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A new MPV for a new arrival

I am thinking of buying a 2005 Renault Grand Scenic Diesel, would you recommend it? Are there problems with electrics or the engine or any other problems I should know about?

Should I go for a Citroen Xsara Picasso 1.6 diesel instead? I need room for 3 baby seats. Money is tight so cannot go above 2005.

Ray Ryan (Limerick)

May 2010 Filed under: choosing used car

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Which diesel hatchback to buy?

I am looking to buy a new or 2008/2009 diesel car and wondering which is best value: Kia cee'd, Kia Venga, Hyundai i30, Peugeot 308 or SEAT Leon?


Angela Osullivan (Wicklow)

May 2010 Filed under: choosing new car

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I want to change my Rav4 for a seven-seater, just not a boring one!

Hi, congrats on new website, hope it works well. I'm looking to change an '05 Toyota Rav 4 for a 7 seater, but don't want a boring looking rectangle type car! Any ideas for a decent 7 seater that looks good as well, maybe '07/'08, max spend €15k. Thanks.

Emer Kennedy (Dublin)

May 2010 Filed under: choosing used car

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Replacing an Almera under scrappage

I want to replace my ten year-old Nissan Almera and I am told the Nisssan Tiida is it's natural successor.

I've seen very few few on the roads and cannot find a test drive report on it. Do you have any info on this car please?

My budget is up to €20,000 as well as the scrappage allowance.

Pat O'Regan (Limerick)

May 2010 Filed under: scrappage

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What fuel economy should I get in my 1.3 diesel Astra?

Hello, I drive a 2008 1.3-litre diesel Astra with a six-speed gearbox on a fairly normal driving pattern: start, stop, traffic-jams etc. and M50 motorway driving (in which I use the cruise control). What sort of fuel economy should I expect?


Alec Cowan (Tallaght)

May 2010 Filed under: fuel economy and emissions

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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?

Al Ca (Galway)

May 2010 Filed under:

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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?

Ger Brennan (Dundalk)

May 2010 Filed under: miscellaneous

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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?

Nell Rynne (Sligo)

May 2010 Filed under: scrappage

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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.

Kayleigh Brazil (Kells, Meath)

May 2010 Filed under: scrappage

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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.

Breda Quaid (Kill)

May 2010 Filed under: choosing new car

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