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  1. Anything is possible, but whether it is...

    Anything is possible, but whether it is practical, a good idea or even illegal I can't say.

    Changing complete exhausts like that may affect both roadworthy and insurance.

    You might be better...
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    Mk7 & Mk7.5 wagons have the same wheelbase as the...

    Mk7 & Mk7.5 wagons have the same wheelbase as the hatches, but the Mk8 wagon has a longer wheelbase than the Mk8 hatch.
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    Could also be from whatever gooey products (eg...

    Could also be from whatever gooey products (eg moisturiser) your Missus puts on her hands just before driving her car. Mine always puts some stuff on her hands before she goes out, regardless of...
  4. I don't know why you are refusing to read and...

    I don't know why you are refusing to read and understand what I said, but if that's the limit of your comprehension and that's the best you can do then I guess that's OK.

    You do you, I'll...
  5. But as I said earlier, the OP already owns a VRs...

    But as I said earlier, the OP already owns a VRs so is very familiar with how it drives. The options he is considering are either keeping his existing car (a FWD Octy VRs), or trading it in for an...
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    Don, thanks for your reply. I'm operating...

    Don, thanks for your reply.

    I'm operating under the (possibly mistaken) belief that if a lead acid car battery is allowed to remain at a lower level of charge then this can increase sulfation on...
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    Another vote here for coding for optimum battery...

    Another vote here for coding for optimum battery life.

    Don, do you have an opinion on the charging strategy VAG have adopted for Golfs with Auto stop/start ?

    I have certainly noticed some...
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    Just some thoughts (diagnosing via internet is...

    Just some thoughts (diagnosing via internet is always a bit dodgy when operating on minimal info):

    - Brakes binding or not immediately releasing (doesn't sound like the wet pads rusting onto disc...
  9. To properly check on legality you need to look at...

    To properly check on legality you need to look at the actual max load rating (in Kg) for the tyres (IIRC it will be stamped on the sidewall) and compare that with the actual weight on each corner of...
  10. Watch out the different profile doesn't rub (IIRC...

    Watch out the different profile doesn't rub (IIRC there is a mod to remove the screw that usually rubs). If the rolling diameter is different it may affect the accuracy of your speedo.
  11. It's simple, check the tyre rated load and...

    It's simple, check the tyre rated load and compare that with the weight your car puts on each wheel. Buy a tyre that is rated at or above the weight on the corner that is heaviest (after allowing...
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    If you are lucky it might be just a plastic...

    If you are lucky it might be just a plastic connector for a coolant hose (these are brittle and sometimes crack, especially the one near the turbo). Check to see where the leak is.

    But yes,...
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    AFAIK people steal plates for several reasons: -...

    AFAIK people steal plates for several reasons:
    - To steal petrol by doing a drive away
    - For use in other crimes where they wanted to use a car
    - To "clone" a similar car so the original owner of...
  14. Yeah, fixing a blocked heater matrix is not a...

    Yeah, fixing a blocked heater matrix is not a cheap job.

    Another possibility is the directional vanes (that control where the heat goes) aren't working properly.

    Any error codes recorded ?
  15. Burst silicon bag (in coolant reservoir) caused...

    Burst silicon bag (in coolant reservoir) caused blockage in heater matrix ?

    Is the coolant temp rising as per normal ? (mine is warm within a couple of minutes).
  16. But only when it needs to be replaced, typically...

    But only when it needs to be replaced, typically when it won't hold a decent amount of charge even when placed on a charger for a long enough time (which can be many hours if the charger can only...
  17. True, but the FWD vs AWD thing is still a very...

    True, but the FWD vs AWD thing is still a very similar issue. Note that the OP already has an MY17 vRS so he is very knowledgeable about the vRS, that's why I suggested he take an R for a drive so...
  18. I have a 2008 Mk2 vRS wagon and a 2017 R wagon....

    I have a 2008 Mk2 vRS wagon and a 2017 R wagon. They have a totally different feel, but I like them both.

    I prefer the planted feel and traction of the R over the more "lively" feel of the Octy. ...
  19. From the reports I've read the plastic thermostat...

    From the reports I've read the plastic thermostat housing on the Mk7.5s are still failing (despite numerous upgrades by VW) so my thought is that it is simply a bad design, and apparently easy to...
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    Sorry, I can't help you with the 1st issue, but...

    Sorry, I can't help you with the 1st issue, but re the 2nd I think I've read somewhere that the Reverse Camera is activated by a 12V power feed from the reversing lights when reverse gear is...
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    I've read some reports of plastic coolant...

    I've read some reports of plastic coolant fittings cracking, especially one at the back of the engine near the turbo. Apparently they get brittle after a while.

    As you have had the water pump...
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    Could be the clutches slipping. The DSG in your...

    Could be the clutches slipping. The DSG in your car is the DQ200 that has dry clutches. This 'box is not very robust and is notorious for having faults.

    If you can get the car scanned for error...
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    Just an observation. Many, many Golf R owners...

    Just an observation. Many, many Golf R owners (myself included) find the noise from the soundaktor quite annoying so have coded it off. If you haven't listened to it in a car I suggest you do so...
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    I was a long term (like 40 years) manual 'box...

    I was a long term (like 40 years) manual 'box enthusiast, but these days IMO an R with a DSG (preferably one that has had a TVS TCU tune to avoid lugging at low revs when driving gently) is streets...
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    I wouldn't worry about sooted up exhaust pipes -...

    I wouldn't worry about sooted up exhaust pipes - Rs run pretty rich, and unless the owner cleans the tips very frequently they all get quite grotty (and can be very difficult to clean properly).
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