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Golf GTI

So after that damn fiasco with the Integra I decided to be more sensible and get another German car, because i’m really a fanboy for German cars.

Had a look around, test drove some more cars, just the usual, and then stumbled on this MK5 Golf GTI. Took it for a drive, and wow, much like the R32 Golf it instantly left an impression on me. Not quite as good as the R32, but the combo of the turbo power and the DSG trans is a lot of fun to drive.

It was a Japanese import, had service history and was pretty well specced with heated leather, HID headlights, cruise control, heated mirrors and puddle lights. It was a really nice place to be and drove so well.

Along with the good spec from factory it had a few good modifications on it from Japan. VW Racing adjustable suspension, carbon fibre front splitters and rear diffuser, Forge diverter valve, Okada Project coils, some 16v ignition booster system (more on that later) and carbon look cluster trim.

It’s also the little things.

New key badges

And finally got a bottle opener (which also doubles as the divider in the cup holder)

Zorst.

At some point I also decided to do something I hadn’t done before, and modify the exhaust further. I purchased a decat 3″ downpipe from Aliexpress (it was super cheap!).

Packaging could’ve been better, the flange was poking out of the box (heh) when I got it, but seems although it was sticking out it hadn’t been bashed around and was OK.

Standard downpipe with cat and Kakimoto Einsatz axleback.

Downpipe is in the car, pretty easy to fit really. Remove the engine cover, Disconnect O2 sensor connector and feed wiring down. Remove the two top nuts from turbo flange (long extension on ratchet). Lift car, climb under and remove the axle heat shield. once that’s gone you can easily access the two bottom flange nuts. Remove them too (needed to buy a 16mm 3/8″ socket and spanner for this as my 1/2″ ratchet and socket was too big to fit).

Remove rear O2 sensor from pipe (will be fucking tight!), undo rear sleeve on pipe and side up pipe. Undo bolts on hanger and wrestle the pipe off the turbo and out of its home. Pull pipe out from under car.

Reassembly is reverse of disassembly.

Old pipe out, two cats

Both pipes together

O2 sensor spacer (which didn’t work anyway)

And what a MK5 GTI sounds like with an open downpipe

And with new downpipe fitted

 

I do have one issue though, the centre hanger does not line up at all. This is something that I have heard others have issues with on other ebay downpipes. Its nothing major, but i’ll have to book the car in at pitstop on the weekend and see if i can get them to cut the mounts off and reweld them correctly. Don’t want to drive too far without it attached as all the weight of the downpipe is resting on the flexi and turbo flange. Not ideal.

Overall impressions aren’t great. Its louder on cold start as expected, but other than that it’s really not that different. At WOT it’s noticeably louder but not amazing. DSG farts are marginally louder, and no popping or crackling. I suspect the fancy Jasma certified catback is stifling the awesome, but it’s a nice civilised exhaust.

Throttle response is good, maybe a bit sharper. The idle issues I had the other day were fixed with an ECU reset, its running great again.

Ultimately i’ve decided that i’m done with the car, and it is for sale now. I’m in no hurry to sell but I do have more money tied up in it than I want, and would like to get some of that back and buy something cheap to thrash.

Before it sold though I managed to fit some extended DSG paddles. Man, what a difference, every car with paddles should have ones this long. Much easier to find when driving hard.

But yes the car did eventually sell, and I do miss it. Its was a bloody good example. If I get another golf in the future, it’ll be an R32 though.

 

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R32

Useless thought for the day. The VW Golf R32 MK5 with DSG is one of very few cars that properly “wowed” me that i havent purchased. The reason i havent purchased one? They’re holding their values too well, its hard to justify the extra 6-7 thousand over a GTI. The GTI was a great car, but the R32 is next level.

One day.

Cars

The cars I have owned, past and present, in chronological order.

Sub-Four Wheels of Fury.

They aren’t cars (or if they are, they are the Reliant Robin), and they have less than four wheels, but I owned them.

Honorable Mentions.

Cars I didnt own, but had a big part to play in my life.

One fast Rabbit

So after that damn fiasco with the Integra i decided to be more sensible and get another German car, because im really a fanboy for German cars.

Had a look around, test drove some more cars, just the usual, and then stumbled on this MK5 Golf GTI. Took it for a drive, and wow, much like the R32 Golf it instantly left an impression on me. Not quite as good as the R32, but the combo of the turbo power and the DSG trans is a lot of fun to drive.

My thoughts on cars. Volkswagen Golf R32, Toyota Blade Master G, Nissan 350Z

After selling my M3 its been a long slog deciding what I want to replace it with. Long nights trawling trademe, lots of questions to various sellers about their cars yet nothing has really made me go “WOW, I MUST OWN THIS!”.

Today I decided to go try a few cars on the watchlist and see if I liked any of them. The lucky victims today were a VW Golf R32 MK5, a Toyota Blade Master G and a Nissan 350Z.

First was a trip to Turners, who had the Golf R32 and Blade. They also had a manual Golf GTI that I wanted to nosy at.

Registered to test drive, like usual (not my first Rodeo) and walked into the warehouse. R32 and GTI on the left, a pair of Blades on the right. First was to actually view the cars before driving them. I already knew what Golfs were like inside, so off I went to look at the Blades. First one I come to, stick my head near the open window. Ugh, stale smoke. Nope Nope Nope. Hope the other one is better.

Toyota Blade Master G

The first thing I should mention about the Blade Master G is that Toyota took their highest spec Corolla Auris (usually fitted with a 4 cylinder up to 2.4L) and shoehorned the 206kw 2GR-FE 3.5L V6 from a Camry into the front. They only came out in Automatic.

I jump in, no smokey smell here, yay. Its a 2007 Toyota Blade Master G in White. First impressions of this one is that it’s pretty low spec, no leather, no dual climate, no cruise and some awful fake woodgrain on the dash. Like a lot of imports these days it has a colour screen in dash radio, but of course being an import everything is in Japanese and it has no band expander meaning it’s restricted to lower frequencies. As mentioned this one had only single zone climate control, but one thing I did notice was how unintuitive the vent controls were. one button to cycle though and the display being on the passenger’s side of the console not the drivers. odd.

Along with the lovely woodgrain theres a helping of Alcantara in various places, like the usual seat bolsters and door cards but also strangely, on the lid of the passengers top glovebox.

Speaking of seats, comfortable but not very aggressive bolstering. Not heated in this model.

One quick note is just how awesome the name is. Blade Master G. Seriously, its like its a hiphop samurai or something.

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