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Golf mk7 / Re: Fitting rear seats to a Clubsport S?
« Last post by AGB on 11 June 2024, 11:11 »

This really doesn't make sense to me and I suspect it will be prohibitively expensive or at best, not great value relative to finding a Clubsport which is why I assume VW offered this variant in the first place.

Some thoughts to add as an owner (nearly 7 years). I rarely use the back of mine but on the occasions I have, when you pull the seat forward, I've noticed that the side bolsters crease so I tend to slide the front seat forward to the end of the seat rail stop to create space and then tilt the seat at a far less acute angle to avoid the 'problem'. If you use the back regularly, this will be a pain or will wear and crease the bolsters. I think the piano black seat backs will also take a good scuffing as there isn't really much space to clamber in. I mention this because I was prompted by a friend (who had his seats stolen) to check pricing - a few years ago, they were around £13,500 and arrived as a kit of parts at the dealer. I could feel the dealer willing me not to order because the labour cost to assemble was difficult to estimate. I can't remember if that £13k was per seat or for a set but remember it made Porsche pricing feel reasonable. It has prompted me to be very careful with them!

I suspect you can order the clubsport rear seats from the VW parts catalogue and belts would be straight forward. Worth getting dealer pricing or chatting to your parts manager but putting the rears in will be a lot cheaper and easier than the fronts.

I seem to recall the car having type approval to carry passengers despite there being no proper seats or belts. I can't remember where I got this - possibly my insurer because I asked if I was able to carry passengers legally. I think you'd have to talk to an insurance company as it's a niche question - I suspect most won't because it's not worth the hassle or if they do, they'd charge you handsomely.


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Golf mk6 / Re: Buying advice
« Last post by Nino on 11 June 2024, 08:37 »
Thanks for all the useful info.

I have decided to go see the approved used VW that David pointed me towards. I have to say, having looked quite a lot over the last few weeks, that seems a decent value proposition for what I am interested in. I've been quite disappointed by the ratio of auto to manuals... I guess most first time buyers of a brand new shiny GTI wanted the comfort of the auto (which I totally understand).

The one I am now looking at has full VWSH and is being sold fully approved used and comes with the associated warranty. I'm well aware these don't cover everything but it does give some peace of mind over a private seller or even a random used car trader. Fingers crossed it's as good in person.

Got a link?

I can +1 buying one from VW - They will not sell a car that has been messed with (Remaps and such) or ones with dodgy history/service history and the mileage is garanteed.

I got my Edition 35 from VW and the approved used package in my opinion is amazing and un-beatable.
- 2 years warranty (Not covering wear & tear)
- 2 years breakdown cover
- 2 years MOT cover (If the car fails on anything Major, you get upto £700 per year to claim for repairs)

and on top of that you get a full inspection sheet and they go over alot.
My car for example, during the checks they found a few issues including the battery and put it all right.
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Golf mk7 / Re: Best Independent for work on MK7 CSS
« Last post by AGB on 11 June 2024, 08:30 »

Quick update as promised. Both cars went into QuattroTech at Cambridge and it was just such a refreshing difference to main dealer.  I really can't fault the service and Harry who managed the operational aspects of the booking at Cambridge was great from the initial call to the final invoice. The joy of common sense and not having to spoon feed someone is hugely underrated. Really pleased to have found them and my only regret is that I didn't find them sooner.
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Golf mk6 / Re: Buying advice
« Last post by jdoubleu on 10 June 2024, 19:51 »
Thanks for all the useful info.

I have decided to go see the approved used VW that David pointed me towards. I have to say, having looked quite a lot over the last few weeks, that seems a decent value proposition for what I am interested in. I've been quite disappointed by the ratio of auto to manuals... I guess most first time buyers of a brand new shiny GTI wanted the comfort of the auto (which I totally understand).

The one I am now looking at has full VWSH and is being sold fully approved used and comes with the associated warranty. I'm well aware these don't cover everything but it does give some peace of mind over a private seller or even a random used car trader. Fingers crossed it's as good in person.
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Golf mk6 / Re: Buying advice
« Last post by Snoopy on 10 June 2024, 17:46 »
I think Nino has pointed out a few things. Of note is alot of low mileage ones often turn out to be Jap imports not that I think this one is but watch out for it. I may not agree with everything  Nino says but that maybe because i own 16k Mile one ive owned from new.  :grin:
Always watch out for the common issues even on low mileage examples as miles doesn't mean it won't have one of the common issues.
PVC failure: ruff idle, oil leaks between gearbox and engine, cam cover oil leak.
Rear main seal (crank seal): fail due to excess pressure cause by pcv valve failure. Oil leak gearbox.
Mecatronic failure: non smooth gear changing,
DMF: noise from gearbox.
Timing chain tensioner/ chain: listen for rattles on start up. Also  check its had updated tensioner as earlier ones are weak.
Water pump: check water level above min, check for water leak near pump.
Air con pump: wer noise when ac on, pumps die if not recharged regular.
N80 valve: ruff idle,
Diverter valve: stepped power delivery due to air leaks.
Headliner sagging: Due to age the glue gives up.
Bonnet sound proofing: sagging due to age.
Rust: front wings and sills, due to foam in the wings holding water.
Water in footwells: Door inner panel seal fails causing water to enter into the car.
Intake manifold fail: causes engine light and ruff running.
Injector failure: ruff running a d poor fuel economy.
Coil packs: slight misfire often no engine light.
Stating issues: often the ecu supply relays starting to fail they know issue on cars over 5yrs old.
There's more but that's enough to be going  on with :grin:

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Golf mk6 / Re: Buying advice
« Last post by jdoubleu on 10 June 2024, 17:11 »
If you are spending over £10,000 there is one MK6 in the used cars at vw.co.uk this will have a good warranty at least

Good shout on that one thank you - it doesn't seem that is listed anywhere other than VW directly... I have just called the dealer who is going to send me further details.
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Golf mk8 / Re: Mk8 software version poll
« Last post by shakav on 10 June 2024, 14:45 »
New steering wheel ordered to be fitted next Monday. Hopefully sorts all the issues  :grin:
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Golf mk6 / Re: Buying advice
« Last post by Nino on 10 June 2024, 12:06 »
The MK7 main issues include the blocked Heater matrix, I had this in my GTD and two people I know had this with their GTi, all mileage under 50k and between 65-68 plates, If not covered under Warranty, your looking at 1.3k + VAT - Thermosat housing and waterpump (comes as one unit I think in the MK7) £1000+ to replace and will break again, (design fault).

Major thread diversion, what's the typical mileage for the thermostat housing to start to leak and there is no updated part so it will happen again?

From what I have seen/heard they can go from anywhere as closed to 60k mileage and haven't seen any revised part to stop it - its a similar thing to the BMW twin turbo in the 3 series, you can get the turbos replaced but they will break again as the design is too weak.

Thanks, I'll need a warranty even a third party one if I ever get a MK7, £1000 is a big bill.

Take a read here.
https://www.golfgtiforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=288428.0
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Golf mk6 / Re: Buying advice
« Last post by david25 on 10 June 2024, 12:04 »
The MK7 main issues include the blocked Heater matrix, I had this in my GTD and two people I know had this with their GTi, all mileage under 50k and between 65-68 plates, If not covered under Warranty, your looking at 1.3k + VAT - Thermosat housing and waterpump (comes as one unit I think in the MK7) £1000+ to replace and will break again, (design fault).

Major thread diversion, what's the typical mileage for the thermostat housing to start to leak and there is no updated part so it will happen again?

From what I have seen/heard they can go from anywhere as closed to 60k mileage and haven't seen any revised part to stop it - its a similar thing to the BMW twin turbo in the 3 series, you can get the turbos replaced but they will break again as the design is too weak.

Thanks, I'll need a warranty even a third party one if I ever get a MK7, £1000 is a big bill.
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Golf mk6 / Re: Buying advice
« Last post by Nino on 10 June 2024, 12:01 »
The MK7 main issues include the blocked Heater matrix, I had this in my GTD and two people I know had this with their GTi, all mileage under 50k and between 65-68 plates, If not covered under Warranty, your looking at 1.3k + VAT - Thermosat housing and waterpump (comes as one unit I think in the MK7) £1000+ to replace and will break again, (design fault).

Major thread diversion, what's the typical mileage for the thermostat housing to start to leak and there is no updated part so it will happen again?

From what I have seen/heard they can go from anywhere as closed to 60k mileage and haven't seen any revised part to stop it - its a similar thing to the BMW twin turbo in the 3 series, you can get the turbos replaced but they will break again as the design is too weak.
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