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MK7.5 Volkswagen Golf, GTI, and Golf R Discussion Thread

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I also went with 18" Winters but i had no choice due to BBK. I had 17" the past 2 years and they were great much cheaper.

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sik20fan wrote:
Nov 20th, 2018 10:06 am
My winter setup incase anyone was looking for something almost identical to OEM Prets.

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Kingsmen17 wrote:
Nov 29th, 2018 5:25 pm
VW is cutting corners compared to previous years. They're using cheaper materials, reduce the no. of speakers and the Golf used to have rear air vents. Now it's only on the highest trim. Imho, MY2016 was the best year for features and options for the Golf.

And DAP should be standard.
100% DAP should be standard especially when it's equivalents all come with it.
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What are your opinions on buying a MK7 golf R? They can be found for around 30 to 35K now depending on mileage.

1. Do owners really beat up on them and dump them 1-2 years later?

2. Are the 7.5 upgrades worth the premium to go with new?

3. Current known reliability issues? Anyone got carbon issues yet? Apparently it's seems to have gotten much better?

4. Any other thoughts or opinion?
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Absolutely agree! I have a 2016 loaded comfortline, I sat in a new one and the interior is looking cheap.
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Anyone else completely in love with the cornflower blue colour?
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syn3rgetic wrote:
Dec 4th, 2018 3:59 pm
Anyone else completely in love with the cornflower blue colour?
Me! I want a GTI Rabbit even though I already own my GTI Autobahn lol. Though the ones sold in Europe are still the best...
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TangT56450 wrote:
Dec 1st, 2018 10:45 am
What are your opinions on buying a MK7 golf R? They can be found for around 30 to 35K now depending on mileage.

1. Do owners really beat up on them and dump them 1-2 years later?
You probably run the same risk (if not higher) of the engine being tuned as other hot hatches because of the ease of getting a JB1/JB4 piggyback tune on them without detection.
2. Are the 7.5 upgrades worth the premium to go with new?
Up to you. Haldex is re-programmed in the Mk7.5 and transfers power marginally faster. Stock horsepower is 10 higher on the Mk7.5. The Mk7 has bi-xenons headlights, which are better (imho), but more expensive to replace than the Mk7.5's LEDs. Mk7.5 gains LED tail lamps. I prefer the front fascia on the Mk7 to the Mk7.5. Both have wet clutch DSGs, so service cost is going to be the same. I believe final drive is a bit taller on the Mk7.5, so you'd gain some fuel economy and you might gain acceleration time depending on the other ratios.

The big change is Virtual Dashboard vs analogue gauges. I'm old fashioned and like a nice set of analogue gauges, so I lean Mk7.
3. Current known reliability issues? Anyone got carbon issues yet? Apparently it's seems to have gotten much better?
VW does not equip their vehicles with dual injection (port + direct) in North America. There will be long-term carbon build-up, period. Budget several hundred for a walnut blasting down the road.
4. Any other thoughts or opinion?
It's a good all around car. I personally would not buy one with a manual as I think the DSG is so much better (no boost lost between shifts, near instantaneous response, DSG clutches can hold more power than the manual's clutch and the shift feel on the manual isn't great).
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I believe final drive is a bit taller on the Mk7.5, so you'd gain some fuel economy and you might gain acceleration time depending on the other ratios.
Mk7.5 R has 7-speed DSG instead of 6-speed in previous models.
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At the dealership getting my second oil change at 16,000km for my 2018 mk7.5 dark iron blue GTI.
They have a rabbit lol. Super tacky looking rabbit logo. It is just a sticker. Not even a metal rabbit logo lol. The gray looks almost black. I've attached pictures.
Also ordered a jug of VW washer fluid love the smell lol.
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ahbib82 wrote:
Dec 6th, 2018 8:32 am
At the dealership getting my second oil change at 16,000km for my 2018 mk7.5 dark iron blue GTI.
They have a rabbit lol. Super tacky looking rabbit logo. It is just a sticker. Not even a metal rabbit logo lol. The gray looks almost black. I've attached pictures.
Also ordered a jug of VW washer fluid love the smell lol.
You couldn't get a proper picture that has the full car in it... :(
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ahbib82 wrote:
Dec 6th, 2018 8:32 am
At the dealership getting my second oil change at 16,000km for my 2018 mk7.5 dark iron blue GTI.
They have a rabbit lol. Super tacky looking rabbit logo. It is just a sticker. Not even a metal rabbit logo lol. The gray looks almost black. I've attached pictures.
Also ordered a jug of VW washer fluid love the smell lol.
Thanks for the pictures. Cannot believe the rabbit logo is a sticker. Cheap as hell...
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2019 Golf-R dropped 4hp! I thought the trend is to have more hp?
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rambokid wrote:
Dec 11th, 2018 11:17 pm
2019 Golf-R dropped 4hp! I thought the trend is to have more hp?
Emissions compliance. The new emissions rules are more restrictive. Though most people are fairly certain the engine is underrated anyways. Plus you definitely won't feel a 4HP difference or even see the difference even if you were drag racing the car.
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1.8T also went down 2 hp from 170 to 168.

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