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      01-21-2019 09:43 AM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by Just another GTI View Post
      I would like to see the little triangle windows gone, they really don't help visibility.
      What's wrong with the glass? It's better than having some cheap and ugly black plastic.

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      01-21-2019 09:47 AM #27
      Quote Originally Posted by 20vTa4 View Post
      I can't understand why the mirror isn't up there anymore.
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      01-21-2019 09:51 AM #28
      Next time, would the OP please be a little less lazy and post article snippet + pics instead of just the source? Else just put thread title and a LMGTFY link.

      Quote Originally Posted by Hajduk View Post
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      yep, it's better to have them on the doors than on the quarter-pane.

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      01-21-2019 10:16 AM #29
      Quote Originally Posted by Just another GTI View Post
      I would like to see the little triangle windows gone, they really don't help visibility.
      They don't help at all from what I can tell. I have to put my head over the steering wheel to look out mine at all.

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      01-21-2019 10:37 AM #30
      Quote Originally Posted by Iroczgirl View Post
      Low roofline in the back, will that hamper headroom?
      The Golf has a silly amount of headroom. I would be surprised if this were an issue.
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      01-21-2019 10:40 AM #31
      Quote Originally Posted by UncleJB View Post
      They don't help at all from what I can tell. I have to put my head over the steering wheel to look out mine at all.
      The glass is not there to help visibility. It's there because it looks better and more upscale than cheap black plastic.

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      01-21-2019 10:45 AM #32
      Quote Originally Posted by WTRCULD View Post
      Looks like she’s got a little MKVI in her
      Quote Originally Posted by southpawboston View Post
      True, the doors and C-pillar evoke a little MK6-ness.
      Quote Originally Posted by adam1991 View Post
      Frankly, it looks much more like Mk7.75.
      Quote Originally Posted by MonsterM View Post
      Whoa! I absolutely love this. I see some MK5 there too.
      Oh, wow... uh...

      Quote Originally Posted by Lwize View Post
      They all look the same to me.
      Yeah, that's more like it. You guys are a lot more perceptive than I am I guess. In my mind, the Golf has exactly two styling traits:

      The hood lines that they unfortunately got rid of after the Mk.IV and the C-pillar that they invented with the Mk.IV.




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      01-21-2019 11:32 AM #33
      Quote Originally Posted by Hajduk View Post
      This is why I don't like it. The MK5 was the worst Golf.
      Wait, what? I take it you've never seen or driven a MkIII or MkIV. Those were the low point.
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    10. 01-21-2019 11:33 AM #34
      Quote Originally Posted by Hajduk View Post
      This is why I don't like it. The MK5 was the worst Golf.
      I don't see any MK5 in this, but I had a MK5 GTI and loved it. Quality was higher than that of the MK6 GTI I replaced it with.

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      01-21-2019 11:42 AM #35
      Quote Originally Posted by fl_MDG View Post
      looks like it passed the rigorous Mc Donalds drive thru test.
      When you need some burgers so badly you take the uncovered prototype for a spin. I get that.

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      01-21-2019 11:54 AM #36
      Quote Originally Posted by Double-V View Post
      Wait, what? I take it you've never seen or driven a MkIII or MkIV. Those were the low point.
      I've owned a Mk2, Mk3, Mk4 and Mk6. I skipped the Mk5 because of the styling.

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      01-21-2019 12:25 PM #37
      Quote Originally Posted by Double-V View Post
      Wait, what? I take it you've never seen or driven a MkIII or MkIV. Those were the low point.
      i had a mk3 and mk5. They were both great fun to drive for very different reasons. I don't remember much negative at all. If the mk3 was the low point, al others must have been pretty damn good. (?)
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      01-21-2019 12:51 PM #38
      Quote Originally Posted by Hajduk View Post
      What's wrong with the glass? It's better than having some cheap and ugly black plastic.
      No it's not. My tint guy just put black vinyl over them because they suck to apply tint to. It looks better that way.

      Quote Originally Posted by Hajduk View Post
      The glass is not there to help visibility. It's there because it looks better and more upscale than cheap black plastic.
      My STI has the same window but it's larger so it actually usable and adds to visibility. VW could definitely designed it better or just left it out entirely. It's so small no one would have noticed if it was completely covered.
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      01-21-2019 12:53 PM #39
      Quote Originally Posted by Double-V View Post
      Wait, what? I take it you've never seen or driven a MkIII or MkIV. Those were the low point.
      The MkIV is know for it's super unreliable fancy turbo engines and for having a really lame GTI variant, but the regular 2.0l base car is pretty good.

      Quote Originally Posted by Hajduk View Post
      I've owned a Mk2, Mk3, Mk4 and Mk6. I skipped the Mk5 because of the styling.
      They're very round and blimpy, especially in the back. It's the interior that really does that generation in for me though. I really don't like that era of Passat, either.

    16. 01-21-2019 02:28 PM #40
      To me, this looks indistinguishable from a Mk7 until you have a photograph of a Mk7 beside it to be able to pick out specific differences (like the door handles being in a slightly different position with respect to the longitudinal crease in the bodywork, and the bottom of the headlights not being quite as straight, and the mirror stalk being mounted lower on the door skin). Without knowing what things to look for ... It looks the same, and I will wager that most buyers won't spot the differences, or perhaps they would see it as a minor facelift of the same car.

      And, it kinda is a facelift of the same car; they're both MQB underneath.

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      01-21-2019 03:34 PM #41
      As was pointed out to me, if you remove the camouflage tape from the front, you're likely ending up with a front end similar to this:


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      01-21-2019 04:07 PM #42
      Quote Originally Posted by Hajduk View Post
      I've owned a Mk2, Mk3, Mk4 and Mk6. I skipped the Mk5 because of the styling.
      Me too....

      I just just couldn’t get past the rear bumper sans the ridiculously expensive painted body kit...... I skipped right to the 7!

      I had a few MKIs as well....

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      01-21-2019 04:35 PM #43
      On the A-pillar glass...once I got used to it, I never even saw it without looking for it. Doesn't make a difference to me either way.

      In the more southern climates where tints are common I guess it can be annoying to tint though.

    20. 01-21-2019 08:22 PM #44
      Quote Originally Posted by r_fostoria View Post
      The MkIV is know for it's super unreliable fancy turbo engines and for having a really lame GTI variant...
      Ah, but the MkIV GTI was available with a sweet VR6. I owned one for 17 years. Handling was a bit soft, but I loved that torquey little motor. Wish I had it in my MkVII.
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      01-21-2019 09:16 PM #45
      Quote Originally Posted by Hajduk View Post
      This is why I don't like it. The MK5 was the worst Golf.
      The MKV was a beast. Ours had 175k on it with absolutely no repairs besides maintenance.

    22. 01-21-2019 10:00 PM #46
      Quote Originally Posted by r_fostoria View Post
      The MkIV is know for it's super unreliable fancy turbo engines and for having a really lame GTI variant, but the regular 2.0l base car is pretty good.
      I've got a MkIV with the "super unreliable fancy turbo engine" and it's just short of 212k miles, and engine itself has never been a problem.
      Now the electrical system, rear brake pads, O2 sensors, peeling interior plastics, falling headliner...

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      01-21-2019 11:00 PM #47
      Looks frumpy

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      01-22-2019 12:32 AM #48
      Quote Originally Posted by worth_fixing View Post
      i had a mk3 and mk5. They were both great fun to drive for very different reasons. I don't remember much negative at all. If the mk3 was the low point, al others must have been pretty damn good. (?)
      I also had a Mk3, which I bought new in 1996. I thought it was a nice car, by the standards of the 1990’s. It had the 2.0 engine (with 5-speed manual), so it was a bit slow in comparison to the cars of today. It was also not as refined as today’s cars. But I do not recall it being a “low point” for Volkswagen.

      It is difficult to judge the Mk8, based on just a few photos. My initial impression is positive.
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      01-22-2019 01:21 AM #49
      Quote Originally Posted by Hajduk View Post
      What's wrong with the glass? It's better than having some cheap and ugly black plastic.
      They are useless. Replace them with a larger A pillar. In 25,000 miles of driving MkVII's I've never found them useful.

      Provide me with a rebuttal.

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      01-22-2019 08:37 AM #50
      Quote Originally Posted by The Kilted Yaksman View Post
      I've got a MkIV with the "super unreliable fancy turbo engine" and it's just short of 212k miles, and engine itself has never been a problem.
      Now the electrical system, rear brake pads, O2 sensors, peeling interior plastics, falling headliner...
      Hmm, fair enough. My first car was a 2003 Jetta and it had a clogged sunroof and a bunch of annoying electrical problems, too. That was a pretty crappy car. I don't know what the difference is, but the older Golf that I now have a decade later (I wasn't planning on ever going through VW ownership again, but the price and timing were right) is in much better shape and doesn't any of those issues, and it's managed to reverse my opinion. I guess you just get a good one sometimes. :shrug: Regardless, saying that one generation is the worst Golf is really not that extreme a claim, as they're all good cars. VW can't afford to screw up a Golf.

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