My Jetta GLI

Started by 80 Vert, November 01, 2023, 10:21:30 PM

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80 Vert

While in the States back in August I did something dumb  ;D but before we get to that we need to rewind a little, arrived in LA and went to fetch our rental car and as I always do I asked if they had any VW's.
Yes was the answer but only a Tiguan at an extra USD 50 per day, no thanks!
No Jetta then ( that's the class of car I'd booked) No sir, there are none available.
Just choose any car you want in Zone 3 the man said.
We walk out there and nothing immediately caught my eye other than bland and boring kias, Chevy's etc but walking a bit further I saw what looked like the back of a Jetta, yup bingo. We'll have this one.IMG20230816122203.jpg
Anyway, loaded up our bags and got out of dodge. Base spec 2020 1.4T with a terrible 8 speed clunk o matic that had already done 45k miles.
Drove all over Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arkansas making our way out to Chicago where we would leave from. Clocking up just over 5000 miles in 28 days.
Going through a town towards the end of our stay I visited a dealer with my brother in law to took at a damaged F350 Dually truck for him and whilst there spotted a 2019 GLI 35th Anniversary that had only just arrived.
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No price yet but had a good look around it, just cosmetic bolt on stuff so a dead easy repair with no structural damage at all.
Went on our way and of course started thinking more and more about the GLI.
Decided to wait and see until it popped up on their site and see what they would want for it.
Weeks went by and nothing, after a few more weeks I emailed them to enquire and was told they were waiting on a new key as it had been lost during transport.
7 weeks after first seeing it, it finally popped up for sale.
Here's the dumb part, did a deal with them and bought it.
Just in the process now of having it shipped to my brother in law, I'll do the repair at his place next year and keep it at there to use when we visit etc.
Will be doing some mods, a tune etc.
Being that it is a 35th anniversary it comes STD with the DQ381 7speed dsg/ LSD, DCC and assistance package so it's nicely optioned.
2010 T5 Transporter TDI  Tuned by Superior Tuning NZ
2003 Jetta Coupe soon to be R36TT
1991 Golf GTI 2.0 TSI swapped
1963 Type 34 Karmann Ghia, turbo 2.0
1990 Porsche 964 911 Carrera 4
1980 1303 Beetle vert, under restoration

le mans

That'll make a good runabout John!

80 Vert

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Thanks Jon, yep that sure will.
The fact that it was a 35ed, the colour, Pure Gray and relative low miles (53K) that made me try to buy it. Also has a factory black roof.
Bit to do on it but the repair is a doddle, between now and then I'll organize all of the parts and have them delivered
so that once I get back there the repair won't take long.
While you're in there is now starting already, mods I'm contemplating are:
H&R Springs
Uprated Intercooler (suspect the OE one is kaput)
High flow downpipe
IE tune (with those mods this puts out 310hp / 389lb-ft
Wheels (maybe)
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2010 T5 Transporter TDI  Tuned by Superior Tuning NZ
2003 Jetta Coupe soon to be R36TT
1991 Golf GTI 2.0 TSI swapped
1963 Type 34 Karmann Ghia, turbo 2.0
1990 Porsche 964 911 Carrera 4
1980 1303 Beetle vert, under restoration

coons

Those GLI's are cool. Love the colour. Would be a pretty cool car to send here and convert to RHD. Twin turbo?  >:D

the phantom

in Canada recently, I was amazed how the Jetta has bloated, nearly Passat size  now it seems
Land Transport New Zealand, taking the fun out of driving since August 2008

80 Vert

Slowly chipping away at collecting parts for the GLI, have had some stuff delivered to my brother in laws already and have all of the remaining part numbers figured out.
Have some parts here that I'll take over with me early next year and hopefully 99% of what I need will be there waiting by then.
2010 T5 Transporter TDI  Tuned by Superior Tuning NZ
2003 Jetta Coupe soon to be R36TT
1991 Golf GTI 2.0 TSI swapped
1963 Type 34 Karmann Ghia, turbo 2.0
1990 Porsche 964 911 Carrera 4
1980 1303 Beetle vert, under restoration

liv

Your projects (more like adventures) seems like a YT channel i'd definitely subscribe to!  Can't wait to see what magic you work on this one.
2016 Audi S4 (B9)
2019 Mercedes Benz B180 AMG (W247)

coons

Quote from: liv on December 26, 2023, 02:12:42 PMYour projects (more like adventures) seems like a YT channel i'd definitely subscribe to!  Can't wait to see what magic you work on this one.

Very true actually