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Toyota RAV4 Luna vs. Sport?

What is the difference between a Toyota RAV4 Luna and RAV4 Sport?

Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Don Murphy (Cork) - Thu, 16 Jan 2020 11:36

Can I apply for a motorcycle A2 permit?

I just passed my motorbike theory test. It says AM motorcycles/mopeds. Does this mean I can't apply for an A2 learner permi?

Filed under miscellaneous - Asked by Terence O Sullivan (Cork) - Tue, 21 Jan 2020 18:34

Should I buy a new Tesla Model 3?


I’ve been doing a lot of research into buying a car lately, specifically would love a Tesla Model 3 - Standard range plus. I’ve been looking at price from GB compared to Ireland and it’s around €5k cheaper (around £38k v €48k). I also understand I would be in receipt of €5,000 SEAI grant, but I cannot seem to calculate the VRT.

1. Can I buy in the UK and ultimately would I save money doing so vs Ireland?

2. I live in Dublin and I get the DART to work everyday (roughy €100 per month). I also currently drive home roughy three nights per week to Monaghan (roughly costs me €325 in petrol and tolls). I have a free parking space in work. (Quicker to drive than DART to work) Would I be naive in thinking that I would almost eradicate all of that €425 with an EV? Aside from electricity costs, also what would you estimate those to be?

The alternative for me was to buy an 15/16 Audi A5 or BMW 4 Series in around the €20k mark, but still be subject to aforementioned €425 monthly costs on top.

Am I trying to convince myself that a Model 3 is my best option or is it my best option? NB: I want something that I actually want, i.e. I don’t want a Nissan Leaf; if I’m going EV it would be Tesla or equivalent.

Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Brendan Traynor (Dublin) - Fri, 12 Jul 2019 08:04

How often to change my 2012 Fiesta's belt?

How often should I change the timing belt on my 2012 Ford Fiesta?

Filed under servicing - Asked by Betty Bernard (Charlottetown ) - Sat, 13 Jul 2019 21:50

My Honda's satnav is overheating!

The built-in satnav in my 2004 Honda CR-V is overheating, stopping it from working. How can I check if the fan is working?

Filed under satellite navigation - Asked by Patricia Glanville (TORREMANZANAS) - Sun, 14 Jul 2019 09:08

Issue with my new Ford Focus...

Hi there.

I purchased a brand new Ford Focus last week and I have just noticed that the dashboard on the driver's side is not fitted correctly. There is a gap of about 10mm between the windscreen and the top of the dash on the driver's side and the bottom of the side panel of the windscreen is not flush with the dashboard. It appears the dash is not sitting on a mount that I can feel with my finger.

Question is, should I ask garage to refit the dashboard or will this result in other issues of damage and noises in the dash after a refit? So annoyed after spending so much on the car.

Please help

Filed under fault - Asked by Mark Geoghegan (Mullingar) - Sun, 25 Aug 2019 23:47

What's wrong with my Focus?

My Ford Focus cuts out when driving and there's oil on top of the piston...

Filed under fault - Asked by Lana Matthews (Folkestone) - Tue, 10 Sep 2019 11:13

BMW X5 M50d or 45e hybrid?

I am considering the BMW X5 M50d and the X5 xDrive45e. Which would be more potent and smooth in drive and comfort? When the PHEV is driven hard the fuel consumption would increase. Batteries will require charging. Limitations appears to be factored into the PHEV.

Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Robert Baichan (Durban) - Thu, 12 Sep 2019 19:13

When to change automatic gearbox oil?


When or how often should the oil in an automatic gearbox be changed? The manufacturers may say (I don't know?) it doesn't need to be changed at all, that it is good for the lifetime of the transmission: but what do they mean by the lifetime of the transmission? 100,000 miles? One would expect a transmission to last a lot longer. There are views out there on the internet that say change every 30,000 or 50,000 miles. Do you have access to any independent experienced mechanics that could give an authoritative answer? I have a C-Class automatic petrol Mercedes and an automatic diesel Volvo.



Filed under automatic - Asked by Philip Donegan (Ballina) - Sat, 11 Jan 2020 13:04

When to change my Kuga's belt?


I have a 2015 Ford Kuga 2.0 TDCi diesel with 82,000km on the clock. I asked my mechanic when do I get a cam belt change.  He was not sure, said to speak to a Ford dealer. When is it required and approx cost?


David Kefford

Filed under servicing - Asked by David Kefford (Lavington. ( Albury )) - Thu, 16 Jan 2020 23:39