Bye California, it's been nice.

Matt-98AHU

Loose Nut Behind the Wheel Vendor
Joined
Apr 23, 2006
Location
Vallejo, CA
TDI
2014 Passat SE DSG, 2005 Passat wagon, 2004 Touareg V10.
As some have heard me discuss in person in recent months, things have been in motion in the background for awhile to move out of state. Some of my family has moved to Oregon and deegingerkid and I are deciding to follow.

It wasn't taken lightly on my part since I have a decent customer base built up with the Bay Area, and largely been great.

But, it's not affordable. If I want to actually own property instead of just see thousands of dollars every month disappear for rent just to buy another month, I have to go. This is the primary reason.

The other reason is that there will be a dwindling customer base with these cars in the coming years thanks to dieselgate and us not getting any new ones for 5 years now. I will have to diversify one way or another and I suppose I might as well just rip the band aid off and move to where it's affordable and be closer to family, since at the end of the day that's going to take higher importance in personal life than where it happens to be easier to get business due to shear numbers.

Originally, the shop lease here in San Anselmo was set to expire end of October this year. We got a new landlord just before the COVID shut down happened in our area. It took awhile of us pestering him to at least get us a short extension of the lease, but we finally got it. Officially, I am open for business through the end of the calendar year. The lease actually has us through the end of January per our request, but I mostly suggested the end of January so I could focus on customer cars through year's end and leave January for me to finish up my own projects, then pack up and get out without having to stress about customer appointments in the mix and having to move out during the holidays.

The first Bay Area TDI GTG I went to was just over 10 years ago. Even though at the time I was living closer to LA being in the central coast, you Bay Area types seemed to have more work for me more frequently. I choose to come up here for that reason and I appreciate all the repeat business I've gotten, even though I had to stop TDI work for over a year to give the dealer world a trial, partly to get caught up on more recent tech and also to ensure I had a stable income for the rent I was paying.

I do feel a little bad about leaving my loyal customers, but family and cost reasons are too large to ignore.
 

oldpoopie

Vendor
Joined
May 14, 2001
Location
Portland Oregon
TDI
2001 golf gl, 2006 jetta, 1981 ALH swapped rabbit pickup, 1998 beetle
Welcome To Oregon Matt! I’m glad you’ll be closer! And I totally get what you are saying. Sadly the TDI is aging out.
 

calimustang

Veteran Member
Joined
May 17, 2010
Location
Central FL
TDI
2011 JSW DSG (buyback, RIP), 2015 Passat TDI SE, 2014 JSW TDI.
Wow... that is a hard and wise decision. I wish you good luck on your future. :) will keep in touch with you via Facebook.
 

IndigoBlueWagon

TDIClub Enthusiast, Principal IDParts, Vendor , w/
Joined
Aug 16, 2004
Location
South of Boston
TDI
'97 Passat, '99.5 Golf, '02 Jetta Wagon, '15 GSW
Matt, it's unfortunate for the Bay Area folks that you're moving, as all of CA is bereft of TDI gurus. I know I've suggested to more than one customer in LA that it's worth their effort to bring their car to you. But I hear what you're saying about cost of living. We have a similar, although less extreme, situation here. But I'm not going anywhere.

Corey and I figure the TDI fleet has another 8+ years in it before they really start to disappear. The buyback cars will be around for a while. And we're hedging our bets by branching into trucks and vans, which will be around longer. Some gurus have done the same. There's lots of money to be made bulletproofing 6.0s and working on Sprinters.

I hope you enjoy Oregon. Family matters.
 

B100

Veteran Member
Joined
Jan 7, 2003
Location
Berkeley, Eastbania
TDI
2003 Golf
Ah, damn... I'm happy for you and Dee, of course. And sad that I need to find another brilliant mechanic for my older TDI and the newer one I plan to buy. But it's been GREAT having you here, and I wish you only the best, Matt. And what's not to like about a drive up the coast to Oregon? Hell, I've been looking at Fort Bragg as a new home base, too.

Now, maybe before you go, we can fix my Golf's electrical gremlins once and for all!
 

B100

Veteran Member
Joined
Jan 7, 2003
Location
Berkeley, Eastbania
TDI
2003 Golf
Also, whereabouts will you land? Southren ORegon? As long as there's free land to move around on, space for a shop, and enough room to shoot at metal targets, what's not to like? :cool:
 

highender

Veteran Member
Joined
Oct 8, 2006
Location
Northern California
TDI
2012 Jetta TDI
darn.........just when I will start to need work done.........justin cannot come down, and you are moving away.

Well, I do think you are making a good step for your family and wish you the best, Matt. Thanks for your work on my tdi. The car runs fine, but I am going to need a timing belt in near future, as well as new glow plug harness.
 

Baumeister

Veteran Member
Joined
Feb 19, 2004
Location
Auburn, CA
TDI
'15 Beetle Convertible, '03 New Beetle TDI 5sp, '94 Audi Cabriolet(AFN swap in progress)
I wish I could follow you guys, I really enjoyed the short visit through Oregon I made in March. Covid hit just as we got there, so we cut our visiting down, we all had 'colds' at the time and my RN wife had coincidentally been caring for the first confirmed Covid death in California that week, IIRC.
I've been out of the Bay Area for 17 years now, my baseline stress level dropped instantly. It dropped again after I retired 3 years ago and could stay in my little Sierra Foothills town nearly 24/7. Now to just get the kids responsibile for themselves(they're 12 and 14).
Probably here in California for another 8-10 years until the youngest gets out of college. The 'free' 2 years of community college is a big motivator. My wife's still planning to work another 10-15 years, the nursing wage differential more than makes up for the increased cost of living. But I keep looking at that and exploring.

Of course we just picked up another TDI this year, a CPO '15 Beetle Convertible DSG(EA288) with only 32k on the clock. Our '03 is a LOT more fun to drive, but the convertible's nice. It has a 2 year unlimited mile warranty so we'll pile on the miles and make the most of that. I'm dying to tune it as the DSG in "D" has been near dangerous with its indecision and lag. I finally told my wife just to keep it in "S" around town all the time, mileage hasn't seemed to take a hit. Really missing the sound & smell of an older diesel, this EA288 is kinda interesting. Our 2 other TDIs(one that hasn't been swapped yet) are parked at the moment, on the back burner while we slowly get some home/yard rehab done. Would be happy to trailer one up to Oregon for service though!
 
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sangretdi

Veteran Member
Joined
Mar 7, 2013
Location
san jose ca
TDI
1999.5 golf tdi, 5 speed, 4 door -- using Propel fuels renewable diesel
Good luck Matt, sounds like a smart move! Many of us can relate. My wife and I and 2 kids will most likely be making the same move next year.
 

Sideoiler

Veteran Member
Joined
May 11, 2005
Location
Rancho Cordova, California
TDI
2003 Jetta GLS TDI Wagon, 5-spd, Indigo Blue
Best wishes to you and Dee on your relocation up to Oregon. I appreciated the fine work you performed on my TDI back during the "golden" days of the San Pablo GTG's.
Go Ducks/Beavers!
Mark
 
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