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After 4 months of waiting I took delivery on Tuesday so thought I'd share my first impressions of the car for anyone on the waiting list or thinking of buying.

Absolutely fantastic! Way above my expectations, which were high, the first few miles have been everything I could have hoped.

Previous cars owned include Audi TT 225 coupe, Seat Leon Cupra Turbo, Subaru Impreza Turbo, Clio Williams, Saxo VTR and I also own a Honda CBR600 motorbike so I know a little about speed and handling. [;)]

Don't worry about running in, it will do 110mph quite comfortably at 4k revs in 6th. Keeping it below 4k is as much performance as you will normally need, though the temptation is almost too much to mash the go faster pedal whilst running in.

The 18 inch alloys appear to offer no compromise to ride or handling though i haven't driven one fitted with the 17 inch wheels. Ride is firm but with no crashing or tramlining to speak of. While you can easily feel the painted white lines and change of road surfaces through your backside the damping is as cosseting as an egyptian quilt of goose down. VW have hit the jackpot to get this balance right and is something i've searched for in previous cars.

The interior is welcoming yet huge with plenty of space for my family of three, though stepping from my previous car (TT) it was bound to feel like the Tardis. A perfect driving position was easy to find thanks to the many variations available on wheel and seat.

Gadgets abound like the automatic wipers, but my favourite is the coming home / leaving automatic headlights. When unlocking the car at night the headlights come on which was quite dramatic in the local pub car park (We will get gas and electric one day up North too!). If I was ordering today though I would spec the highline computer so that the time delay could be altered on swiching off, they stay on slightly too long - "you've left your lights on mate" was said as I entered pub!

A trip booked in to deepest, darkest Scotland at Easter will see it run in properly and I will be able to better report on performance and twisty bit handling - if anyone's interested [8)].

To summarise, if anyone's got this far, i'm a seriously happy customer and wish you all as much happiness with whatever Golf you own.

Regards,

Ken
 

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Reviews like this are just making me even more impatient. I'm going to have to stop reading forums!

Oh well only about another 6 weeks to go! [:D]
 

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Great review mate. I think you've got it spot on there and I couldn't agree with you more. It really is a fantastic car. I've had mine nearly three months now and I still love it. It's quick, handles great and practical. All you could ever want/need in a car.

Did you get the folding mirrors/surround lighting? Cos that looks even better when you unlock it night!

Oh and the "you've left you lights on mate" is starting to really bug me now!

Good look with your motor and enjoy

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Excellent review Ken,

I don't think I have read any negative "1st impression reviews". Only problem seems to be stereo quality. Can't wait for mine now. Build has been brought forward to week 15.

Did everything go smoothly with our friendy neighbourhood dealer at the handover?

Also, do you have any plans to colour code your car? The black one in member's rides look stunning, especially from the back.

Hope to see you around in Northburn. Live in the Eastfield Chase area myself.

Anyway, glad your happy Ken.

Steve
 

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Good review.

I had mine about 2 months and covered 2k and the car seems to get better and better. Currently been shipped out to work for another company for a while so doing around 80 mile round trip to work and it just eats up the miles. I do want to keep the miles of but it just so good I am not sure I can.
 

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Quote: posted by Matt_S on 17/03/2005 08:31:00

thomask1

Are you getting it through VW as they're doing 0% finance at moment?

Unfortunately the Gti is not included. But I have a rate that's better than VW.
 

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I've got mine on 0% (nice as I'm earning 5.5% on the ?25K I've got inthe bank). Someone must be telling your porkies as it's on all new VW's.
 

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You must have got lucky Matt, according to their web site

" *This offer excludes 4MOTION, estate and the new Golf GTI. "

Excellent review Ken, come on week 15 [8D]
 

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Quote: posted by Matt_S on 18/03/2005 08:40:00

thomask1

I've got mine on 0% (nice as I'm earning 5.5% on the ?25K I've got inthe bank). Someone must be telling your porkies as it's on all new VW's.

Like Mike mod says, the Gti was excluded as per the website. Did you get this through the dealer? What deposit did you have to put down?
 
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