Honestly I guess that gives some perspective on how loyal Volkswagen owners are since you always come back.
- Come next year, the GTI will not be my daily driver.
- Stage 2 with intake and turboback exhaust. K04 can use all of the mods that I have.
- Stage 3 will require an intercooler and different downpipe/midpipe while I can use the stock intercooler with K04.
- I plan on keeping it for a while and I'll have another daily driver to put the miles on so the GTI won't be racking up 20-25K miles per year.
The K04 puts up some very stout numbers and with Stage 3 I will only be getting about 40 more peak horsepower at the price of ~ $4,000 more if you factor in intercooler and installation. Quite a bit of money if you ask me. To sum it up, does the Stage 3 kit offer a $4,000 increase in performance over the K04... probably not.
I realized that after I posted it. 3+ is going to cost big $$ though.
Yea, I have 42,700 miles as of right now.. I am very concerned about it. I am thinking that I may have the old style tensioner on the right. On the left is the new revised. http://www.golfmk6.com/forums/showpo...4&postcount=77
S3 is sufficient but most likely you'll want more power, and then you'll want the APR IC. It's only $999 when on sale, whereas the S3 is $299 shipped. I'd rather put in an IC once and spend the money once then do it all twice. If you're looking at Stage III then you obviously have a slightly obese wallet, I'd just get an APR IC and call it a day. It's best to just get all the little stuff out of the way before deciding on a K04 or a BT setup.
Bud has the S3 IC's for $299 shipped to your doorstep in case anyone was curious
Also, how exactly do TSB's work? If VW puts one out then isn't your dealership obligated to apply that TSB to your car? Or do problems/issues have to arise first? If you can just have the TSB applied, then get the TSB number from Zimmy and have your dealer do the timing chain tensioner TSB and you're good to go.
(again, not sure how that works though)
I totally agree with you, do it once, do it right, but if the APR is overkill for the K04 application, I have no problem saving the $700.