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Interior Build Quality of MKV

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Is it me or is the build quality of the golf interior absolutely shite? I'm getting annoying rattles from the driver's door, arm rest, dash top air vent and radio. I not going to bother bringing back for warranty work coz I don't think the dealers can do much about it. I'm thinking of bringing it to a good car audio specialist, that RS32 has recommended, for some dynamat extreme treatment and fitting of special sponges to stop all potential rattles. Has anyone else got similar problems and what have any of you done to rectify them.

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Nothing wrong with mine. Jan 06 car, 15k miles under it's belt. No rattles or squeeks at all, it's like new inside.

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Iv had mine for 8wks now only done 600 miles no real rattles except when its cold there is a little annoying rattle coming from the rear. It sounds like the parcel shelf or the rope attachment things that hold the shelf to the boot. Im the only one in the car so its hard to place exactly but i hate a rattle in a car my clio 172 was full of them other than that mine is great.

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mine's been back again to the dealer to have rattly trim cured - they did a pretty good job on the dash, sunroof and rear roof trim.

the ideal solution seems to be silicon lubricant - alternatively you can use felt/velvet strips between the layers of plastic.

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I wanted to like the Mk V R32 and I kept changing my mind backwards and forwards and very nearly ordered one.

My existing car is a MkIV GTI 1.8T and after nearly 8 years I think that the cabin is a special place to be. Quality materials and super Recaro seats.

When I sit in a Mk V it just does not seem the same. Posts on these forums talk about rattles and poorer quality plastics. It just does not seem as up market. A number of people have had issues with the seat bolsters on cloth and leather seats and the Recaros seem to be coming to bits for some people needing extra clips. I know the Mk V is better than the Mk IV for handling etc.

The progressive pull of the engine and the sound of the exhaust are both excellent on the R32 and I always have a good look at one when I see an R32 on the road.

But for me this was not enough as it is the overall package I look at.

Instead I have a new Audi S3 on order which ticks more boxes for me.

So VW, sort out all of these issues and maybe next time I'll spend my money with you.

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Perhaps mine is a 'good' one off then?! I honestly have got no rattles or squeeks or any build quality problems. The engine is niceley run in, and she is pretty much perfect. It's a UK car with Leather. confused.gif

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I was lent a Mk4 Golf (not R32 unfortunately) for a year before I got my Mk5 GTI and think that the Mk5 interior build quality isn't as good. The Mk4 R32 interior is exceptionally good imo.

I hear different squeaks and rattles on different days and even during the same journey. However, once I'm focussed on my driving or 'making progress', such squeaks are simply not heard above the sound of my Millteks!

It all depends on your individual expectations. If the odd squeak matters to you then get an Audi, but I'd prefer a VeeDub anyday.

You can't beat the comfort and support of the Mk5 .:R and GTI seats imo.

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In standard form I think the build quality of the Mk4 was way above the Mk5.

That said, the Mk5 GTI pees all over the Mk4 in every respect.

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That said, the Mk5 GTI pees all over the Mk4 in every respect.

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....If you mean pees all over the Mk4 GTI, then I agree very wholeheartedly.

If you mean that the Mk5 GTI pees all over the Mk4 R32, then I disagree.

Both assuming that peeing = performs better. grin.gif

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I meant GTI vs GTI

I have never driven an R32 so can't really comment. From some of the great posts in the section of the forum it sounds like an amazing car and if I was in the market for a hot hatch it would be top of the list.

The only thing I don't like from a styling point of view is how close the exhasts are together. It reminds me abit of the Clio 172, i.e. pea shooters.

I think the Mk4 ones were spaced wider apart which has a more aggressive image IMO.

If you have a MK5 R32 please feel free to mock my exhasts, as they are down turned and have been known to kick out sizeable clouds of black smoke bike.thumb.gif

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I agree about the exhaust spacing - on the MkV the battery is in the boot (RHS) which means the only route for the exhaust is down the middle.

Millteks fill the rear valance cut-outs nicely - there you go Robin I mentioned it for you yelrotflmao.gif

I think part of the image problem with the MkV is that many people expected it to be MkIV ++ That is obviously not the case - although treat it as a model in its own right and it really does the biz IMO. Shame about the annoying squeaks/creaks/rattles - that's VW's cost-saving plans for you Flush.gif but they don't completely spoil the overall car imho.

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Good balanced post rs32

No car is perfect IMO but the R32 certainly does tick most of the boxes 169144-ok.gif

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Good balanced post rs32

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....Oh, rs32 is very balanced:

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yelrotflmao.gif oh feck. I knew these TSN nights out were a bad idea.

you're a gentleman RR - cheers mate grin.gifjump.gif

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Haha, nice pic. Anyway, I do agree, at least the MKV R32 is mechanically sound. Pitty they couldn't to that bit more to make the interior a special place. I think will pop down to maplin electronics and pick up a bottle of silicone lubricant to rectify the squeaks. As for the rattles, dynamat and some sponges should do the trick.

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An interesting comment in the backpages of TopGear magazine makes specific reference to the build quality of the MkVs being less consistent than the MkIVs. coffee.gif

Then again - I was not so long ago in a MkV .:R at my local stealers and it seemed like a very nice place to be... perhaps things change when you start moving?? ECLIPSe.gif

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Our MkV was OK for about 300 miles, after that it rattled like a good un'

1st from boot

2nd from dash top vent

3rd from glovebox

4th from drivers door

It went in but none got fixed, the worst was the dash top vent which became laughable as the dealers attempts at fixes made it worse each time!

To be honest one of the main reasons we sold it(after just 6 months from new).

Wonderful to drive though, just a pile of s**t interior.

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over 5k on mine and happy with interior so far. Yes i've had the top vent and inner door panel fixed swiftly so far. Must put some tape on the parcel shelf strings some time ... or slow down for speed humps smile.gif

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I had mine for 6 months after having owned a MK5 GTI for 15 months and the interior build quality of the R was not as good as the GTI.

The leather in the R was certainly not of the same quality as the GTI and there were lots of rattles. The passenger door didnt shut properly, even after a visit to the stealers. When I had it remapped it was noted that there was no cover on the ECU, they obviously hadnt fitted it during build and the day before I traded it in a plastic cover in the engine fell off and melted over the manifold and exhaust before dragging along the ground, no idea what the cover was as I didnt bother investigating.

The GTI had no such problems which just shows that the level of quality is not consistent. My R was one of the early ones so may have been rushed through build etc but I did expect the quality to reflect the cost of the car.

The above issues did not stop me enjoying the car though, issues aside, it was a brilliant car that provided lots of grin factor, I enjoyed driving it every time I got in and would reccomend it to anyone.

One of the main things that influenced my decision to get the RS was the build quality, the 4.2 V8 with 420 BHP also helped a little too. grin.gif

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I find it very poor compared to my Mk IV Anni. Same rattle etc from the same places as others have posted after only 5K miles. On the other hand though the ride has been transformed in my opinion.. can't complain really 169144-ok.gif

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The rattle in mine after 8wks and 600 miles comes from the rear on the passanger side, it is very light but annoying it sounds like the sound you get if you ping the strings holding the parcel shelf up but if you stop, climb into back and tap the shelf nothing, it really only does it now and again but i find myself listening out for it and it does my head in. I dont get any rattles from the dash yet so fingers crossed but at 600 miles there is plenty of time to start. Anyone had similar so i can check out what they found this to be. Merry xmas

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oooh mate just wait until the dreaded top face vent rattle starts (dash)... it's only a matter of time laugh.gif

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