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Title: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Exonian on 23 December 2020, 22:07
Today, after nearly 34 years of car ownership (give or take) I belly flopped into my first ever PCP trap.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 23 December 2020, 22:18
Today, after nearly 34 years of car ownership (give or take) I belly flopped into my first ever PCP trap.

Go on... I asked for confession time the other day...
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Guzzle on 23 December 2020, 22:28
Are you coming back to this side Darth?     :evil:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Exonian on 24 December 2020, 05:19

Go on... I asked for confession time the other day...

I was trying to build some suspense!  :wink:

PW vanilla spec Clubsport


Been extremely busy of late and got some more busy days lined up but I’ll report back properly in due course :afro:


Needed to release the capital I had in the BMW promptly (didn’t have finance on that car) so I didn’t need too much arm twisting when presented with a choice of fresh Clubsports straight off the boat. Hate the thought of a PCP (no employer paid assistance here) but needs must.

It has the lovely Bridgestones too  :rolleyes:

Are you coming back to this side Darth?     :evil:

I’m back! The deed was all over and done in a few days, I don’t hang about once I set my mind to something.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: king monkey on 24 December 2020, 07:36
Wow! That was a quick turn around even for you! Really pleased to have you back on the forum as a fully paid up member. When do you expect the car? Looking forward to your thoughts already.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: SRGTD on 24 December 2020, 07:40
Welcome back from the dark side Exonian, not that you ever really left :smiley:.

Pure White? Now there’s a surprise :grin:. Great colour choice, although I might be biased.

If you’ve still got your wheel collection tucked away, it’ll be a good time to dust it down and find something more befitting of the Clubsport, rather than stick with the Bridgestone-clad five pronged Swastika’s.

Look forward to hearing your thoughts on the Clubsport, and hopefully seeing a picture or two.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 24 December 2020, 08:36
See, i was right. I knew it... Its just coming up to my underpants refresh time and Exonian had only swapped one car since i last changed them.

Lockdown makes you assess time by different methods  :laugh: :laugh:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Yusee on 24 December 2020, 08:51
Dear Mr Exonian
I very much look forward to reading your interesting posts, though to be brutally honest, i am beginning to wonder if there is something wrong with you.
Have you seen a doctor about this?
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Snoopy on 24 December 2020, 08:56
Look forward to your views on it after living with it abit.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 24 December 2020, 08:58
I should write something sensible really.. I thought you'd said Exonian that you ditched the TCR because the ride was too hard for your back? Clarky posted the other day that he thought the clubby was harsher than the tcr... Chiropractor gift vouchers for Christmas?
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: clubsport on 24 December 2020, 09:15
Congratulations Exonuan, looking forward to your review of your new car.

I wonder if you are actually more interested in the deal and build up to the new car experience than the car itself, do you feel restless after a month or two with a new car?
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Watts on 24 December 2020, 10:20
Stepping stone to an Edition 45? :grin:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: jv on 24 December 2020, 10:50
I think Exonian provides a fantastic service running in cars for other people, so selfless  :smiley:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Guzzle on 24 December 2020, 11:19
Must be saving a fortune in servicing and tyres  :laugh:

Great Christmas present to yourself though  :smiley:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Sootchucker on 24 December 2020, 12:30
All banter aside, what made you swap from the nearly new M135i to a MK8 ?

I find it really interesting as I very nearly caved in and purchased an M135i myself a few months ago, but something just held me back. I also said I'd never consder a MK8, and despite me still having some severe reservations over the UI on the MK8, I have to say the Clubsport and R are starting to look very nice.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Jim_mk7.5 on 24 December 2020, 12:36
That didn't take long!!

Are you waiting to share a picture until you've swapped the wheels as I guess it could people off their Christmas dinner?!

Think the CS is the way to go with a Mk8 so good choice.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: CarbonGTD on 24 December 2020, 16:47
Wow - I was (really) joking in my post a couple of wks back.  What did the M135i do wrong???
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: M6TT F on 24 December 2020, 17:45
Ordered my Clubsport  :evil:

Pick it up on Jan 4th, and cant wait
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: king monkey on 24 December 2020, 18:20
Fantastic! Remember to get those pictures done!! 4th January is a quick turnaround. Is it in stock or in the system already?
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: M6TT F on 24 December 2020, 19:10
In stock. It would seem every dealer received 3. 2 of the 3 at my local dealer are now sold inside of a week. just a white one left
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Exonian on 24 December 2020, 23:57
Good to see a couple more Clubsports about to hit the road, congrats guys  :smiley:


I won’t clutter this thread up replying to all of the messages above, when I get time I’ll start a dedicated thread.
Thanks for the good wishes.
“Ouch” at some of the comments  :grin: :grin:
(my back is more or less fully recovered now thanks fredgroves but it was the DCC that was the culprit not the passive)

Quickly for reference, there was absolutely nothing wrong with the M135i, it was a step up in almost every area and several steps up in many from the preceding and succeeding Golfs (Looks/styling are a very personal thing on top of that).

My lad is trying to buy a new house but “help to buy” for anything but first time buyers is finished from March and the house won’t be built until summer. Because of this he needs a hand with the deposit and aside from a few copper coins that have been in my jeans pocket since March I don’t have much else these days, so releasing equity in the car which is fully owned is the only viable option. 
I looked at getting a cheap car like an up! GTI on a 0% deal but then a boatload of Clubsports arrived in the UK. The deal needed to be done ASAP as my lad needs to prove he has the deposit funds for mortgage approval.

jv, I’m going to start a patreon fund so you lot can assist me with my selfless public service of running in cars, any chance of forum sponsorship?  :laugh:

The car: it looks very plasticky from the front. Very plasticky inside too.
It’s not as ugly in the flesh as photos would have you believe but the same is true for most of the current generation of that segment of hatches.

The wheels need to go ASAP.
Replica Reifnitz being considered as I think they’ll suit the styling and won’t make me cry if a pothole breaks one.

I’ve only driven 10 or so miles home thus far and been too busy to even look at it since. I literally had an hour and a half mid week free to collect it (or I’d have likely had it at the beginning of the week otherwise). The deal was done and sealed in about 24 hours before I gave myself chance to realise how much it’s bloody costing me as I hate paying interest on things.

I was a massive sceptic of the mk8 like most people and had very low expectations.
Fact of the matter is, bearing in mind the cars I’ve recently owned, they’ve done a crap job on the looks but the driving dynamics are really really really good. Going from that the new R should be amazing.
I was surprised how much better it was to drive at normal running in speeds than the TCR so maybe the DSG has been recalibrated or maybe it was just in a good mood that day, but the ride is very hard on certain surfaces mostly at lower speed. Standout feature: the throttle response doesn’t seem to have that unbearable dead zone like the mk7’s.

For those who thought they’d never look at a mk8 I’d suggest you reconsider if you enjoy driving not just looking at photos and posting stupid comments as per social media sites (thankfully this forum seems above that).
The mk8 is actually surprisingly good.
The M135i is quite a bit better in key areas though and inside is in another league.


Merry Christmas for those that celebrate it 🎄 and Happy Friday to those that don’t :afro:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Yusee on 25 December 2020, 08:10
I'm sure you understand all the comments were in good humour. I know how you enjoy the variety of different driving experiences. As my brother says- " one woman, many cars"
Good to hear you're back in a fast golf- where you belong- and that the driving experience is a step up from mk7.
I'm not too interested in those BMWs, but can I request a full comparison of mk7 v mk8 when you are ready please....
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: king monkey on 25 December 2020, 08:57
What I’d really like to know Exonian is how does the CS without DCC compare to any of your previous Golfs without DCC, if indeed you had one without which I think you did?

Interesting that you looked at the Up gti too. I’m seriously thinking of moving to one in the future and will hopefully get a test drive soon.

Absolutely brilliant to have you back!
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Snoopy on 25 December 2020, 10:42
Interesting what you said about the ride as i have just watched a review of a passive setup mk8 GTI before reading your coment. He seemed to say similar of the non clubsport too.
https://youtu.be/RKQ8mkQAa3c
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 25 December 2020, 15:22
Yeah definitely once the gti (eighteens no dcc) is moving its absorbing the crap roads just perfectly. Not quite sure why that is but it's true. It doesn't seem to do that thing the mk7 does where the rear end feels light and skips over the bumps either. Feels much more planted. It's really well sorted, not just left to it being a standard setup for a fwd hatchback. I'm just wondering how much that gets compromised with those ninteens though.. Heaviest wheel fitted to a gti ever..
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: jv on 25 December 2020, 17:06
Heaviest wheel fitted to a gti ever..
Wow, that's progress! You have a link to the stats for that Fred?  :nerd:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 25 December 2020, 18:20
I've looked but can't find where i saw that but they are cast and 8j's.

Can't find the actual weight of the wheels though.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Exonian on 25 December 2020, 23:07
I'm sure you understand all the comments were in good humour. I know how you enjoy the variety of different driving experiences. As my brother says- " one woman, many cars"
Good to hear you're back in a fast golf- where you belong- and that the driving experience is a step up from mk7.
I'm not too interested in those BMWs, but can I request a full comparison of mk7 v mk8 when you are ready please....

Yes, I took it all in as typically good natured banter and observations but fair points raised too.
I often wonder about my own sanity but if I can work out ways to do these things I will as life is short and I have a curious mind.
As for therapy, I’d leave any therapist needing therapy themselves after an hour or two with me  :laugh:

I like your brother’s thinking and will raise a glass to that.
My wife said not so long ago “the only time I ever get flowers is when you change cars and it seems like I get quite a lot of flowers...” Thankfully the CS came with a bunch in the boot  :whistle:

I’ll start a dedicated thread at some point once I’ve spent a bit of time driving familiar roads and worked out the faffing menu screens.


What I’d really like to know Exonian is how does the CS without DCC compare to any of your previous Golfs without DCC, if indeed you had one without which I think you did?

Interesting that you looked at the Up gti too. I’m seriously thinking of moving to one in the future and will hopefully get a test drive soon.

Absolutely brilliant to have you back!

Thank you Michele  :smiley:

I had five white mk7’s and only one had DCC.
My feeling is the mk8 CS’s ride quality will be significantly harder than any of the previous cars due to the stiff rear springs. I can cope with stiff but dislike crashy immensely.

It’ll be a while before I can get anything significant to report as I’m hibernating for a few days and using my other car for work at the moment as I can’t be dealing with two cars completely sh!tted up with road filth.
Once I can get the other car cleaned I’ll swap them over and get the GTI run in ASAP.
I've looked but can't find where i saw that but they are cast and 8j's.

Can't find the actual weight of the wheels though.

I can also remember seeing that link. It was screenshot from an early European configurator I think where it stated all the dimensions, offsets and weights (possibly a TUV requirement). It’ll be buried in a thread here somewhere.

Interesting what you said about the ride as i have just watched a review of a passive setup mk8 GTI before reading your coment. He seemed to say similar of the non clubsport too.
https://youtu.be/RKQ8mkQAa3c

How cool is that?! A Mk5 versus mk8.
I’ll sit and properly watch that later

Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Guzzle on 25 December 2020, 23:19
Bit off topic, just wishing everyone a Merry Christmas  :smiley:🎅
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: king monkey on 26 December 2020, 07:24
Thanks for the reply as always Andy. Looking forward to your thoughts. Don’t know about anyone else, but these real world views by actual normal people rather than journalists are far more important for me.

@Guzzle and everyone else- Merry Christmas. Hope everyone has been able to have some time to relax in what has been a previously unimaginable year.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Yusee on 26 December 2020, 07:40
Interesting what you said about the ride as i have just watched a review of a passive setup mk8 GTI before reading your coment. He seemed to say similar of the non clubsport too.
https://youtu.be/RKQ8mkQAa3c

It’s an interesting piece- here’s the written version:

https://www.pistonheads.com/news/ph-driven/vw-golf-gti-mk8-vs-vw-golf-gti-mk5/43536

A friend of mine has recently bought an absolute bargain mk5 which I drove for the first time.
Comparing to my mk7, initial throttle response is better ( you can fix that with a pedal box in mine if you want), steering has more feel (but isn’t as quick). Otherwise the mk7 is a big step up in every way.
I think one of the reasons the mk5 is so fondly remembered is that it followed years of terrible golf GTIs.
The mk8 has received a lukewarm reception because it has followed the excellent mk7.
It’s an interesting debate “ which gti is best “.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: king monkey on 26 December 2020, 08:02
Saw this video the other day. Mk5 was the first gti I owned and it was just fantastic. Felt like a rocket ship compared to what I’d owned previously. Absolutely spot on about the throttle response compared to the Mk7 and really glad to hear the Mk8 seems to have solved this as my insurance company won’t play ball with a pedal box.

The mk5 started my obsession with gti ownership but the ed35 is the one that I shouldn’t have let go of. That’s my favourite.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: AndyGTI on 26 December 2020, 10:40
This thread had me laughing a lot.

So it’s all change at Exonian Towers. I too will look forward to the detailed review of your Clubsport.

Someone else mentioned people’s review on test drives or ownership meaning more than journalist reviews, I agree. It’s far more useful feedback to other potential purchasers.

Happy Boxing Day to eveyone
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 26 December 2020, 10:49
Heaviest wheel fitted to a gti ever..
Wow, that's progress! You have a link to the stats for that Fred?  :nerd:

Ahhh here you go:

(https://i.postimg.cc/SNCZDz0X/Golf-Mk8-GTi-Wheels.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)

12.2kg on the Mk8 vs 11.9kg max on the Mk7.

That slide also confirms what I saw on the OEM tyre choices too.

Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Exonian on 27 January 2021, 16:45
Today I fitted some more befitting rubber

(https://i.postimg.cc/25KMyh7R/DE02783-C-5-A29-4-DB3-BF3-A-DD019-E56-C36-A.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/DW1BYWNB)
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Watts on 27 January 2021, 19:00
Reifnitz reps too? So what tipped you to the Michelins against the Goodyears?
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Exonian on 28 January 2021, 05:57
I chose the Michelins as I’m boringly predictable.
They’re well proven and I had nothing but positivity from the last set I had (having been swayed by the enthusiasm for them from members on here and elsewhere leading to that purchase).

I bought the reps around new year not wanting to put anything too expensive on the car due to the shocking state of some of the roads I have to use daily which are truly third world. It’s taken me a few weeks to get my act together but life, work, weather and lockdowns all conspired.

A bit of a paradoxical partnership I know but hey ho!
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Watts on 28 January 2021, 08:59
It would be interesting to see your mk8 with the Reifnitz on.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 28 January 2021, 09:27
19's??? It says PS4-S

What offset did you go for? I think people would like to hear that piece of info.

How is the ride now? You had 18's and no DCC.

Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: mcmaddy on 28 January 2021, 10:08
19's??? It says PS4-S

What offset did you go for? I think people would like to hear that piece of info.

How is the ride now? You had 18's and no DCC.
you can get PS4 S in 18s now Fred.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 28 January 2021, 10:17
Hmmm I've heard the rumour (it was Yaris GR related) but not seen the evidence yet.

I look forward to hearing from Exonian!
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: jv on 28 January 2021, 10:28
(https://i.postimg.cc/sG258S4z/2020-Toyota-Yaris-GR-Tuning-132.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/sG258S4z)
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Snoopy on 28 January 2021, 11:42
Should have fitted linglong ditchfinders the 4s give too much grip making a car no fun.  :laugh:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: mcmaddy on 28 January 2021, 15:06
Hmmm I've heard the rumour (it was Yaris GR related) but not seen the evidence yet.

I look forward to hearing from Exonian!
they are slowly becoming available according to Michelin but they are factory fit on the Yaris GR.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: jv on 28 January 2021, 15:33
Should have fitted linglong ditchfinders the 4s give too much grip making a car no fun.  :laugh:

Bad man  :grin:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Exonian on 28 January 2021, 19:22
It would be interesting to see your mk8 with the Reifnitz on.

The car is currently filthy, locked in a garage surrounded by boxes and blocked in by two other cars.
The only time I see it is in darkness and my phone is from 1874 so doesn’t do anything in dimpsy conditions.
A bit like the 135 really, I never got round to taking pics of that.
Hmmm I've heard the rumour (it was Yaris GR related) but not seen the evidence yet.

I look forward to hearing from Exonian!

Yes, they’re 19”. You should know me by now  :laugh:

Edging the car out of the tyre depot I flicked the gear bean into Sport mode, zig-zagged up through the High Street to get some warmth into the tyres immediately noticing the added sharpness to the steering coupled with a luxurious compliancy to the ride. Half a mile later the roads opened up and I buried the throttle and started to slice through the bends feeling just like Benny lapping the ‘Ring, relishing the almost seamless gear-changes as I blasted out of the tighter corners, feeling the tyres dig in with no hint of understeer or so much as a chirp from the inside wheel as all 400Nm were released onto the ribbon of tarmac allowing the EA888 to race to the red line time and again...


Yeah, ok, it was nothing like that actually.
The nice tyre man who didn’t speak much got out of the car and informed me he had reset the tyre pressure thingy which quite impressed me as most settings require a science degree and a bucket load of patience to find and I sincerely doubt he’d spent much time in a mk8 Golf.
I then noticed the radio had decided to throw a wobbly stating that the service was currently unavailable and that I should please wait. Great, could be a quiet ride home then.
Off I set into the traffic noting that the wet windscreen had two parallel lines from fitting rather than the circular suction marks I’d noticed on other new cars I’d driven.
The gentle sploshing of water thrown off the OSF tyre into the driver’s wheel arch and the squeaking of tyres on tyres sitting right behind me on the backs of the folded seats and boot floor were my audio entertainment.
The traffic was pretty steady and slow moving which suited me just fine as I was wary of 100kg of dirty and wet wheels and tyres shifting suddenly and marking my interior trim.
The radio finally sparked into life just as I got home  :rolleyes:
The swastikas were duly unloaded, wiped down with QD and heaved into a corner of the garage. I walked around the car, decided the grey wheels looked like a Euro spec GTI on its winter wheels but noted the arches were filled a lot better. The car was then reversed into its hidey-hole and I went inside for a much needed cuppa.

There, review over!

Oh, 8x19 ET45


Should have fitted linglong ditchfinders the 4s give too much grip making a car no fun.  :laugh:
Would have saved me a few Bob and with my lack of driving skills I might as well have done but the sidewall profile of the Michelins remind me of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s forehead so that sealed it for me....



(https://i.postimg.cc/sG258S4z/2020-Toyota-Yaris-GR-Tuning-132.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/sG258S4z)


Nice pic.

Oh! There’s actually a pic!!
 :laugh:  :kiss:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: jv on 28 January 2021, 20:18

(https://i.postimg.cc/sG258S4z/2020-Toyota-Yaris-GR-Tuning-132.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/sG258S4z)


Nice pic.

Oh! There’s actually a pic!!
 :laugh:  :kiss:


Well.... now it's so easy to add pics... perhaps we will be able to keep up with the car purchases you make this year month  :whistle: :tongue:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Exonian on 28 January 2021, 20:40
Trouble is, by the time my blurry smudges get back from the photo developers I’ve already got something else depreciating on the drive.
Confuses the hell out of the neighbours.  :lipsrsealed:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 28 January 2021, 21:47
Lol flicking the (gear) bean!

I'm keeping that!

I'll put you down as "undecided" on the ride...

Well done for the best laugh I've had this week though  :grin:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Dave1rs on 26 February 2021, 18:07
Washed mine,ready for new wheels tomorrow.

(https://i.postimg.cc/YSJWFSd9/468-C3334-697-E-46-C6-B718-E4-DD6-A2-D404-E.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/jW420R00)

Also fitted new front and rear cameras, front one I had previously was a few years old so decided to replace it and add a rear one too.


(https://i.postimg.cc/d3XPszqz/2-F908-CCF-8-AD1-4-A3-B-B934-875-E1-EDD882-B.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/kRxhwYRc)

(https://i.postimg.cc/QMsLdg3x/E14-F2-C84-0-A24-46-A1-BC22-8-BFC54-BF78-AF.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/18W7WqXL)



(https://i.postimg.cc/7h5dWmgX/9032-C53-B-4-F96-452-E-9-C0-B-D20-FD6-ACD936.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/dZK57RNT)

Think I’ve now decided to get the roof wrapped too.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 26 February 2021, 18:16
Today I have spotted my car on We Connect.

It has three quarters of a tank of fuel and travelled a few hundred yards.

Yay!
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: AndyGTI on 26 February 2021, 18:22
Oh wow!

So it’s on it’s (slow way) over to UK from factory.  That is exciting. So are you expect it for mid to late March? :smiley:

It’s good the app does sometimes work, several people over on VWROC are having a nightmare trying to keep track of their R order
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 26 February 2021, 19:10
Nope its at the dealers, all PDI'ed and ready for me to collect on Monday!  :cool:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: AndyGTI on 26 February 2021, 22:15
Nope its at the dealers, all PDI'ed and ready for me to collect on Monday!  :cool:

Oh wow it seems to have come really quickly or have I got lockdown fade and it’s been months?

I’ll be interested to hear your DCC and HUD thoughts.

Well hope you are able to get thru the weekend as going to be exciting Monday.


Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Exonian on 27 February 2021, 05:41
Washed mine,ready for new wheels tomorrow.

Think I’ve now decided to get the roof wrapped too.

Really looking forward to the pics once the wheels are on  :cool:

I quite fancy wrapping my roof too. After having an Ed40 and TCR with black roof options my Clubsport looks a bit bare!
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fuster on 27 February 2021, 10:21

(https://i.postimg.cc/44YnrwP2/466-A2543-809-C-404-C-9-D70-4-C9-AE2-BD3-D31.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/s1RVWYt5)

Got rid of the Richmonds :smiley:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Dave1rs on 27 February 2021, 10:25
Got the Pretoria reps fitted,and Michelin pilot sport 4s.

Vw logos haven’t arrived yet....and also didn’t realise the wheel nut covers don’t fit so must order some different ones.very pleased with the result though,think it looks better now.


Forget that...wheel nut covers do fit ....just very tight.

(https://i.postimg.cc/02m7Czyh/82-D64739-8279-40-C7-8501-FC3357075-E1-A.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/TpdydYmc)


(https://i.postimg.cc/25HW5v0L/93301243-53-D8-430-D-8-BDB-BAEA7-BCAB4-AB.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/d7y3H7PJ)



(https://i.postimg.cc/DyqbXRCT/141645-A1-D1-C4-4-DA4-99-E6-4759-ADD23948.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/7fZ6vt8s)
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Dave1rs on 27 February 2021, 10:27

(https://i.postimg.cc/44YnrwP2/466-A2543-809-C-404-C-9-D70-4-C9-AE2-BD3-D31.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/s1RVWYt5)

Got rid of the Richmonds :smiley:

Looks good...you have good taste in wheels  :smiley:
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Post by: Ceefeesh on 27 February 2021, 10:36
If you have any difficulty with the VW logos give me a shout I have a set sitting here, you can have them. I have literally just opened them. I thought they were stickers, turns out they are centre caps. 🤦🏻If you need them just let me know by direct messaging me. You are welcome to them.

(https://i.postimg.cc/FsLMSvkG/92-AB9285-5672-41-E6-B4-CA-FE9-C7-C8-BA0-E1.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)

(https://i.postimg.cc/zGY9SQnN/E26798-D6-3996-44-FC-92-F9-A75-C197-C70-E2.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Dave1rs on 27 February 2021, 10:38
If you have any difficulty with the VW logos give me a shout I have a set sitting here, you can have them.

Much appreciated,got some en route from China hopefully...but we shall see.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Guzzle on 27 February 2021, 11:40
Liking the Pretoria mods here. Both look excellent 👍
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Post by: fuster on 27 February 2021, 11:55
Got the Pretoria reps fitted,and Michelin pilot sport 4s.

Vw logos haven’t arrived yet....and also didn’t realise the wheel nut covers don’t fit so must order some different ones.very pleased with the result though,think it looks better now.


Forget that...wheel nut covers do fit ....just very tight.

(https://i.postimg.cc/02m7Czyh/82-D64739-8279-40-C7-8501-FC3357075-E1-A.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/TpdydYmc)


(https://i.postimg.cc/25HW5v0L/93301243-53-D8-430-D-8-BDB-BAEA7-BCAB4-AB.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/d7y3H7PJ)



(https://i.postimg.cc/DyqbXRCT/141645-A1-D1-C4-4-DA4-99-E6-4759-ADD23948.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/7fZ6vt8s)

Likewise :smiley:  May start a ‘trend’ here...
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: SRGTD on 27 February 2021, 13:28
Got the Pretoria reps fitted,and Michelin pilot sport 4s.


Got rid of the Richmonds :smiley:

That’s a great improvement on both of your cars guys. IMO a big plus is that your new wheels aren’t diamond cut, so no worries with the dreaded white worm corrosion in a couple of years time down the line :smiley:.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: jaceyboy on 27 February 2021, 13:56
Both gone 18" not 19"?
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Post by: Dave1rs on 27 February 2021, 14:12
Both gone 18" not 19"?

18 for me,I wanted 19’s but not worth all the moaning from her indoors about the bumpier ride.

Tyres being around £50 cheaper each is an added bonus.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fuster on 27 February 2021, 14:16
Both gone 18" not 19"?

Was concerned about the ride quality so stuck with 18s
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: jaceyboy on 27 February 2021, 14:50
Both gone 18" not 19"?

18 for me,I wanted 19’s but not worth all the moaning from her indoors about the bumpier ride.

Tyres being around £50 cheaper each is an added bonus.

When I changed my tires to PS4S the ride was totally changed with 19"'s
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Brocky_ on 27 February 2021, 17:05
It was yesterday, rather than today....but I went to the dealers and drooled over my Clubsport a bit. Can't wait till Tuesday!  :laugh:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Exonian on 27 February 2021, 23:07
It was yesterday, rather than today....but I went to the dealers and drooled over my Clubsport a bit. Can't wait till Tuesday!  :laugh:

You’ll love it!  :cool:




Dave1rs and fuster, those wheels are looking good! :afro:

Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 01 March 2021, 11:47
Picked it up  :cool:
(https://i.postimg.cc/3wRKhc8h/20210301-113749.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/pmwNYk5c)
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Post by: JoeGTI on 01 March 2021, 11:47
very nice Fred! First impressions?
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Post by: Guzzle on 01 March 2021, 12:01
Looking good Fred.👍

Time to update your signature  :tongue:
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Post by: Exonian on 01 March 2021, 12:38
Picked it up  :cool:
(https://i.postimg.cc/3wRKhc8h/20210301-113749.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/pmwNYk5c)

That looks fab fredgroves  :cool:
Best colour/wheel combo

How many times has the front assist told you it’s temporarily having a tea break so far?  :whistle:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: SRGTD on 01 March 2021, 13:11
Picked it up  :cool:
(https://i.postimg.cc/3wRKhc8h/20210301-113749.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/pmwNYk5c)

That looks fab fredgroves  :cool:
Best colour/wheel combo


@Exonian; that’s exactly what I was about to say. Moonstone is my favourite mk8 colour and works really well with the GTI styling accents.

The mk8’s looks are also very gradually growing on me - probably more a case of me having got used to the way it looks :smiley:.
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Post by: Watts on 01 March 2021, 13:41
Looks great, congratulations!
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Post by: Brocky_ on 01 March 2021, 13:42
Congrats, Fred.  I agree, it does look good in that colour.  I was debating between Dolphin and white and eventually went for white, as darker greys are insanely common at the moment....but Moonstone has really grown on me recently and I think that if I was making the choice now, I would be very torn between that and white.

Having been to see my Clubsport a few days ago, I also know that pictures really don't do the car justice, either.  It looks SO much better in the flesh.

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts and seeing more pictures, Fred.  When you take a break from enjoying it, of course!  :grin:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Dave1rs on 01 March 2021, 13:50
Picked it up  :cool:


Looks good  :cool:

But you are supposed to park between the lines :grin:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Jim_mk7.5 on 01 March 2021, 13:57
Congrats Fred, looks nice that  :cool:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: bjbanny on 01 March 2021, 14:03
Picked it up  :cool:
(https://i.postimg.cc/3wRKhc8h/20210301-113749.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/pmwNYk5c)

looks wow  :kiss:
i really like those wheels i think fit really nice with the GTI
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Post by: fredgroves on 01 March 2021, 16:29
Cheers guys.

Happy so far, spent the day rummaging in menus and trying to figure things out.

Yes front assist has more tea breaks than even me it seems... Hmm

Pleased with the colour, it's battleship grey so I thought a fitting backdrop for the photo.

Just some quick observations... Nineteens are heavy old wheels, i can feel them on the corners a fair bit. Dcc soaks it up like a charm though, think it was a good decision. The hud is rather neat, barely need to look at the dash. I pootled along mainly on the way home, it's pretty harmless in comfort mode, quiet, well behaved and forty mpg. In sport mode and a bit of flappy paddle cog dropping its like a spanked weasel. Best of both worlds.

I'm also home without being crippled or having my fillings shaken out of my head.

This is what a golf gti is about in my humble opinion.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 01 March 2021, 16:34
Picked it up  :cool:


Looks good  :cool:

But you are supposed to park between the lines :grin:

According to the the bendy lines on the rear view camera that was straight... Maybe I've not mastered that yet.  :whistle:
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Post by: Stevo M81 on 01 March 2021, 17:26
Picked it up  :cool:
(https://i.postimg.cc/3wRKhc8h/20210301-113749.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/pmwNYk5c)

Looks great in that colour and those wheels, health to drive Fred  :cool:
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Post by: fuster on 01 March 2021, 17:46
Picked it up  :cool:
(https://i.postimg.cc/3wRKhc8h/20210301-113749.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/pmwNYk5c)

Very nice
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Post by: Yusee on 01 March 2021, 20:46
Great looking car Fred. More fun than the gtd?
Great pic too. What are those interesting buildings in the background?
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: AndyGTI on 01 March 2021, 20:54
Congratulations Fred. Looks really good.

Happy Driving
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: king monkey on 01 March 2021, 20:56
Moonstone is great. Congratulations Fred.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 01 March 2021, 21:25
Great looking car Fred. More fun than the gtd?
Great pic too. What are those interesting buildings in the background?

Chatham dockyard... The old royal navy base. Those are covered slipways.

A good place for HMS Weasel I thought  :laugh:

And yes what little hooligan moments I've had so far, better than the gtd.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Brocky_ on 03 March 2021, 12:46
Picked my Clubsport up yesterday.  I took your advice, Fred and disabled keyless right away.  I got it at 11:00 and didn't get home until gone midnight!  :evil:  Pretty sure I have around 200 miles on it already.  Took it fairly easy for the most part but couldn't resist giving it a little squirt every now and then.

Not got any pictures yet, as I was too busy enjoying it.  Plus, it's going in for a ceramic coating at weekend, so will put some up then.

A couple of niggles:- After a few hours the volume sliders on both the dash and the steering wheel doesn't seem to want to increase volume.  It gives the haptic feedback and will decrease volume fine, but just won't increase it.  I can still do it via voice command, however.

Also....and this may be me just not being used to DSG....Sports mode feels a bit weird in that, when I am just driving normally, it doesn't seem to settle down and sits in 3rd gear around 3,000 revs until it gets to about 40mph, then sits in 4th.  Is that normal?  Driving at 30-35 in 3rd gear seems a bit weird....even for Sports mode.  In comfort mode, it would be in 5th or 6th at 30-35.  Are my expectations skewed that it should still settle into at least 4th, even in sports mode, when not accelerating at 30mph?   Does the DSG kind of learn your driving style over time and adjusts to it and it's just 'getting used to me', so to speak?

Other than that, though, I am thoroughly chuffed to bits with the car.

Oh and a kind of embarrassing newbie question:- Is Eco mode for motorway cruising or for stop/start traffic about town kind of driving?  :whistle:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 03 March 2021, 13:11
Brocky,

Nice one! What colour is yours?

Glad you were sensible on the keyless disable. I couldn't sleep at night with that risk running through my head.

The volume buttons.... yeah a little bit frustating. I've not worked it out yet.

DSG - I too am a DSG noob, still getting used to it too. Not quite sure how its supposed to work really. I've mainly been using just "drive" mode, which changes at just under 2k rpm.

ECO.... no idea, not even tried it. Possibly it enables coasting... on the Mk7 you could put it into eco mode and get that.

Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Brocky_ on 03 March 2021, 14:32
Brocky,

Nice one! What colour is yours?

Glad you were sensible on the keyless disable. I couldn't sleep at night with that risk running through my head.

The volume buttons.... yeah a little bit frustating. I've not worked it out yet.

DSG - I too am a DSG noob, still getting used to it too. Not quite sure how its supposed to work really. I've mainly been using just "drive" mode, which changes at just under 2k rpm.

ECO.... no idea, not even tried it. Possibly it enables coasting... on the Mk7 you could put it into eco mode and get that.
Mine is white on 18s.  I know everyone hates them but I really don't mind them.  I am not a fan of black wheels and I can already tell that my daily drive would be pretty harsh on anything bigger, so I am happy with them.

It's not so much the whole touch slider thing in general, with regards to the volume, it's that volume up via either the dash or wheel sliders suddenly stopped working.  Decrease works fine via sliders and a voice request works fine, just not an increase via either slider, despite the haptic feedback working.  I imagine it's either something I have done or a software issue.

Eco definitely enables coasting.  I'm just not sure under what circumstances it is best used.  To be honest, I would probably only use it if it's designed for cruising at 70, and would just use Comfort around town anyway.

One stand-out thing for me is just how eager the car always feels to go.  I find myself braking way more than I am used to.  Even when I am in Comfort mode and driving normally, barely touching the go pedal, the slightest incline and I soon realise that I am pushing 10mph more than when I last looked.  Again, that maybe just me getting used to DSG after 20+ years of engine-braking with manuals.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Watts on 03 March 2021, 14:58
Also....and this may be me just not being used to DSG....Sports mode feels a bit weird in that, when I am just driving normally, it doesn't seem to settle down and sits in 3rd gear around 3,000 revs until it gets to about 40mph, then sits in 4th.  Is that normal?  Driving at 30-35 in 3rd gear seems a bit weird....even for Sports mode.  In comfort mode, it would be in 5th or 6th at 30-35.  Are my expectations skewed that it should still settle into at least 4th, even in sports mode, when not accelerating at 30mph?   Does the DSG kind of learn your driving style over time and adjusts to it and it's just 'getting used to me', so to speak?

Other than that, though, I am thoroughly chuffed to bits with the car.

Oh and a kind of embarrassing newbie question:- Is Eco mode for motorway cruising or for stop/start traffic about town kind of driving?  :whistle:

On my 7.5 the dsg is a bit of a pain so I generally just leave it in D. S does hold on to the revs too long so unless you are driving really hard I find it a bit pointless.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Exonian on 03 March 2021, 15:19
Congrats Brocky

Eco mode is for laboratory use when WLTP testing only.
Unless you’ve slightly misjudged your “miles to empty” and found your local fuel station has closed early on a Sunday evening  :whistle:

DSG is weird. Never mind having about 80 modes for DCC, the DSG could do with a few more modes for real world driving. Best advice I was given on here was to cruise around in D then snick the lever (yes, a lever! Remember those? Now we just have nuggets) backwards into S to pull out of junctions or busy roundabouts then snick it back to D again once moving.
Using more throttle will hold the revs a bit better some days but other days the ‘box chooses to ignore your demands unless you physically flick something plastic.
It becomes second nature after a while.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Yusee on 03 March 2021, 17:34
Not trying to provoke the old pedal box debate, any opinions on throttle mapping compared to the mk7?
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Post by: fredgroves on 03 March 2021, 17:59
Seems quite eager actually. I think it's changed a fair bit but i never found my gtd having a dead pedal.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Exonian on 03 March 2021, 20:54
I’d be the first person whingeing if the pedal response was remotely dull but I find it ok so far actually.
Mind you I felt the TCR pedal wasn’t too bad either so the common denominator there is DSG.
With the gearbox feeling like you’ve either dipped your toes in tepid porridge on the one hand or in Sport mode it feels like you’ve stepped on a roller skate in a dark hallway it kind of masks all sorts of evils.
I’m also running the car in gently as I’m old fashioned about stuff like that, but even so, the response seems ok.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Exonian on 07 March 2021, 15:41
Today, after being indirectly reminded by Brocky (completely unbeknownst to Brocky) I finally remembered to fit my footrest.
Said item was originally provided to me by p3asa and has previously lived in my R, Ed40 and TCR.


(https://i.postimg.cc/j5zxpgzM/861-DD901-9150-4-CB7-8-AC9-7730-BFCE72-AF.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/hztRx0Zm)


Is it just me or does the mk8 slightly resemble a Scirocco from some angles?
Excuse piss poor quality of photo but I was leaning upside down in my toolbox at the time taking the shot from inside the garage and the light was really bad.



(https://i.postimg.cc/7L1Pct1m/5744926-D-815-F-4202-828-B-6-CFB9-F9-BDF47.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/yJdz3PbZ)
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: SRGTD on 07 March 2021, 16:06
Is it just me or does the mk8 slightly resemble a Scirocco from some angles?
Excuse piss poor quality of photo but I was leaning upside down in my toolbox at the time taking the shot from inside the garage and the light was really bad.

No, it’s not just you. I’d never looked at a mk8 and thought it looked like the Scirocco, but now you’ve planted that seed, I can see where you’re coming from.

Always thought the Scirocco was a good looking car, although IMHO those two small bumps on the top of the tailgate spoiler - presumably there to accommodate the tailgate hinges - always looked a bit odd.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Brocky_ on 08 March 2021, 00:52
I hadn't thought of it either but can see what you're saying now.

I almost bought a Scirocco GTS (the one with the stripes) in Indium Grey a fair few years ago but cancelled my order at the last minute as talk of the facelift emerged.  Then things changed and I never followed up.  It is still a cracking looking car, in my opinion.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPiNj0F1uWQ

Exonian, you're welcome.  My motivational speaking business is up and running!  :grin:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Sootchucker on 08 March 2021, 09:45
Loved my Rocco - My wife always tells me it was her most favourite car that I've owned.

This was mine back in 2011 (gratuitous image)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/8244/8506784534_ed997754c6_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/dXHuES)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/7348/8719657063_b2b6ed6a52_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ehwwfT)

Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: theminty1 on 08 March 2021, 12:47
@sootchucker. I looked at the scirocco at the time just couldn't figure out the rear of the car. Got a mk2TT instead, although these photos do look good. You don't see many of them around now.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 08 March 2021, 12:51
It just seemed like a Golf, only compromised in terms of practicality with no real up side to it. It didn't handle any better, it didn't go any faster, it was just awkward to live with.

Just my view...
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 08 March 2021, 12:55
Today, I've worked out why Travel Assist and Predictive cruise didn't seem to be working properly.... you have to go and turn on all of the assist systems before it will do it. Which is weird, I'd have thought the things would have been on out of the box, given how much value VW put on those. While I was in there, I've turned on speed warnings too. Lets see how long before I turn that off again...

I've also finally got around to locating and eliminating the bloody eco tips. I love to hug a tree as much as the next hippy, but those were driving me batty. The bloody "take your foot off the gas" icon on the HUD.... grrrr
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Guzzle on 08 March 2021, 13:27
It just seemed like a Golf, only compromised in terms of practicality with no real up side to it. It didn't handle any better, it didn't go any faster, it was just awkward to live with.

Just my view...

It was launched at a time when 3 door hatchbacks were still reasonably popular, and it was also quite well specced for its time too.

Early GT models had DCC and 18 inch wheels as standard. Both of which were optional extras on the Mk6 GTi and GTD. I really wanted one, but my employers company car policy at the time put paid to that.  :sad:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Brocky_ on 08 March 2021, 13:54
Oops, wrong thread...
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Sootchucker on 08 March 2021, 13:57
I actually swapped my MK5 GT TDI for the Scirocco (still a 140ps Oil burner), and yes Fred, I know what you are saying, it was just a Golf in another set of clothes, but it actually did feel very different and quite special compared to the MK5 it was based on. The boot was surprisingly huge for a coupe and yes, getting in the back wasn't the easiest (although to be fair no worse than a 3 door Golf of the time), but could easily swallow 4 adults in decent comfort. 

Big problem in later years with the Rocco, was that VW never really updated it. The running gear, most of the electrics etc were still MK5 Golf based when it went out of production a few years back. If VW would have made a new version with the MK7 underpinnings (MQB) and the vastly updated electronics and safety systems of the later car, I think it would still sell well today. Back in the day when I bought mine, according to my dealer, it pretty much killed off the 3 door Golf in terms of their sales (at least this particular dealer), and only those that wanted 5 doors actually ordered a Golf. Strange but true.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: skippy on 08 March 2021, 19:37
I actually swapped my MK5 GT TDI for the Scirocco (still a 140ps Oil burner), and yes Fred, I know what you are saying, it was just a Golf in another set of clothes, but it actually did feel very different and quite special compared to the MK5 it was based on. The boot was surprisingly huge for a coupe and yes, getting in the back wasn't the easiest (although to be fair no worse than a 3 door Golf of the time), but could easily swallow 4 adults in decent comfort. 

Big problem in later years with the Rocco, was that VW never really updated it. The running gear, most of the electrics etc were still MK5 Golf based when it went out of production a few years back. If VW would have made a new version with the MK7 underpinnings (MQB) and the vastly updated electronics and safety systems of the later car, I think it would still sell well today. Back in the day when I bought mine, according to my dealer, it pretty much killed off the 3 door Golf in terms of their sales (at least this particular dealer), and only those that wanted 5 doors actually ordered a Golf. Strange but true.

This is exactly the reason why I traded my Roc for a new GTI last year.  The Scirocco was a great car and I really enjoyed it, but as you mentioned sootchucker, VW never properly updated it.

I did have a few comments over the years like, ‘oh but it is really a Golf underneath’, but a Golf of course is a fine car on which to base it.

I was always hoping that there would be an MQB version of the Scirocco, but I think dieselgate and the market towards SUV’s killed that idea.

The Scirocco always seemed to be in the Golf’s shadow as it were, where the emphasis on R&D would go to the Golf and not much handed down to the Roc.

I was sad to see the Roc go, but the Mk7.5 GTI is another proposition altogether.

Sorry if this has strayed off topic!

Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 08 March 2021, 20:11
So the speed limit warning thing turned out to be not too annoying. I probably do need reminders...

I think I've also figured out finally how the HK audio setup works, not that the user guide actually seems to tell you. It's kind of weird in that you have four different audio types but the equaliser setup is the same no matter which one you choose. The type profiles are different sounding though I discovered.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: theminty1 on 09 March 2021, 10:30


I think I've also figured out finally how the HK audio setup works, not that the user guide actually seems to tell you. It's kind of weird in that you have four different audio types but the equaliser setup is the same no matter which one you choose. The type profiles are different sounding though I discovered.


I believe the Mk8 has a centre speaker can this be turned on/off then depending on how which preset you are on?
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 09 March 2021, 10:47


I think I've also figured out finally how the HK audio setup works, not that the user guide actually seems to tell you. It's kind of weird in that you have four different audio types but the equaliser setup is the same no matter which one you choose. The type profiles are different sounding though I discovered.


I believe the Mk8 has a centre speaker can this be turned on/off then depending on how which preset you are on?

Yes there is a centre speaker in the dash.... how its used or when its used I don't really know. There is literally no documentation I can find on HK at all. The user guide has nothing, there is no extra supplemental infotainment booklet like I had the on Mk7.5.

(I've just emailed VW customer services.... I don't hold much hope in them giving me a sensible answer but hey...)
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: theminty1 on 09 March 2021, 11:05
Does the non HK  have the centre speaker.... might as well ask those in the know
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 09 March 2021, 20:22
Today's brief golf moment was checking my tyre pressures. I actually expected to find them inflated by the dealer to the fully loaded values (41 psi). Instead they were all slightly under the light load values (38 psi). Could just be my crap electric pump not reading true but I've put them up to 38 anyway.

It didn't seem to make much difference to the ride and handling in a negative way anyway (had a quick blast to test my settings... Like you do)
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Brocky_ on 10 March 2021, 13:38
Today's brief golf moment was checking my tyre pressures. I actually expected to find them inflated by the dealer to the fully loaded values (41 psi). Instead they were all slightly under the light load values (38 psi). Could just be my crap electric pump not reading true but I've put them up to 38 anyway.

It didn't seem to make much difference to the ride and handling in a negative way anyway (had a quick blast to test my settings... Like you do)
I checked mine about an hour after picking it up and they were all 2-3psi over the light load value.  Don't forget to set your sensors.

Does the non HK  have the centre speaker.... might as well ask those in the know
Mine is non-HK and it does have the centre speaker.
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Post by: theminty1 on 10 March 2021, 14:25
Thanks Brocky
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 10 March 2021, 14:57
Thanks Brocky

Good thing or bad thing?
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Post by: fredgroves on 10 March 2021, 19:32
Today... I went round my favourite corner.

Oh wow, that was impressive!
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Ubique on 10 March 2021, 19:45
Fred, how much better than the GTD?
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Post by: fredgroves on 10 March 2021, 20:04
Fred, how much better than the GTD?

Loads!

I made a noise like an excited girl and almost went back to do it again but the weather was grim and I just wanted to get to my destination.

Another day I'll be back  :cool:
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Post by: Ubique on 10 March 2021, 20:08
Brilliant!
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Post by: Yusee on 10 March 2021, 20:13
Haha. That’s really good to hear.

Best way to stay interested in a car is to drive your favourite road/bend ever so often.

Be interested to know if the mk8 gti is more fun than a 7.5 performance.
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Post by: theminty1 on 11 March 2021, 07:22
Thanks Brocky

Good thing or bad thing?

I am into my car hifi never used a central speaker before. Just interested to see what the cars had.
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Post by: Wrex22 on 11 March 2021, 10:24
Today's brief golf moment was checking my tyre pressures. I actually expected to find them inflated by the dealer to the fully loaded values (41 psi). Instead they were all slightly under the light load values (38 psi). Could just be my crap electric pump not reading true but I've put them up to 38 anyway.

It didn't seem to make much difference to the ride and handling in a negative way anyway (had a quick blast to test my settings... Like you do)
I checked mine about an hour after picking it up and they were all 2-3psi over the light load value.  Don't forget to set your sensors.

Does the non HK  have the centre speaker.... might as well ask those in the know
Mine is non-HK and it does have the centre speaker.

I’d have thought it would tell you the individual pressure of each tyre on the infotainment display?
We got a fiesta that does and it even tells you in the FordPass app too.
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Post by: Dave1rs on 11 March 2021, 10:34


I’d have thought it would tell you the individual pressure of each tyre on the infotainment display?
We got a fiesta that does and it even tells you in the FordPass app too.

Doesn’t have tyre pressure sensors in the tyres ,so no pressure information.
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Post by: SRGTD on 11 March 2021, 11:17


I’d have thought it would tell you the individual pressure of each tyre on the infotainment display?
We got a fiesta that does and it even tells you in the FordPass app too.

Doesn’t have tyre pressure sensors in the tyres ,so no pressure information.

The TPMS used in the Golf is an indirect system that uses the ABS sensors to monitor the rotational speed of the wheels. A loss in air pressure in a tyre would mean the rotational speed of that tyre would be different to the others, which would trigger a loss of pressure warning.

Not having the actual tyre pressure displayed doesn’t concern me; IMHO there’s no substitute for manually checking tyre pressures and I do this as part of other regular checks (e.g. under-bonnet fluid levels, condition of tyres) to ensure the tyres are at the correct pressure. I consider the TPMS to be a back-up system, rather than the primary or sole means of ensuring tyre pressures are OK.
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Post by: fredgroves on 11 March 2021, 11:19
Yup ABS sensor tyre deflation detection only.

Probably be thankful for that as more advanced systems can be a right old ball ache, with things costing you lots of money when they go wrong.

TBH just knowing that your tyres are low is suffucient. If I could read on my dash that it was 4psi low it wouldn't help me inflate it and when i did I'd see the gauge.

Some more industrial vehicles have centralised tyre pressure systems that allow you to adjust the pressure from in the vehicle. Useful for big off road things. That's more impressive, can't say I've seen that on any cars in my money bracket though.
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Post by: fredgroves on 11 March 2021, 13:07
Today's Golf 8 challenge.... try and work out the HK audio rather than stab at the buttons.

The user guide has nothing in it. Literally no mention of it at all.

So I called VW.... VW say "its not a VW product, we don't know anything about it"

So I called HK.... HK say "its not a standalone product, VW licence the technology, we can't help you"

I've just sent a shouty email to VW.... I expect I'll get some waffle filled "f*** you" email back.

Not impressed for a factory £700 option.

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Post by: Dave1rs on 11 March 2021, 13:38
I meant it as a positive that the golf doesn’t have tyre pressure sensors,they are awful things.

Often break,far too sensitive.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Brocky_ on 11 March 2021, 14:28
I did a factory reset of my Infotainment in the hope that it would resolve issues with the VW wake word not working and not being able to set myself as Primary User.  The wake word works now, which is nice, but I still get the infinite spinning 'Please Wait' circle after entering my e-mail address and password for VW:ID.  I have tried it whilst connected to my home WiFi as well as connected to my phone hotspot, but still no joy.  :undecided:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 11 March 2021, 14:39
Hmmm yes getting that crap setup is a nightmare.

Here's some tips:

1) Check you have the globe icon in white (not grey) top right of the screen. If you have this, its talking to the internet (either by esim or wifi). If its not white, you've got another problem!

2) Using your computer, go into the We Connect portal, select the car icon on the left and "vehicle administration".

3) Make a note of your VIN (copy and paste).

4) Delete the car from We Connect

5) Re-add your car, using the VIN that you kept from before.

6) Go into the car, delete the user.

7) Add the user back (username and password)- you will need BOTH keys with you.

8) Choose make the user the primary user and it will ask you to push the button on both keys, one after the other.

9) Job done

Why is all this neccessary? God knows. That knowledge I've given you took me an entire day.

After that it (mainly) works properly.

Basically the thing lacks any proper documentation or error messages. Its shoddy.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: G3neralBanter on 11 March 2021, 18:21
I had similar issues logging in and setting up as primary user. Tried factory reset and deleting me as user. Only thing that worked was a series of system updates which took about 3 days to push through.

Once that was done I could finally sign in and set primary user. Software is still buggy though so I’ve booked it in to do a dealership update.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Exonian on 11 March 2021, 22:05
Christ, what a faff.

I’m fully settled into being “guest”  https://youtu.be/afzmwAKUppU
The car mostly works on that setting, granted it doesn’t greet me by name or do anything I request over a mobile phone link but neither do my cats and I’ve come to terms with that too.

Mk7(.5) life was much simpler, not to mention BMW.
Hell, I could still unlock my BMW for weeks and weeks after I parted company with it and it was around 180 miles away! It even told me how much of my tank of Momentum was left in it without me ever having to jump through hoops to set it up.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Brocky_ on 12 March 2021, 01:13
Hmmm yes getting that crap setup is a nightmare.

Here's some tips:

1) Check you have the globe icon in white (not grey) top right of the screen. If you have this, its talking to the internet (either by esim or wifi). If its not white, you've got another problem!

2) Using your computer, go into the We Connect portal, select the car icon on the left and "vehicle administration".

3) Make a note of your VIN (copy and paste).

4) Delete the car from We Connect

5) Re-add your car, using the VIN that you kept from before.

6) Go into the car, delete the user.

7) Add the user back (username and password)- you will need BOTH keys with you.

8) Choose make the user the primary user and it will ask you to push the button on both keys, one after the other.

9) Job done

Why is all this neccessary? God knows. That knowledge I've given you took me an entire day.

After that it (mainly) works properly.

Basically the thing lacks any proper documentation or error messages. Its shoddy.

Interesting.  Thanks, Fred.  I will give it a whirl and report back tomorrow.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Brocky_ on 14 March 2021, 13:52
Hmmm yes getting that crap setup is a nightmare.

Here's some tips:

1) Check you have the globe icon in white (not grey) top right of the screen. If you have this, its talking to the internet (either by esim or wifi). If its not white, you've got another problem!

2) Using your computer, go into the We Connect portal, select the car icon on the left and "vehicle administration".

3) Make a note of your VIN (copy and paste).

4) Delete the car from We Connect

5) Re-add your car, using the VIN that you kept from before.

6) Go into the car, delete the user.

7) Add the user back (username and password)- you will need BOTH keys with you.

8) Choose make the user the primary user and it will ask you to push the button on both keys, one after the other.

9) Job done

Why is all this neccessary? God knows. That knowledge I've given you took me an entire day.

After that it (mainly) works properly.

Basically the thing lacks any proper documentation or error messages. Its shoddy.

I just went through this and it worked for the most part.  I have a profile now. Thanks, Fred. You're a gent.

Still won't set me as primary user, though. It asked for my S-PIN when I got into the car and started it up.  It shows me in the 'Me' section but, if I go to access the shop, for example, it says "You need to become the primary user before you can access the shop". It gives the button to 'Become primary user' but pressing it gives me a second or so of the 'Please wait' circle and the gives the same screen again.  Going direct to the 'Set as primary user' in the 'Users' menu yields the same result.

Any suggestions?
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Dave1rs on 14 March 2021, 17:45
Hmmm yes getting that crap setup is a nightmare.

Here's some tips:

1) Check you have the globe icon in white (not grey) top right of the screen. If you have this, its talking to the internet (either by esim or wifi). If its not white, you've got another problem!

2) Using your computer, go into the We Connect portal, select the car icon on the left and "vehicle administration".

3) Make a note of your VIN (copy and paste).

4) Delete the car from We Connect

5) Re-add your car, using the VIN that you kept from before.

6) Go into the car, delete the user.

7) Add the user back (username and password)- you will need BOTH keys with you.

8) Choose make the user the primary user and it will ask you to push the button on both keys, one after the other.

9) Job done

Why is all this neccessary? God knows. That knowledge I've given you took me an entire day.

After that it (mainly) works properly.

Basically the thing lacks any proper documentation or error messages. Its shoddy.

I just went through this and it worked for the most part.  I have a profile now. Thanks, Fred. You're a gent.

Still won't set me as primary user, though. It asked for my S-PIN when I got into the car and started it up.  It shows me in the 'Me' section but, if I go to access the shop, for example, it says "You need to become the primary user before you can access the shop". It gives the button to 'Become primary user' but pressing it gives me a second or so of the 'Please wait' circle and the gives the same screen again.  Going direct to the 'Set as primary user' in the 'Users' menu yields the same result.

Any suggestions?

Turn off the cars esim,and connect to the phone for a data connection,far more reliable.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Brocky_ on 14 March 2021, 18:11
It has been connected to my home WiFi. The connection seems fine.  It set up a profile for me.  It just won't set me as the primary user, despite accepting my log-in, greeting me when I get in the car, accepting my S-PIN and me having both keys present.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 14 March 2021, 18:53
Has it asked you for the two keys yet?
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Brocky_ on 14 March 2021, 19:07
I followed your advice and took both keys with me when I was able to set up a user profile, Fred.  Not sure it has mentioned them at any point, though.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 14 March 2021, 19:50
You'll see it definitely ask for the keys, it's part of it setting up the primary user.

I had to drive for about fifteen minutes, to a place that I knew had a good mobile signal then try to make me primary user.

Vw actually told me that...

Then using the esim not a connection to my phone, I tried again and it said i needed both keys and I had to press the button on one after the other in a short period of time.

Try that...

It's an absolute faff.

If you haven't seen the two keys thing, you haven't actually got registered as primary user and until then the shop won't work or any software update ota...
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Brocky_ on 14 March 2021, 20:24
You'll see it definitely ask for the keys, it's part of it setting up the primary user.

I had to drive for about fifteen minutes, to a place that I knew had a good mobile signal then try to make me primary user.

Vw actually told me that...

Then using the esim not a connection to my phone, I tried again and it said i needed both keys and I had to press the button on one after the other in a short period of time.

Try that...

It's an absolute faff.

If you haven't seen the two keys thing, you haven't actually got registered as primary user and until then the shop won't work or any software update ota...
Yeah, it's friggin' annoying.  It's not as though I am crap with technology - I used to work in IT support, I build and configure gaming PCs as a hobby and I am the unofficial 'IT guy' at work that folks come to when they can't get tech to do what they want - so this is ridiculous!  :grin:

Thanks, Fred.  I will give that a try tomorrow.  Fingers crossed.
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Post by: fredgroves on 14 March 2021, 21:15
I've never seen something so badly documented and flakey in a consumer item like this.

Their helpline people don't exactly inspire confidence either, sounding like they've never actually seen the car or any of the screens before...

I can understand how someone who's less persistent than me just giving the bloody car back.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Brocky_ on 15 March 2021, 11:56
Just tried again. Nothing.

Excuse the dodgy video...

https://youtu.be/JiVwiQaweS0

*Edit* - Forgot to point out that I was connected using E-SIM.
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Post by: fredgroves on 15 March 2021, 12:48
That should work....
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Post by: fredgroves on 15 March 2021, 19:08
Today I've ordered myself a obd eleven dongle thing.

On a mk8 you can't mess with the settings much (sfd says nein!) but I intend to start digging into the software versions of the various components to try and figure out what makes these damn cars flakey.

On my two trips out today it refused both times to connect to my phone. Bloody thing.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Brocky_ on 15 March 2021, 19:50
Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, Fred?
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Post by: fredgroves on 15 March 2021, 19:57
Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, Fred?

Bluetooth... Nothing bloody hi tech at all
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Post by: Brocky_ on 16 March 2021, 02:12
Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, Fred?

Bluetooth... Nothing bloody hi tech at all
Ah, ok.  Tricky to know what's up then.  The reason I asked is because I am using Android Auto and if I turn off the car and open the door - when filling up with juice, for example - when I get back into the car, the car and phone don't reconnect until I unplug the phone and plug back in.  I am pretty confident that it's an Andriod Auto issue, rather than a VW one, though.

In other news, I am now Primary User!  I figured I would try a factory reset (my second one so far!) before I called VW.  Hit the reset, turned off, got out and locked the car for a minute, then unlocked and got back in.  I switched on the ignition but didn't start the engine.  Skipped the quickstart thingymajig and went straight to log in with my VW:ID before doing anything else.  Logged in and did exactly as I did in the video and boom, it asks for the two keys and I am in.

What an absolute pain that all was!
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Post by: fredgroves on 16 March 2021, 07:37
Glad to hear you got there with the login. It's quite the most ridiculous thing I've ever come across.

It drove me mad for an entire day that I wasted trying to get it to work.

The thing is my dealer set the car up for me. He had the login details from me to do it, but clearly they couldn't do it either!

I think the issue is the servers at Vw actually. I suspect they are heavily overloaded and just don't respond. Can't prove it though of course.
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Post by: fredgroves on 16 March 2021, 07:38
Ps and yes I suspect your issue is the same as mine as even when you use a cable with android auto it connects Bluetooth as well. Or rather doesn't.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Brocky_ on 18 March 2021, 21:21
Today I've ordered myself a obd eleven dongle thing.
Which one did you order, Fred?
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 18 March 2021, 21:41
Today I've ordered myself a obd eleven dongle thing.
Which one did you order, Fred?

I bought the original obd one (white one) , it's android only. Haven't bothered with paying for the pro software because I'm not going to alter anything just yet, I'm just looking. You can add the pro licence whenever you like with an in app purchase.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Brocky_ on 18 March 2021, 22:57
Yeah, I got the same one.  Couldn't see any difference with the 'Next Gen' one, other than it being IOS compatible and having the LED.  I also wasn't paying an extra tenner for a keyring, either!  :grin:
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Post by: mcmaddy on 19 March 2021, 08:32
Gen two device is supposed to be quicker with faster processor. I've still got a first gen and it works perfectly well 👍
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Post by: fredgroves on 19 March 2021, 09:16
Yeah being the tightwad I am and basically just wanting to dip into what is there, I went cheapest possible and I only use Android so....

I might need to pay for a pro licence if I want to dump the scan out to a file - I don't think I can do that - hence I spent 10 mins typing in my data to a post on here!
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Post by: GTD1414 on 19 March 2021, 10:38
Found out you can turn off Lane Assist by pressing the button on indicator stalk, then ok haptic button on the wheel...
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 19 March 2021, 11:11
Found out you can turn off Lane Assist by pressing the button on indicator stalk, then ok haptic button on the wheel...

Yeah Brocky said about that :)

I've yet to try it.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: GTD1414 on 19 March 2021, 13:01
Found out you can turn off Lane Assist by pressing the button on indicator stalk, then ok haptic button on the wheel...

Yeah Brocky said about that :)

I've yet to try it.

Seems to be shortcuts for a few different things - has this swipe down method (quick access to disable stop/start as standard) with custom settings been mentioned on here yet?
It was also posted on volkswizards IG yesterday.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OmSC43tlbY
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Post by: fredgroves on 19 March 2021, 13:09
Yeah there is something about being able to customise the tiles/buttons but I've no idea how it works yet.

Loads of things I've not figured out about the interface.... mainly because I find it very very slow and randomnly seems to just decide to do weird things.

Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Brocky_ on 19 March 2021, 16:36
The swipe down thing I knew about.  I think I puled it down with an accidental gesture whilst I was still messing around on the dealer car park.  Now I instinctively do it upon first starting the engine to deactivate Stop/Start.

Adjusting the tiles, I also knew about as I had seen it mentioned as being possible on one of the Wrexham VW walk-round vids before I even got mine.  You just hold your finger on the tile for a second and it will lift and allow you to move it, like on an Android (and maybe IOS) phone, Fred.  Once lifted, it can be quite tricky to get it where you want it, though.
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Post by: Exonian on 20 March 2021, 16:16
Today the Brocky Method proved itself with lane assist. Well done both Brocky and VW for putting the shortcut in.


Rewind to yesterday, Covid jab at 2pm, felt ok. Went in to work a 12 hour night shift, felt ok aside from a sore arm. Around midnight I contemplated paracetamol as I was feeling slightly achy but decided I was ok. 2am I had a cuppa and again contemplated paracetamol but thought I was still feeling pretty good.
By 3am I was aching like buggery.
By 4am I needed my bed so shut up shop and headed towards the work car park celebrity that is my Clubsport (you wouldn’t believe the amount of random people that come and find me to pay it compliments) to take me home.


Seatbelt on.
Started engine.
Found some 4am chill out music (Still Waters, The Trip seemed apt).
Flicked the bean into D.
Turned left and pointed the nose south west.
Remembered a little way down the road that lane assist was still activated as I passed parked cars and therefore having to cross the white line. This wasn’t nice with an extremely sore arm and having the wheel nudging it.
Engaged Brocky Method and remembered what a godsend that was for simplicity. We should start a sticky thread on here for mk8 tips and tricks. 

I can hardly remember the trip home. 13 miles of rural roads and the GTI showed it can do what a GTI is all about, it practically drove itself home, relaxing, comfortable and judging by my MPG’s quite briskly too.

Forget all that journo crap about bumpy ride and track orientated suspension. It is just crap.
The mk8 GTI’s even on 19’s and passive dampers are still remarkably comfortable cross country cars despite the fact their performance can happily mix it with the big boys. 

On a trip like that, feeling really unwell, even the slightest discomfort would have been magnified a dozen times.
Fact of the matter was I just jumped in, didn’t worry about driver profiles or any of the other techy gubbins other than CarPlay via Bluetooth (which is the most user friendly thing ever) and let the car get me home to my sick bed.
13 miles later I was sat with a cuppa and some paracetamol, having found Mr Chapple’s latest vid to tranquillise me into sleep.

Moral of the story: if you want pop music then buy British.
If you want a car, a washing machine or Covid jab then get something properly made by Germans.

Unfortunately I got the British Vauxhall Astra jab. 
Now where’s my painkiller pills....?

 
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 20 March 2021, 17:37
No covid jab for me, just a short trip to the DIY store... remembering the "Brocky lane assist kill" trick.... brilliant!

I can do that on the move and without even looking.

 :cool:

Hope you feel better soon Exonian!
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Brocky_ on 20 March 2021, 18:19
'The Brocky Method'.  I feel honoured. :grin:

Although I'm more proud of Exonian's use of 'Flicking the bean', which I coined a couple of weeks back. I think that one might have a better chance of sticking in Mk.8 lore than 'The Brocky Method'.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Exonian on 20 March 2021, 21:16
No covid jab for me, just a short trip to the DIY store... remembering the "Brocky lane assist kill" trick.... brilliant!

I can do that on the move and without even looking.

 :cool:

Hope you feel better soon Exonian!

Thanks Fred. Feeling loads better as the day goes on unlike poor Mrs Exonian who has really copped for it. She’s been very unwell with post jab nasties.
Still, it meant a rare day of self sufficiency so I made a chicken curry and followed it up with (cold) Sainsbury's hot cross buns! Choice of entertainment was a massive fail though, Borat 2 was an hour of my life I’ll never get back.

I’ve been using the Brocky Merhod every trip the last couple days. Saves having to remember to disable the feature via the screen at the start of the journey, it can now easily be done on the fly.

'The Brocky Method'.  I feel honoured. :grin:

Although I'm more proud of Exonian's use of 'Flicking the bean', which I coined a couple of weeks back. I think that one might have a better chance of sticking in Mk.8 lore than 'The Brocky Method'.

The bean flick I first mentioned in my tyre fitting parody in January but you’re welcome to take the copyright for that one, I’m a gentleman and don’t want such things associated with me  :whistle:  :grin:



Edging the car out of the tyre depot I flicked the gear bean into Sport mode...

Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Brocky_ on 20 March 2021, 21:28
Damn. I felt proud of that.   :grin:

In my defence against the crime of plagiarism, m'lud, I wasn't even a member in January.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 20 March 2021, 21:30
I'm claiming "chicken nugget" though... And "clubby"  :cool:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 20 March 2021, 21:31
Glad you are better though Exonian. Chicken curry with hot cross buns for mopping....hmmm I wonder if that will catch on...
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Exonian on 20 March 2021, 21:43
No, that one can be all yours Brocky, I’m disowning it  :grin:

Thanks again Fred. Fingers crossed I don’t follow it all up with food poisoning  :laugh:

Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 21 March 2021, 18:47
I had my first proper go at motorway driving today, other than the first day I picked it up.

Quite impressed it managed 40mpg on a decent run at 70mph.

I also let Travel Assist do its stuff on some a roads. It slowed down for roundabouts, corners and changes in speed limits. Quite impressive, i hovered near the brake pedal but didn't have to intervene.

Some of the getting back on the gas out of the corners it's slowed down on is a little terrifying but...

I also noticed it coasting for the first time too. That's interesting. It doesn't switch off the engine, but it does disengage the engine and sits at tick over revs.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Exonian on 22 March 2021, 11:14
Is Travel Assist easy to set up?
No, I’m obviously not going to RTFM!  :grin:

I quite fancy testing it out on my way to work as the traffic is usually fairly light going both ways.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 22 March 2021, 11:57
Is Travel Assist easy to set up?
No, I’m obviously not going to RTFM!  :grin:

I quite fancy testing it out on my way to work as the traffic is usually fairly light going both ways.

Yeah dead easy!

Make sure Lane Assist isn't disabled and press the Travel Assist button (on the left hand buttons, its the bottom right hand one).

The initial speed is set like ACC, with the + and - keys.

Once its turned on you get a green travel assist light up on the AID.

You will see as you approach a bend or a roundabout, on the AID it will say things like "bend, speed 31mph" and it will slow down. It will also slow down or accelerate as it sees speed limit signs.

Like ACC, hitting the brakes turns it off.

Just watch out though, assuming there are no cars in front of you, it will go at whatever the speed limit is, unless it THINKS the corner needs braking.... can be interesting/terrifying if you hit a country road bend at 60mph....

Also roundabouts, it slows but you need to watch for crossing traffic and brake... also a queue of traffic on the other side of the roundabout could be masked from the radar.... be careful!
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Si_Telford on 22 March 2021, 11:58
Is Travel Assist easy to set up?
No, I’m obviously not going to RTFM!  :grin:

I quite fancy testing it out on my way to work as the traffic is usually fairly light going both ways.

It's a piece of cake. Engage two buttons your travel assist top button on your steering wheel and if you have road sign speed / monitoring turned on just press the bottom of steering wheel then it's all controlled just need to set your marker distance between your cars
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 22 March 2021, 12:03
My other tip for it, don't have ACC set to sport mode.... or the speed pickup is a bit nuts, amplifying the out of the corner crazy rollercoaster ride!

I'm sure its perfectly ok really, you just have to get used to it driving nothing like you would normally, the gas comes on not when you or I would normally,  just concentrate on steering and hover over the brake pedal!

Probably works best on anything but English country roads!
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Brocky_ on 23 March 2021, 02:20
Gave the ClubSport his first clean today after almost 3 weeks of exited, new car fun - I have 1,200 miles clocked already!  I am quite new to detailing and the car is ceramic coated, so it was only a basic job, but I am learning as I go.

Rinse with Nilfisk C110
Snowfoam with Koch Chemie Gentle Snow Foam & AutoBrite Foam Lance
Rinse
3-bucket contact wash using CarPro Reset shampoo, Microfibre Madness Incredimitt & Incrediflair Wheel Mitt, Wheel Woolies & Envy Detailing brushes
Rinse
Towel-dry using Klin Korea Evo
Quick Detail using FeynLab Detailer (matches my coating), Costco yellow MF cloths & Klin Korea Zero finishing cloth to buff
Exterior glass clean with AngelWax Vision & In2Detailing Korean Waffle Weave Glass Cloth

I left it quite late in the day and, being somewhat of a detailing newbie, took longer than I thought, so ended up struggling for light and had to streamline my planned regimen on the fly.  Ideally I wanted to use my new BLO AIR-S dryer, wanted to AngelWax H2Go the windscreen and wanted to polish up the exhaust tips with Auto Finesse Mercury but, alas, I was beaten by the sands of time.

Some thoughts...
The GSF went on well, once I had played around with the nozzle and mixture screw - it wasn't that thick but clung & ran off nice, though I felt it really didn't have the cleaning power.  I know the GSF isn't going to have the oomph that other foams have, as the clue is in the name....or maybe it was my mixture screw setting, as I only used just around half of the litre bottle on the whole car.  I will give it another go next time and see how it fairs.

On the other hand, I found Reset to be brilliant.  Whilst doing my research, I have seen lots of people raving about it and now I know why.  It suds up great, it glides the mitt across the paint and the grime that was concerningly left behind after the foam and rinse came away with barely any effort.  Very impressed.

The Incredimitt, IncrediFlair Wheel Mitt, Wheel Woolies & Envy brushes all worked great, although getting even the medium Wheel Wooly (small one isn't long enough) into the barrel of the front wheels (18s), past those ClubSport big brakes, was not happening.  I will need to see if I can get a thinner brush.

The Klin Korea Evo drying towel.  What a bit of kit this is!  Using pat-drying on the horizontal surfaces and gentle wiping for the vertical ones, it dried the whole car, no bother, no wringing out, in a few minutes.  Highly recommended.  Just get one!

FeynLab Detailer.  Used it because it's the same brand as my coating.  Goes on nice, buffs up nice, adds a nice gloss and it smells great!  Applied with Costco specials and buffed off with the Klin Zero, which seems a really nice finishing cloth.

With very little light remaining, I gave the exterior glass a wipe down with AngelWax Vision glass cleaner.  To be honest, I probably should've left this, as I was unable to see if there was any streaking, but hey ho, lesson learned.  I'm not sure about the cloth.  Ok for the first wipes but when flipped over to buff off, it really felt overly grabby.  I will give it another go in better conditions and maybe look for a different one to compare it to.

So, as I was out of light, I was unable to get any photos as I needed to pack away my kit (Booooo!) but I will try to grab a few in the morning before I head off to work.  All-in-all, I felt I did a decent job but definitely learned some lessons along the way.  Hopefully I can improve next time.

I will add some photos tomorrow, if it isn't raining in the morning.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Exonian on 23 March 2021, 14:22
Thank you Fred and Si for the Travel Assist tips and tricks and basically an excellent idiots guide.
I knew I’d get far better info here than thumbing through the manual that’s been sat gathering dust next to my bed for three months.

The roads I take to work are probably the worst possible ones to try it out on which is perfect in my eyes! Who could resist a ground level roller coaster ride to work after all?  :grin:

I’ll set max speed at around 55 mph as I know I can get away with carrying that speed through the worst of the bends and see how it goes. What could possibly go wrong?

I’ll hover one foot over the brake and take clean undies with me...




Next item on the agenda, Brocky, get those pics up, I need some mid-week inspiration after being too lazy to wash the car last weekend.  :whistle:



Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 23 March 2021, 14:32
Just remember, with travel assist, you set a start speed but once it sees a speed limit sign it will adjust it upwards....(I think!)
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Exonian on 23 March 2021, 14:41
Just remember, with travel assist, you set a start speed but once it sees a speed limit sign it will adjust it upwards....(I think!)

Ahh, ok. Thanks for that Fred. :afro:
I’ll take maybe an extra two pairs of undies.

If nobody hears from me again...

Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Exonian on 23 March 2021, 14:56
Oh, I just remembered this.

“Here’s what I noticed about my mk8 a few weeks ago”

Has anyone noticed (apologies if this has been discussed before) that when you pull up into a car park or wherever and switch the engine off but leave the radio playing the clock freezes?
I sat listening to Scott Mills’ shenanigans a few weeks ago because I was running early and suddenly realised I’d heard Drivers Lisense for the third time and it was still saying 14:41 and... oh god, I’m late now! 
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 23 March 2021, 15:04
Not seen that one!

Another bug for VW  :laugh:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Exonian on 23 March 2021, 15:45
Just tested this again, froze for about 5 mins this time then clock resumed working again.

I’ll try it again later this evening if I remember. I’m wondering if it needs the driver’s door open and then shut to put the car to sleep (interior lights etc go out) before turning the radio back on again.
The DAB info stayed live with current track etc yet the clock froze.

A bit of soak test experimentation required.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Brocky_ on 24 March 2021, 15:21
I am just going to ignore your post, Exonian, and will not be looking to see if this is happening with mine.  I have / have had enough software bugs and I don't need any more, thank you!  :grin:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Exonian on 24 March 2021, 15:58
Anyone with any sense would ignore all my posts!  :grin:

I got to work early so switched off the engine, let the centre screen say its goodbye, opened the driver’s door to kill the audio and interior lights, and then closed the door again.
I then manually turned the radio on via the (non illuminated  :rolleyes: ) buttonless button on the passenger (LHD driver’s) side of the screen base and sat there to patiently wait to see what the clock did. Yes, I am that tragic and dull.
After a few minutes the time had stayed frozen.
Now, at this point I made another discovery. Whilst I was sat there I opened up one of those short vid clips that workmates send to work group chats on my phone. What I didn’t know before was that the phone sneakily reconnects whilst you’re sat there staring into space, pondering life, whilst the radio merrily plays away - even with the car on general ‘hibernate’ standby mode. Not so surprising in itself maybe, but what did surprise me was when I played the vid on my phone (BT connection) the sound came out of the speakers! Thankfully nobody was about as it wasn’t the most polite!
Anyway, I rapidly removed the phone audio by hitting the radio widget on the cabin centre screen to get that audio stream back after the first W word and then noticed the clock time had changed, but it wasn’t the current time and had frozen again.
I’m sure there are other more interesting “a day in the life” stories out there but...  :whistle:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Exonian on 24 March 2021, 20:54
The Exonian’s clock watching chronicles episode three.

Back by huge popular demand!

Well, I finally think I’ve got to understand the foibles.

Ignition off, clock freezes.
Anything comes in via CarPlay and it briefly updates the time then freezes again.

Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 25 March 2021, 11:38
Just because I'm some sort of masochist, I decided to try and make Alexa work.

I've got it registered to my Amazon account, can see it in my Alexa App on my phone (along with my Amazon junk in my house) but I can't make it do sh1t.

I'm guessing it needs a data connection (either paid for data via the esim or my phone as a hotspot)... which I did have - my car was connected to the house wifi.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 25 March 2021, 13:17
Just seen this on Ebay:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Bonnet-Hood-Gas-Strut-lifter-kit-for-VW-Golf-MK8-GTi-2020-Dark-Ice-Designs/114739692802?hash=item1ab704c502:g:UrUAAOSwsSlfv6JB

So you can stop moaning  :laugh:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Exonian on 25 March 2021, 20:56
That reminds me, I’m not 100% sure I’ve actually lifted my bonnet yet in three months.
I have a vague memory of squishing the bath sponge engine cover but that’s about it.
VW could’ve slotted a 1.0 3cylinder under my hood for all I know (hard to tell when you have DSG and are running in).

So, what we have here is the possibility of “Hey VW”, Alexa and Siri potentially all going to war with each other in the car cabin whilst all three data mine your every twitch and thought.
Paranoid? Moi?



Clock watching chronicles episode 4: it definitely freezes. Two tests done today.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 25 March 2021, 21:29
OK so Alexa is working. It does need an Internet connection. So i used my phone as a hot spot. Back to using macro droid again i guess, there's progress for you.

Anyway, the fun thing with alexa is that it comes up and tells you that you can't login to alexa while the vehicle is moving. Sounds sensible... Only you actually only have to interact with the thing once to login. After that it's logging in when you start the app in the car.

I guess those safety conscious Germans can't have alexa trying to login while I drive, she might crash or something.

Anyway once it was working I was able to freak out everyone in the house by switching the lights on and off and playing motorhead at max volume.

Had to make my own dinner tonight and ate it with the dog in the kitchen.

The things I do in the name of experiments for you all  :grin:

Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Brocky_ on 26 March 2021, 11:52
Anyway once it was working I was able to freak out everyone in the house by switching the lights on and off and playing motorhead at max volume.

Had to make my own dinner tonight and ate it with the dog in the kitchen.

The things I do in the name of experiments for you all  :grin:
:grin:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 26 March 2021, 11:58
I set MacroDroid up today (again.... I've not used it for a while since giving up with carnet traffic updates in my Mk7.5)

If you haven't used it before, its an automation system for your android phone.

I set up two routines:

1) "get in car" - triggered by my phone connecting to the bluetooth in the car, enables the wifi hotspot on my phone
2) "get out of car" - triggered by my phone disconnecting from the car bluetooth - disables the wifi hotspot on my phone

Its great....assuming my car connects to my phone using bluetooth in the first place.... bloody VW  :cry:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Dave1rs on 27 March 2021, 14:22
Today I’ve had a productive couple of hours in my friends workshop wrapping my roof(under his guidance lol).

He does wraps tints etc for a living,anyway I’m very pleased with the results.
(https://i.postimg.cc/Y2dzWDhC/6-FAD623-F-2-EE1-4-A05-910-C-6313-B6358029.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/dDTCMB2b)

(https://i.postimg.cc/4Nnbbv9b/BAE2-E248-9928-4-C27-8280-6-BFBF2458-CAB.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/dLPyJynL)

(https://i.postimg.cc/JhjQH1Bf/E64-DF159-25-C5-4-B0-B-A516-614-AF35-B7-C40.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/1g5FL1BB)

(https://i.postimg.cc/kGYNPGkb/F4-E40571-64-FC-44-B9-A160-17-FF5-E99-C990.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/wRJRhqxq)
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: JoeGTI on 27 March 2021, 14:37
that looks brilliant. The black pretorias really set it off too.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: DB99 on 27 March 2021, 14:43
Looks good. Really like the Moonstone Grey aswell.

Any plans to switch to black mirror caps?
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Dave1rs on 27 March 2021, 14:55
Looks good. Really like the Moonstone Grey aswell.

Any plans to switch to black mirror caps?

Considering it at the moment....may just wrap the grey ones.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: king monkey on 27 March 2021, 15:12
That looks great. Black mirror caps too would set it off as said already. Did the roof affect your insurance?
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Dave1rs on 27 March 2021, 15:23
That looks great. Black mirror caps too would set it off as said already. Did the roof affect your insurance?

Insurance company has charged me nothing for changing the wheels or the roof. Probably because I said they were done when I took the policy out(they weren’t but I new I’d do them)so I guess they charged me right from the start.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: king monkey on 27 March 2021, 16:18
That looks great. Black mirror caps too would set it off as said already. Did the roof affect your insurance?

Insurance company has charged me nothing for changing the wheels or the roof. Probably because I said they were done when I took the policy out(they weren’t but I new I’d do them)so I guess they charged me right from the start.

That’s good to hear. Individual insurance companies vary so much.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 27 March 2021, 16:28
So having thought I got Alexa working, today absolutely no way that was going to work at all.

Although my hotspot was on, the car didn't connect to it automatically....needing some furious finger stabbing.

After it connected, it still didn't work.

Pain in the bum.

Also on the way to the shops my phone connected to the car bluetooth, on the way home it refused without me selecting the car on the phone and forcing it to connect.

Annoying.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Aidey on 27 March 2021, 16:28
Love that , looks well smart, helps with that colour
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Watts on 27 March 2021, 16:45
Great job Dave1rs - wrap your mirror caps, black looks great and it'll be really cheap so nothing much to lose if you don't like it.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Exonian on 27 March 2021, 17:07
Another thumbs up from here Dave :afro:
Really liking that  :cool:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Exonian on 28 March 2021, 13:41
Today I was up with the lark scrubbing my bells with the hairs off of a boar’s arse.

A bit of a day of reaffirmation really.

Being out with wash mitt in hand and a 40mph wind blowing my builders bum at 9am (8am equivalent) if there’s one thing I really appreciate it’s a car that works with me when cleaning it, rather than fussy angles, nooks and crannies.
A body panel is a body panel but canards and vents, honeycomb and grilles can make a difference between a pleasurable job and a chore.
The aero shape of the mk8 makes it a doddle to wash. The honeycomb holes are huge so it’s easy to get in there with a wash mitt and the exhaust tailpipes likewise.

Once back inside, thawing out with a cuppa and hot cross bun, another reaffirmation was presented.
The Golf 8R is still the fastest bestest car on the Internet
https://youtu.be/AmUwG9_UCms

(The poor relation still isn’t too bad either https://youtu.be/SsrdtcuxCH4 )
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Yusee on 28 March 2021, 14:16

The Golf 8R is still the fastest bestest car on the Internet
https://youtu.be/AmUwG9_UCms

(The poor relation still isn’t too bad either https://youtu.be/SsrdtcuxCH4 )

The matt watson video was surprisingly interesting. Never a contest between those two cars but it does show how manual cannot get close to auto shift for performance- even when rolling.
But where’s the driver engagement?
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Exonian on 28 March 2021, 15:16
But where’s the driver engagement?

Driver engagement for the PlayStation Generation?

You do bring me on to another point about DSG.
Yes, it’s ultra rapid when launched and ultra easy when pootling in traffic which may or may not be everything you’re after depending on whether you’re a 9 to 5 city commuter by week and a MaccyD drag king/Queen at weekends or not.
Personally a find it very hit and miss.
Just like with DCC I don’t care what the VW boffins say about “superior efficiency”. I’m flesh and blood and not binary and don’t want to be forever adjusting various modes.
I find in many real world brisk driving situations DSG is very lacking. It’s like the TCU is having a committee meeting when you just want medium thrust providing nothing but a pregnant pause. Really frustrating.
The M135i was a lot better for this, oozing into a suitable gear without resorting to kicking down into too low a gear then giving a firm shove but still changing up nice and early to keep it smooth and flowing.
I’ve really bonded with the Clubsport but personally will still be glad when I can eventually get my hands on an Electric JCW hatch fitted with a pedalbox (fingers crossed) so I can have instant torque exactly when and how I want it (thereby giving everyone’s eyes and brains a deserved rest on here from my rantings).
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 28 March 2021, 17:50
Ever tried a Dsg tune Exonian?

 
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: theminty1 on 28 March 2021, 17:52
The dsg manual dilemma. Normal manual gti would be the answer for me, but I like the seats and rear spoiler on the clubby. The extra power probably wouldn't use it enough these days. I have never driven a dsg though....
Then the whole m135 thing. Decisions decisions
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Exonian on 28 March 2021, 22:54
Ever tried a Dsg tune Exonian?

No. It’s something I would look at though. I’m wondering if a pedalbox might be a half answer.


The dsg manual dilemma. Normal manual gti would be the answer for me, but I like the seats and rear spoiler on the clubby. The extra power probably wouldn't use it enough these days. I have never driven a dsg though....
Then the whole m135 thing. Decisions decisions

The M135i is well worth checking out. Very impressive in many areas. The Golf is too though, just in different ways. Try and spend a bit of time in both.

To be perfectly honest I hardly use much of the performance of the Clubby these days either. The roads I drive don’t really lend themselves to wringing every last ounce of performance, they’re more about carrying speed through corners which means flexibility and the gearbox being in the right gear. Either that or stuck behind someone in a camper van with no places to safely pass.
But it’s the full package of the Clubsport that attracts me as opposed to any other model in the range (with the exception of a well loaded R which wasn’t available at the time I had to commit to a deal). Looks, exterior features, suspension, brakes, seats... 

In previous generations I’d always said the DSG lacks a vital ingredient, that’s the driver’s vision to anticipate and plan.
With the mk8 it has most of that benefit. The car has a systems manager working with supposedly every component on the vehicle. The car tells me when I need to lift off the gas, it warns me of bends, speed limit changes and roundabouts well in advance. It has that eye in the sky capability built in.
So why can’t the car tell the gearbox to be in an appropriate gear when cruising down from 60 in an NSL towards a roundabout, so that once the driver has checked it to be safe to continue ahead at the roundabout still in NSL? I just end up with what feels like a box of clutch slip and indecision when trying to safely accelerate briskly but not balls out fast away from the potential danger zone (roundabout) into the continuing road ahead.
The car has masses of torque so a drop from 6 or 7th to 4th would easily suffice, using no more than 2500 - 3000 rpm going back up through the ‘box after the roundabout.
It would do that in the BMW but the DSG farts around before either selecting too high a gear way off boost or too low a gear and getting all frenetic. Basic basic stuff.

I’ve got 4 years of PCP to master it!
I’ll be a wizened old, long white bearded, DSG guru by then.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 28 March 2021, 23:26
I'm still trying to get used to it too. I also have my doubts but it's got nothing to do with trying to beat Lewis Hamilton.

There are some very odd traits.... The coasting is one and the other is when the box is in sport mode and you get those rev matched down shifts. They seem to happen right at the wrong time when cornering and create a jolt as you turn. It's really annoying.

I'm still trying to get my head around what would be the setup I'd want before looking for a solution.

I just wish some of the drive characteristics were user configurable....
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: theminty1 on 29 March 2021, 08:12
Thanks for the thoughts on the DSG will just need to try when the time comes. What difference would a DSG tune make just snappier changes. I would be looking for smoother rather than jarring.
I had a thought this morning, does the clubsport have different coloured decals on a black or dark blue car. I saw a photo of one for sale and it had no decals at all. Surely that car must be £500 cheaper with no stickers  :grin:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 29 March 2021, 08:22
From what I've seen, a Dsg tune adjusts the shift points and deletes coasting. But it does depend on the actual tune itself.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Watts on 29 March 2021, 08:40
There's a Dutch company whose name escapes me, who do a driveability dsg tune for otherwise unmodified cars. Worth a look. AwesomeGTI have them on their website if anyone is interested. I'm considering it.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 29 March 2021, 10:24
Yes that looks interesting. They aren't listing it for a mk8 yet though.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 29 March 2021, 15:42
Today's discovery in the magical and logic defying world of the Mk8.... the HUD doesn't have arrow indicators when you are running Waze.

Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Guzzle on 29 March 2021, 16:36
TBH that doesn't surprise me, purely from the fact that VAG still haven't got integration between Android Auto/CarPlay and the Digital Cockpit after I don't know how many years.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 29 March 2021, 17:00
Its only because they won't open it up with an appropriate interface for AA/ACP - the platforms themselves have supported dual displays for some time.

VAG software development is lost up its own exhaust pipe.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Guzzle on 29 March 2021, 17:06
Yup, still disappointing though  :sad:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: mcmaddy on 29 March 2021, 18:24
There's a Dutch company whose name escapes me, who do a driveability dsg tune for otherwise unmodified cars. Worth a look. AwesomeGTI have them on their website if anyone is interested. I'm considering it.
TVS and they are supposed to be the best you can get.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Watts on 29 March 2021, 18:55
There's a Dutch company whose name escapes me, who do a driveability dsg tune for otherwise unmodified cars. Worth a look. AwesomeGTI have them on their website if anyone is interested. I'm considering it.
TVS and they are supposed to be the best you can get.

That's the one. And their gearbox tunes are gearbox specific, presumably the MK8 is basically the same as the MK7.5? So hopefully it won't be long before they are available for the MK8.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 29 March 2021, 19:40
I don't know if the box is the same dq380 and also don't know if they have put the controller behind the sfd or not.

I have mailed TVS to find out because if it was available today I'd be hitting the order button.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: mcmaddy on 29 March 2021, 20:34
I don't know if the box is the same dq380 and also don't know if they have put the controller behind the sfd or not.

I have mailed TVS to find out because if it was available today I'd be hitting the order button.
I've held off doing it on my TCR for now. Warranty obviously goes out the window and it's a rather expensive item to replace.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 29 March 2021, 22:12
Maybe I'll just have to keep going with it, but so far it's quite annoying. Risking the gearbox might be cheaper than swapping the car for a manual one.... Yeah I'm feeling that unhappy with it today.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Guzzle on 29 March 2021, 22:22
That bad? I'd been thinking about making the jump to DSG next time, but this is making me think again.  :undecided:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 29 March 2021, 22:49
I dunno, maybe if I ever get back to sitting in traffic all day I might learn to love it but right now I'm really unhappy with it.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: ub7rm on 30 March 2021, 08:30
I must say its been a bit of a revelation with BMW vs previous VAG cars that the gearbox calibration is near spot on - 'comfort' mode means the throttle response is instant and it pre-empts gear choice and change point near perfect regardless of how your driving. 

I've had 7speed DSG, 6 speed DSG and a ZF gearbox in an audi and in normal mode they all change up too early whereas sports mode tends to hold onto the gear just a bit too long unless you're really 'on it'.  Obviously the DSG boxes swap cogs seamlessley, but overall the calibration of the VAG boxes needs a bit more thought.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 30 March 2021, 08:55
The thing I didn't like in the BMW though was that at 70mph on the motorway it seemed to spend a lot of time changing up, changing down, changing up, changing down....and I don't even mean going up steep hills, just what looked like on the flat.

And it seemed to be a 70mph thing, no other speed limit seemed to make it do that.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Guzzle on 30 March 2021, 09:36
I dunno, maybe if I ever get back to sitting in traffic all day I might learn to love it but right now I'm really unhappy with it.

Have you used the paddles much Fred?
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 30 March 2021, 09:40
I dunno, maybe if I ever get back to sitting in traffic all day I might learn to love it but right now I'm really unhappy with it.

Have you used the paddles much Fred?

A little bit, they are fun when you really want to be on it.

By the way, TVS came back and said yes they can tune a Mk8 GTI DSG box.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: ub7rm on 30 March 2021, 10:51
The thing I didn't like in the BMW though was that at 70mph on the motorway it seemed to spend a lot of time changing up, changing down, changing up, changing down....and I don't even mean going up steep hills, just what looked like on the flat.

And it seemed to be a 70mph thing, no other speed limit seemed to make it do that.

Can't say I've noticed that but I wonder if its to do with the 8th gear.  The 8spd ZF box used to do that where 8th was very much a cruising gear and 'any' requirement for more power input would make it change down.  Or it could have been in and out of coasting mode.

For all the hype over the years about DSG I'm not that impressed with it either in my GTD.  I had a manual GTD and now have a DSG - it changed the driving characteristics of the car a lot, and not for the better.  Mostly because it either wants to drag itself around in too low a gear or sit at 3000rpm long after you would want it to change up.  I've gotten used to it, its not terrible, but  knowing what I know now I wouldn't have it again.   
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Snoopy on 30 March 2021, 11:35
If VW would offer the clubsport as a manual they could have my money.
I spent decades never understanding why people seem to think DSG is the best thing ever. Ive tried to like it, driven many versions and we even owned a car with it. I just cannot get on with it. Glad to read im now not the only one  :grin: Each to there own and all that but imo all models with a GTI badge should have a manual option.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Exonian on 30 March 2021, 16:30
So long as it had an adequate clutch (and decent gear change) the Clubsport would have been fantastic  in manual form.
The R is always going to accelerate MUCH faster under ideal conditions so a more engaging poor relation to that car with a manual box would have been nice. The manual 245 GTI doesn’t quite have the rev band to be missing link.

My DSG showed itself up once again on a detour thanks to roadworks.
A winding steep B road up through a forest which ordinarily would have been huge fun in the right car with no traffic ended up being merely irritating.
Due to the roadworks this road was taking all the non-HGV traffic so it was slow going through the constant zig-zag of bends following the usual SUV’s and dodging the road-hog works vans and Range Rovers coming the other way. It *should* have been a smooth drive in an auto though. But here we go again, every sharp uphill bend presented to the car and the TCU has a zoom committee meeting leaving me with zero power until a decision is made on which gear to shuffle into. The bends came up on the AID to warn me they were there despite hardly ever getting above 35 - 40 mph in the convoy of cars so the Clubby “manager” sure knew they were there.
I’m sorry but these cars are set up for some arbitrary tests under ideal conditions or for Evo magazine reading boy racers with everything in between an often poor compromise.
Yes, there are the paddles but there’s no way they should be necessary most of the time.
An amazing car let down by a piss poor TCU.

Hell even most of my random “bong!”s have stopped now of their own accord, aside from in thick fog at 4:30am today which kind of upset the front camera. So the car sure isn’t a duffer.

I’m no manual die-hard, in fact I’m not even a massive fan of manual gearboxes.
I need to find a workaround though or it’ll be a long four years.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 30 March 2021, 16:58
I don't think the TCU is networked to the other components actually.

I think the TCU runs only off of the accelerator and brake pedal.

And yes I agree - I have no particular desire for a manual box, the computer should be much better at gears than I.

The crazy thing is that from everything I am reading, TVS seem to be able to sort it out. I guess there is a lot of emmissions control going on here... making things bad to keep the test figures down.

Other people say a pedal box also can resolve the issue.

Maybe I'll try the pedal box first and see what that does - thats cheap to get, easy to fit and reversible without any warranty issues.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Watts on 30 March 2021, 17:53
I have a pedal box fitted and find the dsg still a pain. Hesitancy, clutch slip, judder. The pedalbox just makes the pedal feel more responsive so you haven't got to be heavy footed. It might be worth a try but I don't think you'll find it to be the answer.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Ubique on 30 March 2021, 18:42
I’ve only had the car for a few hours now and I’ve only driven 50 miles but after giving it some welly in sport mode I did find myself asking the dsg to shift up a gear once I’d hit my desired (albeit) too fast speed. It didn’t for ages, it was the same delay I get when I ask my daughters to clean their rooms! 🤔😂
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Ubique on 30 March 2021, 18:58
One thing that did work well was the DCC, I tried it out at both ends of the scale. Huge difference, but annoyingly, the best position so far was somewhere in the middle. Still glad I ticked that box.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Exonian on 31 March 2021, 05:35
Yeah, I really don’t think a pedalbox would be the complete cure. I’d have been all over one by now having used versions of them for around 12 years.
The mk8 doesn’t seem to have quite as much throttle lag as the mk7, but as Watts says, even with the Pedalbox the TCR gearbox is far from perfect.
I did find the TCR was much better as regards to throttle response per se than any other variant of mk7 I ever drove (which is quite a few). I think the TCR was the closest in feel to the mk8 GTI models, coming right at the end of the model cycle and therefore benefitting from the chassis development that was ongoing in readiness for the mk8.
I did the same roads in the last 24 hours as the previous day but this time the road was much freer of traffic and I had no fog to contend with today either. Driving slightly more aggressively the gearbox felt a little better, flicking the gear toggle into S when entering roundabouts or junctions (not as easy as having an actual gear lever that can be grasped easily, instead having to fumble slightly when feeling for the gear nugget) it can be coaxed into changing up at 3000rpm rather than hunting for the red line or trying to be in top gear by the time the wheels have rotated a couple times.

Incidentally, I can’t remember if I said in my car thread but the IQ headlamps do shadow out oncoming vehicles fractionally quicker than the 7.5 LED’s and I’ve yet to be flashed.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Snoopy on 31 March 2021, 07:05
So long as it had an adequate clutch (and decent gear change) the Clubsport would have been fantastic  in manual form.
The R is always going to accelerate MUCH faster under ideal conditions so a more engaging poor relation to that car with a manual box would have been nice. The manual 245 GTI doesn’t quite have the rev band to be missing link.
I'll admit I waited for a mk8 in hope of a more practical useable daily version of the old ClubsportS.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: GTD1414 on 31 March 2021, 09:51
That looks great. Black mirror caps too would set it off as said already. Did the roof affect your insurance?

Insurance company has charged me nothing for changing the wheels or the roof. Probably because I said they were done when I took the policy out(they weren’t but I new I’d do them)so I guess they charged me right from the start.

Which insurance company if you mind me asking? I'm about to renew mine but might change the standard 18" wheels down the line. (keeping the same tyres) Are there any companies to avoid re this?
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Dave1rs on 31 March 2021, 10:38
That looks great. Black mirror caps too would set it off as said already. Did the roof affect your insurance?

Insurance company has charged me nothing for changing the wheels or the roof. Probably because I said they were done when I took the policy out(they weren’t but I new I’d do them)so I guess they charged me right from the start.

Quote me happy for my insurance (it’s aviva really)

Which insurance company if you mind me asking? I'm about to renew mine but might change the standard 18" wheels down the line. (keeping the same tyres) Are there any companies to avoid re this?
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Yusee on 31 March 2021, 10:39
all models with a GTI badge should have a manual option.

Agree with this completely.

It's an interesting discussion. I wonder if it's a question of mindset?
Enthusiasts, coming mainly from a lifetime of manual cars are happy to delegate the task of gear change to a computer- because the computer does it better and quicker ( and anyway that's the way things are going)- and who are then frustrated that the computer frequently makes the wrong decision.

Surely, in comfort, you want the box to change up to the highest gear possible as early as possible. And in sport, you want the box to hold revs so you're in the power band for as long as possible? And why not use the paddles if you feel the box has got it wrong for the conditions, or for your driving style, or you want something in-between?

Are you looking for more control than the computer will allow?

Reading this thread, I don't think I'd buy a Clubsport. I'd buy a 245 manual ( and possible add stage 1 if I felt it lacking) if I wanted a car to enjoy driving, or I'd buy something else ( bmw3 for example) if comfort and ease of use were a priority.

And lastly, I don't remember similar complaints with the mk7 dsg, or did I miss that?

Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: SRGTD on 31 March 2021, 10:41
That looks great. Black mirror caps too would set it off as said already. Did the roof affect your insurance?

Insurance company has charged me nothing for changing the wheels or the roof. Probably because I said they were done when I took the policy out(they weren’t but I new I’d do them)so I guess they charged me right from the start.

Which insurance company if you mind me asking? I'm about to renew mine but might change the standard 18" wheels down the line. (keeping the same tyres) Are there any companies to avoid re this?

You could use a comparison site and get quotes with no modifications and then edit the quote details to include wheels as a modification. By comparing the original and amended quote results, you’ll be able to see which insurance companies don’t make a charge for the alloy wheel change, those that do and the amount they charge.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Exonian on 31 March 2021, 13:41
I don't remember similar complaints with the mk7 dsg, or did I miss that?

The complaints have been there since the mk5 days.
99.9% of DSG adopters have always said they’d never go back to a stick shift and that it’s the best thing ever.
There are a small minority that don’t gel with it.
Must be a driving style thing.
Same for throttle response.
I’m very exacting in what I want from a car, it’s all about quick reflexes and feeling like the car is an extension of me rather than outright speed or comfort.
There are things DSG does very well and things it doesn’t. The latter being annoying because they could easily be done better.
People have been saying the TCU needs a middle setting for as long as I can remember and maybe a TCU tune is the only option.

As you say, paddles are probably the answer but they shouldn’t have to be.


Anyway, I’ve moaned about it more than enough now.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 31 March 2021, 13:53
I've just been back to the user guide and just noticed it says that when you are in D mode and activate a manual gear change with the paddles its 5 seconds before it goes back to auto.

In S mode, tiptronic is active until you use the right paddle to turn it off (hold it for a few seconds) or toggle the chicken nugget to D. I didn't know you could actually keep it turned on like that...

It also says that in S-tiptronic mode it will upshift automatically near the redline and that down shift orders will only be obeyed once the revs drop low enough to allow the change (ie you can't put it into second at 70mph!)
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: ub7rm on 31 March 2021, 16:50
I don't know if its the same on the mk8 but in other vag cars if you hold the left paddle in for a few seconds (in any driving mode) it will downshift to the lowest possible gear.  Similar to kickdown I guess but controlled by your hand rather than your foot. 
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 31 March 2021, 17:04
Yes it says:

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Pull the left paddle towards the steering wheel and hold to change to the lowest gear. The gear selection display then changes to D
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 31 March 2021, 22:58
Discovered that when my car refuses to connect to randomly Bluetooth (almost certainly a VW software bug), if I go onto my phone and connect to the car's bluetooth it does indeed connect.

No actual idea why the hell it does that, but I do know that driving along trying to find my reading glasses and look at my phone to do that is a massively dangerous thing.

Have created two more MacroDroid macros to try to fix it:

1) Triggered by disconnecting from house wifi (should happen at the end of the drive), connects to my car's bluetooth

2) Triggered by wireless charging starting, connects to my cars bluetooth.

#2 is useful if either I don't start my journey from home and also jamming the phone into the wireless charging slot I don't need my glasses!!

Anyway, just some more tips you might like (to ignore!)
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 31 March 2021, 23:07
Talking of glasses, I wonder if my car doesn't need some... travel assist on, breezing along at 70mph coming into a pile of 50mph signed roadworks my car decided the first sign it saw read "30", which was an interesting braking manoeuvre for me, much more so for the transit van up my @ss at that point.

Then it spotted the second one and it was back to 50mph.

VW, should have gone to SpecSavers! :cool:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Exonian on 01 April 2021, 05:52
The MacroDroid stuff went so far over my head it’ll need a space suit.
My Bluetooth (touch wood) seems to be behaving ok thankfully.

Does the car actually read the road signs or does it get info from the highways people via the media system?
Yes, I really should take more interest and read up on these things but...

I’ve noticed my speed limit icon in the AID will often pick up the speed limit of the bridge I’m going under or cross-roads I’m passing so maybe that’s not going to end well if I actually try out Travel Assist one day!
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 01 April 2021, 07:40
I guess it could have spotted another sign - but thats a route I've travelled a few times before and its not seen any other weirdness before.

The other one that I've realised I need to watch out for is using travel assist down a motorway off slip... depending on the design of the junction it sometimes fails to appreciate that 70mph might not be a sensible speed to try and negotiate it.

I know the manual is full of vague legal comments like "its not magic and VW aren't responsible" but if you are going to use this tech its vital you understand the sorts of things it cannot cope with....before the last second.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Watts on 01 April 2021, 08:49
And that's exactly why fully autonomous vehicles should never be allowed.

On the subject of speed recognition, my 7.5 regularly tells me the wrong speed, on dual carriageways and local roads (insists they are a 20 limit and there aren't any signs).
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Sootchucker on 01 April 2021, 08:55
I think that's probably down to an error in the map database, because as I understand it, if the front facing camera can't detect any traffic signs (i.e. there aren't any), it default to the speed set in the Navigation database.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 01 April 2021, 09:04
I think that's probably down to an error in the map database, because as I understand it, if the front facing camera can't detect any traffic signs (i.e. there aren't any), it default to the speed set in the Navigation database.

In the manual it says:

"If a speed limit is announced on the basis of the navigation data but is not detected by the Dynamic Road Sign Display function, the announced speed will be reset to the last-stored speed"

It really shouldn't have got this one wrong, its a dual carriageway straight off of a motorway that after about 1 mile had got some roadworks on it..... 70mph on the motorway, 70mph down the A road.... into the roadworks. Absolutely no 30mph at all to be seen anywhere!
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 01 April 2021, 09:09
And that's exactly why fully autonomous vehicles should never be allowed.

At the moment the systems the Mk8 has are quite primative, there is a long way to go before these things are truly capable.

Ironically the Mk8 has the start of it - Car2x is part of that future... once that has some more widespread uptake it should start to improve things.

Additionally, in just a few months time you will start to see MY22 spec cars started to be produced.... those will have mandatory speed limiters based on the same tech as I am describing, except you can't turn them off.

Once you get a critical mass of speed limited vehicles on the road, actually things become easier for everything else to work - not least of which is that even a Mk7 with DSG/ACC will be able to follow a speed restricted car quite happily, letting it do the work and you just keeping a safe distance back and at the speed limit - thats older simple tech.

On a slightly associated note, will madatory speed limiters kill the idea of a performance car? I think it might...
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Kenis on 01 April 2021, 09:16

Reading this thread, I don't think I'd buy a Clubsport. I'd buy a 245 manual ( and possible add stage 1 if I felt it lacking) if I wanted a car to enjoy driving, or I'd buy something else ( bmw3 for example) if comfort and ease of use were a priority.

And lastly, I don't remember similar complaints with the mk7 dsg, or did I miss that?
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Exactly this - literally hovering over two DTD quotes, a manual 245 or a CS, was convinced on the CS until these concerns over DSG. Had a Mini Cooper S ex display car that was auto before my mk6 and couldn’t stand the gearbox decisions. Also parents had a £12k bill after main Audi dealer didn’t put oil back in the dsg on their Q5 and even after complaints still had to pay £6k to get the car back (not helped by them dropping the first replacement box when unloading from Germany so had to get a second!). Made me dsg wary but really wanted the CS..... at least it’s a nice dilemma to have!
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 01 April 2021, 09:25
I want to say the DSG complaints started with the DSG-7 (DQ380/381) box, which came on the Mk7.5. I don't think the previous 6 speed box was perceived as quite so annoying.

Its all to do with programming strategies to chase CO2 emmissions - a thing which has become vitally important to manufacturers because of the massive fines they stand to pay.

They aren't about to do anything themselves that will risk that.

Could they have a "middle" setting? Well yes I guess they could, but nobody has done that yet - I suppose its a redesign to facilitate 3 settings not two (both in terms of software and the physical switch to accomodate a third setting) and would that be met with howls of derision when a user has too many choices? Would it sell one more VW car by having it? I doubt it.

What is interesting is that the reviewers never seem to talk about this, yet the owners.... the internet is full of it. If you google it you will see discussions about TCU remaps on every VAG forum on the internet, for the same reasons we are talking about here.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Dave1rs on 02 April 2021, 20:14
Fitted my maxton lip spoiler,jury is still out as to wether it’s staying on or not.

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Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Ubique on 05 April 2021, 09:50

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Just noticed this on connect app, Premium fuel required in a standard GTI?
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: ub7rm on 05 April 2021, 10:11
https://www.jct600.co.uk/blog/fuel-types-explained/

In some parts of the world 'normal' unleaded is more like 91 Ron.  Premium is 95 Ron in the UK, Super is 97+ Ron
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Ubique on 05 April 2021, 10:17
So normal UK unleaded is fine? I’m not paying 10p / litre extra unless I absolutely have too.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: SRGTD on 05 April 2021, 10:35
https://www.jct600.co.uk/blog/fuel-types-explained/

In some parts of the world 'normal' unleaded is more like 91 Ron.  Premium is 95 Ron in the UK, Super is 97+ Ron

Some parts of the world use a different method to calculate the octane level; 90 RON in the US is pretty much the same as ‘normal’ 95 RON unleaded in the UK. So there should be very little performance differences between 91 RON unleaded sold in some countries and unleaded rated at 95 RON in the UK.

https://motocrossactionmag.com/ask-the-mxperts-why-does-euro-fuel-have-so-much-more-octane-than-american-fuel-2/


Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Kenis on 05 April 2021, 11:19
Fitted my maxton lip spoiler,jury is still out as to wether it’s staying on or not.

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Have you considered using your new found wrapping skills to wrap 100% of the rear spoiler - I think if you did that the lip spoiler would integrate better and overall give a stronger look
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: mcmaddy on 06 April 2021, 07:29
So normal UK unleaded is fine? I’m not paying 10p / litre extra unless I absolutely have too.
you buy an expensive car and then skimp on some good quality fuel? Makes total sense  :grin:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 06 April 2021, 07:50
Honestly.... a GTI needs only (euro) 95 to make 245ps.

Other more exotic things need 98 to make more PS, but will run quite happily on 95 with less power achieved.

95 is not going to "break" your car.

Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Rudedog on 06 April 2021, 09:53
Agreed that Euro 95 RON is ok, but the link to the US explanation of their octane rating is just an odd way of doing things, I thought RON was universal so could be compared across countries, creating their own 'MON' and then creating a third octane rating by averaging the two achieves what??

RON is important but for me it's the potential cleaning packages that should make a difference long term so I do use super for daily stop-start journeys but often use 95 for longer motorway runs.

Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 06 April 2021, 10:26
The other thing as well, if you are keeping your car for 3 or 4 years, its unlikely any detegent will make much difference and certainly won't make any difference not doing it vs any potential warranty claims.

Not in the UK anyway - no fuel you can buy in the UK is going to be so poor that its going to cause a problem.

Other places, maybe long term might cause you a problem.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: rubberduck on 06 April 2021, 11:16
The fuel filler cap has 95 in big bold lettering from what I've seen online, so I presume 95 RON is recommended. Once I take delivery of mine, it'll be on regular unleaded, a 3-year lease car that won't see any appreciable daily performance increase isn't going to be treated to special petrol from me.

I can understand a real high-performance car benefiting from it though, like a Porsche or the Audi RS lineup, but a GTI? I doubt it'd be noticeable or worth it to be honest.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 06 April 2021, 11:44
Yes it definitely does have "95 RON" on the fuel filler cap - I checked mine earlier.

And like you, I'm not about to feed it expensive petrol - one of the reasons I swayed away from the clubby tbh.

The shock of petrol mpg is bad enough, without making the fuel needlessly expensive on top!
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Exonian on 11 April 2021, 14:16
Today I braved the hailstones to give the car its weekly bath.

Today was the day I found its first stonechip  :cry:


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Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: king monkey on 11 April 2021, 15:04
The first stone chip is always annoying! Looking good there Andy though.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Ceefeesh on 11 April 2021, 16:20
I have had good results from Chipex. Love your wheels! :smiley:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Exonian on 11 April 2021, 16:23
Thanks Michele  :smiley:
Not as pretty as the mk7’s maybe, but damn is that chassis good!


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Love your wheels! :smiley:
You’re biased!  :grin:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: king monkey on 11 April 2021, 17:19
The Golf dna is so clear in those photos. MK8 CS is the only one of the three I haven’t driven. Soon to be rectified!
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 11 April 2021, 18:41
The Golf dna is so clear in those photos. MK8 CS is the only one of the three I haven’t driven. Soon to be rectified!

Its the C pillar that is the key Golf design feature. They haven't messed with that since day 1 AFAIK.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Si_Telford on 11 April 2021, 18:59
I was fortunate enough to drive a new R yesterday, bit of a speed machine but as mad as it sounds I enjoy my standard better, I don't know if it's with it being front wheel drive but I find it more fun behind the GTI
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: king monkey on 11 April 2021, 19:24
Not my Mk8 (since I don’t own one), but I found out that you can have maps on both screens today without pro nav!
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Ubique on 11 April 2021, 20:30
Ooooo both screens? How?
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 11 April 2021, 20:46
Ooooo both screens? How?

I've not seen that... Unless it's a later software version or those Italians with a vw dealer login...
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: king monkey on 11 April 2021, 21:03
Presume it’s a software version/update.

(https://i.postimg.cc/SQWbTZGP/DC872209-F49-E-43-FD-A957-C91-A319-A712-B.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/Z0KQ0x2P)
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: king monkey on 11 April 2021, 21:23
Hope this helps.

(https://i.postimg.cc/cLVr79hJ/57-CDB606-A312-478-C-91-C7-BD6-DBAECFA18.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/cvBx0cVq)
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 11 April 2021, 21:44
That's just the old mk7 style one or the other map display.

It's also the d variant hardware with 1788 software.... Standard from later bw's in 2020.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: buttons on 13 April 2021, 11:35
Not my Mk8 (since I don’t own one), but I found out that you can have maps on both screens today without pro nav!

uh? Am i missing something here..... what do you mean, both screens?
This car bugs me every time i get in it and now I find out that might I be missing a screen, this could be the final straw!!  :grin:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 13 April 2021, 11:50
Nav in dash is on Mk8's built from mid November 2020 onwards.

Not on ones before that without NavPro.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: buttons on 13 April 2021, 13:02
agghhh yeh, i got that one!!  :grin:

So how do you do it?
This is something i asked the dealer the other month and they didnt know the answer..... again.
They compared it to one that they had in the showroom and that one had an option that mine didnt - they didnt know why mine didnt have it though!! ha

Showroom car.....
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My car.....
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Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 13 April 2021, 13:19
You have B variant hardware and software version 166x.

To get the option, you need D variant hardware and software version 1788.

D variant hardware is from mid November 2020 onwards - 24hrs after my car was built.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: buttons on 13 April 2021, 14:07
i thought as much - I even suggested this to the dealer and they said there wasnt an update available....

Here's a picture of my software version TODAY...
its running 1666
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/3oimBRoK0JuelDdY1_TZmIVAlIHR7HFwbuLzOIGe5pE2-3fShcHxbAMiUygl8cznKGr1gT7B9h2T0LsRnnazhHauBf46PIlHS6grNGehqJ-RNyKmfcZN5bgW5vD8v8uL_tik8Qk8MYREj_yl66xAlT41odCEuQTukoK64bm_LyYBQBCyhhejHELqGoduX953qKpSsskYbWyMdVYrXliZNq8EGzKUVtW37toVPHnfb9KO07Wm3tfcXYQ9hSlpAVo5RYFxtjd4q-wzdnSbVFwKIc4qWR4yd426vcg423kFBrXvPAbiivAqhGsDm-8hC8U_wK0RsurIlupmZ2W82BnMoGq1RfZ2zKXt69Qfrb1ProzKi792hgirOLIy6cYxtEn2V9tjizOByr7SRCiweet82Z-rJhdof_PeJUscAlsYsjBCE2dpYbYnSamGUYi8CILzfoNDQNzJlF8T20u03XWTj1ju5122H-2C2tr2KxwkEoUCCmBCqN0piku41J-ZAUjwkVQQzyxRhBxyZHnycGA6XNpbq1J8MHC2aMpPdKDu4B4HoscKOHYvud_z4L3ZF_T2-P3P9CunUvQQhO6hb3UTQGsDaFTmIUrguBOnDC4k9_7w5LjNcqfbsYSZPFIfMXocKrre7lhL9__yDK85WEy0cEGsYNybwQgONcd-hRrd7UF4kPxVlm0lnYkBddKx7V9GlTgPPaqNjrmz4ls9Nn6s_ZY=w640-h480-no?authuser=0)

obviously the dealer is useless....

if I select "update software", it just sits there searching and nothing more....

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If i select |"Online download", it doesnt show anything....

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Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 13 April 2021, 14:44
Yup B variant hardware, software 1666. That's why you can't do map in dash.

You also cannot upgrade the software yourself, only the dealer can.

There is nothing you can get the dealer to upgrade the software to to make the map appear in the dash. It needs different hardware.

There are two software tracks:

5H0035816B - the unit without nav in the dash - has software 1662-1670 (so far)

5H0035820D - the unit with nav in the dash - has software 1788-onwards

The D variant hardware was used from build week 48 in 2020 onwards.

The B variant hardware is used for both Nav and Navpro.... on the D ones, there is a different part number for NavPro.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: buttons on 13 April 2021, 15:55
i cant wait to get rid of this car....
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Si_Telford on 13 April 2021, 16:07
i cant wait to get rid of this car....

Why because you can't get Nav in dash , have you had loads of problems. I'm on 1666 and had mine after 1200 miles. Fingers crossed. I think it's a great car
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: rubberduck on 13 April 2021, 17:02
The D variant hardware was used from build week 48 in 2020 onwards.

The B variant hardware is used for both Nav and Navpro.... on the D ones, there is a different part number for NavPro.

Interesting, it seems like my GTI (due to arrive next week, yay!) was built in the first quarter of this year (February I think), so hopefully that means I can get the navigation into the dash too.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 13 April 2021, 17:16
i cant wait to get rid of this car....

This is no different to any other complex newly designed car on the market these days.... its just that on this forum some of us can explain the situation to you.

Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: theminty1 on 13 April 2021, 17:40
Slightly off topic but i cant see buttons photos i just see a no entry sign.... Is this a software glitch  :whistle:



fix would be appreciated. I know you will have the answer Fred
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 13 April 2021, 20:28
It's possible a later software version might unlock it but I've not seen anyone talking about the UK availability of the next release after 1668. I'm keen to see when it comes out though because maybe it fixes Bluetooth which is my only real gripe right now.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Splashalot on 14 April 2021, 02:34
i cant wait to get rid of this car....

This is no different to any other complex newly designed car on the market these days....

But very different to every Golf competitor I can think of on the market.

There is absolutely no excuse for VW's under-developed systems, Fred.  We know you're a tech-head and love this stuff, but I'd wager the rest of us just want something which works, which this clearly doesn't.  No excuse.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 14 April 2021, 08:10
No, i disagree. They all have problems to some degree.

Take the BMW 1 series. I drive is held up as the pinnacle of in car software. Go and have a look about the over the air update to the recent ish version. This didn't work, cars were not updating, dealers were unable to update it either, users were writing to bmw execs demanding updates. It turns out it was probably caused by some sort of battery problem.

And so on... You are just blissfully unaware of the problems elsewhere because why would you bother looking if you don't own that brand of car? Magazines don't contain articles about this stuff, dealerships and sales brochures don't tell you either... How are you supposed to know?

I think what is frustrating though is the manufacturer response to this kind of thing. If the problem was say a failing mechanical part they'd handle it much better.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Guzzle on 14 April 2021, 09:34
On my Mk7.5 (and my Mk3 vRS for that matter) pretty much everything worked 'out of the box' from day one.

The problems people are having with their Mk8's isn't inspiring me to want to upgrade any time soon.  :undecided:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: buttons on 14 April 2021, 09:39
i cant wait to get rid of this car....

Why because you can't get Nav in dash , have you had loads of problems. I'm on 1666 and had mine after 1200 miles. Fingers crossed. I think it's a great car

i don't think a single week has gone by without some kind of issue...... in fact, that may be single day! ha  :grin:
Not having Nav in dash isn't a big issue to be fair but the error for this and error for that everytime i use the car is!
I expected more that's all, I was naïve.

i cant wait to get rid of this car....

This is no different to any other complex newly designed car on the market these days.... its just that on this forum some of us can explain the situation to you.

Fred... I really appreciate your input on things, I genuinely do - its just a build up of frustration that's all.
I need to learn to take a deep breath before I type.
One day this car will impress me and I will announce it to try and make up for all my negativity!  :smiley:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Si_Telford on 14 April 2021, 11:27
i cant wait to get rid of this car....

Why because you can't get Nav in dash , have you had loads of problems. I'm on 1666 and had mine after 1200 miles. Fingers crossed. I think it's a great car

i don't think a single week has gone by without some kind of issue...... in fact, that may be single day! ha  :grin:
Not having Nav in dash isn't a big issue to be fair but the error for this and error for that everytime i use the car is!
I expected more that's all, I was naïve.

i cant wait to get rid of this car....

This is no different to any other complex newly designed car on the market these days.... its just that on this forum some of us can explain the situation to you.

Fred... I really appreciate your input on things, I genuinely do - its just a build up of frustration that's all.
I need to learn to take a deep breath before I type.
One day this car will impress me and I will announce it to try and make up for all my negativity!  :smiley:

I would defo feel the same if it is a build up of things even more daily. Ring your dealer and tell them to get it sorted. The only problems I have encounted is the front assist warning about 4 times but everything else fingers crossed has been fine apart from losing connection to the VW servers. It does seem many have had new steering wheels on this MK 8 even according to other sites. It's frustrating as it is such a nice car to drive added with the fun impact. My only regret is I wish I hung on for a clubby now
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 14 April 2021, 13:47
One day this car will impress me and I will announce it to try and make up for all my negativity!  :smiley:

Turn off the lane assist, hit the mode button, select sport and go and attack some corners - feed the power in with some lock on and let the VAQ fire you around a corner. Doesn't need to be at high speeds, works at UK road legal speeds.

Honestly its such a well behaved puppy dog when you just drudge around that you can forget it really does have teeth.

Just watch out for other traffic though as you will close on it REALLY rapidly.

I've just come back from a few hours out, mainly doing work, but also carving roundabouts :)
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Exonian on 14 April 2021, 16:05
Admittedly, aside from getting to know how ACC works, you could jump in a previous generation Golf and quickly get familiar with its user friendliness and quality of (most of the) controls. Previous generations to that was even easier. Everything felt solid and just worked.

But it ain’t 1990 anymore.
Or 2019.

The new tech is readying us for the BEV’s of tomorrow and the gradual change to autonomous.
Unfortunately right now we are in that crossover period where the engineers have developed the mechanical bits to their ultimate incarnation (despite the emissions crap stranglehold) but the tech is still in its relative infancy with too many things pulling in too many different ways, reflected by VW themselves.


Yes, some of the digital controls can be lethally dangerous to use on the move. The tech that is supposed to aid us is anything but helpful at times but still (marginally) safer than fiddling round with a wired in iPod to change playlists etc.
 
The tech is glitchy, granted. But is it really that bad?

Mine is an early build, used daily on bad roads. I get screen crashes from time to time, I get sporadic warnings flash up some days and so on but generally the car is great.
I don’t have rattles (yet), squeaks (yet) or any other strange noises.   
The engine pulls like a train. The chassis and steering combo is sublimely confident. The brakes are amazing. I even got 40mpg the other day (stuck behind someone admittedly).

I had an early build M135i X-Drive too. The BMW felt even more solid, the interior was a class above. The engine pulled like an even bigger train, the gearbox wasn’t as unpredictable, the brakes were also fabulous.
However, more in tune to this current discussion, the BMW infotainment didn’t crash once, was much slicker and the controls were mostly better to use.

Would I recommend anyone to buy a Golf in a trim anywhere below R-Line? Absolutely not. For the first time in 30 odd years I really wouldn’t and that even includes the sh!tty mk3 days.
The basic Mk8 Golfs are ugly and the UI is poor by VW standards. There has to be better things out there right now. My son’s new A3 is quite nice, a 1 series M-Sport trim is nice, an A Class is funky... hell, even my other son’s three year old (MQB) Ibiza doesn’t lag massively behind the mk8 in quality or tech for far less money.

But for a GTI level car I reckon the Golf still has it. The chassis is superb, it really is. Not the sharpest, but definitely über confident and therefore confidence inspiring. VW have continued to put a lot of development into a chassis that was already excellent in 2012.
Don’t give up on it yet Buttons.

 
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 14 April 2021, 16:23
So two things from my earlier outing....

Both in the annoyance category..

1) I think I've worked out why its really difficult to use the MIB to select media on the move (and it really is a bloody fight).... the screen is actually further away than it is on the Mk7.5 and the things you have to click on are smaller. Further away means your hand waving around more, smaller targets, just more difficult to click. You can't even get the media list up on the AID and scroll up and down like you could on the Mk7/7.5.

2) I had anothe rogue speed limit detection today. Instead of picking 30mph on a dual carriageway, this time it decided on 80mph on a 50mph A road..... eek!
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Exonian on 14 April 2021, 17:26
At the risk of me further boring everyone to death on BMW vs VW, you’re right Fred.
Despite the screen being bigger and higher up than the mk7 it is slightly further away. The BMW screen is smaller but seemed closer so easier to glance at. As a balance the VW AID is clearer.
What slightly irked me with the BMW set up was the DAB radio song info was small to read and would end half finished with an ellipsis, however in radio screen mode the VW has bigger text yet still ends up with said dots even though there’s loads of bloody room for the full text.
Which got me thinking a while ago - why doesn’t the screen have huge “buttons” on it like a Fisher Price toy would when in CarPlay mode amongst others? That way it would be safer to jab a finger at the screen in the hope it stabbed the right pixels. Maybe it’s a third party software thing. The Home Screen has nice big easy(ish) to hit “buttons” after all...
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 14 April 2021, 17:39
Glad its not just me then!

Why they haven't made it bigger buttons/things to click, I don't really know.

I know having to scroll is a driver distraction (on Android auto, anything with a scrollable list, if you scroll too much it says "look at the bloody road!" and there is a timeout before you can scroll more.... which is a massive pain if I am honest!)

There are many many things about VW's UI design that I question. It almost feels like they have decided that nothing can look how anyone else has done it before.... which obviously gives them a "unique" feel but after all of this time a general consensus on interface design has largely been reached and going outside of that simply means making a worse experience.

I have use some software for work that is so badly designed in screen layouts its almost like that was actually a design objective. I think maybe those people have gone to work for VW.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Exonian on 14 April 2021, 19:31
The mk8 software issues and general UI are already infamous.
I get people in work who aren’t into cars at all ask me about it out of the blue, people I’ve barely said more than hello to for years and years. The same people that don’t even realise my GTI is “latest generation” so have no particular agenda, they’ve just seen stuff online.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Kenis on 16 April 2021, 09:46
Gas strut install on YouTube

https://youtube.com/shorts/YdGiaMQfP_o?feature=share
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 16 April 2021, 10:22
Here is the part they were using:

Just seen this on Ebay:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Bonnet-Hood-Gas-Strut-lifter-kit-for-VW-Golf-MK8-GTi-2020-Dark-Ice-Designs/114739692802?hash=item1ab704c502:g:UrUAAOSwsSlfv6JB

So you can stop moaning  :laugh:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Sootchucker on 16 April 2021, 11:54
I sort of understand why VW deleted the gas strut. Yes, I'm sure part of it was saving a few Euros but part I'm sure was to do with the new European pedestrian protection regulations and having a gas strut that's in line with the front of the car that could potentially pierce the bonnet in an accident is probably the reason why.

However I don't get why they haven't done what most manufacturers have done and move the strut from inside the engine bay and pointing forwards, to both sides near the bonnet hinges. That way they still give the premium feel but are far enough back not to be a pedestrian issue.

Here's an example from a BMW (but there are plenty other manufacturers that do it this way)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51118784014_17fc4d0505_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2kTc8x5)
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Guzzle on 16 April 2021, 12:50
I'm fairly sure that cost was the bigger reason than pedestrian safety for the deletion of the gas strut. The Audi A3 still uses the same gas strut arrangement that the Mk7 had, so that explanation doesn't tally. It also has the twin bonnet catches from the Mk8.

The Mk4 Skoda Octavia has the twin strut arrangement as shown in the picture above, and that's supposedly a 'budget' car.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 16 April 2021, 13:19
I think you are right Sooty.

However when presented with the problem their solution was both regulatory compliant and a bit cheaper.... win win  :grin:

I think so far we've seen a lot of EU regulation changes impacting the Mk8, which aren't purely Mk8 issues but issues for every OEM. However the debates seem to be only seen on owner forums like this, not in a wider context.

A lot of the 2021/2022 things (Regulation (EU) 2019/2144) are going to cause howls of anguish to new owners, mainly because in the UK its not commonly talked about what happens in Brussels. Now maybe these days its even less likely to be talked about, but the UK is still aligned on issues such as vehicle safety and probably always will be. The regulations we are seeing are

I keep saying it, but just wait until the next MY comes along (so thats cars built after July) and people find their new Golf R is stopping them breaking the speed limit...this place is going to go ballistic.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Sootchucker on 16 April 2021, 16:00
You got me think about that last point Fred, so I did a bit of research. According to what I found it will be fitted from 2022, but the EU has so far only approved an "overridable" system, that the driver can over-ride by hitting the accelerator pedal (albeit with a bit of nannying warnings and bongs going on).

Furthermore, it goes on to say:

"The system is likely to be ‘default on’ – meaning it’s active every time the car is started – but can cancelled by the driver at any time. The ETSC recommended this feature be included during the first few years to make ISA systems more acceptable to motorists. Of course, this means the system could one day be permanently active."
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 16 April 2021, 16:10
Yup, like Lane Assist - default on at startup (which will cause endless moans)

And you can over-ride with a kick down, with bong-bong-bong-bong and then braking after you stop kicking down.

Its going to cause moaning.... and its coming VERY soon.

And you definitely will not be able to permanently disable it - like Lane Assist its in the protected part of the ECU.
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Post by: fredgroves on 16 April 2021, 16:20
And also "fitted from 2022" means all cars with a type approval for 2022 will have it.... which starts with the MY swapover in July 2021....
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 16 April 2021, 17:39
Today, just now, I've seen Exonian's clock doesn't update after you turn the engine off!

Was almost late for my appointment. Was listening to the radio while waiting. Updated the clock the second second i opened the door.

Bloody thing.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 18 April 2021, 19:19
Today I just had to go pick some stuff up 45 mins away, a nice gentle drive with a few bean flicking moments to blast past things.... 43mpg.

That's really quite impressive.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Si_Telford on 18 April 2021, 20:38
Today I just had to go pick some stuff up 45 mins away, a nice gentle drive with a few bean flicking moments to blast past things.... 43mpg.

That's really quite impressive.

I don't think I've hit over 34mpg, and haven't had to flick the bean today I've been in complete sports mode 😂
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Exonian on 18 April 2021, 21:47
Today I put lots of boxes in my mk8. It’s quite capacious.
Last week I put lots of paving slabs in it. Same as the week before.
The car looks nice and low when loaded with paving slabs (but you daren’t corner very quickly!)

*****************

Tugging on a knob is far easier than groping round for a bean to flick when presented with slender Lycra clad derrières.
Bring back proper DSG shifters VW for those moments where you have to overtake Tour de France wannabes whilst cruising country roads. 
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 18 April 2021, 22:05
I had eight bags of compost in mine yesterday. Looked pretty gangster sitting low like that.... Well at the back anyway.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Exonian on 18 April 2021, 22:47
I hope none of the bags split!
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 18 April 2021, 22:50
I hope none of the bags split!

Luckily no...
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 19 April 2021, 12:29
Today I got hold of a pile of Erwin self study training docs.

Been having a read through those.

Its a shame that VW don't make a lot of the content available in the owners manual. A lot of the things make a lot more sense to me now.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Ubique on 19 April 2021, 13:36
I swore at the drivers display because it keeps telling me to “take foot of the accelerator!” No! I won’t take my foot of the accelerator! 🤬
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 19 April 2021, 13:42
I swore at the drivers display because it keeps telling me to “take foot of the accelerator!” No! I won’t take my foot of the accelerator! 🤬

You can turn those eco tips off.... i did...i like a bit of fuel saving but those were super annoying!
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Ubique on 19 April 2021, 14:58
Fred, the eco tips are turned off. I assumed it was that but I think it’s something to do with me turning on the active road signs. The warning comes up when I enter a lower speed limit area.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: rubberduck on 19 April 2021, 16:47
Fred, the eco tips are turned off. I assumed it was that but I think it’s something to do with me turning on the active road signs. The warning comes up when I enter a lower speed limit area.

What do you get out of enabling active road signs? Does it interact with the adaptive cruise control at all? Two days until mine arrives so just trying to work out what to use and disable from the second it arrives :grin:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 19 April 2021, 17:11
"active road signs" I don't quite know what that means, but if you push the button for "travel assist" on the steering wheel, it sets the cruise control speed to the signposted speed limits.

Quote
Travel Assist is an assist system for partly automated driving. This system combines the following functions:
Adaptive cruise control
Predictive cruise control
Connective cruise control
Lane departure warning
Lane change assist

"Connective cruise control" is something I've only just seen mention of today and it might explain one of the things I've encountered with Travel Assist turned on...when it suddenly decided to go to 30mph on a 70mph dual carriageway, coming into a 50mph set of roadworks:

Quote
Receiving traffic jam information
The connective cruise control system c-ACC (yellow vehicle) receives this
traffic information via Car2X. This is displayed to the driver in the dash
panel insert.
The vehicle’s own speed is adapted to the speed of the traffic jam by the
predictive function (traffic jam end plus 50 km/h).
As soon as the adaptive cruise control (ACC) detects the end of the traffic
jam, it adapts the speed and driving situation, even coming to a standstill if
necessary.

In other words, somewhere ahead of me was likely another Car2X enabled car sitting in the stationary traffic queue...

I've learnt loads of new things today, interesting reading.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Brocky_ on 19 April 2021, 19:14
Switching Travel Assist on always sets the speed to the current speed, regardless of the speed limit of the zone you're currently in.  Without going to the car and looking through the settings, I don't know the exact name but there's a setting that will auto-adjust your TA speed in line with the speed limit when passing signs.

For me, TA is quite good but I am finding it freaks out at times.  As Fred said, it will very occasionally randomly drop to 30mph for seemingly no reason.  I felt as though it was maybe seeing a 30 sign when passing a short off-slip or something, but I am not sure.  This happened during the night with no roadworks and little traffic, so I don't think it's a Car2X thing in my case. Regardless, I never want to have the feeling that things are out of my control and so the car all of a sudden braking whilst cruising at 70 on a motorway is definitely not to my liking.

I also feel like using TA is going to make me a lazy driver, as I don't need to concentrate quite as much, so I will still use it every now and then - when I need to fiddle with the screen or take my sunglasses out of their bag, for example - but, for the most part, I will just stick to popping Lane Assist on when cruising.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Ubique on 19 April 2021, 19:41
I’m not sure either but yesterday I had an announcement on the screen say that “ active road signs” has been downloaded and is now active. 🤷‍♂️
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 19 April 2021, 20:01
With any automated system before you can trust it you need to understand its actions and limitations. Only then is it useful.

Right now I'm still untrusting of travel assist, but eventually I'll have worked it out and be happy to use it. Needs more experimentation time when I'm not needing to be somewhere in a hurry.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Ubique on 19 April 2021, 20:05
I’m just hoping that the next download announcement is that the “Swedish masseuse feature” is now available!
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Exonian on 19 April 2021, 23:28
Today I have introduced lots of flies to my bonnet, screen and mirror caps, some pasty crumbs to the upholstery and no doubt a few more stone chips to the front end.

I’ve also completely decided DSG is definitely not what it should be.
I’d been warming to it again over the last week just pootling about, but today after 150 miles of dual carriageway and narrow lanes it really isn’t good. It could be good but it ain’t.

This car has 400Nm of torque. That’s quite a lot. A gentle squeeze of the pedal at 65 mph should see it surge to 69.9 almost instantly. But no. It has a think, slips the clutch and jumps down a gear. Had it left the thing in gear at 2000 rpm it would have been at the speed limit in microseconds. If I would had tickled the nugget into S mode instead it probably would have dropped three gears and gone ballistic.

Then, once again, when presented with granite hedged rural lanes it dithers about on every uphill bend. f
Firstly caught totally off boost time and again, and then it has an internal discussion meeting including several calls to head office before selecting a random gear which either continues to be off boost or clutch slips into too low a gear before immediately rushing back up the box again once past 30mph. During which time the dawdling old lady in her micro-car nearly rear ends my 300PS sports hatch whilst it buggers about with clutches and cogs making no meaningful forward progress.
Rubbish. Utterly rubbish.
To think that I used to be a bit envious of DSG drivers with their über efficient microprocessor controlled cog-boxes.


The rest of the car is (mostly) utterly brilliant.


Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 20 April 2021, 08:50
Its funny, some days I am not so sensitive to the annoyances of DSG, others I just can't wait to get out of the car, usually followed by some furious calculator stabbing to check just how much it would cost me to swap to a manual GTI.

I did go as far as talking to the Dutch lot about a DSG tune and they found me a local(ish) authorised dealer in the UK who mailed me with their details.

I'm still thinking hard about that.... trying to work out if what they will deliver will actually resolve my frustrations with it.... but I guess I need to produce a detailed requirements list and show it to them.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: clubsport on 20 April 2021, 08:55
Exonian, as you aware of the limitations of Dsg, can you not just switch it into manual mode when you want a bit more involvement?
I have to say the factors you mention have had me screaming at Dsg boxed cars on previous test drives.

The Pdk-S in Gt Pork works well over the regular Pdk, so there may be something to the software upgrade?
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 20 April 2021, 09:03
Manual mode in the Mk8 is an interesting thing....

In D mode, its something like 10 seconds of not using the paddles before it will drop back into auto.

In S mode it doesn't revert to auto by itself (and long tug on the right paddle puts it back into auto) BUT even in manual mode it will shift up just before the redline and will shift down automatically.

The DSG tune I believe will actually take out the automatic upshift in manual mode if you desire.

I've not really got on very well with the paddles though I have to say. I'm old, I've driven manual gearboxes forever and it just doesn't feel right to be using the Playstation buttons for changing gear, it just feels alien to me and it really does feel like a video game even more than the car already does.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Kenis on 20 April 2021, 09:15
It’s a bit long and it’s old but thought this worth sharing on how to play the dsg game for those coming from manual habits to dsg https://www.vwroc.com/forums/topic/12990-dsg-in-sport-and-why-i-keep-switching-to-manual/
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Watts on 20 April 2021, 10:58
I've not really got on very well with the paddles though I have to say. I'm old, I've driven manual gearboxes forever and it just doesn't feel right to be using the Playstation buttons for changing gear, it just feels alien to me and it really does feel like a video game even more than the car already does.

This sums up my thoughts on DSG manual mode, perhaps with a little less of the 'old' bit though :whistle:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 20 April 2021, 11:18
I think I'd get on better if it had a stick for sequential gear changes.... seem to remember the M3 I drove once on a track had that. Didn't find that strange.

Did the Mk7 have that?
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: clubsport on 20 April 2021, 12:52
Fred, the M3 would have had an SMG 2, gearbox which is effectively the same manual gearbox as the manual, with an electric/hydraulic clutch instead of a foot pedal. the Smg2 was a quicker changing version of the regular Smg box.
Note the need for upgraded software for the sporty driver?

I am sure there is a manual out there for you to digest, if you are interested? :)
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Post by: fredgroves on 20 April 2021, 13:52
LOL I've got enough reading material for a loooooong old time at the moment.

Interesting on the M3 gearbox, that was a lot of fun to drive with that box.

I remember them telling me I could use the paddles on that, but I decided in the time I had with the car it wasn't worth messing when the lever seemed to be totally natural for me.

This whole thing is quite weird really, because a sequential box is no problem for me - motorbikes have a sequential box.

The weird thing with DSG is that its not really sequential, the software is emulating that and trying to guess where you are going next.... and it guesses using the only sensor it has to monitor what a driver is going to do next, the throttle position.

That article that was linked is really very interesting and I've never seen it explained like that. Not sure if I have the prescence of mind to game it like they suggest though.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Exonian on 21 April 2021, 10:44
Exonian, as you aware of the limitations of Dsg, can you not just switch it into manual mode when you want a bit more involvement?
I have to say the factors you mention have had me screaming at Dsg boxed cars on previous test drives.

The Pdk-S in Gt Pork works well over the regular Pdk, so there may be something to the software upgrade?

It’s when I don’t want involvement that DSG disappoints.
The one thing an auto should be good at it’s not.

Obviously it can drag race in S.
in fact it’s quite good in S for all sorts of things as it changes up around 4K rpm when pressure is eased on the throttle pedal (or before when it feels like it or afterwards if it is having one of its frequent erratic moments).

The paddles are (probably) great if you like doing the PlayStation thing but it feels totally artificial to me.

I don’t miss a manual gearbox. I have a manual car too and can’t be bothered to use it anymore.
I just want a comfort mode that doesn’t constantly bog down off boost or feel like I’m getting zero response from it when I need some gentle to moderate acceleration.

I genuinely thought a DSG would feel far more rapid and responsive than a manual, but it’s the opposite unless full on Banzai acceleration from more or less standstill is used.
My previous remapped manual mk5 and mk6 GTI’s were far more responsive and quicker point to point cars.

Fabulous car, meh gearbox, confusing UI.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 21 April 2021, 11:20
I agree with you totally Exonian, as usual I might add!

My other annoyance with it in S mode is the down shifts, you brake for a slow turn or an approach to a roundabout and the downshift suddenly seems to fire the car forward bit just at the wrong moment, its like it blips the throttle, either upsetting your cornering mid corner or shooting your forward onto the roundabout.

I've not found a way to counter that other than being mentally prepared for it.

I'm sure its just my old manual driving ways that don't match with the damned computer mind of it, but its super annoying.

I guess like most computerised things, 80% of the time its ok and does the job better than you or I could do, its the 20% that grates. Probably some genius at VW thinks 80% is good enough.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Exonian on 21 April 2021, 16:20
I make allowances for the spontaneous things the gearbox does in S mode, I kind of live around it!
The random downshift jerks when approaching roundabouts and junctions are a bit marmite and you need your wits about you but I’m usually okay with those as I know the car is ready to move quickly if needed rather than a Liberal Party committee meeting going on in Comfort.

I think you’re right about the 80% sign off, the VW management committee must’ve been in Comfort Mode on a Friday afternoon!


Well, today I decided that after doing 300 plus miles in the last couple days I’d have another go at becoming the primary user.
That didn’t go well.
Another three and a half years as ‘guest’ it is then  :grin:  :lipsrsealed:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 21 April 2021, 16:59
Maybe if you could get some sort of feedback about what it thought it was going to do next, you could adapt for it.

In the same way as the old think blue graphic on the Mk7.5 AID - in fact, with that you might be able to train yourself to always give the right throttle input.

I'd probably just fire myself through a hedge though if I was trying to keep the throttle on to avoid a wrong gear selection  :laugh:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Si_Telford on 21 April 2021, 18:43
I'm only ever used to driving 3 VWs, An R I've had a go off and my 20 plate Passat GTE, once that button was pressed in GTE mode it took off, I think same horsepower of the new GTI with petrol and electric combined, but I do find the DSG in the golf better than it was in the Passat, I don't mind the new DSG but I think at times even in comfort it labours too much. As for the acceleration in the Passat, bouncing it off that limiter felt great but I don't know if it was being a bigger car i didn't have full trust in it at cornering. I have to admit the last few days I've been using the paddles and as mad as it sounds I was all over with them to start with but I feel I'm getting better driving with them now with gear changing but more satisfying using them in sports mode. The whole experience what I love about the car is the handling, I just feel so safe going into and hammering out of corners on a fun day and something I've never really had the pleasure experiencing with in cars. Even risked it with ESC off at the weekend but tend to put it in ESC sport mode and love it
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: joet on 24 April 2021, 11:06
Picked up my Clubsport yesterday. Dolphin, DCC, Adelaides, Reversing Camera and Winter Pack

I think it looks amazing in the flesh - photos do not do it justice.

So far very very impressed. Driving it back from the dealer yesterday on the motorway, in Comfort mode it was so refined that I forgot I was in a GTI. Then changed it to sport and it was a different beast. Coming from a basic 2013 Mark 7 it does feel like a  big step up.

Interface is not as bad as I feared. Getting used to it slowly. The dealer had set me up as the primary user before collection and I've had no software issues so far. Fingers crossed.

I've disabled KESSY already as per advice here. The one thing that doesn't seem to work is unlocking just the boot when the car is locked with the boot unlock button on the fob. Anyone else had that? Thanks.

A couple of photos attached.

(https://i.postimg.cc/26HsPJrB/IMG-20210424-100346-1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/LY1QPxqH)

(https://i.postimg.cc/MHNhGQc6/IMG-20210424-100427-1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/9wPx8ztK)
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Post by: Si_Telford on 24 April 2021, 11:19
Picked up my Clubsport yesterday. Dolphin, DCC, Adelaides, Reversing Camera and Winter Pack

I think it looks amazing in the flesh - photos do not do it justice.

So far very very impressed. Driving it back from the dealer yesterday on the motorway, in Comfort mode it was so refined that I forgot I was in a GTI. Then changed it to sport and it was a different beast. Coming from a basic 2013 Mark 7 it does feel like a  big step up.

Interface is not as bad as I feared. Getting used to it slowly. The dealer had set me up as the primary user before collection and I've had no software issues so far. Fingers crossed.

I've disabled KESSY already as per advice here. The one thing that doesn't seem to work is unlocking just the boot when the car is locked with the boot unlock button on the fob. Anyone else had that? Thanks.

A couple of photos attached.

(https://i.postimg.cc/26HsPJrB/IMG-20210424-100346-1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/LY1QPxqH)

(https://i.postimg.cc/MHNhGQc6/IMG-20210424-100427-1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/9wPx8ztK)
Looks very nice mate same colour as my standard GTI but just shows with different wheels on how better the car looks. Honestly wish I waited for a clubby for that extra power even though when I'm on a B road in mind it's where the fun begins. I tend to find a few things that I have pointed out on here and that the inform system is not that laggy on a warm day compared to when I got mine in Feb and it was bad most till the car warmed. Also noticed and was discussing with Fred that your pops from exhaust is controlled by engine sound if you go into individual. Usually fake cabin noise that but if it's set to sport that's when you wi hear the bangs. As for the boot mine is exactly the same. I've only had a front assist error on the car since I've got it once or twice so fingers crossed I'm problem free. Feels a different car coming off a motorway then onto a twist road. I find it hard not to drive In sport most of the time 😂. Hope you enjoy it. Looks amazing 👌
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Post by: joet on 24 April 2021, 11:31
Thank you!
I've been keeping up with the posts on here whilst I was waiting for it so have read about the exhaust pops etc.
Looking forward to getting it on some decent roads!
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Post by: fredgroves on 24 April 2021, 11:39
That looks awesome joet!

Dolphin looks good in the sunshine definitely. Love the clubby spoiler too.

 :cool:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 24 April 2021, 11:42
Today I've done my first thousand miles.

Thinking about washing it today as its covered in bird poo... Whether I do or not remains to be seen lol.

I've got some technical documentation on the kessy system and it's counter measures I'll try and write up next week. What I can tell you is that it definitely doesn't have a motion sensor in the key and also that some of the kessy problems people have are actually faults in the security mechanism.. Interesting.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: joet on 24 April 2021, 11:48
That looks awesome joet!

Dolphin looks good in the sunshine definitely. Love the clubby spoiler too.

 :cool:

Thank you, Fred. Much appreciated.

I've been reading all you very informative posts on here and they're proving extremely useful now that I have the car.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Ubique on 24 April 2021, 13:05
Well I’ve just experienced the low speed crash prevention system! I was parking the car, I could have sworn I hit the car next to me but it turns out I hadn’t, it was the car stopping me from crashing into the other car. Very clever but bloody hardcore braking.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Guzzle on 24 April 2021, 13:36
Well I’ve just experienced the low speed crash prevention system! I was parking the car, I could have sworn I hit the car next to me but it turns out I hadn’t, it was the car stopping me from crashing into the other car. Very clever but bloody hardcore braking.

Yes, it's quite unsettling the first time it happens.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 24 April 2021, 13:43
Lol wait until you meet Mr front assist...
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: VW_Golf_nut on 24 April 2021, 15:21
Interested in this, I have a Mk8 Golf and although my 'open on approach' setting is switched off, the car decides to randomly open still! Could this be related.....it seems to have started happening after I've set up WeConnect and become Primary User.... :sad:

Today I've done my first thousand miles.

Thinking about washing it today as its covered in bird poo... Whether I do or not remains to be seen lol.

I've got some technical documentation on the kessy system and it's counter measures I'll try and write up next week. What I can tell you is that it definitely doesn't have a motion sensor in the key and also that some of the kessy problems people have are actually faults in the security mechanism.. Interesting.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Kenis on 24 April 2021, 23:40
That looks awesome joet!

Dolphin looks good in the sunshine definitely. Love the clubby spoiler too.

 :cool:

Thank you, Fred. Much appreciated.

I've been reading all you very informative posts on here and they're proving extremely useful now that I have the car.

Looks great Joet, first CS in dolphin on 19s I’ve seen, can’t wait for mine. Be interesting to hear more about your experience with DCC after you have a few miles under your belt
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Brocky_ on 25 April 2021, 02:22
Picked up my Clubsport yesterday. Dolphin, DCC, Adelaides, Reversing Camera and Winter Pack

I think it looks amazing in the flesh - photos do not do it justice.

So far very very impressed. Driving it back from the dealer yesterday on the motorway, in Comfort mode it was so refined that I forgot I was in a GTI. Then changed it to sport and it was a different beast. Coming from a basic 2013 Mark 7 it does feel like a  big step up.

Interface is not as bad as I feared. Getting used to it slowly. The dealer had set me up as the primary user before collection and I've had no software issues so far. Fingers crossed.

I've disabled KESSY already as per advice here. The one thing that doesn't seem to work is unlocking just the boot when the car is locked with the boot unlock button on the fob. Anyone else had that? Thanks.

A couple of photos attached.

(https://i.postimg.cc/26HsPJrB/IMG-20210424-100346-1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/LY1QPxqH)

(https://i.postimg.cc/MHNhGQc6/IMG-20210424-100427-1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/9wPx8ztK)
Welcome to the Club!  It does look nice in Dolphin and I was considering it but felt that the white accentuated the red details better.

As for the boot - you need to hold the button for 1+ second.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: SRGTD on 25 April 2021, 07:25

I've disabled KESSY already as per advice here. The one thing that doesn't seem to work is unlocking just the boot when the car is locked with the boot unlock button on the fob. Anyone else had that? Thanks.

Welcome to the Club!  It does look nice in Dolphin and I was considering it but felt that the white accentuated the red details better.

As for the boot - you need to hold the button for 1+ second.

With the mk7 Golf (and earlier Golfs?) it used to be that if you unlocked the boot with the boot button on the key fob and inadvertently put the fob down in the boot and then shut the tailgate, after a few minutes the boot would lock itself, leaving the owner outside the car and the keys locked inside the car.

The mk7 did flash the indicators as a warning when the tailgate was closed before auto-locking the boot, but if the owner;
they could be left stranded and locked out of their car. Inconvenient to say the least if it happens if you’re away from your home and don’t have access to the spare key fob.

I don’t know if this is still they way boot locking / unlocking works (the discussion thread over on VWROC.com at the link below suggests it was changed on the mk7.5 Golf). However, for this reason, I rarely - if ever - use the ‘boot unlock’ button, and have conditioned myself to put the key fob back in my pocket before shutting the tailgate.

I keep meaning to test on my Polo GTI+ when I’m at home so I have access to the spare key fob and don’t get locked out! :grin:

Link to discussion threads where this has happened;

http://www.golfgtiforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=270688.0

https://www.vwroc.com/forums/topic/20384-locked-out-damn-you-vw/
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Exonian on 25 April 2021, 09:05
Lovely Dolphin Clubsport joet, it looks fantastic in the sunshine there with all the highlights contrasting perfectly.  :cool:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: joet on 25 April 2021, 10:55

Welcome to the Club!  It does look nice in Dolphin and I was considering it but felt that the white accentuated the red details better.

As for the boot - you need to hold the button for 1+ second.
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Thank you! Holding the button for longer than 1 second has done the trick,
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: joet on 25 April 2021, 10:58
Lovely Dolphin Clubsport joet, it looks fantastic in the sunshine there with all the highlights contrasting perfectly.  :cool:

Thank you! It's an interesting colour - it can go from a light blue/grey to much darker grey depending on the conditions.

Really enjoying driving it, although I'm taking it easy for the first 1,000 miles
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: king monkey on 25 April 2021, 11:20
Cracking looking CS. Dolphin is ace.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 26 April 2021, 09:39
Interesting moment over the weekend.... I turned off the HUD for the last couple of days. Two things with that:

1) It seems it's one of the few things you can turn off and it bloody stays off
2) Actually the car is more enjoyable without it. I don't feel like I am staring at it all of the time, I could just enjoy a wide panoramic view of where I was going and concentrate on giving it a bit of wellie.

When I spec'ed it (well, deliberately chose a car with it on) I imagined myself as Squadron Leader Fred "Squiffy" Groves, bolding flying into action against enemy bombers trying to bomb my chip shop, shooting them down with ease in my sleek grey EuroFighter before returning for tea and medals. Actually, its a massive distraction that gives me a headache.

I might leave it off now until I need nav directions next or head into speed camera infested waters again.

I know why ObiWan told Luke to turn off his targetting computer now...


I've got something else to ask about, but will start a seperate thread for that though.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Sootchucker on 26 April 2021, 10:27
Funny you should say that Fred. Ive kept quiet as I assumed I was in a minority of 1, but when I test drove a BMW last year that had the HUD system (and to be honest a better implementation that VW's), I found it quite distracting as it always caught my eye and found that I was forever looking at it (which you could argue is the whole point of it), and I was therefore not paying full attention to the road. When I switched it off and went back to the regular instruments I found the test drive much more enjoyable and (dare I say) safer ?

It really surprised me as I'm a massive tech fan and generally applaud most of the tech going into latest cars, but that experience was the one that made me decided to not spec it on my new Tiguan.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Watts on 26 April 2021, 10:49
I know why ObiWan told Luke to turn off his targetting computer now...

I met Mark Hamill once, he was eating in a Chinese restaurant on the next table. He was really struggling to use his chopsticks so I told him to 'use the forks Luke'.... :wink: :whistle:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 26 April 2021, 11:40
Sooty,

It's taken me a while to reach that conclusion and be brave enough to turn off 600 quid of option.... it was exciting for a while, I also thought it was impressive on the BMW's I drove too.... but turning it off is such a relief!

Its not like the display mode for the AID I'm using is hard to read really. I could see the HUD being useful sometimes though...but very much a turn it on when you need it. I've added it to my pull down shortcut menu options (which I've also only just setup)

I also added ESC to the menu.... I tried ESC Sport on Saturday - you can definitely feel it moving around with that on!


I met Mark Hamill once, he was eating in a Chinese restaurant on the next table. He was really struggling to use his chopsticks so I told him to 'use the forks Luke'.... :wink: :whistle:

Get your coat, NOW!   :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Si_Telford on 26 April 2021, 15:23
Went to the garage to fill up some fuel, though I'd check my tyre pressures while there  and nothing on my inside door giving pressures, checked pressure what all tyres were at and 39psi, this the right amount on standard ??, I learn more about this car every week 😂
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Exonian on 26 April 2021, 16:31
Today I took my freshly washed Clubby to a funeral.
The funeral itself was a bit of a strange experience with Covid restrictions but obviously that’s not why I’m reporting in.
DSG and hill hold is why I’m here.
I’m quick enough to moan about it some days, so today I shall sing its praises for being an excellent pairing when in a slow moving cortège going up a steep hillside at walking pace.
Oh, I also had the first cheese and pickle sandwich I’ve eaten in years and years. I’d forgotten how nice they are.

***********

Roger that Squiffy old bean, the head up display was a funny old thing when I was piloting the old Messerschmitt 135i. I’d expected it to be like piloting a space ship but actually it wasn’t anything like that. In fact my only lasting memory of it was the speed limit display winking at me more often than the bar maid in the officer’s mess. 
First thing I thought when taxiing the Fokker Clubsport dive bomber for the first time was thank blazes I didn’t spend six hundred shillings on the pop up cross hairs.

***********

Oh, and here’s another thing. I used to moan about the dashboard reflections in the windscreen of the 135i, well the mk8 suffers that just as badly too. I’m sure my mk7’s weren’t afflicted with that.

***********

My aircon has stayed in Sync mode for four days on the trot with no prompting. Is that a record?


***********

Watts, you induced more of a groan than my handbrake did on a 45 degree incline.
(  :grin: )

Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 26 April 2021, 16:54
Dashboard reflections.... I did mention that a while ago... I did ask Spanners, my groundcrew chief to give the old canopy a wipe down before my next sortie, but didn't make any difference.

All I can see are reflections of my lucky rabbits foot which dangles from the rear view mirror.

And yes, the HUD does wink at me just like the barmaid in the mess, but the HUD sadly doesn't quite have the same clevage.... tally ho!
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: king monkey on 02 May 2021, 18:01
Mr Chapple has fitted the R paddles to his CS. Ouch!

https://youtu.be/zRVk-psPTIU
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Ubique on 02 May 2021, 18:13
Hmmm, looks great but I’m definitely not taking my steering wheel apart. 😂
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: jaceyboy on 02 May 2021, 18:17
Mr Chapple has fitted the R paddles to his CS. Ouch!

https://youtu.be/zRVk-psPTIU

Look so much better, how it should of been from factory, I missed the cost?
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Yantos on 02 May 2021, 18:35
Wheel change !

From…



(https://i.postimg.cc/yxZbw4xC/8-E748314-CD46-413-E-9835-69-D7-A31-F976-B.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/3031vq2t)


To…


(https://i.postimg.cc/0yfBgCkj/CD9-CD322-833-C-42-EC-AC63-DDCBBE9-B7-A2-A.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/cvvmww8G)
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: jaceyboy on 02 May 2021, 18:40
Wheel change !

From…



(https://i.postimg.cc/yxZbw4xC/8-E748314-CD46-413-E-9835-69-D7-A31-F976-B.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/3031vq2t)


To…


(https://i.postimg.cc/0yfBgCkj/CD9-CD322-833-C-42-EC-AC63-DDCBBE9-B7-A2-A.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/cvvmww8G)

Soooo much better
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Yantos on 02 May 2021, 18:48
Those Richmonds are F’ing terrible imo. I predict skip fulls of them in the next 12 months !
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Kenis on 02 May 2021, 20:44
Mr Chapple has fitted the R paddles to his CS. Ouch!

https://youtu.be/zRVk-psPTIU

Look so much better, how it should of been from factory, I missed the cost?

£250
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: king monkey on 02 May 2021, 21:06
Yantos, massive improvement with the Brescias fitted. It looks great.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Yantos on 03 May 2021, 18:52
Cheers, yep, I think it sets off the sliver / black accents well. Another couple of shots…


(https://i.postimg.cc/g0WWGC0G/534797-D7-6-E90-402-C-83-E7-F6199-A1270-F1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/K1JVNsLW)

(https://i.postimg.cc/7YVrfpv9/04-B48221-BC77-417-B-81-C4-3-DECB09-EC2-B1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/1ffjd73V)
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fuster on 04 May 2021, 09:22
Very nice :smiley:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Ubique on 05 May 2021, 13:20
Just tried launch control for the first time. Pops and bangs then wheel spin. Much fun at a Costa drive through! 😂
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Exonian on 05 May 2021, 13:32
I hope you didn’t overshoot the second window by doing that?  :whistle:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 05 May 2021, 13:55
Just tried launch control for the first time. Pops and bangs then wheel spin. Much fun at a Costa drive through! 😂

Hmmmm I thought it only worked outside of McDonalds  :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

I've often wondered why you need ESC off to do a launch, surely all that wheel spin is slower?

What tyres are you running on your GTI?
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Ubique on 05 May 2021, 17:02
I had esc in sport…it has Bridgestone Potenza S005 which it came with. No idea if they are any good but I did notice going around a roundabout in a huge downpour yesterday that they felt very slippy.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 05 May 2021, 18:02
So far I think the S005's I have are better than the S001's the Mk7's used to come with..... but the real best tyres will be PS4S's and eventually I will get mine swapped.... I even thought about doing it on delivery....
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 06 May 2021, 17:43
Watched Volkswizard's newest video on 10 tips for a Mk8 golf:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVGxsCoe1qo

I reckon he's a secret member of this forum  :laugh: :laugh:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: theminty1 on 06 May 2021, 20:06
Watched Volkswizard's newest video on 10 tips for a Mk8 golf:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVGxsCoe1qo

I reckon he's a secret member of this forum  :laugh: :laugh:

Some good comments from him there. Simplifies things a bit with the shortcuts
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: JoeGTI on 06 May 2021, 21:49
Watched Volkswizard's newest video on 10 tips for a Mk8 golf:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVGxsCoe1qo

I reckon he's a secret member of this forum  :laugh: :laugh:

Definitely  :grin:

He's certainly been picking up on a few of your tips Fred!
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Brocky_ on 07 May 2021, 00:59
Not gonna lie, when he started to talk about the indicator stalk button, I was kinda hoping for a shout-out for The Brocky Method!  :grin:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Splashalot on 07 May 2021, 01:37
Watched Volkswizard's newest video on 10 tips for a Mk8 golf:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVGxsCoe1qo

I reckon he's a secret member of this forum  :laugh: :laugh:

I'd put money on it being you, Fred.  You're both tech-obsessed propeller heads!  :wink: 
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 07 May 2021, 07:40
Not gonna lie, when he started to talk about the indicator stalk button, I was kinda hoping for a shout-out for The Brocky Method!  :grin:

I thought the same  :angry: :angry: :angry: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 07 May 2021, 09:17
Watched Volkswizard's newest video on 10 tips for a Mk8 golf:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVGxsCoe1qo

I reckon he's a secret member of this forum  :laugh: :laugh:

I'd put money on it being you, Fred.  You're both tech-obsessed propeller heads!  :wink:

Do you really think I'd put those wheels on my car?  :grin: :grin: :laugh:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Splashalot on 07 May 2021, 10:13
Watched Volkswizard's newest video on 10 tips for a Mk8 golf:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVGxsCoe1qo

I reckon he's a secret member of this forum  :laugh: :laugh:

I'd put money on it being you, Fred.  You're both tech-obsessed propeller heads!  :wink:

Do you really think I'd put those wheels on my car?  :grin: :grin: :laugh:

 :grin: Good point.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: joet on 08 May 2021, 09:51
Today I found out, quite by accident, that if you gently tap the on/off button on the infotainment screen, it mutes the sound. Tap it again and it unmutes it. Quite neat.

Anyone else noticed it?
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Exonian on 08 May 2021, 11:52
Today I found out, quite by accident, that if you gently tap the on/off button on the infotainment screen, it mutes the sound. Tap it again and it unmutes it. Quite neat.

Anyone else noticed it?

Yes. Likewise I found it by accident when pressing things after the unit became laggy one day early in ownership.
Short press mutes mine, a longer press turns it mostly off (standby) and a very long press does a reboot. Best done stationary or you’ll be weaving up the road like you’ve had a skinful of Stella otherwise.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Si_Telford on 08 May 2021, 12:23
Wettest day it has been today since I've had my GTI, had a go of ESC sport after driving up a closed off dual carriageway. Loads of fun but very dangerous 😂
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 08 May 2021, 15:09
Two things... Two more snags..

First one, i got caught out again by the stopped clock... Almost late for another appointment.

Secondly for some weird reason it's decided to reset by speed limit warning settings. I had it set to limit+3 and now its back at limit.

This week I'm definitely booking it in for the dealer to look at a list of snags.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: joet on 14 May 2021, 23:31
Had a ceramic coating applied and fitted some sill protectors.


(https://i.postimg.cc/t4mw2Rsr/IMG-20210512-140839-01.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/mPCmrsNM)

(https://i.postimg.cc/1zkT1Wcw/IMG-20210512-140913-01-01-01.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/VSF4jWhk)

(https://i.postimg.cc/fyZrJJPb/IMG-20210512-153724-01-01.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/zbtjQX8m)

(https://i.postimg.cc/DzJDDVs7/IMG-20210512-154151-01-01.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/R3mX6DXY)

(https://i.postimg.cc/Y9QPr1bV/IMG-20210512-160502.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/PpryK8Gz)
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: JoeGTI on 15 May 2021, 00:05
Jesus.
That’s stunning.

I’m about to order one and now you’ve added another colour to the mix. Jeeeez…
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Exonian on 15 May 2021, 05:54
Woo! Shiny!!  :cool:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: joet on 15 May 2021, 09:22
Woo! Shiny!!  :cool:

Shiny indeed! It wasn't even a sunny day.

The detailer did a fantastic job.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 15 May 2021, 20:22
Bit of a motorway haul today, rolling with travel assist.

Largely it really works for that. A few funnies with it spotting speed limit signs on parallel roads but more weirdly a few bits where with nothing in sight it decided the limit was sixty. It came off the gas but before it could brake, decided it was seventy again...

Had some fun by switching the aid to the sensor display and watching it show me all the traffic around me. Fascinating stuff.

About one hundred and twenty miles today, 40mpg.

No real system fails or random bongs either. The camera even survived some torrential rain and massive spray.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: JoeGTI on 15 May 2021, 21:01
Ordered one  :cool:

After 6 months of teasing myself on the configurator and reading all the great posts in this forum, I finally bit the bullet and ordered a CS today.

Reflex silver.
DCC
19" estorils
Winter pack
rear camera.

No indication of lead time yet but I expect it'll be several months. It'd be nice to see it by August/September but that could be wishful thinking on my part. My Dad is waiting on a Tiguan he ordered in November  :shocked:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: joet on 15 May 2021, 21:14
Ordered one  :cool:

After 6 months of teasing myself on the configurator and reading all the great posts in this forum, I finally bit the bullet and ordered a CS today.

Reflex silver.
DCC
19" estorils
Winter pack
rear camera.

No indication of lead time yet but I expect it'll be several months. It'd be nice to see it by August/September but that could be wishful thinking on my part. My Dad is waiting on a Tiguan he ordered in November  :shocked:

Good choice!  Similar to mine. Only difference is I have Dolphin and Adelaides. Rest is the same. I'm loving mine.

I ordered last week of January and picked it up 23rd of April, so you never know.

Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: JoeGTI on 15 May 2021, 21:25
Ordered one  :cool:

After 6 months of teasing myself on the configurator and reading all the great posts in this forum, I finally bit the bullet and ordered a CS today.

Reflex silver.
DCC
19" estorils
Winter pack
rear camera.

No indication of lead time yet but I expect it'll be several months. It'd be nice to see it by August/September but that could be wishful thinking on my part. My Dad is waiting on a Tiguan he ordered in November  :shocked:

Good choice!  Similar to mine. Only difference is I have Dolphin and Adelaides. Rest is the same. I'm loving mine.

I ordered last week of January and picked it up 23rd of April, so you never know.

Nice one, you did well with that lead time!

I can't understand whats going on with my Dad's Tiguan. It was built about 3-4 weeks ago but still shows as "internal transfer" on the dealer's system. He doesn't seem to know where it is.

Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Exonian on 15 May 2021, 21:29
Congrats on the order Joe.
Why the GTI Clubsport over an R or Ed45 out of interest?


***************

Today my mk8 was used as a cross country removals van.
Mostly dreadful weather and, similar to fredgroves’ GTI, mine didn’t misbehave once today either.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: JoeGTI on 15 May 2021, 23:34
Congrats on the order Joe.
Why the GTI Clubsport over an R or Ed45 out of interest?


***************

Today my mk8 was used as a cross country removals van.
Mostly dreadful weather and, similar to fredgroves’ GTI, mine didn’t misbehave once today either.

Thanks!… well you may remember I’m in Ireland… penal taxes mean the R has been priced out of reach for me at least. €11K premium over the CS! Besides, I much prefer the looks/image of the CS, I think I’d still pick the CS even if there wasn’t such a price differential. I had a lot of undesirable hassle with my MK7 R which prompted me to get rid of it 3 years ago. I don’t think my wife would entertain another one on the driveway.

As for the Ed45, that carries a 5.5k premium over the CS here. I don’t like the wheels and I’m not that bothered about paying for the arka exhaust.

So the CS it is!
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Exonian on 16 May 2021, 09:13
I do indeed remember you’re in Ireland Joe and have seen a few recent posts from members about the price differences between the GTI and R models but I didn’t realise the difference in € was quite that much  :shocked:
Embarrassingly I’ve used the .ie configurator to look at optional spec differences (wheels, black pack etc) a few times but didn’t pay much attention to the actual costs.

You’ll love the Clubsport, it’ll look superb in Reflex with the Estorils too.  :cool:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 24 May 2021, 09:38
It seems I'm still discovering features and bugs...

New feature to me.... the "OMFG you are going to die!" (collision pre-warning from front assist) is a MASSIVE red thing all over the AID - not the smallish red one from the Mk7.5 - this fills the AID and the HUD!!

Slightly more attention grabbing now!

Bugs.... my speed limit warning has been setting itself back to limit+0 (I have it set to limit+3) and this weekend it decided to go one further and switch off the speed limit warnings altogether.  :angry:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Exonian on 25 May 2021, 14:03
Yeah, that collision warning means business!
The only time mine has gone off is when I was already lightly braking in anticipation of the car in front turning. Thankfully it doesn’t just hammer the brakes on when it spots a metal bus shelter like my early mk7 did occasionally!!  :shocked:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 25 May 2021, 14:05
Speed limit warning had turned itself off again today  :cry:

Its got to be something to do with my "user profile" on the VW server (which remembers all of my settings) - they have either mangled it or forced a change and its not remembering it.

I was stopped for a few hours today and it kept it during that switch off period.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 30 May 2021, 21:45
Another outing today, bit of a drive to enjoy the weather.

Think I've got my definitive snag list together, going to see if I can book it in for some troubleshooting this week. Just a few things that are knocking the sugar off my donut.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Don76 on 30 May 2021, 23:07
Fitted some Adelaide replica wheels and VWR springs.


(https://i.postimg.cc/WbZdvjWv/D0-ADFFBA-049-A-473-F-9-AAA-8-CAA0-CE93-D29.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/fJwz74Q2)
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Kenis on 31 May 2021, 12:41
Fitted some Adelaide replica wheels and VWR springs.


Are they 19s or 20s? Look good! What made you choose adelaides in the end once you decided to change out?
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Ubique on 31 May 2021, 15:02
Today I managed to break the centre console (passenger side) air con vent. I made the mistake of moving it and now it’s inoperable. Top build quality. 🙄
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 31 May 2021, 15:05
Isn't there an Engineer you can get to fix that? Or is that just hitting it with a hammer?  :whistle:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Ubique on 31 May 2021, 15:08
Fred, I wouldn’t let one of my Sappers within 50 feet of my car. 😂
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Don76 on 31 May 2021, 20:20
Fitted some Adelaide replica wheels and VWR springs.


Are they 19s or 20s? Look good! What made you choose adelaides in the end once you decided to change out?

They’re 19s.
I wanted to keep it OE looking.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: bjbanny on 01 June 2021, 07:47
Fitted some Adelaide replica wheels and VWR springs.


Are they 19s or 20s? Look good! What made you choose adelaides in the end once you decided to change out?



They’re 19s.
I wanted to keep it OE looking.
I love the Adelaide look too, I think it looks best on the GTI
How is the ride comfort compared to the 18s
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: M6TT F on 01 June 2021, 08:06
Went bouldering up at the roaches last night. The drive home was bloody brilliant. For those that know the buxton to macclesfield “cat n fiddle” - you need to a road trip ! Felt so much more planted compared to my MK7
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Brocky_ on 01 June 2021, 18:56
Went bouldering up at the roaches last night. The drive home was bloody brilliant. For those that know the buxton to macclesfield “cat n fiddle” - you need to a road trip ! Felt so much more planted compared to my MK7
I know it. It is a great drive. Another good one is the run from New Mills to Burnley. The A628 I think. Was up there the first couple of days I had the ClubSport.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Ubique on 03 June 2021, 15:48

(https://i.postimg.cc/NjdcrTmZ/66-E8-FEA2-B0-C5-4-ED9-8-F14-8531-D42-FE242.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/21LJs1Hx)

That’s got to be what the weird slot is for, key fob fits perfectly.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 03 June 2021, 16:37
Maybe.... my vape fits in there nicely too  :whistle:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: ar899 on 03 June 2021, 17:45
Door wedge?
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: massimo23 on 03 June 2021, 22:49
I put my coins in there  :whistle:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Ubique on 04 June 2021, 17:58
Useless nugget #2. Press and hold the view button on the steering wheel. Focus view.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Brocky_ on 06 June 2021, 01:29
Maybe.... my vape fits in there nicely too  :whistle:
Exactly what I use mine for!  :grin:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fredgroves on 06 June 2021, 07:26
Useless nugget #2. Press and hold the view button on the steering wheel. Focus view.

Talking of useless...I tried this yesterday... And then spent about ten minutes of my driving time trying to exit it.    :laugh:

For anyone who hasn't tried it, it's the big single dial mode but it removes the two smaller side displays. Seemed to me that holding the view button didn't put them back and so its back to using the left and right display buttons to select whatever again... Which for some reason i never find easy or reliable....

I've sort of come to terms with the dash display now, it's actually pretty good vs some other oem's.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Dave1rs on 06 June 2021, 12:09
Useless nugget #2. Press and hold the view button on the steering wheel. Focus view.

Talking of useless...I tried this yesterday... And then spent about ten minutes of my driving time trying to exit it.    :laugh:

For anyone who hasn't tried it, it's the big single dial mode but it removes the two smaller side displays. Seemed to me that holding the view button didn't put them back and so its back to using the left and right display buttons to select whatever again... Which for some reason i never find easy or reliable....

I've sort of come to terms with the dash display now, it's actually pretty good vs some other oem's.

I tried it today....didn’t like it,but it did go back by holding the view button for me.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: VW_Golf_nut on 06 June 2021, 17:19
Does anyone know how to remove the LED vanity mirror light that sits above the sun visor? My drivers side lamp unit is loose and doesn't illuminate so want to remove as reckon it's just not plugged in....
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Kgti8 on 07 June 2021, 22:20
Got the rest of my roof wrapped black, happy out with it.
(https://i.postimg.cc/ydm3dGZF/750-FECA4-5849-41-CD-B041-2-E92-E8-E20-AEA.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/7GLZtmX6)

Also bought these sill plates off EBay, they are good quality and look well I think.

(https://i.postimg.cc/pd91gfFN/C70005-F4-8-EEE-436-F-8073-A26-FD8142-A38.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/kVmcStsw)
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: SRGTD on 07 June 2021, 23:08
Got the rest of my roof wrapped black, happy out with it.
(https://i.postimg.cc/ydm3dGZF/750-FECA4-5849-41-CD-B041-2-E92-E8-E20-AEA.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/7GLZtmX6)

I think you’ve found the perfect angle to photograph the mk8 Golf from - yours looks really good in your picture, and I think the combination of white car, black roof and Estoril alloys works well :cool:.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: fuster on 17 June 2021, 16:15
(https://i.postimg.cc/wxrhR4TB/EEF7-BF94-38-A5-4737-899-D-E7-D19-D765-FA3.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)

Nice drive out yesterday :smiley:

Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Exonian on 17 June 2021, 22:52
Lovely photo fuster  :cool:
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Post by: Kenis on 17 June 2021, 22:53
(https://i.postimg.cc/wxrhR4TB/EEF7-BF94-38-A5-4737-899-D-E7-D19-D765-FA3.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)

Nice drive out yesterday :smiley:

That picture should come with an adult content warning.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: BillSan on 18 June 2021, 10:22
That black roof looks great Kgti8 and the whole car is stunning.  I've just had my bog standard white CS delivered today. 

I can't tell from the pics but would I be right to assume the black wrap stops short of the rear spoiler?
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Dav3smith on 18 June 2021, 10:40
Hey Bill there is nothing bog standard about the CS, it's a superb car without any options.
None of the options are going to improve the performance it's very well specced out of the factory.
Even the DCC isn't going to improve performance just alter it.
Enjoy your new car as it is and let's have a pic of it.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: BillSan on 18 June 2021, 14:28

(https://i.postimg.cc/C5mwqL6s/20210618-095043.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/bSSXX8PZ)

Here you go mate.  I agree with you that the CS is a bit special as it is.  Just need to get those wheels changed.  😉
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Guzzle on 18 June 2021, 17:58
The more I see of the standard wheels, the more I think they look fine.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: carbon337 on 18 June 2021, 18:35
The more I see of the standard wheels, the more I think they look fine.

Here here
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Foxy367 on 18 June 2021, 19:42
Agreed I quite like them
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Exonian on 18 June 2021, 23:27
Congrats BillSan! The best colour too (ok, after Moonstone it is)

I don’t mind the design of the original wheels myself aside from the offset is too high.
Mind you I like the mk7.5 Parkers too
Some nice aftermarket wheels will be a lot better though!  :cool:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: ar899 on 19 June 2021, 07:57
Another vote for the standard wheels. Agreed that when you gaze at them for a while they could fill the arches a wee bit better but when I’ve seen GTIs out and about, they look fine.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Brocky_ on 19 June 2021, 23:37
I agree.  Mine have really grown on me.  That's not to say that I think they're great and wouldn't consider a new set, but I have definitely grown to like them.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51139778540_b35a8e4593_b.jpg)

Only from that side, though...  :grin:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: SRGTD on 20 June 2021, 00:02
I agree.  Mine have really grown on me.  That's not to say that I think they're great and wouldn't consider a new set, but I have definitely grown to like them.

Only from that side, though...  :grin:

Is that because they’re directional?
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Brocky_ on 20 June 2021, 00:17
Is that because they’re directional?

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51068542416_a5bc13cab7_b.jpg)

 :sad:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: SRGTD on 20 June 2021, 01:03
I agree, they do look better on the passenger side / near side of the car.

I had a mk4 Ford Escort XR3i back in the late 1980’s and the wheels on that car had directional spokes. I just found a picture of one on the internet and the wheels look tiny - they were 14” which was the norm for many warm / hot hatches in the day.

Mine was pretty much identical to the car at the link below, apart from the aftermarket front fog lights (mine didn’t have them). 

Edit; oops, forgot to post the link;

https://www.fastfordmag.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/FAF383.buyers_xr3i.jk3_.pdf
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: jaceyboy on 20 June 2021, 11:29
The more I see of the standard wheels, the more I think they look fine.

 :sick: :sick: :sick:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Kenis on 20 June 2021, 11:33
What’s the consensus on fitting spacers to push the wheels out, presumably quite a lot cheaper than a whole new set. Thought they were bad but see Joe Achilles has them fitted to his new bmw.

Saw (or rather nearly hit head on in a narrow lane) my first clubsport in the wild. So far only seen a gtd, gti and the odd non performance model.

The std wheels have definitely grown on me and look good on the move.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Exonian on 20 June 2021, 13:48
Spacers are fine for road use, just don’t buy really cheap ones.
I have some 12mm (front) and 16mm (rear) ones I briefly ran on my mk7 R before I moved to a set of 19’s with a more aggressive offset.
I bought that set direct from Sparco in Italy but have had H&R and Eibach on previous cars.
Bringing the wheels flush makes such a positive improvement visually.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: carbon337 on 20 June 2021, 17:01
The standards look ok the more and more I see them but the demo car did look like they could do with some spacing.

I’d be keen to hear if anyone is spacing them out, also the standard R 18” R wheels look much better. Shame they weren’t an option.

I chose 18s purely for potholes and tyre prices also the 19s would need DCC which all adds up. On Friday night I hit a hole in my 7.5 match and dented the wheel and punctured the sidewall. That’s Northumberland for you, were have roads at home in Africa  :grin: I said to the wife that’s the reason I don’t want 19s and I need to remember that and not change the order.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Woeisme on 21 June 2021, 01:31
I didn’t mind the standard wheels on the 7/7.5 but after hearing them mentioned as the swastika wheels on the mk8 I can’t un see it. Think that was someone on here who made that reference.. thanks for making me spend more money :grin:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Splashalot on 21 June 2021, 04:05
The more I see of the standard wheels, the more I think they look fine.

Agree 100%.  Don't understand the hate.  They look fine to me.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: BillSan on 21 June 2021, 08:43
Took my CS out and drove my first 250 miles this weekend.  Managed to set my seat up exactly how I like it in the final hour after a bit of lower back strain earlier.   All good now.  At one point my sat nav destination disappeared as I was driving along because the car randomly logged me out of my driver profile, so I had to reinput by voice as I drove along.  Took a bit of time to get used to adaptive cruise control, as the car seemed to slow down when it was due to overtake but that only happened a few times.  My 7.5 GTE used to do that to prevent 'under' taking and it was a feature I liked.  Hopefully just another temporary glitch.
Overall very pleased with the performance and looking forward to the next 3 years of fun on the roads.  I even got a few unexpected exhaust pops and bangs at lower speeds.   

Apparently my 1788 software can be updated, but I know Volkswizard advised not to do this directly from the car (although it's very tempting to just hit the update button!).  Has anyone done this or would you advise to book it in at VW instead?
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Watts on 21 June 2021, 08:47
The more I see of the standard wheels, the more I think they look fine.

Agree 100%.  Don't understand the hate.  They look fine to me.

If I'm spending around £40k on a car I don't want it to look fine, it has to look amazing, I want to be excited by it! Fine is little better than crap in my eyes.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: JoeGTI on 21 June 2021, 08:59
Sorry, but the Richmonds still look dreadful to me. Unforgivable on the Clubsport in particular imo.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Ubique on 22 June 2021, 21:59
(https://i.postimg.cc/Dz0GhcCD/211-DA3-EE-5-A97-4-B67-BD98-A917-B584-DD87.png) (https://postimg.cc/CZy5HbpH)

I’ve just realised my neighbour has tried to copy the colour of my GTI!
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Exonian on 04 July 2021, 14:28
What did I do to my mk8 today?

Today I braved the rain and washed the car.
First time I’ve had chance for weeks and weeks so desperation got the better of me. God it was filthy. And God I got wet.

Much as I enjoy cleaning the car, I really can’t be bothered with hundreds of potions and spending ages faffing about these days so thoughts towards a ceramic coating have resurfaced.
Normally I buy a car with real money, spend a bit on mods, pamper the thing and then dispose of it for another project after 18 - 24 months. That kind of made the ‘investment’ in a ceramic finish not worthwhile and not economically viable.
 This time round I didn’t have real money so it’s a PCP, and as I’m quite fond of the car I reckon I’ll likely see out the 4 years so maybe the cost of a ceramic coating might just about justifiable. Trouble is it’s very expensive and I need a new phone as my battery is goosed and some glasses as my eyesight is even more goosed so it’s probably still unlikely to happen.



On Wednesday or Thursday I saw my first GTI Clubsport (that wasn't my own) in the flesh.
Just caught sight of it whilst a huge black Land Rover or Range Rover SUV thing’s owner was deciding whether to stay in its lane or just drive over the top of all the peasants it was forced to share the road with.
A silver one sat queuing in traffic in Bridge Road, Exeter. If that was you “hi” 

On somewhere around Wednesday (sorry, been a mad busy few weeks so can’t remember what day was which!) something happened with a Maserati. Nothing to report here other than that in the right hands and in the right place (ie. a better driver than me and definitely not on public roads) the Clubsport is surprisingly capable for an off the shelf Golf. 
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: willni on 04 July 2021, 14:59
What did I do to my mk8 today?

Today I braved the rain and washed the car.
First time I’ve had chance for weeks and weeks so desperation got the better of me. God it was filthy. And God I got wet.

Much as I enjoy cleaning the car, I really can’t be bothered with hundreds of potions and spending ages faffing about these days so thoughts towards a ceramic coating have resurfaced.
Normally I buy a car with real money, spend a bit on mods, pamper the thing and then dispose of it for another project after 18 - 24 months. That kind of made the ‘investment’ in a ceramic finish not worthwhile and not economically viable.
 This time round I didn’t have real money so it’s a PCP, and as I’m quite fond of the car I reckon I’ll likely see out the 4 years so maybe the cost of a ceramic coating might just about justifiable. Trouble is it’s very expensive and I need a new phone as my battery is goosed and some glasses as my eyesight is even more goosed so it’s probably still unlikely to happen.

Do you have a garage?

I ask if you have a garage because you could easily buy and apply the 6-12 month ceramic coating yourself for under £50 if you do, not saying detailers will scam you it's just time consuming work.

Also most ceramic coatings last up to 2 years, only a few offer up to 5 years protection. My current one I apply to peoples cars is a 7 year coating, but I warrantee it for 3 years.

Give Gyeon WetCoat a try before you go ahead with anything.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Exonian on 04 July 2021, 22:02
Thanks for the advice Will.

Yes, I do have a garage and I could also lay the car up whilst it’s being done but whether I’d actually find time to do it is another thing.
The car would need a full detail and machine polish first and I don’t have the kit or enthusiasm to do it these days let alone the time.

Our detailing mod once told me that Gyon wet coat would suit my needs but getting the car into the condition (totally swirl and mark free) in the first place is the main barrier. Myself and/or the car seem to be on the move much of the time so I just try and wash it regularly and that’s about as far as it gets.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Boothy1979 on 04 July 2021, 23:38
Sorry, but the Richmonds still look dreadful to me. Unforgivable on the Clubsport in particular imo.

I have them on my GTI and they are better in person, however, I have had my car a little under a week now and I want rid of them! I think they change the look of the car, in a bad way. I can’t believe when you buy a CS they come with these wheels.
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: carbon337 on 05 July 2021, 12:22
Sorry, but the Richmonds still look dreadful to me. Unforgivable on the Clubsport in particular imo.

I have them on my GTI and they are better in person, however, I have had my car a little under a week now and I want rid of them! I think they change the look of the car, in a bad way. I can’t believe when you buy a CS they come with these wheels.

Its annoying that no other 18s are an option. The std R ones are ok. I have been wondering what the replica Estorils, Spielbergs, clubsports (Brescia) all in 18" would look like. Theres always the Pretoria18 option too.

A few to chose from here:

https://cmwheels.com/product/18%e2%80%b3-2021-vw-golf-r-estoril-style-wheels-gloss-black-machined/
https://cmwheels.com/product/18-vw-spielberg-style-wheels-gloss-gun-metal/
https://cmwheels.com/product/18-vw-clubsport-style-wheels-gun-metal-machined/




Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: TommyCockles on 05 July 2021, 15:17
Sorry, but the Richmonds still look dreadful to me. Unforgivable on the Clubsport in particular imo.

I have them on my GTI and they are better in person, however, I have had my car a little under a week now and I want rid of them! I think they change the look of the car, in a bad way. I can’t believe when you buy a CS they come with these wheels.

Personally I couldn't agree more with you!  Each to their own of course but I think the Richmonds are just an awful design and unforgiveable, especially on a Clubsport!  It's really poor from VW IMO that they don't come with a better looking 18" wheel or at least offer a low cost 18" option. I think these genuine VW 18" Pretorias Matt Dark Graphite look superb and had my car not already had 19" Adelaides these are what I'd be putting on my car.

(https://i.postimg.cc/BbVrPyPS/prets.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/XB9HTsgm)

(https://i.postimg.cc/cCBcV8ZV/Prets-2.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/rRzW4sDJ)
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Foxy367 on 05 July 2021, 15:50
They look nice, I think on the darker cars the Richmond a do look better but the lighter colours pull off the darker colours well. I’d have some 18” Pretoria’s but they’d need to be silver or gunmetal grey for my Blue CS I think
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Shalako on 05 July 2021, 19:03
Sorry, but the Richmonds still look dreadful to me. Unforgivable on the Clubsport in particular imo.

I have them on my GTI and they are better in person, however, I have had my car a little under a week now and I want rid of them! I think they change the look of the car, in a bad way. I can’t believe when you buy a CS they come with these wheels.

My CS came with the Richmond alloys, I know I’m in the minority but I actually think they look good and suit the car, I would still have preferred the 19” Adelaides but I’m not going to bother changing them….perhaps one day I will look at them and go ‘oh yes I see what they are on about now’ but for now I’m happy - at least I won’t have to worry about anyone stealing them as everyone hates them so much.  :smiley:


(https://i.ibb.co/CK9n2Gb/05-07-2021-18-49-13.jpg)





Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: willni on 06 July 2021, 20:25
Thanks for the advice Will.

Yes, I do have a garage and I could also lay the car up whilst it’s being done but whether I’d actually find time to do it is another thing.
The car would need a full detail and machine polish first and I don’t have the kit or enthusiasm to do it these days let alone the time.

Our detailing mod once told me that Gyon wet coat would suit my needs but getting the car into the condition (totally swirl and mark free) in the first place is the main barrier. Myself and/or the car seem to be on the move much of the time so I just try and wash it regularly and that’s about as far as it gets.

That's fair enough the kit itself would cost more than paying someone to do it, get a few quotes with it being such a new car and depending on the dealership it might be in relatively good condition already (previously bought a car and pretty much needed no work at all prior to coating).

From what you say you sound fairly similar to myself and like the car sitting pristine even though you may not always get the time to wash it.

My recommendation would get a few quotes in your area for a 6-12 month coating and a longer 2-5year 2 part coating (Go to coatings would be Gtechniq, Gyeon or CarPro) possibly get the gloss black B-pillars wrapped in clear ppf (Shouldn't cost much but it is a massive benefit).

If you were local to me, I'd help you out for some beer tokens but unfortunately I doubt I can swim the Irish Sea  :tongue:
Title: Re: What have you done to your mk8 today?
Post by: Verve34 on 25 July 2021, 11:20
Today I’ve had a productive couple of hours in my friends workshop wrapping my roof(under his guidance lol).

He does wraps tints etc for a living,anyway I’m very pleased with the results.
(https://i.postimg.cc/Y2dzWDhC/6-FAD623-F-2-EE1-4-A05-910-C-6313-B6358029.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/dDTCMB2b)

(https://i.postimg.cc/4Nnbbv9b/BAE2-E248-9928-4-C27-8280-6-BFBF2458-CAB.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/dLPyJynL)

(https://i.postimg.cc/JhjQH1Bf/E64-DF159-25-C5-4-B0-B-A516-614-AF35-B7-C40.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/1g5FL1BB)

(https://i.postimg.cc/kGYNPGkb/F4-E40571-64-FC-44-B9-A160-17-FF5-E99-C990.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/wRJRhqxq)

That looks ace I was going to change the colour of my prets but looking at black / moonstone  it should look fine black/dolphin grey