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Hello from a new GTi owner

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Hi,

Just thought I'd post a quick message to say hello.

Picked up my Golf GTi over the weekend and I am deeply impressed.

I traded up from a Cooper S (I needed more space for kids etc..) and was worried that the Golf would not be as much fun to drive -

Well, it's not as fun to drive as the Mini....it's better! It's a more complete car, it has all the qualities of the Mini but with none of the down-sides. I can't wait to get back out in it again!

Here's a pic -

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Cheers,

NookZ

Edited to show picture for you - your link didnt work

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Nice 169144-ok.gif Prefer the look of the 3 door normally but that looks great. Perhaps its the colour, though it could be the angle of the shot.

What options did you get?

Got any more pics?

I need the wife to get a payrise before I can get one frown.gif

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Hi,

Thanks for editing the link, I thought it was a newbie restriction smile.gif

I actually went for Steel Grey because it looked good in the 5 door shape. Also, it shouldn't attract too much attention from plod.......

The car's a little light on options (it was getting bloody expensive!) - only leather interior and armrest CD changer.

I'm not actually sure it needs much more than that, although I should have got the rear parking sensors for the wife wink.giflaugh.gif

I am going to upgrade the ICE system at some point as the standard one is a bit rough - I had a Harman Kardon system in the Cooper S which rocked and the RCD500 is crap in comparison.

Don't have anymore pics at the moment as I was driving around until it got dark over the weekend laugh.gif Will get some more over Easter.

Cheers,

NookZ

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Wow that is really nice. I can't wait to get mine. As a former Cooper S owner, can I ask what the ride of the GTI is like relative to the Cooper S (which wheels did you have?)? Heck, can you just give us a comparison of the two cars from the perspective of power, handling, ride, etc.

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Nice, finally a decent picture of a steel grey GTI! I'm glad I picked that colour now, only 5 weeks to go!

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Welcome Nookz, does look good in that light - almost double took the shadow on the roof - thought there was a fancy sunroof

Agree with the man above, the right wheels will end up giving you an 11/10!

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Wow that is really nice. I can't wait to get mine. As a former Cooper S owner, can I ask what the ride of the GTI is like relative to the Cooper S (which wheels did you have?)? Heck, can you just give us a comparison of the two cars from the perspective of power, handling, ride, etc.

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OK, I'll have to be quick as I'm at work

Power -

The obvious difference between the two is in the delivery. The Golf suffers from a slight amount of turbo lag when accelerating from low revs - it's only for a split second but the Mini just pulls hard from everywhere in the rev range. With the whine from the supercharger and the low down driving position you really feel you're going faster than you are in the Cooper S - but this constant noise can be come tiring on longer runs.

The Golf feels like a limo by comparison - 100mph feels more like 50mph and the acceleration is certainly there, it feels so civilised.

Handling -

There's no escaping that the Golf is a bigger, heavier car and as such doesn't quite have the poise of the Cooper S, but it will hold it's own and I would say is better engineered. The adaptive steering takes a bit of getting used to, especially after the Cooper S, as it can be a little too light at low speeds.

Ride -

My car is fitted with the standard 17" wheels, so I can't comment on the bigger 18"s. The ride in the Golf is far superior to the Mini. The Mini's big wheels and run-flat tyres meant it was a bit of a bone-shaker over motorway bumps and although well-damped it used to pogo a lot over ripples.

The Golf handles the bumps far better and is a much more relaxing place to be if you're planning a long journey.

HTH,

NookZ

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Nice, is crying out for a nice set of BBS though 169144-ok.gif

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ICE needs to be sorted out first wink.gif

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Looks good, was going for this colour also until my Laser Blue was avalible straight away so instead of waiting 10-12 weeks I took the Laser Blue. Have to agree it looks very good though and suites the 5 door, Agree on the stereo it is rubbish but hey just turn it off and listen to the sound from the rear of the car, mine just gets better with the miles wink.gif

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Nice car! Looks great!

I just can't seem to stop driving mine, doing way above my usual average mileage.

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Very nice car for sure!

Would love to have a shot in one! I am not passed my GTi days yet! If I had the money I would buy my wife one! and swap cars now and again!

The colour is top notch! We spoke about this in the A4 forum, I think that colour looks very business like and I love it!

I think the plod would stop you just to have a look! 169144-ok.gif

Enjoy!

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Having written my review on the GTi some time ago now it's interesting (and good) to see owners starting to come online and give us the full run down of the ownership experience.

I think NookZ has done the right thing too - and that is not to spec up too much on what is an already expensive car.

I still retain my opinion that it's too much money for what you get, but can understand why people are so enthusiastic about them.

Let's have more of you online, and some 2-3 month ownership reviews.

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I agree that the GTI is already an expensive car but it is worth speccing it to the level you want-plus some options are distinctly desirable these days on most cars i.e. leather and Sat nav... znaika.gif

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