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  1. By all means drive DSG and buy one if you get hooked. But don't let its devotees talk you out of the pleasures of manual if that's what you prefer. My manual runs just under 3000rpm at 70mph in 6th (I assume US gearing is the same as UK), which provides quiet, effortless running with enough power available not to have to downshift, unless you want to for the pleasure of it, for normal bursts of acceleration. At such speeds, and perhaps a little higher, 30 mpg US (36 mpg Imperial) is a reasonable expectation. If you stay under 70 and avoid heavy congestion, you'll likely do better.
  2. Mine typically runs 220-230F (105-112C) fully warmed during our hot Georgia summers. Hottest I've ever seen is 234F (112C). Under cooler temperatures it still can hit the 220-230F range but sometimes stabilizes at 210-220F (98-105C). Range is irrespective of how hard (or in how much gridlock traffic) the car is run. These temperatures make me thankful for high-quality synthetic oil and my self-imposed 5K oil changes.
  3. The service advisors at my local dealer here in the US routinely takes photos of the R when I bring it in for service and ask whether it's okay to wash it. Somewhat ironic in my case because I usually don't mind if they do. Results can be variable but always an improvement if the weather's been bad and I haven't had time to tend to it. I appreciate a presentable car as much as anyone and certain imperfections will annoy the daylights out of me, but paint swirls aren't among them. Speaking of imperfections, Atlanta is blessed with an abundance of trees. Autumn is the time for hard, nois
  4. Most car drivers do not understand the challenges of driving a HGV and never give it much thought. I also agree with Gav that some HGV drivers intimidate car drivers, although it's a small, albeit highly visible minority, at least here in the States. Similar situation with motorcycles: an uncomfortable combination of oblivious car drivers and a handful of reckless idiot cyclists (how do they survive?). Comprehensive driver training requirements would address these issues, but that's a whole other topic.
  5. Sounds exactly like Atlanta. We're all mindful of Snow Jam 2014, which made us the laughingstock of every northern city in the US. https://inhonorofdesign.com/2014/01/10-of-the-craziest-stories-from-atl-snow-jam-2014/ I had my MK6 R back then. Took nearly three hours to get home; should have been a 45 minute commute. That was considered lucky. These days we remain incredibly gun-shy. It seems like mere cloud cover at near-freezing temperatures will prompt school closures and shut down the metropolis. So we're still the laughingstock of northern cities.
  6. Cogito

    Too fresh?

    This story really stinks . . . Amazing the driver escaped with minor injuries. Next time he may not be so lucky. Already sounds like a budding candidate for a Darwin Award.
  7. Here are some current photos of Enzo. The one I posted a couple years ago probably was several years old at the time. My annual Christmas tree has an automotive theme which I've never been able to photograph successfully. Enzo likes to snooze under the branches, so I decided to concentrate on snapping him. To my surprise some of the tree decorations are at least identifiable. This is a scrawnier tree than in past years which perhaps allows more favorable ambient light for picture-taking. Part of my automotive library and a sampling of scale models are in the background. Season's greetin
  8. Philosophically I find this distressing, though you're probably right. Might apply even if the cars aren't thrashed. When I owned my BMW M3, there was concern among some members of BMW CCA that BMW's increasingly lax service schedule risked compromising the reliability and longevity of used models regardless of whether they were owned or leased. BMW offered free service on new vehicles sold in the States, but the requirements were (and probably still are) far less stringent than when owners footed the bill. This could easily result in higher repair costs for second-hand buyers. It might b
  9. This has been a popular topic on the forum over the years, and there appears to be no overall consensus. Some folks run their cars hard and put them away wet from the get-go and swear it optimizes performance down the line and helps bed in the brakes. Others exercise deliberate restraint until the miles accumulate. I'm in the "don't baby it but vary engine speed and gradually increase revs" camp myself. That said, I've come to believe in the end it doesn't make much difference either way. I think we all agree no hard running until oil reaches normal operating temperature, and monitor oil l
  10. Age 12, up and down a driveway at no more than a couple of mph in a Yank-tank 1958 Chevy six cylinder sedan with Powerglide automatic and power steering. Solo but with parental permission. My mother allowed me to start the car (but not move it) for several months prior. Life was simpler then. I'd been taking multi-hour bike rides alone or with friends in suburban traffic since I was about eight.
  11. Not long after I bought my 2016 R, I had occasion to park in some rough-looking grass by the side of the road. Hey, with AWD what could possibly go wrong? The grass hid a pile of jagged rocks. The sound effect of R over rocks is excruciating. It continues until you extract the car from the ill-considered parking space. The R sustained no exterior damage, although the underside was undoubtedly scraped. For days if not weeks thereafter my mind told me the car would never drive the same, but of course it ran as well as ever with no apparent side-effects for the 37K+ miles I owned it. Foll
  12. Both statements are true. On the face of it this seems like incredibly poor judgment by an over-indulgent parent. But it also seems to me to be a private matter. Or it would be if it hadn't been posted online for the world to critique. Such is life in the 21st century.
  13. Cogito

    Midland VW

    We all seem in agreement that calling ahead if running unexpectedly late is the right thing to do. Whether it would have made a difference in this case is uncertain, but it's easy to see both sides of the situation. As the forum's Luddite I'd like to support the notion of pulling over to make the call. I simply don't feel safe driving while talking on the phone (yes the car is wired - Bluetooth or whatever it's called - and the call is hands-free). Admittedly, I still live metaphorically in the 20th century and rarely turn on my cellphone unless either making or expecting a call. The scre
  14. My thoughts exactly. After 3 - 4 years yours looks better than mine did the day I took delivery. Impressive.
  15. Your point about deferring general maintenance is valid, but as others have commented age isn't necessarily an important criterion when it comes to wiper blades. They should be replaced when their effectiveness is diminished, just as you have done.
  16. Logically yes, but not always the way it goes. I'm a long-time automotive sales brochure collector. Often buried on the specs page is a disclaimer that specs are subject to change without notice. Such fine print is found on brochures from the pre-WWII era to present and presumably covers manufacturers in situations such as yours.
  17. Specs are subject to change, with or without price adjustments. If a particular option is important to the prospective buyer, the time to check is before accepting delivery. Ditto if a car is advertised as having a specific set of features or number of miles on the clock. UK consumer law no doubt offers recourses when a car is misrepresented, but the safest advice is always caveat emptor.
  18. I too had a 2016 (late 2015 build) MK7R traded last April with circa 37K miles for a 7.5R, largely because of a dealer incentive that quickly turned unpleasant and almost didn't happen (full story elsewhere in the Forum). My 7.5R is significantly better equipped than the 7R and includes a US-only (now-discontinued) 6 year/72 month warranty. I'm satisfied with the new R but would have been content to keep the old one. The "what's next" question is complcated by my insistence on manual transmission, which greatly limits choices here in the States and may eliminate the option of a MK8R in my f
  19. Both my 2016 MK7R and the current MK7.5 R have keyless entry. Instructions in the owner's manual allowed me to disable the proximity feature on both cars (I don't trust it). I press the button with the fob in my pocket, the doors/hatch open, I press the starter button and drive off. Once in a while the proximity feature awakens and either locks or unlocks the car unbidden. Has happened in both cars. Also, the 2016 periodically became reluctant to start on the button, instead displaying a variety of unpleasant security messages on the screen. Never left me stranded but required several de
  20. If you spend significant wheel time on the track or unpopulated back roads, a performance-oriented car with lower limits and a few handling quirks can provide lots of fun and driving satisfaction. But if you value rapid, safe driving in real world conditions where it is inadvisable to explore limits, the unperturbably planted feel of AWD in a nimble chassis wins every time. That explains my preference for the R. In addition to his weak, subjective arguments, this guy is unconvincing because he tries to make his case in a real world context.
  21. I have great respect for GTIs. At 3/4 the price of an R in the States, they offer fine value. Many US road testers recommend them over the R because of the price differential and because they feel the R is a bit anodyne to drive. The R is worth the extra cost to me. To claim the TCR's (not available Stateside) additional cost is justified for ten highly debatable reasons leaves me incredulous. The only feature I actually prefer, those colorful seat inserts, isn't even mentioned (hope Gavras and I can agree to disagree). Don't understand where the tester is coming from, but to each his/her
  22. Here are the before/after accident pictures promised. Not very satisfactory for a couple of reasons: 1) Accident photos don't show the extent of hidden damage; repair bill topped $11K (8600 pounds), and 2) road dust, shadows, and reflections in the "after" photos don't adequately illustrate how like-new the bodywork now appears. Happy to put all this behind me, at least until the next insurance premium notice arrives in the mail.
  23. Sometimes there's nothing you can do to avoid being the target of such carelessness. But I wonder if there's a solution in this particular situation. When you see the driver approaching, quickly roll down the passenger side window and offer to pull out of the space before she opens the door "to give her extra room." Very polite and considerate, a potential win-win. Worst case, she ignores you (or it isn't her car after all). I've never encountered that exact scenario, but not too long ago I was sitting in my Boxster when a scruffy Camaro (famous for its long, heavy, pointy-edged doors) pu
  24. I feel partially vindicated. Back in spring I commented that I might have spotted a Squirrel Gray R one morning on my way to work. Some forum members responded doubtfully. Traffic congestion and pre-dawn darkness made it difficult to verify, so I let it go. Jim Ellis VW is located in metro Atlanta. It's not where I bought my R, but this could have been the car I saw. Thanks for posting.
  25. Totally agree with your Pros and your conclusion but challenge some of your Cons. As others have pointed out, getting an accurate color match for touch-up paint, etc. is not the hassle it once was. I don't think the negative attention Rs attract has much to do with color, although admittedly I don't live in the UK. Rs attract virtually no attention in the States. As for resale value, who are you buying the car for, you or some unknown future buyer who might find the car all the more desirable for its special color? Let me add my thanks to those who posted photos of actual cars in Spektrum
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