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Forum: Cars, cycling and transport 24-07-2009, 12:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 7,654
Posted By RS2K
A guide to buying a car including scams to look out for

1. Research.

The most single important consideration is your choice of vehicle itself. Consider “what do I want”? and consider “what do I need”? There are so many factors….

Size. What...
Forum: Cars, cycling and transport 05-05-2009, 09:56 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,522
Posted By RS2K
Re: Lexus ....good buy?

IS220D is a good enough car. Well engineered and built, and reliable too.

I've found the engine to be a bit rough tbh.
Forum: Cars, cycling and transport 05-05-2009, 09:52 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,406
Posted By RS2K
Re: Is recently passed NCT an indication of good car to buy?

I'd sooner a car had a recent NCT than otherwise.
Forum: Cars, cycling and transport 05-05-2009, 09:49 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 13,515
Posted By RS2K
Re: 07 Skoda Octavia having to top-up oil?

I disagree with a lot of that.

Modern VW group TDI engines are competitive, but the old 1.9 unit (the subject of this thread) is a crude relatively unrefined lump, and is a very old design.
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Forum: Cars, cycling and transport 15-04-2009, 08:05 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 569
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Forum: Cars, cycling and transport 15-04-2009, 08:04 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 561
Posted By RS2K
Re: Power Steering Fluid leaking

Sounds pricey to me.
Forum: Cars, cycling and transport 15-04-2009, 07:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 810
Posted By RS2K
Re: Could Garage have broken electric window switch whilst servicing car.

They may have inadvertantly disconnected the window motor wiring?
Forum: Cars, cycling and transport 15-04-2009, 07:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 696
Posted By RS2K
Re: Question re Diagnostic charge

€125 for a diagnostic check is very heavy.
Forum: Cars, cycling and transport 08-04-2009, 01:54 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,989
Posted By RS2K
Re: Purchasing 08 A4 in UK or NI

Normal checks are a HPI and a verification on the cars service history. Check mileage and date with the service dept. of the garage that carried out the service/repairs.

A lot of these cars are...
Forum: Cars, cycling and transport 02-04-2009, 11:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,614
Posted By RS2K
Forum: Cars, cycling and transport 30-03-2009, 12:04 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 923
Posted By RS2K
Re: Volvo S40 Diesel versus Mazda 3 Diesel

The engine is identical in these cars, and both are safe.

Comes down to personal choice.
Forum: Cars, cycling and transport 27-03-2009, 09:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,327
Posted By RS2K
Re: cheapest car service in cork?

€139 is very keen ok, but cheap is sometimes nasty. Check carefully what they'll do for that.

You'll most likely need:

Oil and filter change
Air filter change
Plugs (if petrol)
Checks on...
Forum: Cars, cycling and transport 26-03-2009, 10:16 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,500
Posted By RS2K
Forum: Cars, cycling and transport 25-03-2009, 01:41 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 6,531
Posted By RS2K
Re: Is this a good deal?

It's not that difficult NicolaM.

Start by looking at the car itself. Check thoroughly and test drive. After that look at the paperwork. A full service history helps greatly. Then negotiate price...
Forum: Cars, cycling and transport 25-03-2009, 01:26 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 6,531
Posted By RS2K
Re: Is this a good deal?

You were very fortunate to have gotten away with this slookie.

I'd ask to meet the seller, confront him with the evidence, and ask for your deposit back. I'd also be very very unhappy with...
Forum: Cars, cycling and transport 24-03-2009, 01:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,377
Posted By RS2K
Re: Engine damage - would insurance pay out?

Not a prayer I'd say. Motor insurance pays out in the event of accident or theft depending on the cover selected.

It's never ever going to pay out for engine damage caused by a mechanical fault.
Forum: Cars, cycling and transport 16-03-2009, 01:23 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,744
Posted By RS2K
Re: Son's Motor Accident after car serviced

Glad the young fella is ok first and foremost.

Assuming it was dodgy worn out tyres that caused the crash, I'd taken it as a cheap lesson tbh. Driving any motor vehicle is a big responsibilty....
Forum: Cars, cycling and transport 16-03-2009, 01:19 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,856
Posted By RS2K
Forum: Cars, cycling and transport 15-03-2009, 11:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,856
Posted By RS2K
Re: smokey exhaust

Possibly, but it could be many more things.
Forum: Cars, cycling and transport 14-03-2009, 10:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,856
Posted By RS2K
Re: smokey exhaust

Wear usually. Could be a big problem unfortunately.
Forum: Cars, cycling and transport 14-03-2009, 08:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,856
Posted By RS2K
Re: smokey exhaust

What colour smoke? Blue(ish) means it's burning oil.
Forum: Cars, cycling and transport 07-03-2009, 08:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,880
Posted By RS2K
Re: Rover 45- good buy?

I'd avoid them tbh
Forum: Cars, cycling and transport 06-03-2009, 10:04 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,838
Posted By RS2K
Re: golf gti mechanic in naas dublin area

Any decent independent will do. The Golf GTI is a nice car, but is no a temperamental supercar, requiring bespoke skills to maintain it.
Forum: Cars, cycling and transport 03-03-2009, 10:33 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 797
Posted By RS2K
Re: Getting back a deposit

Exactly. He agreed to buy it. He then changed his mind. Therefore he quite rightly looses his deposit.
Forum: Cars, cycling and transport 02-03-2009, 11:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,200
Posted By RS2K
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