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    VW Dataplug - anyone got it to do anything useful?

    For fuel logging I use FuelLog for Android - completely self contained and wasn't too pricey. Gives a really good range of info and you can transfer the data between phones and even have separate databases for different cars (I've been using it for years and I still have all the data from my previous car on it). As for everything else, I see absolutely no utility whatsoever in logging my journeys and sending the trip info to VW. I do appreciate when I use Waze or Google Maps in Android Auto I am doing the same for Google but they are actually giving me something genuinely useful in return. Google Maps for example is way better than the VW Satnav in almost every way and is constantly updated and usable almost anywhere in the developed World.
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    (Super) Unleaded Petrol?

    IIRC they tried it on a few cars ... only one of them showed any notable performance difference with the higher octane fuel and it was still small.
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    Selling my Golf buyer wants to pay cash

    The real money laundering takes place at the top level of the banks themselves and even if they are caught, they don't face anything more than having to pay back some of the money they made: https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/outrageous-hsbc-settlement-proves-the-drug-war-is-a-joke-230696/ ... But it's a great excuse to impose more control on Joe Public, we can't have people doing as they please with their money without the system having a look-in.
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    Selling my Golf buyer wants to pay cash

    These days it's awkward even doing a bank transfer over 10k. The last two times I went to buy a new car I got 'interrogated' by the bank both times. First time was doing a transfer at the counter of the bank where I have an account, to the dealer - got asked why I was wanting to transfer so much money .... to a national chain of car dealers 🙄. Second time was when I was at the dealer a (large franchise again) and using my Bank card to initiate a debit from my current account on their POS terminal - the bank called me on my mobile to ask what was going on and why was I making such a large payment. I can't imagine the hassle you'd get trying to bank a large amount of cash notes these days. Seems like the buyer is trying to shift the onus for doing that onto you. (note: I think it's pretty disgraceful the way that the banks police people transferring and banking their own money but that's the system you have to work around so no point setting yourself up for banking pain by taking tens of grand of cash).
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    Golf GTi TCR vs Golf R

    Best is when you are behind a diesel and you see a huge sooty puff of black smoke as the person in front mashes the pedal to the floor in an effort to not get passed. A combination of 300bhp, AWD and instant DSG shifts usually teaches them better. I really enjoy being able to plant the right foot and get instant bite even in less than perfect conditions, with the Haldex. Makes exiting T-junctions so much more nicer/ safer and great fun booting it off large roundabouts.
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    VW Dataplug - anyone got it to do anything useful?

    The thing is that it's clearly some sort of bluetooth OBD plug ... could actually be useful if it could be made to work with existing OBD software. VW really do make rubbish IT applications. I remember spending ages to get 'VW Connect' set up and after much frustrating messing around and scouring the internet to get an account registered, it was utterly useless. The only good thing about it was that speccing the option allowed you to hook up the head unit to Android Auto (or Apple Carplay) which actually is useful.
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    Golf GTi TCR vs Golf R

    Even the GTD has the twin DRLs these days. However, I see that as having good aspects too since it's no longer immediately obvious to people that they have an R behind them - which often would lead to boy racers trying it on. Definitely GTIs look sportier and on a good, dry surface it'll probably be quicker than an R (except for launches) but given the price of this, I just wouldn't be able to put up with the drawbacks of front wheel drive. I really like the AWD of the R.
  8. I got one of these fitted gratis (and unasked for) a couple of services ago - had a look at the companion app and decided that it was basically just a tool to extract data about my use of the car - basically log my movements/journeys - and send it to VW, so didn't bother pursuing it any further. However, I saw a Youtube video the other day reviewing an OBD plug and was wondering if anyone has come up with an app to use the VW plug as a regular OBD reader plug? The VW one is effectively a bluetooth OBD plug but I assume is somehow non-standard to tie it to their app, but such is the World of IT that surely someone has hacked it?
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    Oversteer

    I think Cross Climate would be a good 'Winter' choice. I'm currently on full Winter tyres and TBH they are a bit overkill and not that great at current (relatively) warm temps, unless we get really severe cold weather when they do shine. Cross Climates are a very good compromise for the sorts of Winters that we get in the British Isles (cold and wet but not arctic) and will probably be my next set of 'Winter' tyres.
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    No more 3 Door Rs

    Even though I've got a 3 door myself, I have to say that I don't think that the 5 door looks in any way compromised. The 3 door is (was) a bit cheaper though and also slightly lighter I believe, so if you don't need to carry people in the back seats on a regular basis, no need for 5 doors. I can understand why VW might be settling on 5 doors, they will have wider appeal as almost certainly more people would not have a 3 door than would not have a 5 door and why add extra cost by offering two basic body styles when most would take a 5 door. A pity that they didn't keep the option on their premium sporty Golf though.
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    Aircon temp sensor adjust?

    Any way to manually calibrate the cabin sensor for the climate control? I'm pretty sure that mine must be reading too high as the aircon is pumping in loads of cold air when you set the temp to anything below about 22C, implying it thinks that the cabin is warmer than it is.
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    Cross Climate / Winter Tyres

    I'm thinking about replacing my current Winter tyres (Dunlop Wintersport 5) with these whenever they wear out (probably at least two more Winters in them though). They certainly strike me as the best tyre for British Isles Winters as most of the time it is cold and wet and heavy snow/ice is relatively short lived whenever we do get it. I'd still run regular 'Summer' tyres the rest of the year, though, as the R is a performance car and you want to extract the most out of it as well as staying safe at speed.
  13. With a Golf R you don't need a garage ... you just make your own!
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    Pretoria wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S

    Yep - but still amazing tyres. I replaced my original Potenzas with a set of regular PS4 and it's almost like a whole new car. There was still just over 3mm all around left on the Potenzas after approx 15.5k miles but I really wanted to get the Michelins on and I kind of regret waiting so long. I can only imagine how good the 'S' version must be...
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    Dealer experience putting me off

    I just walked in and spoke to the receptionist. Very approachable, no problems getting a test drive and easy enough to negotiate with on price. Totally the opposite of Audi.
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