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    In that case Mazda hands down.

    I beat the ever living fuck out of my 2010. And in 4.5 years and 97K I did:

    2 sets of front brake pads
    one rear set
    4 sets of tires (one were snows)
    sparkplugs
    air and cabin filters
    oil every 5-6K
    one battery.

    the only problem I ever had was right after purchase the sunroof either would not close or open. (cant recall) Driver's seat wore incredibly well, no tears in the leather, everything still worked (I was always concerned about the moving front headlight motor shitting the bed, but that never happened).
    other than that my only real gripe was that the oddball tires size 205-50-17 (I think) meant that you hit a pothole, hello tire bubble.

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    Quote Originally Posted by typeone View Post
    i run 91/93 in my '15 GTI and see ~30mpg while towing ... ~42mpg while commuting with a steady, light foot (very difficult to stay restrained, boost is fun)




    That's incredible. I think the lowest I saw was 15-17 towing an open aluminum trailer with 2 bikes aboard on the interstate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhawley View Post
    In that case Mazda hands down.

    I beat the ever living fuck out of my 2010. And in 4.5 years and 97K I did:

    2 sets of front brake pads
    one rear set
    4 sets of tires (one were snows)
    sparkplugs
    air and cabin filters
    oil every 5-6K
    one battery.

    the only problem I ever had was right after purchase the sunroof either would not close or open. (cant recall) Driver's seat wore incredibly well, no tears in the leather, everything still worked (I was always concerned about the moving front headlight motor shitting the bed, but that never happened).
    other than that my only real gripe was that the oddball tires size 205-50-17 (I think) meant that you hit a pothole, hello tire bubble.
    Sounds about right. I've got 145k unkind miles on the Jetta now and I've done:

    1 set of brakes and rotors all around
    On its 3rd set of tires.
    2 glow plugs
    1 exhaust valve
    1 battery
    Oil and filter every 10k

    Drivers seat leatherette is cracked in one side, parking brake doesn't work, it has an exhaust leak and there's a front end rattle. AC blows cold when it wants to. It's also 2k past an oil change but at $10 a quart, it can suck it up for another two weeks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nhbubba View Post
    That's incredible. I think the lowest I saw was 15-17 towing an open aluminum trailer with 2 bikes aboard on the interstate.
    yeah, pretty psyched, especially since i came from ~11mpg in my Tacoma. (i've always had trucks) but you saw my setup at Stimilon (i think), pretty minimal... prob equal to having an American in the back seat

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    I think it was the wind drag that ruined mileage. Empty trailer was only a MPG or so loss. Trailer + 1 wasn't bad either. For some reason trailer + 2 and all went to hell.
    And you don't even want to hear about how bad it got when I started dragging a 7x12 enclosed around behind me.

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    Re: Financial / Car Advice

    Anyone here work at a VW dealership? Mazda?

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    I've got friends at my prior mazda dealer in Manchester Ct, and I have a friend at another in Hamden ct

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    Also if that does not work. have you narrowed the car down to what you want?
    If so, send in an internet request with a couple of dealers in your area, send them the exact same email that I am looking for a new 17 mazda 3 S grand touring etc. in a couple of color options. and that you are looking for an out the door price with everthing itemized. once you get the replys, who ever gave you the best one, reply to them and screenshot number 2 and say the other guy is doing a little better.

    then buy the car from that guy. preferably it will be your local dealer as you stand to have a relationship with them down the road. and should you have issues with anything. the guy you brought it form is going to me more likely to go the extra mile to help out.


    thank me later.

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    I've driven both today and the GTI is more fun. I love the feeling you get from a turbo and while the Mazda motor does have some punch, I red-lined it a few times while waiting for something to happen.

    They both have tons of toys. I'm leaning towards the GTI unless the Mazda comes in way lower when all is said and done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by -Dutch- View Post
    I've driven both today and the GTI is more fun. I love the feeling you get from a turbo and while the Mazda motor does have some punch, I red-lined it a few times while waiting for something to happen.

    They both have tons of toys. I'm leaning towards the GTI unless the Mazda comes in way lower when all is said and done.
    FYI ... i bought my '15 GTI from Speedcraft down in Wakefield. great pricing, great people to deal with. A+ experience.

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    I went to Balise VW down in West Warwick, seemed pretty chill. No pressure, unlike the guy at Tasca. He was starting to piss me off.

    VW let me take the car out by myself which was nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by -Dutch- View Post
    I went to Balise VW down in West Warwick, seemed pretty chill. No pressure, unlike the guy at Tasca. He was starting to piss me off.

    VW let me take the car out by myself which was nice.
    Don't contact Quirk if you didn't like Tasca.

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    i tried to work with Balise... didn't want to give me anything for my trade so i went further south to Speedcraft.

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    Quote Originally Posted by typeone View Post
    i tried to work with Balise... didn't want to give me anything for my trade so i went further south to Speedcraft.
    Trade aside, how did you like Balise?

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    Quote Originally Posted by -Dutch- View Post
    Trade aside, how did you like Balise?
    honestly, kinda douchey. i left not wanting to ever give them business.

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    Huh, maybe I got lucky with my sales person. That's exactly how I'd describe Tasca though.

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    sales guy was nice, the 'men behind the curtain' he had to keep consulting with got annoying. i already knew the numbers i wanted, they kept playing games ... Speedcraft met my numbers and then some so it's not like i was way off base. i do plenty of homework before heading into a dealership and alwasy act friendly but to the point.

    EDIT: Speedcraft also went out of their way to find the exact car i wanted, an S with lighting package in black. sourced it from Maine for me. super smooth and effortless all around.

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    Seacoast in Greenland NH beat my number on the first pass. I almost asked him if he was sure. Apparently they are a volume shop. I've always preferred the way things go with higher volume dealers. They tried to beat me up a little on my trade. They came around though and we were done.

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    I'm out with some guys from my part time job right now. Today was supposed to be my last day but I was persuaded to just cut hours and stay on board instead.

    They know I'm car shopping and are trying to get me to buy the Golf R so I can't quit any time soon.

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    Not a terrible idea. The R is pretty nifty.

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    Guy, it's fucking awesome. Worth the extra dough though? I don't see anyone coming down from msrp, that's a 40k hatch.

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    if you can swing it, go for it. the R was my orig plan then i sorta jumped the gun too fast. i've been trying to find ways to upgrade but do love my ride as is. the AWD is really the only thing i want, more power is crazy easy to add to the standard GTI.

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    Quote Originally Posted by typeone View Post
    more power is crazy easy to add to the standard GTI.
    Talk me off this ledge, what are we looking at?

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    Quote Originally Posted by -Dutch- View Post
    Talk me off this ledge, what are we looking at?
    well, to keep it simple, quick and cheap... you can add +45HP and 45TQ (~275/303) by plugging in a Berger Motorsports JB1 for ~$300-380. their new JB4 model has thrown down 318HP with just a downpipe and intake. very simple stuff to bolt on. the plug and play capablity of the JB units is nice because you can remove for service at the dealership.

    my phase 1 is a JB1 + lighter wheels. instant stank! the OEM intake on these cars is very good, really no need to upgrade unless you're in stage 2 territory or you want noise. i went for noise last season and while it sounded awesome, took power away. stock config was way better.

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    I was actually really happy with the sound from the GTI today. Seriously, it's a fun car to drive and that stood out to me.

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