161 HP
125 LB-FT
Curb Weight
2360 LB
Engine Size
1.8 L
Transmission Type
5 Speed
Top Speed
115 MPH
Standing Quarter Mile
15.3 Seconds
Zero to Sixty
7 Seconds
MPG (City/Highway)
28 MPG

This will be decently long, but here it goes... On August 12, 2010 I lost someone incredibly special to me.  He was my mentor, my teacher, my guidance through life.  He was my father Siamak Behrouzi.  To this day, I still have a great deal of heartache and as my story goes on, you yourself might even feel what I do in my heart every single time I drive my car.  But before I get to that, a story about how I found the car I call "Lil Blue". During the time he had passed, I was driving around a 1981 VW Rabbit which I actually kinda liked.  I've been a VW guy for a long time now.  My first car was a VW and it was in fact an early birthday gift my brother got for me on my 16th birthday.  I remember the exact date too he came home and surprised me with the car, October 13, 2003.  The Rabbit was in fact my 1st Mk1 and 3rd VW.  It was suppose to be the one I would go crazy with, but that didn't happen.  I had cut the muffler off because I wanted it to be louder and thought it would be cool.  Then one day, I was coming back from the city with a buddy and he had a GSR Integra and did a fast pull on the highway.  State police mistook the loud noise for my car, pulled me over and wrote me a ticket.  I was kind of in a pickle because I wasn't working, I wanted to go to school, but couldn't because I still owed money for school classes at harper college and now a ticket for speeding in construction just happened.  All this on top of the fact that my dad was now gone.  So I sold the car, paid for my ticket and paid off my school.  I was now jobless, carless, and most important fatherless and my guidance was gone.  I pretty much felt worthless at this point.   2 months had gone by now...and the biggest surprise and blessing in my life was upon me.  Like with all cases of a love one or relative passing, my father left a little bit of fortune behind just for me.  It was not too much, it was not too little, but it was just right.  Before the car came, I looked at all my mistakes in the past and wanted to correct them.  I had some credit card debts and hospital bills from long time ago that needed to be taken care of.  All that got paid and even to this day, I'm still debt free.  With all that taken care of, there was just one more thing left...with what my father left behind for me, I was going to buy the car of my dreams, the car I'd been waiting a very long time in my life, the car which I say ultimately saved my life and brought out the very best in me...the car I named "Lil Blue" Many years ago, I believe 2005 to be exact, I went to a local VW Show called Treffen and this car was indeed for sale at that time.  At the time, I was on my 2nd Mk2, but was having too many problems with it and figured my best way to get rid of it was buy another Mk2 lol.  The owner I believe was a person name Peter who is from Minneapolis, MN.  I talked to him a bit, got his number and said I'll be in touch hopefully soon to buy his car, but that didn't happen.  I was working at UPS and wasn't exactly making great money, and he sold it to a person named Matt, which I'll get to all that in a second. It was a normal day, but a day I had determination because I was looking very hard for a car.  I looked between VWvortex, JDMChicago, Craigslist for a car.  I did end up finding a AE86 from a local guy on JDMChicago and I knew the person who owned it before.  I had met up with him, drove the car around, and agreed I would purchase the car from him with the agreement that I can have the car looked over at a shop to make sure it's all good. One week went by and I was now ready to buy the car from him.  I texted him, called him and messaged him on the forums, but nothing.  He did not get back to me at all and salty part was he kept bumping his post about selling the car up.  Few more days go by and then the car finally sold.  Back then I was pissed, but today, thank god I didn't buy this persons car.  Being aggravated that I didn't get the AE86, I let it rest for the day.   Next day was finally it.  I went on VWvortex and saw a post for a 1987 VW Golf, Marine Blue, Schrick cams and it peaked my interested quite a bit.  Blue is my favorite color and schrick is definitely old school power, but still used today.  My jaws dropped at the pictures...it was the same car I wanted to buy years ago...it was going to be mine now.  I immediately messaged the person who was named Matt asking him question about it, what was done to it, what had changed since then etc.  I agreed to come to his home on the weekend and pick it up.  It was in Madison, WI about 2 hours drive.   I didn't want any of my friends to know about it because I wanted to keep it more of a surprise.  My mom was kind enough to go with me and I'm extremely grateful she did.  She was there in person while my father was there in spirit.  We arrived at Matt's house and he showed me to the garage door.  When he opened it, both my hands went on my head, my face made this big ass smile and laugh and I said,"Ooooohhhhh mmmmaaaannnnnnn."  It was more beautiful then I remember seeing it years ago.  He wouldn't let me drive it, but I honestly was fine with that.  Sitting in the passenger seat for the first time...I honestly couldn't even tell you how much joy and happiness was just running all inside me.  When we got on the highway, all I kept thinking was the sound, the sound, the SOUND, LISTEN TO IT!!  It had this furious roar that was nothing like what today's cars sound like.  I absolutely was mesmerized by it.  Coming back, it was a no brainier.  It was mine.   Matt even printed me a sheet stating everything that was done on the car and it even came with a log book that said what maintenance was done as well as gas fill ups with dates.  I still keep writing in this log book to this day.  I shook Matt's hand, gave a big hug to my mom

Discuss this build

[]Ernie Szots

Really cool.

[]Mitchell Apex hunter

Awesome car, I miss my 1980 diesel rabbit

[]Chad Wattie

Nice story. Simple yet functional build

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