NEW RIDE Jimbo's new DDD - Daily Dad Driver. V: 2019 VW Arteon SEL Premium R-Line

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Stopped by the dealer at lunch time yesterday, told the sales guy I didn't really want to waste his time, as I already viewed the car online and snuck over on a Sunday with the wife to check it out. Had all the gizmos and gadgets I wanted, so knew it'd be a solid car. Did a bunch of deep web diving and forum research, again, all positive. So the dealer came back and offered me a solid number, but a hair off of what I really wanted. Told them I'd go home and discuss it with the wife and follow-up. Texted him to see if he could sharpen the pencil a bit more, he came up with another $500, so it would net me $12k back in hand. Finished dinner, texted the salesman and said I'd be on my way. Drove over tot he dealer and traded the Ram in last night. Bought the thing without even driving it :rofl:

The big driver towards the VW Arteon was the rear legroom. Set the driver seat in a comfortable position, then I hopped in the back. I had so much damn legroom. Cars.com reviews were all great for car seats. After buying it, swapped my sons booster seat bottom in, kid can kick his legs out and still not touch the back of my seat. Put my daughters rear-facing in (Clek Foonf - which is a big ol' bitch, but safe AF), and the passenger seat can be moved to a comfortable position, even for me, without it hitting the car seat back.

The color is called Manganese Grey Metallic, which has some good depth and works well with the body lines.

Drove the thing home, enjoying the comforts of the cooled seat and the back massage feature. I'm going to use that massage feature every fucking time I drive, it's amazing. I'm going to need to sit in this thing for an hour or two and finger-fuck all the gizmos and gadgets, learning what everything does. I'll also need to read up on the different drive modes and custom settings (suspension, steering, trans shifts, etc).

Pending parts/install Current Mods/parts: mud flaps, 25% IRX window tint on the sides and back/50% on the windshield/80% on the sunroof, add-on homelink VW mirror (this bitch has everything, but no homelink), APR 93oct tune, APR ignition coils, and one step colder NGK spark plugs. APR turbo inlet pipe, APR carbon fiber intake pipe, APR pex CAI, APR subframe insert, and APR pendulum mount.

Possible mods down the road: spacers to flush the wheels/tires and maybe lowering springs.

Here's some shitty pics for the time being...

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Do you live in South Barrington?
 
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Do you live in South Barrington?
No, why?

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Killer ride man!!!. Was your RAM the crew or quad cab? Mine is the crew and there is more room in the back seat than almost any car I've been in.
 
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Killer ride man!!!. Was your RAM the crew or quad cab? Mine is the crew and there is more room in the back seat than almost any car I've been in.
I had the mega cab, so the Ram had 3 more inches of legroom.
 

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I had the mega cab, so the Ram had 3 more inches of legroom.
Mega Cab is a luxury for sure. I'd love to jump to a 2500 to get that option. One, I have no need for a truck that big. Two, with fuel prices that I don't see ever going back to a reasonable price, it's got me looking at other fuel saving options...
Congrats on the new rig. Really nice.
 

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Stopped by the dealer at lunch time yesterday, told the sales guy I didn't really want to waste his time, as I already viewed the car online and snuck over on a Sunday with the wife to check it out. Had all the gizmos and gadgets I wanted, so knew it'd be a solid car. Did a bunch of deep web diving and forum research, again, all positive. So the dealer came back and offered me a solid number, but a hair off of what I really wanted. Told them I'd go home and discuss it with the wife and follow-up. Texted him to see if he could sharpen the pencil a bit more, he came up with another $500, so it would net me $12k back in hand. Finished dinner, texted the salesman and said I'd be on my way. Drove over tot he dealer and traded the Ram in last night. Bought the thing without even driving it :rofl:

The big driver towards the VW Arteon was the rear legroom. Set the driver seat in a comfortable position, then I hopped in the back. I had so much damn legroom. Cars.com reviews were all great for car seats. After buying it, swapped my sons booster seat bottom in, kid can kick his legs out and still not touch the back of my seat. Put my daughters rear-facing in (Clek Foonf - which is a big ol' bitch, but safe AF), and the passenger seat can be moved to a comfortable position, even for me, without it hitting the car seat back.

The color is called Manganese Grey Metallic, which has some good depth and works well with the body lines.

Drove the thing home, enjoying the comforts of the cooled seat and the back massage feature. I'm going to use that massage feature every fucking time I drive, it's amazing. I'm going to need to sit in this thing for an hour or two and finger-fuck all the gizmos and gadgets, learning what everything does. I'll also need to read up on the different drive modes and custom settings (suspension, steering, trans shifts, etc).

Pending parts/install: mud flaps, window tint, add-on homelink VW mirror (this bitch has everything, but no homelink), and the APR 93oct tune.
Possible mods down the road: spacers to flush the wheels/tires and maybe lowering springs.

Here's some shitty pics for the time being...

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Straight up, I'm going to the guy that asks... MPG, how does it do before/after tune?
 

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What does this guy do for a living ?
need a new job LMAO
 

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Looks great! That was a strong contender for me since I've had so many VWs, but I ended up with the Stinger.

Instead of APR tune, perhaps look into an Accessport. You can reflash whatever tune you want (OTS, custom tune, etc...), whenever you want. Want to run 87? Fine. 91 or 93 or E30? Great! Want to sell the car, uninstall, and resell the tuner to someone else and get back at least half of what you spent on the tune? You bet! Can't do any of that with the APR reflash...
 
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Looks great! That was a strong contender for me since I've had so many VWs, but I ended up with the Stinger.

Instead of APR tune, perhaps look into an Accessport. You can reflash whatever tune you want (OTS, custom tune, etc...), whenever you want. Want to run 87? Fine. 91 or 93 or E30? Great! Want to sell the car, uninstall, and resell the tuner to someone else and get back at least half of what you spent on the tune? You bet! Can't do any of that with the APR reflash...
I've looked at that. I like the ease of set it and forget it. After deleting and tuning the truck, I never once changed the tune setting. APR is also fairly conservative and reliable, so another driver towards opting for their tune. I'm not going to Mook Mook this thing, this is just the comfortable DDD.
 

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I've looked at that. I like the ease of set it and forget it. After deleting and tuning the truck, I never once changed the tune setting. APR is also fairly conservative and reliable, so another driver towards opting for their tune. I'm not going to Mook Mook this thing, this is just the comfortable DDD.
That's pretty much what I did with mine. But was nice if in WI and only 91 octane available, for example, to take it off the 93 map. Also fun to put in a few gallons of E85 every once in awhile too. I bought Accessport with Cobb OTS tunes used for around $500, and resold it for $400. So it only cost me $100 to run the tune on my car for the couple years that I had it.

I've done APR in the past too, and they are reliable and consistent. Not a bad choice if you aren't comfortable with the newer alternatives. Either way, a tune really brings the Arteon to life. You'll certainly be happy with whichever route you go. :)
 
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Oh, minus the DSG, it has an 8-speed regular automatic trans.
 
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