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  1. I subscribe TomTom purely for the least laggy and most accurate traffic I have ever used, along with re-routing that works well as local roads etc. choke up. Otherwise, for nav, they are all excellent, with Google Maps being my favourite. I think the Golf is about 4mph out at 80mph. That's what TomTom says anyway. In Germany ...
  2. Yes, I have been waiting forever for it! I am a bit sad they have had to tow the Apple Line so it looks like the other map programs interface wise. It doesn't seem to indicate how much traffic delay I have, like the phone and, similarly, doesn't show my GPS speed, just colour codes how likely I am to receive a NIP! I am so sad at liking to see my traffic delay that I usually prop the phone up in the cubby, just for the red number!
  3. I bought a pre-reg so din't get to choose options. If I had been ticking boxes, the most important (to me) would have been Dynaudio. Instead I have fitted the Helix and spent a while setting it up. Now, I can enjoy music. Don't miss Dynaudio if you like music in the car. If I had been ticking, I would have gone non-DCC and 18's to keep cost down. This is what I have (my car is base + Lapiz) and I find it perfectly OK as a family car. If I had 19s, I'd want DCC. Otherwise, there isn't much would have ticked on my 18MY. I feel they come well equipped as standard TBH. I would have like the clever headlights that cut out bits of beam automatically. As said above, go with a 7.5 if you know you want CarPlay/Android auto. For me it was a must and TomTom/Google Maps/hell, even Apple Maps are all better than the car's own nav.
  4. I like CarPro Hydro2 (like Wetcoat). Clean wheels, spray into barrels and onto face, PW off for a number of week protection
  5. I'm in my 50s and have the estate because I truly need, and regularly use the large load bay. It's in Individual mode with everything normal except engine noise which is set to eco (i.e. off). I bumble up and down the M5 getting high 30's (40 today) and simply enjoy having a pleasant car to drive. Could be a 320d and I'd be as happy. That's nearly all my driving which is why my life average is over 35mpg. Then, now and again a little opportunity arises ... a bendy lane, an overtake, a tunnel, or just some nice quiet roads. Then I can move the DSG lever to manual and have some fun. This is why I like a car like this. Perfectly normal for real world (boring) driving but, no opportunity for fun needs to go to waste. So, yes, buy one!
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    Car drying

    I use a leaf blower to dry all the handles/badges/mirrors etc. I am always aware it's unfiltered though. My plan is to buy a powerful pet dryer as the air is warmed and filtered.
  7. Family estate with a wild side! (substitute 'hatchback' as appropriate)
  8. I settled on City (no + or -) and that works great for me. It takes away the dead spot and makes it a bit more sensitive to kick down but is overall perfectly civilised.
  9. The manual shifter is, sadly the wrong way round. I have driven BMWs for 10+ years with push forward to change down - same as you will see on any in-cockpit car racing videos. For years before that, I played racing games on a single shifter wheel and had that set up the same way. It's totally instinctive for me and no way I can reverse that in my ageing brain so I pretend the feature doesn't exist and just use the paddles! It's a pity as I rather like using the gearstick shifter but I knew going into the purchase that it was wrong so no big deal. I think it's so silly that different manufacturers use different ways round. I believe some Mercs have a left-right semi-manual gate to add to the fun!
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    Detailing bargains

    Not tried it but Jon (not me) tried the all three of the new Autoglym Polar products
  11. That champagne colour from the 90s is perfect - it's metallic road dirt! It's also a bit insipid as a car colour so ...
  12. 😃. And, to be clear, all 4 are connected on the 7.5. The joy, I have 4 pipes to have to keep clean!
  13. Not quite true Dave. On the Mk 7 estate, only 2 of the tips are connected up. Everything else correct. Given the lack of valving, I think mine is noisy enough already and propose to change nothing. I'd sort of like black tips but CBA to do anything as they are welded on.
  14. I think that was a thread I started! And, the answer is, yes, they are a load of ****. The Bosch replacements are great.
  15. Well, I've done pedal box, Helix and a boot mat (with carpet insert!) and, to be honest, that's it. The goal was the Golf R estate itself but no real goals beyond that. I wanted a fast family car that was relatively affordable to buy and run, with CarPlay and a spare wheel. There are a few times where it has had a fun pasting but mostly it can be seen trundling up and down the M5 ... We are all different in our requirements!
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