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  1. Wow, that seems outrageous for air conditioner service. Agree with Bec. As a number of us have commented, no need to service air conditioners as long as everything is working okay. When system performance begins to degrade, that's the time to have someone check it out. We also think longevity is increased by running it regularly. I never shut mine down, and I think Bec does the same.
  2. Most of my long-distance drives are with more friends than can comfortably fit in the R. We usually rent minivans, although we'll be using my RAM pickup for future journeys. The longest drive in any of the three Rs I've owned was about 450 miles round-trip from Atlanta, Georgia, to Knoxville, Tennessee. My two longest car trips ever were: 1) Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to Los Angeles, California, in 1961 when I was 13; 2750 miles in a 1960 Plymouth station wagon (no breakdowns except one flat tire) 2) Richmond, Indiana, to Portland, Oregon, and back a few years ago, nearly 6000 miles, in a
  3. I hear you, Ian. Both my cats were former strays who thrived on the indoor/outdoor life, even though it led to Enzo's demise. It would have been extremely unpleasant, if not cruel, to confine them 100% indoors. Like you I'd prefer an indoor cat but am likely to accept the risk if another indoor/outdoor stray comes into my life.
  4. Agree with those who say tire choice is a better way to improve ride than wheel size. Also agree that the R looks better on 19" although the difference is not dramatic. Slightly off topic, when I bought my RAM pickup earlier this year, I went with the standard 18" aluminum wheels for my trim level. The truck looks better on 20" wheels, but I didn't care for design of any available factory option (too busy and/or excessive bling). Current ride is remarkably good for any vehicle, let alone a pickup, but if I decide to pursue 20" aftermarket, I suspect the ride can be preserved with careful s
  5. Yup, Enzo usually slept on the bed and seemed to sense if I awakened in the middle of the night. Sometimes he'd give a gentle bat to my face with his paw to request that I scratch him behind his ears, but he never used his claws. If he did this when I was asleep, it never woke me.
  6. Enzo used to lick me. Almost like grooming me. I took it as a sign of trust and affection, but maybe he enjoyed tasting the salt content of my skin.
  7. Mine reputedly said, "If you don't have anything nice to say, come and sit by me . . ."
  8. Like Rebecca, my experience with the MK7 R was the key fob battery lasted almost exactly one year. Not expensive and the dealer parts staff usually replaced it. When the key I used daily began to falter, the spare was never far behind, so time seems to be the primary factor. When the MK7.5 R was in for an oil change about a year after purchase, I asked the service department to replace the batteries in both keys as a preventive measure. This time they did it gratis. Don't know whether VW covers fob batteries under the MK7.5's six-year US warranty (no longer offered by VW, they've returne
  9. Such good news, Camel. Your resolute attitude no doubt had a positive effect on the outcome. Best wishes to you in the future.
  10. I'm on my second Lapiz R, far and away my favorite standard color available in the States. In theory I could have ordered the second R in a Spektrum color. Several in the green-to-blue range look intriguing. It wasn't practical at the time and nailing the "right" color would have been a gamble. Color chips and screen photos only go so far. Even though Lapiz is likely the most popular color, there are so few R's around here you don't see yourself coming and going. Among the five US-spec standard colors, if Lapiz was verboten, I'd probably go for Tornado Red (over Deep Black Pearl, Oryx, o
  11. Old straddle-the-fence Cogito agrees . . . but it's a head/heart thing. The dings, scratches, stains, etc. are minor in the grand scheme of Being, but they bother many of us to a greater or lesser degree. It's been a mental challenge over the years not to let them get to me. Besides, is it unreasonable for our passengers, who already know we're a bit (select description of choice: obsessed, fixated, intransigent, bloody-minded) in this respect, to, ahem, humor us and acquiesce to our preferences? They're probably not perfect either. I think the fairest answer lies somewhere in the middle.
  12. Hey, I resemble that remark! Agree ThrottleHouse is entertaining and well-informed but for whatever reason (age? habit?) I prefer to read about the topics they cover than view them. I've subscribed to a range of car (and commercial vehicle) enthusiast magazines for half a century and sometimes marvel that the printed page still exists, though several titles have succumbed to the pandemic. My favorite survivor is UK's CAR. Some US publications have their moments of inspiration, but none seems to sustain CAR's overall level of excellence. Glad forum members are able to let their hair down i
  13. Gosh, this forum shows no mercy. I personally follow the rules to maintain tidy, scratch-free interiors in all my vehicles - floor mats a periodic exception. However, I was taught to be polite and accommodating to guests, which is what non-family passengers mostly are. Don't carry too many too far in the R, but the interior of my new RAM pickup, intended for group travel, is likely to take at least a light hit over time. My travel buddies are reasonably respectful and far from slobs, but they're not fanatics. I won't be thrilled to see the aftereffects of a casual approach to vehicle clea
  14. Sadly, US potholes are just as ferocious as UK. I've experienced pothole-related damage with the Prets and actually had to replace a demolished Cadiz. Bigger and softer sidewalls may help a little, but neither wheel design offers much resilience to seriously deteriorating roads. Skip the Bridgestones, look into Michelin.
  15. When I went from Bridgestone to Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 Plus on my MK7 R with 18" Cadiz, road noise was reduced, ride improved, and handling was at least as good for street use. My current MK7.5 with Continentals on 19" Prets and DCC rides and handles okay but I miss the Michelins and will eventually install a set. I agree with those who say tires are more important than wheels/wheel size.
  16. Having owned a MK7 R before my current 7.5, both US-spec models, I think you'll be happy either way. Why not look at what's available in the best possible condition with the specs you want and buy whichever turns up? When I went from 7 to 7.5 I shared Camel's concern about losing the analog gauges but got used to the electronic display pretty quickly.
  17. Might be cheaper to move to Georgia, Huw. Just checked online, HUW 1 is available. I've had vanity plates since the '70s when I devised an anti-55mph speed limit message (a national law passed in response to the fuel shortage scare of the era that wasn't officially rescinded until the '90s) sufficiently subtle to avoid unwanted attention from the constabulary (NO22X5). The cost today is reasonable, $35 manufacturing fee (the state provides all plates) plus $35 prestige fee plus the usual $20 plate fee. Annual renewal omits the manufacturing fee, and the plate can be transferred from one v
  18. That's true, Gav, although US buyers seem to have mindsets for or against certain things. For example, we love our Yank-tanks. After brief periods buying smaller vehicles when the economy falters or fuel prices rise, we go right back to our leviathans (currently in SUV form) as soon as recovery kicks in. Diesels are considered more expensive to buy (true) and less sophisticated (not necessarily) than good old reliable spark-ignited powerplants. Not worth the price for extra economy they offer. As far as I can calculate, fuel costs roughly half as much in the US as the UK. During less res
  19. You're right, Greg. The Feds don't like them, but the sales decision is mostly market-driven - US consumers don't buy diesel cars when they're offered. Historically, M-B diesels became popular in the '70s and '80s (my father drove two '70s 300D sedans), and various US manufacturers offered them from the late '70s through mid-'80s as a response to rising fuel prices. GM did diesels no favors with a dog of a 5.7 liter V8 that caused endless grief to owners. Anyway, well-designed diesels caught on with heavy-duty pickup buyers starting with Ford's V8 PowerStroke in the '80s followed by Dodge/
  20. I've always been a fan of diesels although they've never been popular for cars here in the States. The emissions cheating scandals certainly didn't help matters. When I'm comfortable with my choices, it doesn't bother me what others think. They're entitled to their opinions, although why would someone offer gratuitous criticism unless he/she were insecure or secretly jealous? Diesels have long been mainstays in 3/4 ton and larger pickups and are finally being offered in 1/2 tons. I'm very happy with my decision to go with a diesel RAM, which is intended for long-distance travel to old car
  21. My 96 year old mother knows blue is my favorite color and always compliments the Lapiz paint. She doesn't mind riding in the car but has no idea I traded the 2016 MK7 R for a 2019 MK7.5. Nor would I expect her to. From her perspective they look the same.
  22. Although my physical routine hasn't changed in the past few months, my stress level has had its ups and downs leading to reduction of appetite. I've cut way back on refined sugar and snacking resulting in weight loss as measured in belt notches. How much? Who knows? I never much cared for scales, or, more precisely, what they reveal, so I don't have a "before" measure to compare to the "after".
  23. If anyone can accept the unlikely premise that a huge, jacked-up pickup can be stealthy, the Hennessey Goliath may qualify. Thanks for sharing. I used a previous (Dodge) Ram Hemi pickup as daily driver for many years but succumbed briefly and unsuccessfully to a Subaru Outback because I wanted manual transmission. (This was in my pre-R days.) I tried alternating my new RAM with the R as co-daily drivers but cut it back to weekend use. Aside from chores duty for which it's over-qualified, the RAM is intended as my car show travel vehicle with friends when that can start happening again.
  24. With big funds to play with I'd go for multiple cars (and pickup trucks, I'm a Yank) and never be bored. Because I favor manual shift, there would be Porsches, Corvettes, and probably an assortment of earlier model Audi RS's and BMW M's from when automatics weren't mandatory. Maybe even an extremely rare early teens Cadillac CTS-V manual wagon. I'd keep the R but might park a Honda Civic R-Type nearby if I could find a custom body shop willing and able to de-uglify it. That's the nice thing about dream money - you can put all sorts of outlandish things on your wish list.
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