Golf 8 Launched, on sale early 2020

CJJE

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Piskey

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This Mk 8 is the sixth Golf I've bought from new and the first one I've been disappointed with.Cost reduction has been the main development from the 7.5 I had previously. Electric folding of the door mirrors removed, internal storage bins removef, even the bonnet gas strut replaced with a bit of bent wire. The software is incomplete, destinations cannot be down loaded.
The reply I received from VW says they are not going to fix it. They said: "The Golf 8 alongside the new 2020 Passat and Arteon (as well as all first generation MOD3 vehicles operating on the new We Connect rather than the previous Car-Net platform), do not support the feature to send destinations, routes or POIs to the infotainment unit from the app or portal."
The only positive point is that the fuel consumption is much improved, 4 to 5 mpg better than my 7.5 with the same 150PS engine.
I hope this information is useful to anyone considering a Golf 8.
 

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VAG Germany will be rolling out many software upgrades in the future, they have openly stated that the car has had to be launched with incomplete software due to massive development issues. Personally I think car technology needs to take a few steps back... it is getting daft. How can you expect the typical mechanic who changes brakes and suspension to be able to deal with these things when they get old? And we don’t get paid appropriately so labour costs will have to go up to attract those capable, away from comfortable desk jobs.
 

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How can you expect the typical mechanic who changes brakes and suspension to be able to deal with these things when they get old?

By expecting them to attend (or these days do on-line) refresher courses to keep up to date.

That's until they get so long in the tooth that new developments become too much and they retire.

Which is exactly what happened to me in the electronics sector 25 years ago, when everything went from analogue to digital.

But I agree cars are becoming too clever for their own good.

One of the reasons I've bought a Golf 7.5, rather than a Mk8, is that dreaded touch screen!
 

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The problem is the wages in our industry are too low to attract people with the talent to do these jobs, they can earn more money in other jobs that don’t leave you covered in crap and aching from head to foot at the end of each day. People already whinge at the prices garages charge and accuse us of “ripping them off”. To be honest I don’t think the typical automotive repair industry is clever enough, some of the problems I have to deal with these days take intense concentration, care and even though I say it myself, skill but I am being constantly pushed to my intellectual limit on a daily basis. On top of this the tooling we have to invest in these days is getting out of control, when you have to spend £1500 to buy a jig that allows the assembly of one type of Diesel engine cylinder head only covering a few years of production, it has gone too far.
 
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