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Well, I work with a kid that likes to run his mouth about how fast his old beat up jetta is. He started with trying to get a race another co worker with a 17 sti. The sti is not stock. Not sure what exactly is done to it. The jetta, according to the owner has a bigger turbo, FMIC, and a tune. He thinks it's the fastest thing on earth.

So this past Friday. I walk by and the running of mouth starts. He wants to race on Saturday. I say let's do it at lunch. Only problem is I drove my clapped out 05 rx-8. It's stock except a catless midpipe. We race from a 30 roll. I stay even with his rear door. We get back to work and he's pretty pumped. I know his car is slow as hell. The rx-8 is not known for blazing straight line speed 馃槀. I ask him for a rematch on Monday with my Fost.

Monday comes around and we go out. Another 30 roll and I pull multiple car lengths. It was hard to tell. He was pretty far back. We get back to work and bs. We both had a good time. Livens up the day.

The guy with the sti and I are going to give it a go later this week. Maybe even another guy I work with a 18 mustang gt. I don't mind getting smoked.
 

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Those 1.8s can make quite a lot of power, but he probably is more than likely tune/front mount only. Im pretty sure even a K04 equipped 1.8 with mild programming will run low 14s, which puts it pretty even with the st stock.

Also Im jealous you work with people that have cool cars. I work with people who care more about sports. Yawn.
 

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Also Im jealous you work with people that have cool cars. I work with people who care more about sports. Yawn.
The only competitive co-worker i have is a 5.0 mustang, and i'm pretty sure he'd stomp me, with driver mods being equal. he's kind of a hothead though, i might be able out-drive him.

Edit: hothead is the wrong word. he's...younger than me and more ...let's say...impulsive...
 

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Those 1.8s can make quite a lot of power, but he probably is more than likely tune/front mount only. Im pretty sure even a K04 equipped 1.8 with mild programming will run low 14s, which puts it pretty even with the st stock.

Also Im jealous you work with people that have cool cars. I work with people who care more about sports. Yawn.
Same here, all my coworkers, ride the subway!!
 

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I had read a good bit about the 1.8t motor. So my initial thought was we were going to be close. His car is really rough. So who knows what the condition of the motor is.

It is pretty nice having a bunch of people at work to talk cars with. The vp of the company has a 18 GTI. I've tried to get him to give it a go. I'm on vacation this week in GA and just got a text from a coworker that new hire has a civic type r.

I haven't raced the Sti yet we are trying to setup a night at the drag strip with everyone.
 

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My hatred for VWs and these engines in particular knows little bounds, so I feel the need to rant (believe me, I'm keeping this very short and cut out about half):

I had several friends with those 1.8T engines. One of them had three Audis鈥攁 primary, a backup, and a parts car. Most of the time, he was able to get to work driving one. He usually had a question for me about what some noise meant or what it would take to fix xxx (like swapping yet another prematurely failed, seemingly accessible alternator requiring the front of the car be removed). Since I was only familiar with better cars (almost all of them), my estimates were always very low in both effort and cost (the lesson he seemed to take from this was not that the cars suck compared to about everything else, but that he would have to triple whatever I told him). These engines (and the electrical systems) were the first I dealt with VWs and I've hated them ever since. Even the oil pickups were problematic and led to a lot of dead engines (from a company that has been making cars since the 1930s). Meanwhile, another guy we worked with had a Cavalier that he drove full throttle whenever he could, ran over islands, bombed gravel roads, overloaded it with equipment, tools, and scrap metal, and generally neglected the hell out of. I don't remember him ever having it down for servicing. Even after he ran over rebar that fell off a truck he was passing at 75 mph, he got somewhere he could jack the car up, pulled out the rebar that had gone up through the passenger footwell into the seat and through the door sill and door, preventing it from being opened, and just tried to avoid puddles after. At around 325k miles, he sold it to a gas station owner with its first bad head gasket. He felt he got his money worth and moved onto another one. He also had Escorts and he considered any car a POS if it got less than 300k before a major problem. OK, the Cavalier or Escort engines were a lot less stressed, but they were also much cheaper and are considered bottom-feeder POS and the VW is considered to be a more premium car because . . . marketing BS and Stockholm Syndrome? I drove these things, too, and have never been impressed鈥攗ndersteer and no character like less reliable and more expensive Toyotas with a nicer interior (that falls apart faster). If they were reliable or at least cheap and easy to fix, maybe I could get it. If they looked amazing or had character, I could get that, but why anyone likes them with all their faults and meh is a mystery to me. Sure, maybe they've improved some of the quality issues from substandard wiring and connectors, but engineering cultures tend not to change (and usually get worse when they do) and it's the engineering that's even more to blame.
 
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