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How does the 1.4 TSI Volkswagen Passat perform?

Hi guys,

What is the story with the 1.4 Volkswagen Passats TSI? I know it has 120hp but is it suitable for such a big car? 

Are they economical? Can they overtake without labouring??

I am still shopping around myself and have just come across these, they seem good value, I do about 12,000 kilometres per year.

Any information is welcome.

Thanks Mick

Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Michael Mulvey (Ashbourne) - Thu, 28 Oct 2010 17:23

Do I have to use specific anti-freeze in my BMW X5?

Hi, my 2005 BMW X5 3.0d is taking its time to start these mornings. It's due a service shortly (1,000 miles). Should I put anti-freeze in it now or wait? Also, will any anti-freeze do or does it have to be specific type as the manual says or is this scaremongering so I get it done by BMW?


Filed under servicing - Asked by Justin Mc Elwee (Sligo) - Wed, 20 Oct 2010 13:14

Should I buy now or wait until the New Year?

Hi guys,

Is there any point in changing my car this side of Christmas? I am going from a 2006 Opel Vectra to a 2008 Mazda6.

Thanks Mick

Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Michael Mulvey (Ashbourne) - Mon, 18 Oct 2010 16:28

What small diesel car can you recommend?

Can you recommend a few small diesel-engined cars that qualify for the scrappage scheme? Value for money is important. It must be a five-seater, must have four doors and reliability is important. I'm considering a Ford Fiesta or similar-sized car.

Filed under scrappage - Asked by William Neale (Dublin) - Sun, 17 Oct 2010 11:00

BMW 520d auto versus manual?

Can you give me a rough idea what the mpg difference would be between a BMW 520d automatic and 520d SE manual version for mainly suburban driving.

I know that for resale automatic is better, but ecomony is important to me.

Also, the suspension for M Sport version is stiffer and firmer; I am not into fast driving, but do like the sport styling. Can you tell me is the ride comfort difference noticable?

Filed under fuel economy and emissions - Asked by William Neale (Dublin) - Sun, 17 Oct 2010 11:22

How much is our Ford Focus worth?


We have a 2005 Ford Focus 1.4 petrol with 114,000km on the clock. The car has alloys, a sun roof and cruise control. I wonder what is the approximate value of this car, please.

Regards, Donal O'Shea

Filed under used car values - Asked by Donal O'Shea (Midleton) - Fri, 15 Oct 2010 16:52

A new estate with a diesel engine and four-wheel drive?

I want to buy a new station wagon with a diesel engine, automatic transmission and four-wheel drive. There seem to be very few options, e.g the Volvo XC70, which is too expensive. Can you recommend any alternatives?

Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Pat Norris (Clonakilty) - Mon, 11 Oct 2010 20:21

I need a bigger car, but I have a small budget.


I have a 2005 three-door Mitsubishi Colt and need a bigger car: I have a three-year old and baby on the way... Don't have much cash  (€1,000 max); what sort of car could I get with my car as a trade in? I have looked at Mitsubishi Spacestar and Mercedes-Benz A-Class. I want a reliable car and want to keep engine size down to save on tax and insurance.. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Also, have you any ideas of anyone who would pay cash for my car? Tried all the cash-for-cars places and got no answers.


Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Sarah Morgan (Dublin) - Mon, 04 Oct 2010 15:59

I'd like something economical to replace my Focus.


I have €10,000 plus a 2000 Ford Focus 1.8. I'm looking for an economical car to do 100km a day, every day. What kind of car should I be looking at? Was thinking of a 1.8 TDCi Focus. Is diesel a good choice?


Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Pete Tinsley (MACROOM) - Thu, 30 Sep 2010 14:40

2007 Toyota Yaris or 2007 Volkswagen Polo?

I am looking at a 2007 Toyota Yaris 1.0-litre Terra with 23,000km or a 2007 Volkswagen Polo 1.2 Comfortline with 20,000km. Both can be had for €8,000 cash. It is a first car for my daughter. Which one should I buy?

Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Chris Fox (Dublin) - Sun, 03 Oct 2010 13:49