With the proper mechanic, my automobile is effortless to preserve

By Joan Salmon

Modest and compact, one particular would only review the VW Golfing 5 GTI 2005 to a Subaru WRX simply because it has received the pecks and twists that any person in love with a highly effective German car would really like.

Robin Byaruhanga is a proud owner of a 2. litre Turbo FSI equipment that rattled its hatchback rivals this kind of as the Mini Cooper S on unveiling mainly because it is even bigger, extra refined and even quicker. He has had it for the last four decades and attests to it getting speedy, declaring it reaches 245km/hr (inventory).

“However, I have tuned/mapped it to go up to 300km/hr as for each the dashboard. Nonetheless, I have not driven it to these speeds but love the assumed that it can when the have to have occurs,” he states.

Moreover, the car has torque of 208Nm compared to 130Nm from its predecessor, sprinting 100kmh in 8 seconds. “I have tuned the horse electricity a bit so mine provides even additional energy than 197hp which is the industrial mark,” he adds.

Thrilled by the auto which he states is nevertheless well worth keeping on to, Byaruhanga also extra wider and bigger rims and tyres because of bumpy and pothole infested roadways.

Just one who has pushed German cars and trucks considering that 2007, with his very first automobile staying a VW Golfing MK3 1997 model, Byaruhanga suggests these are precision devices built to be loved and taken treatment of at whatsoever cost.


He laughs about a time he borrowed a friend‘s Toyota Raum but could not push it. “I experienced an errand to operate but did not have my car. On the other hand, the Raum felt far too light and each and every time I braked, I felt like there was no outcome so I stepped on the pad more challenging. With these types of uneasiness, I had to give up right until I acquired my car back again,” he claims.


Conserve the normal aspects, Byaruhanga was drawn to his present vehicle by virtue of its color. “Black is tasteful and masculine, building the car or truck worthy of obtaining. Also, staying a hatchback helps make it quick to manoeuver and uncover parking house in small sites. “Parking areas in Kampala are not quick to appear by but with my auto, I wrestle fewer,” he says.


With a record of equipment these kinds of as leather wrapping on the steering wheel, air conditioning, six-stack CD seem and much more, the GTI’s interior is major notch. Nonetheless, Byaruhanga suggests, the headliner is a offer breaker as it sags and at times falls thanks to the better temps. He also shares that the seats are snug and the inside has ample legroom so you will not experience cramped following a prolonged travel.

On the road

On the street, this hatchback is secure, hitting the higher speeds even in corners. For those people that like seem as vehicles modify gears, this motor vehicle will give you that as the unburnt gases are fired by the turbocharger.


Irrespective of all that goes into production these cars, Byaruhanga believes that his GTI is low-priced to sustain. He also believes his hatchback is one particular of the most responsible and most affordable cars and trucks in the VW line although numerous do not concur.

“Many say that I can only make this kind of a remark because I am a mechanic for the same vehicles that’s why incurring no expenditures with regards to correcting just about anything. But let’s facial area it, I have driven it for 4 a long time and have not had any important problems. Even so, carrying out upkeep on time is a will have to,” he states.

Byaruhanga adds that brake replacement is soon after one-and-a-50 percent or two a long time depending on his driving style though other vehicles do it sooner. He provides that with German cars filling the market place, even their spare components are easily out there. He also thinks that several encounter substantial maintenance charges because they do not have the correct mechanic. “Several German motor vehicle entrepreneurs nonetheless take their cars to be preset by demo and mistake mechanics. Nevertheless, an OBD diagnostics software, synonymous with German automobile garages would save you the problems,” he concludes.