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When my firm separated from our parent company, they sold us our company cars (2011 Equinox 1LT AWD) for $1. While this was a great deal, I hated driving an SUV. I nearly bought a new WRX, but on the morning I was going to purchase the vehicle, my sales person was busy. I left and test drove a 2 door Golf R down the street. Naturally, I came to appreciate why everyone loves Golfs/GTIs. It was comfortable, stylish, had great interior room, fairly economical, loaded techno gadgets, and most importantly was fun when I wanted it to be. Paralleling that, I knew of a local great shop (EP Werks in Noblesville, IN) for maintenance and mods. Shortly after, I traded the Chevy in for a 4 door Golf R on 2/2/15. On 5/12/15 EP Werks did a 4 map stage 1 ECU tune. On 5/13/15 my car was totaled in a hit-and-run. The driver fled on foot. After several exhausting months of dealing with insurance and recovering, I found a identical replacement for my car in Minneapolis. I flew from Indianapolis to Minneapolis, bought the car and drove home. The new car came with a Neuspeed intake, and was the personal car of the dealership's sales manager. Despite lackluster reviews-when-new for this generation R, I love it. I'm planning on keeping this car for a long time. I've driven my R's all over the US. Several Tail of the Dragon runs, trips to the Malibu Canyons, through Colorado, and all over Norcal's twistiest offerings. I recently participated in my first auto x with my latest Golf R.
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