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  1. Just to follow up on this topic - can anyone explain the need for some sort of 'reset' in the onboard ECU for a new battery? Reason for asking is because I had mine swapped by a local tyre/battery place. They didn't do a 'hot swap' as I could see that the battery had been disconnected when I got it back (trip computer reset). No problem I thought, they're not a VW specialist and I just will ask VW to do it when I get it serviced next. Well, just brought it in today for a rather overpriced official VW dealer oil change/inspection service and mentioned it to them ... Was told that if they didn't do the battery swap, they couldn't do anything about it. At the time I was a bit surprised but just said nothing. But thinking about it, it was pretty shabby. Just to add, when the battery originally failed it was right at the start of the lockdown when things were looking pretty bad and they were indefinitely shut like most other customer-facing businesses, so if I'd wanted them to do it it would have been about two months before they eventually re-opened so I was lucky to find a local place that was open ... not that I even knew when VW might re-open at the time. If it's really needed, I'll find an independent mechanic/garage who can do it ... and quite likely all my future servicing too. (The car is now out of warranty anyway so marginal benefit in continuing to do it at VW prices but they have done a good job in the past)
  2. Still not seen one on the roads but saw a couple today as I was at the dealers getting a service done. A grey one and that mustardy-yellow colour that seems to feature a lot in press shots. I definitely don't think that they look any better in the flesh - just as bad IMO. I did think that if you could maybe do away with the 'eyelash' things that sweep back from the corners of the front headlights it might look better, but seeing the thing close up in reality and the front end just looks bad even without them. It's just too squished down, like it has been pinched. Looking into the interior, not impressed. The centre console just does not suit an ICE car - it might be a thematic match for an EEV but I don't see why they had to put it in regular motors too. I definitely won't be considering a Mk8 when it's time to change from my 7R, unless they implement a major facelift, inside and out. Not to mention beefing up the power. If it stays as it is, no way. It should be at least 330bhp for a new model to make me want to 'upgrade'.
  3. Tiger's Wood

    ID.3

    I've been keeping an eye on this and there's finally a pretty in-depth review just out - There seem to have been not a lot of reviews so far, and even fewer that actually include some driving: I have to say, aside from the dodgy 'user interface' and questionable use of hard plastics it looks damn interesting. Apparently there will be a performance 'R' version in the future, probably not for a couple more years though. Definitely something I'd feel more favourable and interested about changing to than a Mk8, especially since the Mk8 seems to share many of the same concerns about the cockpit interface and interior.
  4. This is shaping up to be a repeat of the Mk5-Mk6 situation where the 'new' car was largely just a restyled version of the previous one with cost cutting measures to make it cheaper to build. I've seen absolutely nothing so far that makes me want to get a Mk8 R over my Mk7 so unless they pull something special out of the hat, I won't be considering one for my next car. If anything, the ID.3 looks a lot more interesting. There are supposed to be performance and AWD versions in the works so maybe that's where I would go next if I stay with VW.
  5. Loss of manual handbrake was one thing that I thought I wouldn't like but after owning the R with that uses auto hold (via main brakes) I don't miss the manual handbrake at all and wouldn't go back to one The electric handbrake is only really engaged at ignition off or opening the door when the ignition is still on and that makes sense. The auto hold is much better and handles pretty much all other situations. I did get a few A3/A4 loaners when my old TT was in for service that had electric handbrake and it would wind on/off when stop/starting which was really annoying as it was noisy and took time but just having the main brakes silently kick in near instantly to auto-hold is fantastic. Feels really natural and when once or twice I have accidentally knocked the auto-hold off it's really messed me up at first then annoyed me when I try to keep using it that way and have to use the electric handbrake manually.
  6. Definitely not impressed by the Mk8 .... Will be keeping my Mk7 for a couple more years I think, probably getting it chipped and then going electric for the next car.
  7. I use that odd drop-down cubby-hole thing next to the steering wheel for a small bottle of sanitizer, plastic gloves (swiped from the petrol station pumps just before the hysteria) and some wipes now. It's the first use I've found for it, other than a packet of tissues. Now you mention it I might stow a couple of masks 'just in case' into one of the door pockets.
  8. It looks like there's a lot of space under the seats (and there is, without the drawer) but the drawer installation takes a load of space and the actual storage size is miserable.
  9. If you try the launch without LC being enabled then it only revs to about 2000RPM before a limiter kicks in. With LC mode properly engaged it will rev to ~4000RPM while on the brake. Launching is probably one of the best tricks of a DSG equipped R. It's just fantastic. Also impressive how little wheelspin there usually is, even in the wet. Looks like the Haldex is pretty effective at providing traction when needed.
  10. Have they dropped them as standard? TBH, you are not missing much - they are disappointingly low in capacity. If much effort and money was involved in fitting them, I would give it a miss personally.
  11. I do notice slightly better economy when I put on my 17" wheels with Winter Tyres. But only slightly, maybe due to the fact that they just aren't as confidence inspiring on dry roads so I drive a bit slower all around. My regular tyres are Michelin PS4. When I swapped to them after my original set of Potenzas were at 15k miles, they didn't seem to be much different economy-wise (they are streets ahead in almost every other way). I can get around 33-35mpg on a journey only if I stick religiously to speed limits, roads are A or motorway, they are clear and I go out of my way to drive with hardly any hard acceleration. Any kind of quick acceleration drops the 'running total since start' on the trip computer almost instantly. (mpg is verified fill to fill and recorded/calculated on a smartphone app. Over 54k miles done now since new. Think I was seeing about a 1mpg drop after the first big service)
  12. My current average, done with fill-to-fill calculations, is 27.45mpg over the lifetime of car (6-speed DSG, bought new in 2016), car is fully stock. Started off around 29mpg and has got slowly worse over the years. If anything, the lockdown improved the average as I now take it out for a short spin on relatively empty country roads every day now instead of an urban commute Mon-Fri. I don't drive it unusually hard (achieved 32.5 mpg previously with my TT) so I have to conclude I have a particularly thirsty R for some reason. I'm thinking if I get it modded/tuned it might actually improve mpg.
  13. Sale of the old Cadiz is not a precondition for getting Prets but I honestly can't be arsed storing yet another set of rims. I already have a set of Winter Rims+Tyres in the shed and space is tight. I'm just interested in getting rid of the Cadiz as quickly and 'price efficiently' as possible. If I was to buy the 18" Prets, I'd likely just get them from my regular VW dealer unless there was a reasonable discount available on genuine ones somewhere else. Of course, since I anticipate keeping the car for only maybe two more years I'd need to make a decision sooner rather than later. No point splashing out on wheels I'd only get two years use out of (unlikely to go for a Mk8 R based on what I've seen of the new revision so far and often wheels don't suit even slight body changes).
  14. Seeing the 18" official VW Prets has got me thinking about ditching my Cadiz wheels. If I was to sell them off though, would it be better to flog them a wheel at a time or as a set? I'd imagine that there must be a good few people interested in a replacement wheel that they damaged beyond refurb (especially if you have a lease). Not too sure who the market for a full set of Cadiz would be - non R owners trying to fake the look perhaps? Note: 3 of my Prets are perfect but one has white worm developing after (what I now know to be) a poorly done refurb. Could probably be refurbed again as it was the first refurb.
  15. Interesting, I've always fancied Prets but the 19" size means a bumpier ride (ideally you would have DCC) so officical 18" are very tempting - but I notice that when you click on 'Check Availability Across Models' it says for Golf R '2017 - to date'. Does that mean it's only effectly for Mk7.5 models? On the the other hand, you can get them for the GTi from '2013-2017, 2017 - to date'. What's so special about the pre-2017 R that they aren't available for that model?
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