A/b: 1990 Jetta GLI Share Comments Want to see your car featured in an AUTObiography? Just click HERE. We can’t promise you that we’ll feature every car that gets submitted, but we encourage you to be creative with your answers, as that’s always a good way to score some brownie points with us. Quality photos won’t hurt your chances any, either, so please include up to five with your submission. Next up, and winner of this week’s NGP Racing $50.00 gift certificate is VWvortex reader: hunter90gli1.8t Q: How long have you owned this car? A: I’ve owned it for about 5 years. Q: Is there anything unique about the history of this car? A: The guy who owned it before me sold it because he wanted a Chevy Cavalier. Q: Why did you choose this car to purchase? A: Because I like the space and color of the Jetta. Q: What other cars did you consider? A: A Volvo 240 turbo. Q: What was your objective with this car? A: I wanted to make it a fast but still able to be a daily driver. Q: What tuning style would you describe this car as? A: OEM+ and Euro. Q: Who helped you build this car? A: My whole family Helped me, along with Momentum Tuning and the Auto Firme. Q: What makes your car special? A: It’s the only 4-door Jetta GLI in Calypso Green with a full 2001 1.8T motor and drivetrain I have ever seen. Q: What is your favorite part/feature/function? A: The power the car has on the highway. Q: Who or what inspired the direction of modifications on this car? A: My father. Q: What don’t you like about this car? A: I don’t like the 4-inch speakers in the dash. Q: What was your biggest obstacle in building this car? A: Finding a reasonably priced motor. Q: How did you overcome the issue? A: My girlfriend had just gotten a 2001 GTI 1.8T. The car was mint and only had 23,000 miles on it. She drove the car for about 2 months until getting rear ended. I bought the totaled car for 1,500 dollars and took the car down to Momentum Tuning. They took out the motor, tranny and everything else needed. Then I sold the rest for 1,500 dollars. So in the end I got the motor for free. Q: What would you change if you could? A: I would have smoothed the engine bay before putting the motor in. Q: On a scale of 1 to 10, how satisfied are you with the outcome of this project? A: I’d say a 7 or 8. Q: What would you do to the car if money were no object? A: I would strip the car down to nothing and make it look like it just rolled off the showroom floor. Q: Who has been your biggest critic of this project? A: My friend, Erik. Q: What do your family and friends say about this car? A: They love it and can’t get over how fast it is. Q: What is your most memorable/humorous/embarrassing moment with this car? A: I did a big smoke show right in front of an undercover cop. Q: Has this car competed in any events? A: No, I just had it finished. Q: What is your favorite place to drive this car? A: The back roads around my house. Q: What is your ideal day with this car? A: Give the car a good bath and just go and drive. Q: Who gets to drive this car? A: My father, my girlfriend, and I. Q: If you had to name your car, what would you name it? A: Squash. Q: What was your previous project? A: A 1974 Mini Cooper. Q: What is your next project? A: A 1974 Mini Cooper. Q: What one word best describes your car? A: Surprising. Owner Information: Name- Hunter Barton Address- Millbrook NY E-mail- email@example.com Username in VWvortex Forums- hunter90gli1.8t Occupation- student Vehicle Information: Year- 1990 Make- Volkswagen Model- Jetta GLI Mileage- 180,000 Original Color- Calypso Green Current Color- Calypso Green Engine- 2001 1.8T Engine Modifications- Dahlback Racing stage 1 chip (with immobilizer removed), Evolution Motorsports front mount intercooler, Dahlback Racing diverter valve, custom intake, 225 total horsepower Exhaust Modifications- 2.5” Tectonics down pipe, Tectonics 2.25” exhaust (resonator only) Transmission Modifications- Stock 2001 1.8T 5-speed trans with Sachs clutch and B&M short throw shifter Suspension Modifications- Koni adjustable struts with VR6 upper bearings, Eibach 2” lowering springs Brake Modifications- None Wheels and Tires- stock BBS with Khumo Ecsta 205/50-15 tires Exterior/Body Modifications- Big bumper kit with US-spec VR6 chin spoiler, Hella smoked blinkers Interior Modifications- None Audio/Video/I.C.E.- Kenwood head unit, Cerwin Vega 6×9 (rear), Infinity Kappa 4” (front), Kenwood 250 watt amp for speakers, Alpine 350 watt amp for subs (Infinity Kappa 12”) Thanks/Props- Kristin, Bopper, Mike, my dad, my grandfather and my friends For more discussion on this story, click on the link to our discussion forums to the left. For more photos related to this story, click on the link to our gallery at the right.