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    2018 Golf Tyre Pressures

    Just purchased my third Mk7 (not bragging, I have not found anything better), its a 1.5 Evo Nav DSG and sadly I have been appalled by the rough ride. The other two Golfs have been very smooth but this one bounces all over the place and is really unpleasant to drive, even when putting the suspension on the softest settings. On investigating the tyre pressures I find the recommended pressure to be 39psi for two people plus luggage, although this might be reduced to 35psi for the "comfort" setting, it was delivered with 35psi but even so the ride was very disappointing. Lord knows how rough it would be at 39psi.

    My previous Golfs have both been run at the 30psi recommended in their handbooks and were very pleasant to drive, my wife even went to sleep on occasions. I reduced the pressures on the new Evo to 30psi and the ride is similar to what it was like on the old cars. What are VW playing at? I know running the tyres at high pressure reduces the rolling resistance and reduces fuel consumption but surely not at the expense of ride comfort or safety. I certainly felt the new car was less safe to drive because of the unpredictable handling. Admittedly the handbook cautions about running tyres under-inflated but if 30psi used to be considered safe on older models why is it suddenly unsafe?

    Anybody else any experience of this?

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    Private message me the REG number and that of the previous two so I can compare specs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MartynTr View Post
    Just purchased my third Mk7 (not bragging, I have not found anything better), its a 1.5 Evo Nav DSG
    You joined in 2013 but you haven't changed your car spec from 2013 Golf 1.4 TSI, DSG. I've changed it now.

    Look what the sticker says on the fuel flap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keithuk View Post
    You joined in 2013 but you haven't changed your car spec from 2013 Golf 1.4 TSI, DSG. I've changed it now.

    Look what the sticker says on the fuel flap.
    If you are suggesting the tyre pressures are given on a sticker inside the fuel flap things have changed. The only tyre pressure sticker is on the driver's door pillar and gives the values I have quoted.

    Thanks for changing the detail about my car spec.
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    Ok what does it say on the door pillar?
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    "putting the suspension on softest settings"

    I did not think you could alter the suspension on the Mk7.5 1.5 EVO, or do you have the dynamic suspension option.

    I have the same car as you and did not find any problem with the suspension. Seem to me it behaves similar to the MK 1.4 TSI I had before.

    The one difference I did find is that the road noise of the tyres is high. I had a 1.5 GT model as a courtesy car and the road noise of that car was noticeably reduced.
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    Quote Originally Posted by golfbluemotionowner View Post
    "putting the suspension on softest settings"

    I did not think you could alter the suspension on the Mk7.5 1.5 EVO, or do you have the dynamic suspension option.

    I have the same car as you and did not find any problem with the suspension. Seem to me it behaves similar to the MK 1.4 TSI I had before.

    The one difference I did find is that the road noise of the tyres is high. I had a 1.5 GT model as a courtesy car and the road noise of that car was noticeably reduced.
    You are correct. I think my previous model had the option to change the suspension settings via the MODE button but as you say this one does not. I agree about the road noise, it is a bit higher running on Continental ContiEcoContact 5 tyres. This one is certainly bouncier than the old one, but then I've only done 300 miles so perhaps it will soften up with use.
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    If this is a newish vehicle, check if the transit chocks have been removed from all of the suspension mountings, it is not unknown for these to be missed during pdi and left in place. They are there to limit vehicle movement whilst being transported from factory, and will naturally give a very harsh ride. Quite difficult to see on the ground but are often bright yellow at the strut/damper assemblies. Unusual yes but not unheard of!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpikyBob View Post
    If this is a newish vehicle, check if the transit chocks have been removed from all of the suspension mountings, it is not unknown for these to be missed during pdi and left in place. They are there to limit vehicle movement whilst being transported from factory, and will naturally give a very harsh ride. Quite difficult to see on the ground but are often bright yellow at the strut/damper assemblies. Unusual yes but not unheard of!
    Thanks for the suggestion but sadly there are no yellow chocks.
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    Well I'm pleased to say that after 500+ miles things are a lot better. The ride has improved, its much smoother and less bouncy, presumably the stiffness was just tightness and the parts have now bedded themselves in. I've even increased the tyre pressures back to the normal 35psi.

    Now if I could just get the VW Connect app to work........
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