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A/b: 1998 Jetta GLX

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Next up, and recipient of this week’s NGP Racing $50.00 gift certificate is VWvortex reader: vr6jetta

Q: How long have you owned this car?

A: I have owned the Jetta for more than seven years now – it was bought new back in May of 1998.

Q: Is there anything unique about the history of this car?

A: Nope, it was taken right off my local dealer’s lot.

Q: What was your objective with this car?

A: I can’t really say, the car has been through at least five different looks and now I’ve gone toward the simple, cleaner look I would say.

Q: What tuning style would you describe this car as?

A: The tuning style of my VW would be a cross between Euro and OEM plus. I have added a lot of OEM Euro parts, such as the bumpers, moldings, etc.

Q: Who helped you build this car?

A: For the most part I have done most of the work myself. I did have the help of a few friends (eurotekms, vtgolf, and dubdocvr6) along the way.

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Q: What makes your car special?

A: I think what makes my car special is that it is a daily driver and is driven 365 days a year. The winters up here in VT can take a heavy toll on cars. For being seven years old I think it’s one of the cleanest VWs around.

Q: What is your favorite part/feature/function?

A: My favorite part on the Jetta has to be the custom A2 Jetta rear spoiler that Justin (dubdocvr6) made for me.

Q: Who or what inspired the direction of modifications on this car?

A: That’s a hard question to answer, but I would say the Vortex community in general inspires me a lot.

Q: What don’t you like about this car?

A: I love everything about the car, but if I had to pick something it would be that it’s not boosted yet.

Q: What would you change if you could?

A: Add more power – plain and simple.

Q: On a scale of 1 to 10, how satisfied are you with the outcome of this project?

A: I am about at a 7 right now. There are a lot of little things I would like to change as money and time allow. Will I ever be 100-percent satisfied? Probably not.

Q: Who has been your biggest critic of this project?

A: Myself. I’m a hard person to please I guess.

Q: What do your family and friends say about this car?

A: They all have positive and negative things to say. I have had a few friends give their opinions along the way and say that this or that won’t look right. They just can’t see the overall picture. Plus, I get the usual, “you spend too much time and money on the car and it’s time for a new one.”

Q: What is your favorite place to drive this car?

A: On the road of life… any open road is fine with me.

Q: What is your ideal day with this car?

A: I’d start out by giving it a complete detail and then cranking the tunes and hitting the road for a long drive, or head out to snap off some photos.

Q: Who gets to drive this car?

A: Mostly me and sometimes my dad will swap his GTI with me and he’ll drive the Jetta. My girlfriend has driven it a couple times but not much more since she is new to driving a standard transmission. Also a few select friends that I trust have driven it.


Q: If your car had a motto, what would it be?

A: “KISS – Keep It Simple, Stupid.”

Q: Has the Mk3 scene become overly moot lately?

A: I’d love to answer that, but only Dan has any idea what the hell that even means.

Q: If you had to name your car, what would you name it?

A: My good friend Craige (vtgolf) came up with the name Project OEM (Original European Madness).

Q: What was your previous project?

A: My last project was my 1996 Jetta GLS which I had for 2 years till I wanted to get the VR.

Q: What is your next project?

A: I’m not sure yet. I really want to build up an A2 Golf or Jetta, but I think I might get a Jetta V.

Q: What one word best describes your car?

A: Clean.

Owner Information:

Name- Scott Herdling

Address- Vermont

E-mail- vtjettavr6@yahoo.com

Occupation- car stereo installer

Club Affiliations- dubsnorth- dubaudi gruppe -and club h2o

Vehicle Information:

Year- 1998

Make- Volkswagen

Model- Jetta GLX

Mileage- 73,000

Original Color- Tornado Red

Current Color- Same

Engine- 2.8l 12v VR6

Engine Modifications- Turn2 cold air intake; polished bits

Exhaust Modifications- Techtonics Tuning 2.5″ stainless-steel cat back

Transmission Modifications- Stock

Suspension Modifications- FK Silver Line adjustable coilovers; Autotech upper front strut bar

Brake Modifications- Zimmerman cross drilled rotors; Mintex pads

Wheels and Tires- 17″ BBS RS-GT; Falken GRB451 tires

Exterior/Body Modifications- OEM Euro textured top f & r bumpers; Euro radiator support and rebar; JOM 2-bar badgeless grille; OEM Mk2 Jetta GLI trunk spoiler; Mk3.5 Cabby mirrors; OEM Euro deep VR6 chin spoiler; Mk4 Golf-look clear headlights; in.pro crystal front fogs and turns; OEM Golf hood; Euro textured VR6 side moldings; Euro textured fender flares; shaved trunk emblem; Bonrath single wiper; rear Euro plate tub

Interior Modifications- GTI leather seats front and rear; Momo Race steering wheel, shift knob, boot and pedal covers; Cabby chrome door handles; black headliner; custom rear deck [with screened ports]; blacked-out upper pillars; OEM black Cabby sun visors: OEM Passat grab handles black; Euro headlight switch

Audio/Video/I.C.E.- Clarion 745 AV/DVD 7″ LCD; MB Quart 3 way components 6.5″ 4″ 1″ front; MB Quart 6.5″ rear; Kicker 10″ l-7’s (2x in custom enclosure); Kicker 600×1 and 360×2 and 240×2 amps; Stinger 1 farad caps (2); 300w DC inverter; Optima Red Top battery; Sony Playstation2; Sirius satellite radio

Thanks/Props- vtgolf, dubdocvr6, Chelsea, the crew at Stingray, dubsnorth, my family and all the others who have supported me along the way, dubaudi, and everyone in the G/J3 Forum

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