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  1. 9 points
    Penguin

    Penguins R Detail

    Day 1: Took the rose tinted specs off this morning before making a start. I think my R wasn’t loved by its previous owner. No scratches or anything major, just in need of some TLC. First thing to address; exhaust tips! They were in bad shape and to make it worse they were tack welded on: I left some Bilt Hamber Auto Wheel to dwell of five mins and gave them a brush. Moved some carbon deposits but not much. Then switched to 000 wool primed with Valet Pro Bilberry. Took a lot of work to see any improvement. These are pitted beyond saving but now look half respectable. Gave the back boxes some attention too: ...and fast forward to the the end of today (last thing I did), after polishing with Autosol and more 000 wool. Finished with Finish Kare 1000P: The wheels are in good condition so just needed a clean with BH auto wheel and used my Wheel Woolies and wheel mitt for the first time. Now to start on the body. BH Auto foam with a little Surfex HD. Grime was visibly visibly dripping off the car A quick rinse and now to get rid of the fallout with some BH Korrosol: Fire up the clay bar. BH medium auto clay. Oddly the clay never seemed to get really dirty but I could hear and feel it was pulling plenty off the top coat..organic/sap maybe? Took a while but ended up lovely and smooth The top coat looked a bit cleaner but was still pretty dull. Played around with a few different pad/polish combos (I found the paint hard) I settled on green Hexlogic and Megs 105. Not 100% perfect but I think a harder pad will be needed on this paint. Then made a 2nd pass with BH cleanser polish to really make sure the paint was clean and ready to wax. Applied a layer of BH double speed wax, I’m pleased with the shine/reflection The gloss black trim needed some love. No before pics but I used a Sonus FX pro pad and Megs Ultimate compound (took plenty of crap off the surface!) Then gave the windows a clean, inside and out before treating the windscreen, rear and front side windows All done for today. I’ll attack the interior tomorrow and give the front bumper trim some attention. A long day work but the R is looking much better than it did 12 hrs previous.
  2. 3 points
    Penguin

    Penguins R Detail

    Day 2. Interior: The interior was much like the exterior, not exactly abused but a little neglected. I took the opportunity to fit a few new things too 😊. Vacuumed everywhere to start with. Looks like the dealer didn’t bother to remove the mats when they cleaned it. The rear seat base was hiding much dirt Much better Then removed all the cubby mats and gave them a clean. First time I’ve used this GTechniq Tri Clean, quite potent but a good cleaner and anti-bacterial which is good as you never know what’s lurking on the various surfaces Then getting into the various crevices with a detailing brush Everything just looks much cleaner now. Now this impulse buy was either going to be a waste of time or a bloody useful bargain. Defo the latter 😊 Steering wheel next. Again all wiped over with the GT Tri Clean and used a brush to get into the MFSW buttons. Then finished off with Armorall leather care: The VC and infotainment screen was finished with 303 protectant which I think does help reduce smudges and greasy finger prints Judging by the state of the exhausts and other areas that need TLC the piano black dash had no chance. Took a few passes but Megs Ultimate Compound managed to get close to looking like new. From this To this All the interior panels and plastic trim including roof lining got a wipe down with the GT Tri Clean. I’ll defo be using this all the time now. Now to sort the door shuts. Used Valet Pro APC, MF cloths, clay and detailing brush to attack the various dirt, grease and tar. Only took a few hours so I had time to add a few mods. New R mats and SuperSkoda foot rest A cheap mod but I bought these 6 years ago for about £3, simple but effective IMO Some vinyl stickers to cover the airbag warnings on the passenger sun visor. I also swapped the boot ceiling light to a Philips LED but forgot to get a pic. Penny pinching fitting a Halogen and poor positioning but hey ho. Oh and I ran out of time yesterday so today I sealed the alloys with a layer of Finish Kare 1000P paste wax. Really pleased with the wheels. Wasn’t a fan of Cadiz until seeing them on a white R. I think I now prefer them to the Prets I was going to get So just the engine bay to do and also fit the dog guard. Really pleased with the results so far. It’s improved the car no end and got it to a standard I’m happy with.
  3. 3 points
    Gavras

    What did you do to your R today?

    They would, but @NRW needs to get a new 'outfit' Thunderbirds and all that...
  4. 3 points
    Masuta Okami

    Jumping straight to stage 2

    Okami honest review I had stage 1 for a while. It cost me $1275 AU Then I decided to go Stage 2. So Upgrade time boiz!: APR downpipe 3 inch Downpipe, APR Turbo inlet pipe APR Turbo muffler delete APR air Intake APR Intercooler APR pendulum mount APR lower billet dogbone insert, Some other company upper billter dogbone insert cold gapped spark plugs Intake Coolent Hose TCU tune Total cost $8400 AU (not counting servicing costs, and the like which are seperate / extra I had to replace an O2 sensor as well) However the TCU tune was not available for my 7 speed, so I went from "Stage-1 high torque" to "Stage-2 low torque". Which was actually less Torque and almost the same HP. The TCU was meant to be ready in 1-2 weeks but it ended up taking about a full year! maybe more? Apparently there are a lot of versions of the same 7 speed DQ381 DSG and the special edition wouldn't work with their TCU tune. Something about codes and stuff and it was taking APR a while to push through one for this particular DSG a long time after every other DQ381 already had it. I was on a wait list and just had to wait it out. So recently I went and got the TCU and changed to high torque stage 2. It had been available for some months now. Anyway so what is my feedback? Being completely honest it kind of all feels the same. Going "Stage-2 low torque" after all those upgrades from "Stage-1 high torque" Kind of felt the same... probably pulled less hard but likely was just my head thinking that. Finally going "Stage-2 high torque" I'm glad to finally get it but its also kind of all the same. Its $8400 to gain 16HP(12Kw) at the wheels and (17WTQ)23Nm at wheels. Truthfully. Stage 1 felt good. Stage 2 feels good. It is not night and day. Now granted I believe that these gains come on sooner in the rev range and probably hold a little longer as such. So you hear a lot about "how it feels night and day" But honestly, not really. If anything it feels less "surge" which is good, more control. What about fun factor? Well.... a lot of the upgrades I made changed the sound feel of the vehicle. Downpipe, turbo muffler delete, inlet pipe, intake. But in that regard the biggest upgrade I made to "fun" factor was a set of Nice Bridgetstone S007A tires and a $350 Custom 3 inch glass packed resonator before my Akra exhaust. Which has nothing to do with APR or tuning Basically stage 1 is good value for the money. Everything else has EXTREME diminishing returns and is entirely based on your passion for the vehicle / bragging rights. Okami
  5. 3 points
    gregozedobe

    Penguins R Detail

    Well done ! There is a certain satisfaction to be gained from seeing the results you get from a proper detail. And knowing that the job has been done properly (and by yourself) seems to add to the satisfaction 👍
  6. 3 points
    Sequence

    A little advice please...

    Go for the 7.5.. after having both a 7 and 7.5 i feel that the 7.5 is worth any extra outlay and in the case of losing a couple options i would still say its worth it. The 7 speed dsg is sublime. As for planned mods, don't waste the money on the paddle replacements you can get almost identical replacements for around £25-30 on ebay/amazon Also do some extensive research on springs some can leave comfort somewhat less than pleasant, i have no knowledge of the m52 springs im sure they will just be re branded so do some digging.
  7. 2 points
    Shug

    What did you do to your R today?

    Get a room... 🤣
  8. 2 points
    LB90R

    New turmeric yellow R owner xD

    What's happening guys. Snapped this little beauty up before my works lease car goes back and couldn't be happier. My names Luke. I live just outside of derby. Had to drive all the way to Preston to pick her up and it was totally worth it imo! Thought I'd sign up hoping I could get the low down on this awesome bit of engineering so any support, tips and tricks would be awesome! Attached a photo of the car. Hope ya'll like.
  9. 2 points
    Booth11

    Wing mirror glass

    An increasingly common occurrence here and elsewhere. Here’s the most recent other thread which has a couple links to replacement mirror if you need one.
  10. 2 points
    Masuta Okami

    Jumping straight to stage 2

    Second part conclusion of my reply I forgot to add to my post above. I truthfully believe that people who claim stage 2 is night and day from stage 1 are possibly experiencing one of the following: Wanting to feel justified in their purchase and wanting to feel its affects which is kind of placebo like. Are factoring in the extra parts that augment the sound or fun of the vehicle. (catless downpipe, air intake and other) Investing in your vehicle can create a sense of accomplishment. It becomes your precious. This alone can raise your enjoyment, pride and appreciation of said vehicle even if objectively its not hugely different. To you it can be wonderful. Okami
  11. 2 points
    mp2811

    Hybrid stage 3 (500bhp)

    What's your plans for car? Most would agree that stage 2 is more than enough for a very fast street car. Stage 3 more for those using car for motorsport or had their turbo blow. If you're going stage 3 you will obviously need Turbo Custom tune and DSG tune (unless manual then upgraded clutch) IC DP at a minimum many chasing 500hp go full exhausts Intake/inlet Possibly upgarded fuel pump Spark plugs Many would recommend engine mount upgraded. Depends what you want. I think the Stage 2 FBO with a Littico 380x custom tuned by Rick would be a great combo as he got around 435+hp and same torque or you could go the 450 I think which I belive can get around 460-470hp without sacrificing too much lag. When you start wanting the 500hp+ it's when you are maxing the stock engine and will also need upgraded fueling. The racingline Stage 3 turbo and tune gets great reviews and works well. I think around 480hp and can be achieved with stock fuelling and just DP, IC, intake etc. But you will be sacrificing low end response. I've seen dyno comparing Stage 2 to 3 and below 3500 the stage 2 is WAY stronger and then even to around 4krpm where the stage 3 really pulls hard to red line and gets you that 80+hp more. Hope that helps.
  12. 2 points
    NRW

    A little advice please...

    I suggest you go 7.5 too Luke. Like you, I came from a loved GTI, so you’ll love an R Wagon for the boot. It felt familiar and strange at the same time behind the wheel, bigger than the Increase external dimensions would suggest. Mine felt cheaper, thinner, at first but that’s soon forgotten with a few miles. I can’t see that you could regret getting an R. Heavier, more planted than a GTI and a bit less nimble maybe, but OMG rock solid in all weathers on all roads. They can make you feel a bit like Captain Scarlett (indestructible) so be warned, and they are just phenomenally fast over your favourite roads and routes, so effortlessly. Mine feels like it will just do anything you ask, and stuff you’d just never ask before... Traction from rest means wheelspin, chirping and skipping are gone. So are you. You’ll may even get similar mpg as you did before, but be going quicker - when you suss it all out. There really is not much that’s not to like with an R. So get the colour you like best out of what’s on sale. They all look good on here, dress it up or down as you prefer Get it bought mate. (All biased views here). 😀
  13. 2 points
    golf7.5r

    A little advice please...

    I would always go for the 7.5 over the 7 regardless of options (condition aside) - there are quite a few more added extras on the 7.5; dynamic indicators frameless rear view mirror media screen looks much more integrated seat covers are grey on the 7.5 rather than cream(?) on the 7 more power some argue better styling more std features over the early mk7's LED headlights? better ACC integration more exhaust pops n bangs I think the biggest benefit is the 7 speed gearbox as it has a taller 7th gear which offers unbelievable economy on longer runs - mid 40's easily (for me). DCC has some benefits, however I have 19" pretorias with no DCC and find the ride comfort / quality perfectly acceptable over rough roads (and we have quite a few round my parts). I think it's due to the prets being lighter than the std Cadiz. Also, you can add an aftermarket sub in the same position as the Dynaudio. HTH
  14. 1 point
    Totally_Vacant

    A little advice please...

    Hi everyone. I've been lurking around here for a while now during all this lockdown and decided I would ask what seems to be a very helpful and welcoming bunch of people 😊 Following 7 years of mk5 Golf Gti ownership she is starting to feel her age. After toying with the idea of renewing the GTI with a mk6 Ed35 or early mk7, a discussion with the wife ended with her saying "you've always wanted one of those fast estate ones, why not bite the bullet and get that?" After briefly passing out, followed by questions similar to "who are you and what have you done with my wife" I started figuring out budget. I'm in what I would consider a very enviable position of having around 20k to spend and wanted a little help from those in the know. At this price, I am looking to either get a mk7r Estate or possibly a mk7.5r estate with less bells and whistles. I have found a 2017 mk7.5 with about 36k on it within budget but comparing this with a mk7 I can get options like a sunroof, dynaudio and possibly DCC. I'm not bothered about leather as I've always preferred alcantara ever since my Dads 56 plate Civic, plus when the inevitable kids come on the scene (after wedding in August 2019 it's all anyone asks us!), we have an Seat Ateca with Leather to handle all that mess. So the long and short of it is could I get your collective thoughts on best route to take. I realise everything is subjective but are the perks of the mk7.5; better media screen and better virtual cockpit (can't remember the VW term for it!) and 7 speed DSG and I am sure there are other bits I have forgotten, worth the sacrifice over the mk7 with more options such as Dynaudio, possibly DCC (flexible on this as not something I feel I need) but with the 6 speed DSG? Sorry for the long waffle, can you tell I'm excited? I've got a basket at Mountune52 containing their springs and a set of paddle replacements already! That 'Show us your stance' thread was not kind to my wallet 🤦🏼‍♂️
  15. 1 point
    Crazy. And this was something you arranged. And they even took it for a joyride too? They should be privileged to even look at your beautiful R, Booo. You are very honorable honest person and I'm glad your day ended at least better than it started. And next a holiday to Stockholm! 👍😁
  16. 1 point
    Yes, I had booked this appointment, I wanted to have everything in order. There two people that were inspecting the car. Im quoting what one of them said: " you need the blessing from Møller to modify the car" Møller is the company that imports all VW to Norway. And other one asked me what does the dealer think of me doing all this mods. And I said, they know about it and I'll have to bit the bullet if something should break which is related/caused by the mods. It surely did feel like that. You should have seen how they were taking pictures of everything. I felt like a criminal..
  17. 1 point
    Dan-T

    Dan - 7.5 Estate - Lapiz Blue

    Today I got round to polishing up the exhaust tips best I could with some ultra fine wire wool, autosol, microfiber and plenty of elbow grease. They are not 100% but they are 100% better than they were. I had planned to remove the tips and spray black, I though it was only one weld and was going to drill, tap and screw them back on with some micro bolts but then realised the tops are spot welded too so decided to just clean them and leave as. New exhaust will have black tips whichever one I choose.
  18. 1 point
    Car.crash

    Dealer help

    A deal has been struck and I’m now the proud owner of this.
  19. 1 point
    Gavras

    A little advice please...

    I can imagine....
  20. 1 point
    Just going over this thread now glad you sorted it out finally I was going to suggest this solution as Ive had to do the exact same to my awe switchpath back end for me to be happy with it. The result was exactly what i was after not hinder any of the good noises, not quieten it down, but get rid of the unwanted resonance at certain rpms which made it sound cheap n nasty. There was still some minor resonance initially but it improved alot after some decent kms were put on it to the point where it's ended up perfect
  21. 1 point
    Stobsie

    Penguins R Detail

    Very productive day cars looking a whole lot better.
  22. 1 point
    Totally_Vacant

    A little advice please...

    @Gavras @NRW does this then mean that I can get the future mini-me a remote control golf and sit it in the boot... And call it Thunderbird 4 😂🤙
  23. 1 point
    Gavras

    A little advice please...

    Good point about Thunderbird 1 and 2. Thunderbird 1 invariably got there just ahead of Thunderbird 2. however, Thunderbird 1 could do bugger all on its own and always needed help Thunderbird 2 was an all rounder bringing the fun along as well. As a Kid I had Thunderbirds, it was always Thunderbird 2 everyone wanted..
  24. 1 point
    TP27

    Finally! (it's here!)

    I'd ordered up an end of the line Mk7.5R in December and then the $+*t hit the fan, so Covid-19 kicked me out of the R club, for now!!!
  25. 1 point
    gregozedobe

    Finally! (it's here!)

    Well, this is a VW R owners group ..... just don't mention the T-Roc & Tiguan (and next will be a Touareg R, and then almost everyone on here will be spluttering into their porridge) 😂 Ooops, It seems I spoke too soon !!!!! https://www.caradvice.com.au/829781/2020-volkswagen-touareg-r-phev-revealed/
  26. 1 point
    NRW

    A little advice please...

    An R for me, lots of things, at different times. Batmobile? Millennium Falcon? Starship Enterprise? Midern Day Lancia Integrale?😂 Put simply; R Hatch = Thunderbird One, R Wagon = Thunderbird Two. 👍
  27. 1 point
    gregozedobe

    Wing mirror glass

    This seems to be a common VW problem. If you are covered by warranty then take it to your dealer and get it fixed for free. Otherwise IIRC ebay will sell you one cheaper than VW. Try a search on here and you should find some useful info.
  28. 1 point
    jonny157

    Turbo elbows

    That’s great, cheers for the pointers gents [emoji1303]
  29. 1 point
    PhilC22

    Mk8 Gti looks quick

    In Auto Express this week too: VW man as driver, journo as passenger. I do like AE, but some of their stuff is a bit puzzling. Last week they did a "Top 10 hot hatches" and neither the Golf GTI nor the Golf R was anywhere to be seen! (The Civic Type R was rated #1 by the way). The UP! GTI made an appearance at number 9 and the Polo GTI got an 'honourable mention'. This week, the Golf GTI is on the from page with the tag line "On track with 2020's must-have hot hatch". Go figure.. The big "new thing" with the GTI seem to be this "integrated electronics" feature that will obviously also be present in the R. It sounds like the handling is significantly improved ("under-steer seems to have been all but eliminated") but we'll have to see. There is also a GTI Clubsport to come later apparently.
  30. 1 point
    Hi mate, So I started off with just the miltek catback exhaust non red - non valved. This was £890 a year back. muffler delete £70 forge intercooler cost me £600 on the dot. then I got the miltek decat downpipe to make it a full miltek - this cost me £385 & let me just say, these golf r’s are a LOT lighter! They go like rockets! It beat the rs3 on set off & on a rolling start! It’s absolutely crazy!!!
  31. 1 point
    Totally_Vacant

    A little advice please...

    Well 24 hours in and I am already feeling very welcome! Thank you for all the wise words, I feel a little clearer in the direction I should go. @Dicko1989 I can see already I am not going to be left wanting for sound advice here! @Sequence thanks for pointing that out, I had a read through the threads on this and found some recommended ones on Amazon that are now looking like winners. @golf7.5r the media screen and virtual cash were big plus points as I think they do look great @NRW massive plus points to you for a Captain Scarlett reference! As a 30s member I was a huge fan over Stingray and Thunderbirds even. My wife had no idea why when a GTR drove passed I muttered "this is the voice of the Mysterons" @Booth11 it is nice to meet someone else from a Mk5 background. I still love the car but it's just time for something a little newer @Gavras I do have to admit android auto is great in the Ateca, much prefer using Google maps compared with the standard nav. As much as I would love to have a sunroof I think that may have to be cut as all of the cars with one are above my budget unfortunately @Gavras @goodbadboy colour wise I am a little stumped. I swore I wouldn't have white as that's the colour of the Ateca, and after 7 years of DBP mk5 ownership again I swore I was done, but they both look so good on the car! I do love the idea of red as it looks great and it injects some colour into what has been very monotone car ownership for the last 3 years! @goodbadboy I am looking into the springs, you're looks great I'll have to go back to the thread and check. I am weighing up the looks of VWR vs the comfort of the Eibach pro as they seem to have rave reviews, I would prefer a little lower but after cheap followers on the mk5 soured my love for the car, I am very aware of doing that again. I would love Prets but 95% of the estates for sale are on the cadiz. I am actually a fan of the look, but if their weight is an issue, I may look at that as an excuse for the wheel I've always wanted red which is the Team Dynamics 1.2 in 18s I think I've replied to you akl. Thank you for this advice. I'm looking forward to being an active member whilst I search and HOPEFULLY when the new purchase is made!
  32. 1 point
    Dwytho

    Hybrid stage 3 (500bhp)

    Thanks guys appreciate the detail I think I will stick to either stage 1/2 with rick at unicorn first as your both right looks like way to much work for little gain and potentially engine failure or lag etc
  33. 1 point
    Penguin

    Penguins R Detail

    Cheers Bec 👍🏻 Yeah a satisfying day and a good chance to properly get to know the condition of the car. Will be doing the door shuts and interior today. I’ll save the engine bay for when my turbo inlet and elbow arrive. I was not expecting the paint to be that hard either! Very unVW-like
  34. 1 point
    PhilC22

    Finally! (it's here!)

    Not sure it is irrational. I can think of plenty of perfectly rational reasons for hating them, especially the huge ones. No, the performance estate is the smart choice for anyone (with a love of cars) wishing to lug around wife, kids, dogs, camping kit etc. And have loads of fun when you just have the dog..
  35. 1 point
    golf7.5r

    Turbo elbows

    Mine was stiff but used an oil filter removal tool (the strap based version) to rotate it into position.
  36. 1 point
    goodbadboy

    A little advice please...

    HI Luke, Welcome to the forum........if it was me...I'd get the 7.5 R....You can always upgrade certain things as you go along....(I'm sure your lovely wife won't mind).......Apologies for the "show us your stance thread"...That was me.... Best of luck finding the right R for you.....They are a great car....whether it be the 7 or the 7.5....I have a Mk 7 hatch and love it more each day....(albeit a few mods down the track after two years of ownership).........They are awesome cars stock, and even better if tuned....I'm sure you'll find a great car very soon....Post pics as soon you get it...which I assume will be tomorrow........(I won't tell your wife)... What colour are you going for?...My R below for your reference...
  37. 1 point
    goodbadboy

    What did you do to your R today?

    Initial supply has quickly sold out....it's a very popular intake....IE got absolutely swamped with orders...and due to Covid 19 and a couple of other issues there has been a big delay on the next batch....but am being patient...and its apparently 3 weeks away....so can't wait.....I LOVE the look of their carbon fibre intake and the sounds it makes are brilliant...so looks good and sounds good and might even make a little extra horsepower as well...
  38. 1 point
    goodbadboy

    What did you do to your R today?

    You did a fantastic job on it Booo....I'm looking forward to the next one...
  39. 1 point
    mp2811

    Hybrid stage 3 (500bhp)

    Greg, was going to mention the same. Didn't want to scare too much. Even at stage 1-2 upgraded rear ARB and springs would be advisbale. I don't think we need upgraded brakes on street car in Australia. Possibly in europe where they can get the speeds much higher though with Ausotbahn etc. It's a very serious process and costly to do Stage 3 properly.
  40. 1 point
    gregozedobe

    Hybrid stage 3 (500bhp)

    If going stage 3 don't forget to budget for better tyres, better suspension and most importantly, better brakes. Do plenty of research. I've read of some owners that have gone to stage 3 and then not been happy with how the car drives (lots of low rev lag), some engine failures (bottom end should be beefed up for big hp engines unless driven gently most of the time, and then what was the point of the expensive mods).
  41. 1 point
    Gavras

    Finally! (it's here!)

    True, it must be hard to accept you are driving one of the least versatile cars. whereas Estate owners know they have the most versatile cars going. The very best fast Estate car unless you spend silly money. and you are just driving one of very many fast hatchbacks.. yep i I can see why you feel like you do. 😂😂😂😂😂
  42. 1 point
    Pa77y Ho22er

    Turbo elbows

    If you search humblemechanic on YouTube there's a how to on his channel. It's super easy, all you need is a pair of pliers, screwdriver and a T30 torx bit.
  43. 1 point
    OOV

    Hybrid stage 3 (500bhp)

    The main thing for me is that oil changes become even more regular, and from what I've heard the acceleration doesn't feel as brutal as stage 2. Due to the stage 3 ecu map. It feels more like stock, just that you've got 500hp instead of 300. But the top end power must be insane. I bet 80mph to 120 doesn't take long! 😱 I was thinking I might do it if my turbo blew up. But until then I'm staying stage 2 as its enough that I wanted. Stage 3 is gonna be a monster. I think you'll be looking at way over £10,000 from stock,
  44. 1 point
    Booth11

    A little advice please...

    Welcome along Luke! If you can find a 7.5 that suits both your budget and wants, then that’s probably the way to go for the extra standard kit and other improvements. That said, I wouldn’t discount or overlook a mk7 completely. Yes a 7.5 has the 7sp DSG, styling tweaks (subjective as to whether they are an improvement), virtual dash, etc, but that doesn’t render its mk7 predecessor null and void. The mk7 is still a great car. The earliest mk7s had a few teething issues (some had turbo issues) and the 1st gen MIB1 infotainment system which was clunky, but those built from mid 2015 (end May) onwards got the next gen infotainment which was better and revised turbos, so if you are looking at mk7s something to take into account. Coming from a mk5 gti a mk7, is still going feel a big upgrade in terms of chassis, more up-to-date looks, cabin, not to mention the power increase and the 4WD. It will feel and drive significantly more refined than your mk5 gti (btw my own road to the R was from 2x mk5 gti’s, a manual and a dsg, and then a mk6 gti DSG), whilst still having that unmistakable Golf familiarly. And of course if you go R Estate then it will feel ever more different still with the added space. It really all depends on what’s out there, what specs and price points. Best of luck with your search be it for a mk7 or 7.5 R and if all goes well, hope you’ll soon be an R owning member of the club!
  45. 1 point
    Deano

    Not the best advert for the mk7

    Watched this too. He seems to be surprised that a lot of people shift cars when they develop problems especially expensive ones. The good cars probably don't change hands that much hence why he has been getting lemons. He even said the cars he could get at auction were the ones the dealers didn't want; the same dealers who have access to the cars history. For some perspective, I had a 2014 manual Golf R for 3 years from new and never had a single issue. I now have a 2019 model, again with zero issues so far. Everyone knows about the clutch problem that should be considered when buying a manual and the coolant problem that should be considered when buying earlier models. There's a few other issues to generally look out for such as the rear speaker leak, haldex filter cleanliness etc,. Other than that these cars are generally solid.
  46. 1 point
    Hi Alexis, Sorry, it does look like I forgot to mention that the dsg box was mapped alongside it. So far so good, handles it well. Gearbox is a LOT more responsive and ready to go! & tbh stage 2 is stupidly fast! It scares me! I’m a careful driver around local, I just enjoy the torquey pulls on the motorway. Wow!!
  47. 1 point
    NRW

    What did you do to your R today?

    You’ve got to be happy with that Paul. Damn Rapid R. Still stealthy too. Time to enjoy it 😂 Look forward to the figures. I keep re reading......😂. 62 in 4.3 without Launch.. A fine result. Be proud of that Paul. 👏
  48. 1 point
    Booo

    What did you do to your R today?

    @NRW Neil, I Dedicated this video just for you🙈
  49. 1 point
    goodbadboy

    What did you do to your R today?

    I picked up my R today after getting a full service, and get a new IE Tune.....(changed from the Custom Stage 1 tune I had).....The difference is night and day different....My butt dyno reckons I've gained about 25 extra horses....This new tune is so much more aggressive than my last tune....so am now maybe 385-390bhp......The acceleration is smooth, but brutal at the top end especially.....Very impressed with it.....So much better and more enjoyable to drive now....Probably knocked .5 seconds off my 0-60 time........Will check that at some point...but that is what it feels like.....Next mod....IE Cold Air Intake...then after that...go full IE Stage 2.....Can't wait.....
  50. 1 point
    starmagsi

    New R Owner

    5500km!?! The UK is about 900km top to bottom I think. Hats off.
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