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I just got mine as well! Thanks for the great FAQ, it was extremely helpful in choosing between the Audi or the VW. I went with the GOLF TDI. So far I'm thrilled about my purchase. I couldn't find anyone with xenon lights in town though, so I decided to go without. I've been looking into doing the retrofit and I know it's expensive, but does anyone know if the leveling function works in a retrofit? Is the harness "plug n play" or is it different?

Also is the fancy touch screen stereo worth anything on the open market? I'd like to upgrade to the RNS unit.

Oh and they left the suspension blocks in on mine as well. The salesperson noticed that the ride was too harsh and had them take them out before I received final delivery. I'm glad dealerships are bothering to go over the checklists these days =(. I think one of the problems with this particular car is that they sell as soon as they hit the lot. The two the dealership had that I went to this weekend were both delivered this week and both already sold.
 

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FWIW I think the leveling function doesn't work but the steering probably goes off the steering wheel sensor. It should be plug n play but you might need a coding change through VCDS.
 

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For $2100 I don't think xenon lights are worth it...at $700 they are a bargain to add to a new car from the factory. Here is the current market value. http://oemplus.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=75_108_111&products_id=1066 It doesn't come with the leveling sensors and it says "wiring adapter". So I guess it should be plug-play with the adapter. The turning function might need some VCDS magic.

They also have listed (don't know if it's stocked) that pesky foglight kit that doesn't seem to be at dealers or in stock but is shown vw's site.
http://oemplus.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=75_108_111&products_id=854

I'm sure the touch screen radio would be worth something to mk5 owners but make sure you have the radio code or else you sold a paperweight. The same thing if you buy the RNS 510 VW GPS navigation. It's plug-play.

LOL :( on the suspension blocks....how does it get checked off on the list if they don't actually check it? I hope you didn't pay for dealer prep because they didn't do a good job. Now I'm wondering if the demo I drove last year rode harsher than the Audi A3 TDI because it may have still had the suspension blocks in place?
 

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Well I think xenon lights are defintiely worth it. The difference is quite extreme! It's a lot considering the dealer option, but not so much considering what high quality xenon retrofits actually cost. It's all relative I suppose and I'm sure the halogen housings might be worth something on ebay.

How do I get the code? From VCDS/VAC-COM? I remember my previous audi's sometimes had a sticker in the manual.

I think it's entirely possible that you did. The right quality is actually quite good in my 2010 golf. The blocks make it harsh, but not so much that you'd instantly think somthing was wrong, just that it was "sporty". It's funny you mention the checklist. I don't think they're marking it off at all and I did not pay for any prep. I can't remember the last time I actually saw a dealership supply any kind of mark off list with a new car sale or let alone update the manual with the stamps the factory says they're suppose to do. That's the current service industry for you. =T
 
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