Ratty Rescue: Choose-Your-Own-Adventure GTI

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Everyone remembers those “Choose Your Own Adventure” books, right? You’re a character in a story. At certain points in the book you have to pick what happens from two options. Today’s Ratty Rescue is just like that: buy this 1982 (’82!?) GTI and choose what direction you want to go in. Here’s what your adventure could look like:

While cruising the classifieds one hot July day, you stumble across an ad that catches your eye: a MK1 GTI in decent condition. Right off the bat, you notice that it’s listed as a 1982 model. “Hmmm, I thought GTIs were available starting in 1983?” But then you read the car is in Vancouver, British Columbia: perhaps they were available there earlier than the States? You decide to file this away for later. Regardless of year, you read that the car has a 1.8L engine from a Scirocco that doesn’t run. Could be just a bad fuel pump. You’re happy to see the hatchback is rust-free and includes many parts. “This car has a lot of potential,” you think.

If you decide to buy the car, go to the next paragraph. If you decide to pass on this sweet ride, skip to the bottom of this article.

You travel to BC, look at the car, and buy it on the spot. You don’t even haggle with the $1500 asking price. Transportation is arranged, and soon your looking at the sad little Rabbit with the purple hood in your garage. You relish in your find and take inventory of the condition of the car. “Hmm. This is a great little car to restore” you think. “I remember that incredible 1984 GTI featured in a recent Find Of The Day article.” Your brain makes an abrupt right-turn: “Then again, there was also that Rally Rabbit FOTD as well.”

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If you decide to restore the GTI, go to the next paragraph. If you decide to make a GTI track car, skip the next paragraph. 

You’re going to restore the GTI! You source all the correct parts, you get the car running, and you bring it back to its former glory. “Best in Show” trophies litter your garage. You make tons of car friends and your Instagram account gets 20,000 followers. The end.

You’re going to make a GTI track car! You build a full-on racer with tons of go-fast bits. You build the car so well it never breaks down. In your first year, you take home multiple first-place trophies and get sponsored by your favorite energy drink company. You forever live your life a quarter mile at a time. The end.

While looking at the ad you start thinking about rabbits, which makes you think of kittens, and you move on to cat videos on YouTube. Years later you remember the little GTI that had a lot of potential that you passed on, and you kick yourself for not buying it. You die alone and unhappy with a beige Camry in your driveway. The end.

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Everyone remembers those “Choose Your Own Adventure” books, right? You’re a character in a story. At certain points in the book you have to pick what happens from two options. Today’s Ratty Rescue is just like that: buy this 1982 (’82!?) GTI and choose what direction you want to go in. Here’s what your adventure […]

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