My House of TDIs

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                445,000 original miles...I bought my first Jetta TDI in 1998. It's VW's third generation Jetta, frequently referred to as a "Mk3" ("mark-three") among enthusiasts. What makes my Mk3 special besides the engine? Nothing, if you believe your eyes. I'm conservative. Therefore, I don't like anything eye-catching on my car. I thought "stealth" when choosing modifications. At one point, my Mk3 had an additional 50 whp and 150 lb-ft, vastly improved handling through suspension tuning, upgraded lighting, an upgraded stereo system and a hidden communications suite. It served as a commuter, a travel/vacation car and my workhorse with racks/trailer almost non-stop for its first 16 years and 450,000 miles. It also was a weekend racer. But you'd never know it by passing it on the street. One more thing which makes my TDI a little special: TDIs were somewhat limited in the Mk3 platform because the TDI engine was new to North America. That and time alone has made Mk3 TDIs somewhat of a rare find these days. On top of that, I'm also the original owner, having purchased the car brand new on January 31, 1998. :-) Although I have a newer daily driver (finally), my Mk3 is still a substantial part of this site! It is the car that transformed my love for VWs and the car that made this site what is has been since 1999. Having the newer car has allowed me to finally park the Mk3 for some rehabilitation and other work that has take more than "a quick weekend job." I hope to return it to its previous glory by the time my daughter is ready to start driving, albeit with the electronics moved to the newer car below. CLICK HERE to see what's beneath the skin of my Stealth TDI. Visit my photo albums to read specifics. I also have an old write-up here that I no longer maintain. The info is still good, though.
 

The new
                Jettas...My wife and I also have a pair of 2014 Mk6 Jetta TDIs with Premium packages. We love them! This is Volkswagen's sixth generation Jetta, frequently referred to as a "Mk6" ("mark-six"). I haven't really done as much to either car. Here's why: There was a time when Volkswagen built its cars as basic machines with limited options, "econoboxes" if you will. VW enthusiasts then would "build" their car to suit their needs and/or to make it their own. I certainly have had quite a journey in defining my Mk3 over the years, starting as 100% commuter, then added ham radio equipment, then performance aspects for SCCA events, some minor car show stuff, etc. I never followed popular fashion trends; I did what I wanted. Today, some enthusiasts still buy the cheap base models and then spend thousands of dollars more to "build" their cars. However, I believe advancements in technology, the modern list of standard items which were once very expensive options, and Volkswagen's efforts to satisfy consumers with more trim levels has yielded a Jetta that I really think is great just the way it is. Since my driving preferences have shifted from tight handling on the race course to comfort on my daily commute and highway travels, the Jetta TDI w/Premium is already giving me nearly everything I want with factory equipment, all purchased at once. Sure, I've already done a few minor things. But I see no need to transform either of these cars.  Click here to read about our 2014 Jetta TDIs.


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