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12-24-2016 12:16 AM  6 months agoPost 1
WrenFlyer

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The wife and I have a 2017 Golf R sitting in the drive overnight, thinking about buying it. Opinions and thoughts appreciated! That sucker drives great!

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12-24-2016 12:20 AM  6 months agoPost 2
tommytt1

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I have an 08 Rabbit and a 16 Jetta sport. I don't have the car your looking at but have had luck with the VW's. I like the one your looking at !

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12-24-2016 12:29 AM  6 months agoPost 3
WrenFlyer

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We have a 2010 Jetta TDI that will be bought back by VW Jan 13th. Other than tires and 1 small part it was trouble free for 166,000 miles. Here's the Golf R:

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12-24-2016 03:08 AM  6 months agoPost 4
tadawson

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We have a 2013 Passat TDI that's been flawless, and will not be sold back for any reason whatsoever . . .

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12-24-2016 03:19 AM  6 months agoPost 5
tommytt1

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I wanted a TDI when I got my Jetta sport. They wouldn't sell it to me because of the pending litigation. I reall wanted it too.

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12-24-2016 04:43 AM  6 months agoPost 6
outhouse

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292 hp awd from farfromsmoggin corp. PASS.

Electronics are crap and plastic trim cheaply designed. Requires good fuel and brakes are terrible due to its weight. On a track the just are not fun while everyone else passes you.

Worked for VW for 5 years and tracked many of their cars.

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12-24-2016 02:04 PM  6 months agoPost 7
Kevin Dalrymple

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A guy at my work has one. He loves it. Looks pretty nice to me. And the thing really scoots on the road.

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12-26-2016 07:46 AM  6 months agoPost 8
shawmcky

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My son bought a new R32 we tracked the car,the track champion and instructor could not wait to drive it at the time as it was a new model and he loved it.Was always reliable but was looked after.

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12-28-2016 03:48 PM  6 months agoPost 9
spaceman spiff

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A friend of mine had one for a while. She showed up to show it off. At the time I thought it was just another teeny tiny little car. I was wrong, surprised me. She used to race SCCA in it. Did respectably well with it too.

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12-28-2016 07:22 PM  6 months agoPost 10
outhouse

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Car and driver

What We Don’t Like:

The Golf R might benefit from a diet—albeit a mild one. Yes, all-wheel drive adds pounds. And yes, the (front-drive) GTI is less than 300 pounds lighter. But paring even 50 pounds would add more zeal to the R’s responses. Speaking of responses, one of the very few staff kvetches on the Golf R dynamic scorecard is turbo lag. If the transmission is a cog or two out of optimum and revs are low, that wonderfully flat torque plateau is preceded by a slow climb to the sweet spot. There’s also a price/value issue here, since a Golf GTI will duplicate about 90 percent of the Golf R’s performance for some $10,000 less.

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01-06-2017 06:37 PM  5 months agoPost 11
outhouse

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It might be the performance version of Europe's most famous hatch, but that didn't convince Americans the Golf R was a good buy. Despite its good looks, 292-horsepower turbocharged engine, and all-wheel-drive system, VW moved just around 4000 Golf Rs in the year of 2016.

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01-06-2017 11:26 PM  5 months agoPost 12
Eury

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I'm a serial GTI buyer, on my 3rd one now. Before buying my 2016 a couple months back I drove the R a few times. Ended up getting the GTI instead. The R has more power and AWD, but it is also heavier and doesn't feel as lively as the GTI, I just enjoyed driving it less than the GTI. Combine that with being unable to get a sunroof and being at least $10k more means I stuck with the GTI.

Powerwise the R has more, but the GTI can easily be brought up to that level and higher with a tune. The JB4 is about $550 and gets you to where the R is and just plugs in, so you can unplug it and not worry about your warranty. My last GTI was an 09 with an APR tune, and it was more powerful than the 2016 Rs I drove. Probably contributed to me being less than blown away by the R.

BTW, I LOVE my GTI. Fantastic car all around. Highly recommend it or the R. There is nothing else out there for any price that does what a GTI or R does.

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01-25-2017 11:54 PM  5 months agoPost 13
EvoFlight50

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Southbury, CT

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I'd never go near another Volkswagen. Bought my 2010 GTI with 25k miles on it, currently has 89k. I'm sure I'm forgetting a couple of things but here's what's been done to keep this pile of junk on the road:

Intake manifold
Coil
All of the fuel injectors
Both headlights
Radio
Rear main seal
Radiator
Clutch
Flywheel
Throttle body
Heated seats crapped out
Various sensors

This is obviously aside from the normal wear and tear items.

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01-27-2017 12:53 AM  5 months agoPost 14
nynextel88

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longisland, NY

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The golf R is a nice car, I've met a few people with them and they seem to like them. I'm biased to Subaru though, have you looked at the STi? I have a 2016 and I absolutely love it.

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01-27-2017 01:26 AM  5 months agoPost 15
Eury

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STIs are awesome cars, but they really aren't similar to the R aside from being AWD and powerful. The VW is much nicer inside, quieter, and more of an everyday car, plus the hatch vs sedan. The STI is more high strung, not as comfortable, harder riding and more race car like. I drove them both a lot when I was shopping, the STI was more raw and fun, but I couldn't drive it everyday, especially not commuting my hour and a half into Boston. It would have been a great toy, but only with another car to daily drive. Interestingly, I enjoyed driving the standard WRX better, better ride, no huge attention grabbing wing, and didn't feel as on edge. I was much closer to choosing the WRX over the VW, but ultimately the hatchback and better, quieter interior made me choose the VW.

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01-27-2017 03:13 AM  5 months agoPost 16
WrenFlyer

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Mississippi

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We went with the R Spec...no regrets! No Subaru dealers within 90 miles or so.

Mr. Haney

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01-29-2017 10:20 AM  5 months agoPost 17
shawmcky

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A few years ago on holiday with the family in Wales with our German car fleet.

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