I have been posting here for a few months, and never knew this thread existed until tonight. Anywho, my name is Mike and my 2016 GTI S is my first GTI and VW ever. The GTI has always been on the list of dream cars that I could actually afford, and the stars had aligned over the summer (and the wife said yes)....so I ditched my dreadfully dull and depressing Dart I was driving around and picked up what is hands down the most fun car I have ever driven. I really dig how the community is around the car as well. I love to dive in to anything I am interested in and there is so much info out there and so many conversations to be had.
These cars really are amazing, sure they should have shipped the GTI with a Stg1 from the factory but compared to other stuff in the class still a gem. Wife and I had fallen in love with VW in 09 with a Jetta TDI after peeling away from the Chevies I was raised to believe were infallible (even after several warranty claims on every Camaro and truck I ever owned). I ended up trading in my 2008 Dodge Charger Super Bee for a 2012 GTI 4dr Manual and it was the best swap in the world. From a $50k+ 425HP muscle car to a $30k 200HP hatchback and there was no contest the GTI was better in every way except exhaust sound and that was easily fixed.
Welcome to the forum from a fellow Phoenician. Congrats on the car purchase.Hey all! 1st post!
Bought my Pure White '20 GTi S w/DSG on Dec. 5th. Got a great deal ($6G off w/0.9% financing) since they had '21 models on the lot and this was the last 2020. Traded in a stock tune '16 Ecoboost Mustang w/select-shift auto & had a Stratified tuned '17 Fiesta ST prior to that. All 3 DI turbos, but with 3 different transmissions and 2 drive layouts. Funny thing is, all have the same fluffy, laggy throttle pickup. Got a BMS Pedal Tuner ordered and on the way!
As is the case with my luck, the car purchase came 3 days prior to an unexpected, mandatory 2 week quarantine. With nothing to do, I installed an APR non-resonated catback with 70 miles on the odometer. The sound was pretty underwhelming, so I had a local shop cut out the APR muffler and weld in a 3" Vibrant 1794 bottle resonator. It was a perfect slip-fit, as well as length-wise. Sounds pretty decent now. Nice and deep.
The oem wheels, aesthetically, are not too shabby and I almost talked myself into running them long-term. Sure, they prob weigh a ton, but I like 'em. Still, I knew a change was inevitable. Had the factory tires swapped over to a set of bronze 18x8.5 Neuspeed RSE06. The extra width and new offset comes out "almost" flush in back and the tire stretch isn't that aggressive.
Just finished up my sub & amp install on Monday. Running a Kicker CXA800.1 Mono, powering a 12" Kicker CompVR at 1 ohm in a polyfil stuffed, sealed box. Still have some tuning to mess with and hoping my LOC wire taps behind the infotainment unit get full frequency.
Next endeavor is finding a rear seat delete kit, mostly to remove those lead-filled seat backs, but also to better hear the exhaust. Might sell the Kicker setup for something smaller since it's taking up space my mountain bike needs.
I'm always lying to myself in saying "not planning much else for this one." We'll see though, lol