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Offline SRGTD

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Re: Mk 8 GTI - new owner questions
« Reply #20 on: 10 July 2024, 07:25 »
When I picked up my car new from Inchcape Chester at a substantial discount I was amazed to discover the proper triangle was in place. Was this a mistake or an act of responsible kindness?
We will never know but this and the camera should be standard on an expensive car.
They are standard on many lesser cars so the arguments about the bean counters doesn’t always stand up.

Yes, a mid range Renault Clio costing £19k - £20k get a reversing camera as part of standard equipment.
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Re: Mk 8 GTI - new owner questions
« Reply #21 on: 10 July 2024, 11:52 »
I think the idea of "options" is a relatively recent thing.... it always used to be just various trim levels.

Individual options and custom builds were something you had on the ultra-expensive end of the market. In fact the likes of Ford, Vauxhall etc only ever sold you cars from stock... no factory orders at all.

The only "options" were things the dealer could fit - eg stick on heated rear screen heaters or electric antennas!

(jeez I'm old!)

I think a lot of OEM's now are going back to trim levels and stock too. It makes their operation cheaper and easier to run.

I remember asking for a Escort Ghia in a particular colour and being told I could only have some other colours or a different trim level. Conversation closed!
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Re: Mk 8 GTI - new owner questions
« Reply #22 on: 10 July 2024, 14:08 »
I think the idea of "options" is a relatively recent thing.... it always used to be just various trim levels.

Individual options and custom builds were something you had on the ultra-expensive end of the market. In fact the likes of Ford, Vauxhall etc only ever sold you cars from stock... no factory orders at all.

The only "options" were things the dealer could fit - eg stick on heated rear screen heaters or electric antennas!

(jeez I'm old!)

I think a lot of OEM's now are going back to trim levels and stock too. It makes their operation cheaper and easier to run.

I remember asking for a Escort Ghia in a particular colour and being told I could only have some other colours or a different trim level. Conversation closed!

I remember the Smiths stick on rear screen demisters. I helped my father fit one to his car back in the early 1970’s.

The ‘no options’ approach already exists within VAG as it was adopted by Seat a good while ago. I think cars are still built to order, but the choices are limited to trim level, engine / transmission and paint colour. I’m not sure but I think with some trim levels there might be a choice of alloys, but that’s it. As you’ve said, it removes cost and complexity from vehicle production and presumably reduces customer wait times too.
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2016 Polo GTI; Blue Silk
2011 mk6 Golf GTD; Carbon Grey
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Re: Mk 8 GTI - new owner questions
« Reply #23 on: 10 July 2024, 17:00 »
Oh and wing mirrors! I remember getting wing mirrors fitted by the dealer! Drill em in!
Current: Mk8 GTI DSG, Adelaides, DCC, HUD, HK, Winter Pack, Rear Camera.. Aka "HMS Weasel"

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Re: Mk 8 GTI - new owner questions
« Reply #24 on: 10 July 2024, 19:26 »
We had to keep our car in a cardboard box….
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(Previously two Mk7 GTIs, Mk6 GTI and Mk6 GTD)

Offline Adam T7

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Re: Mk 8 GTI - new owner questions
« Reply #25 on: 10 July 2024, 19:48 »
We had to keep our car in a cardboard box….

You were lucky……….
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Re: Mk 8 GTI - new owner questions
« Reply #26 on: 11 July 2024, 19:43 »
Regarding options, my dealer told me there was school of thought among most of the big manufacturers, including premium brands, whereby they would build all models of their vehicles with options like heated seats and steering wheel, cruise control, various levels of satnav, various infotainment levels, folding door mirrors, central locking variations, keyless entry - stuff like that but not paint or wheel choices, etc. During the buying process, the customer would  then choose their options by ticking the appropriate boxes, at which point the customer would then enter into an annual subscription agreement to have those options activated.
The manufacturers reckon this would enable them to build the cars quicker and cheaper with consequent faster delivery times. Also, if the buyer discovered that any of the options he had chosen was not being used enough, he could annually have that option removed (de-activated) and have his subscription adjusted accordingly.
I think BMW already do this with some of their options.

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Re: Mk 8 GTI - new owner questions
« Reply #27 on: 12 July 2024, 11:08 »
Yeah subscription revenue stream.... its all the rage...

BMW tried it first with heated seats... and faced a backlash.

VW do do it too in some respects.... if you buy a non-performance golf there are all sorts of things you can pay to enable. However I think VW its a one off payment not a monthly sub like BMW tried to pull.

One you've even got - the voice control (or rather lack of it)

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Re: Mk 8 GTI - new owner questions
« Reply #28 on: 12 July 2024, 20:37 »
Usually if no one posts pics of the backs they reps usually amd also why mk7.5 caps on mk8 wheels?
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Re: Mk 8 GTI - new owner questions
« Reply #29 on: 12 July 2024, 20:45 »
Usually if no one posts pics of the backs they reps usually amd also why mk7.5 caps on mk8 wheels?

I think you intended to post the above in the ‘Adelaide alloys 19 inch’ discussion topic. :smiley:

https://www.golfgtiforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=290531.0

I agree with your comments above - they’re probably reps. 
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2020 Polo GTI Plus; Pure White, DSG (because they all are)
Gone but not forgotten;
2016 Polo GTI; Blue Silk
2011 mk6 Golf GTD; Carbon Grey
2007 mk5 Golf GT (2.0 170bhp TDI version); Deep Black Pearl
2002  mk4 Golf GTI (the 150 bhp diesel version); Deep Black Pearl