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  1. MikeHig

    Selling my R..What next?

    Just a detail on Porsches.....it was the 996 and 997 Gen1 models that became notorious for bore-scoring and other very expensive engine/gearbox failures. The 997 Gen2 had a completely new engine design and gearbox (PDK). AFAIK these changes have cured the previous problems. That said, as noted above, they are not cheap cars to run but the sense of connection and involvement is on a whole different plane, as someone has already said.
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    Rusty discs

    Thanks for all the helpful comments. I'll try a bit more enthusiastic driving - good to have an excuse! I'm bit reluctant to go to the cost of changing pad material but will keep it in mind for when (if) the rear pads need replacing. The comment about the hubs has often caught my eye too - so many smart wheels sitting on discoloured and rusty hubs. Makes me wonder whether a coat of Hammerite or similar would keep things looking clean?
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    Rusty discs

    My R was unused for a few weeks over the break and, not surprisingly, the discs picked up quite a "tan". A bit of lively driving has cleaned up the fronts, no problem. However the rear discs still have some rings where the rust has not cleaned off despite some fairly enthusiastic braking. Should I just give it another run and be even more positive on the brakes? If it had a manual handbrake it would be easy to work the rears but I hesitate to try that with the purely on/off electric handbrake. Any suggestions? Thanks.
  4. MikeHig

    Selling my R..What next?

    "the 911 I would but would have to be the turbo." Have you tried a non-turbo 911? My previous was an early Gen2 997 with PDK. In my opinion it was a faster car than the R but the Golf is easier to drive fast, if that makes any sense. The PDK - even the 08 model - was better than the current 7-speed DSG and, with the SportChrono package, the speed off the line was dramatic. Then you have the noise, steering feedback, suspension tuning, etc.. Obviously it's a very different beast to the R but worth a try, imho.
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    WLTP R Torque

    Dougaberdeen: if working in imperial units, power and torque figures should be the same number at 5250 rpm, at least it is for NA engines. It’s all to do with power being torque x revs but I can’t link to the physics/maths behind that: a quick Google should pull them up.
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    Drive Mode Percentages

    Being a technonumpty, I have no idea how to pull up these stats! Also I suspect that those with 19” wheels might make more use of the softer suspension settings. Or it could be an age thing, trying to avoid denture-rattle! I run in Comfort when just pootling about, Individual when pressing on. Occasionally I have a play in Race but it’s quite harsh on most of my local roads and the grip feels better with a bit more compliance. I’ve tried Eco on clogged-up motorways: it brings back memories of old cars with freewheel! Reading the comments, it seems quite a few folk adjust settings within the modes while on the move. That’s not for me so I do find it frustrating not to be able to change just one parameter. A previous car had buttons which made it easy to, say, soften the ride without changing anything else. That’s a minor gripe as it’s a cracking car!
  7. MikeHig

    Exploding Sunroof

    Glad there were no injuries and hope your eyes clear up OK. A long-shot idea on a possible cause: could it have been a sudden pressure change? I am guessing that the glass used for the roof is not as tough as that used for screen, windows, etc.. Also it is virtually flat. Nah, silly idea. A hefty door slam would have already triggered it. Please keep us updated. I have a pano roof too.
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    How old are we all?

    64, pension lands next month..... Wasn’t it Einstein who discovered that, the faster you go, the more time slows down? A couple of years ago I was watching an epic dice at the Goodwood Revival between two closely-matched cars. One had slightly more grunt, the other was marginally better under braking. They traded places over many laps and it was quite enthralling. Then the commentator remarked that one was driven by Roanu Altonen and the other by Richard Attwood and gave their ages as 74 and 73.....
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    I think perception plays a large part in folks' attitude to tyres. Many seem to view them as a consumable item so economy looms large, rather than as a safety component which can be critical. If there was an option for cheap seatbelts would there be many buyers? Another analogy is who would buy cheap rope from the discount bin in a DIY store if they were going mountaineering? Another factor which muddies the water is tyre wear. My guess is that a mid-range tyre would outperform a premium one that was down to the legal limit. With the trend to larger, heavier cars - especially hybrids, BEVs, etc - tyre performance and suitability should get more attention, imho.
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    First ECO drive

    I've dabbled with Eco a few times, like others, on gentle runs with much traffic. Quite like the "coasting" feature - I'm old enough to remember cars that had free-wheel and being driven by folk who would de-clutch! However it clashes with ACC which brakes the car to the pre-set limit on a downslope whereas pre-emptive driving would use the coasting to the max. Oddly Eco mode sets the suspension to "Normal" despite my car having DCC. If I'm driving like a granny I would expect the softest setting. So, on our crap roads, I use it rarely even in heavy traffic as the - unnecessary - harsher ride just irritates.
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    Cross climate + tyres

    For an all-season tyre, I have seen reviews that rate the Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons Gen 2 as better than the CrossClimates (but that may not have been the " + " model). I've not had CCs on a performance car but I would agree with previous comments that they are noticeably softer than normal tyres once the weather warms up. On family wagons (FWD), having tried CCs in real winter conditions, I ended up with the CCs on the back year-round and swapping the fronts between summer and full winter tyres.
  12. MikeHig

    How long will these cars last......!?

    The main worry with keeping a modern car for a very long time has to be the electronics, per an earlier comment. Coincidentally a chum stopped by this afternoon who has a 12 year old Jag - the one based on the Mondeo. The satnav failed a while back and he was told it could not be repaired and that an upgrade was not practical (incompatible wiring/software, I guess). In, say, 10 years' time will garages still have the diagnostic tools to sort out 2018 electronics?
  13. MikeHig

    Is the Golf R your Daily Driver?

    I bought my R to be my daily driver very much for its Jekyll and Hyde character. Much of the time it just does the mundane stuff well, in typical Golf fashion but, when the road clears, it becomes a seriously quick machine. For years I rattled around in a big old diesel MPV with a special car in the garage - a 911. I found I was only doing 2 or 3k a year in the Porsche versus 8 - 10k in the "bus", as it was known. So my thinking was to get something which I could use all the time and would be almost as much fun as the Porker. That has largely worked out. I now do most of my miles in the R with a big estate for practical occasions. However I have to admit to missing the Porsche: the gap is more than I expected. It's not so much the performance - there's probably not much in it, especially in the wet - the R just does not have the feel, smell, noise, etc, - the communication in a word. However it's a fantastic compromise and is the best solution for my situation (short of having a Lottery garage). Oddly I miss the old MPV at times as well. It was so much more practical than anything on today's market and I used to like being in a nearly-worthless shed when it came to dicing with muppets in heavy traffic. It went under VW's scrappage scheme for about 10 times what it was worth.
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    What do you dislike about your R?

    Millsn: I agree about the Stop/Start kicking in when the car in front moves a few inches. After a bit of trial and error I have found that leaving a gap of about 5m seems to desensitize it so the car does not re-start until the throttle is pressed. Alternatively - with a DSG - putting it into "Park" also shuts it down but I think that also stops the brake lights from showing which is not desirable if you are last in a queue.
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    7.5 drive modes and exhaust flaps

    gazza5: you are right about the Superb! I have an estate and, after my 3-door R, it seems vast - rather than steering it I feel I should be calling "Helm a-port"!