TDIClub Enthusiast, Principal IDParts, Vendor , w/
- Aug 16, 2004
- South of Boston
- '97 Passat, '99.5 Golf, '02 Jetta Wagon, '15 GSW
On May 9, 2002, I took delivery of my Jetta Wagon, later named IndigoBlueWagon here. So this month it's 20 years old, and today it passed 450K miles.
I found this car after a year long search. It was a special order car that took so long to arrive the customer didn't want to take delivery. GL trim, no sunroof, crank windows and manual mirrors. I've since learned that those are all good things. I traded a '96 Audi A4, MSRP was about $19,500, but after discounts and a $500 incentive for accepting 0.9% financing for two years, my price out the door was $18,003.
IBW has been my daily driver for the last 20 years, but it's done a lot of other things, too. Snowboard trips with a Thule box on top, college visit and moving in (and out) trips, and a lot of trips to TDIClub gatherings. I've taken it as far west as Montana, south to Florida, north to northern Ontario.
And it's gotten its share of mods. Here's a dyno when it was making its peak power.
More power meant better suspension, and that lead to track days. Here it is at Calabogie, near Ottawa.
It's received a lot of mods, a lot of parts upgrades and replacements, a new engine at 293K, a new (to it) transmission at 383K. And a couple rounds of rust repair, because its also seen its share of snow and salt. Here it is while visiting my son in Wisconsin in February, 2019,
Most important, IBW brought me to TDIClub, which brought me to Ho5G, where I met Dan Simoes, who created TDIParts (as it was named at the time) and Corey Evans (cevans here) with whom I've worked at IDParts since nearly day one. This car has provided me not only with 20 years of reliable and pleasant transportation, but also a career.
20 more years? Maybe. I have a '15 GSW waiting for IBW to move on, but it doesn't seem to be happening. So who knows?