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  1. Cool, how about we start with a Coyote-powered new Phaeton?
  2. This is somewhat difficult for me with my car situation, but the closest would be the comparison between my 2014 4Runner Trail and 2016 GTI. So, here goes- Currently driving my 2016 GTI SE w/ Perf Pkg and DSG. Leased new. Had it 32 months. Just rolled over 26k miles. What I like more about it- 1) Clearly, and the biggest difference, it's a sport offering. Not a full-on sports car, but a sporty car, at least. So it was nice to come back to something with fun driving dynamics. 2) Refinement. The fit and finish on my GTI is exemplary, and notably better than Toyota's. 3) Efficiency. Averaging 24-26 beats the heck out of 15. 4) Tech. Great Fender audio system, Proximity key, Android Auto, etc are all newer features that surpass Toyota's tech. 5) Usability. It's far easier to exploit what a GTI offers on a daily basis that it is a 4WD SUV. Before my GTI, I had a 2014 4Runner Trail Edition Premium. Bought 1 year old w/ 14k miles. Had 18 months and put another 14k on it. Here's what I liked more about it- 1) Space. Duh. Held people in more comfort with more space, and had plenty of room behind the second row. 2) Off-road capability. Unlike most, I actually off-roaded in mine. I was always taking it out and going down rutted out, muddy trails; across/through rivers/streams/creeks; taking it down by the river, etc. 3) All-weather ability. The GTI's FWD does fine most of the time, but 4WD with the right tires is just on another level. 4) Ease of ownership. By this I mostly mean I didn't feel like I had to give it as much attention. I feel the need to always have my GTI spotless inside and out. I never cared if my 4Runner was dirty. 5) Lastly, just the general comfort that comes with owning such a vehicle that has a sterling reputation of reliability, indestructibility, and resale value. I went into buying with no concerns of future worth, managing miles, repair worries, etc.
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    OCTOBER CAR SPOTTERS!

    I don't usually post in here, as due to the nature of my work, and where I live, I see a fair amount of exotics, supercars, high-end luxury cars, oddities, etc, etc. Had to make an exception for this one. Wednesday night there was not one, but TWO McLaren P1 GTR's at my dealership. One of them belonged to Ken Griffin. Made for quite a spectacle out in the parking lot. Even customers who had no idea about cars knew they were watching something special.
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    Do We Still Do the 'Guess What Car I Bought' Threads?

    My 16 GTI lease is up in just a few months. I had always planned to buy something cheap to kick around in once it went back. Something dailyable, but still kinda fun. This just came along so I jumped on it. The thing is actually quite enjoyable. You don't realize how much you miss having a manual until you get another manual. I'm loving it!
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    Do We Still Do the 'Guess What Car I Bought' Threads?

    It is indeed a 5MT 2.5 Golf. Little thing is damn fun in its own right, too!
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    Do We Still Do the 'Guess What Car I Bought' Threads?

    He got the MFR origin correct, as well. It is German.
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    Do We Still Do the 'Guess What Car I Bought' Threads?

    You got the inline part right, just not the cylinder count. It has fewer doors than cylinders, and it's 2wd.
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    Do We Still Do the 'Guess What Car I Bought' Threads?

    My 2016 GTI wife's 2017 Passat 2005 xB 2002 4Runner 2000 Dakota R/T '94 318i
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    Do We Still Do the 'Guess What Car I Bought' Threads?

    Bought the wifey a Passat back in January. Definitely not doubling up on it, lol. Here's another hint- IT'S A MANUAL!
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    Do We Still Do the 'Guess What Car I Bought' Threads?

    @ykX Not a direct replacement for the GTI, as I still have it. Definitely more of a regular driver.
  11. Place seems to dead anymore. Sad to see. At any rate, I bought a new car. If anyone feels like making guesses.
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    Racing Video Games/Racing Simulators

    I'm currently playing GT Sport on PS4, and love it. I've had every GT game since the original, and will always buy every new iteration. I don't have a wheel setup yet, but it is on the agenda.
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    VW News: Volkswagen Cuts Down Passat Lineup for 2019

    With an all-new Passat right around the corner riding on MQB, this is not only surprising, this is a good move. Passat sales have been dropping sharply. This culls the lineup to 2 nice trims that will be attractive to buyers.
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    $35k Sports Car Question

    C7 changes things completely. 7MT Z51, swap the front grille for a Z06 piece, add the front and side splitters, lower it 1.5 inches, and done.
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    $35k Sports Car Question

    @ykX For the money, none of the 3 cars would be on my radar in real life. That said, if I HAD to choose one of the 3, I'd go with a new 2019 Miata. The power bump really saves. Beyond that, it looks great and has a handling balance/sweetness and tactility that neither of the other 2 could ever dream of matching. 35K is C6 Grandsport money, and even higher mileage Z06 if you look hard enough, any reason to go base? Aside from that, I'd pass straight over all of these and find the nicest manual RWD 997 Coupe I could get.

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