A/b: 2002 Jetta GLS 1.8T

A/b: 2002 Jetta GLS 1.8T

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

Q: How long have you owned this car?

A: I have owned this car since the day it rolled off the truck on April 22, 2002.

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

A: No, not really, and it looked like every other stock Jetta out there for a bit.

Q: Why did you choose this car to purchase?

A: I decided to purchase the Jetta for a number of reasons – style, engineering, the carefull attention to detail that Asian, and Domestic automakers seemed to lack. Also, it fit my lifestyle, as well as my 6’4” frame very comfortably.

Q: What other cars did you consider?

A: I had considered the GTI, actually, however I wanted out of 2-door vehicles.

Q: What was your objective with this car?

A: My objective was to build a car that reflected my personal style, retained the clean lines of the original car yet enhanced its curb appeal. I wanted a car that was easily tunable while remaining logical.

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

A: I would say OEM plus as I do try to use as many OEM parts as possible and I believe my bodykit enhances the OEM lines instead of restyling them.

Q: Who helped you build this car?

A: Myself for the most part – I have made 99% of the decisions that have gone into this car. Jeremy at Matrix Integrated as well as Dean at Futrell Autowerks have also had their hands on it.

Q: What makes your car special?

A: I feel that the overall appeal of the car is what makes it special. You don’t see many fully Projektzwo-kitted cars running 18” BBS LMs with OEM HIDs in white out there. I believe the attention to detail I’ve put into this car makes it stand out from the rest. I have tried to use only top-shelf components in its construction and I believe it’s reflected once behind the wheel.

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

A: My favorite part would have to be the bodykit, as even with the stock Longbeach wheels on it still looks wonderful. They really produced not only a top fitting and quality kit, but one that just flows so nicely.

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

A: Wow, so many influences. Anyone who has been around the MkIV forums for a while can easily tell that John Hazel’s car was a bit of an inspiration, as well as Tivs31, Bobby Digital, Ron Burgundy, and VR6inAZ – all have contributed at least something.

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

A: I don’t like the fact that I am soooo protective of the car; so afraid to break something; and the stock headlights were a joke and needed to go. I also don’t like the stock seating and easily peel-able interior material.

Q: What was your biggest obstacle in building this car?

A: Budget!! With the euro killing the US dollar and everything I like coming from over the Pond, the budget did not allow for as much as I would have liked.

Q: How did you overcome the issue?

A: Patience and a little more creativity.

Q: What would you change if you could?

A: I would tune the engine more and concentrate more on the performance aspects of the car.

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

A: So far I would give it an 8 – there is still so much more I ‘could’ do, however this is the best car I’ve ever owned in so many different ways and I am very proud to have put it together.

Q: What would you do to the car if money were no object?

A: I don’t think there would be an end to such a list. Two things I would certainly do would be to mold in the body parts and strap on an APR Stage 3 kit.

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

A: VWvortex members Brelvis25 and Tivs31.

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

A: My family really likes it and so do my friends even though some don’t understand the need for all this.

Q: What is your most memorable/humorous/embarrassing moment with this car?

A: Most memorable was having the keys to this ride handed over to me to drive off the lot – I still remember adjusting the seat and mirrors for the very first time.

Q: Has this car competed in any events?

A: No, however I may enter Waterwagens.

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

A: Back roads out in farm land.

Q: Do you agree that some people are taking this Enzodude thing way too seriously?

A: Huh?

Q: What is your ideal day with this car?

A: Waking up early in the morning and detailing every inch of it and then cracking yet another beer and just looking at the results.

Q: Who gets to drive this car?

A: Me, my ex has, my father has, and Bucket has… that’s it.

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

A: “60% of the time, it starts everytime.”

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

A: Heidi.

Q: What was your previous project?

A: I never had a car I felt was worth being a ‘project’.

Q: What is your next project?

A: I plan to keep this Jetta and continue with it till it’s dead.

Q: What one word best describes your car?

A: Classy.

Q: Other info you’d like to share?

A: Not really, however I would like everyone to know I will gladly be accepting donations via Paypal and to send me an IM for details.

Owner Information:

Name- Patrick Ready

Location- Portland, OR

E-mail- patrick_ready@hotmail.com

Username- grassfeeder

Occupation- Unemployed – awesome!!!

Club Affiliations- None

Vehicle Information:

Year- 2002

Make- VW

Model- Jetta

Mileage- 40,000

Original Color- White

Current Color- White

Engine- 1.8T

Engine Modifications- APR DPP chip

Exhaust Modifications- None

Transmission Modifications- None

Suspension Modifications- Bilstein PSS9 coilovers

Brake Modifications- Stainless steel lines; Hawk pads

Wheels and Tires- 18×8.5 ET25 BBS LM; Falken ST115 225/40-18 tires

Exterior/Body Modifications- Full Projektzwo body kit (front & rear valance, side skirts, grill, flush mount spoiler); Euro front rub strip; OEM HIDs

Interior Modifications– AWE/Omori Boost Gauge; 42nd Draft Designs A-Pillar gauge pod; Euro headlight switch; TT pedals w/ Beetle Sport dead pedal

Audio/Video/I.C.E.- Alpine CDA-7995 headunit; Focal Polyglass 165v2 components; Alpine MRV-F450 5-channel amp; Alpine MRV-M301 Mono amp; JL Audio 10w1v2 subs

Thanks/Props- To my parents for actually understanding (somewhat); my ex-girlfriend, Erika, for encouragement; those on Vortex who have inspired me with creations far more involved than I could have ever done



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A/b: 2002 Jetta GLS 1.8T

A/b: 2002 Jetta GLS 1.8T

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: mrdejected

Q: How long have you owned this car?

A: Since December 20, 2001.

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

A: It used to have my custom “dejected” badges and it’s known on the vortex as the “dejected” or mrdejected car. It’s also part of www.exklusivtuning.com.

Q: What was your objective with this car?

A: To be a stealthy daily driver with no visible exhaust but still fast. I wanted to make sure that it was as “clean” as possible without picking crazy aftermarket body parts.

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

A: This car is as Euro as can be with everything shaved, but no boser. It’s got a staggered look with as much flavor towards cleanliness and Euro style as possible

Q: Who helped you build this car?

A: I put everything on this car myself with the help of folks from www.emotiongarage.com (we are banner advertisers on VWvortex). Also the people from my crew at www.exklusivtuning.com helped out as well.

Q: What makes your car special?

A: Because no one has modded OEM HIDs with custom DDE “angel eyes”; no one has shaved the trunk as I have; no one has blended the Caractere rear valence like mine. Also the dejected Euro plate sets it off with the OEM-style carbon fiber hood.

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

A: My favorite part of the car is the fact that you cannot see all of my intercooler. It’s a super front mount but only shows half its size. Also the fact that there is no visible exhaust makes people wonder if I even have one. I have received comments from CHP and other law enforcement about how stealthy car my car is and how they actually need to search for the exhaust when they pull me over.

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

A: At first I wanted a car that was pure stock and didn’t have any body modifications. Then I got the front mount intercooler. It wouldn’t fit with the stock bumper and things went on from there with everything else. My inspiration has always been my cleanliness because I try to live as clean a life as possible. I wanted a show car that was show enough to be eccentric but also show the stance of a great looking Euro car.

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

A: I don’t like my grey headliner and I plan on getting a custom black Alcantara headliner on my car to replace it so that it matches my black leather interior.

Q: What would you change if you could?

A: I would change my interior because I would like some racing seats. The seats are coming soon, once I start school again, so hopefully I will have updated pictures of them then. I also would like to upgrade my 13” ECS Tuning brakes to their Porsche 14” versions. However, that will also happen once school starts.

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

A: I give it a “10” because I’m proud of everything I’ve done and how stealthy it looks with modifications that don’t make the car too crazy. It doesn’t have any Wings West type body stuff – it is just clean and smooth.

Q: What would you do to the car if money were no object?

A: I don’t plan on going crazy with my car because that isn’t my style. If I had money right now to buy anything I would just finish my project exactly as I plan right now with ECS Tuning 14” Porsche brakes, ATP Stage II turbo upgrade, Corbeau TRS leather racing seats, an upgraded clutch/flywheel, a limited-slip differential, new interior speakers w/the stock headunit and new subs because mine are getting old, as well as the custom Alcantara headliner.

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

A: My biggest critic has been one of my crew members, Terrance. He drives a Mk3 that is shaved and all custom and is doing a widebody. He’s very critical of my car because his car is exactly the way I would do it, clean-shaved and with style.

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

A: My mom thinks I’m crazy for pumping all of this money into my car, my sister hates riding in it because it’s so bumpy, and my brother thinks that my life is like a Gran Turismo video game. I’m the youngest in my family and I think I got the chance to do this to my car because I’m willing to sacrifice a lot to help out my crew and try to show what a clean VW Jetta really looks like. My girlfriend loves my car since she likes to ride in it and my friends all think that my car is great looking, especially with the 10” wide wheels in the back.

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

A: I like to drive fast on mountain passes like others but my favorite place to drive my car is just on regular streets. I like cruising in my car and just feeling great in how it looks, sounds, and feels. I’m a very simple guy that isn’t too crazy with anything.

Q: What is your ideal day with this car?

A: The day that I actually get down to the nitty-gritty and detail the car to my best ability. When it looks the cleanest is when I love it the most.

Q: Who gets to drive this car?

A: I am the only one who drives this car full time. My friends ask to drive it so I let them, but only once because everyone can’t handle my car since it feels so crazy. When I am home, however, my brother likes to drive my car because he says he can live through me. [Grin]

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

A: “Cleanliness brings stealthiness.”

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

A: I tried to name it before but nothing ever works so I just call it the dejected car.

Q: What was your previous project?

A: I had a ’97 Accord but only got to mod it slightly because the engine died on me. This is actually the first car I poured everything I had into.

Q: What is your next project?

A: My next project is to get the mods that I listed above. As I get them one by one, I will cross them off my list to completion.

Q: What one word best describes your car?

A: Clean.

Owner Information:

Name- Michael Min

Address- Santa Cruz, CA

E-mail- mikemin@ucsc.edu

Occupation- Student/website manager for www.emotiongarage.com

Club Affiliations- norcalvw & exklusivtuning.com

Vehicle Information:

Year- 2002

Make- Volkswagen

Model- Jetta GLS

Mileage- 50k

Original Color- Galactic Blue

Current Color- BMW #400 Steel Grey

Engine- 1.8T

Engine Modifications- eG Solid CAI; Neuspeed TIP; ATP Super FMIC; HKS SSQV (tuned)

Exhaust Modifications- ATP 3” down pipe; custom mandrel bent 3” cat-back exhaust w/hidden tip; high-flow 3” catalytic converter

Transmission Modifications- Energy Suspension dogbone mounts

Suspension Modifications- FK Highsport coilovers; Neuspeed 25mm front sway bar; ABD 28mm lightweight rear sway bar

Brake Modifications- ECS Tuning 13” front cross-drilled/slotted rotors; rear 12” slotted rotors

Wheels and Tires- Front – FK 18×8 with Visa/Falken 225/40-18 tires; rear – FK 18×10 with Falken 451 255/35-18 tires

Exterior/Body Modifications- Shaved/molded Oettinger front bumper; Rieger side skirts; eG Solid OEM-style CF hood (painted); FK badgeless grill (soon to be metal mesh); Caractere rear valence shaved/molded into bumper; Mattig trunk blend shaved/molded, E46 BMW M3 rear spoiler; shaved rear emblem and trunk crease/line, shaved side moldings, BMW #400 Steel Grey paint; slightly pulled rear fenders; black door sill lining removed/shaved; MHW smoked side markers; OEM Bora Euro taillights

Interior Modifications- VDO boost gauge; Autometer gauge pod; Greddy turbo timer custom fit to glove box; New Beetle Turbo S dead pedal; TT pedals; MHW TT center console ring

Audio/Video/I.C.E.– Rockford (2) 10” subs custom fit to spare tire well, Rockford 500.2 amp; subs to be upgraded soon

Thanks/Props– www.emotiongarage.com; www.exklusivtuning.com; norcalvw.com, john@perfcafe who helps me in Santa Cruz



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