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MarkH

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  1. MarkH

    santiago Wheels in a R?

    I am running 19" Santiago's on a Gti PP if that helps. What is it you need to know?
  2. Well, the 7R has gone and because I could not order a 7.5R manual, I now have a 7.5 GTi PP. The GTi feels so different. It feels lighter, but otherwise drives as good as the R and other Golfs. It is early days yet as I have only driven 80 miles in it and not been able to open it up. The exhaust sound is totally different, if anything slightly louder than the R. But saying that it lacks the grunt of the R. I am enjoying the updated tech and I have to admit that the GTi does look sportier than the R. Anyway, I joined this forum over 4 years ago and just wanted to say how much I have enjoyed it and also the benefits from the knowledge base is extensive. Thanks to all. I will be ordering the 8R as soon as it becomes available for ordering, provided that there is a manual version available. Otherwise I will need to be persuaded to go for a DSG version. Thanks again.
  3. MarkH

    Golf R manual to be discontinued

    Well, my new car has arrived and I pick it up next Friday. I was not able to order a new manual R so I ordered a GTi PP. Signed up the paperwork today and saw the same GTi as mine in the showroom. It does look nice (but its not an R). I have decided to keep the GTi until the mk8 R is available to order. I will be sorry to see the R go, but the GTi seems to be better looking than the R. I have not driven a GTi yet so I hope that I will not be disappointed.
  4. MarkH

    Golf R manual to be discontinued

    Only the manual version. My problem is that I am not able to order my new mk7.5R manual now......
  5. Went to my dealer to order my mk7.5R manual and was advised that the R manual model will be discontinued because they will not be changed over to WLTP type approval – this also applies to the Estate models. Has anyone else heard about this?
  6. MarkH

    Warning lights

    I have had this happen twice.... saying that it has not happened since January.
  7. MarkH

    Few Gremlins today...

    I have had the same thing happen a couple of times over the 3 years that I have had my R. Each time the alarms eventually reset especially when I switch off the engine, get out of the car, lock it, then unlock it, get back in and start it up. Gremlins eh!!
  8. MarkH

    Rattle from front whilst going over speed bumps

    I also have this noise in comfort mode on my 2014 R - see item 2 below. When I switch to race mode the noise disappears. it must be related to the damper control. I am booking mine into the dealers for investigation. my 2014 R seems to have developed a few other noises too. 1. Creaking suspension, especially when driving over speed ramps. (Already taken it to the dealer who could not reproduce this). 2. Rattling suspension, especially in comfort mode. (Already taken it to the dealer who could not reproduce this). 3. Brakes make a grinding noise when I first reverse it off of the drive in the mornings (and sometimes when I drive forward first thing in the morning too). Dealer did something to the brakes and they were fine for 1 week and then the noise came back (cost me £116). 4. Sound actuator thing has stopped working. 5. On a smooth straight road (such as the Motorway) the ride not as smooth as my wife’s Golf (not R). My R feels a bit jerky, could be something to do with the brakes grinding. Maybe they are sticking. 6. Steering wheel started to make a creaking sound (sounds like twisting a wire or some kind of cable strain).
  9. Wife has a 1.4 Turbo Golf, not sure if it has DCC. Her has not got a single thing wrong with it. It is quiet, smooth and a pleasure to drive (but only 120PS..).
  10. Many thanks for your responses. I think that I will try out PHILC's suggestions. Oh yeah, I forgot item 6 - steering wheel started to make a creaking sound (sounds like twisting a wire or some kind of cable strain). Has anyone had this happen? Must book it in.
  11. Feeling grumpy today, so I will list the things I am not happy with on my 2014 R (funnily enough all to do with noises...) 1. Creaking suspension, especially when driving over speed ramps. (Already taken it to the dealer who could not reproduce this). 2. Rattling suspension, especially in comfort mode. (Already taken it to the dealer who could not reproduce this). 3. Brakes make a grinding noise when I first reverse it off of the drive in the mornings (and sometimes when I drive forward first thing in the morning too). Dealer did something to the brakes and they were fine for 1 week and then the noise came back (cost me £116). 4. Sound actuator thing has stopped working (this might be a blessing in disguise). 5. On a smooth straight road (such as the Motorway) the ride not as smooth as my other half's Golf - feels a bit jerky, could be something to do with the brakes grinding. Maybe they are sticking. There. That's off my chest, feel better already. where is my bottle of wine............ BTW - List aside, the R is a fantastic car and although I will make an effort to book it in again, I can live with these things. Anyone else have or had these issues? If so, tell me everything you know about them. MarkH
  12. MarkH

    Rear brake whine when reversing

    I have had this happening for some time now. Took it to the dealers who cleaned up the brakes (dust?) and charged me £116. A week later the noise is back. It can get quite loud and although it is harmless, it is pretty embarrassing when people are in your car or even near it. When I googled it, I saw that it is also a problem with other VW models such as the Passat & Tiguan.
  13. MarkH

    Nov map udate

    When I went to the download website I selected that my car is a golf R the update the web site offered was for the discovery media (14GB). I have installed this onto my system and it works fine. Hope this helps.
  14. MarkH

    Electronic Parking Brake fault

    I have had this a couple of times and I have also had up to 6 alarms come up at once (including these). Dealer advised that it is a fault and will be rectified after the forthcoming software update.
  15. Today whilst I was driving past some roadworks, an orange plastic barrier fell into the road in front of me and struck my car
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