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Joe McConville McConville (Wexford) - Mon, 10 May 2010 13:55

What is the difference between power and torque?

What is the difference between power and torque? Which one makes your car accelerate quicker?

Filed under science - Asked by Stephen Scott (Dublin) - Mon, 10 May 2010 12:47