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Next up we have former CIA employee David Alston's 1995 Jetta GL.

How long have you owned this car? I've owned the car for 21 years.

Is there anything unique about the history of this car? Drove the car cross-country three (3) times.

What other cars did you consider? Didn't really consider any other cars when I bought it.

What was your objective with this car? When I first bought the car, I didn't really have an objective. I just needed a new car.

What tuning style would you describe this car as? I would describe it as "stock/subtle."

Who helped you build this car? NGP Racing, Straight-Line Auto Works and myself.

What makes your car special? It was featured in a Mobil 1 internet testimonial (attached below).

What is your favorite part/feature/function? Don't really have a "favorite" part/feature/function. I just love my Jetta.

Who or what inspired the direction of modifications on this car? I did after moving out to California in 1996 and saw all the cool VWs out there.

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What was your biggest obstacle in building this car? I was out-of-work for six( 6) years AFTER 9-11.  Money!

How did you overcome the issue? I just kept plodding and doing things as I was able to afford them.

What would you change if you could? I'd put Schimmel Performance VR6 with a Vortex supercharger in it and have Rotiform build some 4X100 wheels for it.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how satisfied are you with the outcome of this project? 11!

What would you do to the car if money were no object? I'd put purple leather interior in it and air ride (New Jersey has some REALLY bad roads).

Who has been your biggest critic of this project? No critics.

What do your family and friends say about this car? My mom knows how much I love my Jetta.  And my friends do too.

What is your most memorable/humorous/embarrassing moment with this car? Driving the car cross-country the first time.

Has this car competed in any events? Hasn't competed in any events.

What is your favorite place to drive this car? Anywhere OUTSIDE of New Jersey!

What is your idea day with this car? Going to Waterfest and just hanging out.

Who gets to drive this car? I'm the only driver.

What was your previous project? Didn't have a previous project.

What is your next project? Don't have a "next" project.  Want to get a Porsche GT3.

What one word best describes your car? Awesome!

Any regrets? Tell us about it. No regrets. I drove it 255,000 miles before engine rebuild last summer.

Anything else you’d like to share? I will NEVER sell this car. Ever!


Owner: David Alston

Address: Iselin, New Jersey

VWVortex Username: N/A

Instagram Username:Not on Instagram.  Don't have time for it.

Occupation: School Bus Driver

Club Affiliations:Don't belong to any clubs.


Year: 1995

Model: Jetta GL

Mileage: 255,438(before complete NGP engine rebuild.)  2800 miles since rebuild.

Color: Dusty Mauve

Engine: 2.0

Engine Mods: Completely rebuilt by NGP summer 2015.  Custom intake/heat shield. Block painted Porsche Yellow. Yellow spark plug wires.

Exhaust Mods: Stock Eurosport cat-back system.

Transmission: Stock. South Bend Clutch/lightened flywheel.

Suspension: Complete Vogtland Cup Kit.

Brakes: Stock Tech/Hawk pads(front).  Stock rotors/pads back.  Stainless-steel brake lines.

Wheels/Tires: Stock old-school VW's.  Purching Rota Slipstreams(Bronze) any day now.

Interiors mods:  Mostly stock.  Yellow leather shift boot.  Purple seat-belt.  Hexomats.

Audio/Video: Stock.

Thanks/Props:I would like to thank NGP Racing in Maryland. I'd also like to especially thank German Auto Parts in New York (They kept my car going for years!). Dave Paster at Straightline Auto Works for the incredible paint/body work. Alpha Auto Body in Alpha, New Jersey for painting the roof and fixing the wheel well damage when some moron pulled out of a driveway and "tagged" it 2 years ago. Mobil 1.

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