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  1. Yeah I quite liked the blue too - looked stunning in the sun. The GTi has neuspeed wheels - I forget the model number. They were one of the few manufacturers that made wheels with sufficient clearance for those massive brembo 18z calipers. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Thanks people! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Yes - I’ve tried the hairdryer method - see my post here on Detailing World: https://www.detailingworld.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?t=380428 I also recommended this to a guy on one of the Mk7 Golf FB groups who posted a vid on YouTube: https://youtu.be/hCaXNUSiud8 Remember - when you polish, you are removing some lacquer. Polish is abrasive. It should be the absolute last resort. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. I’m not that familiar with Porsche prices - but I do know it varies by model. Some of the most desirable models actually appreciate! I bought my 2013 R8 V10+ for £66.8k about a year and a half ago. Cheapest plus on autotrader is currently £65,991. New price would’ve been £127k. These cars depreciate a lot early, and then seem to find a level that takes a long time to breach. Good R8 V8’s have been around £40k for as long as I can remember, and low £50’s for cheapest V10s. If I can get 3 years with say £15k depreciation I’d be OK with that - hoping it’s even less though! My other cars are - A 2007 B7 RS4 - which is probably worth about £3-4K less than what I paid for it 5 years ago - 2001 mk1 TT track car. No idea what this is worth - it’s so far from standard! - 2015 Golf R - decent spec (leather, pan roof, DCC, pro nav) bought for £20.5k earlier this year. It’s great some of you are getting such chunky discounts new - and interesting that slightly used prices (e.g. 6m old) are so close to the new price. I’ll hold onto a car 3-5years before I get bored, so I wouldn’t be able to avoid the depreciation. I always have this in my mind!... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. You can discounts on used cars too... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Repairs shouldn’t be any more - I have an Audi warranty. Servicing will be more, absolutely. The largest cost of car ownership is usually the depreciation though - not servicing or repairs. Well - for the reason I just gave above. I can buy new but I didn’t - as you get more for your money buying used - because of the way depreciation works. I understand for some people it’s worthwhile paying the premium for a brand new car - be it for the peace of mind, latest tech, long OEM warranty, or just because they like driving a new car. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. I’m the exact opposite! No matter how much I (realistically) earn - I’d never buy new! You can get so much more for your money buying used. My rule of thumb is that most cars lost somewhere between 40% to 60% of their value in the first 3 years. I worked out that the depreciation over 3 years on a neighbour’s new Qashqai is very likely to be MORE than that on my 2013 R8 V10+ ! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. OP - you didn’t mention updated brake fluid? That’s crucial for preventing brake fade Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Thanks! Wrap was just shy of £1.1k, plus an extra £100 to apply the gtechniq halo coating (which I supplied) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Next up - wrap! Now, I didn’t want to do this. I thought the blue looked good, and just blacking our the chrome and silver bits was all that was needed. But wifey-dearest had other ideas. She wanted a satin or matt black. No way I’d pay for that. I wanted gloss dark grey - which she hated. So we agreed on satin dark grey....and I actually quite like it! Went with gloss black on the roof and all the silver or chrome bits Looks even better when you start messing about with filters!
  11. All sorted! The ACC sensor had indeed been knocked way off - sorted for much less than the £700+ VW quoted. New number plate plinth was £25ish. No other damage fortunately. It’s also now on different springs - much happier with the stance now. I was going to go with VWR springs but then a set of lightly used Emanuelle Design springs popped up for sale on the Golf R OC forum. I’d never heard of them but the reviews were really good - same drop as VWR (25mm, vs 15mm for the eibachs), but a linear spring rather than progressive with excellent ride quality - reportedly. Well I can confirm, the Golf is the comfiest lowered car I’ve ever owned! Couple of pics showing the difference in ride height: Perfect height now in my opinion! Now I’ve just got to sell the Eibachs and return the VWR springs! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. So - tints - that ended up being far more eventful than it should’ve been; involving a steak restaurant under construction, an angry Tamil, and the police! Car went in on a Wednesday morning to autoshades in Sutton - my go to place for window tints for all my cars since forever. Highly recommended. I wanted a light shade at most (35%) all round - but wifey dearest wanted to go even darker. The rear windows were already around 35% from factory, but by applying a 50% film, that took the rears to 22ish % (classed as a “medium”). I don’t like it that dark, but i was over-ruled! Looks darker in the pics than in person. This was done by lunchtime so I asked on the off chance if they could squeeze in the R8 for their lightest shade..they could, so swapped the cars. When I came back at end of day - autoshades asked if I’d noticed any damage to the golf as they’d had a neighbour come in and say they saw one of the other neighbours (a Tamil lady) reverse her Sharan into the golf while it was parked on the street! We checked CCTV and it showed the bump. Not knowing the extent of damage as the golf was at home, I went round to where the Sharan driver lived, above a restaurant opposite autoshades. Although they were in - no answer. Clip of the CCTV footage - excuse quality, I filmed the playback on my phone https://youtu.be/oMoGY5fbIrQ This is the car that hit the golf - the rear bumper has seen some action! Went home and checked the damage - not too bad. The number plate plinth was broken and the pressed plate a bit scuffed and bent. BUT the ACC sensor surround had half come off - and Sof noticed while driving around that the front assist warning went off randomly a couple of times - which suggests it’s been knocked out of alignment. That’s £720 at Epsom VW! Next day (Thursday) I knocked up a note pointing out that they’d committed an offence by not reporting an accident within 24hrs, and that I had CCTV footage and a witness, and if they got in touch and sorted this amicably I wouldn’t need to report to the police. Nothing. So Friday evening after work, I went round. Parked the R8 about 500m away and out of sight, and approaching the restaurant/building site a Tamil guy walks out. So I catch up with him and ask if the Sharan was his - he says yes, so I explain that a female driver reversed into my car on weds morning causing damage, didn’t leave any details, and that I have it on video if he wants to see. He became evasive at this point - denying any knowledge. He tried to get into his flat, and I figured if he gets inside - game over for me. So I got between him and the door. All the while remaining calm and telling him this isn’t a big deal, I don’t want to take it further, just want to get car sorted and it’s not a lot of damage. He’s getting agitated and goes to another door (before I can get in front) and darts inside - I grabbed the door and stopped him closing it. At this point he lost it. No idea what he was saying at this point, but think Apu from the simpsons crossed with an angry chimp. I wouldn’t let go of the door (still trying to get him to chill the f*ck out) so he tried to kick me! It didn’t actually land but got my jacket... Motherfu*ker! So I called the police and reported an assault following a collision - bit of a stretch, but hey... He got on the phone to them too and said I’d hit him! (Wish I had - but no). Five other people, looked like all family, appeared at this point too. The police were great. I explained what happened, showed them the footage, and an estimate from Camspec for the repairs (£330). He was still being a moron - even when the police asked if I wanted to press charges and I said no. He denied any knowledge of the incident (wouldn’t watch the video), denied ever seeing the note (I reckon his wife chucked it) and kept asking if there’s been an accident why didn’t I report it at the time to the police. He also denied kicking me - despite the footprint on my coat haha! It took the police lady shouting at him that I was doing him a favour by not reporting it, giving him a chance to settle, and that she’d arrest him (for assault) and his wife (for not reporting the accident) - for him to calm down. He finally watched the video. The police officer made him go to a cash point and settle it there and then! Legend! No insurance involved this way! Who knew tinting windows could be so eventful! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. The ride height on these springs wasn’t going to cut it - needed to be a bit lower. I measured up, wheel to arch was pretty much 65.0cm front and 66.0 rear. Comparing to measurements for the VWR springs, illustrated in this helpful pic pinched from the web: So - decided. The springs would be getting swapped - again! Doh! Next up though, some tints for the windows. I also booked it in for a wrap ;-)
  14. Wheels and eibach springs on - not the best pic Happy to report that the ride was still very comfortable and very close to OEM. If It still had 18s on, not sure You’d feel a difference in ride at all. Something I didn’t realise is that when lowering a car with adaptive cruise, it can require a reset of the system. Luckily the garage I use - Camspec in Crawley- have all the gear (probably bought with all the money I’ve spent with them in the past couple of years!) Would usually require a trip to a stealer
  15. Got to take advantage of the licence to mod - so I didn’t waste any time. 19” BBS CH-R’s: Calipers were painted at SL Restorations: Then eibach lowering springs went on the next day
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