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  1. 10 points
  2. Msportman

    Golf R vs Taycan

    🤔 UK Gvmt recycling their money propping up the car industry. In my previous job the abuse of the blue badge scheme together with Motorbility scheme was just unbelievable. The usual suspects were the stay at home ,fat slobs. tattooed on every limb. Smoking 60 a day didn't help but the ability to waddle anywhere where there's a Hungry Horse was a prerequisite. These people always used to turn up at a local school abandoning the cars without a thought to other road users, usually picking up the most disruptive brats in the school. 😡😡 Ahh Britain today !! I digress 🙄
    7 points
  3. It's finally here! Ordered March 2023, picked it up yesterday 20 years edition, akra, dcc, pan roof, HK, rear cam Favourite thing so far...I'm loving the air conditioned seats. Amazing. 😂
    7 points
  4. Sihfty

    Golf mk 8.5 news

    Not to distract from the topic, but these are the annoying things on the RS3 compared to my years of performance Golfs. You will laugh as they are generally small but annoyed me so much haha. Car warming and de-misting. Literally takes 10-15 min to get any sort of warm air. The auto hold only worked on a hill to stop roll back, otherwise you needed your foot on the brake, or put the hand brake on to stop blinding the person behind you with your brake lights. Door mirrors only folded back out when you started the engine. I always found this annoying when wanting to check them before pulling away. Sat waiting for the mirrors to unfold. S mode on the gear box was far to aggressive compared to the golf R. I understand why but I couldn’t stay in that mode, and found because of that I never really used it. Normal D mode had a big delay for power as well, I much preferred the Golfs S mode. These are the ones off the top of my head anyway. I original wanted a mk8 R and only went for the RS3 because the price wasn’t that much more after I had specced up the mk8. Don’t get me wrong it’s still a great car but I don’t miss it, and love my new GTE. I’m very much looking forward to ordering an 8.5
    6 points
  5. Scudgie

    Golf R gremlins

    Pardon the pun,but that sounds very fishy to me 🤣 (sorry, I couldn't resist). From all the frequent visits to the dealer over the last few years, my take is that they were poorly prepared for the software and hardware changes introduced by VW. It's not just the Golf, my neighbour's Tiguan has had its own issues. I believe that all the technicians have had such a steep learning curve and they've only recently started understanding what's really going on. I blame VW themselves for this and there's no doubt in my mind that it has hurt the VW brand significantly. If the 8R wasn't such fun to drive, I'd have binned mine in the 1st 12 months and got a bus pass whilst waiting for the 2nd hand market to cool down. Really hope they've sorted your car out this time mate. Fair play to you, you've been more than patient with them.
    5 points
  6. Dogman12

    Golf mk 8.5 news

    From what I know, the German configurator for the 8.5 will be opened on Monday, so we can have a decent understanding of "what's inside" 😉
    5 points
  7. Darlo

    Golf mk 8.5 news

    It’s been a while… this thread is precisely why I came for nosey. Timing could be right for me to order a 8.5R. Would love to get back in an R
    5 points
  8. Salty and Sweet
    5 points
  9. I adjusted it to “angry spouse” level, which is when your spouse leaves the car angry and slams the door, it records. I think that represent the right threshold 🙂
    4 points
  10. aldfort

    RIP Golf

    Welcome to the world of endless coffee's and expensive charging. EV fine if you can home charge and only do short trips. Else petrol the only real option. Anyway, I hope you enjoy it.
    4 points
  11. I can remember my mum trundling us about in an Austin A40 Somerset when we were children and my friends laughing at us in such an old and unusual car in the early 70's. We later acquired a MG Magnet ZA that my grandfather bought new and shipped back from Singapore after WW2. Ive kept hold of my MK2 16v my son keeps badgering me for. It sits alongside my 3 door Oryx R nicely on trips out.
    4 points
  12. Glad to say this solved the issue. Thanks for the tip 👍 I did get an airbag warning light afterwards. Luckily i have an obd eleven, so i read the fault code an it did in fact come from disconnecting the switch. Even though iginition wasn't even on, the car still registered me disconnecting the switch. Cleared the fault code and all good now.
    4 points
  13. Booth11

    Golf mk 8.5 news

    @AHG Nope! 😝 However, the S3 facelift thread was created by another forum member in the Other Marques thread (and preceded the chat on S3 in this thread so first come, first serve! and as it’s technically correct, that’s where it is and is staying no matter how good buddies VW and Audi might be (not evident on the road in my experience 😂). And thus, that is where any S3 chat will be redirected, including this poor attempt to circumvent that with fancy pictures of cars of yesteryear. 🤣🤣🤣 And with a tap of a key, your sneaky S3 post is……settling into its new home in Other Marques universe. 😁
    4 points
  14. See if that works...........I actually cleaned it on Wednesday but the roads are shocking where I live. Guy
    4 points
  15. jason1972

    Golf R gremlins

    My point exactly regarding VW now apparently changing from haptics to physical buttons on the steering wheel, the fact it currently has haptic buttons is NOT the problem with it, the REAL problem is that it does not currently work if it is still to blame for the continued errors on my car. As regards to good will from VW in continuing to cover the cost of resolving this problem, I personally think this will be non exsistant given the money VW have obviously already spent in "trying" to resolve all these problems on the mk8 Golf. I think @Dannybear83's post regarding someone being quoted £1433 plus vat for a new steering wheel (something that is 100% known by them to be defective in probably every mk8 they have built) already suggests what their approach will be regarding continued support with this. Personaly I think 2.5 years of trying to chase a bug free car has been stressful and time consuming enough without then exposing my self to the added financial risk of having to pay for these "experiments" to continue!!! (especially when I have zero confidence in their actual ability to perminantly resolve these issues)
    4 points
  16. Hi all We have now put in new approval measures for new registrations that should put an end to spam attacks. Thank you for your patience and tolerance in the last couple of days.
    3 points
  17. Car built and awaiting a ship at port. Getting close now 😊 Also, will need to decide how I’m going to sell my RS3
    3 points
  18. This thread was going quite well up till now. 😢 😂
    3 points
  19. popeyewhite

    Turbo

    Tuner advised I was good to go with no further engine mods needed. He did suggest that a catch can might be worthwhile thinking about. I'll add that I'm far more impressed with the P2 than I thought I would be: an increase of 70 bhp and 60 ftlbs has resulted in much more than just higher top end. The extra shove has been spread over the entire performance range and the result is a far more robust and responsive reply when you make progress. Yes it's particularly noticeable in third and above but really the entire car feels like it's on steroids now. Map is Ecotune.
    3 points
  20. @gregozedobe: The reason why there are lots of after-market, auto SS kill switches for MQB platform cars (like mk7/7.5) is because the factory mechanism for enabling/disabling SS in these vehicles was a physical switch with real copper wires. On the older Golf, the after-market switch is simply installed across the contacts of the factory SS switch. It is very easy for the after-market switch to electrically mimic the action of closing/opening the contacts on the factory SS switch (which is located on the console on a mk7/mk8). BUT (yes, there is always a "but"), MQB-evo platform cars (like the mk8) use an entirely different regime to enable/disable SS. On these newer Golfs, the native mechanism for controlling SS is via the "curtain" MENU on the infotainment screen. In electrical speak, this means that the native SS enabling/disabling switch on a mk8 is ostensibly a software switch -which is extremely difficult to replicate in an after-market device!! Now, although I have no evidence - my hunch is that the shift to using a software switch in the mk8 is NOT insignificant! I have little doubt that the prevalence of after-market auto SS kill switches for MQB platform cars informed the decision to move to software based SS switching in the mk8!! Don
    3 points
  21. jason1972

    Golf R gremlins

    On both my 1st year and 2nd year service I was told that I didn't have a Service Plan when I had definitely purchased one!! My local dealer is not my purchase dealer and when I took it for its first service at my local dealer (1 year old) I was informed by them that there was no record of a Service Plan on my vehicle. After many calls to the purchase dealer, they finally admitted that there had been a problem registering the Service Plan when I purchased the vehicle and informed me that they would cover the cost with the local dealer. They assured me that this had now been sorted and next year it would show up as having a service plan. Fast forward 1 year (2nd service, 2 years old) and guess what....local dealer - you don't have a Service Plan sir. This time it got worse, as when I phoned the purchase dealer again they swore blind that I never purchased the Service Plan in the first place!!! Thankfully I found the purchase invoice which clearly stated that I had purchased it (well paid for it anyway) and they ate humble pie and again paid my local dealer for the 2nd service. Anyway, just another update on my car. Took it to local dealers today. They informed me that they scanned the car and could see the numerous Emergency/Travel Assist errors that had occurred again but there wasn't any "live" fault codes. They also stated that there was no historic errors reported from the steering wheel this time, but... they found that a module that is in the roof "shark's fin" aerial apparently had no "coding" ie no config??? (god knows what that does then as everything was working correctly, ie gps, fm, dab as far as I was aware?!) Apparently this module is on the same data bus as the Emergency/Travel Assist system's and they say that this module not having any "coding" would have thrown up errors which would have resulted in the Emergency/Travel Assist errors. Funny thing is that I remembered something about this being replaced (amongst the numerous other things over the years) but it wasn't as a result of something that I reported. The dealer "head of business", who was dealing with me, checked back though their records and found that it was changed in August last year but he cant say why!!?? I asked him if this is now the cause of the errors, why didn't the errors start in August after this module was changed, and why did they just start again recently after the sub zero temps (which was the same as the first time), to which he could not give an answer. He also could not give an answer as to why a module would just suddenly "lose its coding" if this has indeed just occurred recently. They have now apparently correctly coded the module and they also carried out that latest safety recall. So.........who knows, I am sceptical to say the least, but lets see, but it could be that the steering wheel is not faulty again this time as it would seem that numerous problems can cause these same errors. Oh, and another thing he stated to me is, categorically, any problem which is reported to them before the warranty expires will be covered regardless of when the work is actually carried out AS LONG as the dealer logs it when you report it!!!! If they don't log it when you report it and then they try and log it when the work is carried out after the warranty expiration, VW will obviously reject it. Now..... what happens if a re-occurring fault rears its ugly head again (any thing that has been previously addressed by the dealer) after the warranty has expired is another matter and down to VW "good will", of which I wouldn't hold my breath personally, but he informed me that VW would normally look at it "very sympathetically", which would result in the customer paying a "small amount" towards the work and VW and the dealer covering the majority of the cost, but then he would say that!
    3 points
  22. Booth11

    Golf mk 8.5 news

    Hi all, I’ve moved the S3 Facelift chat into this thread that was started by @AndyR yesterday (and can be found in Other Marques section) as best to have it in one place. Appreciate it’s a very close relative of the 8.5R and of interest but let’s keep S3 chat in this thread below. Thanks. ☺️
    3 points
  23. http:// Properly clean at last!
    3 points
  24. Geeza

    Golf 7R Photos - Part 2

    After 6 years in my Atlantic Blue I am now tempted by the ridiculous deals that Motorfinity are offering, but i am really trying to hold out for the 8.5 in the hope that more colours will be available and that the controls will be more usable. My R was a reluctant colour choice, my good lady persuaded me back in 2017 that the AB more was a better option than Lapiz, I didn't agree and didn't really begin to love the colour until a few years later always yearning for the classic signature colour. Fast fwd 6 years and its looks amazing and people comment all the time, i personally think due its rarity.. Anyways it goes in for service and MOT this week with 28K on the clock, time will tell if I still have on its next birthday.
    3 points
  25. jason1972

    Golf R gremlins

    Hi all, just an update on mine. Beginning of the week I sent another email of complaint to VW Executive Office stating, amongst many thigs, that the Emergency and Travel assist errors have returned on my vehicle. I also complained that my local dealer was unable to fit me in to investigate these errors with a replacement car until mid-March which is off great concern to me with my Warranty ticking down. I copied in the Service Manager at my local dealer but then discovered that he had recently retired, so I resent coping in the new Service Manager. The next day I received a call from the VW Executive Office saying they were dealing with my complaint and then a little later a reply to my email from the dealerships “Head of business”. He stated that he was unable to bring my appointment with a replacement car forward but has requested that I take the car to the dealers next week where he says that they will carry out diagnostics on it while I wait (he says this should take no longer than an hour), with a view to them then having the required parts in time for my appointment in mid-March. He says that he has discussed this with his Master Tech, and they believe that it won’t be the steering wheel which has failed again but the rear radar sensor? (where ever that is located?!) This could make sense as the errors always seem to kick off when the car is put into reverse, but it also behaved like this last time around and, personally, I am not 100% convinced. I can now, almost every time, start the errors by running my hands around the wheel or just moving my hands to the bottom of the steering wheel, which would suggest to me that the errors are being caused by the captative sensor system in the wheel again? I seem to remember people posted similar findings to this way back when the problem first started with the original steering wheels? Anyway, I have to say at least the dealer, so far, is proactively looking to resolve this as fast as possible this time, which is all I can ask from them presently. This is a marked difference to responses I have had from them in the past when I have complained! i.e NO response! It sounds very much to me like they may have had a bit of a management restructure, which if true couldn’t come soon enough imho. Anyway, I will keep the thread updated with what they find next 🙄
    3 points
  26. Deano

    Golf R vs Taycan

    Agree. I know people who have Motability cars and the ‘disabled’ person is never in it. Some people see it as a way to get their kids/family member a ‘free’ car, with free parking everywhere (disabled spaces.) In my opinion a motability car is for the benefit of the disabled person and not their entire extended family? I also digress.
    3 points
  27. Bugs2206

    Golf R gremlins

    So. Apparently they've check and mine doesn't need any parts or anything all is safe. I did ask, and they couldn't go into any details, but said that it was the heat matting material which is between the gearbox and brake servo, rather than the heat shield on the fluid reservoir. Couldn't get pictures I'm afraid.
    3 points
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    3 points
  29. MJC1216

    Golf R gremlins

    The problem VW has is other companies have improved and VW have stood still. Toyota now offer a 10 year warranty(if serviced at dealer every year) Kia a 7 year warranty Hyundai a 5 year warranty They also make some exciting cars both performance wise and in looks and also customer service makes VW look like they are still in the 1980's. All 3 of these companies are increasing sales year on year and it won't be long before they are all in the top 5 sales in the UK. Yes for the MK 8 Golf R there is little choice for hot hatches but most people buy a sensible VW and i am afraid that other companies are doing this better. When i get up in a morning i want my car to just do it's job and get me from A to B and go 12 months without having to visit the dealer numerous times inbetween. My next car will probably be from the brands above as i want my car to be like my phone...coffe machine and everything else in my life...stress free.
    3 points
  30. jason1972

    Golf R gremlins

    Yes, spot on Rebecca, the out of warranty costs are totally unknown. Along with the VW dealers ability to actually perminantly fix any given problem. The service manager at my dealers admitted to me way back that they are totally out of thier depth with most of these problems on the mk8 golf and are totally reliant on VW coming up with potential solutions.
    3 points
  31. Booth11

    Golf mk 8.5 news

    Thank god for that extended warranty! How much of a ‘tickle’ did you give it, there’s spirited driving and then there’s breaking the car! 🤣🤣🤣 Sorry to hear that despite ditching the R, you’ve still been targeted for theft Darlo. You need your mum’s old Aygo back and ditch the A35. 😁 Probably someone else pride and joy R that getaway car. 😞
    3 points
  32. Geeza

    Golf mk 8.5 news

    I love my AB, I am praying the 8.5 will include that colour!
    3 points
  33. Martin2

    Golf R gremlins

    Another in agreement…..although I probably wouldn't discount the whole of VAG. It’s almost beyond belief that there are still so many issues and they don’t have a solution this far into the life of the MK8. First customer deliveries (Germany) were December 2019, so over 3 years ago!!
    3 points
  34. Agree. I tend to be very brand loyal, but only up to a point. When I’ve had poor dealership experience or a Friday afternoon car in the past, I’ve voted with my feet and switched to another brand and I haven’t returned to the brand where I’ve had poor service or a problem car. If I’d bought a mk8 and it had given me the issues that some owners have experienced, its replacement wouldn’t be a VW - or anything from VAG.
    3 points
  35. MJC1216

    Golf R gremlins

    I don't how you have lived so long with all these problems and remained loyal to VW. If you are in the right position you need to change the car asap as VW are going to throw everyone under the bus when the warranty reaches 3 years old on the MK 8 golf. No point in going for the All in One after 3 years as this will exclude software issuse info system etc. Most software updates so far by VW seem to be a sticking plaster that don't work and although the replacement steering wheel seems to solve some issues i wouldn't hold my breath that it's a long time solution. Mark
    3 points
  36. As recently noted in mk8 Gremlins thread and in other mk8 threads, there is a current recall campaign 47U4, for some right hand drive Golfs regarding possible incorrect fitting of heat protection mat. Details as per the letter below. You can also check if there’s a recall on your car here https://www.gov.uk/check-vehicle-recall VW also have a link to check for recalls but it’s a bit flake (doesn’t accept my VIN anyway) https://www.vw.com/en/owners-and-services/about-my-vehicle/recalls.html
    3 points
  37. 🤣 All sorted, set sensitivity (Dash cam.) lower and all is good
    2 points
  38. Hello all Just thought i would share my thoughts on the new wireless pedal box pro with built in immobliser , i am totally new to all things VW and have only had my 7.5 R Manual for a week now ( what a machine ) Anyhoo i did not fancy paying circa £700 for a Pandora mini BT immobliser and the good people on here recomended a pedal box so did a few Googles and bought the latest version with built in immobliser . Oh and with a 15% discount ( quoted i was a forum member 👍) Just fitted today and had a little play and wow i totally get it , i must admit i was a little skeptical but what sold it to me was the fact it has a immobliser and i have just tested that and its works beautifully ( when active Throttle pedal totally dead ) press the remote or app on phone to unlock and it unlocks ( Awesome ) Adios
    2 points
  39. Tickles me that even on this thread, most are only 'nearly' gremlin free. There's always an 'apart from x'. Maybe VW are trying to bring back some of the 7/7.5 reliability, e.g. with going back to bumper mounted radar? I'm all for that. If I didn't already have an 8R, I'd wait for the 8.5. I might even get an 8.5 when my current lease runs out. VW to be fair have made good progress in fixing things, even if they shouldn't have been issues in the first place. Since 1941 and a new steering wheel mine has been pretty darn good... Apart from Car2x having a hissy fit the other day. 😜
    2 points
  40. Without wishing to tempt fate, 2k miles on a Dec 23 delivered car and thus far hassle free.
    2 points
  41. Same here, stop start has never cut in while in reverse. Collision Avoidance has been a bit keen once or twice when it detected a leaf threatening to rip the back off the car though! 🤣🤣
    2 points
  42. Me too, never been a sedan person. It doesn’t make sense to have a longer car and use just 40% of the height (plus no wiper on the back). I had Golf’s since 1998 (had a scirocco too, but it’s essentially a Golf 6). Back 2017 I looked at a Golf 7R but is was 20% more expensive than a S3 8V2 (DQ381) and the 7.5 was not being sold here, so I went with the S3. Their 3 door was pretty nice, but a bit cramped, and the 5-door looks just like a Mazda Lantis station, so I had to go with the Sedan. Best feature was that it looks like an old man’s car, so police is literally blind to it. When the 8 came out I just decided it is time to get it, no matter what, even if it has to swim over (as it did). And so, here’s me in a Golf again. I completely agree. They sold a (overpriced) blacked out package, but that looked even worse. Me too. Chrome is for old people and wannabe’s. Hence … me in a Golf again 🙂
    2 points
  43. Sorry, too much chrome!! 🤐
    2 points
  44. Exactly. 😂 It’s the status symbol of under achieving. I don’t need to advertise that with my choice of car. 😁 It always looks a bit ‘pedestrian’ to me.
    2 points
  45. Which now begs the question... Will the R team at VW be cheeky again and up the power above the S3?
    2 points
  46. On VW UK website; https://www.volkswagen.co.uk/en/new/the-new-golf.html
    2 points
  47. Booth11

    New Tyre Time

    You won’t go wrong with either Kev. It’s a no-lose choice. I think PS4S probably have the edge on perceived comfort but that can be quite subjective I think, I certainly prefer the feel of the Contis overall - in an earlier post in this thread @speedjunkie describes the CSC7s as feeling very composed and I think that’s a very accurate description. They feel more composed than the PS4S imo. PS4S score better on aquaplaning in tests than the CSC7s but I’ve been through plenty of standing water on various motorways and roads over the last year and they’ve not let me down. In the recent zero temps they performed well given that they are summer tyres.
    2 points
  48. Phoenix

    The caped crusader

    Spotted in Exeter Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    2 points
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