Kate's 2004 Jetta GLS 1.8T

How long have you owned this car?
About three years.

Is there anything unique about the history of this car?
Not as far as I know except there were several religious cards stuffed under the center console. Maybe my car was a priest in it’s former life?

Why did you choose this car to purchase?
I drove past it about ten times at the dealer and I kept thinking about it and thinking about it. I went to see the sales representative about 3 times and finally said “I love it. I’m getting it today.”

What other cars did you consider?
2002 GTI and I test drove some non-euro cars to see how they felt but wasn’t impressed.

What was your objective with this car?
Keep the car classic and clean looking to resemble stock but be a very powerful sleeper.

What tuning style best describes this car (ex. Euro, bling, OEMplus, street racer, auto crosser)?
OEMplus

Who helped you build this car?
My boyfriend Rob and Tom Kogut

What makes your car special?
I own it.

What is your favorite part/feature/function?
The sunroof. It makes me elated. I have never owned a car with one and it thrills me to have the sun on my face. I frequently have it open in the winter in negative degree weather.

Who or what inspired the direction of modifications on this car?
My own imagination, Rob and other dubs and owners at various shows.

What don't you like about this car?
I wish it was lower and quicker.

What was your biggest obstacle in building this car?
My tiptronic tranny likes to give me some trouble

How did you overcome the issue?
I haven’t yet but am looking into a different transmission.

What would you change if you could?
Make my car a 6-speed, give it a bigger turbo and a fantastic Mexican blanket design inspired headliner.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how satisfied are you with the outcome of this project?
8 and with more mods to come I am sure it will be a 10!

What would you do to the car if money were no object?
Garrett turbo, custom headliner, shaved door handles, custom FMIC, water-meth injection, Recaro seats, air-bag suspension, 18" Audi A8 Monoblock wheels, triple gauge pod including oil pressure and EGT, Votek bumpers and skirts, port and polished head, Alpine unit with GPS and DVD and show-car quality respray just to name a few.

Who has been your biggest critic of this project?
My mom. She thinks I should pay off my car before modifying it.

What do your family and friends say about this car?
My friends think I have an unusually close relationship with my car. My parents are fine with it but think I spend too much money.

What is your most memorable/humorous/embarrassing moment with this car?
A funny story is, when, just for the heck of it I drove to Massachusetts to just “see” where a car show was going to be. As I was scoping out the then closed race track, I was surrounded by cops who accused me of being a thief who had just robbed some stores down the street. They just couldn’t understand why I had driven that far just to check out a closed track!

Has this car competed in any events? Results?
I did compete in the Litchfield Bug In and I along with two other car club members won plaques.

What is your favorite place to drive this car?
Downtown Shelton on a Friday night in the Summer after it has just been washed with my favorite music playing, people all around and huge sunglasses.

What is your ideal day with this car?
Wash the heck out of it, and cruise to the beach with friends.

Who gets to drive this car?
Mostly me but I get tired of driving at night so Rob a lot too.

If your car had a motto, what would it be?
Caesar the Conqueror. I may not be faster but I sound better.

If you had to name your car, what would you name it?
It has a name. . .Caesar.

What was your previous project?
96 Jeep Cherokee Sport

What is your next project?
My 99 Jeep Cherokee Sport and helping Rob with his 91 Jetta

What one word best describes your car?
Loved.

Anything else you’d like to share?
Don’t think I cheated because I love Jeeps too! They can get up my treacherous driveway and are way cheaper to fix!