1997 Volkswagen Jetta GLX VR6 named "Hilde". Hilde was once the daily driver of a man that loved her for 150,000 miles, but decided that he needed a grown-up vehicle, so he bought himself an Infiniti QX56. The man didn't have time to drive his poor VR6 anymore and the car sat for about 3 years wasting away in a driveway while he enjoyed his big rolling couch. I purchased this car from that man for a low 3 digit number and after a few weeks of afternoon yelling, frantically checking shipping estimates and towing around the DFW area this car was brought back into the land of the living. Since I have a perfectly capable daily driver in my 2009 Jetta, I decided to make this one low and "bro". Yup, it appeals to the 15 year old me that drooled over VR6 power in the mid-90s when I was rocking a 4-banger Cabrio. It is *not* so low as to be undrivable. You can still smack it around like you would any lightweight VR6 Mk3 and I have confirmed that it can still reach 130 mph (but please don't). If I have my way, I'll still be driving this car in 2030 cackling about 17 mpg and that VR6 sound while you're being driven by a computer in a nuclear-powered Prius checking your email and HAVING NO FUN. I won't sell it until it succumbs to timing chain issues (already replaced guides once), I won't baby it because I actually enjoy driving it and it won't ever sit for multiple months lonely again. I genuinely love the Mk3 VR6 combo for its relative light weight, surprising power and old school lift-off oversteer joy. Hilde appreciates a like from anyone that has <3 <3 <3 for Mk3 Volkswagens. Thanks for reading! What's next? -Window Regulator and Motor for Passenger Front. -Ignition Switch Replacement (currently hacked in a start button) -Smaller tires to make the 16" wheels look bigger :P -Respray the terribly worn original paint.
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