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Volkswagen Golf R Mk6: Buying guide and review (2010-2013)

Volkswagen Golf R Mk6: Buying guide and review (2010-2013) Classic and Performance Car
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There ain’t no substitute for cubic inches… is what they used to say, and for decades we swallowed the line. But then came downsizing and turbocharging, and today everyone’s at it, from Ford to Ferrari. So you could say that Volkswagen was ahead of the curve with the Mk6 Golf R. When the company announced in September 2009 that the replacement for the Mk5 R32 and its 3.2-litre V6 would be nothing more exotic than another turbocharged 2-litre four-pot, many lamented the passing of the über-Golf. That was until they drove the Mk6 R… 
 
Truth is, the 3.2 was always a little bit flabby and flaccid. The pumped-up 2-litre TSI actually kicked out more power (266bhp versus 246) and torque (258lb ft plays 236) and it weighed a useful 35kg less, too. With drive still going through all four wheels, the 0-62mph figure was slashed by around a second to 5.7sec with the six-speed manual ’box or 5.5sec with the paddleshift DSG semi-auto. The R was a similar chunk quicker than the regular Mk6 GTI, which had to make do with 207bhp.
 
The 4Motion system featured a centre diff in the form of a Haldex clutch to distribute drive to the wheels with most grip. The EA113 engine (taken from the Mk5 Golf because it was better suited to tuning) benefited from a reinforced block, a new cylinder head, uprated pistons and conrods, and high-pressure fuel injectors. It also got a new turbo that puffed 1.2bar of boost and a more effective intercooler to deal with the increased thermal load. 
 
All of which makes it a natural for further tuning: plenty of examples have been remapped to well over 300bhp.
The ride height was lowered by 25mm compared with the Mk6 GTI and the springs and dampers tweaked for sharper responses, though ACC switchable adaptive dampers were a cost option. The brakes featured impressive 345mm discs up front with ‘R’ monogrammed calipers.
 
To help justify the £30,000 price tag (seven grand more than the GTI at the time), the R was distinguished by 18-inch ‘Talladega’ alloys (also available as a 19-inch option), a subtle bodykit and twin, centrally sited exhaust tailpipes protruding through a gloss black diffuser. The interior was pretty much carried over from the GTI, with Recaro seats as a highly desirable optional extra.
 
Performance and specs
 
Engine In-line four-cylinder, 1984cc turbo 
Power 266bhp @ 6000rpm 
Torque 258lb ft @ 2500-5000rpm
Transmission Six-speed manual, four-wheel drive
0-60mph 5.7sec (claimed)
Top speed 155mph (claimed)
Fuel consumption 33.2mpg
Insurance group 36

Dimensions and weight
 
Wheelbase 2578mm
Length 4212mm
Width 1779mm
Height 1461mm
Kerb weight 1521kg
 
Common problems
 
• The EA113 engine is generally strong and reliable – even when tuned to over 300bhp – as long as it’s serviced meticulously. Andy McLeish at VW/Audi specialists APS advises every 10,000 miles or 12 months, whichever is sooner. 
 
• Its one weakness is premature wear of the fuel pump cam follower, which in turn scores the camshaft. The good news is that replacing the follower is an inexpensive service item; finding out if it’s been done can provide a clue as to how well a car has been cared for. 
 
• Also look out for a leaking water pump and check the cambelt has been changed at four years or 60,000 miles (and the water pump replaced at the same time). Budget around £300 from a specialist.
 
• Some early cars (mostly 2010) suffer from failure of the Haldex pump. This is the electronic pump that generates the hydraulic pressure to push the plates in the centre diff together and send the torque to the axle with most grip. Floor the throttle in the lower gears and if you notice more than the slightest hint of wheelspin, it probably points to a problem with the pump. Reckon on £400-500 to have a replacement fitted. 
 
• And it makes sense to get the rear propshaft donut replaced at the same time. Haldex oil/filter needs changing every two years.
 
• The manual ’boxes are generally robust. If you feel a juddering when moving off, it’s probably the dual-mass flywheel on the way out – not cheap, and it makes sense to get the clutch replaced at the same time, so the total bill will be well over a grand. If you get the car mapped, you’ll need an uprated clutch.
 
• If you’re going to map the car, the DSG ’box can’t handle as much torque as the manual, but generally gives few problems if properly maintained: it’s vital the oil and filter are changed every 40,000 miles to avoid overheating or the clutches burning out. Check both the automatic and the manual shifts for speed and smoothness.
 
• There are no particular issues here beyond normal wear and tear witht the suspension. Creaks or knocks could point to wear in the front suspension top mounts. Dampers should be checked for leaks, and springs for breakages. 
 
• The ACC dampers seem to give few problems. If the ABS light and/or the ESP light is illuminated, beware. It could be a fault with a sensor (not too expensive to fix) or it could be that the ABS pump-control unit needs replacing, which costs more than £1000 from VW.
 
• Check for uniformity of panel gaps and any overspray, which could indicate accident repairs. Interiors are holding up well, so any signs of excessive wear or damage to the trim would suggest the car has lived a hard life and better examples can be found. 
 
• The CAN Bus wiring system can give problems, so check all the toys work.
 
Owners clubs, forums and websites
 
• vwroc.com
• golfmk6.com
• autops.co.uk
• quattro-tech.co.uk
• awesomegti.com
• vagtech.co.uk
• volkswagen.co.uk/used
 
Summary and prices
 
Around £15k is the entry point to Mk6 Golf R ownership, but these can be high-mileage cars with less-than-watertight service histories. £16-18k brings a wide choice of low-to-average-mile cars with good provenance within reach. £20k will get you the pick of the very best late, low-mileage, one- or two-owner cars with a full VW service history. Sought-after ACC switchable dampers and Recaro seats command a premium.

Words: Peter Tomalin/evo
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Last updated: 4th Aug 2016
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  • Volkswagen - Golf Karmann Cabriolet - 1982

    €6,600 - €8,580 est. (£0 - £0 est.) €6,600 - €8,580 est. (£0 - £0 est.)
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    • Engine size: 1.781
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  • Volkswagen Golf 1993

    £2,500 £2,500

    Reluctant sale of my much loved MK3 Golf  95% finished projectI have owned the car for two years and have not done any miles. Its a shame to see it go but I have just bought a house and could do with some cash and I am losing a parking space. I bought the car when most of the work had been done and my intention was to change a few things and use it to show. I has been at only one show since the majority of the work was done in which it won. (elsecar)I also have a folder with over 7k worth of receipts and invoices and a huge amount of previous MOT's1993 Golf Started life a 1.8 driver, now running 2.0 ABF on Yamaha R1 carbs Car drives and pulls but Carbs need a good set up (struggles to keep idle until warm) so could do with transporting if driving long distance MOT till Aug 2018- Has done about 19 miles in 2 years since my ownership.Car has done 163k Engine has done approx 100k Have a file with most of the work accounted for Painted in 2011 in La9V Paintwork is good all over.As you can see the car is far from standardthe full build thread from when I purchased it can be found in 75 pages here:Original Build thread here.http://www.golfgtiforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=185648.024 fully adjustable RX-8 leather seats Borbet C Coated in Dark Chrome Smooth Front and rear Bumpers US Spec tailgate US Spec Splitteradjustable coilovers all round Full Custom Boot Build Suede headliningG60 Brake set upSnap off Boss with steering wheel Full alarmed Custom Headlights The list goes on and on- if you are interested and what anymore information you cannot find from the build thread contact me over FB£32000777212 8676   Re-listed due to someone buying the car by mistake!!!! (time waster)   If you buy the car i will need a £200 Deposit within 24 hours 

    • Engine size: 1781
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  • Volkswagen Golf GTI MK2 1987

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    • Year: 1987
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    VW Golf Cabriolet, GLi Karmann, convertible, 1984, white, navy hood, 30 years of careful pampered ownership, 1781cc engine, Kjetronic fuel injection! 112 Bhp. Always used as a second car for summer sunny days! Full history, second owner.

    • Year: 1984
    • Mileage: 102200 mi
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  • Volkswagen Golf II Hatchback 1984

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    Volkswagen Golf II 1984, 17.945 km, fully original as new The Volkswagen Golf II was introduced in 1983 and was built till 1982. This is a 1984 Volkswagen Golf in colour Marsrot (LA3A) with grey cloth interior. This Golf from Germany ist fully original and has driven only 17.945 kms, so both the in- and outside are in great condition, as good as new. All the documets, including the service booklet are present. The car has the original 1595 CC, 70 HP engine and automatic gearbox. When you are looking for a fully original Golf II as good as new, than this car is a good choice. Car has Holland title and Holland mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importtaxes. We can help with transport.

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  • Volkswagen Golf

    €29,900(£0) €29,900(£0)

    Specifications Year of manufacture: 31/08/1983 Chassis number: WVWZZZ17ZEW009968 Exterior color: Black Interior color: Red and Black Mileage: 174 200 km on the odometer - 108 242Miles Engine displacement: 1781 cm3 Hp: 112 hp Gearbox: Manual History In July 1982, Volkswagen revisited the first Golf GTI, engine evolves to 1781 cm3 to reach 112hp. In the significant modifications, the suspensions are more flexible, an on-board computer is fitted as standard and a 5-door version is now available in France. In 1983, Volkswagen released a special series called "Pirelli", sold and manufactured for 10 months to 10,500 units. This version is recognizable by its rims with a "P" like "Pirelli" equipped with Pirelli P6 tires. Our copy was registered on August 31, 1983 and has been completely restored. New interior / exterior paintwork, new rolling trains as well as the engine block, clutch system, brakes or original fabric upholstery. A maximum of parts come from Volkswagen Classic Parts. The car is in pristine condition. We will provide a complete historical record with the vehicle. Warranty The vehicle will be sold revised and guaranteed 3 months or 5000 Km Price 29 900 euros Ad link http://www.jeanlainvintage.com/vehicule/14756-volkswagen-golf-i-gti-1800-pirelli/ Find us and contact us Jean Lain Vintage – Showroom / +334 79 88 66 36 – Jérôme Millias +337 60 14 73 07 11 Rue de la Dent du Chat 73 420 Voglans France info@jeanlainvintage.com http://jeanlainvintage.com/ Opening hours From Monday to Friday, 8am to 12am and 2pm to 7pm Saturday and Sunday on appointment only

    • Year: 1983
    • Mileage: 108242 mi
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    €13,500(£0) €13,500(£0)

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    • Year: 1975
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  • Volkswagen Golf

    £18,993 £18,993

    Variant name:GLI ,Derivative:MK1 (A1) (17) ,Variant: 1.8L GLi Mk1 Series 1 Convertible - owned by the previous keeper for 36 years! Superb 1980 Volkswagen Golf 1.8L GLi MkI Series 1 Convertible. Brand new in the early 80s. 1.8 'GTi Engineering' engine (specialist tuning company formed with motor racing as a backdrop with Richard Lloyd - their founder - having won a hat-trick of British Saloon Car Championship class wins in his Golf GTi from 1977) The Series 1 has two round binnacles in the centre of the dashboard, the classic Golf ball gear-knob is present as is the rare and original Wolfsburg steering wheel which was only fitted to the Series 1 GTi’s. 'The convertible version, named the Golf Cabriolet (or Type 155) in Europe and Canada ("Rabbit Convertible" in America originally and renamed in 1985 to "Cabriolet"), was sold from 1980 to 1993. It had a reinforced body, transverse roll bar, and a high level of trim, and kept the pre-1980 style of rear lamp clusters. The Mk1 Cabriolet is of uni-body construction built entirely at the factory of Karmann, from stamping to final assembly; Volkswagen supplied the engine, suspension, interior, etc. for Karmann to install. The vinyl or cloth tops were heavily insulated and manually operated, with a heated glass rear window.... Prior to the 1984 model year the highest standard specification was the GLI, essentially a GTI but sporting a different moniker. It was only in late 1983 with the introduction of the 1984 model that an officially badged GTI version of the cabriolet finally became available.' Extensive history file: Lovely example of an early Golf Convertible from long-term ownership...Owned by the previous owner for an amazing 36 years! Showing a mere 51,000 miles from new. Comprehensive history file dating back, including MOTs and Tax discs. Supplied with a rare German full-tonneau cover. A great way into the Volkswagen scene or a great opportunity into the world of classic motoring, Nearly the same is never the same. A car to cherish as the next proud custonian.

    • Year: 1980
    • Mileage: 51000 mi
    • Engine size: 1.8
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    £21,993 £21,993

    Variant name:GTI ,Derivative:MK2 (A2) (1G) ,Variant: GTi 'Votex' 1.8 5dr Hatchback - Factory-fitted Votex body kit, Multiple show winning car 1988 Volkswagen Golf 1.8 8v GTi 'Votex' manual that has been cherished by the previous owner. The car benefits from a extensive history file. Distinctive and rare, great history and only 45500 miles. Comprehensive history file including original sales documentation and a comprehensive collection of previous MOT's. Factory options including a Votex body kit pushed the 'on the road' price in 1988 from £8,000 to £14,500. Multiple show winning car in 2010. Immaculate interior showing no signs of wear. More details to follow. An incredible find and one that had all our team admiring as it arrived on a under cover transporter.

    • Year: 1988
    • Mileage: 45561 mi
    • Engine size: 1.8
    For sale
    £21,993 £21,993
  • Volkswagen Golf

    £5,995 £5,995

    Fully restored in the original Helious Blue Metallic Paintwork. Interior completely refurbished with new carpets, Seats retrimmed in leather, New Hood, including Hood lining. Engine replaced and reconditioned. Alpine CD Player. BBS RA Alloy Wheels fully refurbishedNwith 4 nearly new Pirelli Tyres. Aluminium Fan and Battery housings. These cars are going up in value very fast so it will make a superb investment. Runs and drives perfectly, and starts on the button. 40 photos and video available on request. Will be supplied with a New MOT. Any Inspection Welcome. Call us to discuss delivery anywhere in the UK on this car. Have a look at our testimonials on our website to read more about us and the services we can offer our clients. 'Like' our page on Facebook for stock updates. This vehicle is HPI Checked and supplied with an 12 Months AA Roadside Assistance. Finance Available - We have a range of lenders for all circumstances and for all types of vehicles - Part Exchange Considered. View our website - WWW.GEORGEKINGSLEY.CO.UK - Prestige & Performance Specialist

    • Mileage: 155076 mi
    • Engine size: 1781
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  • VW Golf II 1,8 GTi 16V

    €20,300(£0) €20,300(£0)

    VW Golf II 1,8 GTi 16V Equipment: Ekstrem fin stand Kun kørt 81000 km bilen er med alle bøger Samler objekt ring for info prisen er ekskl reg afgift

    • Year: 1989
    For sale
    €20,300(£0) €20,300(£0)
  • VW Golf I 1,8 Cabriolet

    €17,600(£0) €17,600(£0)

    VW Golf I 1,8 Cabriolet Equipment: Nedsat pris Sportline Recaro Sæder Bilen er som fabriksny El kalesche Airbag Samler objekt reg. afgift 18.000 kr

    • Year: 1992
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    €17,600(£0) €17,600(£0)
  • Volkswagen Golf Rallye Competition

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    £29950 In 1989 Volkswagen UK decided to be involved in British Rally Sport, and certainly two cars are known to have been imported based on the already homologated Golf Rallye built at the VW plant in Belgium. One car, supported by VW UK was supplied to Gilders of Sheffield and prepared by Power Engineering of Uxbridge, registered G888 NWB, Vin WVWZZZ1GZLB010567, which was to be driven by the late Mark Lovell in the 1990 season. The second car registered G829 KVV, Vin WVWZZZ1GZLB010565, only two numbers apart, was run by the Shell Gemini team, in whose colours it appeared in the first Rally of the series being the Vauxhall Sport Rally in North Wales. Prepared for Shell by SBG, the Golf Rallye, was to be driven by former-Volkswagen Junior Team Golf GTI driver Steve Davies who confirmed ‘It was supplied by Shell Oils in Gemini livery and I was the driver for the 1990 National Championship. SBG built the car brand-new, specifically for me, for that year, and we did one rally in it, the 1990 Vauxhall Sport Rally in North Wales. The first round of the MSA National Championship at the time, it was a one-day event, starting from Llandudno.’ The car entry number 11 is shown on a YouTube vi

    • Year: 1989
    • Mileage: 8975 mi
    For sale
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