GTI and GTI plus owners experiences

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Dan34
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Re: GTI and GTI plus owners experiences

Post by Dan34 » Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:31 am

No issues with mine (touch wood). A happy 7K+ miles so far! It's a great car.

SRGTD
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Re: GTI and GTI plus owners experiences

Post by SRGTD » Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:57 am

EmiLiuZ wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:40 am
I see so many negative comments and complaints all over this forum.
Like condensation, handbreak issues, gearbox issues, fuel economy, glitchy touch screens, squeeky breaks, bad tires and so on.

I am wondering if people are actually enjoying their GTI and/or if it is even enjoyable?
I am getting mine next month but I am so worried due to all these comments and topics.
I find it’s normal for people to complain if things aren’t quite right. Much less likely that they’ll sing the praises of a car if it’s working as intended.

Therefore, there’s a very high likelihood that what you see on a forum doesn’t represent a balanced view of the overall Polo-owning population, as there’ll be more negative than positive comments. The ‘silent’ satisfied owners are probably out there just driving and enjoying their cars 🙂.

Robint
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Re: GTI and GTI plus owners experiences

Post by Robint » Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:59 am

I love my GTI +. Done 4000 miles no problems except juddering wipers car driving is great I’m sure it will be worth the wait hang in there


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monkeyhanger
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Re: GTI and GTI plus owners experiences

Post by monkeyhanger » Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:36 am

EmiLiuZ wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:40 am
I see so many negative comments and complaints all over this forum.
Like condensation, handbreak issues, gearbox issues, fuel economy, glitchy touch screens, squeeky breaks, bad tires and so on.

I am wondering if people are actually enjoying their GTI and/or if it is even enjoyable?
I am getting mine next month but I am so worried due to all these comments and topics.
Currently my GTI+ has no noisy breaks, condensation/water leaks or dodgy touch screens.

Economy is a little down on expectations, but the inclusion of DSG will be a factor there- I've always known that DSG is 10% thirstier than manual in reality, and around the doors in a manual i'm usually 20% under combined figures, so being 30% under (average) in my DSG isn't a complete shock.

The tyres aren't great if you have Brescias - I'm sure tramping would be difficult to do with a better tyre the Bridgestone but they aren't awful enough for me to chuck £330 replacing them hardly worn.

Wiper rubber is crap too, need to get some Bosch Aerotwins.
It's great to drive- feels more fun than my heavy and planted Golf R.

barrywi
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Re: GTI and GTI plus owners experiences

Post by barrywi » Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:04 pm

All new products have glitches. I bought an expensive 4K blu ray player two years ago and for the first three months the dedicated forum was full of problem solving( sometimes due to mis operation) but now it is virtually silent. The company was Oppo( daft name ,fantastic product) and they gradually worked through the issues with firmware updates and it became the “ go to” product for those in the know. A few months ago they pulled out of the disc player market to concentrate on mobile phones.
Damn I hope it stays reliable!
No cars are perfect , just different from each other ,and the Gti plus is unmatched for price and features. It is just a pity people have had to wait so long for their cars to be made.

Dark_cze
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Re: GTI and GTI plus owners experiences

Post by Dark_cze » Sat Jan 12, 2019 3:03 am

Almost 3000km but I have some problems. Breaks are little noisy when aplying just little force to pedal. Head unit can sometimes restart itself when connecting android auto (this actualy looks like problem with my phone,like phone did something unexpected and head unit is like "hold on that is not right, Iam gonna restart for my own protection") after phone restart all is fine. Wipers get noisy when outside temperature is below 0C. Missing glowebox light (maybe project in future). Soundaktor humming gets anyoing after while. Wiper reley is right next to steering wheel and EVERY ... SINGLE ... CYCLE IT CLICK - anoying as hell. :evil: yet great car to drive :D

jylydesign
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Re: GTI and GTI plus owners experiences

Post by jylydesign » Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:00 am

5500 miles completed and I have similiar experiences.
Pros;
- Sharp to drive, handles really well.
- Actually sounds pretty good too with little pops from the exhaust.
- Nice interior and love the digi dash and infotainment system. Quite a grown up feel for a small car.
- love the adaptive cruise
- brakes are very good

Cons
- boomy exhaust note gets a bit wearing on longer journeys
- long gears make it feel on the lethargic side
- irritating squeaky brakes when reversing
- disappointed with the NVH, not a patch on a Golf.



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monkeyhanger
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Re: GTI and GTI plus owners experiences

Post by monkeyhanger » Sat Jan 12, 2019 9:58 am

jylydesign wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:00 am

Cons
- boomy exhaust note gets a bit wearing on longer journeys
- long gears make it feel on the lethargic side
- irritating squeaky brakes when reversing
- disappointed with the NVH, not a patch on a Golf.

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NVH? Are you talking Noise/Vibration/Harshness?

If so, comparing a Polo GTI to a soft suspension non-performance Golf on 16" wheels then I'd agree with you, but it's comparable to a GTD or GTI Golf With DCC in the Polo set to normal, it's marginally softer than the Golf GTI/GTD even on 18" Brescias. If you are on Brescias, when it's time to change the tyres, you'll find that most brand's other the Bridgestone to be softer/more flexible. Swapping out the atrocious Bridgestone Potenzas for Michelin PSS on my Golf R transformed my Golf R in comfort, handling and grip.

My Polo GTI+ feels as well screwed together as my Golf R. As Dark_cze says - I find the click/tick of the wiper relay as annoyance.

All of my minor annoyances with the car are there by design, hopefully VCDS adjustments can iron them out:-

Stop-start initiating before the car is stopped, it would be better activated with a heavy brake press once stopped.

Park pilot activating (front parking sensors) automatically in heavy crawling traffic, or when stopped and the cars ahead buch up a foot or 2. You can turn park pilot off but it reactivated every ignition cycle (The Golf remembers you switched it off, and leaves it off).

If it weren't for those minor issues and VWs poor choice of tyres, i'd say it's my most enjoyable VW yet.

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