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  1. Calvin (the owner of this Golf) once posted one of the most awkward & weirdest stalker 'vlog' videos ever...
  2. I emailed the site owner and I got this reply... So it sounds like there are some bad hosting/server/technical issues that will cost money. I've offered to help. Hopefully it comes back. ☹️
  3. My MY19 GTI turned up (in late December last year) with Keyless and the rear Rear Camera, but no LA/DLA/TSR, other MY19 GTI's I know of turned up with none of the 3 things, others with all three things. This was only discovered on the morning actually picked it up when I went into the menu (with the salesman) to see the LA function and it wasn't there. Given I paid for a MY19 car (at a MY19 price) I asked for the MY18 cost of the LA/DLA/TSR to refunded. The dealer first kicked up a bit of a stink and vW said there were different MY19 specs for different build weeks, but I made a very simple point, which they agreed with and eventually VW agreed with... I stated that there was/is no literature out there that said a MY19 came in a variety of spec depending on build date. The brochures (and all the stuff VW had on their website) was very clear, you either got a MY18 car spec or a MY19 spec car, so if I bought and paid for a MY19 car then I should have got what was advertised in the brochures. My dealer agreed and so did VW and I was duly refunded/given £650, which was the cost of the LA/DLA/TSR on a MY18 car. In your case, if you've ordered a MY19 car, then make the same point I did, you have nothing to lose.
  4. MY19 was announced in September of 2018, but due to the complete WLTP shutdown, build/production didn't start until late November for GTI's and later(Dec/Jan) for R's. Anything built and sold before this was MY18 back stock. There were no Golf GTI/R's built/made in the summer of 2018. MY19 changes were supposed to be; 1) A price rise 2) Engine changes to meet WLTP regs 3) Equipment/spec changes. The reality however is MY19 cars built from 47-51 were 1, 2, and some/none of 3. All MY19 cars from BW51 onwards were 1,2 and 3. MY19 was primarily reserved for any car that met WLTP engine regs. MY19 does not mean you get the equipment/spec changes, unless your car is BW51 onwards. Cars built from BW47-51 will be WLTP engine compliant and MY19, but they can have one or more of the three spec options missing, this is because VW didn't decide on the final spec until BW51 was underway, by that time a bunch of MY19 cars had already been built and sent to dealers (mine being one of them which arrived with keyless, rear cam era but no lane assist etc).
  5. None of this is true for MY19. WLTP played a huge part in MY19 build start. I ordered a new (what I would assume would have been MY18) GTI at the start of the summer so I was one of the ones who was impacted heavily by it all. I was originally told 3months, then I was told it would be March 2019, so I cancelled and started looking for used cars, which I failed miserably because of specific options I wanted and a huge lack of used cars (people held onto theirs and nothing was being built for demo etc). Roll on to the 22nd of December and I get a call from my dealer totally out of the blue saying my originally ordered car had overnight turned up on the back of a transporter(!), with 3 other GTI orders they weren't expecting until next year! I asked if it was a MY19 or MY18 and he confirmed all the GTI's which had arrived were MY19. I popped down to see it and bought it straight away (waited until first week of Jan to pick it up so I could register it as 2019 reg). VW completely shut-down production of Golfs over the summer. Nothing of GTI/R model that is MY19 was fully built until mid November 2018 at the earliest. When build started again nothing(no GTI or R) was WLTP compliant and MY19 specs still hadn't been confirmed, there was a further undocumented spec change from BW47, but it was only from BW51 that the 3x options were fully build confirmed. The three options were Keyless (normally £375), Lane Assist with Dynamic, Light Assist including, Traffic Sign Recognition (normally £650), and Rear-view camera (normally £340). The GTI (not R) was only WLPT certified 3rd week of December. My MY19 GTI turned up with Keyless, Rear Camera, but no LA/DLA/TSR, other MY19 GTI's I know of turned up with none of the 3 options, others with all three options. I wanted a cost for the LA/DLA/TSR refunded because I made a very simple point to my dealer, which they agreed with and said they would take it up with VW... There was no literature out there that said a MY19 came in a variety of spec depending on build date. The brochures (and all the stuff VW had on their website) was very clear, you either got a MY18 car or a MY19 car, so IMO if you got a MY19 car then you should have got what was advertised in the brochures. My dealer agreed and so did VW and I was duly refunded £650. So whilst I had one of the first MY19 GTI's, I know it had been stockpiled at VW since November. WLTP didn't get signed off on the R until Christmas/early new year, so there are a few 'rouge' spec MY19 R's out there, but not as many as there are GTI's. If the OP's car doesn't have the three options, it still can be a MY19, but as previously pointed out it will have more than likely been built in 2018 and stockpiled. As said, the only way to tell if a car is MY18/MY19 is by the emission levels and/or by using the image I posted above.
  6. MY19 came in before BW51. My GTI was built very late November and is a MY19. Don’t rely on what options were fitted, as before BW51 MY19 cars were being built but with different standard equipment. The way to tell what MY yours is will be by the emissions or easier still you can use this;
  7. They are available as an 'accessory'. just not publicly shown on any UK lists. Here they are on the DE wheel accessory configurator...
  8. Just like over on the GTI forum, it also seems to be unknown here that Keyless is no longer an issue (if you're worried about security) on the Golf 7.5, it can be disabled. Lock the car with the fob, then within 5 seconds press the keyless button/sensor on the door handle. That switches off the keyless-entry system until the next time you unlock the car with the fob. Perfect for when leaving the car overnight or if in a particularly vulnerable place. It’s in the manual.
  9. I need some help here. I’ve been having cold feet due to the lack of Dynaudio and a few other creature comforts. The dealer has compounded the confusion even more by offering me a 6mth old 280ps Arteon R-Line for the same price, the Arteon is absolutely loaded on top of the massive standard kit that includes leather, DCC etc, options on it are... Panoramic sunroof Area surround view cameras Voice control system Dynaudio sound pack Discover pro navigation Head up Display Keyless entry 20" Rosario Dark graphite alloy wheels Acoustics pack Arteon Paint Metallic Manganese grey Carbon black Nappa leather The Golf will be faster, and have better dynamics and will probably retain more value, but the Arteon will be so much more luxurious and comfortable on the long journeys I do, but I guess it’ll lack the power & engagement drive?!! What would you do?!? 😳
  10. Thanks Paul, all sounds very good, but sadly don't have sort of money to chuck around just yet. If I go for this specific car, I think I'll have to look into the plug & play option. Hi Gary - been a while indeed! I think the last time we spoke was back in 2011 just after I got my 1M (the 1 car I deeply regret selling and to this day still miss, what a machine!). A lot has changed since then... many cars including a RS4, fJCW and a few others, moved to London (first Greenwich, now South London), two wonderful little children, but now sadly going through a separation, hence the need to downgrade from the Range Rover Sport to something cheaper to own/run, but ultimately more fun to live with! The crux of it though is I will being doing at least 2x 400mile round journeys a month (a journey made up of M25, M40, M42, M6, and M52) and cart around 2x young kids, hence the need for DCC. Your comments echo my thoughts. Sadly WLTP orders won't be fulfilled this side of Xmas, and I need out of the RRS ASAP for financial reasons, so I'm looking at 310hp stock new & unregistered R Wagons, which sadly means a compromise if I want the DCC. The compromise here being Dynaudio and Camera. Retrofit of the camera has been confirmed after searching on here and the dealer confirming the kit number, so all it will be lacking is the Dynaudio which TBH is a bit of a conner given the milage I do and the need for good quality audio on those trips. In 2016 I got my now-ex a new Golf Match Edition (1.4 TSi 125hp) which had the standard stereo and that wasn't great. The biggest problem I have is the RRS has spoiled me on the toys and gadgets front, so I know I am in for a downgrade when it comes to creature confirms, but I don't want to get something I will regret immediately. Good to hear the 7.5 gives better MPG due to the 7sp box, that was my hope when I first started. Hope all's good with you. 👍
  11. Thanks all for the replies, much appreciated. Some really interesting comments re the MPG. I'm not buying it for good MPG, I was asking out of curiosity, but the replies make for surprisingly pleasant reading. My long motorway journeys each month do several amounts of milage around 'managed' motorways' (M25/M42 etc) so I should see some good returns which is a bonus. The Indium car I have been offered has an RRP of £39,295, so under the £40k luxury/road tax hike, which is good. I have managed to negotiate £9k off, plus free GAP, so I think it's a good deal, especially as used examples are more expensive. Re the camera, thanks for the pointers and offers to help retrofit(!), I'll investigate the kit options further. I'm coming from a Range Rover Sport Autobiography Dynamic which had every options such as fridge, climate seats etc, so things like a reverse camera I am used to, and it's one of those things that I'm not sure I could live without now. Knowing I can retrofit is good through, so I can always see how I get on without the camera for the time being before making a decision. @W8PMCThanks for the comments re the aftermarket system, could you share the details/costs etc of yours? I bought/leased my now-ex a 2016 Golf Match Edition with the standard stereo and that wasn't good enough, so whatever I do I'll be looking to add to that specific car if I go ahead. I'll keep you posted on the progress, and keep the opinions coming! Thanks again 👍
  12. Hi All I was on here a couple of years ago asking for advice when I was looking for '7 Estate' to replace my then B8 RS4, but in the end I opted for another car instead of the Golf. Well, a lot has changed since then and I am back in the market for a Golf R Estate, but this time a new Indium 7.5. What with WLTP and the factory delays I am restricted to new & unregistered stock/build cars, but I must have DCC and this is seriously restricting what is available! My dealer has found two, one of them is over £40k so that's non-starter for me due to the tax, but the other is under £40k and just about fits my needs... The car is; Indium Grey, Black Mirrors and Rails, Black Prets, DCC, Keyless, Climate Windscreen, Winter Pack. But it's missing... 1. Dynaudio. I would really want this given I like my music and I will be doing 2 or 3 450mile round journeys a month (hence the need for DCC and the invaluable 'comfort' mode to often up the dampers), so what are the Audio options for retrofit/aftermarket that is good enough and cost effective? 2. Reverse camera. I believe there's a reverse camera kit from VW (5G1054634)? Is this an easy DIY job, or is it dealer only? Also for those of you with a 7.5 doing motorway miles, out of curiosity what sort of MPG do you get cruising 70-85mph and also at 50mph? Thanks in advance
  13. Lloyds Bank's recently launched Flex Finance PCP product. If you're a Lloyds customer, login to your account and use the calculator to see how much they beat the 'typical' advertised 4.2% APR. I've been banking with them for 22 years which gives me a 1% discount making it 3.2% on an R estate. You enter the cars specific details and it then gives you an accurate quote you can save. They will finance new and used through the product. https://www.lloydsbank.com/car-finance/flex-car-finance.asp
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