I haven't ever seriously whored my cared out in any one place (other than via the link in my signature). I mostly created that page in order to limit the repeat questions I receive from people on various forums... like what size wheels or tires I have, or what suspension I'm using.
That all said, one of my main goals when I've had my car at car shows has always been simply to make the car available for people to see what a SportWagen is. The car is pretty rare at VW events, and I had one of the first tdi wagons in my region, and it's still one of the only wagons that is modified at all (I've run across a few more over the years.. two of which are Tim Miller and LieutenantShinySides). Even so, these are all 2010 or later wagons with the mk6 frontend, just as most of the wagons are here in this forum.
So I figured I'd post a thread up showing my car, so people can see a modified 2009 wagon. It's a single model year car, so it'll never be very common in the US. My understanding is that VW imported only 12,000 CR TDI's into the US for the 2009 model year. Most of those were sedans, and most are automatic. Sadly.. even more rare is the 2009 SEL. I've only ever seen just one.
I'll post my new updates or mods to the car here, as they come, as well.
my car.. was purchased on December 28th, 2008. I drove it an average of 3000 miles each month for the first six months. The total mileage after one year was about 34000 miles, and I ran out of my 36k mile warranty after 13 months. I've now had the car for 2.75 years and it has about 79.5k miles. I'll cross over the 80k mark this weekend.
The only option on the car is the panoramic sunroof. It's Black Uni paint, with an Anthracite interior. I have no use for an ipod adapter (the 2009 version sucked anyway), I didn't need the extra rear air bags, and I really haven't ever had a large enough need for the (very nice) navigation.. certainly not enough to justify the huge extra cost. And of course, the car has a 6spd manual transmission, and I took delivery with the factory 16" wheels.
I've had very few problems with the car. I drive it hard and I don't usually focus on fuel consumption. After 1.5 years my cloth sunshade tore off the track.. I've cut it out completely and it hasn't been replaced yet. The repair cost is simply too high for me to care much about it right now. The only other 'problems' I've had have been two wheel bearings being replaced (at around 73 & 79k miles), the serpentine belt being replaced (around 73k miles), and a few engine codes related to the Revo software. At just under 3 years (~86k miles) an exhaust leak developed around the v-clamp between the exhaust and the EGR filter.. replacing the clamp fixed the issue.
I had the car 'ordered' since around July 2008. I had a look in mind before then, and had parts waiting before I ever took the car home. The side markers were replaced on the first day. The coilovers & euro switch (and DRL's disabled) were installed a little after 1000 miles (and still drive the same). Most of the front grilles were changed over within the first few months, and the front fog lights were installed. The taillight and aspherical mirrors were done in mid-summer of 2009.
I didn't make many changes for about a year afterward, as I was saving money to go to Germany in 2009. After I got back I immediately bought the 18" wheels. The rear Jetta badge was removed in mid-summer 2010 and the Revo software was installed in November 2010 and the brake upgrades were done toward the later end of 2010. Before then I had only had the rear pads replaced. The euro gti lip and hid's were done in the first couple months of 2011, and the rear sway bar was done shortly afterward. I sold my 16" factory wheels in late 2010, when I picked up the set of 17" wheels for track days.
one of only a few photos I have of the car when it was completely stock:
summer 2009... I hated how the headlights looked in photos. It's very difficult to expose correctly for bright white/chrome blobs on the front of an otherwise black car.
march 2010.. only difference here is the wheels. Ride height was the same.
August 2010.. no changes. I camped in the back of the car this weekend... not very comfortable when it's super humid, 80F, and there are lots of bugs everywhere. I needed a window screen.
me taking a photo of the car taking a photo of my car... on the way to Wuste 2010
WaterWerks 2010.. still no changes
November 2010... think this is the last photo I have with the car on the 16s. This is right after the brake upgrade.
March 2011... stainless lines and Brembo fluid is in. Euro GTI lip is on, HID's are in. This is the point where I could finally stand back and see the car how I envisioned it back in 2008. It looks almost exactly how I wanted it to... very happy.
and then there's the 17" Audi wheels...
So, the car has seen the track five times so far, and probably at least two more times this year. I've also autocrossed the car a few times.
I have video of most of the track & autocross time linked from the page in my sig... if you're interested.
little snow action..
I love the wagon's rear end
BC mountains.. well north of Whistler, and a few gravel roads later
eastern side of the BC mountains
Yakima River canyon
snow storm rolled in while staying in eastern Washington
Leavenworth, WA in the winter
old cemetary deep in eastern Washington
Well, I like to keep my thoughts on the future of the car a little quiet. The exterior of the car is definitely going to stay similar for quite a while.. since it fits my vision so well. I will probably have different track wheels at some point (something lighter), and the interior will get more attention soon. Right now the only interior mod is the euro switch. I don't have any plans for audio at this point, though I'm sure I'll eventually upgrade the speakers and install an amp. The car will probably always be on coilovers.. static. Bags are not for me. (the sticker on the bottom of the windshield says "DARE to keep cars off bags" ). The frontend will likely be resprayed at some point.. it's covered in rock chips, which I hate. The front grille will definitely be resprayed soon, and the front lip likely will be as well. And.... I'm always looking for performance improvements
the mod list:
- Golf GT grille, painted flat black. Lower grille trim piece, painted flat black
- "R-Line" fog grilles
- OEM European GTI front spoiler, painted black (color matched)
- OEM European aspherical side mirrors (driver & passenger)
- Parts4Euro smoked side marker lights, LED amber bulbs
- OEM euro switch (front & rear fogs)
- OEM European taillights. Driver's rear fog enabled.
- OEM European front projector fogs, Ziza yellow H11 bulbs (ECS relay harness)
- OEM North American HID projector headlights, 4300k bulbs
- highline CECM is installed
- rear "Jetta" badge removed
- STaSIS/Koni Street Sport coilovers (24" / 607mm fender-to-ground)
- H&R 24mm adjustable rear sway bar, medium setting
- REVO Technik software upgrade
- GTI spec brake sizes (312mm front, 286mm rear): Zimmerman vented rotors, StopTech Street Performance pads, StopTech stainless brake lines, Brembo LCF600 Plus fluid
- Hartmann "Euromesh 3" 18x8, ET-47 wheels, Continental ExtremeContact DWS 225-40 tires
- Audi 5-spoke 'sport' 17x7.5, ET-45 wheels, Dunlop Direzza Z1 'Star Spec' 225-45 tires
DRL's disabled, inner lights also act as highbeams, rear fog enabled, windows & sunroof open/close via remote, comfort indicators turned off