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  1. I have this problem on a recently purchased 18 plate. The Dynaudio speaker buzzes/distorts even at very low volumes, near the passenger side A-pillar I think. It is intermittent and is often most obvious when a male voice is speaking on the radio. Tone controls are all set to 0. Not good for what is supposed to be a premium system.
  2. The car felt fine to drive when the pressures were low, but I did experience some tyre slippage while accelerating away from traffic lights a few days ago. I filled them to 2.8 bar (40.6 psi) yesterday and took the car for a drive. The tyres did feel stiffer, but the difference was less than I thought it would be. @Bob The car's mileage is approaching 15,000 and there is loads of tread left on all tyres. I would guess the front tyres are newer because they are Pirelli P Zero Nero GT while the rears are Pirelli P Zero. It seems weird to me to have mismatched tyres on an Approved Used car, even if they are from the same manufacturer. I want to try the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S next, or Pilot Sport 4 if I decide to change to 18" wheels.
  3. I should have added that thanks to Adrian Flux, every time I want to get a new insurance quote I have to declare that I've previously had insurance cancelled, even though that was eight years ago and for a nonsensical reason. As a result, some insurers will not even consider insuring my cars. It is also perhaps why the insurance cost for my Golf R is £860, more than double what I paid for my R53 Mini last year. I am 50 years old with a maximum NCD, 3 points SP30 four years ago, and one minor no-fault claim five years ago. I live in London though, which obviously doesn't help. Conclusion: don't take a career break, don't use Adrian Flux for car insurance (or don't become unemployed if you do) and don't live in London.
  4. Resurrected because this thread is one of the top Google search results for 'Golf R tyre pressures'. My Volkswagen Approved Used car was purchased six days ago and the tyre pressures were all well below the figures specified on the door sticker. The pressures ranged between 2.04 bar (29.6 psi) and 2.15 bar (31.2 psi) - an approximate difference of 25% compared to the official pressure on the door sticker for a light load. The car is an 18 plate hatchback, 19" Pretoria wheels, 235/35 ZR19 91Y Pirelli P Zero Nero GT tyres on the front and Pirelli P Zero tyres on the rear. Door sticker pressures Light load, all tyres: 280 kPa / 2.8 bar / 41 psi Heavy load front tyres: 300 kPa / 3.0 bar / 44 psi Heavy load rear tyres: 320 kPa / 3.2 bar / 46 psi Space saver spare wheel T125/70 R18: 415 kPa / 4.2 bar / 61 psi
  5. They cancelled my car insurance policy in 2012 when I told them I was taking a career break: "The cancellation letter has been issued, as the recent occupation amended is unacceptable on the policy". I've never used them for insurance since then.
  6. After spending about two years looking for a Volkswagen Approved Used Golf R with the spec I wanted, I finally found one at Marshall Volkswagen Loughton. Jamal Chambers was the salesman I dealt with and I could not be happier with the customer service. He contacted me promptly after I reserved the car online, sent a personalised video of it, arranged for me to inspect and test drive it the same day, and explained the features well. I arrived late and spent about half an hour longer on the test drive than we had agreed, but he didn't bat an eyelid. He and his manager sorted out all the paperwork very efficiently, and arranged for minor bodywork blemishes to be touched up at the same time, allowing me to drive the car away the same day. No hard sell pressure tactics were used. I simply explained that I did not need GAP insurance, etc, and this was accepted. I would recommend Jamal to anyone looking for a Volkswagen in this area. He is a cut above other car salespeople I have dealt with in the past.
  7. @Jon R306 that's one of the things that worries me because if VW dealers allow this sort of thing to go on, how is the customer supposed to know whether a car has been modified (possibly badly) and/or repeatedly thrashed around a track? Response from Volkswagen Customer Services Centre: "I can confirm that we do not approve vehicles to be modified and it has now been removed. This is now being internally investigated but I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for bringing it to our attention." The car is still listed on AutoTrader though.
  8. The query has been passed on to Volkswagen's internal Brand Liaison Manager to obtain further information. It may take up to 5 – 10 working days to receive a response.
  9. I've been trying to find a Das WeltAuto Golf R with the right options for months now. Volkswagen and their dealers don't do themselves any favours with stunts like this.
  10. I've emailed Volkswagen customer service asking for an explanation.
  11. How can Volkswagen sanction selling a used car as part of the Das WeltAuto programme that has been "re-mapped to 400 bhp"? Modifications like that automatically invalidate the manufacturer's warranty normally, and the Das WeltAuto Warranty Cover Booklet specifically mentions the following as a warranty exclusion: "Vehicles modified in any way from the original manufacturer’s specification." Lookers Volkswagen (Preston) Autotrader advert, mentioning the 're-map' but with no further explanation: https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201911304910056?advertising-location=at_cars&maximum-mileage=25000&aggregatedTrim=R&ma=Y&model=GOLF&year-from=2016&quantity-of-doors=5&keywords=DCC&body-type=Hatchback&radius=1500&postcode=en51qe&transmission=Automatic&price-to=35000&exclude-writeoff-categories=on&make=VOLKSWAGEN&sort=price-asc&onesearchad=Used&onesearchad=Nearly New&onesearchad=New&colour=Blue&colour=Grey&page=1 Lookers Volkswagen (Preston) DasWeltAuto approved used car website listing, with zero disclosure about the 're-map': https://usedcars.volkswagen.co.uk/en/used-cars/volkswagen/golf/20-tsi-r-300ps-dsg-5dr-p1b6szn
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  13. Resurrecting for those who find this thread via Google. Hertsman and Rex2017 already pointed this out, but it is worth repeating: DCC means *dynamic* chassis control, so it actively reduces body roll and the effects of road imperfections all the time, no matter which driving mode is selected. 'The control system always remains active and is ever ready to ensure sporty stiff suspension when changing lanes, even in "Comfort" mode.' Source: https://www.volkswagen.com.sg/technology/suspension/dynamic-chassis-control-dcc I've been a passenger in a mk7 Golf R with DCC and 18" wheels many times. The DCC is impressive and controls the body roll well through quick changes of direction. The ride quality in Comfort mode is far better than my R53 Mini Cooper S, even though that has 205/50 R16 non-runflat tyres with 12 mm extra sidewall compared to a Golf R on standard 18" wheels. I've been searching for a VW approved used R with DCC for a while and they are frustratingly difficult to find. Volkswagen inexplicably does not list DCC as a search term on its used car website.
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