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    MK8 Golf Idling speed too high?

    Just wondering if anyone else that has a MK8 Golf GTI can tell me what speed their car idles at after it was warmed up and stopped at traffic lights for example.
    On my 40min commute with a number of longish traffic light stops, it doesnít look like itís dropping below 1000 - 950rpm. This seems to make it want to creep forward more when you slow it down almost to a stop. Itís very noticeable on a slight hill when you lightly lift off the brake it feels like youíve put your foot on the accelerator.
    Didn't notice this on my MK7 GTI.
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    It does seem high - by several hundred RPM. My Mk7 GTI idles at about 800rpm roughly.

    Next time you are at the lights, try knocking the transmission into neutral and see if the revs drop to a more normal 700-800rpm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lucas_R View Post
    It does seem high - by several hundred RPM. My Mk7 GTI idles at about 800rpm roughly.

    Next time you are at the lights, try knocking the transmission into neutral and see if the revs drop to a more normal 700-800rpm.
    I have had it sitting on a flat driveway idling and it has dropped to around 700-800 rpm after a while.
    But when driving it seems to stay around 1000rpm - I think it's 970 on my ODB11 dongle.
    Idling at that speed it just feels weird when you creep forward or let your foot off the brake.

    I'll give it a go in Neutral on the way home today & see what happens.
    With the "chicken nugget" gear selector you sort of forget it's there.
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    Is there any chance you've got it in sport rather than drive? Atleast on the mk7.5 this increases the idle speed significantly, not sure on the the 8 though!

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    Had a look with ODB11 yesterday - tested after driving for 40mins.
    Idling in Normal drive mode - 950 rpm
    Idling in Sport mode - 1100 rpm
    Idling in Neutral - 800 rpm

    In normal drive mode 950 rpm still seems high to me, It should be more like 800 rpm if I remember from my MK7 GTI.
    Interested to hear what other people are seeing on their cars.
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