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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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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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Old 07-19-2018, 09:58 AM   #693
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VW noob here, read back a couple pages and googled (article sources I found seemed dubious), but maybe you guys can answer this:

Is the 2019 Golf R expected to be available soon? From what I could tell, the 2018 MY was available from February-ish 2017. Looking to pick up an R in the next month or so, but wondering what the move is re: buying a used '17, or wait and get an '18 leftover somewhat discounted if the 19's come out soon. Seems like there's a ton of 18's in dealer lots still, whereas a used 17 is pretty rare.
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Rumors indicate an increase in HP for 2019.
I would wait till it got announced. Then see if its better to get a 2018 for cheaper.
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There will not be an increase in HP for the US in 2019. Sale sheets are already out for the Canadian R and there are no major changes. They get a few extra colors in their optional color chart (that the US doesn't get, or maybe we will?) The rumors are for an increase in HP for MK8, which is 2019 for Europe, but 2020 for the US. Those rumors also include hybridization of the R, and probably also a castration of the manual transmission.

Honestly, with the number of 2018's sitting on lots, I highly doubt they'll start shipping 2019's soon.

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VW noob here, read back a couple pages and googled (article sources I found seemed dubious), but maybe you guys can answer this:

Is the 2019 Golf R expected to be available soon? From what I could tell, the 2018 MY was available from February-ish 2017. Looking to pick up an R in the next month or so, but wondering what the move is re: buying a used '17, or wait and get an '18 leftover somewhat discounted if the 19's come out soon. Seems like there's a ton of 18's in dealer lots still, whereas a used 17 is pretty rare.
i wouldnt buy a 17, the 18 has a much better warranty, virtual cockpit, and other upgrades. are you looking for a manual or dsg? there are plenty of manuals still out there with decent discounts. nobody knows when the 19's will arrive. dealers cant even order them yet so expect them next year or very late this year.
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Get the 2018.
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Old 07-19-2018, 01:37 PM   #698
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There are rumors that the US might get some additional (at a cost) colors for 2019. So if you're not thrilled with the color options and like something that Canada can get (check VW Canada's site), you might wait.

I would not buy a used '17. 6 year warranty sells the car. It'll be under warranty the entire time you're paying it off.

If you're in to a DSG, the '18 has a 7 speed DSG vs the older 6 speed, plus apparently the new DSG can hold more power. It can hold stage 1 power, where as the older 6 speed needed a TCU tune to hold more power.

Digital cockpit is awesome. Has a better touch-screen interface on the dash than previous versions. Lighting is improved (debatable). All LED head and tail lights vs the older HID and incandescent tails.

One minor draw back for the 18, depending on your position, is that the driver assistance package stuff is standard... front end collision assistance, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, etc. Can all be turned off (some reset every time you start the car though), but honestly I haven't found them to be intrusive. The only time the car has braked for me, I was admittedly cutting it closer than I should have... I turned off the lane keep assist as it was just really annoying for daily driving. Lane keep assist combined with adaptive cruise is admittedly nice for long, laid back cruising though.
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Old 07-19-2018, 05:57 PM   #699
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Hope they add the sunroof option back for 19.
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Old 07-19-2018, 07:21 PM   #700
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Hope they add the sunroof option back for ‘19.
Won't happen. It's not a matter of just "adding a sunroof", it's about crash testing and certification within the US from my understanding.

Golf R and e-golf are on a different chassis from the other Golf products (TSI, GTI, etc). the E-golf has batteries where the R has the Haldex unit. Both the R and e-golf sell in such low numbers that there's no reason to crash test two configurations of the chassis (or perhaps they tried it and got poor results). The other golfs get the sunroof because they sell in a high enough number to justify testing both sunroof and non-sunroof versions of the chassis.

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