2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI: Engine Break-In Road Trip
November 21, 2014
The adventure ranged north from our Santa Monica office to Vasquez Rocks Park in Agua Dulce to Willow Springs International Raceway in Rosamond. Then the GTI took me on a detour through the dirt roads of east Lancaster. I called it a day after roughly 6 hours and 350 miles behind the wheel. The driver seat had more endurance than I expected, giving me a good 4-hour grace period before I fell victim to roadbutt. Its flat seat bottom was mostly to blame.
Early the next morning we aimed south. From home base in north Orange County we rolled as far as Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base at the San Diego County border. No pics there. But along the way we snapped a quickie of the always-ominous nuclear station at San Onofre. A stop at Pedro's Tacos in San Clemente is a must any time I find myself in the area. I don't know what it is about that place. No pic there either. Too busy stuffing my face. When I pulled into the driveway the odo read 125 miles higher and the clock 2 hours later. Ride quality stuck out the most along this stretch. The GTI rides soft across ruts, big and small, especially as compared to the competitive Mini Cooper and Mazda 3.
Errands around town accounted for the remainder of our weekend. GTI and I cruised to the beach, grabbed dinner with friends and finally returned that annoying rental modem to Time Warner.
Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 2,216 miles