So, including the car, I've barely even spent $3,000 USD total at this point… and it's almost perfect now! 😂
This includes the stereo upgrade, new wheels/tires (below), all maintenance/repairs, etc. — Insurance is roughly $100 USD/month, and I barely even use a single tank of gas in that time, haha. The car's in great shape, and the project is basically done now. 👍🏻
I installed this set (today) of 16-inch Sport Edition F2 wheels from TireRack, with the same Pirelli Sottozero snow tires that I ran on my last car (the 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 VW winter floormats from about 10-years ago, which my friend Matt found in his garage for me. — Since this is a California car, there is no rust anywhere on the body! That's basically unheard of in New England, and hopefully it will stay that way for a while if I wash it quite often.
The wheels and tires really complete the car! 😄 — And, just in time for snowboarding season. 🏂👍🏻