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  1. NIGolfR

    It’s all over...

    Yep - that’s it! Cheers for the link. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. NIGolfR

    It’s all over...

    They walked out too. The rear wheel was taken off clean. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. NIGolfR

    It’s all over...

    Thanks. You are totally right, metal is lifeless. The whole experience has made us all appreciate how fortunate we were and how precious life is. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    It’s all over...

    Some of you may have read my intro topic several months ago announcing with great pleasure my purchase of a new Golf R Estate in Turmeric Yellow, available at the following link: Golf R Estate MK7.5 - Turmeric Yellow https://r.tapatalk.com/shareLink?share_fid=193442&share_tid=25988&url=https://www.vwroc.com/forums/index.php?/topic/25988-Golf-R-Estate-MK7%2E5---Turmeric-Yellow&share_type=t Well three weeks ago my family and I were involved in a collision with a small van at 60mph (not my fault). Miraculously we walked out but are still suffering from the ordeal. Unfortunately my car has been written off and as it was leased and I didn’t know a thing like ‘lease/PCH GAP insurance’ existed prior to the accident, I am not in a position to buy a new Golf R Estate. The insurance company settled the outstanding finance but left me nothing for another car. Here is a photo of the car at the scene. Yes ALL airbags were deployed front and rear. It scared the crap out of all of us and I thought the car was on fire. Our rear facing Recaro seat done it’s job in protecting our son and the car done it’s job in protecting us. Modern car safety should not be taken for granted, an older or less sturdy car may have resulted in more serious injuries. With so few MK7.5 estates around and none matching the spec of the one I had, I have decided to buy something completely different. Several reasons influenced this decision: 1. I liked my car as it was and anything different to that felt like buying a Golf R for the sake of it, when I would never truly love it. 2. Cost. There were none available in my budget. 3. The deal I got in December 2017 simply doesn’t exist now. We had some money to use as a deposit for a replacement car but not enough to justify throwing it into a lease that left us with nothing after 3 years, just to drive the car I had, at a monthly payment we could afford. 4. The feeling of injustice that something that wasn’t my fault has left me without a car and that had I been on personal loan/PCP or owned outright my insurance company would have replaced like for like as the total loss occurred in the first year (PCH style finance is not covered in this way). 5. The inkling that I would like to try something else. It is with regret that I am no longer an ‘owner’ in the VWROC community but I can say that I was and I truly loved the experience while it lasted. My next car will be a 2013 BMW X5 M50d, which I pick up next weekend. It won’t sound as good as the Golf R (outside at least - the fake noise is still there even in BMW’s) and I definitely swore at one point that I would never own an oil burner but this one should feel as quick in the real world. I’m excited to try something different though having never owned an SUV and this one is for keeps long term. Hopefully someone might learn something from my experience: 1. If you are involved in a collision, the Golf R is very sturdy and will do a good job to protect you. 2. If you are in the early stages of a lease or are thinking about getting one, then definitely get ‘lease/PCH gap insurance’. 3. Enjoy everyday with your Golf R, you don’t know when someone else will take it away. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. NIGolfR

    No 3 door, no estate??

    Agree 100% Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. NIGolfR

    No 3 door, no estate??

    Fair enough - you have real world experience to compare. Based on dimensions and volumes however, the Golf appears to be way ahead (for volume at least). BMW F31: 480 litres Golf R Estate: 605 litres On actual dimensions it is closer though the Golf Estate has a 10cm longer boot. I am not convinced the height recorded in these figures is for the floor in the lower position which adds loads of extra height. On a regular basis I don’t need to carry much but for family holidays the extra space is invaluable. To fit my full suspension MTB in recently I had to lower one half of the rear seat and remove both wheels. I agree, when you put the boot floor into the lower position removing all the plastic framing etc is a pain and the rubber boot mat no longer fits properly either! I can’t help think a cleaner solution is possible. Looks are subjective I suppose I probably put it in the ‘meh’ category of not the worst but not he best either! Your description is a bit harsh [emoji23] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. NIGolfR

    No 3 door, no estate??

    Fair enough about the size. To be fair I was comparing specifications and not real world experience. 6000 sales at say an average of £35,000 each is £210m so I can’t see how that isn’t a real enough number not to continue it. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. NIGolfR

    No 3 door, no estate??

    I know there can be good offers on 340i Touring but boot space in the Golf Estate is significantly greater - especially as the boot floor can be lowered. Even a 5 series touring has a smaller boot. So based on that, there really aren’t many alternatives with the blend of practicality and performance. To an earlier point though, the R cars are not what VW will be pushing but I hope they don’t forget one market niche entirely. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. NIGolfR

    No 3 door, no estate??

    A shame if the estate is ditched. It is such a practical car and there really are not many alternatives that blend such performance, practicality and cost together so well. There aren’t that many Golf R estates on the road though so maybe they aren’t marketing them well enough. Are people who have always enjoyed or desired to own a fast car really now all parents in their late 20’s and 30’s driving ‘x make and x model’ 2.0 diesel estate cars because they think that’s the only option? Or what are parents who want a fast and practical car to buy? Audi and BMW obviously give you comparable options but at a price that is out of budget for a lot of people. The Golf R Estate fills the gap perfectly. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. NIGolfR

    Tow bar on a MK7 Golf R Estate?

    I know this is an old thread (sorry to resurrect) but why can’t we get something like this in the UK? https://torkliftcentral.com/2015-2017-volkswagen-golf-r-ecohitch?p=1 I don’t want to tow (though the option on a 300 bhp family car would be nice). I mainly want something to hold a cycle carrier. It seems so simple to me that car manufacturers (not specifically VW) could factory fit something like this (as an option) to enable easy carrying of bikes. Why do they not make something like this? Cant be that difficult? Why would VW not do the tests that pass the Golf R for towing? It seems like such a missed opportunity to make it even more practical and is one of the few negatives I have about the car. End rant! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. NIGolfR

    Race glaze Water Filter

    My hose is at the rear of my house and I normally wash the car at the front. I run a long section of hose from the tap to the Race Glaze and then a short 1m section of hose from the filter to my pressure washer. That way I can easily switch between filtered and unfiltered water as necessary and ensure the filtered water gets to the car in the shortest route possible! The disadvantage is the filter is not permanently in my shed and so I carry out and in when I wash my car. Not a big deal though. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. NIGolfR

    BCS Powervalve resonator delete

    Thanks for confirming. I quite like driving in manual. I hardly ever used it in my last car (E92 330i) but for some reason enjoy it in the R. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. So, 1,080 miles in and after following VW’s recommended running in cycle, I decided to give launch control a go on this sunny Sunday afternoon. The sounds as you build revs just before dropping your left foot off the brake are addictive. The acceleration that follows made me feel a little queasy! I wasn’t expecting that. It was immense fun however. Anyone else recall their first launch? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. NIGolfR

    BCS Powervalve resonator delete

    Do you get pops and bangs if in Race mode, DSG-S and then flick the gearstick left into full manual? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. NIGolfR

    MK's Turmeric

    I love how this colour looks in the sun [emoji295]️ In the recent nice weather I have just been looking at mine from all angles [emoji23] I have zero regrets about picking Turmeric Yellow. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk