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  2. Impressive figures you managed there. Interesting that the mark up on your pt.Ex likely to be £2, 2.5k or more. Ta for sharing. 👍
  3. OK, the full write up is in the What Detailing Have You Done Today thread but, for completeness, here is my extract regarding my first use of this product: "This was an off-label application: Dampen MF applicator, apply pea sized drop, spread thoroughly, buff with an MF before it dries and follow with the other side/different MF. I tried half the bonnet first and it streaked. Easily solved by applying it again but from that moment on I restricted myself to 2-4sq.ft. at a time. This was very easy and left no streaks etc. Not only is it a very economical use of the product but reviews have shown it gives the best bond and longevity (over a year on a test panel outside in Texas). I don't intend to top up with spray and rinse (not a fan) but will simply apply as per the first time, every few months. MHCW is very impressive with a noticeable darkening effect and a lovely slick feel. The bottle cost £18.40 and will last for years used as described. I'd say application is not as quick as something like Seal 'n' Shine (I forget the UK name) but quicker than wax. In theory, it will outlast either."
  4. I put BSD on many months ago and, for a variety of reasons, the car has not been washed since. It didn't look too bad till that Sahara dust! I wanted to change LSP but did not have time to machine. I figured the BSD was almost dead so ... 1) Wheels with BH Auto Wheel, soapy water, wheel brush etc. Tyres with APC 2) APC and small stiff brush on the window rubbers one side - how can green stuff grow so fast? 3) Snow foam with BH Auto Foam 3) Wash with CG Clean Slate to hopefully remove lingering BSD (worked, virtually no hydrophobic water shedding after) 4) Dry with Gyeon Silk Dryer 5) Apply Meguiars Hybrid Ceramic Wax. New product for me. This was an off-label application: Dampen MF applicator, apply pea sized drop, spread thoroughly, buff with an MF before it dries and follow with the other side/different MF. I tried half the bonnet first and it streaked. Easily solved by applying it again but from that moment on I restricted myself to 2-4sq.ft. at a time. This was very easy and left no streaks etc. Not only is it a very economical use of the product but reviews have shown it gives the best bond and longevity (over a year on a test panel outside in Texas). I don't intend to top up with spray and rinse (not a fan) but will simply apply as per the first time, every few months. MHCW is very impressive with a noticeable darkening effect and a lovely slick feel. The bottle cost £18.40 and will last for years used as described. I'd say application is not as quick as something like Seal 'n' Shine (I forget the UK name) but quicker than wax. In theory, it will outlast either. Finished off with CarPro Pertl at 1:1 on the tyres then round the block to clean the brake discs and find a sunny spot for a photo. It's not been machined since new (Sep 2018) when I removed all the love marks applied by dealers in its 8 miles of life (it's a pre-reg). It is still all holding up but I note the bonnet needs a light polish (you know how they get) and the top of the rear bumper needs one desperately. Also, the wheel weights from the new tyres are very visible and have gone all rusty and horrible. Summer project will be to deep clean each wheel, mask and paint the weights black, mask and paint the rusty hubs black then coat the wheels with Gyeon Rim, This is why the wheels did not receive their usual coat of HydrO2 Lite this time (I am a fan of spray and rinse for wheels!).
  5. A combination of a lot more mid range grunt over the 7.5, the brakes and the rear diff allowing quicker corner exits without understeer. 19 seconds is quite an improvemnet though
  6. I would imagine in normal use (dry roads etc) the torque split can only be 50/50, they get the higher rear figures from when the front loses traction, say for instance you started off in launch control with front wheels sat in a puddle, the front would loose traction and 'all' of the torque would then be delivered by the rears With the Haldex system there is no way to physically un couple the drive to the front wheels like they can to the rear wheels, the haldex has a wet multiplate clutch that can disengage the rear drive altogether and just give you FWD, but not the other way around What is new on the Mk8 is its ability to direct all or a percentage of the torque being sent rearwards to just one wheel, either to push the car around the corner, probably push it straighter if it gets a little leary or send it just to one wheel if you select drift mode
  7. I bought one of these Faraday pouches the other day for £4.80 off Amazon, hopefully will make things a little more secure. To my surprise I've just had another sent through the post so I've got two for the price of one, happy days. If anyone wants one, not trying to be a seller, more of a favour then message me.
  8. @Lustral all personal, but absolutely with you on that £230 a month depreciation as being good. In days gone by, I used to try and get it closer to £2k a year than £2.5k, but now I'm older (!) I think £3k a year is fine.
  9. Unfortunately I've not taken it to track in standard form, which is a shame because it would have been interesting to compare. I'll feedback on how it performs anyway. I'll need to keep an eye on oil temps though as have been told the stock intercooler could do with an upgrade. Also advised i should get an oil cooler installed too. Hopefully the cool April temps at present will help keep it running within tolerances.
  10. I’ve done 900 odd miles in mine so far, and long term mpg is 26 currently. That’s daily use including a lot of city and rural driving with several short to mid motorway journeys. I usually do a few long motorway trips over the year and not yet done any of those in this car but when I do, they’ll push it up a little. Compared to my mk7 the mpg is better even without the long trips. 26mpg in the 8R compared to 24mpg in my previous mk7. Of course mpg differs massively as the many threads in here with respect 7/7.5R mileage show. Some people get very healthy figures but I’ve always struggled to get long term past 24/25. Cost yo fill obviously depends on what fuel you’re using and where you are located. I filled up a couple days back near full tank of Shell V Power and it cost me £74. That was 49.87 litres. Tank capacity is 50 litres.
  11. very nice with some choice upgrades. Have you taken the car on track previously? Will be good to hear the comparison of before and after.
  12. I think this is most probably demonstrated that its about 19 secs quicker than the Nurburgring than the 7R! Some of that could be better brakes though.
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  14. awesome! The bonnet vent to help keep engine bay temps down?
  15. gazza5

    R to C43

    Nice write up, its one car on my list to potentially replace the R. Boot is smaller than the R estate, I'm fairly certain of that - it doesn't go as low as the R estate (boot floor) either. Biggest thing that puts me off merc is the part prices. My mates had to replace his front tyres on his A220 (petrol) 2.0 with 197 bhp I think it is, £140 a corner. I know its small differences, but hes only done 14k miles, and I know for a fact he isn't a fast driver, most driving is motorway. Now these are continentals so not a rubbish brand either. the golf r does have the merc c43 beaten for running costs, but just like your review, the c43 absolutly 100% beats the golf r for engine sound, and if I am honest - just like yourself, I am too after just a bit more drama in terms of a v6 noise while we can, i too have ruled out the C63 as much as I would like a v8, quite honestly theres just no point for my driving. I'm not a fast drive, I don't consider myself a driving god, but i cannot wait to get to mercedes benz world and try out the c43 on the handling circuit etc, whener that will be.
  16. I think Darlo said he is getting nearly 22mpg https://www.vwroc.com/forums/topic/38923-darlo’s-8r/page/3/?tab=comments#comment-582629 And Rebecca about 25mpg. But these are brand new, not run in cars so it will getting better as time goes on. But interested if owners think their cars are comparable with their previous 7/7.5's? Or a lot worse?
  17. Hello All, Ive got my car ordered and curious what mileage you get out of a full tank - coming from a diesel the missus has been having a go at me for ordering one. Whilst i know it wont be the most economical but eager to know what you guys are getting. How much does it cost to fill a tank btw??
  18. Interesting figures blower. I’ve not driven a 7.5, pre or post OPF, so no frame of reference there. But (without any figures to back it up, lol) it’s most definitely quicker than the mk7 and corners better. Re the torque vectoring, I don’t think it can send 100% of power to rear wheels but it would be good if someone can back that up, there was some chat about it in my members ride thread recently. In terms of long term mpg so far, compared to my mk7 it’s about 2mpg better. I’m currently on 26mpg long term average, compared to 24mpg on my mk7. That’s my normal daily driving. I’ve not done any lengthy motorway trips in the 8R yet which is the norm a few times a year so I’d expect that to improve with a few of those added in. Getting more out of a tank, whilst not really of any concern to me, is nevertheless welcome!
  19. Yes, reduced headroom on the 7R, my first had a pano roof and my current one hasn't. The first had noticeably less headroom.
  20. Nice, I was seeing one of these everyday for a week on the A316 on my way to work, they do look nice, and as I have commented everywhere I would possibly take this over the golf 8 r estate (whenever that arrives), although the arteon shooting brake or this I am not sure which one I would choose. Lovely car, enjoy, and keep us updated.
  21. These wheels fit the Gti performance with the same front brakes as the R so yeah 100% fit[emoji1303] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  22. brilliant thanks for this, I thought so but self doubt crept in!
  23. That’s for 2 tyres not 4! No secret I’m afraid!
  24. So.... I wake up with a text message from VW on my phone...... cue get excited..... Read it.... and it says my car has now moved (cue even more excitement)...... to Stage 2 with the Factory 🙄 At least I know the text service is keeping up with the online tracker that has been sat on stage 2 for 6 weeks already haha Checked online just to make sure it had not changed and my car now has no colour and no interior assigned to it. I reckon if i delete the car and reinstate it the tracker wont recognise the number so ill just leave it for another week.
  25. I think Sam likes it....
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