So, including the car, I've barely even spent $3000 total at this point. This includes the stereo upgrade, new wheels/tires (below), all maintenance/repairs, etc. Insurance is roughly $100/mo, and I barely even use a single tank of gas in that time. The car's in great shape and the project is going very well.
In the past, I installed a new stereo (Sony CDXGT550UI MP3/WMA/AAC Player CD Receiver with iPod Direct Control via USB) and also a pair of rear decklid speakers (Sony XSGT1626A 6-1/2-Inch Coaxial 2-way Speakers). Now, I've added wheels and some snow tires.
I installed this set (today) of 16” Sport Edition F2 wheels from TireRack, with the same Pirelli Sottozero snow tires that I ran on my last car… a Volkswagen R32. Since the wheels were shipped having already been mounted and balanced with these tires from their warehouse, I was able to simply swap them in the driveway using my impact and torque wrenches.
The car itself is a real “creampuff”, haha. Engine and drivetrain are in excellent condition, body is decent, and the interior looks the best of all. A great addition were some OEM Volkswagen winter floormats from about 10-years ago, which my friend Matt found in his garage for me. Note that, because this is a California car, there is no rust anywhere!! That's unheard of in New England, and hopefully it will stay that way for a while if I wash it quite often.
This latest addition (the wheels/tires)… really completes the car! And, just in time for snowboarding season! Stay tuned.