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Members => Member of the Month => Topic started by: ColoradoB5 on March 07, 2005, 08:25:41 AM

Title: March 2005 - hotani (Charles)
Post by: ColoradoB5 on March 07, 2005, 08:25:41 AM
I think of my car as an expensive distraction. I mean that in a good way. Wheels, tires and turbos have been running around in my head for about 5 years now, which is hardly any time at all compared to some of the members on this board who have been into the automotive world their entire lives.

Driving has always been fun for me, I just never got around to improving or caring about what I was driving. Not until I purchased a 2000 Passat 1.8T. It was by far the nicest car I had ever driven, but I noticed on the test drive that it did this "up and down" thing when accelerating.... This was the beginning of the end. About a year later I fixed that little problem with some H&R springs, which were preceded by an UPsolute chip.

(http://hotani.net/hotani/home/passat/passat-new.jpg)

The bug bites hard, and addiction is a terrible thing. My new friends on the discussion board were no help at all. They even encouraged it: "you know what you need...." And before the end (more on that later), the Passat was equipped with (in addition to the previously mentioned items): 20% window tint, 16" Audi A6 'wine glass' wheels with 225/50/16 Kumho Ecsta's, snow tires on stock 15" adelaides, brushed metal shift plate, Kenwood MP3 CD headunit, and a little "1.8T" badge on the back. About 2 years before all this I could have cared less what wheels were on my car. I'm embarrassed to admit it here, but my previous car, a Toyota Rav4 (keep your comments to yourselves please) still had the dealer sticker on it when I traded it in for the Passat. Oh the humanity.

Now I can't bring up the topic of my old Passat without seeing some cringes (or online 'virtual' cringes if I'm at the computer) on the faces of members who were there that day, or have seen the pics of the aftermath. Short story: I lost it going into a curve on Turkey Creek road, the Passat did what it unfortunately does very well: it understeered. I helped it out by going into the turn too fast and somewhere along the way the leading tire lost traction and never really got it back. The damage looked fixable, nobody thought it would be totaled. However, some of the most valuable car parts in the world are apparently located in the depths of the front left side of a 2000 VW Passat. So much for the RS4 bumper I had ordered which was sitting there at the body shop waiting to be installed when I received the "your car is totaled" phone call.

(http://hotani.net/images/0auto/crash1.JPG)

Oh, did I mention that my little incident happened during a Club B5 GTG? Two things I want to point out about crashing your car at a GTG:
1- you are on a drive with car enthusiasts and just crashed - who's the idiot?
2- (most important) If you are going to crash your car, do it with a bunch of car enthusiasts. Pride be damned.

Although the Passat met its end, my addiction endured. In 2004 I bought a 2001 Audi A4 and have been upgrading and altering the car since I drove it home. It started with an RS4 grill and most recently a fellow member and I modified the relay for my fog lights so I can turn them on when the headlights are off. There have been just a couple mods in-between.

(http://hotani.net/images/0auto/bbs_5.jpg)

If someone asked me if getting an Audi or VW was a good idea, I'd say "yeah, just stay the hell away from those discussion boards!" As for me, I'm loving every minute of it. My bank account tends to suffer for that from time to time unfortunately; addiction is a terrible thing.

Lastly, although I feel like I'm back in school typing up a paper before going to class in the morning, thanks goes out to last month's MOTM for the nomination. I'm glad I stumbled onto clubb5 that fateful day back in 2000, and I'm happy to still be a part of the family.