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      05-26-2013, 06:38 PM   #1
Ryebread
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Drives: 335d m-sport LMB
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Philaburbia

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Recently sold my DD (Jeep Wrangler) and replaced it with a VW Golf R

I need to start by saying I love my 3er.
Relatively stock 335D, 425 trq, 36/23mpg, AT


BMW 335D Sportline wheels from **********s, 235/35-18 18x9.5 Rear et45 PLUS 10mm spacer from VAC MOTORSPORTS by Ryan Philly, on Flickr

The 3er was my summer/weekend car and a Jeep Wrangler was my dd.
Last few winters have been mild though, so I've been getting more accustomed to driving a CAR- almost full time.

The Jeep was for the other days and utility, since (only thing to complain about my car) the seats don't fold down.
(I did get heated seats in the car, but not the cold weather pkg)
I used the Jeep to pull a kayak trailer, but my wife just got the new Escape with tow pkg, so I'm good there.


IMG_3771 by Ryan Philly, on Flickr

In the past 6 months, I've grown grossly tired of the Jeep.
I wasn't using it for what it is - an amazing off road vehicle, that can also get you to work and back, relatively safely but not so comfortably.
It had proper 4:10 gearing (rare), 4 disc brakes, and a 6 cylinder from a minivan... however, it was not a pleasure to drive.

Making things worse, my wife and I were not putting the soft top to use during the summer. I left the hard top on mostly, and used the a/c often.
It was time to go.

Somehow the resale value is insane for these modern generation wranglers ( JK ). I only lost $2k after driving it for 3 yrs. what?!

Bye bye Jeep. Sure, you could get me to work in the snow, but so can a Golf R!

It has the awd, to get me around in the snow (maybe not a blizzard like the Jeep.
But it's VERY fun, handling and power are very respectable!
I can fold all the seats down and have room for gear. So the utility is there.
It's so TOSSABLE - something that makes my 335 feel very large and heavy now!
The Golf R obviously get's WAY better gas mileage than the Jeep.
(I averaged 31mpg from VA to PA)

I'm a happy camper.
Oh, I didn't intend to have two blue cars, I originally shopped a white R, but there are only 5,000 made for the USA right now (over two MY 12+13).

This newest R gets a turbocharged and direct-injected inline-four as in the TTS, making 256  horsepower (six more than the last R32 and nine short of the TTS) and 243 pound-feet of  torque that goes to all four shoes.
Bigger brake hardware (13.6-inch front rotors, 12.2 rear.
The R rides 0.3 inch lower than a GTI, why not a full inch at least?!


So.... If I could only have one... the Golf R would be it.
A week ago, I would have never said that. I love my Diesel that much.
But the R? ....it's sort of a combination of the Jeep and the 335
Now that I have the 335D and the R, I don't know how this will play out.


'13 Golf R on VWR Springs, 18x8" OZ Superturismo LM et 48, no spacers by Ryan Philly, on Flickr

update:
post #30 in this thread highlights the mods I have done.
basic bolt ons and a tune....
338 ft-lbs of torque and 335 HP has transformed the Golf-R into an AWD super car.



The specs (original)
VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, 4-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 3- or 5-door hatchback
ENGINE TYPE: turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, iron block and aluminum head, direct fuel injection
Displacement: 121 cu in, 1984 cc
Power: 256 hp @ 6000 rpm (detuned for USA, euro is 276hp, stage 1 here is 306).
Torque: 243 lb-ft @ 2500 rpm
TRANSMISSION: 6-speed manual
DIMENSIONS:
Wheelbase: 101.5 in
Length: 165.8 in
Width: 70.0 in Height: 76.5 in
PERFORMANCE (C/D EST):
Zero to 60 mph: 5.6 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 14.5 sec
-mile: 14.2
Top speed: 130 mph

Cheers,
Ryebread
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