A/b: Mk4 GTi VR6

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Next up is VWvortex reader ninja_van1sh’s 1999.5 GTI VR6:

Q: How long have you owned this car?

A: Ive owned the car since January of 2001

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

A: The car had a salvaged title due to theft recovery, in which the motor was stolen. I really felt this Dub deserved a new life.

Q: What was your objective with this car?

A: Easy – I am currently a 20 year old college student and I purchased the car when I was just barely 18. I chose not to get my license until I was about 18, because I wanted to buy the car with my own money! When I saw this car in the classifieds, I couldn’t let this opportunity pass. I paid for two-thirds of the car, and my mother graciously paid for the rest. The reason why I built this car was to prove a point: that we “kids” can build a fairly decent looking car, even when we’re working and going to school/college! Nearly every single mod, trip to the body shop and so on was financed by myself, with the exception of gifts from my ex-girlfriend and other friends. The car proves that being young doesn’t mean I’m necessarily sponsored by Mommy and Daddy – I’ve worked 40+hours a week at two jobs during summers in order to reserve money for parts, as well as body shop time. It’s funny because my car DOES have some scratches and what not, and people ask me why I don’t get them fixed. The answer to this is easy as well. During the school year, finding time and resources to get small things fixed do not come along too easily. I believe the wounds on the car make me, the owner, seem more human. Hopefully I can add awareness regarding stereotypes towards young enthusiasts, and maybe even inspire others in my situation!

Q: What tuning style would you describe this car as? (ex. Euro, Bling, OEMplus, street racer, auto crosser).

A: I’d love to say bling, as I like to keep it gangsta-gangsta at the top of the list… WEST SIDDEEE!!! But the car is mostly Euro, with a definite Southern California twist. In SoCal, we have a plethora of some of the sickest rides IN THE NATION. Our cars have ruled magazines covers for several months straight!

Q: Who helped you build this car?

A: My ex-girlfriend was VERY understanding towards my obsession, and my friends have always been supportive of my VDUB LOVE!

Q: What makes your car special?

A: The fact that a skinny, nerdy Asian ninja drives it. I’ve made my name in the Vortex community as the M&M sweatshirt-wearing ninja, busting the shocker out as a sign of power.

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

A: Definitely the front euro plate – it gets all the ladies swoonin’. And I can’t leave out the unmistakable growl of the VR6!

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

A: Mike from up north in his 2.0 Jetta. His car was my inspiration! Bernie from www.dub-nation.com was a pioneer in JTI modifying, as well as the VW scene, PERIOD.

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

A: It’s not low enough! I want to drive ON THE GROUND! (It’s a SoCal thing).

Q: What else would you change if you could?

A: Color of the car – OEM VW PAINT SUCKS!!!

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

A: If I say “10,” I’ll be a jerk, and If I say “1,” I’ll be lying. I will never be satisfied with my car and this is a fact. The grass is ALWAYS greener on the other side.

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

A: Get 100,000,000,000,000 beautiful women all over it with me in the middle wearing a fur coat and holding a golden goblet filled with Cristal. Seriously.

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

A: My mother. It’s so damn low I’m forced to park it outside, since I can’t get it into the garage!

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

A: All my friends are either JDM or Euro enthusiasts. We are all good friends and they seem to enjoy it as much as I do.

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

A: Definitely down campus where all the hotties are! Come on now – it’s a show car, not a race car.

Q: What is your ideal day with this car?

A: It’s a vdub, so an ideal day is any day it DOESN’T BREAK.

Q: Who gets to drive this car?

A: Myself, my closest friends and any VR6 nay-sayers.

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

A: Ninjas are the ultimate power.

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

A: She has a name and it’s Darlene. The rear plate says VR6DRLNE (VR6 DARLENE).

Q: What is your next project?

A: Hopefully, a Passat wagon, Cooper S, or another GTI.

Q: What one word best describes your car?


Owner Information:

Name- James Park

Address- Riverside, CA 92507

E-mail- ninja_van1sh@yahoo.com

Occupation- Student

Club Affiliations- Europrojektz (www.europrojektz.com), SOCAL EURO (www.socaleuro.com)

Vehicle Information:

Year- 99.5

Make- VW

Model- GTi VR6

Mileage- 66,000

Original Color- Flash Red

Current Color- Flash Red

Engine- VR6 2.8 12v

Engine Modifications- AEM cold air intake

Exhaust Modifications- GHL 2.5 Cat-back exhaust

Transmission Modifications- N/A

Suspension Modifications- FK coilovers, CPP end links

Brake Modifications- n/a

Wheels and Tires- BBS Style 5 in 18×8.5 and 18×9.5 with Toyo Proxes4 in 215/40/18 front, and 225/40/18 rear

Exterior/Body Modifications- a lot… a lot…

Interior Modifications- a loud stock stereo and Corbeau seats

Thanks/Props- Europrojektz, Dub-Nation.com, Socaleuro.com, AUTO FLM, all the Valley homies!

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