A/b: 2003 Passat GLS 1.8T Wagon 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: variant03 Q: How long have you owned this car? A: Three years and counting. Q: Is there anything unique about the history of this car? A: It started out as a family car. The usual family vehicle. Now it has no rear seats and is nowhere close to being a family wagon. It has changed a lot from its original form. Q: Why did you choose this car to purchase? A: Growing up in Europe, I’ve always been fond of the VW brand. My father drove a 1980 VW Bug and that alone made me choose a VW. I chose the Passat for its size and comfort. Q: What other cars did you consider? A: Volvo V70. Q: What was your objective with this car? A: To make it into something original and clean. There are not too many B5.5 wagons that are modded and I wanted to see what I could do with it. A nice clean look is what I strive for. Q: What tuning style would you describe this car as? A: A classy, clean and simple car. Q: Who helped you build this car? A: I do all my own work, along with some mechanical help from the boys at Rennen Performance. Q: What makes your car special? A: It’s a modified 1.8T wagon – not too many around. It’s the only one I know with only two seats and the extent of performance mods done to it. Q: What is your favorite part/feature/function? A: The variant as a whole is my favorite. The drivability and the handling are superb for a wagon. Q: Who or what inspired the direction of modifications on this car? A: I get my inspiration from myself. I envision something and I try to recreate it on my B5.5. Q: What don’t you like about this car? A: It needs a paint job and body work. Q: What was your biggest obstacle in building this car? A: The lack of parts for a B5.5 The parts stop at the B5 platform… to really mod a 5.5 you have to be creative. Q: How did you overcome the issue? A: Search, search and search some more. I’ve used Audi A4 parts along with some B5 parts. It’s a mix of the two. Q: What would you change if you could? A: I would change minor things like the trimming so it wouldn’t have the chrome. Q: On a scale of 1 to 10, how satisfied are you with the outcome of this project? A: 5. It’s nowhere near done. Q: What would you do to the car if money were no object? A: I would redo the interior, change out the dashboard to an A4 dashboard, and I would add a Big Turbo kit. Q: Who has been your biggest critic of this project? A: Myself. I never think it’s good enough. I notice every scratch, dent and dead bug on the thing. Q: What do your family and friends say about this car? A: They like it, even if they don’t really understand it. Q: What is your most memorable/humorous/embarrassing moment with this car? A: Every time I drive it it’s pretty memorable. I enjoy the day-to-day moments. Q: Has this car competed in any events? A: It has on one occasion. Q: Results? A: I placed 2nd in a NH show this past spring. Q: What is your favorite place to drive this car? A: The back roads of Maine. There’s nothing like it. Q: What is your ideal day with this car? A: Hanging with friends who share the same passion and dedication. Q: Who gets to drive this car? A: My wife and I. Q: If your car had a motto, what would it be? A: “It’s only a wagon!” Q: If you had to name your car, what would you name it? A: Sleepy. Q: What was your previous project? A: Never had one before this one. Q: What is your next project? A: More work on the Variant. Q: What one word best describes your car? A: Farfrommodest. Owner Information: Name- Nuno Location- Bath, ME Username in VWvortex Forums- variant03 Occupation- military Club Affiliations- clubb5, b5one. Vehicle Information: Year- 2003 Make- Volkswagen Model- Passat Mileage- 73,000 Original Color- Black Current Color- Black Engine- 1.8T 20v Engine Modifications- APR 93/100 octane software w/ V-Tune; APR engine snub mount; ATP front mount intercooler; ATP oil catch can; Forge 007 DV; Forge DV relocation kit; Evo motorsport CAI; Evo Motorsport FMIC piping; ESC lightweight crank pulley; Samco turbo inlet hose; NX intercooler mister kit w/ 5lb bottle; ECS N75 race valve Exhaust Modifications- Neuspeed cat-back exhaust w/DTM tips Transmission Modifications- ECS tranny cooler kit Suspension Modifications- Koni adjustable struts; H&R sport springs Brake Modifications- Stock Wheels and Tires- Flick Artic 18×8.5 with Sumitomo tires; H&R spacers – 8mm front and 20mm rear Exterior/Body Modifications- Kamei grille; Kamei eyelids; debadged rear hatch; removed rear wiper; removed front wipers; A4 DTM cup mirrors; smoked side markers Interior Modifications- Autometer boost gauge; oil temp and fuel press gauge; Autometer gauge pods; Southern Performance wheel pod w/Autometer air/fuel gauge; Corbeau A4 seat; Schroth four point harness; removed rear interior; GReddy full auto turbo timer Audio/Video/I.C.E.- Two and a half working speakers Thanks/Props- My wife and everyone who has supported me through this whole project For more discussion on this story, click on the link to our discussion forums to the left. 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