I buy too many cars. Working at Roger Jobs Porsche/Audi/Vw I am always tempted to buy trades. Well this 2001 Diesel Beetle car came in barely running. I love this era of diesels and mk4 chassis is very good. So here is my story.
Would barely make it home. Intake and egr so sooted up. Pulled that apart and cleaned it. New timing belt, water pump and car runs fantastic. Son had the car in Oregon for 1.5 yrs for college. Got it back couple months ago and started in.
There is a growing trend to lift these cars for fun. You can buy spacers and different springs and what not but I found an ultra rare set of H&R springs dune buggy coil overs. Designed to lift this chassis. Super good quality. Installed them and got about 1.5" lift. Bought a skid plate from diesel geek for this car and will install soon. Took the car to a tuner friend and did a stage one tune. Power is now up from 90hp/150lbtq to 112hp/190lbtq. Huge difference. Car is fun to drive now. As expected the increased power made the clutch slip so stage one ecs clutch went in...good for 250lbft. Will soon go for the stage 2 tune. 132hp and 230lbft. That takes new injectors and a re-tune.
The torque makes these cars very fun to drive.
Still have some more lift to go in the front but the rears are pretty much maxed out. there some solutions for that but we will see. Tires will coming soon. Probably go with a 205/75/15 AT tire. Or a 215/65/16. Still reading specs on them. All said and done it will have about 7”+ of clearance under the skid plate. Good enough for most forest roads. WABDR here I come. :)
This will be a great daily, gravel road runner, trail head hiking and quick day trips to Mazama for Mt biking.