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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!! 

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Nell Rynne (Sligo)

May 2010 Filed under: scrappage

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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. 

Brian Gallagher (Dublin)

May 2010 Filed under: choosing used car

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Fiat Stilo airbag warning light

Hi,

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?

Mark Fowler (Cork)

May 2010 Filed under: safety

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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?

Thanks

Barry Cox (Tullamore)

May 2010 Filed under: choosing used car

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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?

Allice Cox (Bagenalstown)

May 2010 Filed under: scrappage

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Is this a good price for a 2008 Audi A3 TDI?

I am looking at a 2008 Audi A3 1.9 TDI. Is €18,950 good value for an example with 18,900 miles on the clock?

Ken Moran (Carrick On Shannon)

May 2010 Filed under: choosing used car

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Can a puncture in a run flat tyre be repaired?

Can a puncture in a run flat tyre be repaired?

James Dundon (Dublin)

May 2010 Filed under: tyres

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I need a diesel car for high mileage

I am driving between 800-900 km per week to and from work and I am looking to change from a 2005 1.4 petrol Volkswagen Golf with 133,500km (82,950 miles) on the clock, to a diesel car.

My budget is approx €13,000 euro but am not sure what to buy. I have looked at the Volkswagen Passat, but are there other options out there that you could recommend?

Ollie Walsh (Donegal)

May 2010 Filed under: choosing used car

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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?

Stephen Scott (Dublin)

May 2010 Filed under: choosing used car

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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?

Anthony Dowd (Cork)

May 2010 Filed under: choosing new car

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