I always seem to make this thread when I get a new VW. It is a fun trip down memory lane for me. This is VW # 17 unless I am forgetting one or two.
My first VW was a 1998 GTi vr6. It was an awesome car. Notice how cool I thought I was when I got it 18 years ago...
It was totaled by a red light runner. Next in line was a 2005 Jetta GLS that I got new that I don't have pictures of. I let my girlfriend at the time have the car and I got myself a 2003 GTi vr6.
The 2003 was an awesome car. Really enjoyed every minute I owned that thing. However, I had an opportunity to sell it and get myself into a R32 and couldn't pass that up, as it was the halo VW of the era.
I owned a 1987 Scirocco 16v while I had the R32, mainly as a mileage dump to keep the R32 nice, but it was a really fun car too. Unique, quirky, and fun. It wasn't that much of a looker, but I really enjoyed it as well. I blew a rear main seal and proceeded to piss oil all over a brand new clutch I installed. I sold the car shortly there after for next to nothing to a friend of mine.
The R32 was special. I owned it in my mid 20s and had a lot of fun in it and with my friends. I needed money to cover medical bills that came up and decided to sell it and got into a 2004 Jetta GLi.
The 04 GLi was a special car for me. To this day it might be my favorite car that I've owned. I met my wife when I had it and just had a ton of fun with it through the years I owned it. The APR tune and blowoff noises made that thing a ton of fun, and to this day it's a really beautiful car to look at.
While I had the GLi, I bought a 1989 GTi 16v as a project car. I had a ton of fun with the MK2. I did a lot to the car and really had fun working on it and take pride in what I did with it. I bought a 1987 Jetta GLi as an interior donor so I could put Recaros in the GTi.
I rebuilt the seats with some custom covers I had stitched up and sourced some foam to rebuild the seats from overseas.
In the end, that car really came together into something special. I spent 3 years building that car into what I had always wanted. (Pictured with the CC, my wife's Jetta, and my super moto KLX400).
I decided it was time to move on from the MK4 GLi, and found myself a 2012 CC R-Line. That car did everything it was supposed to well. It looked awesome, cruised awesome, and provided smiles. I loved the CC.
Well, I decided to sell the MK2. A MK3 came up for sale from a friend that was too good to pass up. It was an 8v, but it was the car that got me to fall in love with VWs and I couldn't pass it up. A 1998 Porcelain Blue GTi 8v.
I owned the car for a few years and used it to commute in. It ran like a champ and never gave me trouble up to nearly 180K miles. I installed some custom Recaro seats I sourced from VWVortex and the BBS RAs that were on the MK2, but thats about it. What a great car it was.
By this time my wife decided the 2012 Jetta SE was a bit outdated, so we got her a 2014 GLi to replace it.
I decided it was time for a big jump from the CC and get into the new halo VW. I got myself a 2016 Golf R, the perfect stable mate for the MK3.
We also just received news that our family was expanding with the coming of our daughter, so my wife's 2014 GLi was traded in for a 2018 Tiguan SEL to perform mommy duties.
I also picked up a 2019 Jetta S on a super cheap lease to keep the miles off of the Golf R and promptly got ride of the hideous wheels with some sourced off of a MK7 GTi.
Well, shortly thereafter we decided it was time to move on from the MK3. It was sad to see it go, it was a really special car.
The Golf R also made little sense with our family expanding and our life changing substantially. We had a cross country move in the works, a new baby, an no need for the hot hatch, so we traded it for a 2016 Jetta GLI so my wife and I could both enjoy a more practical fun car. It was probably the most mint used car I have ever owned. The interior and exterior were flawless, I couldn't believe it was a lease turn in.
Well, we made the move across the country, I drove all three cars out here one at a time. (The Jetta S, Jetta GLI, and Tiguan.)
Now, the baby is nearly a year old, my commute dropped significantly, and we really have zero need for 3 cars. I decided it was time to get something better suited for the little one in the back. I was contemplating a GSW or a Passat, and the Passat just offered the room we were looking for. I would have opted for an R line in most circumstances, but they almost always lack the options, and the rear AC vent was critical because of my daughter in the back seat.
I found a really clean 2017 Passat SE w/ tech near by and traded the Jetta S and Jetta GLI in for it.
I'm very happy with the car. I only wanted Reef Blue (I'm very partial to nice metallic blues) if I was going to get an SE, and only silver or white for an R line. Also very glad I found the grey interior on the reef blue exterior, it looks great together.
No real plans for the car, just some ceramic tint for the time being. A tune, a mild drop and wheels might come down the road. I'll probably also tinker with some LED interior lights and OEM plus stuff like the trunk hinge covers. Monster mats and an OEM sunshade are on their way, but for now it is just going to be a nice clean daddy-mobile.