I could have sworn I started a thread here on the progress of my car, but I must have been mistaken.
I never would have imagined owning a VW. I was raised on ChryCo products; my father worked for Plymouth and Dodge parts departments for 30 years.
In all honesty I was in the market for an Accord coupe at the time, since my best friend bought one and I really liked it. My salesman had me look at the Passat and sit in it, but at the time I wasn't impressed. It turns out, from the mess I was in, the only way they could work a deal to get me out of the hole I was in was to give the Passat a second look. And man, I'm glad I did.
I took it out on the highway and I fell in love. It had more toys than all the previous cars I had combined. Power moonroof, heated leather seats, auto-leveling bi-xenons, side mirror that tilts down when in reverse so you can see how close you are, steering wheel mounted volume control, so on and so forth. When I was driving it out on the highway, I would be shocked if people couldn't hear me let out a big WOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO...it was bliss and to this day it still is!
I was so excited and I wanted to take it home NOW. So I was late to work since I was signing all the paperwork.
As I said this is my first VW and I hope it won't be my last. It's been a huge learning curve for me since no one around me (at the time) knew a thing about VW's.
So, here's a gallery of pictures I've taken in chronological order:
Very first pics...
Last summer I decided to do some work on my own, although it wasn't much. I pulled the DRL relay to save the bi-xenons (not a cheap bulb...I purchased mine at cost, and it was $160! ) and also installed a euroswitch, which I absolutely love.
Pics taken after a wax and euroswitch install:
Last fall, I never thought I would see the day, but I did. As I was sitting patiently at a red light in Davenport, a guy not paying attention (instead to his kid and/or cell phone) hit me. At the time it was raining so I couldn't tell if there was damage. A week later i finally found some damage to the bumper. I called his insurance company and everything was handled fine. Before I move on, my lower trim has been starting to flake off (it was like that when I bought it). My W8, as you can see from the above pictures, had a grey trim on the bottom. Progressive (his insurance company) told me to ask the body shop to get an estimate on painting the lowers since I was going to have it painted anyway, they could cut me a good deal. (I was going to have it painted black to have the whole car match, but was going to have it done after winter.)
The body shop called me up later to tell me that my car is done and I can pick it up. However, the guy told me that "the flaking was getting really bad and we had to do something about it, so we painted the whole bumper black." I was pissed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! First of all, they didn't even ask me before they went and just painted the whole thing and not just the spot they were supposed to paint. Second of all, I have an all black bumper with lower grey sides and front, so it is going to look stupid. He offered to paint it grey again, but I was like screw it, b/c I was going to have it done anyway. (It wouldn't have cost me anything for them to paint it the way it was). I asked if he had an estimate done for the rest of the job and he said no, he will talk to me in the morning about that since he didn't have it done. I had my girlfriend go down to look at it since I was at work and she told me from the back it looks HOT, but couldn't see the whole thing. She talked to one of the painters and I guess what happened was when they masked off the bumper and took off the tape, the grey flaked off even more so they went and painted it anyway.
I stopped in the morning, and my baby was sitting outside. I was grinning from ear to ear...WOW, does it ever look nice all black!!
I went in to talk to the manager and owner and they were actually really nice about the whole thing. Turns out the previous owner spray painted the lower trim, so that's why it was flaking so badly. He offered to bring it back in and look at the other moldings to see what he could do and what the cost would be to match what they did to the back bumper. He told me worst case scenario, he would only charge me half if anything at all.
He called me later in the afternoon and apparently the side moldings are a different texture, almost woodgrain-like to where the silver was not going to come out. So he's not going to guarantee the life of the paint job they're going to do since the paint doesn't stick well. He told me I could buy new moldings, but it would be $325 (I figure apiece...). So...he told me just to keep the rental and he would pay for it, and he will paint the front and the sides at NO COST. I'm like...f**k yeah!!!
I guess you could say this "accident" was a blessing in disguise...
Pictures taken after the freshly-painted lowers were done:
The more heads turn and the more I drive the Passat, the more I fall in love with it.
Pics taken from my celly on a cold February morning...so cold that if you look close enough, there are icicles hanging from the lower grille. BRRR!
I never realized how much fun GTG's are until you go to one. I saw the pics all the time on PassatWorld, and I finally had the chance to go to the Projekt German Dubuque GTG. I had so much fun, but it makes me want to spend more money on the car!
My very first rolling shot!! YEAY!!!
Here are some stock W8 images for your viewing pleasure:
Animation of the monstrous W8 engine:
Some recent pics of recent mods, OEM roof rack and tinted tail lights!
List of current mods:
DRL relay pulled
35% tint all around
Smoked tail lights
Chrome mirror caps
18" Audi B6 S4 Avuses
H&R springs/Koni adjustable shocks
Denison iPod adapter
Smoked bumper markers
Chrome door handles
JOM black badgeless grille
To do list:
Replace Bi-xenon headlights
4" SilverLine OR Magnaflow exhaust setup
Spacers (at least 5mm)
Questions, comments, complaints, suggestions welcome!