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Project SportWagen TDI: GTI Front End Conversion and Lighting Upgrade

posted by on 1 October 2015 in Project Golf SportWagen TDI

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Sometime during the last seventy years, “a Volkswagen” rose to prominence and then fell out of favor as a standard unit of measure. A heavy piece of office furniture weighs as much as “a Volkswagen.” A mainframe computer was as large as “a Volkswagen.” Dolly Parton and … eh, you get the picture. So let […] More…

Project SportWagen TDI: Protecting Our Investment

posted by on 24 September 2015 in Project Golf SportWagen TDI

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When we started our mk2 restoration, the decision was made to return the car to its original Cashmere White color simply because, as VW Vortex contributor Wes says, “it hides all manner of sins.” And its true—black and darker hues, while beautiful when clean, tend to show every last speck of dirt, dust, and grime. […] More…

Choice Gear: All Safety- No Dance

posted by on 27 August 2015 in Choice Gear

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What will come as absolutely no surprise to anyone, our mk2 restoration has resulted in a car that’s beautiful, period-correct, nearly-original in terms of mechanical reliability, and yet still not in the top 1,000 list of ideal road trip vehicles. With our annual 2,000-mile fall road trip to H2o looming, we turned to the Volkswagen […] More…

Mk2 Resto Project – Going Straight to Plaid

posted by on 28 July 2015 in Mk2 GTI Restoration

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(Editor’s Note: While the last post in this series was just over a year ago, work never completely ceased on our Mk2 Resto Project.  We’ve got some catching up to do, so let’s get to it.) It all started with a phone call. Wait—back up. It started with a web search for interlagos plaid. Though […] More…

Review: Soumatrix “Xtase” Speaker Upgrade Kit

posted by on 10 February 2015 in Reviews and Road Tests

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There was a time when the to-do list for a Volkswagen owner went like this: 1.) Suspension 2.) Intake 3.) Exhaust 4.) Chip 5.) Wheels 6.) Brakes 7.) Stereo Vortex archives are chock full of threads going all the way back to the late 90s, wherein readers debated the merits of those modifications as fervently […] More…

All 500 Golf R Pre-Orders Sold Out in Under 12 Hours

posted by on 9 January 2015 in Volkswagen News

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When Volkswagen announced the Golf R Pre-Order program, they had high hopes that their strategy would be a successful one.  The company offered 500 models of the Golf R as “Launch Edition” cars, coming fully loaded and with a special Volkswagen DriverGear accessories kit, one of which could be yours so long as you placed a […] More…