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Old 06-25-2018, 05:04 PM   #676
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Did my first longer drive over the weekend. Despite going from sea level, up over a 4k foot mountain pass, and having some spirited twisties with a Porsche Cayman in tail, I managed over 30 mpg.

Pretty awesome that a car with this much power can manage great highway mpg. Doing this drive previously with my wrx, in a much more tame manner, I could barely squeak out 26 mpg.
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Old 07-06-2018, 06:19 PM   #677
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Did my first longer drive over the weekend. Despite going from sea level, up over a 4k foot mountain pass, and having some spirited twisties with a Porsche Cayman in tail, I managed over 30 mpg.

Pretty awesome that a car with this much power can manage great highway mpg. Doing this drive previously with my wrx, in a much more tame manner, I could barely squeak out 26 mpg.
Awesome!

Did you get the DSG or manual? What do you think of the digital gauge cluster.
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Old 07-06-2018, 06:59 PM   #678
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I went manual. Never even test-drove the DSG. Just had no desire for an automatic. I hear it's great, but for a handful of reasons, I wanted manual. Driver engagement and pride are probably the two biggest factors. I zone out when driving automatics, and to be honest, I'm proud to drive a manual. I like displaying my skill to passengers. For as silly as it sounds, it makes me happy and anyone who thinks otherwise can bite me.

I enjoy the digital gauge cluster. I was skeptical, but have liked it since day one. I was worried it would glare, or distract, and it doesn't at all. It's cool that you can pull the nav maps up into the cluster, although you can't pull maps from androd auto/car play, only the built-in nav maps. It can display lots of other cool information - what's on the radio, gear selection, oil temp, etc.

I'm getting ready to upgrade to the dynamic tails that the rest of the world gets (don't technically meet US DOT specs, but are just fine in reality). Also looking to make it a little louder. I've already coded the exhaust flaps open, but I think I'm going to do a resonator delete to deepen the tone (OEM Audi part for the S3).

Still loving the car.

A few gripes: VW reduces requested HP/TQ in first and second gear. Third pulls hard, first and second are definitely a little weak in comparison. I think this is to save the weak OEM clutch. I'll probably go to COBB or APR stage 1 at some point to lift this limitation. Planning on a clutch upgrade around year 2.

Topside oil changes rock. I bought an extractor, and changes are a clean breeze.
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Old 07-12-2018, 11:07 PM   #679
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finally picked up the car tonight. even after swapping the wheels and tires to stock 19" size pilot sport 4 s im shocked at how good it rides. even in race mode its quite a bit smoother than my 2016 wrx on bilsteins. steering response and turn in are softer too. the powerband is nice, not peaky at all. im going to have to order a pedalbox, the lack of response and delay from the pedal is terrible.
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Old 07-13-2018, 12:09 AM   #680
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Congrats!

I just got used to the pedal... hasn't bothered me much. The one thing that is annoying is the terrible turning radius. Apparently there's some stop somewhere to keep the tires from rubbing at full lock since the R is lowered compared to the rest of the golf range.
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Old 07-13-2018, 07:59 AM   #681
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finally picked up the car tonight. even after swapping the wheels and tires to stock 19" size pilot sport 4 s im shocked at how good it rides. even in race mode its quite a bit smoother than my 2016 wrx on bilsteins. steering response and turn in are softer too. the powerband is nice, not peaky at all. im going to have to order a pedalbox, the lack of response and delay from the pedal is terrible.
have you tried disabling traction control?
That seems to be a cause for laggy pedal on most cars.
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Old 07-13-2018, 10:19 AM   #682
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finally picked up the car tonight. even after swapping the wheels and tires to stock 19" size pilot sport 4 s im shocked at how good it rides. even in race mode its quite a bit smoother than my 2016 wrx on bilsteins. steering response and turn in are softer too. the powerband is nice, not peaky at all. im going to have to order a pedalbox, the lack of response and delay from the pedal is terrible.
Get an OBDeleven and start fiddling with the settings. You will be amazed at whats available for that throttle issue.
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Old 07-13-2018, 11:48 AM   #683
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Get an OBDeleven and start fiddling with the settings. You will be amazed at whats available for that throttle issue.
Agreed... starting vibration reduction made a huge difference on my manual, but word is, some of the later 2018 builds no longer have this listed as an adaptation... I have an early 2018 build so I have it.
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Old 07-13-2018, 01:19 PM   #684
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Get an OBDeleven and start fiddling with the settings. You will be amazed at whats available for that throttle issue.
i have one on the way, about the only thing i didnt buy before i actually had the car.
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Old 07-13-2018, 01:33 PM   #685
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Cobb AP. Some solid gains on our car.
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Old 07-13-2018, 01:55 PM   #686
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Cobb AP. Some solid gains on our car.
how are the flappy paddles coming along?
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Old 07-13-2018, 03:03 PM   #687
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Cobb AP. Some solid gains on our car.
Why cobb over APR? APR's gains are better, and they've been doing VW's for a lot longer...
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Old 07-13-2018, 05:24 PM   #688
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already made a tint and paint film appointment. put the wheels on today too. rotor hats and vents need to be painted, but its 300f out and humid so it will have to wait.

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Old 07-13-2018, 05:37 PM   #689
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Nice! Love the wheels. Gotta get a VW cap though!

I just ordered the euro tails. Getting ready to buy a resonator delete too.
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Nice! Love the wheels. Gotta get a VW cap though!

I just ordered the euro tails. Getting ready to buy a resonator delete too.
i cant find any vw caps to fit, i did order a ser of r emblems to put in a spare set of caps. should look pretty oemish.


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how are the flappy paddles coming along?
still playing with designs. exhaust hangers are in production along with rear endlinks.
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Why cobb over APR? APR's gains are better, and they've been doing VW's for a lot longer...
I'm tight with the cobb boys? Free Fiddy! And they've never done me wrong on all the cars I've used their setups on.
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