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  1. 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.
  2. Mine reputedly said, "If you don't have anything nice to say, come and sit by me . . ."
  3. 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
  4. Such good news, Camel. Your resolute attitude no doubt had a positive effect on the outcome. Best wishes to you in the future.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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/
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. 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".
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. Being a Yank I monitor oil temperature in Fahrenheit. The R runs as warm as 232 (111C) and routinely operates in the 220 - 230 range (104 - 110C) during most of the year, maybe a little cooler in winter. While high quality synthetic oil can handle these temperatures, I change oil and filter every 5K miles as a precaution (VW recommends 10K for its US-spec cars). Oil changes are cheap protection against potential problems down the road.
  21. Seems that way sometimes. Aside from once bending a wheel on an E36 BMW M3, I've never had wheel issues with any other vehicles. Metro Atlanta's roads are nothing to write home about, but I suspect the problem has to do with the speed of moving traffic, making potholes difficult to avoid once spotted. That and the suddenness with which they appear. In the most recent case two explosive potholes occurred yards apart literally overnight on a freeway where there had once been moderate bumps caused by the road gradually tearing itself to pieces. I hit both at my usual brisk 6AM speed. Had I
  22. My first US-spec MK7 R had 37K miles when I traded it for my current MK 7.5. Only issue I remember was a repeated problem with keyless entry eventually fixed under warranty with a new driver's door handle. The OEM battery died shortly before I traded, but three years out of a factory battery is about all one can expect these days. I also hit a pothole hard and bent a wheel but had separate wheel/tire insurance to cover it. With 11K miles, I've had no fewer than three bent wheels and one damaged tire in my 7.5 R, all caused by potholes. Wheel/tire insurance covered them. Those pesky fina
  23. Pete the Fastest Punk? Ha! I don't think so. Just seems wrong, given that I'm barely acquainted with punk rock and punk culture. My brother, the Tesla worshipper, would be Rick the Fastest Electricity. That works great for him. Maybe I can change my birthdate. I'm kinda partial to "Speedster." Synonyms for Punk: Adjective bad, bastard, bush, bush-league, crummy (also crumby), deficient, dissatisfactory, ill, inferior, lame, lousy, off, paltry, poor, sour, suboptimal, subpar, substandard, unacceptable, unsatisfact
  24. Although tastes evolve with age, I don't think I could abide the looks of a Type R when I was 22, much less 72. If Honda offered a toned-down version with the same drivetrain, it would be a serious contender even though I love my R. Slightly off-topic, it's interesting to recall potential daily-driver vehicles you admired but couldn't afford in your (relative) youth. For me circa 1970 it was BMW 2002tii, Porsche 911E or S, several conservatively-styled American muscle cars, etc. Nothing radical-looking. Vehicles I still admire today, although in the case of American muscle I'd spec them a
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