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Cogito last won the day on June 1 2020

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    Ought to work for R GmbH

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    Metro Atlanta, Georgia USA
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    2019 MK7.5 R, Lapiz, US spec (traded 2016 MK7 R). Also own 2003 Porsche Boxster S and 2020 RAM 1500 4x4 pickup.

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  1. Heston does appear to have some Maine Coon ancestry. A fine-looking car he is. My sister has had several Maine Coons over the years. Here are her current boys, Galen (orange/white and Nigel (gray). Note the tufted ears, a characteristic of the breed.
  2. These comments are informative but inconclusive for my particular situation. Unlike most citizens of the world, I have never mastered the cell phone and am restricted to limited use because of a combination of inability to handle miniaturization and poor hand/eye coordination. A non-illuminated, over sensitive haptic strip for two frequently used adjustments seems like a recipe for disaster in the indecisive fingers of someone who devotes full concentration to operating a speeding vehicle. One can't help doubting that VW will see the error of its ways and introduce future improvements. The
  3. Thanks for the explanation, Mil. You can't insure a car over here without a VIN, although the policy will usually cover you driving someone else's car. Details about mileage (on used vehicles), mods, etc. are similar.
  4. Change is inevitable and often beneficial, but when it's change for change sake, count me among the resistant. Controls should be as simple, effective and intuitive as possible to minimize distractive driving. Don't know which side to take on the Great MK8 R Debate until I get a chance to drive the car but certainly won't commit to purchase without hands-on time at the wheel. The VW of America web site features specs, build options, etc. but no inventory - the car hasn't made it Stateside yet. Meanwhile, I continue to applaud participants on this forum for their knowledgeable and passionat
  5. Cogito

    Peed off

    As the undisputed US-based pothole champ of this forum, I feel your pain. Good luck with the claim. I had no satisfaction with an attempt a couple of months ago to obtain reimbursement for my latest strike on a state maintained road running through a local jurisdiction that actually filled the pothole. Fortunately, I carry wheel/tire and tow insurance and wasn't out too much on a $1.5K bill. The adaptive cruise module was crippled and had to be repaired/readjusted, but everything else was covered.
  6. Agree with the enjoyment part. But this Yank is curious to know. Assuming the car is properly registered in the UK, wouldn't the insurance company know from the VIN that it's an import when they issue the policy?
  7. With respect to the shortcomings of US drivers, I see this all the time . . . all my life, really.🙂 Leads me to wonder whether periodic retesting would do much good in this country. Testing standards are equally deplorable and not likely to improve. As for driving with no headlights in low-visibility conditions (illegal in most states by the way), could it be partially due to instruments always being lighted up on most modern cars? Back in the day, dash lights went on with the headlight switch, making it obvious to all but the most oblivious driver when the lights were off. The small ligh
  8. Agree with the sentiment of everyone on this thread. Haven't been posting much lately, but it's always good to know you're here. Happy New Year, everyone. Maybe it will prove a little less "eventful" than the previous two.
  9. I haven't been following MK8 topics lately because the arrival of MK8 Rs for sale in the States is still uncertain. But this weekend I read two separate reviews in US enthusiast magazines that raise concern. In essence both found the infotainment system baffling enough to render the car less competitive. One article was a comparison of the R against a (previous generation) Honda Civic Type R. By almost every measure the MK8 produced superior results. Yet, the testers essentially eliminated it from consideration because they found the infotainment system so unintuitive it interfered with s
  10. If you knew what a 20th century guy I am, you'd understand how ironically funny that comment is. I'm about the only person I know who doesn't text. Even my 97-year-old mother asks why I don't learn how . . . As for stronger wheels, with my timing I'd no sooner have them installed than the MK8 Rs would arrive in the showrooms to seduce me. Something vaguely similar happened with my MK7 R after replacing the factory Bridgestones with all-weather high performance Michelins. A few months later the dealer made me an out-of-the blue offer to trade for my current MK7.5. I took it and don't reg
  11. The pothole was huge but nearly invisible and unexpected. What sounded like an explosion, an awful racket from the right front wheel, and a veritable light show on the dash quickly made me aware of what happened. This morning I looked up the pothole online and found quite a discussion about it. The local roads department fixed it promptly, but the pleasant folks I've spoken with say they don't have jurisdiction over reimbursement for damages because it's a numbered state highway. They're trying to help find someone at State of Georgia DOT to whom one can submit a claim, an interesting exam
  12. Thanks for the pdf tip, Mil. I think it's working. For those who are wondering about the formidable row of balancing weights, they were added when the wheel was straightened, not replaced, following my last pothole episode. Much to my surprise, they worked. I detected traces of vibration only at speeds so far beyond the limit there was no point complaining to the wheel/tire people. In all normal driving, even in speed-crazy Atlanta, the car rode smoothly. The new wheel manages without so many weights.
  13. Has anyone been sufficiently bored to count the number of pothole strikes I've reported since joining this Forum? The latest hit occurred last week. It was a whopper that required a new wheel/tire and realignment, including the adaptive cruise control. No damage to front suspension components. Circumstances were mundane - an otherwise ordinary drive to work on a poorly lit road at 6-o'dark in the AM. The right front Pret buckled to the point I could barely get the car off the road. Luckily, there was a grammar school parking lot nearby. At least three other vehicles joined me, although
  14. Your Boxster looks very nice. The color is striking. Don't think I've seen once like that here in the States. I bought my '03 in 2014 with circa 25K miles. It now has 38K and has proved a wonderful companion to the three Rs I've had during that time (MK6, MK7, MK7.5). Annual maintenance isn't cheap, but having a competent independent mechanic go over it once a year seems to keep it fit and trouble-free. I wish you similar luck with yours.
  15. I'm a little late to the conversation, but you can count on me to assert my contrarian preference for manual even though DSG objectively gets the job done better and would continue to be the future if electrification weren't the direction we seem to be taking. When the MK8 R arrives Stateside with manual, I'll certainly check it out. It's supposed to happen later this autumn, though with the general shortage of new cars, who knows when they'll turn up. I recently had the MK7.5 in for an oil change and to investigate why the Low Coolant light flashed for the second time in as many months.
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