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review by: mari

Living in the city centre I had the necessity to look for a compact and easy car to handle in traffic. Looking at the new car models, I found the new supermini FIAT 500 1.2 super compact and super trendy. The line is a modern interpretation of the style of its ancestor. In this version the car is equipped with the Stop & Start devise which gives a little contribution to the environmental protection. The steering system it is very light. The comfort is good. The interior design is pretty well finished and really stylish, and the quality of the materials used is quite impressive. The space inside isn’t too small and it would fit 4 people, but the sits on the front are more comfortable and better formed than the once at the back .Pity that the compartments are few and very small, and that in front of the passenger rather than the classic drawer, there is a simple shelf with no door. The car is very light and is performing well, really great with the roof down. It is very practical and versatile in city, but it can be enjoyable on the highway too. If you are looking for a handy but solid city car with a very reasonable price, I would definitely recommend it..

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review by: mari

Living in the city centre I had the necessity to look for a compact and easy car to handle in traffic. Looking at the new car models, I found the new supermini FIAT 500 1.2 super compact and super trendy. The line is a modern interpretation of the style of its ancestor. In this version the car is equipped with the Stop & Start devise which gives a little contribution to the environmental protection. The steering system it is very light. The comfort is good. The interior design is pretty well finished and really stylish, and the quality of the materials used is quite impressive. The space inside isn’t too small and it would fit 4 people, but the sits on the front are more comfortable and better formed than the once at the back .Pity that the compartments are few and very small, and that in front of the passenger rather than the classic drawer, there is a simple shelf with no door. The car is very light and is performing well, really great with the roof down. It is very practical and versatile in city, but it can be enjoyable on the highway too. If you are looking for a handy but solid city car with a very reasonable price, I would definitely recommend it..

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review by: drakesha

Looks great, runs great, comfortable drive, good suspension, superb very smooth engine, extremely reliable, had three of them (first was given to my former wife, second was crashed). Downsides are; not much space in the boot, not very stable in the snow, being rear wheel drive, so winter tyres are recommended. There are way too many of them around, but that could be a good thing, as the spares are plenty. .

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review by: Arthur Daley

Having driven Vauxhalls and Opels for almost 25 years this loyalty was brought to an end by the Vectra. No end of hassle. Frequent suspension issues (you may say Ireland's potholes are to blame but the wife drove her Pug 206 on the same roads and that thing coped). The electrics were terrible. The dealers were incompetent. The 6 speed auto box developed a mind of its own (Toyota buyers beware - the same auto box goes in the Avensis). I was glad to see the back of this car when I traded it in for a Kia..

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review by: joekavanagh

This is a great spacious car that is very economical to run as it is a diesel. Interior - Only issue is that the cream material seats are now filthy and any water spills brings out the colour of the black foam underneath. BMW as a brand is very expensive when officially serviced .

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review by: thedonscork

Extremely expensive to maintain and not as reliable as people think. Warranty Directs yearly 'Reliability Index' proves this too despite what those clowns on Top Gear would have you believe. Lots of wear on front suspension, cv joints, cv boots, ball joints, arms and links all need maintaining or replacement regularly. Strong economical engine, some issues with EGR valve, injectors and air flow meters though. Servicing at VW dealers will bankrupt you..

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review by: lee7777777

Fabulous car to drive, comfort and quality are excellent. The power and economy from 2.0 diesel is far superior to an Audi A4. If you have any interest in cars and want a car that is a rewarding drive, especially on twisty roads buy a 320, if you just want a car to get from A to B buy the Audi or better still buy a Skoda and save yourself a few grand !.

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review by: fiandj

Great car for the price. I hate to be getting rid of it. Very reliable once regularly serviced. Obviously repairs will have to be made to any car so it's unfair to say that on a ten year old car you're not going to have some issues but overall I haven't had any major problems. Upgrading and upsizing otherwise I'd keep her for as long as she kept going. Hoping to get another Seat..

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review by: kailen

what a great jeep for family and fun. very fast, love the triptronic gear box. normal drive,manual and SPORT WOW sounds amazing. And then there is the split axel diff. This jeep is amazing in snow,ice ,floods and all weathers.lots of boot space with folding seats for extra. Cant talk about it highly enough .Will definetly buy one again..

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review by: joekavanagh

Fabulous looking car - great driving experieince.

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review by: Harvey

Probably the most reliable car you will ever drive.... .

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review by: joekavanagh

This is a great car, but I am not a fan of the back wheel drive. The consumption of diesel is very good and I get upwards of 50MPG.. Handling is good.. one major downside is that the servicing through the manufacture is very expensive if you want to keep the service history good for resale.. .

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review by: philip@page7media.ie

1.2 Petrol Very quiet on the road with no road noise. It soaks up every bump on the road feeling like a luxury car. Very Comfortable seats.

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review by: Wheelydave

The boot space is very good. When you fold down the rear seats, you get more room for luggage and stuff. Servicing this car is very cheap to do. It costs about 110 euros. The maintenance is that to make sure that every part of the engine is working perfectly. First of all, make sure there is no nasty damage, especially on the wings, the bonnet and so on. Secondly, make sure it has good service history, then make sure there is no rust on the bodywork. Make sure the tyre's are in good order and are not worn. Make sure the suspension is in good working order too. Make sure the fluids are topped up correctly and don't forget to check the gearbox. Make sure the person who your dealing with is nice to you, and that you get a good service price. It's a 5 door Hatchback, it's spacious, it has a 5 speed gearbox, it's got 4 seats, it's good looking, it's well made, it's reliable, it's great fun to drive..

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review by: lederriere

Big enough for a hatchback, can fit 2 sets of golf clubs or lots of bags when going down the country. So far so good, nothing other than a couple of normal services. Extremely reliable. I bought second-hand and didnt really know what to look for, for me it was a bit buy as seen and luckily it's turned out to be a fantastic car. n/a A really great car. Reliable, very good on petrol, nice looks and enjoyable to drive. Although I haven't owned many cars, this is by far and away the nicest car I've ever owned..

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review by: kjcs

boot space is variable. It is a bit narrow to get wide objects in but its deep and the rear seats fold down together or in a 2/1 split . nothing out of the ordinary. twice a year or every 9K miles, whichever is sooner. With a diesel model it is essential to have the vehicle serviced regularly I bought this car at an independent garage. I saved about 4 K on the main dealer price for an equivalent model. The car had no NCT, so I insisted that the NCT was passed, before I would take the car. I ended up with 4 new tyres and the emissions had to be fixed. I have always had this car serviced at a nissan main dealer (windsor bray) since I bought it, and they have been excellent. If any extras needed done, they always rang beforehand to get the work authorised. They even loaned me a courtesy car for 3/4 days as a part needed wasnt available. I found them friendly and professional. A great car. Its a bit odd at first with the gauges set in the middle of the dash, but you soon get used to it. Sometimes you creep over the speed limit without realising it. Its suitable for driving on grass in 4WD mode and it came in really handy during the big snow. I traded in a 1300 l petrol car for a 2.2 litre diesel and my running costs were about the same, except for this car is more practical. I'm going to replace it with a similar model. I like the fact its not huge, so you can still get in through narrow gaps in traffic which you might struggle to do with bigger suv's. This is really a soft-roader. Designed for main travel on road with towing ability and light off-road ability, eg towing horse-boxes, parking in fields...

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review by: hattman89@gmail.com

The space in front is roomy when it comes to legs although if you have wider hips or thighs it can be a bit tight. The back is a little tight for three people but it works well if you don't mind squeezing in a bit. Being a sort of "sport body" also means that the internal hight has been reduced, so if you are a tall fellow, you might end up bumping your head a little now and then when entering and exiting the car. Generally a reliable car with little trouble. If you maintain it regularly with oil and spark plugs it can usually run for well over 400 000km. As long as you drive carefully the engine parts and gearbox are solid. The only issue can be the shock absorbers which may need to get changed as well as other expected wear and tear parts. Also, as with most japanese cars rust is a usual death blow, but if you keep watch and tend to what forms, then you are good to go Always check the rust. Bearing beams and wheelhouses are especially vulnerable, also push on the cars a little to check the shocks. If they seem a bit springy it's no big deal as a new set cost around 120L/pair and are quite easy to change yourself. As with most parts, this is an old car remember so it was built when people were expected do be able to do some of the repairs themselves. I bought this from a dealer who had got it as a buy-in and just wanted to get rid of it. I paid around 730L, a real underprice at the time and now five years after it has run for 200 000km and I've spent around 500L in repair costs. So for me it has been a cheap gold mine using up only around 6dl/10km on mixed driving I have used the 323F hatchback, or Astina as many prefer to call it. My version is the 16V SOCH 1.8L gas engine. The smaller one. It is a quick little car, for its specifications I find it tight in the corners and a great deal of fun on the road. It also amuses many thanks to its pop-up lights and sporty look. I have had this car for about 5 years now and although it is certainly going towards its end soon it still good piece of machinery that start and runs without complaining..

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review by: ARCD

Had the estate version as boot space was a must, enormous boot size and unlike some others the rear seats fold flat, flush with boot liner, hand for sliding heavy loads towards front of car. Only filled boot once and was amazed with the amount I was able to fit in, carried around plenty of large loads and usually had plent of room to spare Needs regular service to avoid major problems, oil change more expensive than other manufacturers Ensure all electrics are functioning and all gears are easily selected Bought second hand from independant dealer but got an annual service from a Ford dealer, overpriced for minimal work done A lovely car to drive but a real headache to live with, engine(1.8 TDi) never let me down but constant stream of other problems. Electric mirrors would only work after holding the switch in position for at least 30 seconds, remote had a loose connection and stopped working (€120 to fix), electric window broke 3 times in 2 years, diesel pump bearing went at 93k miles, 2 coolant pipes burst, radio cuts out occasionally on speed bumps (loose anti-theft connection), gear selection cable snapped, gearbox never felt right and would often require selecting 2nd before 1st(when standing still) or 3rd(when shifting from 4th). Overall I owned it for 2 years and wont be purchasing another!.

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review by: martyvanilla

Not bad for a convertible sports car typical of BMW very reliable. good service history n/a A super stylish and smooth car which always gets heads turning. The smoothness and road handling is superb and the Msport spec really adds to the drivers comfort..

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review by: gwaddell

Being a saloon, it was good size and seats folded flat also several cubby holes storage spaces around the cabin Let down by bad electrics, whole loom replaced under manufactures warrenty when about a year old because back electric windows stopped working. Rain sensor stopped working so I lost intermittant wash wipe and had to do manually. Finally it randomly stopped starting then would start fine the next day - why give me a card that costs €50 to get a spare instead of keys? Third strike in the space of a year so I got rid of it. Electrics load of equipment loads to go wrong - especially the keycard and starting system Dealer was good, tried their best with any issue "Sport" not really but comfortable and well equiped 1.4 petrol felt underpowered but drove well. Let down by bad electrics.

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review by: gwaddell

HUGE has full size spare but loads of room, seats fold flat too Side lights really tricky to replace and it goes through them I replaced with LEDs. Had to have suspensions bushes replaced, heard this was a weak point, I also have had tracking done recently. Had issue with traction control, dealer couldn't fix - managed to do it with advice from Ebay forum Had to fix brake light switch (on brake pedal) - easy fix though part is about €10 on ebay Suspension, tracking, electrics & general abuse Rubbish - felt like they were trying to get as much money off of me as possible. Had issue with Traction cotrol randomly switching off dealer performed a service and denied a problem with the system until I drove off and light came on. They kept it in for another day and couldn't tell me what problem was, charged me €500 then wanted to charge me another €500 to replace alternator and then if that didn't work they wanted to replace the ECU. Got alternator rebuit by local specialist for €60 but didn't work, found solution on internet forum broken wire.... good to drive, could do with sixth gear for motorway speeds (100km/h +) some electrical problems, dealers useless, HUGE boot for size of car. Interior feels better quality than a Skoda Fabia I drove..

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review by: evelynf1@live.ie

load of room parts reasonable didnt replace timing belt till 93k window regulators dear 120 euro parts only i hear vw are having trouble with their valve's sticking on the older cars very helpfull had for seven years little or no trouble.the only thing i would say about it was the 1.4 engine is under-powered for the size of car.

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review by: FlanHassett

Ideal for Family Maintain with BMW dealers Wear and Te ar Excellent Super Car for Kids, Build quality lasts forever.

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review by: roslyn525

its big enough for most people but a lip in the boot is annoying service is cheap well not that cheap be careful on how you buy cars the best looking one is not always the one and dont have over cash over the phone or credid cards details untill you mhave seen the car okey when i got the car test drove it nice car to have The ford focus is a good car nice to drive lots of grip on the road its road manners are very good, lovely gearbox styleish but the car does have some hard plastic and its not up to vw in terms of built and the 1.4 is a joke i mean the size of the car for a 1.4 is bad with no power i think its like 78bhp my fathers 2010 ford fresta has 88bhp and focus is a higher class car. but overall if want a good car nice to drive and dont want to break the bank go no further.

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review by: gniie

v small probably cheap and most of it DIY. But i've read a review that said it should get an oil change at 3k and filter at 6k !!!!! rust rust rust (sils, front suspension support, back wheels arches, floor) ???? WOW! :D i took one for a test drive- to see what's what. Loved it to bits... Very trilling to drive- you'll have a grin even going to sleep after a drive. the ones i've seen need lots of body work, but the rumble from the engine----specialy the ones with turbo dump valve----- when the roof it's down is like ambrosia --- food for soul. It is good to note that they are not comfy-- small wheels, hard suspensions, very close to the ground and my god they are tight inside but i am a large male sooooo.....what was i expecting... The engine (3 pot) goes up to about 9000 rpm and aparently they are highly tunable ( !!! :D).

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review by: country garage

Big enough for 3 dead drug dealers. Very easy to self service like most old cars. Change the gearbox oil every 40,000miles and coolant flush yearly to keep overheating at bay. Buy the best you can when it comes to classic BMW's. Independent dealers or private sales are your only option here. The E23 model was BMW's first entry into serious luxury motoring. Released in 1979 it was loaded with safety features including ABS. The 6 cylinder range provided more than adaquate power whilst returning better than expected MPG. The model I currently have is a rare 732i and on a recent trip from Dublin to Mayo I averaged 33mpg cruising at motorway speeds with 4 grown lads in it. This is what prompted me to keep the car and stick some tax on the window! Ouch.. They where designed for the autobann so they will motor along without missing a beat. One of the best cars I've ever owned..

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review by: admldj

MASSIVE it really has to be seen to be believed it has an opel 2.2 diesel engine so parts are fairly cheap the displays for the on board computer and heating called sids my heating one is starting to go blank and its going to cost €100 to put right thats about it though havent been to the dealer yet so not too sure had this car a few months now and love it, one of the best ive ever had its roomy, comfortable and generally a lovely place to be, even though this is the lower spec model it still has everything you could want all electric windows, full leather interior, heated seats the lot ,its a big car though makes it a bit of an effort in the car park but all round its a sweet machine oh and its a miser on diesel €100 to fill it from empty and its good for 800 miles mixed driving highly recommend.

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review by: stephenohal

Massive, Best in class. Ideal for childrens buggy's and the weekly shop. You will fit a double buggy in no problem which some small family hatch's struggle with. Our model is the 2006 facelift model with the indicators on the mirrors and new nose.. its boot is even bigger than the 2003-2006 model. (Dad has this older model) so very easy to compare..6" difference from back seat to boot lid. Only cost is a regular service every 12,000km. €150 with a Main Toyota dealer. ????? Very Good,Very proffesional., Mc Cabes Toyota, Drogheda. Only time I see them is when the car is due a service! Never between.. Asolutely Bullit Proof, Reliable. Will not let you down. Very well built, every thing just works all of the time as it should.Brilliantly put together car..No regular bulb changes like our other car (French Made). "Avensis is Hassle Free Driving". Huge room inside. Mine is a 1.6 petrol. good economical car 45+ MPG. Only cost is the regular service cost, every 12,000km which is €150 at a Main Toyota Dealer. Great family car Space Wise and Safety Wise, 5 Star Ncap (9 Air Bags). Flew through its first NCT..Very comfortable car. Strata model has Air Con which is a must for a family car. Only down side is the €440 annual road tax..

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review by: gniie

good for a small tall car cheap, cheap, cheap the usual for second hand cars-- important to watch for signs of neglect that will eventualy make you pay more none This was my wifes car before her SEAT Altea and as far as tools go it did the job very well. The hyundais of the past were not very complicated cars, so simple electrics and mecanics help keep them reliable and if/when things went wrong were also easy and cheap to fix. It was bought as a second car for school run and It did the job briliantly, economical, compact, big enough for 4 and also the weekly shopping run. in 3 years of ownership it didn't failed once- we kept up the service schedule and it performed as suposed to. The engine was not that pwerfull - you can actualy feel when going uphill if you have no or 3 passengers and when pushed was a bit rough but it was not intended for luxury . It was fairly economical 40-45 mpg in town. The grip in corners was tipical small car ( loosing grip at the front) but when time came to replace the firestones with new rubbers we spend a bit extra for michellin and it made a big difference. I would definatly recommend one to any one looking for simple, cheap and reliable motoring.

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review by: gniie

masive and with the back seats down it made for a great posh van the usual for any aging car- but as regards to costs for parts it did help to shop around- sometimes buying from BMW was actualy cheaper than motorfactors, and scrap yards did help as well- Must do your home work for supply The usual- watch for rust when buying UK imports Quite good actualy- for a fairly hefty hourly rate they did provide value for money in my case at least and they also washed and hoovered my car------ impressed :-)) Another one from the memory. I loved this car at first site. and it didn't disapoint. Very powerfull engine combined with the performant 5 speed auto (TDS AUTO MODEL). It was the touring(estate) version and it was masive inside and outside but very confortable and very nimble with a nice acurate steering as a BMW should be. while most of other car manufacturer (including Mercedes) still had 3-4 gears auto , bmw had come up with this 5 gears. Great for cruising at high speeds but it did drop fairly quickly when it got to any slope. the engine was fabulos - at idle speed did sounded like a bus but once you started reving it was like any other 6 pot petrol- very smooth. I did try it in a manual BMer and i did not like as regarding the power band distribution, but combined with the auto was GREAT. Quality and top engineering are typical BMW and the full leather interior looked great and were well. My car was at least 160k mls( possible 260k mls if my suspicions are correct) and was still tight and neat.

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review by: gniie

Masive as cheap as any japoneze car The usual My TOYOTA dealership experience is a painfull one- but not during the ownership of this car It's been awhile since i had this car but from memory I'll point few good thinks and few bad thinks about it. Good: Large inside comfortable easy to absorb bumps, plenty power when pushed harder (2.2l manual), good climate control. Good reliability. Bad: not as acurate steering and cornering control as german executives, the clutch (new fitted when i got it) was judering a bit in the first- I believe there was a bit too much power going to the front wheels for a heavy car and also there was a spin in the wet and loosing the line , and the wood trim(plastic copy) looked cheap for an executive motor..

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review by: gniie

Very good normal the usual none I have been driving this car now for about 10 months and I am happy with my choice. I only have the 1.9l petrol engine and ( as usual) i would have liked to be able to run a 6 cylinders engine if i could aford it. The sound from a 6 pot BMW is unmistakeble. But my engine is very quiet when warms up and it makes a nice growel when pushed a bit harder. Good power distribution through the range i find too. As regards to economy i am pleasently surprised I must say. On average in town it does about 30-35 mpg but i had a go at keeping it at 90-100 kmph on a motorway long run and the computer on board was showing @ 50mpg overall :-) The colour and body kit can make a E46 coupe look so different pending on choice! Mine is a topaz blue and not much kit on it and I think it looks a balance of sporty, elegance and subtill which does it for me. I did replace the masive 19" MOMO arrows fitted on it when i bought it for few reasons- even though maked the car look more mean and sportier- I liked...- the handling and ride felt compromised and also the cost of replacing those tires was huge so i went with elegant original OEM BMW 16" ( rare style 63). The model I have has all the extras bar from leather interior(yam,yam) end electric seats and most of it works perfect. I must say that the car feels very well screwd together but i did see samples trashed with bits hanging off - i put that mostly to careless owners.... Little to differentiate in quality feel between my old (00) E class and this (00) BM-er. The ride now in this car feels very acomplished- good road holding, sporty and stabil but not harsh and bountsy but actualy very smooth over bumps and pot halls. The tail slips a bit if you push it on wet roundabouts but the steering gives great feed back and is very acurate. Just as a note the old Continental contisport fitted originaly on the 16" alloys had a better grip on wet corners than my current new YOKOHAMA's. The interior is well designed and it does feel that is surounding the driver. because the coupe is a bit lower than average saloon getting in and out is taking use to and the doors are large so you do need a bit more space to make it confortable-- not easy in a tight car park.. For a car of this age it had a few niggles but most of them are sorted- nearly all of them tipical to e46- starter motor replaced, some sort of intake membrane and need it a new steering rack because the huge 19" have worn the original one. But it brings a smile to the face once you get inti the car..

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review by: kellym

loads do exactly what it says on the tin for a trouble free motoring life. full history a must. no problems with any dealer i have been to. Landrover airside very helpful. The best 4x4 proper 7 seater jeep out there. pre 08 models prone to some minor issues . the 2008 model year is truly bulletproof. You cant get a better 7 seater 4x4..

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review by: norand

gigantic costly DON'T BUY first dealer dublin obnoxious .second dealer carlow very helpful having owned three FIATSfrom new 03 , 05 , 06.MY EXPERIENCE THEY HAVE BEEN AN ABSOLUTE NIGHTMARE . COSTLY TO RUN AND NEEDS REGULAR REPAIRS.

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review by: anzak5@hotmail.com

Big enough for 1.4 cc didnt have just buy it Exellent Iwas thruly impressed when i bouth one. 80 miles per gallon, its right when they advert honda dream. Its pleasure to drive in town and outside of it. quality speakes for it self . I was considereing about diesel car before I buy this one but now Im very happy, so quaite and plenty of power and efforteless on overtaking. So eazy to drive..

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review by: noeldoyle28bw

The boot is big enough to carrry three dogs. Has'nt had a service yet Nothing. The car is superb! Excellent - Liffeyvalley Opel. The Opel Insignia ecoflex 2.0 turbo diesel drives beautiifully, is very economical,reliable and without doubt, the best looking car in its' class..

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review by: noeldoyle28bw

The boot is big enough to carrry three dogs. Has'nt had a service yet Nothing. The car is superb! Excellent - Liffeyvalley Opel. The Opel Insignia ecoflex 2.0 turbo diesel drives beautiifully, is very economical,reliable and without doubt, the best looking car in its' class..

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review by: noeldoyle28bw

The boot is big enough to carrry three dogs. Has'nt had a service yet Nothing. The car is superb! Excellent - Liffeyvalley Opel. The Opel Insignia ecoflex 2.0 turbo diesel drives beautiifully, is very economical,reliable and without doubt, the best looking car in its' class..

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review by: dpc

probabably a bit on the small side very easy to service yourself - has never given an once of trouble jap import models are better than the spanish built ones. 1.6 petrol is better than the 2litre diesel fine Fantastic little jeep, will go anywhere! typical japenese - super reliable, great 4 wheel drive system, has never given an once of trouble..

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review by: tom c

boot a bit small short interval between oil changes head gasket ok good car but not as good as is200 .squeaks and rattles from the suspension, head gasket had to be replaced,and now a oil leak ,but all that aside i like it m.p.g about 38 not too bad for a 2.2.

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review by: admldj

huge no problems there usual toyota dealer experiance stick to the schedule and you'll have no worries nothing really cant really fault them at all excellent car all round the father and sister both have one and i drive them regurlarly steering is extremely light but overall the drive is comfortable and even the 1.6 petrol has enough poke for use on the motorway highly recomend this car to anyone.

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review by: the doctor

A bit in the small size Don't know haven't had one yet (car is only bought 3 weeks) n/a Excellent Mine is SE model, has all the creature comforts, is amzing, better than a golf, Mine is 1.7 CDTi SE in Iceburg blue.