AUTObiography Vdub333’s 2008 GTI

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Next up is VWvortex reader: Vdub333

How long have you owned this car?

A year and four months.

Is there anything unique about the history of this car?

Bought second-hand at 15,000kms that came with a brand new engine at 0kms a month later.

What drew you to this specific car?

Needed a fast little car in my budget.

What other cars did you consider? 

IS250 ( too expensive).

Mazdaspeed 3.

What was your objective with this car? 

Black and white panda theme.

What tuning style would you describe this car as? 

Not exactly Dub.

Not exactly race.

Who helped you build this car? 

Gotta thank the guys at REVO and Neuspeed for making great products for my car.

What makes your car special? 

Panda theme or the fact that I got a new engine within a month of driving the car.

What is your favorite part/feature/function? 

Oettinger front bumper.

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

I was inspired by the fact that I’ve always wanted a white car as well as a black car so why not mix them!

What don’t you like about this car? 

The only thing I regret is that it cannot fit wide rims like 18×10 as easily as a 350z, other than that nothing!

What was your biggest obstacle in building this car? 

Student = Low income

How did you overcome the issue?

Work more second job, applied to Volkswagen.

What would you change if you could?

If I could I would certainly get some nicer wheels, but I am content with my Raderwerks that will be going on this spring.

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


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

Air suspension, k04, full Oettinger kit.

Who has been your biggest critic of this project? 

My mother.

What do your family and friends say about this car? 

Nicest hatchback they know! Love it.

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

When I was installing my Neuspeed intake with my good buddy, it took us 2.5 hours to remove the FSI engine cover.

What is your favorite story about this car?

Probably my engine story. So I bought the car in November 2009, it’s a 08.5 4dr and I drove it a month without modding it. After a month my engine started to make this buzz sound when I got to the higher revs. I brought it into VW and they said it was the oil pan or something, took them two weeks to change that and figure out it was not the oil pan. Two weeks after those 2 weeks they gave me a new transmission, wasn’t that either. A week and a half more both myself and VW got tired of my car in the shop and they essentially popped in a brand new 0kms FSI engine for me. So the unique part of my car is that I bought a new car with a used body.

Has this car competed in any events? 

No but I wish to soon.

What is your favorite place to drive this car? 

Probably anywhere without a lot of dips and bumps.

What is your ideal day with this car? 

Go out, school, errands. It’s my daily driver but I love it to bits.

Who gets to drive this car? 

Me and only me. You know mother’s they don’t understand how low your car is so they take speed bumps at 20km/h.

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

Work for the things you want.

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


What was your previous project?

This is my first car.

What is your next project?

Thinking about a 350z or 370z I love the exhaust note of those cars. But I predict to keep my car and pass down to my son. Keeping her for a long time.

What one word best describes your car?

Aggressive in the front and nice in the back.

Any regrets? Tell us about it.

Small accident back in August involving a woman slamming on her brakes in front of me, I was so worried and sorry. I’ve learned my lesson and will think twice before anything.

Anything else you’d like to share?

May Volkswagen live on and strong!

Owner Information:

Name- Curtis Choi

Address- Richmond BC Canada

VWvortex Username- Vdub333

Occupation- Student

Club Affiliations-

Vehicle Information:




Mileage-23xxx kms on body. 7000 on Engine

Color (Include original if applicable)- Candy White

Engine- 2.0T FSI

Engine Modifications- Revo Stg1, Neuspeed p-flo

Exhaust Modifications- Resonator Delete

Transmission Modifications- none

Suspension Modifications- Neuspeed sport springs

Brake Modifications- none

Wheels and Tires- Raderwerks Mten85, and huffs

Exterior/Body Modifications-Oettinger front bumper, White and black theme, 6000k HIDS

Interior Modifications- Carbon fiber interior trim

Audio/Video/I.C.E.- none

Thanks/Props-  Special thanks to the forums, without them I would have not be where I want with my car now.