Motoring Advice: We are running into trouble with our car's engine... Apparently we are not doing long enough journeys
Aidan Timmons and Motoring Editor Eddie Cunningham team up to help readers make the right choice with their next car. Aidan visits dealers all over the country to produce a monthly guidebook on the values of used cars. He is co-editor of Motor Trade Publishers, who supply a car-valuing service to the motor trade, insurance companies and finance houses. Eddie is author of former best-seller 'Clever Car Buying'
We have three children, live in Dublin suburbs and most of our driving is short-distance, frequent trips. We bought a Ford Kuga diesel 2012 two years ago and are running into trouble with the engine. Apparently we are not doing long enough journeys. What would you recommend? We probably should move to petrol. I'd love an automatic and I did love the height and style of the Kuga. Budget no more than €30,000.
Aidan: I encourage you to look at the Peugeot 3008-SUV with the 1.2-litre Pure Tech petrol engine. You can get an automatic Active version, but you will have to jostle a bit with the dealer on the price. The same will likely be the case with a 1.4-litre petrol automatic SEAT Ateca in SE trim. If you can find an ex-demo model of either, go that route. I don't think a smaller SUV will work for you because you need space. The Qashqai 1.2-litre petrol in SV trim with an automatic transmission is keenly priced and you get a lot of kit for €30,000. It's a great all-rounder.
Eddie: Diesel particulate filters can clog up if insufficient heat is generated to burn off the soot from them, hence your problems with short journeys. I think the SEAT Ateca 1-litre or 1.4 petrol is the best value car for you now.
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