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I need a good car for commuting in England. Can you help?

I'm moving to England and will have a 100-mile round-trip commute each day. I currently drive a 2006 Ford Mondeo Platinum 1.8-litre petrol, but will be selling that. What would be the best diesel car to buy with a budget of around £3,000 sterling?

Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Jonathan Kelly - Tue, 08 Feb 2011 23:37

Opel Insignia or Skoda Superb diesel estate?


We are changing our car under the scrappage scheme. We were looking at diesel estates such as the Opel Insignia Sports Tourer and the Skoda Superb Combi. The Superb Combi is well priced but it has a 1.6 TDI engine, which I think maybe too small for the car. The Opel is more expensive and you lose space and it is not as well specced. Or should I look at something else?


Filed under scrappage - Asked by Des Wynne (Dundalk) - Tue, 08 Feb 2011 13:01

Why is my Skoda Octavia losing power?

Hi, my '05 Skoda Octavia 1.9 TDI is giving trouble lately. It loses power and even cuts out, but starts up again. I heard they have a wiring loom problem. Could this be the problem?

Filed under fault - Asked by Danny Duggan (Cork) - Wed, 02 Feb 2011 20:11

How can I fix my rear demister?

I have a 2001 Skoda Octavia. The rear dimister does not clear all of the rear windscreen. Can you offer any advice?

Filed under fault - Asked by Brian May - Fri, 04 Feb 2011 14:00

How did my VW Caddy get stolen?

My '05 VW Caddy (new shape) was recently stolen. They some how hot-wired it and drove off with it. Caddys have a coded key ignition and I have both keys and they had to break a window to get in, so how did they start it?

Filed under car theft - Asked by James S - Wed, 02 Feb 2011 13:07

How safe are rear seat passengers in a seven-seater?

What is the safety record for rear seat passengers in a seven-seat car?

Filed under safety - Asked by Shane Oneill (Kildare) - Sun, 30 Jan 2011 21:02

Should I buy at an auction?

I am a 24-year-old man looking for my first car. I am looking for something of medium size, medium to small engine and a solid car. I was just wondering is it a good idea to go to car auctions or are they a bit of a gamble. Or what could you recommend with a budget of a maximum of €4k?

Filed under choosing used car - Asked by John Doheny (Kilkenny) - Mon, 31 Jan 2011 23:21

Has the new Audi A6 got offset pedals?

If you've driven the new Audi A6, does it have the horrible off-set clutch pedal like the A4 / A5? 

Filed under gearbox - Asked by T Charles (Dublin) - Tue, 01 Feb 2011 20:36

How much is my Peugeot 307 SW worth?

Where can I find out how much my 2002 Peugeot 307 SW Estate is worth? Thinking of trading it in for a new car, if possible a Renault. 

Filed under used car values - Asked by Lisa Naughton (Tullamore) - Mon, 31 Jan 2011 14:56

How much is my 2003 VW Golf worth?

How much should I get for a trade-in of my VW Golf 1.9 TDI, 2003 reg with two years' NCT and 175,000 miles on the clock?

Filed under used car values - Asked by Trevor Friffin (Limerick) - Fri, 14 Jan 2011 14:59