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Old 30th November 2016, 14:51   #4231
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Congratulations! And welcome to the GT TSI club. We both are new members Mine is just over 2 weeks old.



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I have used both Continental MC5 (on my Polo GT TSi) and Michelin P3ST (on the Jetta). In my opinion, they both are very similar. They both offer good grip and comfort. For the GT, I think your choice between these two will be based more on the size you choose to upgrade. Michelin P3ST is not available in 205/55. If you plan to go for 195/60, then you can choose P3ST. If you choose to go with 205/55, then MC5 is a good option.

If comfort is major priority, then do not go for Yokohama S Drives. They are mainly performance oriented and are not silent. PS: I have not tried the S Drives myself. This is from the many other experiences I read in this forum and in the internet.
Thanks for the warm welcome !

Keeping in mind what you guys have suggested, I'm more inclined towards the Continental MC5's now since I do want to go for the 205/55 option. As I said, comfort, ride and grip are important.

I had installed Yokohoma S Drives on my previous car ( i10 ) and I could definitely say that ride was towards the harsher side. Performance wise it is good but it's not something you can use for your daily commutes I would say.

Among other things, in terms of paint treatment, what do you owners suggest I should get done immediately upon delivery ? I was thinking the 3M ceramic coat package ( whatever that's called ! ) would be beneficial. Thoughts ? ( Mods please move this particular query to any other thread if required )
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Among other things, in terms of paint treatment, what do you owners suggest I should get done immediately upon delivery ? I was thinking the 3M ceramic coat package ( whatever that's called ! ) would be beneficial. Thoughts ? ( Mods please move this particular query to any other thread if required )
I dont know about the Ceramic package. But I had got done the Paint Sealant from 3M for my Candy White Vento TSI. Supposed to protect against swirl and came with a 1 year warranty. Looked impressive for a few weeks, but after that swirl marks started appearing all over. The initial sheen was also gone.
Avoid this particular package.

Instead, if your car is dark coloured, go for the Paint Protection Film. It will cost around 12-15k and provide better protection against scratches, dirt and swirl marks.
It is like a transparent wrap which has tendency to turn yellowish with time, so not recommended for lighter colors, especially white.
You wont find any difference on darker colors, though.

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I dont know about the Ceramic package. But I had got done the Paint Sealant from 3M for my Candy White Vento TSI. Supposed to protect against swirl and came with a 1 year warranty. Looked impressive for a few weeks, but after that swirl marks started appearing all over. The initial sheen was also gone.
Avoid this particular package.

Instead, if your car is dark coloured, go for the Paint Protection Film. It will cost around 12-15k and provide better protection against scratches, dirt and swirl marks.
It is like a transparent wrap which has tendency to turn yellowish with time, so not recommended for lighter colors, especially white.
You wont find any difference on darker colors, though.

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Oh alright. That's a bummer ! Did you visit 3M again and let them know of the issue ?

My Polo is Candy White in color. I'm assuming the PPF won't go best with the color.
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Oh alright. That's a bummer ! Did you visit 3M again and let them know of the issue ?

My Polo is Candy White in color. I'm assuming the PPF won't go best with the color.
Actually the paint is of a good quality and it is very durable. So there is no necessity to do any paint protection straight off the showroom.

Regular up keep and occasional detailing should do the job
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3M paint protection film is quite expensive actually. I got a quote of Rs 18 to 20k just for front and rear bumper of Vento. Basic cost is Rs 500 per sqft. It comes in 2' wide roll, you will be charged on how much length of this roll is used. So you pay for wastage as well.
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Instead, if your car is dark coloured, go for the Paint Protection Film. It will cost around 12-15k and provide better protection against scratches, dirt and swirl marks.

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3M paint protection film is quite expensive actually. I got a quote of Rs 18 to 20k just for front and rear bumper of Vento. Basic cost is Rs 500 per sqft. It comes in 2' wide roll, you will be charged on how much length of this roll is used. So you pay for wastage as well.
PPF for the entire car will be upwards of 75k to 1L. Just the bumpers and bonnet of my Endeavour cost me close to 60k along with door handles and stepping board. While the surfaces are larger for my car, I would think a safe estimate is still upwards of 75k for Polo.
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Slightly OT, but why take snapshots when driving at around 100 kmph!!??
Alertness and safety are of the utmost priority.
Thanks, I knew this would come up. But I had my co-passenger (Photographer) take the picture, without getting in my way.
I generally even stop to sip water !!
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Here's more. Candy White certainly looks stunning on a Sunny Day
You literally have to drag yourself out of the car after a drive

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I've started noticing some rattles/squeaks coming from the dashboard area. I am pretty sure that's coming from behind the instrument cluster. Will be getting that checked over the weekend.
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Here's more. Candy White certainly looks stunning on a Sunny Day
You literally have to drag yourself out of the car after a drive
I'm undoubtedly a Polo fanboy (and not ashamed of it!) but I find it hard to think of a better-looking car. A friend was telling me of various new cars he'd taken a look at at dealers recently, and it struck me how little interest I actually take in them!
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Now that I own a Vento I have been noticing and observing its sibling, the Polo, more closely. Driving in traffic I mostly see its third rear quarter. I like the neat minimalist design the most. It is smart and elegant, proportionate and smoothly curved surfaces; no quirky lines.
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So, got a long pending modification done – the Bilstein B6s on stock springs.

Why B6s?
• Positive experience in an Octavia and the Saint’s Polo TSI and 320d
• I hate slowing down too much for potholes – wanted GC – so, no coilovers, no lowering springs
• I want ride quality AND handling AND peace of mind
• Tough, proven build
• Functionality paramount, looks secondary

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• Rs.33.5k inclusive of shipping (seller in UK)
• Rs.4.5 k customs
• Rs. 2K installation at my local garage

A fun fact, my stock suspension had only 30% life remaining – the rebound damping was really slow. Just 2 years and 12.5k in Mumbai’s potholes roads can do this!

After 10 days of usage now, there’s only one overriding thought – why did I wait 2 years to get this done?

My observations:

Ride Quality:
• Medium/High Speed – no bobbing on undulations. Murders potholes, expansions joints – a true magic carpet feel.
• Low Speed – stiffer than stock below, say 30 kmph. You do feel the road a little more. However, it’s not trashy or harsh.
• By the way, the ‘phuss phuss’ stock suspension sound is now history!

Handling:
• Complete transformation. Very little roll. Car feels very, very eager to change direction. Having experienced KW coilovers in a GT TSI, I’d say, 75% of them. For absolutely ridiculous cornering limits, I felt the coil overs were better.
• What used to be hairy in stock is like a walk in the park with these.The handling threshold has been upped significantly. It’s ridiculous, how quickly extreme cornering becomes the new normal.
• I’m acutely aware now of the dimensions of the car – tough to explain this, but it feels you know exactly where every corner is. The car feels like a very controllable toy.
• I’m swerving and avoiding potholes much, much better!

Steering Feel:
• ‘Tighter’. Little movements of the steering wheel now result in a directional reaction – even off the ‘centre’

Negatives:
• The ride height I think has actually slightly increased! The wheel well gap has perhaps increased - it looks as bad, if not worse than stock! I have no idea how they do their magic with the same/increase GC!
• Some of the dashboard thuds over expansion joints, while they have softened, have not got completely eliminated. However, I hasten to say, it’s a vast improvement over stock.
• Carrying so much more speed into corners, that brakes have started to feel really insufficient, even with brake assist set to early.

Overall:
• A very sophisticated ‘Teutonic’ driving experience and feel.

I’ve only now begun to appreciate how rewarding great handling can be (loved my family’s Ikon 1.6 Sxi, but this is at another level). I feel for a city like Mumbai, it’s tough to find a better car for “city storming”. A combination of the right size, DSG, paddles, remap and B6s = sleeper magic. Potholes? Bring them on!

I’ve now resolved that for my future cars, the first modification I’ll do would be suspension. Everything else can wait.
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Can you please share the seller details and part number for the front and rear ? 4.5K as customs duties sound very less, I assume the tax is around 28-31% of the invoice price ?
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Can you please share the seller details and part number for the front and rear ? 4.5K as customs duties sound very less, I assume the tax is around 28-31% of the invoice price ?
Bilstein 4x B6 Full Kit Car Dampers Shock Absorbers 35-168560 24-067898. The total with express shipping (1 week) was ~ £410. The exchange rate was favorable in October end when I bought it.
Have PMed the seller details. And the reason why customs was 'low'!

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For those curious, height comparison, 2010 Polo D Highline vs my GT TSI with Bilsteins. Gets a tad worse. BTW, the 2010 Polo had a lower GC than the current ones.
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Here she is in all her glory !

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