A/b: 1998 Jetta GLX 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 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. 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. ***Image5:bottom*** 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- firstname.lastname@example.org 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 For more discussion on this story, click on the link to our discussion forums to the left. 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