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  • TStine
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    No Doubt. I'm a sucker for fast wagons. Both of my GTIs have had the APR tune. Tons of cheap/reliable/simple power.

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  • ac505
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    Thats a shame, the Sportwagen/estate is awesome. Its got a bigger boot (trunk) than our Touareg and drives so much nicer also. I have the car on lease but option to purchase after 2 years, seriously considering this as a simple remap reliably brings the car up to 370+BHP, which is phenomenal from a 2 litre engine.

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  • TStine
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    Originally posted by ac505 View Post
    Do you get the estate models in the US?
    Not in R or GTI trim. Just a golf "sportswagen" with the 1.8tsi motor.

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  • shepherd
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    Originally posted by JohnE View Post
    If $350/ hr is "worth it" to you, then I guess so....
    Hell, I would have done it for $200/hr.

    I actually enjoyed the trip. I just would have been more comfortable if I was in a Tahoe.

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  • shepherd
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    Originally posted by ac505 View Post
    Do you get the estate models in the US?
    I think it's called the Golf Alltrack here.
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  • SkiDaddy
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    Originally posted by ac505 View Post
    Do you get the estate models in the US?
    Beautiful car!! Love, love, love estates! Also Audi A4 Estate and my all time favorite, Mercedes AMG E55 Estate! Wish I had one!!

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  • ac505
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    Do you get the estate models in the US?
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  • JohnE
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    Originally posted by shepherd View Post
    I test drove a new 2018 SE at our local dealership and loved it. But, the dealer wouldn't budge much on the price (MSRP) so I bought one in Alexandria, Virginia -- 1000 miles away -- for about $5,000 cheaper. The Alexandria dealer can offer such low prices because they're a high-volume dealership . I was on a business trip in the DC area so I just bought the car then, used it to drive around town up there, and then drove it home. Great little car, though I'll admit it's not the best for a long 14 hour road trip on the interstate. I figured it was worth $5K to make that drive.
    If $350/ hr is "worth it" to you, then I guess so....

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  • TStine
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    I just picked up a 2018 Autobahn. Love it. As others have stated, it's not a sports car or a luxury car, but it's half way to both. I love the understated appearance compared to everything else in it's class. I also owned a MKV, so both of mine have been Mexico made. Had a few issues covered under warranty with the last one. I don't plan on ever owning one out of warranty, but they're little rockets for city driving.

    The 2018 is also a minor face lift, so now it has all LED head and tail lights, and a new HD radio/UI.

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  • shepherd
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    I test drove a new 2018 SE at our local dealership and loved it. But, the dealer wouldn't budge much on the price (MSRP) so I bought one in Alexandria, Virginia -- 1000 miles away -- for about $5,000 cheaper. The Alexandria dealer can offer such low prices because they're a high-volume dealership . I was on a business trip in the DC area so I just bought the car then, used it to drive around town up there, and then drove it home. Great little car, though I'll admit it's not the best for a long 14 hour road trip on the interstate. I figured it was worth $5K to make that drive.

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  • neil.anderson63
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    Lil wifey drives a 09 GTI autobahn edition with a Stage 3 kit in it. Lowered 1.5”. Doesn’t rattle, very solid car. Plus, I love leaving my cousin’s Z28 Camaro in the dust. It’s legit!
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  • ac505
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    I've had two Golf GTD's (the fast diesel one that you don't get in the US), now have a Golf R estate (wagon or whatever you call them). The R is simply an amazing car, it can either be a run of the mill sleeper to ferry the kids around or when in Race mode it is a proper flying machine. I believe the European spec'd Golf R's are a slightly higher tune, about 307 PS, not sure what that is in BHP, 0-60 is well under 5 seconds with the DSG box, and the car, where legal is good for 160mph. It's certainly one of the fastest point to point cars on the road yet retains all levels of practicality. The GTI has pretty much everything the R has, just a little slower and is a 2WD, avoid the manual boxes if you tune them as the dual mass flywheel doesn't like it.
    The downside, I rarely get to drive it as my wife steals it most of the time so I'm left with the other car...

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  • zsqure
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    Just for a little perspective....we have had 1 VW (an automatic DSG) and still own 3 out of 4 mini coopers all 6-sp. I rarely drive them because I am always speeding, I'm always looking for traffic to weave through when I'm out in one. After all its parent is the ultimate driving machine. The new minis are god awful ugly. Still like the GTI though.

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  • shepherd
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    Automatic transmission only because the wife can't drive a stick and doesn't want to learn. But, the new autos with the manual mode and paddle shifters are pretty slick.

    I'm going to go back and test drive the 2018 model. It costs a bunch more than the '17 but it may be a better deal in the long run. I'm not too worried about resale -- I usually keep my cars for a long time until they're virtually worthless anyway.

    And I know what you guys mean about beating them up. The dealer let me take the '17 for a few hours and I ran it all around town like I stole it. Didn't want to bring it back!

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  • IBR
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    I've worked for APR, LLC for the past 10 years so I am little baised when it comes to VW's but the 2018 (Mk7.5) is leaps and bounds ahead of the previous mk7 (2015+) it basically now has all the good stuff that came in the Golf R/S3, to begin with. It pains me to say this... But just don't get the manual.... but The new DSG's pretty rock solid and so much faster. If it were me I would go 2018 Golf R/S3 just to get the new 7 Speed DSG. So Crisp!

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