Jaren's 1985 Jetta Turbo Diesel

How long have you owned this car?
Purchased fall of 06.

Is there anything unique about the history of this car?
I found this car doing a quick Craigslist search for Turbo Diesel VW. The previous owner had been driving it as his daily for a few years but was ready to get something more reliable. The owner before him had had the engine remanufactured, the entire car repainted from blue to black, and had basically spent a lot of money getting it to stay running. The pistons and rings were replaced twice because the first set was stamped wrong for an oversized bore.

Why did you choose this car to purchase?
I wanted a diesel, but couldn’t stand the NA variety. Turbo Diesel

What other cars did you consider?
Mercedes diesels and big trucks

What was your objective with this car?
Run bio-diesel, experiment with diesel.

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

Who helped you build this car?
No one. The car is falling apart..

What makes your car special?
Its mottled flat black paint job.

What is your favorite part/feature/function?
I like the torque this thing has.

Who or what inspired the direction of modifications on this car?
Performance in a diesel engine has always been an interest of mine.

What don't you like about this car?
The doors don’t close good.

What was your biggest obstacle in building this car?

How did you overcome the issue?
Still haven’t fixed that.

What would you change if you could?
Swap the engine into something cleaner.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how satisfied are you with the outcome of this project?

What would you do to the car if money were no object?
Swap the engine into a Scirocco

Who has been your biggest critic of this project?
My parents. They don’t like that I have 3 cars in the driveway.

What do your family and friends say about this car?
They don’t understand why I want to drive such a crappy car.

What is your most memorable/humorous/embarrassing moment with this car?
The most embarrassing? Probably when I was driving out of the parking lot at work, the plastic bag that the previous owner had put between the door panel and the door as a moisture barrier had slipped out the bottom and was hanging out the door. The COO of my company walks past me going toward their car and asks, "This is your car?"

The most humorous? Every time I start it lately, it is pouring smoke.

The most memorable? The purchase. I drove 3 hours to go look at the car, then came back a 2nd time to pick it up.

Has this car competed in any events? Results?

What is your favorite place to drive this car?
Around the corner from Joe’s shop. There is a turn that has plenty of visibility and room to pretend I’m in a rally race and use the e-brake to slide around the corner.

What is your ideal day with this car?
Not breaking down on the way to/from the destination.

Who gets to drive this car?
I'll let you drive it if you really want to.

If your car had a motto, what would it be?
What are you looking at?

If you had to name your car, what would you name it?

What was your previous project?
Didn’t have one. This was the first car I bought that didn’t belong to someone I knew.

What is your next project?
The TDI or the GTI

What one word best describes your car?

Anything else you’d like to share?
I'd love to put  in an intercooler and tune the injection pump for performance, just like European GTD’s!