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I may potentially getting a new job which would involve doing a 100 mile round journey every day. In my current (Honda Accord Type R) car it would mean filling up every 3 days at ?45 a go. So it has to go, I've been looking at Turbo Diesels and don't really fancy an Astra or a Focus so I'm interested in the Golf GT TDI!

I've been looking at the 115 and believe it can be tuned up to 150 bhp, is it worth spending extra and get the 130 and get it tuned to 185bhp?

Are there any other differences between the 115 and 130 besides power?

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Thanks for the welcome

My ATR is worth approx ?8k, it would be nice to have some money left, but looking at the prices for 130 I wont see any change
 

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The 130s are a bit dearer, but prices seem to be dropping now and there are far more on the market. As far as i'm aware, the 130 is likely to feel more torquey and will stop a bit better because it has beefier brakes. In every other aspect the 115 and 130 models are identical (suspension, trim etc).

I have heard some whispers that the 115 is less reliable because it was produced in the early pd stages, but know of several people that have them but have not had problems.

I have found the standard 115pd good fun to drive and it's considerably more torquey than my 110 (i've driven six different 115s) although I think it feels a bit underfuelled at higher revs and am sure that a remapped one would be a different car again, showing it's full potential.
 

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I've got a re-mapped 115 and love it, but if you can afford one, I'd say try and get a 130.

I've got 150bhp but it doesn't feel all that much faster than a standard 130. 185bhp from a re-mapped 130 on the other hand.......

Spec wise as long as you get a late 2000 or a 2001 115 there are no interior or exterior spec differences between the 115 and 130. The only things I can think of are 280mm discs on the 115 (288mm on the 130) and the option of a 5 speed on the 115 (although there are hardly any about).

I dont mean to put you off the 115 though mate, if you find a nice clean one you will still enjoy it. Good luck with the search.
 

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hi m8, welcome to ur new home, i drive a 2000 my gt tdi pd 115 and absolutely love it, a few peeps have drove

it and thought it was a 130 model, im hoping to chip it soon to 150bhp but only after i fit my wheels etc hehe. get the 115hp m8 u will luv it....
 

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Thanks for the replies guys.

I test drove a 130 today, was very impressed!

I've been doing a bit a research and have another question. Revo quote 170 bhp but AMD quote 185. Which is the best would you lot say? I like the idea of an extra 15 bhp.

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Try and drive examples - don't get sucked in by claims.

Remember too that chipped cars are harder to sell on whereas a good tuning box will give similar results and is easily removed at sale time.
 

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I would spend a bit more and get the GTI 150, which truly feels like a petrol and handles better too with its uprated springs & dampers and lower profile tyres. 185 bhp is a bit optimistic for a remapped 130.

It will also be closer to the R in performance[;)][:D]
 

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The dealer figures we have for a PD130 Golf are 180bhp and 280ft lb of torque, not what is quoted on the website. The most important figure for the diesel is the torque not the bhp.
 

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Thanks for the replies.

DC what have you done to your ECU? As I read somewhere you've got a 110 and going by your sig you've got 188 from it?

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Don't forget the other key difference from the 115 to the 130 - it's already been mentioned here but...

If you want to do the 312mm TT brake conversion then the 115 need complete hubs, calipers etc changing - the 130 only needs the caliper carriers.
 

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Quote: posted by Richard W on 01/02/2005 08:15:31

Don't forget the other key difference from the 115 to the 130 - it's already been mentioned here but...

If you want to do the 312mm TT brake conversion then the 115 need complete hubs, calipers etc changing - the 130 only needs the caliper carriers.

you what Richard ? lol
 

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Quote: posted by danny-boy on 01/02/2005 00:09:50

DC what have you done to your ECU? As I read somewhere you've got a 110 and going by your sig you've got 188 from it?

Cheers

Dan

I had a 110, I've now got a 150.
 

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Quote: posted by nudda on 01/02/2005 08:25:35

Quote: posted by Richard W on 01/02/2005 08:15:31

Don't forget the other key difference from the 115 to the 130 - it's already been mentioned here but...

If you want to do the 312mm TT brake conversion then the 115 need complete hubs, calipers etc changing - the 130 only needs the caliper carriers.

you what Richard ? lol

It's all very well tuning the thing, but if it doesn't stop or handle then it's a pointless exercise. The 130 is a better basis for tuning as you can not only get more grunt but the brakes are easily upgradeable to the 312mm TT spec.
 

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I also think you should look at a 150 TDi. Compared to the 130 u test drove the handeling is a little more resolved. The engine produces a lot more punch top end. Its also got bigger injectors, stronger con-rods and an oil cooler so if u do want to tune there is mores scop.

I'm not sure my stock 150 can handle 180 let alone a 130.
 

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There's no difference between the 130/150 base engines, it's all ancilliaries. The 150 has different injectors/turbo/intercooler but is otherwise the same as the 130. The chassis has the sports suspension fitted as standard, but other than that they're very similar.

The 150 will easily produce a reliable 190bhp with a bit of tuning, some have had clutch issues with the torque but a 130 shouldn't have much difficulty.

Dan what's your budget?
 

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Quote: posted by Mike-P on 30/01/2005 16:03:52

The dealer figures we have for a PD130 Golf are 180bhp and 280ft lb of torque, not what is quoted on the website. The most important figure for the diesel is the torque not the bhp.

You sure mate [?] I thought the idea of the PD130/150 was that it represented in itself the bhp i.e 130bhp and 150bhp[!]

surely [8)]
 
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