2005 Volkswagen Golf MK5 GTI 2.0 TFSI – “Super Gracie”

This section covers the 6th car that I have owned personally, the Volkswagen Golf MK5 GTI 2.0 TFSI which I named “Super Gracie” which is a homage to the car I replaced before.


5th August 2018

I finally decided to take “Super Gracie” back to its homeland  Germany and drive on the Nurburgring Nordschleife! It was an amazing experience and you couldn’t ask for better weather (sunny spells with temperatures reaching 30c+), the car was pretty much faultless throughout even though it was outgunned by the experienced locals in their Porsches and BMW’s! As it managed a lap on the Nordschleife (without crashing) I decided to honour it by putting the famed Nurburgring sticker on the back.

Despite driving for hours in intense heat with a full passenger load and luggages “Super Gracie” powered through the streets of Mainland Europe just fine. I managed about 130 mph on the derestricted Autobahn on a busy afternoon which is not bad! It also managed a personal fuel economy best of 38.9 MPG and trip average of around 35 MPG. from almost 1000 miles.


10th July 2016

2005 Volkswagen Golf GTI 2.0 TFSI been acquired, a car that I had my eye on for quite a while. It’s a bit rough round the edges but it ticks the right boxes in terms of desirable extras. Also it came in Graphite Blue which is a bit rare for this model!  I plan to restore the car over time, I named thee “Super Gracie”.

10th August 2016

Turns out “Super Gracie” is in really bad shape. Had a MAJOR service to get things right: Cambelt & Waterpump, Cam Chain Tensioner, Gearbox Shim, Radiator Leaking, Wobbly Headlights, Missing Trims. Had the bad news the car was involved in a front end shunt but was not recorded (HPI check was useless)!

20th February 2017

“Super Gracie” is going under some extreme TLC. Car resprayed to fix all scrapes, dents, scratches, rust and the awful bodged-job front end. Salvaged some good quality OEM parts from the scrapyard particularly for the front end to keep costs to a minimum! Added a genuine R32 rear with the SRS-Tec GTI diffuser and colour-coded sideskirts. She’s looking fresh now! 🙂

11th April 2017

“Super Gracie” has upgraded brakes! Bye bye single piston stock brakes, hello Porsche Boxster 986  Brembo 4 piston fronts! 🙂

4th September 2017

Car in for annual MOT inspection and failed! 🙁 Loose brake calliper scuppered an almost perfect inspection, one quick fix and the car got the green light. No major faults to report after (touch wood).

28th December 2017

Had an itch to finally boost “Super Gracie”! First stop – a better air intake! Purchased the Revo 2.0 TFSI Air Intake system from Venom Motorsports.

13th January 2018

Super Gracie have been given an Oil & Filter Change Service. Switched from OEM 5w-30 (VW 504.00) oil to Mobil 1 FS 0w-40 (VW 502.00) oil.

1st March 2018

The ABS, ESP and TPMS came on when I was driving Super Gracie, had a similar problem previously with the wheel bearing on my rear left so I suspected it was the other side. Did a VAGCOM scan and sure enough it reported the rear right had gone (booo).

Had a new SNR Wheel Bearing Fitted along with a new ABS Sensor as a precaution. My Xenon headlights felt a bit low making it difficult to drive at night, had to get a MOT garage to align it so I can see properly at night! Lastly I got my REVO Cold Air Feed Intake fitted, it seems to pick up the revs more freely than before and makes quite an addictive whooshing noise on boost!

24th July 2018

Unfortunately for “Super Gracie” its handling had become noticeably crashy and uncomfortable. Also the car had a weird stance where the rear left was sitting lower than the rest (suspected broken spring). To be honest this wasn’t such a big surprise as it had done 114,000 miles and goodness knows when the suspension was last replaced (if at all). So I decided to overhaul the whole suspension setup and replaced it with OE Spec BILSTEIN B3 Springs & BILSTEIN B4 Shock Absorbers.

With the new shocks and springs the ride quality had significantly improved, the crashiness had disappeared and it modulates well over crests and uneven road surfaces. I’m really glad I shelled out to get this done for the big road trip ahead!

Part numbers I acquired are: BILSTEIN B4 22-140012 and 19-140025 (front and rear shocks), BILSTEIN B3: 36-148134 (Front) and 37-148126 (Rear).

Technical Data

4 Cylinder Petrol Engine
Cubic Capacity
1984cc / 2.0 litre
197 PS / 147 KW
207 lb/ft / 280 Nm @ 1800 RPM
Quoted Top Speed
147 MPH / 237 KM/h
Fuel Tank Capacity
55 litres
6 Speed Manual Transmission
Quoted Fuel Consumption
Urban – 25.4 MPG
Extra Urban – 44.8 MPG
Combined – 34.9MPG
CO2 Class & Emissions
Euro 4, 194g per KM
75 dB
Servicing Intervals
Time & Distance: 10,000 miles / 1 Year
Longlife Service: 18,000 miles
/ 2 Years
Oil Grade
VW 504.00 / 507.00 5w-30 Fully Synthetic
VW 502.00 / 505.00 0w-40/5w-40 Fully Synthetic
Fuel Grade
Unleaded 95,
Super Unleaded 98 (Recommended)
Tyre Sizes
225/45/17 (Standard)
225/40/18 (Optional)