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    1. Member nomad1721's Avatar
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      05-27-2016 04:24 AM #1
      Hi everyone.

      Add another dubber to the PNW. My fiance and I are moving to Seattle at the end of June. She really loves Grey's Anatomy so we thought we'd... just kidding. We're actually moving because I'm starting grad school this fall at UW. Our lease is up soon, so instead of spending another summer in Denver we thought we'd try and get out earlier and enjoy the summer there. I've only been to Seattle once before. Took a trip out there this last November to check out the program and UW campus and to just get a feel for the area. Loved every minute of it. While Washington was new to me, I did spend a lot of time as a kid at my grandpa's cabin in Oregon, so I'm not complete PNW virgin. Oh, and I love the Goonies and Free Willy (the movie. pervs.), so there's that.

      I'm actually really excited to get back into the VW scene. I tried to be pretty active back when I lived in CA, but got burned out by all the d-bags and bull$hit. Colorado was a nice break. Had a pretty steady group of mellow down to earth dubbers I hung out with while I was doing my undergrad at CSU, but once I moved to Denver the Corrado decided to give me some lip. So I locked her in the garage for three years and waited for her to apologize. In the mean time got into other hobbies like aquariums and video games. Only since the new year have I been willing to forgive and forget. Like I said, I'm really happy to try and get back in the scene. I always envied you PNW folks with your pretty mountain roads and seemingly endless supply of gorgeous dubs. I'm bummed that I'm going to miss this year's Leavenworth Drive though. BTW, what's the corrosion situation out there? Is it a big deal, or does it play nice with old dubs?

      I'm actually coming out to Seattle this Sunday (5/29) through Thursday to try and find a place for us live. If you see someone wandering around Capitol Hill or the University District hopelessly trying to understand mass transit it's probably me. Just point and laugh and continue on your way. I would.

      We'll be driving out in my 1990 G60 (blue pearl metallic, or LC5Z to you other Corrado owners out there), and my fiance's mkVI Golf TDI. Thanks if you actually read any of this. Now on to the pictures.




      This WAS my Corrado before 3+ years of harsh CO weather took it's toll on the paint.


      ^See what I mean?!^ The summer sun is equally brutal out here.


      As she looks now in all her weather-beaten glory. I'd like to call it dignified, but really it's just sorry.

      Oh, and the Golf. It's stock.

      On Pike's Peak at 14,000 ft.




      aaaand just for kicks the car that started it all...many years ago.


      TL;DR // Moving to Seattle. Looking for dubbers. Let's be friends!

      Thanks for looking. Hope to meet a lot of you this summer.

      josh
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      Quote Originally Posted by hipster. View Post
      They ended up buying my Corrado, I offered to sell them my Bentley. But they didn't want to spend the $40 I was selling it for. Poor bastards.
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      05-27-2016 12:50 PM #2
      Welcome to the Northwest! Can't wait to see that G60 on the road, still one of my favorite VW's of all time.
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      05-27-2016 09:07 PM #3
      Greetings! Fellow corrado owner here as well. Rust and corrosion aren't an issue to be worried about here in the slightest, unless you live ON the coast or go over Stevens pass they use sodium chloride (salt) type of de-icer but the thin lines we put down everywhere else are glycol based.
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    4. 05-28-2016 02:56 AM #4
      Welcome to the wet side. What will you be studying?

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      05-29-2016 01:35 PM #5
      The areas that you are looking in tend to be pretty expensive for rent, I would look in one of the neighboring cities and just take the bus to UW.

      If you could find a place that is either near the link light (like the MAX in Oregon) rail or on one of the rapid ride routes it wouldn't take very long to get to the campus.

      Download the trip planner APP for transit, it is pretty good.

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      05-29-2016 08:42 PM #6
      Hi, best of luck finding a place. After living in the Mountains, and coming back to the area, my Rabbit has definitely seen the rust. Wish I always had the timing to find a place with a garage, so I am not always stuck working on the car in the snow and rain. If you need a hand, or dub caravan...nice rides btw

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      05-31-2016 11:03 AM #7
      Awesome man. Welcome to the PNW, fellow Denver native and CSU undergrad here.


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      06-08-2016 08:20 PM #8
      Oops. Sorry the delay folks, moving plans have hit critical mass in the last week or so. Enjoyed my trip out to Seattle immensely, but didn't come across a place for my fiance and I. I guess we'll just be picking something out over the internet. On a positive note, I honestly could not believe how gorgeous it was last week. Really excited to get to spend most of the summer out there.

      Quote Originally Posted by SouthSideGTI View Post
      Welcome to the Northwest! Can't wait to see that G60 on the road, still one of my favorite VW's of all time.
      Thanks! It's not much of a looker, but it's coming together bit by bit. Just ordered a bunch of parts to get it ready for the trip in a few weeks, hopefully it's uneventful.

      Quote Originally Posted by karlorado View Post
      Greetings! Fellow corrado owner here as well. Rust and corrosion aren't an issue to be worried about here in the slightest, unless you live ON the coast or go over Stevens pass they use sodium chloride (salt) type of de-icer but the thin lines we put down everywhere else are glycol based.
      Hey karlorado, glad to meet another C owner! Are there many others out there? I've seen maybe six or seven on the road since I've been in CO. It would be great if there were more, misery loves company! Good to hear about the (lack of) rust, especially since I plan to daily the g60 for a while. Hope we can meet up at some point.

      Quote Originally Posted by platoonchief View Post
      Welcome to the wet side. What will you be studying?
      Thanks platoonchief! Going for my MS in Human Centered Design and Engineering.

      Quote Originally Posted by tyintegra View Post
      The areas that you are looking in tend to be pretty expensive for rent, I would look in one of the neighboring cities and just take the bus to UW.

      If you could find a place that is either near the link light (like the MAX in Oregon) rail or on one of the rapid ride routes it wouldn't take very long to get to the campus.

      Download the trip planner APP for transit, it is pretty good.
      Thanks for the tip about the Trip Planner App tyintegra. THAT WAS A GREAT FIND. Between that and GMaps, I didn't have any trouble navigating the bus/link/streetcars. Unfortunately, you were SO right about the areas I was looking in last week. HOLY sh*t it can get expensive out there! Talk about sticker shock. Looks like we're going to end up north of campus, either Green Lake area or towards Lake Forest Park. The second one doesn't seem bad, since I can just ride the bike trail all the way to campus.

      Quote Originally Posted by chr2dae View Post
      Hi, best of luck finding a place. After living in the Mountains, and coming back to the area, my Rabbit has definitely seen the rust. Wish I always had the timing to find a place with a garage, so I am not always stuck working on the car in the snow and rain. If you need a hand, or dub caravan...nice rides btw
      Thanks man. We're still looking. I've pretty much given up hope of finding a place with a garage that's within our budget. Looks like I'll be wrenching along side you in the rain. Thanks for the heads up on the rust. Just saw a little bubble on the hatch starting to form the other day. I'll have to remedy that before I get out there. Oh, and another thanks for the offer, I might just hit you up one day

      Quote Originally Posted by ArclitGold View Post
      Awesome man. Welcome to the PNW, fellow Denver native and CSU undergrad here.
      Thank you for the welcome. How long have you been out in the PNW? Ever miss CO? We should grab a few beers and talk sh*t about the Buffs sometime.

      Quote Originally Posted by FTMFW View Post
      Well you've just hit the mother lode...
      Lol, I guess there's a few everywhere, they just do their best to make a scene and get noticed *shrug*. Folks seem nice enough so far
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      They ended up buying my Corrado, I offered to sell them my Bentley. But they didn't want to spend the $40 I was selling it for. Poor bastards.
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      06-09-2016 04:25 PM #9
      Thanks for the tip about the Trip Planner App tyintegra. THAT WAS A GREAT FIND. Between that and GMaps, I didn't have any trouble navigating the bus/link/streetcars. Unfortunately, you were SO right about the areas I was looking in last week. HOLY sh*t it can get expensive out there! Talk about sticker shock. Looks like we're going to end up north of campus, either Green Lake area or towards Lake Forest Park. The second one doesn't seem bad, since I can just ride the bike trail all the way to campus.

      My wife and I live in Bothell/Lynnwood area and we like it a lot. The commute into the city is actually pretty good from there even though it is a decent distance out and housing prices aren't too bad.

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      06-09-2016 08:39 PM #10
      Go home, we're full

      Only kidding, welcome to Rain City

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      06-10-2016 04:21 PM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by tyintegra View Post
      My wife and I live in Bothell/Lynnwood area and we like it a lot. The commute into the city is actually pretty good from there even though it is a decent distance out and housing prices aren't too bad.
      That's good to know. We had looked more towards Bothell in the past, but dismissed it as too far out. Might take another look. Thanks!
      Quote Originally Posted by hipster. View Post
      They ended up buying my Corrado, I offered to sell them my Bentley. But they didn't want to spend the $40 I was selling it for. Poor bastards.
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      06-10-2016 04:27 PM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by Chilled Euphoria View Post
      Go home, we're full

      Only kidding, welcome to Rain City

      Nice Corrado
      Haha, thanks. Looking forward to trying someplace new. You say "go home, we're full" and I hear "this place rocks, but I'm tired of sharing and everything becoming more expensive, so stay away." I've been saying the same thing to people moving to CO for years.
      Quote Originally Posted by hipster. View Post
      They ended up buying my Corrado, I offered to sell them my Bentley. But they didn't want to spend the $40 I was selling it for. Poor bastards.
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      07-27-2016 04:39 AM #14
      i said this in another thread here but we need to have a seattle corrado drive. i just moved back here as well

    15. 07-27-2016 09:51 AM #15
      Another C owner here! I live about 30 min south of Seattle and have a g60 as well. I also have my entire attic full of just about every g60 part available haha, so if you're wanting to meet up and need someone who has parts I'm available!
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      08-08-2016 03:27 PM #16
      UPDATE: Well, I guess I hadn't sacrificed enough money to the Corrado Gods recently... Rewind to June 30th (the day before we left CO). That morning I went out to get new tires and an alignment in preparation for the journey. I floored it as I was making a hard right out onto a busy street, and imagine my surprise when I see water, quite literally, SPRAYING out between the d/s fender and hood. I pulled over to find that my radiator neck had sheared off inside the upper coolant hose. Eh, normally not a big deal. Pulled the severed piece out of the hose grabbed my socket set and a spare rad-neck from the hatch and got too work. I get the bolts out of the old neck, and the thing is stuck to the top of the radiator. Gave it a few gentle taps, tried twisting it a bit to break the o-ring loose, and eventually it came off -- along with about 3 inches of the radiator end tank. Upon further inspection of the rad neck, I realized that the PO must have lost the o-ring and just decided that it would be a TERRIFIC idea to simply epoxy the neck to the radiator. Genius. Wish I could give that guy a high-five right now. I can see that he was thinking ahead.

      *sigh* While the timing was less than fortuitous, the cooling system had been on the repair/replace list for a while anyway. In my eternal optimism I thought that since there were no leaks and it worked great, all was good, so I kept letting it slip further and further down the list. Shame on me. No choice now. Plus, I can't help but think how much worse it would have been if this had happened in the middle of Wyoming on I-80 somewhere. *shudder*

      Unfortunately, we HAD to be in Seattle by Saturday 7/2, so I had to leave the Corrado behind. I ended up using doing sh*tty fix on the radiator with JB Weld putty, and it was enough to get the car parked at a friend's house. It sat there, sad and broken as Corrado's tend to do until the last week of July. We had to go back to Denver for the weekend, so I dropped the car off with the excellent guys at Bluewater Performance. Thanks Gabe!

      Since it's already under the knife for the radiator and I'm already breaking my #1 rule of no one works on the car but me... I though it would be a good time to get a few of those other fixes done at the same time.

      Laundry List:
      New Radiator (maybe I should finally invest in a METAL radneck from Grüven or TT)
      Rod bearings (because G60), oil pump and a new pan.
      New control arms, TT/R32 bushings, ball joints & tie rod ends (already had all these parts anyway, just not the time)
      Timing belt and water pump

      Oh, plus an alignment and new tires.

      I was seriously considering having them throw on a set of Koni coils, but my wallet already hurts enough. I'll save the coils for when I do the new exhaust in a couple of months.

      As much as it hurts, I'm really looking forward to driving the car especially with the refreshed front end. Plus not driving through Utah in JULY or AUGUST w/o A/C is always a bonus. If all goes according to plan, I should have the car out here by by October at the latest.


      Oh, and the move itself went fairly ok. Fiance and I ended up north of UW in Lake City. We're off of 125th and 35th Ave NE. Decent enough place, except that they expressly forbid working on vehicles. Looks like I need to find friends with long driveways and/or garages. Any takers? It's great being close to the Burke-Gilman trail and I have my choice of three bus lines to campus. There even seems to be another Corrado owner up 35th a few blocks from me.



      Quote Originally Posted by JBETZ View Post
      Hello and welcome to the Seattle area
      Thanks JBETZ! I feel like a vortex celebrity now. Nice to see that you guys are nearby for all my Corrado needs. I'm sure that I'll soon become an all-too-regular customer.

      Quote Originally Posted by chrisd1891 View Post
      i said this in another thread here but we need to have a seattle corrado drive. i just moved back here as well
      That would be freakin sweet! There were so few C owners in CO, and we all know that misery loves company... Where did you move back from?

      Quote Originally Posted by austin028 View Post
      Another C owner here! I live about 30 min south of Seattle and have a g60 as well. I also have my entire attic full of just about every g60 part available haha, so if you're wanting to meet up and need someone who has parts I'm available!
      You said an attic full of g60 parts, eh? So...can we be best friends? I'll definitely hit you up when I get the car out here. It's going to be nice to get to know a few other C owners.
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      Quote Originally Posted by hipster. View Post
      They ended up buying my Corrado, I offered to sell them my Bentley. But they didn't want to spend the $40 I was selling it for. Poor bastards.
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      08-17-2016 03:57 AM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by nomad1721 View Post

      Oh, and the move itself went fairly ok. Fiance and I ended up north of UW in Lake City. We're off of 125th and 35th Ave NE. Decent enough place, except that they expressly forbid working on vehicles. Looks like I need to find friends with long driveways and/or garages. Any takers? It's great being close to the Burke-Gilman trail and I have my choice of three bus lines to campus.


      First if you ever come across the PO, please give him a good backhanded slap to the head for me. That sucks about your Corrado breaking down but at least when you all fixed up you'll have a nice cruise.

      Second, you'll love cycling/jogging/running on the Burke-Gilman trail.

      Third,if you can't find a buddy to use their garage but I'm sure you will. I recommend Stew's Garage in Kirkland. You get access to all of the tools. The guy John that works there is always around and offers help or advice. I've taken my car there a few times for oil changes and other stuff and always been happy with the service.

      http://stewsgarage.com/

      To get to Kirkland, just take 522 then I-405 South.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Chilled Euphoria View Post

      I recommend Stew's Garage in Kirkland. You get access to all of the tools. The guy John that works there is always around and offers help or advice. I've taken my car there a few times for oil changes and other stuff and always been happy with the service.

      http://stewsgarage.com/
      Thanks for the tip on Stew's Garage, I checked it out a couple of weeks ago, and it looks like a decent place.


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      Quote Originally Posted by hipster. View Post
      They ended up buying my Corrado, I offered to sell them my Bentley. But they didn't want to spend the $40 I was selling it for. Poor bastards.
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      09-15-2016 05:14 PM #19
      THE EXODUS BEGINS.

      I flew out to Denver last week for work, and I'm getting ready ready to bring the Corrado home. Picked it up from Bluewater Performance, and now I'm just waiting in Discount Tire for them to finish mounting up four new Yokohama S.Drives. Then it's time to fill up with gas and hit the highway. Since I'm getting a later start than I had hoped, I'm going to shoot for Little America in WY, which is about 7 hours away. Looks like the Corrado is coming down off the lift. Showtime. Wish me luck.

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      Quote Originally Posted by hipster. View Post
      They ended up buying my Corrado, I offered to sell them my Bentley. But they didn't want to spend the $40 I was selling it for. Poor bastards.
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      09-15-2016 07:54 PM #20
      Luck! The drive isn't bad once you're out of Wyoming.


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      Quote Originally Posted by ArclitGold View Post
      Luck! The drive isn't bad once you're out of Wyoming.


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      The last few times I've been through WY on the 80, I've lucked out. This time not so much. Hit four thunderstorms between Cheyenne and my stopping point of Little America. Wind, hail and torrential rain. I've never been in a storm so bad that it overloaded the drip trays in the sunroof. Maybe they're not as clean as i thought. Otherwise, the car was phenomenal. First time on the freeway in 3 years. I forgot how much I enjoyed driving her.


      Short break between storms 2 & 3 yesterday.


      Lunch break today.

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      Quote Originally Posted by hipster. View Post
      They ended up buying my Corrado, I offered to sell them my Bentley. But they didn't want to spend the $40 I was selling it for. Poor bastards.
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      09-19-2016 01:25 PM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by nomad1721 View Post

      Oh, and the move itself went fairly ok. Fiance and I ended up north of UW in Lake City. We're off of 125th and 35th Ave NE.
      That's a pretty entertaining area. My wife and I just left there last October. If you like sushi, hit up Toyoda right next to Elliot Bay Brewery (also a great place to eat) If you're just looking for a beer, go right up Lake City Way there to the Solara Apartments. There's a beer-only bar that is abso-f^cking-lutely STOCKED with a beer diversity that you're going to have a hard time matching anywhere near by. They do take-out-beer too. The Beer Authority.

    23. 09-21-2016 04:02 AM #23
      So nice to see another corrado in the pnw.
      I hope you trip coming back was all good.
      I just got a corrado g60 last week and planning on keeping it for a long time. Welcome again.
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      10-16-2016 05:01 PM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by nomad1721 View Post

      That would be freakin sweet! There were so few C owners in CO, and we all know that misery loves company... Where did you move back from?
      Yea we should try to organize something, though I need to fix my C first - it's doing a weird shudder at 2000rpm, vacuum gauge is all bouncy, and I'm running out of ideas

      I moved back from Vancouver BC, was up there for school.

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