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New MK5 Owner with Queries
« on: January 08, 2021, 01:58:43 PM »
Hi guys

I've agreed to buy a mates GTI, really tidy condition for a 15 year old car (no rust!) and he's known it since new too.

Probably won't make me very popular on here but I've not been a huge fan of VW's and generally anything VAG as I've found them to be flabby, dull and unreliable; however after driving his MK5 my opinion soon changed!

Anyway, the car is a graphite blue 3 door, DSG with the armrest and 18" Monzas. No other options as far as I'm aware.

He's put it through an MOT which it has failed on a coil spring and a leak in the exhaust centre section. He's getting the spring replaced and the exhaust welded next week so bit of luck I'll have the car Monday.

I think the exhaust will be a temporary fix so was after advice on a replacement. The car will be used for me for work, so whilst I'd like a stainless system of some sort I have to go out and meet customers etc so it can't be too loud. Does anyone have recommendations?

I'd be happy enough with a standard replacement but can't find anywhere online selling one.

The car has done almost 123k and has been serviced religiously at VW so I'm not concerned about the general mechanical condition etc. I do however intend to sort out the common fault areas (i.e. DV, PCV and Cam follower) and will likely do all the general maintenance / servicing myself so my question is are there any recommendations of a genuine parts supplier or am I best just going to my local dealer?

I have a TPS nearby, although I've heard they are often more expensive than the dealers themselves!

Finally I think I'd like to fit the multifunction steering buttons as I've had these in most my previous cars, looks straight forwards but will I need to do any coding or anything like that, do we know if I need to source second hand parts or are they not too expensive new?

Thanks Ben

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Re: New MK5 Owner with Queries
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2021, 04:07:00 PM »
Welcome and congrats on your purchase. I’ve bought some bits from awesome Gti, good service from them.

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Re: New MK5 Owner with Queries
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2021, 01:54:02 PM »
Hi guys

I've agreed to buy a mates GTI, really tidy condition for a 15 year old car (no rust!) and he's known it since new too.

Probably won't make me very popular on here but I've not been a huge fan of VW's and generally anything VAG as I've found them to be flabby, dull and unreliable; however after driving his MK5 my opinion soon changed!

Anyway, the car is a graphite blue 3 door, DSG with the armrest and 18" Monzas. No other options as far as I'm aware.

He's put it through an MOT which it has failed on a coil spring and a leak in the exhaust centre section. He's getting the spring replaced and the exhaust welded next week so bit of luck I'll have the car Monday.

I think the exhaust will be a temporary fix so was after advice on a replacement. The car will be used for me for work, so whilst I'd like a stainless system of some sort I have to go out and meet customers etc so it can't be too loud. Does anyone have recommendations?

I'd be happy enough with a standard replacement but can't find anywhere online selling one.

The car has done almost 123k and has been serviced religiously at VW so I'm not concerned about the general mechanical condition etc. I do however intend to sort out the common fault areas (i.e. DV, PCV and Cam follower) and will likely do all the general maintenance / servicing myself so my question is are there any recommendations of a genuine parts supplier or am I best just going to my local dealer?

I have a TPS nearby, although I've heard they are often more expensive than the dealers themselves!

Finally I think I'd like to fit the multifunction steering buttons as I've had these in most my previous cars, looks straight forwards but will I need to do any coding or anything like that, do we know if I need to source second hand parts or are they not too expensive new?

Thanks Ben

For exhausts, I had the same issue as yourself where the stock exhaust had a leak and failed the MOT. I replaced it with a 3" Milltek resonated turbo-back system and I love it. It's no louder than stock to my ears but sounds much nicer. Others here seem to really rate the powervalve stuff too. As you've experienced you'll struggle to get hold of an OEM exhaust these days.

RE parts, like you say I've always found the dealer to be cheaper than TPS, and you know you're getting the good stuff.

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Re: New MK5 Owner with Queries
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2021, 05:08:59 PM »
BCS Powervalve exhaust. Exhausts are superb with a lovely sound and customer service is exemplary.  :happy2:


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Re: New MK5 Owner with Queries
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2021, 06:49:46 PM »
Hi mate here are the numbers for the mfsw buttons;

1k0 959 537F / J / H
1k0 959 538C / F / E

I managed to get some used ones from eBay the other day for £25 the pair. Apparently they are plug and play if you have dsg.

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Re: New MK5 Owner with Queries
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2021, 07:34:55 PM »
Hi mate here are the numbers for the mfsw buttons;

1k0 959 537F / J / H
1k0 959 538C / F / E

I managed to get some used ones from eBay the other day for £25 the pair. Apparently they are plug and play if you have dsg.
Just to clarify - It is plug and play if you have the paddle shifts behind the steering wheel as the wiring is already there. So you just have to replace the blanks with the buttons. If you don’t have paddles you would need to replace the steering wheel even if you have DSG.


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Re: New MK5 Owner with Queries
« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2021, 08:18:05 PM »
Hi mate here are the numbers for the mfsw buttons;

1k0 959 537F / J / H
1k0 959 538C / F / E

I managed to get some used ones from eBay the other day for £25 the pair. Apparently they are plug and play if you have dsg.
Just to clarify - It is plug and play if you have the paddle shifts behind the steering wheel as the wiring is already there. So you just have to replace the blanks with the buttons. If you don’t have paddles you would need to replace the steering wheel even if you have DSG.


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Thanks mate, so were paddles another option then? I thought they just came with the dsg.

Edit: Just read they were only standard from 2006 onwards. So next question on the cars with paddles can you also change gear up/down with the gearstick itself?
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Re: New MK5 Owner with Queries
« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2021, 08:29:27 PM »
Hi mate here are the numbers for the mfsw buttons;

1k0 959 537F / J / H
1k0 959 538C / F / E

I managed to get some used ones from eBay the other day for £25 the pair. Apparently they are plug and play if you have dsg.
Just to clarify - It is plug and play if you have the paddle shifts behind the steering wheel as the wiring is already there. So you just have to replace the blanks with the buttons. If you don’t have paddles you would need to replace the steering wheel even if you have DSG.


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Thanks mate, so were paddles another option then? I thought they just came with the dsg.

Edit: Just read they were only standard from 2006 onwards. So next question on the cars with paddles can you also change gear up/down with the gearstick itself?
Paddles were options on DSG only so not all DSG cars had these. Yes you can use the gear lever to shift up and down also (I’ve never really used it like this though - I can’t get into a rhythm using the lever)


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