Learned to appreciate my G4 once more

Rolf, waiting for my return at the southern end of Germany.
Rolf, waiting for my return at the southern end of Germany.

Recently took part in the alpine road trip organized by CTzen @allride for the second time.
And although the alpine driving was done by other cars this time, I still used “Rolf” to get from one end of Germany to the other and, a few days later, back home.
That’s about 870 kilometers one-way.
I keep hating on the car, especially on the weak 1.4l 55kw engine.
But:
I started the drive south with a full tank and only had to refuel once, arriving at the destination with almost half a tank left.
And that was with radio, lights and climate control almost constantly switched on.
Also, the car is sufficiently isolated, and thanks to the Recaro seats (Rolf’s a “Generation”-version, which came with Recaros) I sat comfortably and had no sore back or neck.
Down south I didn’t get to do more than 110kph, which is mainly the fault of unusually hard rainfall.
At times I didn’t do more than 60, still flowing (or rather, floating) with the traffic.

On the way back up north the weather was much better, allowing me to go a bit faster.
My Golf does not have cruise control, which would have been nice on the long stretches of Autobahn, but then again it’s mainly a city car, which doesn’t need cruise control.
I did realize the advantage of a 6-speed gearbox (Rolf has 5 gears), leaving me at over 4.000rpm when doing 140kph.
At higher speeds the Golf got a little unstable (I got it to a GPS-measured 181, more than VW says it can do), but at around 120kph I was able to cover some distance in decent comfort.

I also had more than enough space for my luggage, and could use the parcel shelf as a table to set up my drone.
I also had more than enough space for my luggage, and could use the parcel shelf as a table to set up my drone.

By the way:
While in the alps I got to test-drive a friends Mark 5 which (to be fair had 100.000km more on the clock than mine) felt a little “sloppier”/less well put together.
“Rolf” has about 119.000km on the clock (after that trip) and still feels very nicely put together.
The seats aren’t worn out and the steering wheel looks pretty much like new.

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