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About delticdave

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    Trains, Cars, enjoying retirement.......

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    David C

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  1. delticdave

    These cars are amazing

    At our age, (OAP.s....) SWMBO & I would quite happily live with Ladette / Lad.
  2. Too true, we had a new '04 V70 & that was easy to park in my garage, but although either of our Golf's are shorter they are wider, even over the tiny door mirrors. It's doable, but takes more care than the older cars.
  3. delticdave

    Should Rs Have Fog Lights?

    My other car has front fogs & I really miss them on our Golf's. Living in a river valley possibly = more chance of mist + the extra wide light spread makes it easier to drive into an unlighted garage. Looks-wise, that's that's more personal but I'd like to see front fog-lights on an R, maybe the next-generation cars can provide decent cooling & lighting.
  4. That's not old, I'm 72 next year....... & I /we really didn't like the S3's we've driven either. It's not always about the money, becoming Audi drivers just didn't feel right.
  5. delticdave

    Golf r to s3 saloon

    The T-ROC is a bit too small, a Golf Estate is much more useful & nicer inside. Sizewise, the Ateca is the next size up, as is the Tiguan & Karoc. DC
  6. delticdave

    Golf r to s3 saloon

    A possible alternative to an estate "might" be an Ateca. The new Cupra version is, effectively, a tall Golf R / Leon Cupra ST, but it might be worth considering an Ateca Fr 2.0TSi instead, it's AWD & DQ381 DSG. Only 190 ps ex works, but I'm told (& I believe) that the power output is just a software limitation, the engine is basically the same as the R, & can be remapped to it's real potential. Just a thought.......... DC
  7. delticdave

    Was this a DSG WTF Moment?

    Interesting..... We drove a few DSG cars (Mk. 5 Golf GTi. Octavia vRS, & a few Superbs) & bought the car I/we liked best, my (now quite old) Superb. SWMBO then decided that she wanted something similar so her manual EOS was replaced by a '11 Octy DSG vRS, & I swapped my even older V6 Mondeo for a DSG EOS. Possibly a slight lack of logic, but so what!) All three older DSG cars were remapped by AMD, because our experiences with our previously mapped manual cars, my '07 vRS & her EOS, (AMD maps) were that they were much nicer to drive with decent bottom-end torque. So, we experimented with the DSG Superb, & loved it enough to have the other cars mapped within weeks of purchasing them. Maybe the extra grunt is enough to mask any DSG delays, &/or maybe we have learned to drive around the problems? Both our R's are stock, there's no real need for more power, & the DSG software has certainly been updated in the last 4 years, & they are both very easy to live with. So, we're unlikely to buy a manual car again 'cos we like what we have, still enjoy driving but are getting lazy in our dotage ..... FWIW, we've both got 50+ driving years behind us, so we feel that we deserve the luxury of two-pedal driving, (+ power steering, power brakes, ABS, parking sensors, etc.etc.) DC.
  8. delticdave

    Was this a DSG WTF Moment?

    Maybe I (& SWMBO) are doing something wrong, but we've owned 5 cars with the DQ250 & can't recall any lag when needing to "depart rapidly" or when trundling around in traffic. Also, don't see the point in spinning round to the redline too often, my Superb makes maximum power (249 bhp) at 5844 rpm, & drops to 205 bhp at the 6500 redline. Which it does in "S" mode, all by itself.......... Never used the quickdown either, it's just not necessary when the car has the Tiptronic shifter (usually used to hold a gear) & paddles, which are used a lot when we want to play...... We have driven the DQ381, some S3's, 7.5 R's & an 2.0 TSi Ateca, nice box, 7th seem to be an overdrive ratio & the fuel savings can't justify the cost of a new car just yet. I too used to be rude about autoboxes, especially the '70's 3-speeds, but the modern versions are both fun to play with & good stress relievers, so I / We are very unlikely to buy another manual. DC
  9. delticdave

    BMW M140i or GOLF R

    I'm a bit older than you lot, so I learnt to drive (& owned for a good few years) on RWD cars. Mostly live axles too so sliding through corners on wet roads & narrow tyres was far too easy. Rear engined cars, 3 x Imps, + Simca 1000, SEAT 600 as holiday rentals were part of the learning curve, as was a Ford Mk 4 Zephyr 6 with it's odd semi-swing axle independent suspension. FWD for me was somewhat later, small Fords, Cavaliers, Mondeos, various Skodas & VW's, all safe & some good fun too. Now that we own an R each, (after testing a few 3 & 4 series BMW's) we appreciate the abilities of part-time FWD & don't feel the need to own tail-happy cars. FWIW, it seems that on my late (66 plate) Mk7 R, VCDS can find an option for the %age of power fed to the Haldex unit, I've gone for the little bit extra to the rear option, but when compared with her R wagon it's not very noticable. Cheers, DC.
  10. delticdave

    Why did you buy a Golf R?

    That's pretty much the same logic that SWMBO used when she decided that an R estate was a good replacement for her Octavia vRS Hatch, apart from the CarPlay feature........ DC
  11. delticdave

    What do you dislike about your R?

    Her R estate, on 18" Cadiz has a smaller turning circle than my hatch R on 19" prets. Wider tyre = different lock-stops? FWIW, my Mk 2 Superb has a smaller turning circle than either Golf, & it's on 225 / 40 18" rims too....
  12. I've got Pretz on my R Hatch, but it's a used car, so not my choice. The "look" might be better but the ride / road noise is awful (Conti Sport Contact 5's) & that's with DCC. When we ordered SWMBO's estate we decided that the 18" Cadiz looked fine & selecting DCC was a better value option than a set of Pretz. I have the use of both car's & apart from a bit of exhaust noise, her car is the prefered choice for long trips, it's much less fatiguing .
  13. delticdave

    Factory options

    Tried VW UK yet? They often have previous price & spec. info available.
  14. delticdave

    What did you do to your R today?

    Yesterday, I drove home via a Mercedes dealer, (to peek at a new A class, probably not for me.) for some essential gardening. Later in the evening, looked outside & realized that I had a very wet car & therefore drove back in ECO mode. Not much fun, (37.5 mpg is good ) but 'tis a very strange feeling to find the car coasting, added about 3/4 minutes to the 19 mile trip. Today, not even seen the car (locked away in garage) but might use it properly tomorrow, unless I wash it. Boring or what?
  15. delticdave

    First ECO drive

    IMVHO, high 30ish is quite economical. Not easy to achieve in this location, but possible on longer journeys.........