I wanted to make a thread that would help me keep track of progress made to my car. I wouldn't really call it a build thread, as this is not really a project car. This is my daily driver, family hauler, and grocery getter. I do plan on doing some tasteful mods, but anything and everything I do to this car will me on a very minimal budget, just like all my past cars!
My car is a 1999.5 GTI 2.0/5 spd with 127k miles. It needs A LOT of work... ok well there is nothing major wrong with it, just lots of little things that bug me! The good news is that it's already lowered a satisfactory amount, rides surprisingly well, and already tinted (high quality job too).
As you can see from the pics, it's not too bad looking, but needs a bit of up keep. The PO was awful to this poor thing, and I want to save it. I got it, despite the issues, for a few reasons; 1- I needed something better on gas, which so far, it is, 2- I have always liked mk4 Golf/GTI's and 3- I only had about $400 into the car that I traded for it. So it's not a bad place to start.
Already done mods-
Lowered 2'' on Neuspeed Yellow Race springs
Struts are either Koni Yellows, or Bistein HD's (still have to get under the car to confirm)
IKON front strut bar
20% tint all around
Updated center console with cup holders
Freedom Design rear spoiler
TO DO LIST-
-Re-align front body panels
-Replace front bumper (it's trash, held on by screws, cracked, and missing lower part) I am thinking about going with an R32 bumper
-Do the ''joey mod'' on the head lights and replace lenses with glass
-Recover the headliner, PO did a piss poor job on it, and like everything else on this car, it got put back together with less than half the hardware that it is supposed to have
DONE-Find out and fix what ever is wrong with the drivers side front suspension!
DONE-Fix shifter linkage (I don't know WTF happened here, there are zip ties and twisty ties, and it sucks. It shifts fine, but it's hard to get into reverse sometimes
DONE-Replace high side AC line
DONE-Fix slave cyl leak! (should be easy, it's only leaking from the O-ring where the hardline attaches
DONE-Secure exhaust (PO put an aftermarket cat-back on it, and failed to secure it properly)
DONE-Eventually replace exhaust with stock set up, I like my cars to be quiet, but then again, I am used to Mercedes
DONE-Replace battery tray (there isn't one, the PO relocated the battery to the trunk
DONE-Replace stock air box (again, there isn't one, only a crappy cone filter)
DONE-Replace door panels (looks like PO broke every singe clip and bolt hole on these things when he took them off)
Anyway, as you can see my to do list is pretty long, and thats just the stuff I NEED to fix, not the stuff I WANT to do! But it's hard to complain when it's really nothing major. The car runs great.
TO DONE LIST-
-Secured door panels and put back in as many screws as I could
-Detailed in and out
-Fixed door and truck locks (PO didn't plug buttons back in when he loosely hung the door panels back on
-Fixed stalling issues
-Adjusted shift linkage, so that I can shift into 5th gear!
-Moved battery back to the front (the PO used way too small gauge of a wire when he moved it to the rear, and after the car was warm, it could not draw enough amperage to restart, and I would end up jumping it off of it's own battery! hahaha
-Got a shift knob for it, PO lost it...not sure how that happens....
-Fixed the sh**y wiring job they did on the MAF plug
I might be getting some new wheels for it later this week. I am new to MK4's so if you guys have any helpful tips or know of good places to find cheap parts, let me know.