I got active in the on-line VW community soon after getting a MK VI TDI DSG JSW (enough acronyms?), which was a bit of an impulse buy. The car has been a blast in part because it’s such a great car, but every bit as much because of the strong VW & TDI community support that helps you get the most out of the car. I’ve learned a lot from the community and my TDI is much the better for that.
Somewhere along the line I saw mention of the 2.0t SEL JSW that could be had with a 6MT. Sounded really cool… a stealth GTI. So I started casually looking and discovered there were only a few around. (I did a couple of nation-wide searches, but never came up with more than 12 SELs DSG & 6MT combined.) I found a 6MT a few miles away, but when I showed up for a test drive, it was already gone. Luckily, I had found a Candy White 2.0t SEL sitting on a dealer’s lot in Ohio and an odyssey was about to begin.
Somewhere along the line, my boys saw a white B5.5 Passat with a considerable amount of blackout. Its Euro plate read STRM_TRPR, so the boys gave my SEL a name when they found out that I'd actually bought it. It was a long wait while my car worked its way from Ohio to VA, even though it was only about 10 days from when I bought the car until it arrived at the house. I looked at planes, trains, and automobiles as options to get myself over to the car, but in the end it was cheaper and more convenient to use the transportation industry.
Here’s the car about a month after I got it. The pinstripes (!) are barely visible. Fortunately, these were simply tape, so they are now a tapeball in a nearby landfill.
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I want this car to be a super nice OEM plus car that can be a daily driver. I also know 6MT SELs are fairly uncommon, so I don’t want to run it in to the ground. So within these confines, I want to fix it up, drive it, and keep enjoying it.
I'll try to keep this updated by section, but there will be a running list of tasks and entries.