gotcha. non-lighting package lights are much brighter than people made them out to be, btw. kessy is something else too.
Have never heard one positive remark about the non-lighting package in the 12 months I've been on Vortex in the MK7 section. 99% either fall under two sections (or even both); regretting not getting the OEM package or going with Ed's replicas or the Helix after market ones. I saw a non-LP GTI at night and didn't even know it was a GTI behind me until I saw the rear. The LP lights don't only add what I feel like is the best head lights I ever used in a car but it's a distinguished, characteristic, aesthetic both for the DRL and at night. I like it personally because it doesn't try and copy the Audi trademark look but it still doesn't look cheap or unpolished.
what makes you think i got a 5 speed??
Well, speaking on the forum "StandardShift" I'm making the assumption you got a manual. You process eliminated Golf R (6 Speed man/DSG), GTI (6 Speed man/DSG), so you're last 3 options on the totem pole are 'Golf TSI' (5 Speed man/6 speed slush), 'Golf TDI' (6 speed man/DSG), or E-Golf (the long shot). I don't know how to blow the picture up but if Tankin said there's a TSI badge then it has to be the 'TSI'... Unless my eyes are bad and this isn't even in the MK7 generation period lol- then I'd be thankful I have optical insurance now.
a lot of misconception about leasing. you can buy out, trade in, sell, pay off or have someone take over the payments on a lease. it is more versatile than a loan. the only issues can come if you either actually keep the car long enough and turn it in at lease end, or if you total the car (and had a large down payment).
I've literally never met anyone directly in my life whose been on the 'taking over end' or 'giving away payments end' of a lease. I know/knew it was an option but I don't really know anything about the specifics and hoops jumping that ensues. I really only referenced an extraneous bank loan because it's what I'm doing now to finish off the payments on my car. I wouldn't do this under a lease- I'd just bear the wrath of the financing department of the dealership.
do you really want to own the gti for the next 5-10 years?
5 at least > 7 ideal > 10 can't even think about that. All relative to issues and nagging problems down the line but if it stays semi-okay for 5 years I'd really call it a success for anything past that. I'm a creature by habit and don't really like "change" that much so I don't get lured by new gens/new models too often (but I do at times also).