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Greetings to all of you. I posted a LOOONG time ago but have not been actively engaged since then. I recently gave my '09 GLI a good hand washing and detail, something I don't do nearly as often as I would like (I live in a condo complex where access to a spigot is tough), but after doing so it reminded me how much I love my car and how excited I was about finding this forum. So what did I do? Whipped out my iPhone and took some pics and made a decision to get involved.

I have a 2009 GLI, white with the plaid interior (is that standard on all GLIs?). I love the car in general, but my favorite feature is the interior. It is a really unique and distinctive touch that VW put on the car that you don't see from hardly any other mfg, and it always gets comments from first-time passengers when they sit down (there is a pic in my profile). I have always been a Nissan man, starting with my '93 Altima that I got as a gift from my dad as my first car in 1998, on through his '01 Maxima SE, followed by an '05 350Z Enthusiast and then a '06 Pathfinder S. But after the lease ran out on my Pathfinder I was forced to explore other options, as I was in a tight financial situation and Nissan was not willing to work with me (I was in school getting my MBA at the time). This was in September 2009. I had just gotten my wife a 2009 Jetta 2.5L, and had a great experience with Hallmark VW. I was wanting to get myself something practical (we had a baby on the way), but also something with some sporty DNA. There was only ONE GLI in the entire Middle TN area at the time at Hallmark in Rivergate. I took one test drive and was hooked. They cut me a deal (below invoice) on a $0 down lease and off we drove. I have never regretted my decision once - this car is AWESOME! I love the handling, the get-up-and-go, the extra punch you feel with turbo kicks in (it is my first experience with a turbocharged car, BTW). It has a real solid, sports car feel, gets great mpg, and is something I feel proud to get into every day and drive out of my complex. Not to mention, I think the design team did a great job with the overall setup - the lines are clean. The extra touches on the 2009 GLI are nice - not overbearing but enough to set it apart distinctly from the other trim packages. Especially the honeycomb grill and blacked out nose -very nice.

OK - enough rambling. I was not a VW guy up until I got this car (I am a huge fan now) and have been away from the auto enthusiast world for a while (did I mention I had a kid born recently?!?). I am definitely considering enhancement options for my car, but will likely wait until my lease is up (Sep. 2012 at the latest), or at least until I know for sure I am going to keep the car. I have many many questions about the engine, mods, installation tips, etc., but those will follow later. I look forward to meeting all of you. Please feel free to check out my profile, pictures and the like, and leave me a note if you stop by. Oh - and the pictures I referred to earlier in this post are below...Keep in mind the photo quality is not great, as they were taken with my iPhone.

If there are any other Nashville-ians on this forum, let me know!
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Very clean. What are your plans for mods?
 

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Hey, thanks Vixen.
While still some ways off, I would like to lay the blueprint for my mods so I can be organized. I am really open to suggestions, but I plan to do more performance mods than cosmetics. I may lower the car a bit, tint the windows, and add a few touches like changing badges, fog lights, etc., but in general I want the exterior to look stock.

As far as performance mods, I have never had a GLI before, so I don't know what would be the best place to start. My thinking is that I could start with the intake / exhaust systems, but I don't really know where to go from there. Do you have any suggestions? I am open to anything, and that is part of the reason I joined this forum :)
 
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