interchangable vag parts.

I love how small bits from the VAG parts bin are all interchangeable… picked up a coolant and oil cap from a Porsche 911 (991) and they fit great on my Passat. The coolant and oil cap from an R8 fit as well, though it’s much more expensive than the Porsche ones I purchased. It’s not much but it’s a subtle touch to the very boring engine bay. Various aftermarket intakes for the MK5 R32 also fit the Passat apparently, I’m eye-ing a Gruppe M for the R36 Passat, looks like it’ll fit… but it’s also stupid expensive so I’m not quite sure I want to drop that kinda coin on the daily.

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ugly.

Went to meet up with a friend whom just picked up a 911 C2S and decided to take a couple shots of the Passat in ugly winter mode.  Definitely need to get a car wash soon. Pics of the 911 coming soon!

foggy nights.

There’s been some thick fog lately at night and in the early morning, so I had to take that opportunity to  take some pictures of the car in it.

I must say, every time I shoot with the NEX-C3, I’m always pleasantly surprised. I wouldn’t lug the DSLR around for a quick shoot like this, and I’m pretty happy with the quality of shots that came out of this. No tripod was used, purely hand held shots and it’s still relatively decent looking.

 

 

 

osram night breaker plus.

Got the car back from a clear bra install and installed the Osram Night Breakers, so here are some comparison shots. You’ll have to look really hard cause the difference is so minimal.

Left = Osram Night Breaker Plus
Right = OEM bulb

Passenger side = OEM bulb
Driver side = Osram Night Breaker Plus

 

The colour difference is more apparent in the shots of the wall – the Osram Night Breaker Plus’ are ever so slightly whiter. However, the head on shots of the car’s headlights reveals no visible difference. As for the brightness, it’s about the same. I suppose these bulbs might live up to their 90% more light claim if one were to put these into an older car with really old bulbs? Maybe. If I were to do it again, I probably wouldn’t buy them for a brand new car.

 

the new daily.

Back to dubs for me. 3.6L V6 DSG… just couldn’t  stay away from the VR6’s after my MK4 GTI.

I absolutely adore the interior. Some of the materials used are kinda cheap looking, but the beige interior with the CF trim and black dash really is a nice contrast.

Leatherette sport seats:

I’ll have to wipe down the engine bay though.

Also ended up ordering my first “mod” for the car… I don’t think I’ll be doing too much to this for a couple reasons:
1) There’s not much out for this car, as it’s a brand new, and fairly unpopular platform
2) I really like it the way it is, for the most part

I’ll definitely be lowering it on some sort of coilover, leaning on ST coils right now, and wheels of course. Exhaust is also on the to-do list, I do miss that VR6 exhaust note.

Anyway, ordered a set of H7 Osram Night Breaker Plus bulbs. Didn’t bother going with the drop in HID route – from what I understand, I need to do some coding for it to work properly. -_-;;

Lots of reading material on the back with fancy bar charts… I love how honest Osram is with their comparisons regarding the “Lifetime” of the bulb. And I’m not sure how “Light Color” can be compared using two bars.

I really haven’t played around with halogen bulbs since drop in HID kits dropped in price dramatically a few years ago, but it’s interesting to see how far it’s gotten in terms of performance and aesthetics. Tint on the bulb, as you may know, reduces light output, no matter how light the tint is.  To maintain bulb performance, Osram decided to leave a strip of untinted glass around the filaments of the bulb. The light blue tint supposedly will give it a slightly whiter colour though. We’ll see how that goes when I get a chance to install. I’m not expecting much in terms of colour difference, but I’ve heard good things about these bulbs and its performance.