Buying 2019 Golf R

By diyauto
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I thought I would share my whole experience concerning me buying a brand new 2019 Golf R. This was my first new car buy and there were quite a few interesting things that have occurred. As well I will continue to update as time allows.

Starting off: I researched throughly both the vehicle I wanted and the car I owned, 2013 Ford Focus ST. Figured out the reasonable range in which both were worth and offered. Then started crunching the numbers to figure out my range. After realizing the vehicle was within budget I confirmed with my insurance that the vehicles insurance was within my budget. Happens that it’s actually cheaper!! I learned I would save 60-80 bucks a year.

So now I know that it’s worth the time and energy to make a deal I started searching. Locally here in Detroit there were 15 new Golf R in a 50 mile radius. Got a price point for how dealers were trying to sell, and compared to prices for the configuration. I then ventured to a dealer to look at the car in person. It was a grey one with black wheels, automatic. Started talking and told him I was interested but would not be purchasing today. Asked to print me off a estimation for what it would take to make a deal.

Now I felt confident with my own research and a dealer giving me the necessary info. I went to a dealer with the intent of purchasing. It was a blue one with manual transmission, regular wheels.

Walked the walk, did the talk, then went for a test drive. Was shocked how well the suspension and chassis soaked up the road. Was quick and overall really enjoyed the experience. Only negatives were it had no spare tire and shifting was a-little vague in my opinion.

Now it was time for the deal. Of coarse they approached me with the first offering. Full MSRP, real low offer for my vehicle, and a very high rate. I looked at them like they were nuts, in as nice of a way as I could lol! Told them to try again. Next: Full MSRP, a-little better but still too low for my car, and a slightly better rate. Honestly things weren’t looking good. Could already tell they were trying to take me to the bank. I told them that Full MSRP is a-little ridiculous, my car is def worth more than what they want, and that their partner dealer gave me a better rate when I visited. They did one last adjustment but the months and payment were too high. I came in with my range and they were at least $50 too high per month. They tried making it 72 months but I told them that I came here for 60 and that what I felt comfortable doing. Ending up having to walk out, however was approached by the finance and owner a few times before I left stating: “You know if you leave this car will be sold to someone else.” I responded, “that’s fine, I just don’t think we can make a deal today.” Left and was called by them to stay in touch. 

Long story short: it’s a deal. They want to sell for the most amount, I want to pay the least. I had a good amount of cash that gave me a little more leverage than normal. But again, I came with a plan, budget, and range and we were not in it.

So the search continued. Found a couple more dealers with cars and gave them calls. I was shocked by how much I like the first grey car that I thought I would give her another glance. Found a dealer and set up an appointment. At the same time I wanted to plan for if this deal was not going to work. I was venturing to Wisconsin for work the next week, so I researched the area and set up some more viewings there as well. Plus one of the dealers had a great deal on one and was offering me a considerable amount for my ride: all positives.

The day came and I ventured up. They had it listed for $1500 under MSRP so I was excited. Went up and the energy was different: more relaxed, friendly, and I felt these were fellow VW enthusiasts. Viewed the vehicle, went though the rings, then started talking. Again, their job is to make as much money as they can, my job is to pay as little as I can, and we started the dance. After quite a few rounds we were close! About $20 per month too high but that’s not bad. They wiggled down for me more and now we were real close. I moved up a little with cash if they could match how much it would lower my monthly. As I stated: I want the 60 month and X per month, if you can wiggle any of your numbers to match how much I’m lowering the monthly, we should have a deal. They took their time to work their numbers and got it close! Matched by 95%, I was well within my budgeted range and felt good! I told them I think we have a deal :). The process started and I had to take my first photos.

Got the car and have been enjoying it! Now onto some of the interesting things I found.

First: there was a defect where the passenger rear “oh shit” bar had broken. They had a new one already there and snapped it in. No big deal.

Second: after taking it home and starting the “Nick’s OCD Full Clean” I found a few more areas. Looks like a clear coat drip from the factory.

Paint chip from prob installing the driver door panel.

A stain on the door sill trim which I found out later is potentially from when they grease the door hinges and some of the oil can drip down. Was one both sides in two locations where the hinges were.

And lastly it looks like my rear nozzle sprayer may be leaking? Or under pressure? Not sure but it’s dripping.

Found the issues and talked to dealer. They have me scheduled for next week to fix these defects. Personally: it’s okay, the car runs and drives and I have extra protection warranty.

Next oddity: the car was almost “rough” when I brought it home. My micro fibers were getting stuck to the vehicle. So I had to use some product to gain the finish I wanted. 

We have an intro product by a supplier which has worked great! So I started with that. Based off our meeting I could put up to 8 coats before it’s no longer noticeable, so I started. 

Have 4 coats on, will add another coat tomorrow.


Added the 5th coat and it looks like things are clearing up.

Still slightly fuzzy.

Pretty good!

Some interior shots.

Ordered a new license plate bracket and chromies, which I’ll install soon :)

This is what I’m getting, ik I’m a dork.

-R License bracket

-Brass chromies


Found this on the window sticker. Read the line above “6-speed Manual.”

What am I? Chop liver!? Lol. I’ll bring it up when I’m at the dealer.

Also took some engine pics and looked around the bay.


Went to Pasteiners then M1 concourse, I will share a link to my photo build. I go quite often so it will be easier to follow there.

Detroit Car Shows

Here is first at Pasteiners:

Then M1:


Got my stuff in the mail! All genuine VW parts, here are the pics.

Also I finally got the car clean enough to my specs. Haven’t taken photos yet, but got some BMW wash and wax. Really like it, went on thin and was easy to buff out.


Finally got the ride clean to my specs. Here are the pics.


Just passing 9k miles and so far so good. No problems with the car, had its first service which came back great. Got the paint fix scheduled and completed. Just been enjoying the car, here are some pics ive taken since last update.


Just passed 12k and still running great! Had 2 services to change oil and check everything out. Only complaint is that there is a slight rattle in the dash which I think is some wiring. There is an access panel which I may open to check out for any loose items.

Also took a 2,500 mile road trip from Detroit, MI to Naples, FL and back. Ride was comfortable and using Race mode in Florida and Asheville in the mountains was great! Got a few rock chips and such but worst was a fairly large rock hit my passenger door in Florida :( caused a 3 in scrape which luckily I paid for the paint protection plan for my vehicle when purchased. Have to schedule a date to bring it in and have them correct any issues.

Here are some recent photos.

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lovely looking car there

Posted by MoonpieMagic on 12/17/19 @ 2:11:33 PM

Thank you! Its been a great car, just wish we had some twisties here in the Detroit area. Was a lot of fun down in Kentucky and North Carolina in the mountains.

Posted by diyauto on 1/8/20 @ 1:41:07 PM

Looks nice and fresh!

Posted by stevegolf on 7/14/19 @ 2:22:34 PM


Posted by diyauto on 1/8/20 @ 1:40:01 PM

You can see yourself !

Posted by Diggymart on 7/12/19 @ 10:09:57 PM

I like it shiny :)

Posted by diyauto on 1/8/20 @ 1:39:51 PM