1st Sep 2014
Nothing much to report but as Gertie in theory goes into production next week, I am (tentatively at least) thinking about when Gertie arrives.
As I have waited I have had time to mull other cars I might have purchased, the only two that seem to be cars mentioned by others are the new Mini, which my brother has just taken delivery of and the Alfa Romeo Guiletta. The Alfa is a heartstrings car; it tugs at them, even my Dad’s 57 plate 157 in red looks awesome. That’s the point they look beautiful and the thought of something that good with that Alfa character is tempting. The new Mini is receiving rave reviews and for the price of the Golf I could have made my way through the Mini’s extensive options list, they even have a 5 door hatch version now. But neither car has quite swayed me, the Alfa is wonderful but it’s getting old now, it will be replaced in the next couple of years and the residuals will fall through the floor. The Mini is harder to dismiss but I have dismissed, I don’t deny it’s wonderfulness but I like the discreet nature of the Golf, it’s understated and that’s what I like, I saw a GTD on the M5 this morning, it’s the perfect stealth car.
Onto the regular spot regarding equipment, I spent some time going through the German Volkswagen site, just to confirm a few things. This weeks question was will I get traffic sign recognition and display on the MFD and the answer is.... no, no I won’t be getting it, the code wasn’t on my build sheet, so no surprise there but i checked with the dealer just to be sure. However I see that it can be activated by VCDS, so I will consider asking someone very kindly to do that (if possible). I notice in Germany it’s a 300 euro option hence why it has an equipment code.
I’ve also confirmed that I will be able to choose from a number of registration plates, I am not holding out for ‘VW64GTD’, but hey, you can dream…
The dealership have also confirmed that they will paint the mirrors black for £100, perhaps a bit more than a body shop, but they will do it before I pick it up, so I have said yes to that.
Next week will be nail biting as I wait for the tracker to update, but I am into September now, so I have survived two months of waiting.