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Growmac last won the day on September 4 2018

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  1. Growmac

    Tow Bar Fitting

    You can fit a tow bar. Requires a hole cut in the diffuser but works perfectly with electrics coded to shut off the rear parking sensors and remove eco when connected. You can’t tow on a public road though: the R isn’t homologated for towing, has no weight limit, so it’s bike racks only. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Growmac

    Exploding Sunroof

    Surely claim on your windscreen insurance? You don't want to pay £500.
  3. They aren't used at the same time. Direct injection puts the fuel straight into the cylinder. It's very efficient and highly controllable, but doesn't work well at low loads and engine speeds as the fuel-air mixture doesn't mix well and results in poor combustion. To get around this, until now there was a second set of injectors in the intake ports, that put fuel into the air being drawn into the cylinders in a more conventional manner. While this is bad at high loads and revs, it works really well at low load. It also has the side benefit of washing the intake valve gear in petrol which keeps it more carbon-free, especially if you're using expensive petrol with additives (which you should be in an R). Duel injection reduces particulates, carbonisation, and improves fuel economy by improving the burn at all revs. It also costs more as there's two sets of injectors, and was (presumably) rendered unnecessary by the new particulate filters so was a cost that VW felt they could cut. The carbonisation was not likely to affect many engines while still under warranty, so presumably was felt to be fair game.
  4. Yeah, but the current model has direct AND port injection. Direct for when the advantages apply, port injection for low load and speed. Best of both worlds, and no carbon build up as the valves still get washed. For anyone keeping long term this is a cheapskate move that will, judging by the US examples, cause significant headaches. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Wow. This stinks of cost cutting by VW. Having read of all the problems with direct injection only, I wouldn't even consider buying one. As for someone above quoting 70k miles as some outlandish mileage, I expect to hit that in about 18 months or so. I kept my last car more than 200k miles from new. 70k is nothing.
  6. Growmac

    What do you dislike about your R?

    My mistake. You're just completely failing to understand my point. To take your example of an indicated 50 miles to go, the remaining range could actually be somewhere between 35 and 70 depending on how you drive. Whether the car indicates 50, 51 or 48 miles to empty is utterly irrelevant. It's just pointless precision.
  7. Growmac

    R Estate

    Just get a towbar. Much easier. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Growmac

    What do you dislike about your R?

    I think you’re confusing precision and accuracy. I doubt the guess is accurate to even 10 miles. How could it be, given how many variables are involved, even before you include sensor accuracy. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Have you checked whether the MPG reading is accurate? If it is, then I would say something is wrong. 7R hearse I get an overall of 33.2 driving normally on a mix of roads. Cross country on A and B roads it’s more like 36. Long motorway on 75 ACC more like 37-38. 10 mile urban will be about 24. My dash is about 1-2 mph optimistic compared to measurement. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Growmac

    Down side to dynamic cruise control

    That was literally the point of his post!
  11. Growmac

    App connect

    Yep, it's the same if you're on Apple. No need for VW's Voice Control. It all just works.
  12. Growmac

    How would your rate the Golf R?

    I thought it was friendly. Maybe it is a good thing I can't see his emoji?
  13. Growmac

    How would your rate the Golf R?

    That was not what I meant!!! (For some reason the emoji are not rendering on this computer. Makes interpreting some messages quite. Umm. Risky?)
  14. Growmac

    How would your rate the Golf R?

    Yes! This!! Each to their own and all that, but I like that the R starts as a Q car. Now an M2? I'd love to have a go in one, but I have no desire to own one. Too showy and loud (in all senses) for me.
  15. Growmac

    How would your rate the Golf R?

    They'd be fine if two of them didn't look so obviously clean and therefore fake. It's all a bit fake tan and comb-over. And yes, I know I could clean them weekly and nobody would know, but you know what? Life is way, way, way too short for cleaning exhausts. At least the Estate sounds nice(ish) all the time, no flaps. Now I just need to get that stupid soundaktor turned off.