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Mondeo or Avensis for taxi?

Hi Guys,

I need advice on which car of two to buy: 2006 Mondeo 1.8 petrol or a 2006 Avensis 1.6 petrol. It's to be used as a taxi, but that the Avensis is €2,000 dearer to buy. Which car would you opt for and why? Just need help deciding, thanks.


Filed under taxi - Asked by David Lee (Gormanston) - Sat, 07 Aug 2010 19:15

How much VRT on importing UK Mercedes E-Class?

How much VRT would I expect to pay on a new Mercedes-Benz E 220 CDI diesel valued £28,800 sterling with emissions of 154g/km?

Filed under VRT - Asked by Eamonn Gorman (Mullingar) - Sun, 08 Aug 2010 13:55

Why is the gear change so jerky on the Auris MMT?

Why is the gear change so jerky on the Toyota Auris MMT in the e-mode?

Filed under automatic - Asked by Stephen Fahey (Lemybrien) - Mon, 02 Aug 2010 20:30

One of my wheels has seized. What do I do?

My car has been left idle for a weeks in my garden (on a slope). I went to take it out the other day and it wouldn't move. Reverse gear will engage but the rear passenger side wheel won't budge. Any idea what could be wrong and how to fix it? Thanks.

Filed under miscellaneous - Asked by Emma Synnott (Dublin) - Wed, 21 Jul 2010 23:14

What are the best online motor factor suppliers?

What are the best online motor factor suppliers?

Filed under miscellaneous - Asked by P Bruton (Killarney) - Mon, 19 Jul 2010 12:57

How reliable is the 2005 Ford Mondeo?

Thinking of buying a 2005 petrol Ford Mondeo with 40,000 miles on clock. Are there any outstanding problems or things to look out for or are they generally reliable?



Filed under reliability - Asked by David Lee (Gormanston) - Tue, 20 Jul 2010 23:27

What pressure should I inflate my tyres to?


I drive a Renault Vel Satis 2.0 Privilege Hatchback. The tyres are 225/55 on 17-inch wheels. Please let me know the recommended tyre pressures, front and rear.




Filed under tyres - Asked by DERMOT FAGAN (ATHLONE) - Mon, 05 Jul 2010 13:17

How much for crankshaft seal on a Saab?

How much should it cost to replace a crankshaft oil seal on a 2004 Saab 9-3 2.0-litre petrol Turbo?

Filed under servicing - Asked by Gene Lett (Donegal) - Fri, 16 Jul 2010 18:30

Peugeot 407, VW Passat or Mazda6?

Hi lads,

Any thoughts on the Peugeot 407 1.6-litre diesel? Seems to be great value. Looking at that or either a 2007 Volkswagen Passat or Mazda6.

I have heard mixed reports on all at this stage. Budget is tight so swaying to the 407 as seems to be a lot of spec etc.



Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Michael Mulvey (Ashbourne) - Thu, 15 Jul 2010 19:49

What will I replace my 5 Series with?

Hi Complete Car,

I am upgrading my car. My budget is around the €25k mark. First off, I'm no expert, but I do know I'm not much into speed and performance; I'm more into comfort and style and I prefer European cars over Asian ones (Honda and Lexus being possible exceptions). I'm a big person myself, over six-foot three so leg- and head room are important.

For the last few years I have had a BMW 5 Series and have always liked BMW so I'm leaning that way. Currently thinking about a BMW 6 Series: there are some '05s floating around that fit the bill.

Question: is the 6 any good? Should I stick to the 5 Series (although I'm not a fan of the recent models in terms of looks)?

I'd be interested to know if you think there are other makes and models I should be looking at. I have tried a few Alfas - 159, Brera and GT - but they didn't grab me, were generally too small and always have that 'rep' associated with them (rightly or wrongly).

I'm not keen on hunting for cars in the UK (the hassle), but is that actually a no-brainer I'd be stupid to ignore?

Should I be looking at a brand new car?

Thanks for your time, and a great car website; the best in my opinion,



Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Stephen Moriarty (Dublin) - Fri, 16 Jul 2010 11:48