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Old 11-04-2013, 11:57 AM   #551
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Looked around and this seemed to be as good as place as any. Today 11/4/2013 is the one year anniversary of my golf R. I have managed to dodge the bullet and avoided any accidental electricutions, fires, or shorts. Every user friendly system is still functioning, every light, button and feature is still working. (knock on wood) The car has been nothing but fun and playful since the first time I took her out. THe ride quality has been outstanding and the paint and fit and finish of all the materials have held up well. The deep seat bolsters show no signs of wear at all. The rear seats and plastics seem to take to my 5 year olds toys without any issues. I have yet to get a door ding, but I have scraped the front chin once or twice on an errant curb that was higher than it looked.

Planning a track day in December, and eventually some summer tires.

thought I would post that since the 2015 WRX thread got killed and I got bored. Again, no issues, still getting great mileage, and working flawlessly. So far so good.
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Old 11-04-2013, 12:08 PM   #552
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Nice, congrats!

My Golf R never panned out. The day prior to going in to sign paperwork they hit me up with an extra $2k fee that wasnt in the original negotiations plus, after a week of promising me a specific rate and monthly terms, that our rate went up and they can only do up to 36 months.

After an hour of yelling and cursing them out I walked away. My perfect credit score took a hit because of those jerks trying to squeeze extra $ out of me.

Sad because it was a really nice car and like you explained before it is just a really good mix of lux, sport and hatch.


Got my wife a Mini Cooper S 6mt while we let this die over and fish for a better car in the early to late summer.
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Old 11-04-2013, 12:14 PM   #553
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Looked around and this seemed to be as good as place as any. Today 11/4/2013 is the one year anniversary of my golf R. I have managed to dodge the bullet and avoided any accidental electricutions, fires, or shorts. Every user friendly system is still functioning, every light, button and feature is still working. (knock on wood) The car has been nothing but fun and playful since the first time I took her out. THe ride quality has been outstanding and the paint and fit and finish of all the materials have held up well. The deep seat bolsters show no signs of wear at all. The rear seats and plastics seem to take to my 5 year olds toys without any issues. I have yet to get a door ding, but I have scraped the front chin once or twice on an errant curb that was higher than it looked.

Planning a track day in December, and eventually some summer tires.

thought I would post that since the 2015 WRX thread got killed and I got bored. Again, no issues, still getting great mileage, and working flawlessly. So far so good.
Ban........



Good to hear things have been going well with the R. As always, I have been looking at other cars and still find myself looking at a leftover 2013 or new 2014 GTI, despite driving a 2012 GLI. I still miss the hatchback, as I always do when I have a sedan. I have driven a bunch of other cars recently and I still keep coming back to the GTI/GLI. The other front runner, if I would change, is the new 2014 Fiesta ST, which I have yet to get any seat time in. I wish an R was in my budget, but that is a no-go for now.
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Old 11-04-2013, 06:08 PM   #554
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Good to hear things have been going well with the R. As always, I have been looking at other cars and still find myself looking at a leftover 2013 or new 2014 GTI, despite driving a 2012 GLI. I still miss the hatchback, as I always do when I have a sedan. I have driven a bunch of other cars recently and I still keep coming back to the GTI/GLI. The other front runner, if I would change, is the new 2014 Fiesta ST, which I have yet to get any seat time in. I wish an R was in my budget, but that is a no-go for now.
We might be in the same boat.
I can't even think about buying anything until spring... which is fine, because I'd rather drive this *meh* Subaru in the winter anyway.

Once the winter is over, I'll look at a used GTI or maybe a Cooper S Clubman (which looks wonky, but is better for me, space-wise than the normal Cooper S). Barring an absolutely world-defeating (in every category) 2015 WRX/STI, my next car will *not* be a Subaru.

After that... once this Golf R is finally released, maybe I'll trade up again.

I get bored with cars so easily; good thing I have an understanding wife.
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Old 11-04-2013, 06:09 PM   #555
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Got my wife a Mini Cooper S 6mt while we let this die over and fish for a better car in the early to late summer.
Coming from a Subaru background, what do you think of the Cooper S?

Edit: Oh... and if the VW dealership that messed with you is in North Jersey, can you let me know which one it is (so I can avoid them)?
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Old 11-04-2013, 07:51 PM   #556
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Looked around and this seemed to be as good as place as any. Today 11/4/2013 is the one year anniversary of my golf R. I have managed to dodge the bullet and avoided any accidental electricutions, fires, or shorts. Every user friendly system is still functioning, every light, button and feature is still working. (knock on wood) The car has been nothing but fun and playful since the first time I took her out. THe ride quality has been outstanding and the paint and fit and finish of all the materials have held up well. The deep seat bolsters show no signs of wear at all. The rear seats and plastics seem to take to my 5 year olds toys without any issues. I have yet to get a door ding, but I have scraped the front chin once or twice on an errant curb that was higher than it looked.

Planning a track day in December, and eventually some summer tires.

thought I would post that since the 2015 WRX thread got killed and I got bored. Again, no issues, still getting great mileage, and working flawlessly. So far so good.
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Old 11-04-2013, 08:21 PM   #557
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[...]Planning a track day in December, and eventually some summer tires.[...]
Maybe you should get summer tires, track worthy brake fluid and track worthy brake pads *before* heading out to the track?
IMO, in the end, it's the more cost-effective approach as you'll most likely destroy perfectly good (year old) all-season tires and street brake pads on the track. Just my .02.
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Old 11-04-2013, 09:21 PM   #558
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Nice, congrats!

My Golf R never panned out. The day prior to going in to sign paperwork they hit me up with an extra $2k fee that wasnt in the original negotiations plus, after a week of promising me a specific rate and monthly terms, that our rate went up and they can only do up to 36 months.

After an hour of yelling and cursing them out I walked away. My perfect credit score took a hit because of those jerks trying to squeeze extra $ out of me.
Why you didn't get it from some other VW dealer?
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Old 11-04-2013, 09:40 PM   #559
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Maybe you should get summer tires, track worthy brake fluid and track worthy brake pads *before* heading out to the track?
IMO, in the end, it's the more cost-effective approach as you'll most likely destroy perfectly good (year old) all-season tires and street brake pads on the track. Just my .02.
I cannot just get rid of some nice pirelli All seasons with only 9000 miles on them. I would rather just destroy them on the track. I am a bit worried about the fluid and pads, as the 2011 WRX fluid and pads lasted exactly 15 minutes before they died...
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I cannot just get rid of some nice pirelli All seasons with only 9000 miles on them. I would rather just destroy them on the track. I am a bit worried about the fluid and pads, as the 2011 WRX fluid and pads lasted exactly 15 minutes before they died...
You are likely to destroy them in just one track day. They will overheat relative their operating range, get greasy, and scrub off the outsides.

Get some decent EP Summer tires for the track. Keep your OEM ones for when you sell the car.
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Old 11-04-2013, 10:14 PM   #561
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Meh, not really worried about destroying my All seasons. I can modify my driving to adjust.

Other Golf R owners have had good experience on the track. I have had good experience with OEM cars in the past. THe 2011 WRX is just exceptionally poor. I am sure the STI would not have faded.
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Old 11-04-2013, 11:03 PM   #562
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This why I ordered wheels and summer tires from TireRack the day I bought my GTI. Then I sold my stock wheels/tires with less than 100 miles on them. Lots of base Golf owners are in the market for the GTI parts, so I didn't lose too much cash on the upgrade.
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Old 11-05-2013, 05:55 AM   #563
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I cannot just get rid of some nice pirelli All seasons with only 9000 miles on them. I would rather just destroy them on the track.
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Old 11-05-2013, 09:21 AM   #564
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It is simple. I will buy new tires when these are worn out. I use to be that guy who bought a new car and then in a week upgraded to the latest auto-x hot STU tire. But one day as I was driving 45 miles an hour on a straight road to work I realized I do this every morning, and I am chewing up the short life on my autocross tires just commuting to work. It was what I call a 'moment of clarity'. Either I buy a seperate set of autocross/track day tires for the 3 times a year I get to the track, or I just deal with the tires that are on the car, unless they just completely suck (RE92's). The Pirelli's on my Golf R are not great, but they are still capable of inducing some smiles. A set of summer tires would most certainly raise the fun bar up a notch or two, but not enough that I am worried about it until the Pzero's are gone.

Your points are not being ignored, it is just I have already had these conversations with myself.
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Old 11-14-2013, 07:04 PM   #565
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Old 11-14-2013, 07:14 PM   #566
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VW sure has some good commercials.
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Old 12-18-2013, 09:00 PM   #568
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Old 12-18-2013, 10:04 PM   #569
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VW has too much underling to Audi to put real HP and performance. Has to be politically correct to big brother and not compete to get the 300HP nod.
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ANd I am perfectly fine with that as long as it does have the Audi price tag.

VW's come loaded for the most part, were as with an audi, you can pay 45k for a car with leatherette. It sickens me every time I consider a BMW that things that come standard with a KIA or Subaru are a 1500 dollar option for a german car. Sorry but the engineering ain't that great.
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VW has too much underling to Audi to put real HP and performance. Has to be politically correct to big brother and not compete to get the 300HP nod.
Audi is actually under VW which decides how much hp to put in any given car in their massive automobile network; ermmm not the other way around. The reason the R is getting 300hp and using the same engine as the S3 is because VW has listened to demand and is willing to make an exception. Also, they will equip the Audi much more and sell it for much more as well so that will not affect it's sales. They will then give the RS3 much more hp and sell that too.
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Old 12-19-2013, 09:16 AM   #572
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Personally if they give the new golf R the adjustable dampers that euro gets, it will put an end to my Subaru WRX/STI shopping for now. That will only leave the LGT. If it gets the adjustable dampers, I will have a VERY hard time saying no to that car.

All this is contingent on us ever getting a Levorg of course.
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Old 12-19-2013, 10:37 AM   #573
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Personally if they give the new golf R the adjustable dampers that euro gets, it will put an end to my Subaru WRX/STI shopping for now. That will only leave the LGT. If it gets the adjustable dampers, I will have a VERY hard time saying no to that car.

All this is contingent on us ever getting a Levorg of course.
Why not add your own adjustable dampers? They arent exactly expensive.
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Old 12-19-2013, 10:44 AM   #574
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Because I am sick of doing that. I am 40 and I want a good car out of the box. Plus I want an integrated system. I want to press a button and have the settings mapped perfectly to an OEM setting that has had hundreds of hours of testing behind it.

I cannot stand poorly cobbled systems that often come from 'throwin' on coilovers that are adjustable. I have been a passenger and driven many cars with this kind of compromised set up and they all falter because they do not feel like OEM. You can tell something is not right. Sort of like bad plastic surgury. You can tell its off.

I have owned more than my share of 'tuned' cars. I want to the factory do my tuning. They do it better. If I want to spend the day tuning I will do it on my Datsun carbs. My daily driver needs to be spot on out of the box.
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Adjustable shocks dont have to be crappy coilovers. I didnt realize they were the electronically controlled shocks either.
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