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Who owns a Golf GTD / GTI / R?

Discussion in 'Motors' started by craig_t, Mar 24, 2015.

  1. Lustral

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Oct 6, 2004

    Posts: 1,177

    Location: Southampton, UK

    I’d prolly add the rear view camera to the above spec and maybe the adaptive dampers as you are going 19s.

    Nevertheless still a good choice Golf :)

    PS did you look at a i30N at all ?
     
  2. Damien.

    Soldato

    Joined: Nov 20, 2006

    Posts: 6,533

    Location: Pembrokeshire

    I did look at options but the GTI just kept coming out on top based on looks and quality.

    Not many hot hatches out there at the moment that have a better looking front end.

    This is how the car will look (same colour and wheels);

     
  3. Paul2k12

    Hitman

    Joined: Apr 22, 2003

    Posts: 500

    Location: Newcastle

    My new Golf R 7.5 DSG got delivered yesterday, coming from a MK7 GTD it’s a massive step up.

    The ‘R’ in eco mode feels a bit more than the GTD in sport mode, changing it to race and DSG to S is a whole new world!

    I read plenty about the car saying it’s so easy to drive fast and there’s no doubt about that! Haven’t had any pops and bangs yet but maybe they come once it’s got more miles under the belt! Very happy chappy here!
     
  4. Boogie man

    Associate

    Joined: May 21, 2012

    Posts: 37

    I picked this up in march and absolutely love it. Sure there are other hot hatches that are faster and what not but nothing comes close to the updated cabin in the face lift golf.

    Ive already started on mods with VWR springs and 12mm and 15mm spacers. various obd11 tweaks
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  5. Pigeon_Killer

    Caporegime

    Joined: Nov 21, 2005

    Posts: 30,844

    Anyone have a Lapis Blue Golf and find bird poo kills the paintwork within hours?

    I've had three massive bird crap etchings in the last four months. The first was left for 3 days, the second overnight and the third today no more than 3 hours between the time I parked my car after lunch until I got home and wiped it off.

    I used a hairdryer the first time which removed it completely but I haven't sorted the second or third marks yet. Bit fed up after never experiencing etching with my previous two cars in 10 years.
     
  6. rhysduck

    Soldato

    Joined: Oct 25, 2009

    Posts: 5,688

    Location: Nelson, South Wales

    Could it be the weather encrusting the poop to the paintwork or speeding up the process?

    Have to say I've inadvertently left bird poop on my black gti for a few days and not had any etching.

    I do always remove with AutoGlym Bird wipes though...
     
  7. Pigeon_Killer

    Caporegime

    Joined: Nov 21, 2005

    Posts: 30,844

    I don't think so. The first time was earlier in the year when it wasn't very hot but I did leave it for a few days after thinking it probably wouldn't cause any damage. My previous car was a black Polo GTI and I had crap all over that for months before I washed it and it never left a single mark.

    Not sure if the paint's just very susceptible compared to other colours or if there's something I can coat my car with to protect it better.
     
  8. mjt

    Capodecina

    Joined: Aug 31, 2007

    Posts: 17,349

    I've just come back from 3 weeks' holiday to find a massive bird poo on my bumper (my dad borrowed the car while I was away). I'll remove it tomorrow but I'm not looking forward to the damage :eek: What's the best way of dealing with it @Pigeon_Killer ? (It's about the width of the number plate!)

    In other news - can anyone confirm that the Mk7 Golf uses ABS sensors for the TPMS and not wireless sensors? Thx.
     
  9. Lustral

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Oct 6, 2004

    Posts: 1,177

    Location: Southampton, UK

    Yes , well at least the UK specc'ed Mk7/ Mk7.5 are.
     
  10. Flibster

    Caporegime

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 30,307

    Looks like I'm picking up a Mk7.5 Golf R Estate at the weekend. Lapiz Blue. Has some toys. Discover nav, Dynaudio and a few other things. Wish they did a manual estate, but no...
    Going to be an interesting couple of years.
     
  11. Finglonga

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Aug 20, 2008

    Posts: 1,613

    Location: Stafford

    Was quite surprised when my mate said that he has no sat nav in his R and it was an extra.

    A couple of weeks in and you will understand why the DSG is better.
     
  12. rhysduck

    Soldato

    Joined: Oct 25, 2009

    Posts: 5,688

    Location: Nelson, South Wales

    Anyone changed the rear pads before? I've released the electronic handbrake on the calipers, was just curious as do the pistons then wind back as normal? or just push in? I'm reading conflicting opinions online.

    MK7 GTi in question. Running EBC Red on the front and about to put reds on the rear too.
     
  13. Chris344

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Oct 2, 2006

    Posts: 1,433

    Had the MK7 GTI and have the R. I like it but getting a little bored.
     
  14. Finglonga

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Aug 20, 2008

    Posts: 1,613

    Location: Stafford

    You need VCDS or OBDEleven to electronically wind the pistons back on the rear, that was one of the reasons I got the OBDEleven.
     
  15. Flibster

    Caporegime

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 30,307

    Oooh... Was looking at a coder, but didn't want to pay for a Ross Tech. This looks a significantly more sensible device.
     
  16. rhysduck

    Soldato

    Joined: Oct 25, 2009

    Posts: 5,688

    Location: Nelson, South Wales

    Yes I have OBDeleven and have retracted the rear pistons, but they still stick out a bit (from what initially looked far to much to get new pads in and over a disc) so need rewinding back from there surely?

    Can anyone confirm please?
     
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  17. Housey

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Feb 21, 2006

    Posts: 26,340

    Location: England

    A VW thing in my experience!

    My wife's old Mk5 GTi got a turd on it and stained it in a day. Metallic blue

    My Polo was the same a few months back. Black

    Laquer is rubbish.
     
  18. Housey

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Feb 21, 2006

    Posts: 26,340

    Location: England

    I hate to say it, but after another go in an R I cannot see what all the fuss is about, outside of it's pace and practicality.

    Numb
     
  19. Chris344

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Oct 2, 2006

    Posts: 1,433

    It’s nothing special really but decent price and servicing wise. Fuel economy isn’t great but you don’t but it to worry about or save fuel.

    It can be fun occasionally.
     
  20. Flibster

    Caporegime

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 30,307

    I freely admit that it's not the most fun thing in the world. But all the fun things I wanted the other half was almost afraid of, she wouldn't even drive the RX8. On the occasional times she did, I had to goad her into pushing the right pedal a bit harder to get the 3rd port open. She was changing up at 4k rpm.

    However, the R estate she saw as both extremely sensible as well as being something that she'd be happy to drive. She'll just stick it in eco or normal, select drive and go. Me, it'll go into race (or a customised version of it in individual) and i'll drive it vigorously.