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    Improving 110tsi Highline with engine tune

    It sucks beyond the telling of it, but I have to sell my Wolfie wagon for cash to pay for useless builders, then useless solicitors/barrister who lost me a dead simple court case. I'm going to have to get the next car on a loan, and I'm not sure my budget will stretch to $45k. If I can keep it under 30k good, 35k better. I can just scrape in a new Golf Highline 110tsi for 36k. It's going to feel like a deadweight compared to Wolfie obviously (especially since Wolfie is tuned)...

    Do many people bother tuning that engine? I used APR last couple of times with no issues. Is the improvement noticeable? Or is it best to just looking at 3yr old BMW 125i M sports?

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    That really sucks man.

    I'll let others comment on that engine as I don't know much, but if I were in your situation with your replacement budget, I wouldn't get a new Highline, I'd buy a used Mk7 GTI instead. Should get an a good example for around 30k. It's still no Wolfie, but at least you know that you can tune it up should you get the chance.

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    Hey mate,

    Firstly, sorry to hear about your shit go recently. Keep it together mate, it always gets better.

    Re the car, to be honest mate, I don't think much is going to feel as good as a tuned wolfie... I have an APR Stage 2 MK7 R, and have driven the 110tsi. While it's not on the same level, it's still not a complete nugget... With a tune it would be a bit better..

    I would honestly get a 2ns hand worked mk6r with that budget

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    Not sure if it helps you, but I traded my mk5 GTI (which I'd owned since new for 10 years) just 3 months back on a 110TSi. I'm already planning on trading it for another GTI in 2018. I find the 110kw 1.4 is sluggish and laggy down low. Fuel economy, though is outstanding.

    I'm with harmsy - buy a 2nd hand lowish mileage GTI.

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    Cheers heaps for the kind words and info guys Much appreciated.

    Def decided I’d rather a used GTI (or BMW 135i if I can afford it).

    Worst parts about selling wolfie? That I had to do it because of others’ incompetency, and that I had to sell it at a rort price to traders because nobody wanted it. I would’ve sold it for $42k privately, but nobody even offered at 45. Very disappointing.

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    Trade prices are downright criminal sometimes, but when you're in a rush to sell they have you over a barrel.

    If funds are a bit tight, I'd stay away from the 135i. My last car before the R was a 335i (essentially the same car underneath), and it was a heap in upkeep, and I ended up breaking the lease because I was so sick of fixing things. I was quite active in the Bimmer community and everyone had issues, but they loved their money pits. If you must have a 135i, go an N55 engine, not the N54 even though its tempting. The N54 is a great engine, and the best for tuning, but they had so many more issues with all the ancillary parts than the N54.

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    I have a 2015 Highline with Rline package. It's a great car, but if I had my choice again I'd go for a second hand GTI. I'm very likely to break my lease (only got 10 months to go, though) and jump into a M140i or 2018 R.

    It's a great car, it's juts a little dull.

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    Cheers guys!

    Which cars had the N55? I’d have to go second hand, so I’ve been looking from 2014 onwards, newer would be better obviously, but $45k is my absolute limit, and I’d really prefer to keep to around $36k. That’s with finance. There are a couple of ‘15 M135s (under 50,000klms). But since money being a factor I might have to lower it to the 125i M sport (and then maybe tune it and/or add exhaust because it sounds anaemic).

    The reasoning for the Beamers is because I’ve been in Golfs for 12 years and I feel like a change. I’d love to whang around a RWD for a while. If I like the feel of this one, I’d be likely to buy an M140 before they go FWD. So maybe if it’s for such a short term I should just stick with the 125 so I’m not wasting toooo much money if I decided to sell it later in the year. Main issue with the Beamers for me is the door aperture is so small it makes getting my wheelchair through a PITA. It’s doable, but not as easy as a Golf. The servicing costs for the Beamer are somewhat a factor mitigated by my preferring cars with the servicing costs included for at least a full year - I realize these aren’t going to include all servicing, but at least it should minimize this concern.

    If I decide that getting the wheelchair through (I’ve tested on a 125 and a 328 and it’s the same size aperture) the Beamer is just too much effort (without destroying steering wheel and console etc), then I’ll prob go back to a used Golf.

    Which brings me to the GTI 40 Years lol. What a hoot that looks! I reckon it would help me not feel so crappy about losing Wolfie lol. SO EXPENSIVE still though! None under $40k...

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