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Is the petrol Volkswagen Passat short on power?

I am thinking of buying a VW Passat 1.6 FSI but have been advised not to as it is short on power. What do you think?

Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Stephen Scott (Dublin) - Tue, 11 May 2010 22:46

What do you think of the new Mazda3?

What do you think of the new sporty Mazda3? I have a budget of €30k. What would you recommend new that would have enough boot space for golf clubs and comes with strong accessories like a roof rack or boot rack for carrying a racing bike?

Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Anthony Dowd (Cork) - Mon, 10 May 2010 20:52

Comfortable, spacious and diesel for €8,000?

I want to buy a diesel car. I need space and comfort. My budget is up to €8,000. What cars would you recommend?


Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Neil Duffy (Dublin) - Tue, 11 May 2010 17:00

Buying a Lexus from a non-Lexus dealer

I have ordered a Lexus executive IS 220d for my wife from a Toyota dealer due to them having the best price in the area.

Is this a good car in the class and price bracket of €36,800? Are there any pitfalls to ordering from a non-Lexus dealer in terms of extra free kit or back up before I hand over the cheque? Delivery is in late June. No deposit has been paid yet. A factory sunroof is being fitted for an extra €1,150.

Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Pat Cashman (Cork) - Sun, 09 May 2010 14:32

Can I choose to have my county registration plate?

Hi there. Here's a different one.

I'm waiting to take delivery on a new van. I'm buying it in Dublin but live in another part of the country. I assume the dealer has to obtain the vehicle's registration number so my question is this. Can it be registered at my local office so that I have my county's index plate and not a 'D'. Nothing against Dublin, just that I am a 'local' business and would like the local number.


Tom Kelly.

Filed under registration - Asked by Tom Kelly (Limerick) - Mon, 10 May 2010 22:43

How to buy an Audi A4 Avant from the UK?

Want to buy a 2001 Audi A4 (b5) Avant TDI in the UK private or from non-franchise dealer. How do I do this without being caught out?

Filed under importing - Asked by Jim O'Sullivan (Co.Cork.) - Tue, 11 May 2010 11:44

What options help a BMW 5 Series retain its value?

I am thinking of buying a BMW 520d second-hand. What are the best optional extras to look for that will help hold second-hand value in a few years? I understand that an automatic gearbox is almost essential for executive cars and that leather can also be worthwhile.

Filed under optional extras - Asked by William Neale (Dublin) - Tue, 11 May 2010 11:19

What car to buy with €30,000?

I have about €30k to spend on a car. I am retired and will consider a diesel as I will be doing some farming and some clerical work requiring travel. What car would you recommend?

Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Tony Kelly (Feakle) - Sun, 09 May 2010 21:55

What to do with Mazda6 problems?

I have recently had a problem with my Mazda6 that has now covered 17,000 miles. This concerns a shuddering at speed that starts around 60 and is noticable right past the legal limit. It does not feel like an out of balance wheeland it seems to have come on suddenly.

Additionally I have experienced a problem with the Bose car entertainment system losing the preset stations. Tthe last time this happened there was a noticable 'popping' sound and I thought it had blown up.

Do you know if the shuddering and problems with the stereo are commom problems? I am going to contact my dealer and obviously am concerned that they may try to pass this off as damage and charge me for the repair.

What do you recommend?

Filed under warranty - Asked by Tony Briggs (Newcastle) - Tue, 11 May 2010 11:19

Peugeot 5008 or Ford S-MAX?

I'm in the market for a seven-seater and considering either the Peugeot 5008 or Ford S-MAX. Was thinking of new Peugeot or second-hand S-MAX (based on old prices), but finding new S-MAX prices are confusing. Any thoughts of one over the other?

Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Karl Langan (Malahide) - Mon, 10 May 2010 21:12