There's no denying that the manual box on the GTI (or indeed the R32) is beautiful, very nice, very crisp; but I love my DSG and wouldn't swap it. Sporty, precise, lets you be in control when you want and then be lazy in traffic to boot. Best gearbox I've had the pleasure to use.
I test drove both, and prefered the manual. Basically the DSG box is amazing, smooth, quick, responsive. BUT...
...I found that I ended up driving around town like an f-ing nutter, it just wants to rev and rev and rev, perhaps I'm too much of a pussy but I just didn't feel as in control as I like, there's something nice about changing gear. I've owned a Clio 172 Cup (2 litre Variable Valve Timing) and my major problem with the car was that because of the VVT, you loved every minute between 4500 and 7250 rpm, not always a good thing!
That said, I was 21 at the time and probably had a lot to do with it. The DSG reminded me of that constant desire to plant your right foot. The manual gave me just as many thrills, a better feeling of control and just appealed to me more.
I guess it's personal preference, but added to that the extra ??? (I'd rather have leathers) and the longer build times (or so it seems) my choice was clear.
I'm sure for every 'Manual lover', there are just as many 'DSG Lovers', my advice would be to try both and see which one floats your boat more. I'm sure that I had been in the DSG longer than the 30 mins I had, it would have grown on me and could possibly have swayed my decision.
Thats the only problem with dsg in auto mode you find that it will hold the gear sometimes longer than you want leaving you thinking - change gear damn it! With manual you are the boss! Still one hell of a box though.
On a separate note, surely the swear filter is being overly aggressive in restricting the colloqial name for a Cat, Moggy or Pu55y?!
When you preview your message, it should at least apply the filter there so you can see if a word like Pu55y needs changing. I would have said "Maybe I'm too wet" - but then again, that could be taken the wrong way too  well, if I were female it might [:$]
When i road tested the GTI before i got it, i tried the DSG and Manual. The manual was great, i didnt feel so incontrol with the DSG. I would guess that with time, i would have got used to DSG. I never have liked auto boxes, i know its not the same as a regular auto. But feel more in control with manual. I recomend that you try before you buy! Its all down to personal choice.
Awesome GTI are selling them, Part No. AF-IND-CARB-20T Price ?165
As for the DSG I love it and will find it difficult to go back to manual. I take the wife's Lupo GTI out every now and again but really miss the DSG. When you are driving quick down bumpy back roads it's nice being able to hold on the steering wheel with both hands while still changing gears.
Drive it in manual mode and you have total control, a lot of people go for test drives and leave it in "D".
Guys just about to order my MkV GTi but I'm a little confused about the standard wheels, I have picked up a price list dated 1st June 2006 and it shows the 18" monza II alloys as standard on the GTI no mention of the 17" monza at all .
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