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Old 12.04.2011, 16:11
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I'm a bit out of touch with the golf's now, but didn't the dsg boxies have 'issues'? have these been solved yet?

being a lease car you arn't allowed to chip it, you'd also invalidate your warante and you would also have to tell the insurance company, or come crash time you'll be in some serious bother.
Is that correct?

Reason I am asking is: I had my car chipped by the dealer (official and largest dealer in switzerland, won't mention name) who sold/leased me the car when new. I.e. they organized the lease and insurance as well. I specifically asked if there would be any problems with insurance, lease and warranty if I chipped the car.

Their answer was that insurance and lease-wise there would be no problem (only had to have the modification registered in the car registration). The only thing I had to remember was that the warranty was officially not vaild (although he also said that if I stayed with that dealer there wouldn't be any problem, if my car had any technical issues).
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Old 12.04.2011, 16:23
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Is that correct?

Reason I am asking is: I had my car chipped by the dealer (official and largest dealer in switzerland, won't mention name) who sold/leased me the car when new. I.e. they organized the lease and insurance as well. I specifically asked if there would be any problems with insurance, lease and warranty if I chipped the car.

Their answer was that insurance and lease-wise there would be no problem (only had to have the modification registered in the car registration). The only thing I had to remember was that the warranty was officially not vaild (although he also said that if I stayed with that dealer there wouldn't be any problem, if my car had any technical issues).
No problem. I had the same with a HEICO tuned Volvo - from new. No problems at all - even though they apply the chip only after 5000km. Usually modifications will come with a certificate of conformity and also a note on the ausweiss.

My first Z4 had a Basturk exhaust installed by the previous owner - and there were no problems with the BMW lease when I bought the car.
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Old 12.04.2011, 16:27
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My SL280 has a ZF 5 speed gear box fitted as standard, i never had any problems with that either !!
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Old 12.04.2011, 16:35
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No problem. I had the same with a HEICO tuned Volvo - from new. No problems at all - even though they apply the chip only after 5000km. Usually modifications will come with a certificate of conformity and also a note on the ausweiss.

My first Z4 had a Basturk exhaust installed by the previous owner - and there were no problems with the BMW lease when I bought the car.
Ah perfect, so then I assume, in your previous post, you are referring more to those "backyard" chippers, where you don't inform the STVA and insurance, and the potential for engine problems is high. Basically trying to do it on the "sly", so to speak...

So as long as it is done by the dealer it's usually ok?
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Old 12.04.2011, 16:41
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Ah perfect, so then I assume, in your previous post, you are referring more to those "backyard" chippers, where you don't inform the STVA and insurance, and the potential for engine problems is high. Basically trying to do it on the "sly", so to speak...

So as long as it is done by the dealer it's usually ok?
Basically, if the LEASE COMPANY and INSURANCE COMPANY know about it, and insure the risk - then you'll not have problems.

The MFK technicians used to try and guess if a car had been "tuned" - IE if it felt more powerful than it should. You used to be allowed about 15ps (IIRC).

I am wondering how many old Porsche drivers have told their insurance companies about gearbox changes?
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Old 12.04.2011, 16:45
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Re: Advice on buying (new) car: Golf R vs BMW 3 series vs Audi A5

I would get a loan and buy a second hand Beemer Coupe with a 3 litre diesel lump. The Coupe's depreciate like crazy since they're not as practical as 4 doors, but for a young dood that shouldn't be an issue .

I recently sold a mint, fully-loaded (leather, sat nav, xenons etc.) 2004 BMW 330CD with a mere 120k KM on the clock for CHF16.5k Thats a huge amount of car for the money
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Old 12.04.2011, 16:51
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I recently sold a mint, fully-loaded (leather, sat nav, xenons etc.) 2004 BMW 330CD with a mere 120k KM on the clock for CHF16.5k Thats a huge amount of car for the money
Now tell the ladies and gentlemen with what you replaced that heavily depreciating car?
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Old 12.04.2011, 21:26
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Re: Advice on buying (new) car: Golf R vs BMW 3 series vs Audi A5

The chipping might be a non-issue if you buy a programming device: that way you can just set whichever veersion of the software you want within 5 minutes. Revo for example offer such a device
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The chipping might be a non-issue if you buy a programming device: that way you can just set whichever veersion of the software you want within 5 minutes. Revo for example offer such a device
And that can be done just after the accident without the police noticing?
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Old 12.04.2011, 22:36
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Re: Advice on buying (new) car: Golf R vs BMW 3 series vs Audi A5

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A 330 M-Sport pack coupe is fantastic.

At 60-70k you'll just be able to get into an Alpina B3
Pfff...nice one! but high mileage. The idea is that I'm looking for something let's say under 40.000 km. and of course which can be leased. The Golf suits me quite well...but then I'm thinking at the sexy shape of coupes and I'm in doubts again...

Btw, how important is the mileage when buying a car? should I also include vehicles with more than 40.000 km on board? I think they should be in good shape having in mind the traffic conditions out here.
For example if I'm getting one BMW with 60.000 km on board and then I run it for 20.000/year for at least 3 years, will it be difficult to sell it afterwards (@ about 120.000 km)? should I look better for diesel or petrol @ a high mileage?
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And that can be done just after the accident without the police noticing?
Well yea, you just plug it into the diagnostic port and flip a knob...done! Of course in the confusion you're likely to forget to do this
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Old 29.08.2011, 17:54
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Re: Advice on buying (new) car: Golf R vs BMW 3 series vs Audi A5

LeMans blue BMW 335i coupe almost fully-loaded arrived 1 week ago
No comment so far. M-pack, comfort pack, steptronic with pads on the steering-wheel...and only 11th km, 2010 model as new! I'm happy, happy, happy!

If nobody still interested, I think topic can be closed.
Thanks everybody for your advice.
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Old 30.08.2011, 11:27
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Re: Advice on buying (new) car: Golf R vs BMW 3 series vs Audi A5

Very nice.

Which wheels does it have? There is a problem with one of them - I'll see if I can find the link
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Good Car We should see some pics
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Re: Advice on buying (new) car: Golf R vs BMW 3 series vs Audi A5

The wheels in question are the 225M ones - they are know to fracture

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Re: Advice on buying (new) car: Golf R vs BMW 3 series vs Audi A5

cool... enjoy the beemer...

but, americans might be catching up with the europeans at that level. surely, cts looks sexy, might not drive as well though:
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Re: Advice on buying (new) car: Golf R vs BMW 3 series vs Audi A5

I think I have diff. set of rims.
18'' M-Sport, for the time being they seem fine, I'm still in the "accomodation" phase, didn't feel yet the "tram-line" effect. Hope I won't have any bad luck with these rims.

Here are some pics with the car.

https://picasaweb.google.com/1171466...25969665727106
https://picasaweb.google.com/1171466...26088866743330
https://picasaweb.google.com/1171466...26158991252706
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https://picasaweb.google.com/1171466...26313551684754
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Old 30.08.2011, 22:23
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Amazing what one can find in the Republic of Neuchatel Congrats!

What did you invest in the end?
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Old 30.08.2011, 22:34
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60TH. It's leased.
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Old 30.08.2011, 23:15
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Beautiful car! I like the color a lot.

I'm so tired of all the black and silver and gray...
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