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Image of my wife's Mk6 Jetta.
                  Click the image for more information and photos...I bought my wife a 2014 Jetta TDI w/Premium Package to replace her troublesome 2003 Passat in May 2014. It's Moonrock Silver (hint of gold) with Cornsilk Beige interior. The Premium was a special TDI-only trim (2012-2014) that's a half-step between the SE and SEL. It comes with leatherette interior, alloy wheels, a winter package, sunroof, Sirius radio, VW's new "Car Net" telematics system, and a good-sounding Fender Premium Audio system with nine speakers, Bluetooth connectivity, smartphone control, a rear view camera, and SD card input. The "Cornsilk" beige interior is beautiful, but I expect it to get dirty fast; stains will be a nightmare! We like the exterior color as it reminds us of the "Champagne Pearl" of a Pathfinder we used to have. The engine produces 140 hp and 236 lb-ft in stock form. Her car will very likely remain unmodified if her 11 year history with a bone stock Passat is any indicator. Her old Passat was a 1.8T gasser that averaged about 26-mpg overall. She REALLY wanted a diesel, but the TDI was not available in the Passat when we made our purchase. After 11 years of driving the gasser, she finally has the diesel she's always wanted! She's averaging about 12,000 miles per year at 36 mpg. Her city driving prevents her from achieving the 40+ mpg she'd love to have. But 36 mpg is still quite a bit better than 26 mpg in a car that required premium unleaded fuel. The ride isn't quite as cushy as the old Passat, but it's nowhere near as harsh as my old Mk3 Jetta. "Controlled, but not too firm" is a good description of the ride. Click here for a photo album of her Mk6.


Image of my Mk6 Stealth
                  TDI. Click the image for more information and
                  photos...I was so impressed with the new Jetta TDI that I simply HAD to have one for myself. Had I not bought my own, I might have started driving hers more than she does. I could see knife-fights in the front yard over who got to drive the new car! ;-) Although the photos make the cars look identical, mine is the lighter Reflex Silver Metallic with black leatherette interior. Otherwise, everything else is nearly the same. My car has received a few hidden modifications since I blasted through the 36,000-mile basic warranty in 14 months. I've added a hitch, upgraded the sound system by adding a larger subwoofer and associated amplifier, added a pure sine wave inverter, and installed a amateur radio suite. Engine output is easily raised to 170 hp and 300 lb-ft with a simple ECU reflash, all while maintaining a smoke-free and legal exhaust system!  :-)  However, the negative attention that DIESELGATE has brought to TDIs has compelled me to keep any such modifications almost completely secret. I actually like the ride height, but I may lower the car about an inch just as a subtle fashion statement. I have a set of GLI springs that should lower the car about 1/2-inch. We'll see...

Which car is modified?Looking back on how I earned the moniker "Stealth TDI" (by keeping my Mk3's mods hidden), I'm reminded that my Mk3 lost some of its "stealth" when I eventually personalized it. My friends instantly knew my car when they saw its shiny wheels and large ham radio antennas.
I didn't plan to install radio equipment in my Mk6. However, I changed my mind due to changes in ham radio technology. I currently have one small black antenna for a subtle look. I may add an HF antenna someday since I have an HF transceiver. I actually like the factory 16" Mambo wheels, so I'm not researching anything different. I'm not even interested in personalized plates, a rite of passage in Virginia. Today, I rather appreciate the total anonymity that comes with driving my Mk6 (except that I have an antenna now). This is especially true in the wake of Dieselgate. Regardless of TDI popularity, my car will look bone stock with the exception of window tint and a hitch receiver (which is barely noticeable). But I'll continue to mod "beneath the skin." :-)  BTW, can you tell which of these two Jettas is modified? That's exactly how I prefer it!  ;-)  Click here to see various photo albums of my Jetta.


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