AUTObiography Tresdan’s 1996 Jetta

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Next up is VWvortex reader: Tresdan

How long have you owned this car?

Coming up on one year.

Is there anything unique about the history of this car?

Not yet, I dont think ive owned it long enough for it to have a real history.

What drew you to this specific car?

I love mk3’s and my friend just happened to be selling this as I sold my last mk3.

What other cars did you consider?

I actually almost bought a b6 a4, but decided I didn’t want the payments.

What was your objective with this car?

My last car I kinda went over the top, it was a red jetta and I had spray painted the top half of the bumpers black, as well as black wheels, and in the end I didnt really like the look, so I decided id make this one look as clean as possible.

What tuning style would you describe this car as?


Who helped you build this car?

One of my close friends Chris (a.k.a. we dubbin’) spent countless hours under the hood.

What makes your car special?

Its a VW, duh.

What is your favorite part/feature/function?

Well my last car was an autotragic so I really love the 5-speed, and I love my

rollup windows.

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

My mistakes with my previous mk3 jetta, as well as input from my friends.

What don’t you like about this car?

The fact that the paint is fading in certain spots.

What was your biggest obstacle in building this car? 

Money, and time.

How did you overcome the issue?

Worked more. Haha.

What would you change if you could?

The 2.slowww, I’d love a VR6.

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

So far I’m at about a 7, there are still some things that I’d like to do.

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

Respray, airride, 1.8T swap, and some baller wheels.

Who has been your biggest critic of this project?

Me, myself, and I.

What do your family and friends say about this car?

My parents cant figure out why I dump money into a 15 year old car, my friends share the same love for VWs so they appreciate it.

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

Having to kickstart it for an entire day because the starter went.

What is your favorite story about this car?

Within a month of owning the car, I had managed to trade up from steelies, to borbets, to the current 7 slots paying a total of 150 dollars along the way.

Has this car competed in any events?

Not yet.

What is your favorite place to drive this car?

Windy mountain roads near upstate NY.

What is your ideal day with this car?

A trip down the shore, windows down, 75+ degree weather, with some Deftones blasting.

Who gets to drive this car?

Me and anyone who’s fixing/working on it.

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

Break, break, and break some more.

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


What was your previous project?

Mk3 Jetta, 2.0.

What is your next project?

Maaybe I’ll suck it up and get that B6 A4.

What one word best describes your car?


Any regrets? Tell us about it.

Not being able to bring it down to H2oi this year.

Owner Information:

Name- Dan Soca

Address- Paramus, NJ

VWvortex Username- Tresdan

Occupation- Student

Club Affiliations-None

Vehicle Information:





Color (Include original if applicable)-Seqouia Green


Engine Modifications-Swissed intake, TT chip

Exhaust Modifications-Full header back exhaust, Hi flow cat, Magnaflow Muffler

Transmission Modifications-None

Suspension Modifications- SS Cupkit

Brake Modifications-none

Wheels and Tires-16” Polished Porsche 7 slots, hankook ventus

Exterior/Body Modifications-smoked turns, smoked tails

Interior Modifications-None

Audio/Video/I.C.E.-Alpine Headunit

Thanks/Props- we dubbin’, as well as everyone else who put in time and effort to get this thing running right.