EDIT: I'll put the pics back up as soon as they're re-hosted... I want my photobucket back! Was Jalopnik'd:
In the showroom, they had two base-base model new Jettas. My phone battery was dying so these are the shots I got:
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No AC, no radio. Not pictured were the manual mirror knobs, but it did have power windows standard.
I was more interested in the technical stuff since the engine design is similar to mine, and I was wondering what, if anything, might swap to my car:
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Coilpack, mounted to the engine block in the place of the old distributor, and a weird giant oil filter flange. ( think this is similar to the MKIV setup but I've never worked on one)
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Bad pic becuase the flash died, but there's a huge gap in front of the engine where the AC compressor would go. Power steering was standard, the bottle is now bolted to the space above the alternator, on the engine. Odd. Looks like a VR6 style belt tensioner too (I'm unfamiliar with the MKIV 2.0s, this might be normal?).
And this suprised me...
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Well not really... I didn't expect them to move like hotcakes. But it seems odd that these are the models this dealer would choose to show off in the showroom. Another guy in the showroom asked me, "are they serious with the no radio?" The other model advertised $99/mo payments, with a lot of other fine details I don't remember.
But when was the last time that a brand new VW, that's still uncommon on the street, was discounted like that? I would totally buy one if I had 13k to blow, and wanted a track car. There are a ton of SC and turbo kits for these engines that give them very respectable power, and the decontenting would be good in this case. Throw a fun suspension on it and I'd rock it! Yes, even with the solid rear beam But you can get a decently sized Hyundai for this price (even with the discount) if all you need is a car.