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Replacement seats for an E39 BMW 5-Series

I have a E39 BMW 5-Series. The car seat is basic and quite uncomfortable for me. I am quite heavy. Is there any budget options out there for seat replacement?

Filed under - Asked by Al Ca (Galway) - Fri, 14 May 2010 21:32

Do turbo petrol engines have a future?

I have an 2008 Volkswagen Passat 1.4 TSi petrol that I find excellent. Is there any indication from VW about turbo petrol engines in the new Passat due at the end of year?

More generally do you think turbo petrols will be a growth area?

I think they are excellent alternative to diesel which a lot of people are buying on dealers recommendation without being fully convinced of, with regard to smooth power delivery?

Filed under miscellaneous - Asked by Ger Brennan (Dundalk) - Thu, 13 May 2010 22:56

Which Skoda Fabia?

Thanks for your reply to my previous query regarding a recommendation of buying under scrappage. I test drove the Fabia today and was impressed. I would love to know the exact model you refer to. Is it 60- or 70hp and is it Classic or Ambiente?

Filed under scrappage - Asked by Nell Rynne (Sligo) - Thu, 13 May 2010 23:42

Where to get the best deal on a new Kia Rio?

I'm interested in buying a new Kia Rio, diesel, using the scrappage deal. What is the best price I should expect to get? And would I be better dealing with a main Kia dealer as opposed to an Opel dealer? The main dealer is a 40-minute drive from me.

Filed under scrappage - Asked by Kayleigh Brazil (Kells, Meath) - Wed, 12 May 2010 20:06

Will I buy a Grand Mégane or a Peugeot 308 SW under the scrappage?

What do you think of the new Grand Mégane and Peugeot 308 SW? I am thinking of purchasing in a scrappage deal but do not know much about these cars.

Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Breda Quaid (Kill) - Wed, 12 May 2010 21:56

Which car should I buy under the scrappage scheme?

I am buying under the scrappage scheme.  Which of the following would you recommend: Skoda Fabia, Ford Ka, Hyundai i10 or Renault Clio?

My budget is €10,000 and I want something that will last another 10 years! Most of my driving is around town but I don't want anything tiny!! 


Filed under scrappage - Asked by Nell Rynne (Sligo) - Wed, 12 May 2010 22:58

Changing my 406 Coupé for something new or used.

Hi guys,

Firstly, congrats on the website, fair play and good luck with it. I'm just looking for some advice! I'm 29, living in Dublin and do on average city say 14k per year in my car, a 2001 Peugeot 406 Coupé 2.0, which I love. I'm looking to trade up and am not sure what to go for? Would like something sporty-ish, comfortable, economical all round (fuel, tax, servicing) and not too common on the road. I have a budget of €15k with no real preference on year but the younger the better! 

I've never driven a diesel before but with the way that diesel engines have improved I am not adverse to change. So I'm prepared to go for either. 

Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Brian Gallagher (Dublin) - Thu, 13 May 2010 12:44

Fiat Stilo airbag warning light


I just bought a Fiat Stilo 1.6 three-door hatchback. The airbag failure/stop engine light appears when I start the engine.

I am told it is most likely to be a loose plug underneath the driver's seat. Can I disconnect, clean and reconnect this without setting off the airbags?

Filed under safety - Asked by Mark Fowler (Cork) - Thu, 13 May 2010 12:47

Audi A4 on a €7,000 budget?

Hi guys,

Im looking to buy a car with a budget of €7,000. I like the Audi A4 and my house mate is upgrading from his A4. It is an English import from 2003, with six-speed gearbox, cruise control, air conditioning and comes with a hands free Bluetooth kit for the mobile.

Mileage is 140,000 miles however and it's going for somewhere between €7,000 and €7,500. I travel a lot for sports, circa 20,000 miles per year. Is this car a good investment for €7,000-€7,500 or should I look for one with lower mileage?


Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Barry Cox (Tullamore) - Wed, 12 May 2010 18:12

Can I trade in two cars on the scrappage scheme?

Can I trade my 2006 car with my 2002 model for scrappage in exchange for a new car? I have a 2006 Avensis and a 2002 Toyota Corolla hatchback to trade.

I want to get a good diesel car. I've clocked up around 75,000 miles in two and half years.

What garages will look at this type of trade?

Filed under scrappage - Asked by Allice Cox (Bagenalstown) - Wed, 12 May 2010 17:36