first VW, 1977 Rabbit, German.
It was Agate Brown when I had it, but this picture
was taken after I gave it to my brother Dirk shortly after he got his
driver's license. He had it repainted black. I bought
this car in December of 1982 with 69,000 miles on it. My
brother got it in '86 with about 135,000 and got rid of it with about
170,000. Major problems: None. Minor
problems: A/C compressor literally fell out of the car, one front
spring broke, rust. Modifications: KYB struts all around, GMP
front swaybar, 175/70 tires instead of the 155/80's it came with, Kamei
fog light grill, Cibie H4 headlights Kamei rear spoiler.
1984 GTI, built in Westmoreland PA.
I bought this car in 1986. I got it cheap because it had high
miles (55,000) for a two year old car and it was black and had no air
conditioning. This was my daily driver for almost 8
years. It also served double-duty as my "Sunday
Entertainment". Major problems: SMS.
Minor problems: Nothing noteworthy. This car was super easy
to work on because it didn't have A/C or power steering.
Mods: Lots of suspension work, I tried many combinations of things in
the front before I was really satisfied with the compromise between
autocross performance and streetability. Quaife
differential. N-grind cam. Neuspeed throttle body,
ported intake, dual-outlet exhaust manifold with long downpipe (no
CAT). 13" wheels for snows, 14" wheels for the street,
15" wheels for autocross. Carello H4 headlights.
I sold this car in 1994 with 186,000 miles on it and as of the last
report (summer 1997) it was still going strong with over 250,000 on it.
My 1989 GTI-16V,
Hecho en Mexico.
[still looking for a photo]
Purchased in 1994 with 77,000 miles on it. I wanted a newer
car mostly because I was commuting from Lansdale, PA to Trenton,
NJ every day and I didn't want to go through another summer in a black
car with no A/C. The 16V had A/C and was much quieter and
faster on the highway, but in cut-and thrust city driving, or an
autocross, it was actually slower than the '84. Major
Problems: none. Minor Problems: electrical connectors,
particularly the ones related to the knock sensor system were subject to
corrosion and needed repeated cleaning. Mods: None. Traded
it for a GTI-VR6 in 1997 when it had 143,000 miles on it.