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Is my excessive tyre wear normal?

I've got a 01 Audi A4 1.6 Petrol (newer shape) and spent €620 on four firestone 235 x 45 R17 tyres. However, after only 13,000 miles there is very little life left on them, another 2-3k miles at most. I've really looked after them, had them rotated after about 7k and haven't been spinning wheels or any of that boy racer stuff. One of them (back left at present) is worse than the others alright and is pretty much at the end of its life already. The wear is even through all of the tyres.

Question 1: Is this about the normal for this size wheel? It seems terrible to me.

Question 2: I've heard that some of these big name brands aren't really worth the money; can you recommend a more reasonably priced tyre for what looks like an almost annual expense I'm going to have to budget for?


Filed under tyres - Asked by Ciaran Lutttrell (Cork) - Fri, 07 May 2010 13:02

Interesting and fast car available under scrappage scheme?

I'm going to scrap my car through the scheme and I wanted to know what is the fastest car that is available under the scheme? Are most of the eligible cars really boring or are there any interesting ones?

Filed under scrappage - Asked by Adrian O'Dwyer (Limerick) - Wed, 05 May 2010 22:45

Seven-seater without the boredom?

We have a little toddler and recently welcomed twins into our lives and while three children isn't a big family we now find that we need a seven-seater because of the baby seats. I hate the idea of a people carrier but I do need something with enough space for the little ones and all the luggage that comes with them. Is there any seven-seat car that's practical but not boring?

Filed under family car - Asked by Julia Lenihan (Kilkenny) - Wed, 05 May 2010 22:34

Where to go for car finance?

I know finance is hard to come by these days but I'd really like to buy a new car. Where should I go first to get finance because I don't want to be turned down by loads of banks?

Filed under finance - Asked by Joseph Murphy (Kerry) - Wed, 05 May 2010 22:38

Where should I get my BMW serviced and fixed?

I have a 2002 BMW 3 Series worth about €4,500. I bought it a few months ago but things are already starting to go wrong with it. Should I take it to a BMW dealership for service and repair, which could cost a fortune or should I go to the cheapest mechanic I can find to get it looked at? I don't want the work costing more than the car is worth but at the same time I'd like to have a good service history for the car and repairs well done rather than a sticking plaster effort. What would you advise?

Filed under servicing - Asked by Brian O'Sullivan (Mayo) - Wed, 05 May 2010 22:41

What do you recommend as a first car for new driver?

I'm thinking of buying my first car but I don't know much about cars so I don't really know what I should be shopping for. I'm a 20-year-old student and I have about €1,000 to spend. I'm a learner driver so I'd like something small, easy to drive and cheap to run. I found a nice second hand Ford Ka and wondered whether this would be suitable for me?

Filed under learner - Asked by Susan Murphy (Blarney, Co. Cork) - Wed, 05 May 2010 22:24

What scrappage supermini?

I have a ten-year old car and I am thinking of taking advantage of the scrappage scheme. I travel quite far, to and from work, so would require an economical car that packs a bit of punch. I have been looking at the Mazda2, Opel Corsa and Ford Fiesta, which would all be around my price range. Please could you recommend which of these might be the best car for my needs?

Many thanks


Filed under scrappage - Asked by Alison Mackey (Blessington) - Wed, 05 May 2010 20:44

Are the discounts going to end?

We have seen significant reductions in prices by the car companies over the last 12 months in response to the global economic crisis - do you think we have seen the last of these price reductions or do you think there is more to come?

Filed under scrappage - Asked by Paul Russell (Tullyallen) - Wed, 05 May 2010 08:13

Did someone buy a new Audi R8 V10?

I've seen the new Audi R8 V10 (blue) about the place. Is it likely to be a press car or are there still people forking out 1/4 million for a car these days?

Filed under supercar - Asked by Paul Kieran (Dublin) - Wed, 28 Apr 2010 21:27

Am I being ripped off for a timing belt change?

Hi. I brought my car to a mechanic recently for a service as its NCT is up soon. He told me as I've over 60,000 miles on the clock my timing belt needs to be replaced, but between labour and parts it'll cost around €400. Is this true? He doesn't seem like the world's most dishonest guy in fairness, but I don't want to have to shell out another €400 unless it's completely necessary.

Filed under servicing - Asked by Brion Lynch (Dingle) - Wed, 28 Apr 2010 20:58