Hey all. Long time member on here, but can't remember the last time I posted if at all!
I'm currently driving around in a Golf 7R, which i've had for a couple of years. With work being so close to home (especially at the moment with most of my time spent working from home), i've decided that paying a finance agreement every month is stupidity. We've upgraded the wife's car to a suitable family wagon and mine really isn't needed. This opens up the opportunity for me to get back into something older and more of a 'running project'.
I have a few cars on the list, but head must rule over heart in some cases, which puts a MK5 R32 (or potentially Edition 30) towards the top of the list. My budget would be £6500-7000 max. I would hope for something circa 100k miles, preferably DSG, and not rotten, for that money. Does this sound likely?
Is there anything in particular to look for? I do fancy the idea of going down the forced induction route at some point in the future (whatever I get now is likely to be something that stays with me for a number of years), so are DSG's up to this task or would I be better off with a manual box? I've had a few VR6s in the past and understand the chain guide issue from those. Do the 24v lumps suffer the same problems once they tick over 100k?
Also, in respect to prices, do the earlier cars tend to command a premium due to the cheaper tax, or are they all much of a muchness? Which way are prices heading now- up/down/levelling?
Thanks in advance!