Long story short about 3 months ago my wife at the time decided she wasn't happy and wanted to separate. As bad as the situation was given we had 2 kids I tried to make the best of it. Then it dawned on me I could finally do what I wanted vehicle wise. She wouldn't allow me to have a car that I truly enjoyed because of wither price, fuel consumption or unreliability. About a month I go I started looking at new cars, went and test drove a Rabbit Gti, Civic Si and WRX. Pricing wasn't where I needed so I decided to look at cheaper project type cars but everything I liked was too much money or too much work. I was looking at everything from Mk4 Gti's to forth gen Mustang GT's. A few weeks went by and I got a call from my VW dealer wanting to know if I was still interested, I told them yes but needed to be at a certain payment. At this point I decided to revisit the Civic Si and the WRX. I wasn't a huge fan of the SI both in appearance and the drive. I liked the WRX but I just couldn't get the deal where I needed. So back to VW I went, with a little back and forth I agreed to a deal on a base 2019 Gti 6 speed. I walked away from my 2017 Jetta with no debit carried over and got a decent amount off the lease price that is made the deal too hard to say no to. I had test drove a Rabbit trim level before and while I liked it I actually liked the base model slightly more, I wasn't a fan of the 18's and wanted red so I was happy to take the base model.
It's been such a long time since I had a car that actually made me smile. I know it's not some crazy excotic rare car or has a ton of power but the way it feels is a huge improvement over the Jetta in so many ways. Just getting behind the wheel makes my day and I really needed that. I don't have anything crazy planned for it other than just drive it. I'd like to get the windows tinted and maybe a set of wheels at some point but not in a rush.
The view from the front of my store.