What did you do to your MK7 today?

Nuje

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Island near Vancouver
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2015 Sportwagen; Golf GLS 2002 (swap from 2L gas); 2016 A3 e-tron
Walking up to the car with kid in arms, having kessy on the rear handel would save me 1 second from first touching the front handel to unlock vs just grabbing the rear handel and unlocking. it doesn't sound like much by i swear this kid is part worm at how much he can contort his body around, having rear kessy would be nice.
Even better solution :D :
 

740GLE

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Aug 19, 2009
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NH
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2015 Passat SEL, 2017 Alltrack SE; BB 2010 Sedan Man; 2012 Passat,
i have the dog barrier cage out back, the wife frowns when i just toss him in the back and not in his car seat ;)

the kid loves it though.
 

demagxc

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Dec 12, 2012
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Massachusetts
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2015 Golf TDI SEL
Dropped the TDI off at the dealership and picked up my rental over the weekend. After my DEF level sensor fault returned I called the dealership in hopes to get a rental since I wouldn't pass the MA state inspection due this month. I expected the dealership to refuse and was prepared to call Customer Care to open a case but surprisingly they agreed to give me a car with no pushback.
It took about 4 months, but the dealer get a replacement tank installed and I picked up my car yesterday.
 

amsoiltek

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Mar 3, 2023
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Phelan, Ca
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2015 Golf SEL White
Welp, the only thing I did this past weekend was change out winter air for summer air. LOF is due in a few weeks and the timing belt in about 5k.
 

demagxc

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Dec 12, 2012
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Massachusetts
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2015 Golf TDI SEL
Unfortunately I traded in the Golf in for a Tiguan. I wish i could have kept it but it just doesn't work for our family anymore. With one baby, a second on the way, and a large dog, its just way too small. It was hard to let go of but it was a great 8 trouble free years. Drove over 150,000 miles with basically only regular maintenance, multiple 2,000 mile+ road trips, and camping with a travel trailer or roof top tent. There wasn't much we couldn't do with this car, until we needed a second car seat!
 

Echo_Alpha

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Dec 12, 2022
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Texas
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2015 Golf TDI, GSW TDI
While I like the look of a cone air filter in the engine bay (and my friend likes the whooshy noises), today i decided to try switching back to the stock airbox, minus the snow grid (Texas, y'all!). I cannot believe how restrictive that snow grid looks. I also could not believe how dirty the back of that stock filter was, and pondered the meaning of the brass-and-steel-and-spring actuator for the little flap that lets dirty air in the back (I assume it's to help cold starts). For now, I'm leaving that in, but in a couple days I'll probably block it off.


So. I'm kinda floored by how the stock box improved throttle response and shifting. It's night and freaking day. From weak low end that I attributed to the CR190, now it's a decently strong pull from 2000 up. The flat response after upshift that I was kind of baffled by is greatly reduced- I still think it's due to EGTs after the cooler gets heat-soaked. But for 30 minutes of work, it's an incredible change. The cone filter was kind of on a whim, a friend suggested it when we did the build, but I really didn't know it would dull the engine so much. I'm looking forward to working on ejecting the DPF soon. Malone says it should be a Stage 3 tune, so...
 
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IndigoBlueWagon

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Aug 16, 2004
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'97 Passat, '99.5 Golf, '02 Jetta Wagon, '15 GSW
The airbox intake from the engine compartment should only open when the snorkel is blocked. It's largely in case the snorkel gets clogged with snow. Not an issue for you. And I don't think the snow screen on the filter makes a difference in air flow. I've run my MKIVs with filters both ways, no noticeable difference.
 

Echo_Alpha

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Texas
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2015 Golf TDI, GSW TDI
The airbox intake from the engine compartment should only open when the snorkel is blocked. It's largely in case the snorkel gets clogged with snow. Not an issue for you. And I don't think the snow screen on the filter makes a difference in air flow. I've run my MKIVs with filters both ways, no noticeable difference.
Maybe I've got a bad actuator then? It sits open all the time, and that spring is really, really stiff. And there's a tube that runs back behind the head that pulls air not just from in the engine bay, but specifically from near the turbo, so I figured it had to be there to grab warm air.

I can't claim the screen made a big difference or not since I changed multiple things at once. My guess is that it would, but having suction on it and the fact that there's a filter right behind it would complicate that. I sure ain't going to have to worry about snow anytime soon, though, so it can wait a little bit before I do any experimenting on that.
 

nokivasara

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Jan 25, 2008
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Sweden @ Lat 61N
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Tiguan 4-motion, Golf mk7
Unfortunately I traded in the Golf in for a Tiguan. I wish i could have kept it but it just doesn't work for our family anymore. With one baby, a second on the way, and a large dog, its just way too small. It was hard to let go of but it was a great 8 trouble free years. Drove over 150,000 miles with basically only regular maintenance, multiple 2,000 mile+ road trips, and camping with a travel trailer or roof top tent. There wasn't much we couldn't do with this car, until we needed a second car seat!
Did you get the 7 seater Tiguan? I had a 2012 Tiguan TDI and it was the same size as our Golf, that was actually my only complaint of it. Maybe the newer Tiguans are bigger?

Today I replaced the timing belt on our Golf. I don't understand why VW puts the engine mount inside the loop of the belt. That was better on the Tiguan by the way, the engine mount went around the belt and did not get in the way of a tb-job.
 

demagxc

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Massachusetts
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2015 Golf TDI SEL
Did you get the 7 seater Tiguan? I had a 2012 Tiguan TDI and it was the same size as our Golf, that was actually my only complaint of it. Maybe the newer Tiguans are bigger?
I ended up with the 5 seater with AWD. The newer ones are considerably bigger. I originally went to the dealer because they had a 2016 for less than $12k but other than being heavily smoked in, the trunk looked almost identical to the Golf. Sensing my disappointment the sales person showed me the 2019 which feels like it has double the room even though its somewhere around 9" difference. The back seats can even be slid forward to increase trunk space.
 

nokivasara

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Tiguan 4-motion, Golf mk7
I ended up with the 5 seater with AWD. The newer ones are considerably bigger. I originally went to the dealer because they had a 2016 for less than $12k but other than being heavily smoked in, the trunk looked almost identical to the Golf. Sensing my disappointment the sales person showed me the 2019 which feels like it has double the room even though its somewhere around 9" difference. The back seats can even be slid forward to increase trunk space.
Ok that sounds good, the older generation really was just a Golf on stilts.
I did have the sliding rear seat though, a nice feature. I'm sure you'll be happy with it!
 

Echo_Alpha

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Texas
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2015 Golf TDI, GSW TDI
I set up a new (old) laptop as a VCDS tool, tested it by clearing some old codes, and then went for a drive to see what would pop up. Ran another autoscan with the engine running (didn't think about it), cleared codes again, and went for a second drive. Noticed that my headlights were adjusted all the way down, and assumed that I had to come back and start work on adjusting them upward.

But, after shutting down and turning accessories back on, the headlights adjusted back up near normal... I need to adjust them up a little anyway so I'm digging into that tonight.
 

Nuje

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2015 Sportwagen; Golf GLS 2002 (swap from 2L gas); 2016 A3 e-tron
Due for a brake fluid flush, and with the rear pads getting a little thin (and rotors looking like crap) decided to do the rear brakes as well. Access to the big M14 carrier bolts was a lot easier than on the Mk5/6 cars - no problem getting a ratchet on them, just needed the flex head on the 24" ratchet to get sufficient leverage.

Weird that the pads are the same as the Mk4 rear pads, but there were no stamped-metal shim things - on either the OE ones, or included with the new Pagid pads (although the pads did include new 13mm bolts for caliper-to-carrier).
 

Nuje

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Had another mk7 car here today with "AFS error" reported by owner. Couldn't figure out why I wasn't getting that showing up in the 09-Central Convenience module where all of the lighting channels are located.

Turns out....it's only *most* of the lighting channels; found the error (cornering light RH) in the "Headlight Range" module (that module is up in the 40s somewhere).
 

Cuzoe

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Los Angeles
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MK7 Golf S
Had another mk7 car here today with "AFS error" reported by owner. Couldn't figure out why I wasn't getting that showing up in the 09-Central Convenience module where all of the lighting channels are located.

Turns out....it's only *most* of the lighting channels; found the error (cornering light RH) in the "Headlight Range" module (that module is up in the 40s somewhere).
Everybody who has considered retrofitting lighting package, or even full dla headlights, ahem... knows about the headlight range module 🤣

Oh those DLAs, I (dual, in each light) shutter thinking of them...
And that's only the startup dance.

I truly prefer the look of my Osrams, but should they ever need to be replaced, we understand what must happen.
 
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