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  1. Brand is a big factor to the majority. If it wasnt then there simply wouldnt be a market for MB, BMW, Audi etc. They are premium brands and cost more, but their very existance means there is a market, and a popular one at that. I came from the old A45 and I wouldn't go back. Mine wasnt too problamatic but it had way more faults than my 7.5R has ever had, and I prefer the looks of the Golf. As to the interior, I'd not really say it luxurious. Lets be honest, the cabin isnt wide enough or long enough to equip it as such. The seats arent bad (but I bet on a long journey the golfs are better) and the rest is just a dash with screens, which even the A180 (@£199pm) has. Its the next gen on from the golf so you can expect something more comparitive on the Mk8 surely. My 7.5 is way more tech heavy than my A45 was and this was a major factor in me moving brands. Is that fancy dash worth the price of a mid level vauxhall, or even a 1 year old A180 ?? Also, a recent back to back test (which I cant find) showed the urrent RS3 is still a knats cock quicker than the A45S so Audi dont have to try too hard. Sent from my SM-N950F using Tapatalk
  2. Try Eibachs, not quite as low but toughens up the looks without being any more crashy. Sent from my SM-N950F using Tapatalk
  3. For my two peneth, I'd argue that surely they're simply arent enough loud exhausted vehicles on the road to warrant this debate at all. In terms of percentages it must be below 1% surely ? I mean 31.7million cars in total on the road of those the percentage of cars with actually obscenely loud exhausts (by this I mean boy racer style sounds, not a nice factory RS6 etc) must be tiny. Even if it were 5% thats 0.05 noisey cars per single car on the rd (that means you are going to pass 20 "normal cars" before you pass a single noisy one). Thats 310,700 total cars per county in the UK and of those only 15,000 are noisy (this is assuming that 5% of cars are actually noisy which I believe is a very liberal amount). I'm not a lover of the ricer exhausts etc, but I do appreciate a nice V8, V10, or even a 5 pot, and I dont wish these great sounding engines to be stiffled by yet more moronic governing by Westminster. When on holiday last year in the Ardechè you could hear the sound of a fantastic AMG driving through the mountains in the evening. Even my wife thought it sounded glorious, and if she liked it then it must have sounded good [emoji23] Sent from my SM-N950F using Tapatalk
  4. Drove a Lamborgini Huracan at Brands about 2 weeks ago. Queitish track, and the best instructor I've ever had (he was a nutter of an Australian). I had it sideways, with tyres smoking round Druids. By god that car is quick, and sounds amazing, and it was less than a week old [emoji23] Sent from my SM-N950F using Tapatalk
  5. Get it realigned. Its a tracking issue and shouldnt be like that. Sent from my SM-N950F using Tapatalk
  6. I think the thinking is that less grip on the rear is more likely to accidentaly induce oversteer which for an experienced driver isnt too much of an issue, it can easliy lead to a spin which is obviously bad. Conversley its more difficult to induce understeer unless you are driving too fast. I however always try to put new on the front, but as said I prefer to always run a full set when replacing. Sent from my SM-N950F using Tapatalk
  7. Snap. Although I usually have range (the wife gets anxiety issues if she cant see how many miles we have in the tank[emoji23]) and I flick to oil temp when pushing on. Sent from my SM-N950F using Tapatalk
  8. I have the same model and year as you so wanted to preserve my warranty as much as possible so went with the JB4. I've not been dissapointed !! It pulls like a train now, but is nowhere near its limit. Its not that difficilt to fit either, and there are lots of garages that will only charge you an hour to fit if needs be. I had a 60-150 dash with a friend who has an M2 and we were bang on neck and neck the whole way (I pulled on him about 1/2 a carlength to start with and then we were matched) so it makes a big difference. I'd say I'm at about 360-370bhp, and the in gear grunt is now much better. An APR map will flag the dreaded TD1 IF its plugged in (this is not just the standard diag, it is a more in depth serch of the ECU) so it may be missed if its just in for service, HOWEVER, dealers are being advised by VAG to actively search for a TD1 so thats worth bearing in mind. At the end of the day you donpay to play I guess, but if warranty is a consideration then a JB4 is safer, and unless you are stupid enough to send the car in with it fitted its undetectable. Sent from my SM-N950F using Tapatalk
  9. I rotate mine every 6 months or so. Although its 4wd it obviously spends most of its time in Fwd and with steering etc this leads to faster front wear, much the same as a fwd car. I've now had PS4Ss on for about 15k and they are all evenly worn and have about 4mm left on them !! Well worth rotating I'd say, as I am not a fan of replacing pairs, rather the whole set. Sent from my SM-N950F using Tapatalk
  10. I agree to a point I just find the virtual dash no less easy to look at than the analogue dials. Still, to each their own. It would be boring if we all liked the exact same thing [emoji106] Sent from my SM-N950F using Tapatalk
  11. I can't understand the argument that a few have made about the virtual dash not being customizable. If I'm not mistaken, nor is the analogue dash so surely this is a moot point to be making ? Also, it wont be long before someone much smarter than me offer all sorts of customization. Lets face it, its just an LCD display, so with the right software and skills you could have what ever you wanted. Your unlikely to see much on offer for the analogue dash. I wouldnt have bought the R with the analogue dials. It was what made me finally consider an R (when they fitted the virtual dash) as I couldnt stand the dials and thought it felt old (didnt like my A45 dials either). I know alot would say there is way more to the car than this, and this is true, but as I spend 90% of my time either pootling to the shops, or sitting in traffic, the bits I'm looking at are very important. Its easly to say "but it handles great, or it sounds amazing, or its really quick, etc" but most of the time those are the bits you arent using, but you are always looking at the dash, especially when sitting in traffic. Sent from my SM-N950F using Tapatalk
  12. A powder coat finish should be tougher than than paint, although imo you lack the gloss levels you get with a good clearcoat. I've switched from Black rims recently as imo you loose any kind of definition if youbare more than 20ft away, and as you say the marring it awful. Had mine finished in BMW Ferric 2 which is a great colour and hides the maring, and shows off the wheels details. Sent from my SM-N950F using Tapatalk
  13. I'm still not convinced on the remove without trace bit. I've long wanted to get a map from Unicorn, but even Rick can't say with 100% certainty that it wont throw up a TD1 and that scares me. Sent from my SM-N950F using Tapatalk
  14. Only thing I wouldnt bother with is wet sealing. You'll remove this when polishing. Other than that I'd say that looks good. I did the same on my 7.5 white silver, and used Colinite 915. After a year and always 2bm cleaning its still in great condition. My only bug bear is that it appears to have water marked, but it cant be as I have done a single stage on it about 3 weeks back and its still there. More correction is required. Also bird dirt marks it REALLY easiliy, literally 4 hrs and I had a mark that needed compound to remove it. Sent from my SM-N950F using Tapatalk
  15. There you go [emoji106]http://cloud.tapatalk.com/s/5d0f0b73f3954/VW_JB4_install.pdf Sent from my SM-N950F using Tapatalk
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