Depending on what you GTi you are putting it up against your going to save £140 - £150 per year right? Hardly bank breaking, you might well end up paying over the odds for the GTE. Personally only had a few on the fleet and users thought they were more jerky than the normal DSG gearboxes. Besides the above, what i would say is the "SPEAKEV" forum has a lot of info specific to GTE models so its a good place to look, not to much fanboying either. If it were me, i would take the GTI in manual and pay up the £150 in road tax!
You should go on to the vw owners club websites and check there. More likely to get the feedback you are looking for. Very few people actually use the discussions on here, so you might get 2 or 3 people at best who could answer.
Updated 13th Dec 2020Last updated 13th Dec 2020 by Biscuitman
Golf MK6 1.6 TDI Tuning Box
Hi, Has anyone had any experiences using a tuning box rather than a remap and what are the pros and cons. I want the car to be a little faster but wouldn’t want to remap the car. … Read more
Go to the UK forums sites for VWs they are certain to have long and detailed threads about these - certainly there are for my car (Honda Civic) and certain boxes do get major thumbs up. Remember at least with a box you can unplug and go back to std if you want AND you can sell the box on...... Don't deny that a remap is probably a better option head to head performance wise but a box maybe a bit more flexible should you change your mind or even change your car
For Volkswagen Audi Group cars I'd head towards Revo or Celtic tuning. Both have agents up and down the country, and have been in the business for years (I'm sure Revo are approaching 20 years in the business).
Pumaspeed are local to you, they do some great 'stage 1' packages you can install at home or have them install. Definitely don't go down the tuning box route.
These boys really know their stuff.
They might not find out at all. But when you ring your insurance company stating you have had an accident & they ask you if you have modified your vehicle & you say no then you must remember they have software on the call to identify people that are lying.
Updated 11th Dec 2020Last updated 11th Dec 2020 by A1RN
Golf club question
So 18 year old son is starting to get interested in golf. He regularly goes to a driving range and wants to play properly from spring next year. We thought it would be nice to get … Read more
Does your lad want to play at a course or just muck about at range? Not going to directly call people out but if he want's to play properly at a course then some of the advice here is bad and worth avoiding. You cannot go round a full size golf course hitting 5 iron of every tee! He will loathe it and turn him off the game. Also a couple of lessons would be worth a shout (unless he's like Bubba and naturally has the knack for it). Some people do enjoy the grind of teaching themselves (I've never personally had a lesson) so it is horses for courses. If do want to get lessons then Groupon often offers good deals from local instructors. To make it worth while I would advise teasing this info out him as it will make your gift giving far more productive.
Also, it might be worth going for a fitting. Most of them are free, or not very expensive. That way at least he will know if he needs regular / stiff / senior shafted clubs and what particular length and lie too, as it can make a huge difference, and having the wrong setup can grind in a problematic swing that could take a long time to put right.
I would suggest you'd be better off spending the money on lessons if he is serious about it
I wouldn’t buy him a driver or any woods yet. I’d recommend buying 3 quality irons (a 5, 7 and 9) with graphite shafts which will give him a bit more flex in the club than standard irons. The cheaper starter irons such as Dunlop brand are OK, but I think try and buy 2nd hand from eBay better brands such as TaylorMade or Callaway that are used by better players. A set of irons consists of 6 clubs nos. 3-9 each of a differing length and angle of club head, the higher the no. - the ball will travel shorter but higher. The 7 iron is the standard beginner iron as that’s midrange in the set. Along side a 5,7, and 9, I would also buy a pitching wedge (P) which is for short shots around the edge of the green. He’ll also need a Sand Wedge (SW) for any bunker shots. Buying a full set of brand new in a box clubs will contain the 8 clubs. Lastly I would go for a putter, but this is really personal choice (a bit like a ladies handbag or men’s wallet). Perhaps save that expense for his birthday and let him try a few out in store. He needs to practice just with the 5,7 and 9 and learn to hit them straight. If he doesn’t spend time doing that, then when he progresses to a driver he’ll just be hitting the ball further - but in the wrong direction, which is the last thing he wants to do on a course. And don’t forget a nice stand bag (not a cart bag), these are expensive for what they really are - but again go branded as above (with golf it’s all about the look, especially at that age). Expect to pay £100+ for a new one or look for a good hardly used one. eBay example
You can get decent balls for a third of that price so I’d take that with a pinch of salt Have a look on Facebook or gumtree and you should be able to pick up some clubs cheap I have my old ones away as they become virtually worthless if they are old
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Updated 24th Nov 2020Last updated 24th Nov 2020 by barnehurst
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Gonna wait until after Monday as it’s likely we won’t be allowed to travel if Johnson, Hancock and Cummins get their way.
You need to head down south. You’ll get nowhere to drink in the city’s pubs and bar from Nottingham up. We did weekend golf in Sheffield 2 weeks ago and only get in anyway with prebooking. Hope you find somewhere. Good luck
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Newcastle to Slaley Hall - just checked ~ £35. Close House is much nearer Newcastle, though.
Updated 3rd Aug 2020Last updated 3rd Aug 2020 by EndlessWaves
Golf mk 8 1.5 tsi r line or 218i m sport
Hi there, So I’m looking at the 2 vehicles on a 24 month lease deal 1 month up front. Haven’t started looking yet. I’m a bmw man myself had a 3 series before. But which one would … Read more
I doubt many fur coat wearers own golfs. Which car is the BMW? They sell four or five different 1-series variants under the 2-series badge from the Active Tourer through to the coupe. Only the convertible would appeal to me. It's not particularly stunning looks-wise (too many creases) but it looks OK with the roof down and there's not a lot of alternatives. The small saloon ('gran coupe') and high riding versions do nothing for me while the coupe is part of that 3-series Compact tradition that just looks oddly proportioned - and doesn't even get the nice hatchback boot of the original.
Is the BMW the coupe? If so its still RWD so that's obvious, i have put a number of those through the ringer with Avis and Hertz over the last few years. Not loads of powers but you can still stand on the accelerator if you get the auto and just steer and its more then enough to have a fun on ring roundabouts if you cant get out of town! If you mean the 218 upright weird thing or the new FWD one then bah. The new FWD one is actually a good driver but its not the same fun as being pushed. The Civic is cheap at the moment and the 1.5VTech Turbo is similar money to above but with 190PS, revs like it loves it. Its the one i would get and both the others are just going to be in the rear view mirror!
Both all fur coat and no knickers. The Golf if you have to pick one.
Golf. Swing that (ninja)
Updated 17th Dec 2019Last updated 17th Dec 2019 by penny36
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Thanks very much andywedge, have a great Christmas. (y)
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Updated 16th Sep 2019Last updated 16th Sep 2019 by chunk1985
I want to buy a brand new Golf R but I am concerned that non electric cars are already a bad idea?
Are petrol cars going to depreciate at a faster than normal rate or even become obsolete any time soon?
Just also consider the risk factor I know people will say what's the point in worrying but its something I'm weighing up at the minute for my next lease but the thought of scruffs coming into my house for it is putting me off with the kids in there.
you are due to get your backside spanked hard by government on ICE vehicles (& hybrids) in metropolitan areas, other areas are introducing OLEV zones (cambridge for instance). If you check with a dithering council, it may be something "they've looked into, & are considering implementing" ..& will be encouraged by govt to do so. EV's are great, quiet & very relaxing to drive distance.
I think you've got a while yet...
The 1.2 turbo just happens to be a very thirsty engine, the 1.6 turbo in the Nismo RS version will return about the same mpg. The 1.5 diesel will see about 55 mpg. The Polo may get you high 30s rather than mid 30s so an utterly pointless exercise. Just need to get something diesel.
All new cars have heavy depreciation and VW cars tend to be fairly unreliable nowadays and have very high repair costs. If you are worried about wasting money why not get a s/hand car that has had a lot of its value already lost through depreciation and why not choose a more reliable car with lower repair and servicing costs. A quick look here shows the average Golf has slightly above average reliability but much higher repair costs. Obviously the higher up the model and the more complicated the engine the more likely you will face problems and high repair bills. I don't think VW's make sense nowadays unless you are a brand snob or you don't care about anything other than driving dynamics which can be good on some of their models. https://www.reliabilityindex.com/reliability/search/303 https://www.reliabilityindex.com/manufacturer I was watching a video the other day saying investment in new petrol and diesel engine designs had pretty much collapsed and that money was basically being invested in new electrical vehicle designs. So what is the point in spending on a new car if its engineering with regard the engine is pretty much the same as last year's model. Nowadays it seems wise to check the mpg figures between the new and outgoing models as some of the new models seem to be offering worse mpg, maybe due to tighter emissions.
Updated 25th Aug 2019Last updated 25th Aug 2019 by cmdr_elito
Golf MK7 GTI MPG?
I was wondering what some of you GTI owners got in a full tank?
Not comparing for power just for fuel cost, I guess the word I was missing for my mileage is OUCH! (lol) (lol) (lol) (lol)
You can't compare a diesel with a motorbike engine to a golf gti (y)
I meant fuel consumption in general, my car does at least twice that, although it’s only 120bhp and diesel. I do 100 miles a day. Enjoy being chased by green peace but at least they won’t catch you in their potato powered hot rod.
33mpg from a 230bhp petrol? That's not too bad. The 763 on Spritmonitor are averaging 8.5l/100km which is 33mpg too: https://www.spritmonitor.de/en/overview/50-Volkswagen/452-Golf.html?constyear_s=2013&power_e=235&exactmodel=GTI&powerunit=2
Wow that’s bad
Updated 13th Aug 2019Last updated 13th Aug 2019 by zzakzz
Golf R Lease deals
Hi all, looking back at previous lease deals of a vw golf R, there were a few deals posted around 3 years ago for under 7000 pounds for a 24 month lease. however looking at these… Read more
Its not that i cant afford it, i just dont want to be paying so much more for a car thats been had for £3k less in the past, therefore im looking/wanting advice for the best deal.
If you cant afford a golf R lease deal then why not get another car?
Currently have a seat leon FR 185 bhp so looks wise (exterior and interior), getting a cupra would not be much of an upgrade. Looking for a car on lease with same performance as a Cupra and same price of a Cupra but dont want a Cupra because of the reason above.
Good luck with this. Unfortunately the cheap Golf R lease deals are long gone. There were some reasonable offers on the estate version a while back but even these have steadily increased in price. The current Golf is soon to go out of production to make way for the Mk8. It's unlikely there will be any new Golf R's available in March as VW don't usually release the R variant until about 1 year into the new model cycle. The SEAT Leon Cupra is a cheaper alternative, although that is ending production soon too.
Updated 24th May 2019Last updated 24th May 2019 by robbbowen
What golf club set should I get?
I've been playing golf a handfull of times every year but this year I have been playing twice a week... I have had the same terrible Dunlop clubs for 5 years now. I was just wond… Read more
I bought my Titleist clubs on Ebay full set plus bag £400 cracking deal. If you buy 2nd hand go to your local pro after to get the loft and lies checked all my irons needed tweaking I think I paid £40 for the service.
Talk to the pro shop staff, be honest about your budget and they will help you find what’s right for you. They want you to like golf and will know what the best you can get is for the money.
I have been looking at second hand clubs on ebay... I just don't know enough about the different types to know what a good deal is. I might go to a golf warehouse and get a feel for a few clubs and then search for the set I like on eBay... Thanks for your advice
Best bet is to go to pro shop, or golfing warehouse. Really need to try the clubs that feel right for you. You should be able to pick up a set of Taylor mades or similar spec for that sort of money. Don’t be afraid to look st second hand either.
For that price for a set you probably won’t get much above Dunlop in quality. Think about second hand and visit a pro shop to look for offers. Even if you bought a set of second hand irons then in 6 months/12 months got a set of good drivers etc that would help your play.
Updated 20th Apr 2019Last updated 20th Apr 2019 by MR1123
Sports direct do wooden ones in the golf section (maybe not on line ) , American Golf , any driving range if no course near by, even a pitch and putt course . Are you sure you don't know anyone who plays or has played golf ?
Don't have one nearby. I've checked Argos and jD online none there. Sports direct have it but looking for hardwood ones preferably.
Any golfer you know will have dozens of them , failing that any golf course pro shop or a shop like Sports direct, JD sports , Argos etc.
Updated 12th Feb 2019Last updated 12th Feb 2019 by youldyboy
blower on mk4 golf
hi just a quick question, my heater blower on my mk4 golf is only working on high speed and nothing else. also the air con has stopped is this to do with the resistor or are they t… Read more
This happened on my mum's MK4 Golf, it indeed was the resistor...but in our case, water had been leaking in around the area and had shorted/burnt out some of the connections, so a few spade connectors and some ingenuity all is now working again, Our symptoms were that the fan would only work on setting 1 and 4 and the Air-Con was not working, Once I'd applied the above fix all started to work as expected, The resistor in question is in the passenger side footwell behind the glove box area from memory, I hope this helps
9 out 10 times it will be the resistor. The replacement parts are cheap but it's a bit of a pain to fit.
Okay so possible fuse gone on that then. Thanks for the help (y)
I updated my original comment - from memory my daughter's air con was still working.
yeah thought it might of been, but would this affect the air con too? would you know
Updated 12th Sep 2018Last updated 12th Sep 2018 by Oneday77
Whats your opinion on the Golf GTI?
I have been considering getting a MK6 / MK7 GTI either DSG or manual. I have tried the mk6 with dsg and felt it was very powerful. - Also visibility was pretty good. Though then … Read more
If you even have to explain than, then I doubt we should encourage them into the road.
Cloth in my one, leather wasn't really something I was wanting when choosing the car to be honest, and in my opinion cloth will look better than leather after years of use, Mine as you can see is the 5 door, I would have normally gone for a 3 door but this one came up and the practically is fantastic, Ignore the haters saying you'll be the next Merc/Audi/BMW driver as there will always be someone who likes to moan, and most likely they perceive themselves as the definition of the perfect driver.... buy the car you want and just enjoy it, Best of luck in your search,
If you change about when the auto would change you would get relatively the same power and same wear to the engine. My car tell me to change up to 5th in a 30, but I don't listen to it if I want any power.
Thats a nice one - did you get the leather seats or cloth.
Reason i was interested in them cause the handling is pretty good and power is good compared to the diesel models.
Updated 17th Aug 2018Last updated 17th Aug 2018 by Ono2
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Got a new quote - 240, blasted, powder coat and anthracite colour which is a couple shades darker than my gunmetal grey car. Perfect color. Wheels balanced and putting my new tyres on. Hell of a lot better than 85+vat from the other guy.
Yeah they are 100% real, well I think so anyway as they are exactly the ones on all MK6 Match. Im sure the guy will tell me when I turn up, will be getting some new tyres as well, might as well make sure everything wheel wise is on point. My car was bought and they have 4 different tyres, perelli, goodyear ect. so want all matching tyres and balancing so he can put these on as well, will get blackcircles to deliver to my house.
Make sure your she's are originals. Heated blasted replica alloys can crack
Very true, this is a proper job, this guy is known to all insurance companies and my mate uses him for accident jobs. Takes everything off, lending me wheels while he does mine, all balanced ect. Maybe do the same colour as my car, gunmetal grey, or a tad darker. Dont trust anyone else in my area, they got crap website, half did not pick up, and some just had very poor phone skills. I know the manufacture produces very good alloys, so maybe trading it for wolfrace may not be the best idea
Just remember changing your alloys for non standard is often classed as a modification and can invalidate your insurance unless you let them know you are doing it. It may increase your premium too.
Updated 2nd Jul 2018Last updated 2nd Jul 2018 by Oneday77
Best place to sell golf clubs
Good evening. I have a brand new set of 6 irons that I need to shifts. Where's the best place to sell them? TIA
Cheers fella. Slip joint pliers is what I've always used in the past (I'm guessing that's what you mean by plumbers pliers) and it's just the fronts I'm doing. Thanks again.
No. Just use a pair of plumbers grips between the caliper and the old brake pad (so not to damage the piston or rubber seal). For the back using a tool is preferable, but it can be done without. Also if possible spray some penetrating fluid on the retaining screw the day before. They have a habit of shearing off.
Updated 7th Jan 2018Last updated 7th Jan 2018 by SimonWicks
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