Agnes Oliveira 2008 Volkswagen Rabbit S
So I'll be completely honest in that I never really liked the mk5 model until I saw the Rabbit, what I didn't like was the gti front end and I honestly still don't like it that much to this day. What I wanted, in the beginning, was a mk4 GTI or Jetta since my dad had an 01 Jetta when I was younger.
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2008 Volkswagen Rabbit S
I am from South Florida, recently graduated from FAU with a bachelors degree in Biology. Currently, I work at Panera Bread and do some side jobs involving art, either drawing or painting. I enjoy going to the beach to hunt for seashells and love a great milkshake.
What or who got you into cars?
My dad has influenced me a lot when it comes to cars, from a young age I've been attending car shows, drag races and going to the mechanic shop to watch him work. He would always explain to me things that at the time I didn't understand but now I can look back and remember things that helped me with my car. It wasn't until recently (past 3 years) that I've gotten involved in the car scene, even though growing up playing need for speed and watching movies like Christine or the Fast and Furious franchise, it never fully piqued my interest until I got the rabbit. Thankfully I've made many friends who have gotten me interested more in the community and got me more involved.
Why this car?
So I'll be completely honest in that I never really liked the mk5 model until I saw the Rabbit, what I didn't like was the gti front end and I honestly still don't like it that much to this day. What I wanted, in the beginning, was a mk4 GTI or Jetta since my dad had an 01 Jetta when I was younger. What attracted me to the car was the fact that it was a hatch and the front end was different from the gti.
What inspired you to build this car?
I never intended to build the car since it was my first car. My goal was to sell it and get something else. But the more I drove it and started to do small things like new wheels, sticker bomb the dash, I became more attached to the car. It wasn't until the last 2 years that I've been more committed to changing the way the car looked. People always ask me why I have yet to do anything to the engine being that I've had the car for 5 years already and personally I prefer looks overpower.
What does it feel like owning this car?
I feel like I'm the person young me used to look up to at car shows. I never imagined that I would own a car that I can proudly call mine and not care what others have to say about it. I love parking it at shows and people coming up to take pictures or seeing the sparkle in the eyes of little kids when I drive past them. Honestly, it feels like I own life-sized hot wheels or something out of a need for speed.
What makes your car unique?
The thing that makes my car unique is the personality I put into the car, you look at the car and you look at me and it's a complete expression of myself. From the colour of the wrap to the small details, it's hard to not stand out.
- Spyder headlights,
- Side skirts,
- Roof racks,
- Aquamarine colour shift wrap,
- Subwoofer trunk lid,
- Carbon fibre wrap (dash),
- APR ignition coils
- Rotiform SIX size 18 with custom made centre caps
- Muffler and resonator delete
- ECS coil-overs,
- Air ride shocks
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Who did the work?
For the most part, my dad has worked on my car when it comes to changing parts. There have been many times where we work together such as installing the underglow and building the custom trunk lid. I do more of the customization, I wrapped my dash, made custom taillight tints/decals, and did anything else I can do in my driveway that doesn't require a lift. The wrap was done by my friend @Eddy_wraps and the exhaust was done by @954mufflers.
If I plan to stay with the car I want to put in an RS3 turbo and see where I can go from there. I hope to someday get my hands on a thunder bunny front bumper to complete my look, if not then I may do a wide body kit and go full air suspension. I will be starting the process of redoing my headliner with the fibre optic star kit soon and getting new seats.
Honestly, if you are looking to get this car, do not expect anything fancy. It is a great first car, very reliable if you take care of it, yes parts may come by expensive or hard to find but it is worth it. Don't get this car if you want something fast, and always make sure to buy mods that guarantee they fit the rabbit model, just because it looks similar to the gti, doesn't mean they share similar parts... Learned that one the hard way.
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What do you get from the car scene?
The car scene has brought me great memories from going to shows or cruising around with my friends. I've learned a lot about myself, it brought me some but not a lot of headaches with the car and people but I've learned to deal with it. Definitely brought me and my parents closer, even my mom is more into cars now than when she was younger. I can't imagine my life any other way than how it is right now, and that's all thanks to the car scene.
I never know how to answer this question because I am a very optimistic person and try to keep my dreams reachable and reasonable, so when it comes to dream cars I look for something that I know I will be able to afford. My "affordable" dream cars would b
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