AUTObiography: Dogger’s 1990 Corrado

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Next up is VWvortex reader: Dogger

How long have you owned this car? Since it was new in March 1990.

Is there anything unique about the history of this car? It’s been with me for half of my life!

What drew you to this specific car? The design of the exterior.

What other cars did you consider? None really.

What was your objective with this car? At first, not to dump a bunch of money into it customizing it like the car I had before it. Later, it was to make it unique.

What tuning style would you describe this car as? A little bit flashy and race car inspired.

Who helped you build this car? Tech support from Kyle, Shawn, and Ayo from the Vortex.

What makes your car special? It doesn’t have BBS RS’s!

What is your favorite part/feature/function? The contrast in colors throughout the exterior and interior. I like bold.

Who or what inspired the direction of modifications on this car? Living in SoCal and seeing so many amazing cars.

What don’t you like about this car? The collection of bad ideas VW put into one car.

What was your biggest obstacle in building this car? Getting married.

How did you overcome the issue? Became single.

What would you change if you could? Kept the turbo and MS.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how satisfied are you with the outcome of this project? 9

What would you do to the car if money were no object? GT28RS, LSD, standalone, respray, BBS CH’s, and redo the interior.

Who has been your biggest critic of this project? My savings account.

What do your family and friends say about this car? That can’t believe I still own it after so many years.

What is your most memorable/humorous/embarrassing moment with this car?  Too many to list after 20 years.

What is your favorite story about this car? When I was in design school I had a class about design form and composition. Each term the instructor selected 2 cars for the class to draw and he picked my car. In the beginning the instructor wasn’t all that impressed with the design but after two days of going over it in detail for the class, he came away really impressed.

Has this car competed in any events? None.

What is your favorite place to drive this car? The 110 freeway here in Pasadena.

What is your ideal day with this car? It running with no problems at all.

Who gets to drive this car? Me and I’ll let certain friends drive it.

If your car had a motto, what would it be? Powered by money.


If you had to name your car, what would you name it? Not very witty but its called yellow car.

What was your previous project? ’87 16V GTi

What is your next project? Maybe another Corrado but VR this time.

What one word best describes your car? Yellow.

Any regrets? Tell us about it. Wish I had waited and bought a VR instead. Lol!

Anything else you’d like to share? This car controls my life. Seriously.

Owner Information:

Name- James Caro

Address- Pasadena CA

VWvortex Username- Dogger

Occupation- Designer

Club Affiliations- SCCG

Vehicle Information:

Year- 1990

Make- VW

Model- Corrado

Mileage- Chassis 250k+ Motor 6k

Color (Include original if applicable)- Nugget Yellow

Engine- 2.0L 16v 9A

Engine Modifications- TT Street Cams, P&P head, Autotech header, Euro intake, ARP rod bolts and head studs, ABA serpentine swap, TT custom chip on Digi1.

Exhaust Modifications- Autotech headers, Magnaflow cat, suitcase muffler delete with 20” resonator, stock rear muffler.

Transmission Modifications- Stock O2A with VR clutch, Redline fluid.

Suspension Modifications- Koni coilovers

Brake Modifications- Stock

Wheels and Tires- Tenzo Type M 17” x 7” with Yokohama Parada Spec2 205/40-17

Exterior/Body Modifications- Shaved side markers, Ecodes, custom LED DRL’s, badgeless grill, Euro lip, tinted tails, gloss black rear tub.

Interior Modifications- Suede headliner, custom door pockets, custom drink holder, red illuminated needles, switches, HVAC, cigarette lighter, and Karmann logo. Momo steering wheel and knob. All interior lighting switch over to white LED’s with underdash courtesy lights.

Audio/Video/I.C.E.- Alpine CDA-9885 head unit recessed back 1/4” into the dash with custom bezel, Audio Control EQS, Alpine 3672 electronic xover, 2 Soundstream Class A100’s, and 1 Class A50 powering Dynaudio 3 way components up front and 2 Alpine 12” subwoofers in a custom box. Alpine alarm with dual shock sensors, motion sensor, glass break sensor, and window roll up/down. Entire car front to back is covered in Dynamat.

Thanks/Props- Jeff and Dave for showing me what kind of trouble OCD can get you into. SCCG and the local guys for being a really cool group that I’m proud to be part of. My good buddy Ray for putting up with me and helping me out so much. Kyle, Shawn, and Ayo once again for all of their help. The Vortex for giving me a chance to meet a lot of good people who are as crazy about these cars as I am and for giving me a place to express my creativity.

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