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  1. Booth11

    Golf R as a daily (mk8)

    Hi @Tommycharade, welcome along. The delightful quandry of a GTI or R! Is it a standard GTI or a Clubsport or Ed45 you’ve gone for? Ideally an extended test drive of each would be best so you can weigh up which best suits your needs and wants, but that is very difficult in current circumstances with cars in such short supply. Out of interest what is it about the R that’s making you consider your current choice or at least think about changing? No one can tell you which would be the better car for you, but I (and hopefully other 8R owners here) can tell you how
    14 points
  2. keano

    Keanos RS3

    So after nearly 7 years with the mk7/7.5 R hatch, I took the decision to get the “Golf +”, ie the rs3 [emoji23] I purely went for it due to the noise. Really. Had the golf sounded better I would have kept it / got the mk8 R but I wanted more sound and was willing to pay the price for it. The R is a terrific package and was only “let down” (and that’s a leap really as it’s a small point) by the sound from the 4 pot… True to form I’ve got another black car and having collected last night it’s dirty already [emoji23][emoji23] Will post up more info for anyone who is interested so feel free
    13 points
  3. keano

    Keanos RS3

    Cleaned her up - feel like you get to know the car a bit better when you clean them up too. Drips in and around the boot are a pain - same mirror drips as the R had [emoji23] really need a air drier style something to blow dry it… Interior done with gyeon leather care and was easy to use and should protect it for a couple of months. Mythos black looks superb when clean. Keeping it looking it’s best is going to take a lot of effort…. A lot of effort…
    11 points
  4. keano

    Keanos RS3

    Still very much familiarising myself with the car but initial thoughts are it’s a good decision made.
    11 points
  5. AndyT970

    Golf R gremlins

    In Leeds now and zero issues so far. ACC behaved itself, no kph, no blocking overtaking, no slowing down then speeding back up. I took a route that I could previously guarantee seeing 110 as the speed limit and where it would block overtaking. Camera has only been used a couple of times but so far no flickering. Dare I say that the system seems to boot up in a more timely fashion, oh and the headlights also now say Driving on the Left as default. The only problem (which isn’t really a problem) is the Sat Nav voice which is now male, I haven’t had a proper look if I can easily chang
    11 points
  6. 11 points
  7. Just had her back from the detailers for paint correction and ceramic coating. Thoroughly recommend Daryl at Offset - he knows his stuff
    10 points
  8. phope

    Golf R gremlins

    TPI instructions for cars with software versions 17** and 18** have been released by VW, under TPI reference 2063230/3 and 2065639/1 This should upgrade your software to version 1890 Further updates for cars running 16** versions are expected in Q1 2022 Details below....go annoy your dealers with these, if you want fixes applied!
    10 points
  9. Today, Boxing Day, we did a drive in distinctly iffy weather from our hotel in Windermere to magnificent Wast Water on the remote Western Lakes circuit. Apart from the sheep, we had the place to ourselves.
    10 points
  10. I guess I can't edit my own posts, maybe due to post count? Here are a couple pics:
    10 points
  11. Car arrived on tuesday and back from the detailers yesterday. lovely to drive . exaust sounds deep with lots of pops and bangs on down shift. Merry Xmas, hope you all have a good holiday with the family.
    9 points
  12. NRW

    Golf R gremlins

    No doubt VW would claim abnormal wear and tear due to the frequency of washing/cleaning by the owner….😉 haha.
    8 points
  13. Tales from a very dirty Golf R in the Swiss mountains! [emoji3526] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    8 points
  14. Booth11

    Bec’s Lapiz 8R

    Reunited with Snoopy (my R) after 3 weeks apart. 😍 Freshly released from my post holiday travel Covid isolation (PCR result negative this morning) went and retrieved him from his secure indoor hiding place (i.e not my driveway) and took him for a good, battery replenishing, blast down to Ramsgate and Sandwich. On first starting the ignition I expected a host of errors and warnings to ping up, but no! Silence was golden or Lapiz even. Logged me in instantaneously as Primary User and everything as it should be. Now back home with his big bro.
    8 points
  15. Another moody shot from our Christmas trip to Cumbria - this one taken near Ulpha.
    8 points
  16. Took Snoopy out for a drink this morning. Never too early for a tankful of V-Power. He drew the attention off a couple blokes who wanted to know all about the car. Had a good chat with them, they knew their stuff. Filthy but beautiful!
    7 points
  17. Having just joined another car forum in prep for my new car (Toyota CHR GR Sport) ordered in November, it reminded me what a great forum this is. It’s so quiet over there. One new post a week at most (and two of them from me asking questions). If someone posts a question maybe one or max two responses. I get that the CRH isn’t modded, and it looks like very little goes wrong, so that’s a positive. suppose the difference between a performance car forum and a ‘normal’ car forum too? In the past four and a half years I’ve been on here it’s been great. Everyone is
    7 points
  18. Well she is home, me looking grumpy (no idea why) and home with her stablemates
    7 points
  19. Aidey

    Golf R gremlins

    The only fault i can give the car is that i have the rattle, vibration noise coming from the centre console area also, its annoying but hopefully will be easily sorted ... Update, as i had the similar noise on a previous Ed35 gti I tried this fix and it does seem to work, so if anyone else has this noise, Pop both your front seats forward, Near the bottom of the back of the centre console there are two plastic screw torx covers, Pop these off, they are not seen when seats in place anyway. This has solved my noise issue, been out for a few hours over same roads and no noise ... here
    7 points
  20. Booth11

    Golf R gremlins

    And now glued back on… Identity crisis averted! 😂
    6 points
  21. I bought an 8r for my wife (yes, really......) and she's had it 4 or 5 months now, 4000 miles. It really is a perfect daily and jack of all trades. I expect she will keep it for a long time given here enthusiasm for it. The noise over the controls is completely overplayed, in general you get used to it quite quickly and find your way around the menus by getting stuck in. There is just one problem. That non illuminated, over sensitive, haptic strip for heater and volume controls. Whoever thought that was a good idea needs taking out and shooting. It's distracting in us
    6 points
  22. Booth11

    Golf R gremlins

    Passenger heated seat still working this morning. 👍 It’s sad that I’m surprised by this. 😂
    6 points
  23. Booth11

    Golf R gremlins

    Hi both As promised an update. Got my car back tonight and though it’s early days, the fix does seem to have worked. Well, that’s on the strength of two journeys with a passenger who is fully familiar with the hissy heated seat so made sure it was put it through its paces both times. So far, so good as they say! So what did they do? Well, interestingly though the car was originally going in to have a new sensor fitted, it turns out no replacement seat sensor was fitted. This may not surprise those who always thought it a software issue. It’s
    6 points
  24. I'm sure I came across one of his tripadvisor reviews last week: "This a great cafe, the service is great but not as good as the VW dealership where I bought my Clubsport. Their waffle stack is absolutely amazing but it does tend to lean once you've added toppings; my Clubsport doesn't lean this much. A word of caution; the toilet floors are quite slippy, though if I was in my Clubsport the XDS+ diff would have hooked up and I'd have had no such issues. All in all, it's a great place to eat. I know there's some other local establishments that are highly regarded by critics who know mor
    6 points
  25. Dollyman

    Euro NCAP

    Not much wrong with these 49 year old cars !!!
    6 points
  26. AndyT970

    Golf R gremlins

    A few observations so far. Found the setting to change the Sat Nav voice back to female. From the main screen choose Settings - Language then scroll to the very bottom and it’s there Reversing camera was still flickering but only when the passenger door was open, I’m going to see if I can replicate it again. Map on digital cockpit (or whatever it’s called) seemed to be switching from its normal resolution to a much lower one and then back again every few seconds. Fixed by switching map back to the main screen and then back to the cockpit screen. Clearly if
    6 points
  27. AndyT970

    Golf R gremlins

    As I said previously I had every confidence that the update would be done 😆 and it has been. They said they knew nothing of the update and this was the first one they had done. Also asked if I knew someone who worked for VW because I had the TPI. Thanks to @phope for the info as this made things much easier. Only thing now is the Sat Nav voice is a bloke and I had the lady previously. Anyone know to change it ? 😆
    6 points
  28. Booth11

    MeRRy Christmas!

    Here’s wishing all VWROC members a very MeRRy Christmas! And a very Happy New Year! Hope you have a wonderful time wherever you are and whatever you’re doing. Thank you so much for all your contributions throughout the year, this place is nothing without you. Here’s to another R filled year in 2022! 😊
    6 points
  29. TonksyR

    Pets and Petrolheads!

    New member of the family arriving on the 29th [emoji3] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    5 points
  30. Rumour has it, its an R400 with the 5 cylinder RS3 engine... ... and I swear I didn't just make that up...
    5 points
  31. Yeah I had both (mk 7 1.6 tdi and my mk 7.5 gti) Notice how they went from buttons to touch screen? The pro version even dropped the volume knob. I wouldn't be surprised if they went full voice controlled in the mk 8.5 😂
    5 points
  32. The touchscreen I'm OK with, especially the shortcuts that can be created which negates most of the gripes journos have about stuff such as switching traction control off. Lane Assist.... i truly hate that functionality but there's a solution to having that activated on every journey. However, I'm definitely with you on the slider and the fact it's as useful as a chocolate fireguard imo. But, as I have mentioned elsewhere, there are work around to this. Software and hardware gripes aside, this car is absolutely brilliant to drive and those waiting for the
    5 points
  33. Booth11

    Golf R gremlins

    VW have just phoned me to tell me my car is ready and they tested it and the passenger seat heating is fixed. We shall see if that’s the case. They’ve replaced the sensor and updated the 5F controller and something else I think. I’ll get more detail when I collect it at the end of the day (currently working).
    5 points
  34. AndyT970

    Golf R gremlins

    I’m travelling to Leeds tonight so will test the ACC. I’ll also keep my eye on the reversing camera to see if the flickering is fixed and also the no sound issue. If anything else new pops up I’ll also post that 👍🏻
    5 points
  35. phope

    Golf R gremlins

    Sad to say, but that's why I downloaded the full TPI sheets for everyone here and quoted the reference numbers, as I know from experience trying to tell someone who doesn't either want to listen or insists that you know nothing is not fun. Easier to smile sweetly as you say, be firm in what you want to achieve and show them the evidence that backs up what you say is the issue.
    5 points
  36. [emoji23][emoji23] Profiteering maggot. Hope his ear holes turn to a##holes and s##t on his shoes. Anyone paying that money must be desperate AND stupid.[emoji23] Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
    5 points
  37. Cumbria - the long and winding road . . . Glad you all liked the previous photo. The car has driven stunningly well on this trip which has involved some tricky roads and a lot of bad weather. The infotainment has been a bit of a pain, sending messages halfway down the Hardknott Pass and thus distracting me. I call that dangerous. I did see another Mk8 R flash past on the opposite carriageway of the A1M. And a Lamborghini Urus in Windermere.
    5 points
  38. jason1972

    Golf R gremlins

    Another short trip in car today and still no more buzzing noise!!! Aidey, I think you have cracked it!!! I can’t thank you enough for discovering this simple fix, this has saved the dealer taking apart my centre console and giving them the perfect excuse to put loads of miles on the car for numerous “road tests” (like they normally do, driven god knows how, the average mph is always very low after they have had it, so I suspect quite hard!) and they still probably wouldn’t have found this source. I also would have never found this. Its amazing ho
    5 points
  39. I can't watch the guy, just comes across as an entitled idiot. I guess plenty of people must love him.
    5 points
  40. dopper99

    Golf 8R reviews

    Didn't realise Top Gear were running a long term review: https://www.topgear.com/long-term-car-reviews/volkswagen/golf/20-tsi-320-r-4motion-5dr-dsg/report-1 Interestingly they are using the same car Matt Watson used in drag races. 😁
    4 points
  41. 🤣 Shhh, that’s not what prospective 8.5 buyers want to hear. 😄
    4 points
  42. Just had this email today, Ottomobile are going to make a 1/18 scale Golf 8R - at some point..........
    4 points
  43. Well summed up @bertie1249 Haha, don’t worry, the ban stick is not about to make an appearance. I said something worse in one of my last post in this thread but then removed it as I thought I’d better lead by example otherwise I’d have to ban myself. 😂
    4 points
  44. Indeed - objectively the R ticks more boxes than any GTI does as an all rounder. Price-wise with discounts (in the pre-Covid times anyway) it wasn't much different from a GTI, plus had the same creature comforts, more power, 4WD and pretty much the same economy. I remember I looked at a GTI PP back in 2016 and I was about to get it because I just assumed the R was out of my price range, and someone said "why are you not looking at an R? Are you mad??" - so I looked at the R and they were right, I was mad to not consider it since after discounts it was the same! There a
    4 points
  45. Myself and some other April order-ees here still didn’t get our cars - so not very rare, really.
    4 points
  46. Shug

    Golf R gremlins

    Maybe present the dealer with a bill for your consultancy when you collect the car. Go with the same labour rate they charge for servicing. Dont forget to charge them the diagnosis fee either
    4 points
  47. First post for me. This is my order: Black Performance pack, Akrapovic, DCC, HK, Rear view camera. I've ordered at the end of June and last update yesterday with a further estimated build delayed date of week 11 in March. I was considering adding the front winter pack but from what I've been told, it could easily delay the order once again or worse, back of the queue. I guess I should just leave as it is? Any thoughts? Hopefully the standard seats won't be too cold in the winter months,🙄
    4 points
  48. 1st I fitted a wireless charger in the glovebox, very easy to do. 1. Drop the glovebox 2. Fit auxiliary power socket with breakout fuse. 3. Drill 10mm hole in rear of glovebox for power cable. All done in less than 30 minutes😀 Dave.
    4 points
  49. Raiden

    Peed off

    If the council don’t pay up let your MP know. Mine got my money for me. Big up Mike Penning [emoji23] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    4 points
  50. Guy's a throbber and unworthy of being a true car reviewer. All cars have good and bad points but all he seems to try to do is put the R down. EVO did a track test of the R against the RS3 and the R comprehensively whooped the RS3, albeit it was the earlier, nose heavy version. My previous R would likely give my 440 a rinsing on a twisty road whereas my 440 beats it in other areas. He's not objective enough - objectionable perhaps though.....
    4 points
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