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  1. The car looks really nice, must’ve been a fun drive back! Last i remember you dropped a set of mk6 R wheels off to me at Exeter services as you’d just binned the GTI for something more, err, relaxing to drive!
  2. My goodness me, it’s Clive from the mk6 GTI days come out of the woodwork! Wecome @Gossa and good to see you back around Congrats on the R purchase. Amazing car for the money.
  3. As above. With an electrical issue like that the first culprits are usually coil packs or plugs. I’m surprised they went for injectors first. It would be interesting to know what the diagnostic report said. The dealer software is very good and the car has loads of sensors but it’s not all foolproof.
  4. The dark wheels look really good. Give us some feedback on how the 20’s go. I’ll be interested to hear how it rides and handles. I’d imagine the tyres are very expensive too.
  5. 8” wide wheels? 225’s on 8.5J will have zero tyrewall flex and I’d say too much stretch really. If you remotely value comfort I think it could be a very expensive mistake.
  6. What size wheels and tyres are those at present? What offset?
  7. They'll probably physically fit but the ride and handling will be awful. That's a hell of a stretch on 8.5 inch wheels with minimal tyre sidewall. Wear a neck brace and take out a dental plan.
  8. Sounds like the steering wheel could be like a Fisher Price Activity Centre! Five and a half years ears in and I still can’t remember what half the buttons on the mk7 steering wheel do most of the time never mind adding more buttons, rockers and wheels! As mentioned at length by @Scotty2hotty the bodywork has to comply with pedestrian impact regulations in case owners accidentally mow down bus queues whilst playing with their Tinder App on the buttonless screens. Swipe left for aircon or play pot luck with the infinite pointless screen menus whilst trying to navigate overcrowded roads and similarly engaged drivers. What heppened to just getting in a car, making sure you could reach the pedals and just driving the bloody thing by actually paying attention to the task in hand? God I’m so old fashioned. Anyway, the big bulge in the mk7 bonnet is testament to the safety regs already and that’s been advanced further on the 8 by bringing in extra overhangs and added space under the panels. It’ll be like landing on a mattress for the paperboy when you clatter him whilst trying to find a menu on your 15” screen.... As for the styling of the mk8 outside, just like Ford who have wrecked the looks of a fairly handsome (aside from the ugly fish mouth grilles) but nondescript Focus, Volkswagen have taken a similar tack by reversing previous styling briefs. Previously they’d have styled the SUV range to mirror the best selling hatchbacks, but now they’ve decided SUV’s are where it’s at and made the hatches look like the SUV’s with lowered suspension. It just doesn’t work aesthetically. Lets see if SEAT and Audi can do better jobs with their refresh of Leon and A3. For my money right now I’d be looking towards the forthcoming Audi S1, ditching a load of superfluous optional extras and enjoying a Golf sized sports hatch minus the SUV styling.
  9. The analogue dials on a 7R are beautiful to behold. The most stylish part of a well styled car. Far nicer than the bland offerings on the GTI and GTD. The actual dials on the 7.5R are a dreadful cop out style wise. Reasonably clear but a total washout as regards to style. The fact the map can be shoved between the gauges is a great idea as the infotainment screen is too low to look at properly unless you’re sat parked up, and a fat lot of good it is then. I had a quick look at a new shape MQB A1 S Line last week. The infotainment screen was much better positioned and the dials were much much nicer than the Golf’s; stylish and clear to read in equal measures.
  10. Oh no! Not Christine hit *again* Gutted for you Booth11 Hopefully some justice will come of all this.
  11. The mk6 R is a bit of a modern classic and despite the fact I’ve spent 30 years changing wheels on various cars to individualise them as tastefully as I can, I don’t think anything looks better than 19” Talladegas on a 6R and it keeps that design classic originality.
  12. At least that would actually feel like a new car. I quite like the look of them too
  13. At least your bouffant won’t get messed up driving al fresco then! Weekend cars are different for different people. My original point that an R is a sublime everyday day where a TCR is a bit more of an occasional use machine for a VW Enthusiast (as opposed to a general car enthusiast, I’m the former I’m afraid and have VW blinkers).
  14. Haha! Sorry, tongue in cheek comment as the sort of Porsche you’ll get for TCR money “new” isn’t your average 911 supercar! I can’t remember the last time a 911 was £35k new, and I’m old... There are literally hundreds of cars you could get for the price of a TCR as a weekend toy, my point was exclusively that those who would buy one actually want a hot Golf but don’t want an R or they need a dual role vehicle that seats five in relative comfort for holidays and can transport reasonable amounts of household stuff yet still hold its own in performance and looks. If you get the train to work in the week, or choose to squeeze your b*****s into some Lycra tights and cycle to the office, if you have a works van... you’ll still often want a family car for weekends etc but not necessarily a Nissan Leaf if you still have lead in your Lycra cosseted pencil. Car enthusiasts come in all shapes and sizes with different wants and needs. Being as this thread is whether you'd buy one over an R on an R forum, someone has to be devil’s advocate! Slip £35k into my hand and I’m not sure what I’d buy of the two, R or TCR. The TCR would need a few grand throwing at it in extras pushing it into expensive territory and it still doesn’t have the Clubsport buckets.
  15. Personally I’d go for the Borbet FF1 in 18 inch on a Golf. I do like the “Y” though and being as it comes from a major OEM supplier it looks OEM and should be of decent quality. I’ve bought wheels and tyres from tyreleader in the past and not had any issues. They’re very cheap. if you did get any issues I’d expect them to be a bit ropey but fingers crossed... Have a look on here too, select English from the menu and configure to your heart’s content! https://www.felgenoutlet.de/de Then buy the wheels cheaper from tyreleader
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