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I live in Minnesota now... the winters seem to last forever sometimes...
 

2011 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen TDI

  2011 VW Jetta Sportwagen 2011 VW Jetta Sportwagen
 
  • Purchased new July 30, 2011 from Schmelz Countryside Volkswagen - 78 miles
  • Technical
    • Engine: 2.0L 16-valve inline 4 cylinder turbocharged diesel engine with common rail direct injection; 140 hp, 236 lbs/ft torque
    • 6 speed manual transmission
    • Power assisted front ventilated disc brakes and rear solid disc brakes
    • Electromechanical power steering system with variable assistance and active return
    • Front MacPherson struts and rear fully independent 4 link suspension
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Anti-slip regulation (ASR), Electronic differential lock (EDL), and engine braking assist (EBA)
    • Anti-Lock Braking system (ABS), Electronic Brake Pressure distribution (EBD), and hydraulic brake assist (HBA)
    • Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS)
    • 12-year unlimited mileage Limited Warranty against corrosion perforation
    • 5-year 60,000 mile Powertrain limited warranty
    • 3-year 36,000 mile New Vehicle Limited warranty
    • 3-year 36,000 mile Roadside assistance
  • Exterior
    • Color: Tempest Blue Metallic
    • 16 inch alloy wheels with anti-theft wheel locks
    • Heated power side mirrors with integrated turn signals
    • Power sliding panoramic sunroof (12.7 sq ft)
    • Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
    • Heated windshield washer nozzles
    • Windshield wipers, variable intermittent
    • Halogen headlights and Daytime running lights (DRL)
  • Interior
    • Touchscreen Premium VIII sound system with MP3 and WMA compatible in-dash 6 disc CD changer and 10 speakers, AUX-in for portable audio players, SD memory card reader
    • Sirius satellite radio
    • Bluetooth hands-free calling system
    • Cruise control
    • Electric rear window defroster
    • Multi function trip computer
    • 2 - 12volt power outlets
    • 1 - 115V power outlet
    • 6-way heated, adjustable front seats
    • 60/40 folding split rear seat with center armrest and pass-through
    • Black V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces
    • Power windows with pinch protection and automatic one-touch up/down feature operable from all four doors
    • Automatic locking feature (doors lock when vehicle reaches 8 mph, unlock automatically upon air bag deployment)
  • Dimensions
    • Wheelbase: 101.5 inches
    • Front track: 60.7 inches
    • Rear Track: 59.6 inches
    • Length: 179.4 inches
    • Width: 70.1 inches
    • Height: 59.2 inches
    • Ground clearance: 5.4 inches
    • Trunk capacity: 32.8 cu. ft.
    • Trunk capacity with rear seat folded down: 66.9 cu ft.
  • Accessories
    • Blind spot replacement mirrors - ECSTuning
    • Tow hook kit - ECStuning
    • Yakima rack
    • License plate frame Das Auto
    • 3M Scotchcal hood guard treatment (P&L Auto) 10-2-2012 22,500 miles
    • Window tinting (P&L Auto) 10-2-2012
  • Maintenance
    • 9,283 (1-10-2012) Maintenance: Oil change, tire rotation, brake inspection (frnt 12, rear 10)
      Diesel fuel line recall 23J9: install vibration dampeners (Countryside VW)
    • 16,036 (5-12-2012) Oil & Filter change Castrol SLX 507/OEM filter (home)
    • 20,166 (8-21-2012) Maintenance: oil change, tire rotation, fuel filter, cabin filter,
      brake check (frnt 11, rear 9) (Countryside VW)
    • 30,800 (3-9-2013) Maintenance: oil change, brake fluid flush, tire rotation, brake check. Instrument cluster to repair the symptom of no chimes for turn signal or lights on. (Countryside VW)
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  1996 Mazda Miata MX5 (stored winters)
 
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  - Brilliant Black - Convertible sports car
  • Acquired: March 2000 - 11,370 miles 
        from Morrie's Mazda
  • Engine: 1.8L 4 cylinder gas, 133hp @ 6500rpm, 114lbs/ft @5500rpm
  • Transmission: 5 speed manual
  • 2 wheel rear drive
  • Suspension: Wishbone Coil Spring independent suspension
  • Brakes: 4 wheel disc
  • Popular Equipment Package
      Power Windows
      Torsen Limited Slip Differential
      Rear Subframe brace
      Power Mirrors
      Cruise Control
      Headrest Speakers
      Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Air Conditioning
  • Cloth black interior upholstery
  • Radio: AM/FM Cassette
  • Power Antenna
  • Cargo Incapacity: 3.6 cu ft
  • Wheelbase: 89.2"
  • Overall Length: 155.4"
  • Curb Weight: 2293 lbs.
  • Final Assembly Location: Hiroshima, Japan

Accessories and parts replaced

  • Jackson Racing heavy duty front & rear anti-sway bars (2000) Flyin' Miata
  • Jackson Racing Cat-Back Stainless Steel Exhaust system (2000) Flyin' Miata
  • Hard Dog Hard Bar single hoop roll bar (2001)
  • Flyin' Miata front strut tower brace (2000)
  • Wheels: Mazda Miata 10th Anniv. 15x6 polished 5 spoke alloys (2000)
  • McGard spline drive lugs (Good-Win-Racing) (2000)
  • Tires: Michelin Pilot SX-GT 195/50x15 (2000)
  • Shocks: KYB (not installed yet) Flyin' Miata
  • Springs: Flyin' Miata (not installed yet) Flyin' Miata
  • Rear Shock Mount: Flyin' Miata (not installed yet) Flyin' Miata
  • K&N Air Filter - (2001)
  • Serious Auto - Invisible Hitch Receiver and Bike Rack (2000)
  • Serious Auto - Oris Windstop (5-02)
  • Serious Auto - Back window protector (5-02)
  • Serious Auto - Wicked Quiet! Sound Deadening Kit (6-04)
  • Team Voodoo Polished Magnum Shift Knob ('00)
  • Magnecor Competition 8mm spark plug wires (4-02)
  • Westco Battery
  • 48,000 oil change (9-2011)
  • 49,121 Clutch slave cylinder replaced, Clutch fluid flushed, brake fluid flushed (4-2012)
  • 50,046 Cool Breeze Scoop (CoolBreezeScoop.com) (5-12-2012)
  • 50,162 Daytime Running Light (DRL) module installed (5-15-2012)
  • Speed Bleeders (Front SP8100, read SB7100) (www.speedbleeder.com) 5-2012
  • Radiator flush and coolant replaced (7-7-2012)

 
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Distributors of Miata Accessories

 

....  1998 BMW R1100RA Motorcycle
 
 

Acquired 12/21/2004 from Hitching Post Motorsports - Hopkins, MN
Mileage 29,260

Color 689 Mystic Red

Engine
  • Type Air cooled / Oil cooled twin cylinder, 4-stroke
  • Bore x stroke 99 mm x 70.5 mm
  • Displacement 1085 cc
  • Horsepower 80 Bhp @ 6750 rpm
  • Torque 97 Nm @ 5250 rpm
  • Compression ratio 10.3:1
  • Valve gear HC, chain-driven
  • Valves per cylinder four
  • Engine oil capacity 4 quarts of SF, SG motor oil, also w/CC or CD
  • Engine oil filter spin-on Micronic filter cartridge
  • Carburetion fuel injection and electronic ignition MA 2.2
  • Ignition controlled by Bosch Motronic
  • Fuel demand unleaded, middle-grade premium, 89 (AKI)
  • Fuel tank steel tank with enclosed fuel pump & filter
  • Fuel capacity 5.5 U.S. gallons including 1 gal. reserve
  • Air Filter Paper-type element
  • Charging system 14 V, 50 Amp Alternator (700 W)
  • Battery BMW Mareg, 19.5 Amp/h low maintenance
  • Cooling system combined air/oil cooled
Drivetrain
  • Primary drive helical-cut gears with tensioner
  • Clutch 180 mm dry, single plate with diaphram spring
  • Gear ratios 1 st gear: 4.16:1 2nd gear: 2.91:1 3rd gear: 2.13:1 4th gear: 1.74:1 5th gear: 1.45:1
  • Drive system enclosed driveshaft with two universal joints and integral torsional damper
  • Final drive spiral bevel gears, 3.0:1

Frame and Suspension

  • Frame New 3-section frame concept
  • Front suspension Telelever with central spring strut. Linear-rate coil spring. Twin-tube gas-filled.
  • Travel / dimensions 4.68 inches total travel
  • Rear suspension Patented BMW Paralever swingarm & shaft drive, single shock with variable rebound damping
  • Travel / dimensions 5.27 inches total travel, 7-position preload

Brakes

  • BMW / FAG antilock brake system ABSII
  • Front brakes two 4-piston calipers,wear compensation
  • Front rotors dual 12.0 inch floating rotors
  • Actuation method hydraulic, DOT 4 fluid type
  • Rear brake one 2-piston caliper, floating mount
  • Rear rotor single 10.9 inch diameter fixed rotor
  • Actuation method hydraulic, DOT 4 fluid type
Wheels and Tires
  • Front wheel 3.50 x 17 MT-H2, cast alloy, 3-spoke U-profile
  • Rear wheel 4.50 x 18 MT-H2, cast alloy, 3-spoke U-profile
  • Front tire 120/'70 - ZR 17 tubeless
  • Rear tire 160/60 - ZR 18 tubeless
Dimensions
  • Overall length 85.68 inches (2197 mm)
  • Overall width 35.02 inches (898 mm) (over mirrors)
  • Wheelbase 57.99 inches (1487 mm) (unladen)
  • Ground clearance 5.38 inches (138 mm) (unladen)
  • Seat height 29.9 / 30.7 / 31.5 inches (760 / 780 / 800 mm)
  • Handlebar width 29.68 inches (761 mm)(with weights)
  • Steering angle 64 degrees
  • Front wheel trail 4.68 inches (120 mm) (unladen)
  • Weight - dry 482 lbs
  • Weight - wet 517 lbs
  • Maximum load 990 lbs. gross vehicle weight rating
  • Wheel load limits Front = 396 lbs. Rear = 660 lbs.
Other
  • Power Accessory Socket
  • Heated handlebar grips
  • System case mounts
  • BMW City System Cases
  • Adjustable seat
  • Tachometer
  • Clock
  • Crash Bars
Accessories & parts added / replaced
  • GIVI Windshield (5/2005)
  • Gadget Guy GPS mount (5/2005)
  • BMW Handguards (9/2005)
  • Garmin Streetpilot 2610 GPS (5/2005)
  • K&N Air Filter (5/2005)
  • BMW Gel Battery (2006)
  • Wunderlich Aluminum mirrors, red from BMW Santa Cruz (10/2006)
  • BMW City Case lids
  • Brake Master cylinder rebuilt, brake fluid flushed (4-2012)
  • Rear differential fluid changed (4-2012)
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