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Golf mk7 / Re: Auto express tyre test 2018
« Last post by Splashalot on Today at 03:10 »



"......It's fine to fit a tyre like that to a car with no torque or power, but why should you have to tolerate crap tyres on a £30k car which leave it well short of realising its potential? You don't have to be chucking a GTI/GTD around a track to realise the Bridgestones' shortcomings vs almost any of the rival brands in the same price/performance bracket when driving lawfully.

Once you wear those everlasting Bridgestones out, 6 months before your next car is on the way (if you change every 3 years), and you get some decent rubber, you'll realise how much better your car would've been the whole time........ I winced at the prospect of paying out £600 to swap out my RE050A tyres for Michelin PSS, but as soon as I experienced the difference in ride, noise, steering feel and grip, I knew it was money well spent."

Well said, Sir.

Tyres last me 4+ years, so swapping out the Bridgestones from new was a no brainer.  No way was I going to put up with the BS's shortcomings for that length of time.  The other major factor was that I have a tame tyre retailer who does me a good deal when swapping over - it cost me only ~225 pounds to swap all four tyres (This is the third time I've swapped from new for better tyres).

As I've said, I don't drive that hard, but the peace of mind of knowing my tyres are going to give me maximum response and protection in the event of an emergency is well worth the money, IMO.  I've previously had Bridgestones (RE030s) let me down badly in that respect, so I'm not prepared to take the chance again.
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Golf mk7 / Amazon Dot into Golf Mk7.5
« Last post by DavyC on 17 July 2018, 23:02 »
Has anyone successfully fitted an Amazon Dot into their Golf?I have a new Dot,double USB,3.5mm jack lead and am struggling to get it to all link up.Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Golf mk7 / Re: Auto express tyre test 2018
« Last post by Rob1981 on 17 July 2018, 22:11 »
I've got no issues with the Bridgestone's grip wise but I do agree they are very firm and can be loud.
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Golf mk7 / Re: GTD rear brake pads
« Last post by monkeyhanger on 17 July 2018, 21:29 »
My R has only done 25k miles now, I rarely use cruise, and i'm good at preserving my momentum when up to speed i.e. not accelerating on the approach to a stopping/slowing scenario only to jam on the anchors, but every time the car is in I have an advisory that the rears are low and need replacing soon. Those ventilated rears on the PP/R have very little wear allowance from new.
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Golf mk7 / Re: Auto express tyre test 2018
« Last post by monkeyhanger on 17 July 2018, 21:25 »
Ask the same question about other things on your car... is there a better windscreen manufacturer, wiper blade manufacturer, infotainment manufacturer, brake manufacturer, suspension strut manufacturer.... etc etc VW actually manufacture very little of the parts list that make up 90% of your car... they buy them from people who make sub-components for cars.

Why pick one over the other? If it was Formula 1 it would be because one was better than the others in performance terms. In mass produced road going cars, its good enough and cheaper than the alternatives.

It's a shame that you have to consider replacing some things on day 1 for the car to perform as it should.

Tyres? Anything i've seen as OEM fitment but Bridgestones is fine by me. I've had new VWs come with Pirelli P7s, Contisport 3s, Dunlop SP01s and the dreaded RE050A / S001 variants of the Bridgestone Potenza - only the Bridgestones tramp in the dry with only 40% throttle, and 25% throttle in the wet. You can make do with the Bridgestones, but I doubt there is anyone here that wouldn't pick a different tyre if VW offered the option of paying an extra £50 per car for better rubber. Does anyone deny Bridgestone's rock hard and noisy ride, before we even delve into poor turn-in grip, feel and traction issues causing rampant tramping in non PP GTIs and GTDs? If they have poor grip, they'll also have sub-par stopping abilities (luckily I've never had a close call to know the difference).

It's fine to fit a tyre like that to a car with no torque or power, but why should you have to tolerate crap tyres on a £30k car which leave it well short of realising its potential? You don't have to be chucking a GTI/GTD around a track to realise the Bridgestones' shortcomings vs almost any of the rival brands in the same price/performance bracket when driving lawfully.

Once you wear those everlasting Bridgestones out, 6 months before your next car is on the way (if you change every 3 years), and you get some decent rubber, you'll realise how much better your car would've been the whole time.


Replace a new windscreen? If VW fitted foggy ones or ones which had a crap peripheral vision clarity then yes, it'd be binned. Never had one yet like that, so no need. Some people do insist on VW branded OEM replacements when in reality that Saint Gobain Quartz or Pilkington one is exactly the same as OEM (because they make the OEM ones for VW), but the manufacturer didn't etch the VW stamp on.

New wipers? Certainly, if the OEM ones smear - I have done that before because Valeo ones i've had from the factory have been poor, and the warranty replacements have also smeared. Perhaps the windscreens aren't properly decontaminated at fitment (something an Autoglass tech alluded to when I needed a new windscreen a week into ownership of a MK5 Golf), but Bosch Aerotwins are by far the best out there.

If I keep my R for the long term, it will be getting better rear discs when the time comes to replace, not so much for the performance (which is more than adequate), but one a little less prone to cosmetic hub rust.

If anyone is happy enough with their Bridgestones, I may have a brand new set of 18"ers coming my way. I have a Polo GTI+ on 18" Brescia wheels that's about 3 weeks away (to replace the wife's A1), and if that comes on Bridgestones, I will swap them out immediately. Any takers at £200 collected for the set? PM me if interested.

I have always been a bit of a tight-arse with options on cars (that give very little back at resale time and add significant depreciation vs the basic car), baulking at metallic paint prices (although I do still go for it unless buying a car that suits red - The Golf R doesn't, IMO), and also at optional wheels (although I went for the Prets on the R as the standard Cadiz were so ugly, again IMO). I winced at the prospect of paying out £600 to swap out my RE050A tyres for Michelin PSS, but as soon as I experienced the difference in ride, noise, steering feel and grip, I knew it was money well spent.
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Golf mk7 / Re: Discover Nav Pro vs Standard Nav
« Last post by fredgroves on 17 July 2018, 20:38 »
So it also says the following about the Nav Pro:

Discover Navigation Pro infotainment system
8 speakers, front and rear
Bluetooth mobile phone interface
Car-net 'App-Connect' with Media Control
MDI (Multi-Device Interface) via USB connection - compatible products only
Voice activation, spoken voice commands for telephone and navigation system


Does that mean you get less speakers with the Standard and no bluetooth?

No, of that list only "Voice activation, spoken voice commands for telephone and navigation system" is missing on the basic nav (oh maybe the media control app is missing too but that's sh*t).

If you want voice control, you can pay for activation of the software feature on the basic nav.

(I'd not bother to be honest)
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Golf mk7 / Re: GTD rear brake pads
« Last post by vw spur on 17 July 2018, 19:45 »
I’d have got them to do it at that price but it’s for cars 3 years & over unfortunately, mines 2016.

Ahh, bu@@er.

...was told they recommend discs are replaced at the same time as they’ll wear uneven otherwise...

I’ve had a quote from micheldever tyres for £69 for pads, just need to find out what brand pads they use.

I've never heard that before, I've rarely ever had to replace discs but plenty of pads and can't say it has ever been an issue. If that was the case then why would VW give pads only replacement prices? Sounds like salesmanship to me. Plus they hadn't even seen your car when they quoted. If you trust the other garage and are happy with the brand of pads they will use (if not, perhaps they will quote to fit what you supply?) I'd go with them, at £69 that seems very good.

I’d never heard pads & discs needing changing together either, seems like a money making exercise to me. Pagid pads were going to be used at Micheldever, they also said a set of discs should last through 2 sets of pads on normal wear.
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Golf mk7 / Re: GTD rear brake pads
« Last post by vw spur on 17 July 2018, 19:39 »
So, I’m an idiot, embarrassed myself big time today, after collecting my car from the dealers, I headed over to Micheldever Tyres for the 4pm booking I’d made for replacement pads, 1st time I’d used them & they’ve got a big set up there, really big place, anyway, I booked in & handed the keys over & went to wait in the waiting area, a few minutes later a guy comes in & asks can I confirm what kind of work I’ve brought my car in for, I tell him replacement rear pads, he asks me to come with him & he brings me to my car which is up on a ramp with the wheels off & he asks why I want my pads replaced when there is still 50% of the pad left, I thought they were worn  :embarrassed: I literally wanted a hole in the ground to open up & me to fall in it. Micheldever were great about it, said it’s no problem, they cleaned up the hubs & put the wheels back on & sent me on my way, I offered to pay for the time I’d taken up which was refused, they could have easily whipped the pads out & replaced them & id have been none the wiser, I’ll defo use them in the future, in a game where some garages are untrustworthy it’s great to come across an honest company.

As for the warranty work my car went in for, my fob has failed & needs replacing, gotta wait 10days for a new one to arrive, just hope I don’t lose the one I have in the meantime.
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Golf mk2 / Re: Refurbishment of sun damaged plastic trim.
« Last post by philstar on 17 July 2018, 19:21 »
Hi all, finally managed to get a test done using stonechip, very impressed with the results! Two light coats and the part looks brand new with a very subtle relief. Will be interesting to see how it stands up to being washed and how it fades in the sun. Check out these images (ignore the fingerprint in the middle it takes longer to dry than you would expect!)




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Golf mk7 / Re: Discover Nav Pro vs Standard Nav
« Last post by rjwojcik on 17 July 2018, 19:07 »
So it also says the following about the Nav Pro:

Discover Navigation Pro infotainment system
8 speakers, front and rear
Bluetooth mobile phone interface
Car-net 'App-Connect' with Media Control
MDI (Multi-Device Interface) via USB connection - compatible products only
Voice activation, spoken voice commands for telephone and navigation system


Does that mean you get less speakers with the Standard and no bluetooth?
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