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What's the Mercedes-Benz Viano like?

Can you tell me anything about the reliability and safety of the Mercedes-Benz Viano? NCAP results are from a test on the 2008 model and we are looking at an 06 or 07. Also I've read about recalls on the Viano so wondering if they are likely to cause trouble or what should be check before buying. Thanks very much!

Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Leah Donnelly (Dublin) - Fri, 09 Jul 2010 16:40

Reliability issues with Passat?

I am thinking of a 05/06 diesel Passat, but am worried about reliability issues. I have heard about clutch problems and bulbs blowing constantly on these cars. What is your opinion? Also is there any other car you would recommend in this category? Mondeo, Octavia, A4?

Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Cyril Cleere (Kilkenny) - Wed, 30 Jun 2010 22:00

Is there any reason to avoid UK imports?

Is there any reason to avoid UK imports? We are looking for a MPV and just wondering if UK imports are as safe an option as Irish cars or is it a more complicated purchase with potential risks? Thanks

Filed under importing - Asked by Patricia McGuire (Dublin) - Tue, 29 Jun 2010 17:55

Safe to replace seatbelts?

Would you consider it safe to replace the seat belts on a car? I am looking at a second-hand car that needs two seat belts replacing (due to wear and tear from baby sets apparently), but am concerned about whether the replacements will ever be completely effective. Also, would you consider it a concern that the seat belts were damaged in the first place? The look like they were cut half way accross with a knife or something.

Thank you.

Filed under safety - Asked by Patricia McGuire (Dublin) - Fri, 25 Jun 2010 22:41

What is the NCAP score for the pre-2006 Ford Galaxy?

I am looking for information regarding the safety rating of the old model (pre-2006) Ford Galaxy. I know the new model got five stars in the NCAP tests, but I cannot find an NCAP rating for the old Galaxy. I believe it is almost the same as the VW Sharan, which only got three stars for the 1999 model, so is it safe to assume the pre-2006 Galaxy is about the same? Many thanks.


Filed under safety - Asked by Patricia McGuire (Dublin) - Tue, 29 Jun 2010 17:34

What are the costs of importing a used car from the UK?

Other than the car itself and the transportation costs, what are the costs involved in importing a used car from the UK?

Filed under importing - Asked by Paul Kieran (Dublin) - Wed, 28 Apr 2010 20:47

VW Golf trade-in value?

What should the trade-in value of a 2007 VW Golf 1.4 Sport with 50,000km be in return for a new 1.6 Highline Golf?

Filed under used car values - Asked by Martin Walsh (Carrick On Suir) - Tue, 25 May 2010 09:48

Should I go for manual or automatic Mondeo 2.0-litre diesel?

Just how good is the diesel Ford Mondeo 2.0-litre? Would you recommend manual or automatic?

Filed under gearbox - Asked by Fergal Reidy (Celbridge) - Thu, 24 Jun 2010 00:06

2009 BMW 535d or 2011 520d?

Would you buy a 2008-09 BMW 535d or a new 2011 520d? As you can see my budget is about €45k. I have been used to plenty of power in the past!


Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Paul Byrne (Drogheda) - Wed, 23 Jun 2010 17:37

What problems to look for on 2006 Mercedes E 200K?

What should I watch out in a 2006 Mercedes-Benz E 200K with 77,000 miles on the clock for €16,950? The car has just one owner, has a full NCT and come with full service history.

Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Marc Sutton (Dublin) - Tue, 22 Jun 2010 22:54