Note: Hover your mouse over the “My GTI” link above to reveal a drop-down menu which lists write-ups for various changes to the car.
I like to hide my mods or make my cars appear ordinary. I don’t even have personalized license plates, an apparent rite of passage here in Virginia. My plan was to get an “S,” debadge it, and mount my 16-inch VW Mambo alloys, sort of disguising the car as a Golf. It would have looked sedate, but come to life as a little sleeper when needed. “Why not just get a Golf?” That’s easy: I wanted the more powerful 2.0T. It’s A LOT more fun, especially after a tune! Plus, the GTI is a better car. I quickly decided to buy a “Sport,” which is essentially an “S” with Performance and Lighting Packages, as well as unique wheels. I’ve shared details about my decision here.
I’m a pragmatist who’s been driving modestly equipped cars all of his life. I was not interested in the fancy options that come with the upper trim levels, particularly the sunroof or leather seats. I cannot help but recall the adage, “Never put a hole in a roof that doesn’t leak.” This rings even truer as I read reports of leaking, creaking, or cracked sunroof frames. As for the leather seats, I’ve read that they’re hot in the summer and cold in the winter. I’ve always found cloth seats to be pretty comfortable, even if they needed a little more attention to keep clean. Living where summer days reach the upper-90’s, I’ll take a more breathable seat any day! Fender Premium Audio was the only other feature that I wished this car had. At least that used to be the case. I developed my own solution that sounds much better. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the Lighting Package, even more so after removing the North American Region restrictions (see “Convenience Mods” for more details).
I found myself appreciating how good Reflex Silver looks, even when it’s dirty. Call me lazy, but I think Reflex Silver is an “easy button” that looks great almost all the time. What will set my car apart from other GTIs? Nothing, if you believe your eyes. That’s the point, right? Everything I’ve done so far is either completely hidden, installed discretely, or removable when parking in suspect areas. The car may eventually get some mild springs (just an inch). Regardless, my plan is to keep everything either hidden or discrete. I’ll be sure to share my progress. Check the submenus by hovering your mouse over the “My GTI” link above. I’ve shared a photo album below, too.
My Wheels Are Turning…