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  1. 1 minute ago, Booth11 said:

    What a great photo!  Kitty bunk beds!  

    Reminds me a bit a pic I have of our previous feline posse (all gone now).  



    Randomly posed photos like this are great fun.  Haven't heard much lately about your current menagerie.  Hope everyone's okay.

  2. 23 hours ago, Ignition1 said:


    I don't think there is any way of improving MPG from that, other than keeping it turned off 😂

    That 7.3 liter gas V-8 I referred to is for Ford pickups with 3/4 ton capacity or greater.  They are not optimized for mileage and would struggle to reach 12mpg - those are "small" US gallons.  Expect barely half that when towing a trailer.  Heavy-weight pickup customers more often bite the financial bullet and go the diesel route for stamina, longevity and somewhat better mileage. 

  3. 23 hours ago, Ignition1 said:


    Would love see a photo of your RAM next to your R to compare size. I've seen a few imported pick-ups around in the UK and it makes our road widths look tiny. 


    I always assumed - wrongly - that a diesel in any pick-up in the US would have huge displacements, but a 3 litre V6 turbo is similar to here. The VW Amarok pick-up in the UK has a 3.0 V6 diesel, and it's quick.


    Mil, you're thinking of 3/4 ton+ pickups with diesel engines in the 6.0-7.0 liter range.  They look similar to half-tons but are built for heavier service and, when lavishly equipped, cost a small fortune ($80K and up is no longer unusual and a few are topping $100K).  Power ratings are also ascending, approaching 500hp and 1000 ft lbs of torque.  Meanwhile, gas engines in pickups of weight range half-ton or greater tend to be V8s in the 5.0 to 6.5 liter range, although smaller base four and six cylinder engines are offered.  Ford recently introduced a 7.3 liter V8 for its higher weight ranges and pushes highly tuned 2.7 and 3.5 V6s in the half-tons.  None of these matches diesel fuel economy or towing prowess.   Let me work on getting you a side-by-side image of the RAM and R.

  4. 19 hours ago, AHG said:

    Main difference between IL and US - fuel costs are 3x here - that’s why I’m the US you get a free tank as a service (30$ worth, AFAIK) and here you have to pay for it (it’s 100$ approx 🙂

    It's sad how many US motorists take our fuel prices for granted.  They don't realize how lucky we are.  In fact, some folks from my ancient generation pine for "the good old days" when you could fill up for under $5.00.  Taking inflation into account, the relative price wasn't significantly different then from what it is now.  

  5. On 07/09/2021 at 14:26, AHG said:

    Here we have a common charge for a full tank, so the dealer charges you and supplies the car with a full tank (it’s about as much as it costs at a gas station).
    You can ask not to pay it, and gamble how gas you will get in the tank. I usually pay it, as the rate is pretty fair.

    Now that I’m importing not via the dealer, I have no idea how much fuel (and what type) I will get in it.
    I plan to use only 98 RON so hopefully they won’t feed it with the cheap stuff.

    Fingers crossed.

    Interesting, I've never heard of a dealer charging for a full tank of fuel.  Is this something associated with Illinois?  Here in Georgia new cars are routinely delivered with a full tank gratis.  It's been true of all the new vehicles I've bought over the past 20+ years.  

  6. 3 hours ago, Ignition1 said:


    Certainly brings a different perspective to the R's fuel economy, if you are in the US.


    In the UK a diesel is rarely a big diesel (unless it's in a lorry), and they tend to be the economical choice. I don't know of any diesel engines in the UK that are bigger than a 3.0 multi-turbo 6cyl - BWM's "M50d" range (X5, X7 etc.), Audi's "50 TDI" (A6, A7, A8, Q7 etc.). There used to be V8 diesels and even a V12 diesel in a Q7, but they died out quickly because most buyer's in the UK didn't associate the word 'performance' with 'diesel' - on top of that they were expensive. And a final nail in that coffin was that diesel was significantly more expensive than petrol back then (i.e. 2006 --> maybe 2014-ish) - now it's about the same. Prior to 2006, there was a time when I was very small when diesel was cheaper than petrol. A V12 Q7 might have been acceptable then!


    Ironically, when it comes to performance diesels - the usual 3 litre diesel used to be called just that, a 3.0 TDI, or whatever. But as above - manufacturers are starting to brand them as performance versions now. Putting an "M" or "S" in front of the engine designation. The Audi S4 and S6 in the UK are now 3.0 v6 diesels instead of petrol - makes sense I guess as you can have economy + a big glug of torque. And also meets emissions regulations. The GTD is also considered a "performance" Golf, which is debatable on an R forum but in real world driving probably is quicker than most other common cars.


    All of this to say - the difference in economy between non-performance and performance cars is much wider in the UK than in the US based on what you described. Hopping from a 1.6 diesel hatchback into a 2.0 petrol hatchback, by my maths, will cost about~£700 extra a year in fuel, more or less depending on driving style etc. Which is a shock to most. Probably a better jump for them would be to a 'performance diesel' - as you said, it's a cake and eat-it situation. Perhaps not as big of a cake as an R though ;) 

    Thanks for the elaboration.  For the record, my RAM is a nominally rated "half-ton" model with a 3-liter, 260 hp, 480 lb ft torque  V-6 turbo diesel manufactured in Europe by VM.  GM and Ford have their own six cylinder 3-liter turbo diesels of broadly similar ratings.  All that torque makes these leviathans feel quite spritely on the road.  I don't know why manufacturers don't build more half-ton diesel pickups.  They're difficult to find (mine was built to order), and I'm told that dealers have no trouble selling every one they receive.  The diesel is a $4K option over a big V8 gas engine which would struggle to achieve 2/3 the mileage.  Granted you can buy a lot of fuel for $4K.  Diesels are popular in pickups 3/4 ton or greater, but they are basically re-tuned high-powered medium-duty engines in the 6.5 liter range.  They routinely tow medium-duty loads for work and/or pleasure, thus earning their keep.  As for VW, when I said "full-fat" I meant something beyond the capabilities of a GTD.  We're speculating about an engine whose massive torque and decent responsiveness would wow R owners while keeping the fuel bills in line.  

  7. While in general I agree that those who drive high performance cars should be prepared for heftier fuel bills, this conversation has raised moderating thoughts,  UK R owners are a dedicated gang who pay twice as much for fuel as we Yanks.  Straying from life at the diesel pump, as Timmymeads has, puts that dedication in sharp perspective.  Fuel economy of my R and my 6000+ pound RAM EcoDiesel pickup is close enough to be considered comparable.  US diesel and premium petrol are similarly priced.  Diesel being a bit cheaper at the moment (not always the case), it may actually be less expensive to run the truck.  A generation or two ago diesel-powered performance cars seemed an excellent way to have your cake and eat it too, though there was never interest in the US.  Doubtless there's an electric R in our future.  Where is/was the full-fat diesel R?  

  8. On 04/09/2021 at 02:14, Martin2 said:

    If you looked at the % of ‘performance’ cars with a manual / stick, then it would be an awful lot higher.   There’s been a long list of manual only for the US cars, such as the V10 M5 which I guess would have been so much nicer to drive than the SMG.

    Higher, yes, but not an awful lot higher.   According to US enthusiast magazine Car and Driver, 27 models are still available with manual (individual models like BMW M2, M3, M4/VW Jetta, GTI, R, etc. are each counted separately).  Most are either sports cars or have sporty pretentions.  Unfortunately, the C8 Corvette is not among them (dual clutch auto only).  There are a handful of SUV/crossover manuals as well.  Perhaps the most interesting statistic is that last year US sales of new electric vehicles exceeded sales of manual transmission vehicles. 

  9. The caution about not lugging an engine during break-in is appropriate for manuals.  But I, too, wondered about autoboxes last year when breaking in my RAM EcoDiesel pickup.  The ZF torque converter maintains rpms just above idle during light acceleration/cruising and doesn't encourage holding or manually downshifting gears like DSG.  With the diesel's mighty torque rating, I guess it was never lugging.  In the States fewer than 5% of new vehicles are manual.  Here's hoping one can trust manufacturers to set auto transmission shift point parameters so as not to lug an engine during break-in.    

  10. On 01/09/2021 at 02:21, Shug said:

    Yep, gets to temp really quickly. Then sits at 90. No issues there


    Oil takes a few minutes longer so stay off the loud pedal for a bit longer

    I leave oil temperature on permanent display for exactly that reason.  Mine runs between 200 and 230F, depending on ambient temperature (on the warmer side this time of year), which translates to 93-110C on your side of the Pond.  Takes between five and ten minutes of normal driving to get there.  Always best to warm up an engine under moderate load, even in cold weather.

  11. We are lucky but, even so, hardly anyone buys Rs in the States.  Out of curiosity I looked up recent sales figures which are as follows:  2019 = 4223; 2018 = 3468; 2017 = 2706; 2016 = 1923.  That's a good trend line but consider that VW US sales totaled just over 350K both in 2019 and 2018.  One wonders why VW bothers marketing a US-spec R.  As I've mentioned before, VW is not considered even a semi-premium brand in the States.  Plenty of lesser model Audis, BMWs and M-B have base prices circa $35K.  Paying $40K for a Golf sounds overpriced to your average buyer.  Enthusiasts generally prefer to save $8K-$10K and drive a GTI, which has an equally sporty image.  GTI sales for 2019 =11,672; 2018 =16,684; 2017 = 22,486; 2016 = 13,082.  Remember, too, that base Mustang GT, Camaro SS, and Challenger R/T can be bought for R money.  They won't be the flashiest, best-performing, option-loaded models, but they're all V-8s that'll outrun an R in a straight line and are better suited to American tastes . . . or were until the SUV craze took over.

  12. US enthusiast magazine Car and Driver published a preliminary test of the MK8 R using a German-spec model with the R-Performance package US-bound cars won't see.(!)  They praised its speed, precision and refinement but called the new infotainment system "infuriating" without going into details.  Their conclusion: A hot hatch for mature audiences, pretty much how they felt about the MK7 R.  Speaks to my condition.  I love my MK7.5 and the MK7 before that.  Price has risen more than hoped, $44,640 for openers, although US-spec is likely to be well-equipped by UK standards.  Base price of my MK7.5 was $40K in 2019.  The slightly lesser equipped MK7 (18" wheels, no DCC) was barely over $36K in 2016.   All with manual transmission.  In pounds these translate to 32,781, 29,324, and 26,394, respectively.  Aside from floor mats and boot liner on the MK7 and just boot liner on the MK7.5 (mats standard), my cars required no options.  I gather these are enviable prices by UK standards but $40K is plenty.  Not ruling out a MK8 R but think I'll also test drive a circa $33K GTI before I commit.  Or maybe keep the MK7.5 a bit longer.  I was lucky to buy it during the brief period when VW of America warranted them for 6 years or 72K miles.  I'm approaching 23K miles now, so what's the hurry?

  13. After eight months I was finally able to get a decent photo of Blossom Dearie (aka Houdini).  While daughters Corliss and Pegeen have featured in these pages in all their mischievous cuteness, their once feral mum doesn't photograph well.  I think we've finally thwarted her uncanny ability to escape to the great outdoors from my screened porch, thanks to some fairly extensive carpentry work.  She seems to be acclimated to indoor life and never did stray far.  Maybe that feral upbringing stirred something in her.  Anyway, its a relief to arrive home confident she'll be there to greet me.1816077985_Blossom38-10-21.thumb.jpg.0679e704a21cf86f65b230ccb12eea52.jpg

  14. 4 hours ago, pafalco said:

    many thanks to everyone, my wish list is really challenging, my R will have:

    Dcc suspension


    Active virtual display

    Discover pro

    r performance pack

    3 DOORS !

    Pretoria wheels

    very low mileage


    in this particular moment such car is inexistent in both italian and german market, in italy the only 3 door on the market

    is well specced, only lacks discover pro, that can be retrofitted, but is an early 2018 with 60k km on the clock, far away for my requirements.

    I could convince myself that a 5 door is a good choice but I know myself, in the long term I will regret such decision, so will keep searching

    Paolo, you are confident about how you want your R to be spec'd.  Certain compromises won't work for you.  While this restricts your choices and requires patience, in the end you'll be glad you waited.  Hang in there.

  15. On 20/07/2021 at 10:09, NRW said:

    Just get one. Any colour. Doors and transmission that best suit your intended usage.   Enjoy owning & driving an R. 
    Plenty help & advice on here from owners who have tuned without any problems. 
    Good luck and I look forward to hearing your exploits. 😀 

    Agree.  Pay attention to overall condition and service history as you would for any pre-owned car.  All this will help assure you get a sound R that meets your needs.  

  16. 24 minutes ago, postie said:

    Mk1 was definitely a game changer at the time i traded in a Capri 2.0s for the golf and absolutely loved the golf. One thing it did encourage was reading the road ahead,the brakes were nearly adequate 😂

    Agree.  I, too, traded a Capri (2.8 US-spec) for a MK1 GTI.  Golfs were called Rabbits in the US market back then, so mine was badged Rabbit GTI.  Fun ride until a Toyota Corolla hit me from behind.  The Corolla sustained a small dent and scratches on the bonnet.  The VW folded like an accordion, wasn't repaired properly, and leaked like a sieve from the hatch.  Didn't care as much for MK2 and MK3 models, so when I sold it I bought an Audi 4000 Quattro (90 in Europe).  Nice car but not the same.

  17. Camel, your story has been inspirational, including acceptance that your body is telling you to slow down.  Continue to pay attention to it.  We forum members appreciate that positive attitude and keen sense of humor.  Looking forward to commentary on your new car.    

  18. It's never easy to give up a car you like, Jon.  Your list of reasons has me contemplating the whole "cherished car" notion from a philosophical perspective.  Several questions come to mind: 

    • Do you have to dig deeply into a car's potential in order to enjoy/justify it?
    • Must a highly enjoyable car be a showpiece?  Assuming it's mechanically up to scratch, does normal wear and tear make it less desirable to own?  
    • Why does it matter what others think of your ride?  If it suits you and makes you feel good, isn't that sufficient?  Being challenged by "boy-racers" may get old, but is it that difficult to ignore?
    • Is it possible to get beyond fear of theft, parking lot dings, and other indignities of a "life in the city" environment?
    • Can you enjoy a car more by worrying about it less?

    I'm fortunate to live in a country where the R is ignored by the general populace including most car enthusiasts.  It might as well be a base Golf with fancy wheels and is not a target of thieves.  As I age, I find myself  increasingly at peace with cosmetic flaws such as the occasional stone chip.  You should see the whopper I recently brought home, complete with small dent, after a morning of semi-serious pleasure driving on rural roads.  I may eventually have it fixed when other cosmetics need attention but no obsessive hurry.  

  19. On 15/06/2021 at 01:20, gregozedobe said:

    That sounds about right.  I find myself frequently scanning the oil temp display to see if it is OK to give the engine some serious beans yet - it always seems to take longer than I'd prefer so I just have to wait (I'm impatient and mechanically sympathetic, which is a frustrating combination ;)

    I set the oil temperature to display permanently.  Agree that seven miles sounds about right, although ambient temperature can have some effect.  

  20. I'm US-based and am on my third R, one each MK6, MK7, and MK7.5, all manuals, all purchased new.  I traded the first two between 35K and 40K miles not because anything was wrong but because I wanted the latest model.  Both held up well with no clutch-related issues.  Hardly any issues at all except wheels and tires, neither of which likes potholes.  See if you can negotiate no-deductible wheel/tire insurance in the deal.  It's saved me $$ on all three cars.  The 2019 models (and maybe 2018?) have 6-year/72K mile factory warranties which, if transferable, is the way to go.  VW went back to 3-years 36K miles in 2020.  For what it's worth my current 2019 R was in a significant accident six months after I bought it.  It was repaired competently and now has almost 22K miles on it.  It drives as well as ever.  Without looking at the records I doubt anyone would guess.  I understand the fear of buying a used car that's been crashed, but, depending on circumstances, you might miss a good deal on an excellent vehicle, especially if VW warrants it.  

  21. Happens to most of us from time to time, so at least you're in good company.  Awful to look at and hate the time and expense, but if done competently the repair should be undetectable. 

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