I've had my new Jetta for close to 3 weeks now and am loving every minute of it. I commute to university on a regular basis, so I do a great deal of both highway and city driving. I am definitely of the 'driver' variety who enjoys his car and it's been a wonderful car to enjoy so far. While I don't have the money (just bought an expensive little car, not to mentiont the <gulp> $1200 I poured into upgrading the audio system (even including my existing components) to spend on it right now, I'd like to get an idea of some future options available for my car. I have a few questions/comments that I'd like to hear some of your impressions on, I'll list them here:
1. I've heard about a ECU chip upgrade available Neuspeed (which is quite near where I live) that could net me another 30 HPs. How reasonable is this? I've heard of some alternate manufacturers, are these up my alley?
2. If I had one complaint about the car, it lies in the ability of it to stick to the road during high lateral stress situations (tight turns and curves). I come from good European Rally Racing stock and I have to live up to my family name
Any suggestions (mostly on the cheaper price range) that can help me increase my handling experience? I do have the Luxury package on my vehicle which has the 15" aluminum wheels (and I don't plan to upgrade wheels as I feel they are an undue expense.. heh, I would have gotten it without the upgrade if I could have found one ;-) )
3. Just a minor thing.. but has anyone else noticed that the steering wheel is really far away? I try to sit comfortably in the driver's seat with my arms in the arm rest and I continually feel stretched so I default to putting my arm on the 'window sill'. I know, I know, a minor caveat.
4. I know I'm somewhat a leadfoot, but the gas mileage I've been getting has averaged around 26 mpg for these first 1700 miles. What do you others experience? (I've heard that the ECU chip upgrade can help your gas mileage somewhat)
Thanks for all your help and comments, I appreciate your knowledge
I figured some people might be curious, so I'll describe my audio system. I had SSP, a local stereo place, build it for me and they did a really nice job. I have component 6.5" JBLs up in the front, Boston RX-67s in the rear doors, and a 12" JL W3 Sub in the trunk. I have an Alpine V12 5-channel Amp powering the mids/highs and an Earthquake 350 powering the Sub. I use an Eclipse 3431 CD player in the dash. Basically, it sounds awesome and I've enjoyed every minute of it