The car is now sold.
Current Mileage: 187k
This is a spec’d out 2002 Golf GLS TDI. Gorgeous, comfortable velour seats, Golf ball shifter knob, and that amazing 1.9L ALH motor that is widely accepted as one of the longest-lasting engines ever built.
Special Features of This Car
I have put my personal touch into this car, and it shows in three main areas:
1. Custom Tuned Stereo
I have installed an Alpine CDA-9835 in 3-way mode, with a 10AWG power wire run directly from the battery, providing 27W RMS x 4 to the front Polk DB6501 component speakers. The rear doors house two 6.5″ Pyramid W64 mid-bass woofers, powered by a Blaupunkt EMA 255 amp in the CD changer cubby in the trunk area.
The goal of this install was efficiency with space and power. The Alpine 9835 head unit provides enough power to the front component set that it needs no external amplifier, and the rear mid-bass woofers provide a sonorous low-end without needing a large subwoofer box in the trunk. In fact, with the mid-bass amp in the rear cubby, you lose absolutely NO storage space, yet you still have unbelievable sonic fidelity.
This stereo is from 2004, and as such, it currently only has a 30-pin iPod connection. You can also use a 30-pin to lightning connection for newer iPods/iPhones, or you can convert it to a 3.5mm jack to be used with any MP3 Player.
2. Panzer Plate
I have installed a Panzer Plate (with Full Metal Jacket) on the underside of the engine bay. Whether you’ll be driving through snow/ice, or if you’ve ever seen that random weird object on the highway that you didn’t have time to swerve for, the Panzer Plate will keep your oil pan safe from a $1,000 repair.
The Panzer plate has an aluminum door for the oil-pan drain plug, so you can still change your oil easily without needing to remove the entire plate.
3. Curt Trailer Hitch and Wiring
One of the best things about a TDI is the large amount of torque it provides. With the Curt 110662 Trailer Hitch, steel Tube Cover, Locking Pin, and Curt 56175 wiring kit, you’ll be able to easily hook up a 5×7 Uhaul trailer and head to IKEA for a large haul. You can also just slip in a bike rack or any other 2″ receiver attachment you want. The Curt hitch is rated up to 2,000 lbs, and up to 200lbs tongue weight.
I also installed LED lights and load resistors for the brake lights and running lights in the rear housings, so you’ll likely never have to change those again. This also negates the need to have a powered trailer wiring harness, as the car’s brake lights use very little current.
This car comes with every single service record for every service it received. That’s right – you won’t find many cars with this extensive of a written paper trail. I found this invaluable when I purchased the car, as it let me know exactly what time frame things had been done, and helped me decide when to do future maintenance.
Recent work on this car includes:
- Front Driver Wheel Bearing Replaced (was groaning) – December 2014
- All tires replaced with Yokohama YK580 – December 2014
- Oil, Filter, Oil Filter, Air Filter, Cabin Filter Changed at 183,000
- Fuel Filter replaced at 183,000
- Thermostat replaced at 183,000
- Brake / Transmission Fluid flushed at 183,000
- Rear brakes replaced April 2014 (Zimmerman rotors and TRW pads, caliper bolts and clips)
- Front brakes replaced Dec 2014 (Bosch Quietcast rotors and pads)
- Engine Oil Cooler seals replaced Dec 2014
- 1000mL Diesel Purge – Oct 2014
…Comes with the Car
With the sale of the car, I’ll be including a brand new LuK 17-050 clutch. I initially planned on upgrading this car with a Stage 2 Malone Tune and this clutch, but I never got around to doing it. The original clutch still performs great, but if you want to add some more power to this car, this LuK clutch will give you the gripping power to do so, while still having comfortable, smooth clutch action.
Some people have driven their original clutches well past 250k miles, so you might not even want to replace the clutch. Nonetheless, I’ll provide this one with the car.
I’ll also include two extra pairs of Anco Contour windshield wipers with the car. These wipers are great, and they’re practically silent during operation.
Blackstone Labs Oil Analysis
For extra transparency, here are the two Blackstone Labs Oil Analyses I ran on the car for the two oil changes I did since owning it:
If you have any other questions, please sound off in the comment section below! If you don’t want your comment to be public, you can always contact me via my contact form.
If you need to fly into SAT to pick up this car, I’ll be happy to meet you at the SAT airport. We can then drive to USAA to process the payment for the car, and then it’s all yours!