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Aug 12, 2007
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Sweet Redemption
It's been a while since I dropped you a line. So here's the thing, I thought you guys were pretty freakin' cool! You sent me stickers to paste over my car, ogled the photos I sent of my car with said stickers, one of my letters graced your pages and my car was also apparently going to "appear in Readers' Rides".

Apparently... What issue was that supposed to be? Oh yeah, 8/06! Well, I have the 8/06 issue and, for some strange reason, I've been unable to find anything even closely resembling my car. Come to think of it, I haven't been able to find anything closely resembling my car in ANY issue!

Hmm... looks like John got hosed! Needless to say, I've been a bit... what's the word... PISSED!

There I was, trying to proclaim the glory of eurotuner by plastering a big-ass sticker on my windshield, only to be shunned in my moment of triumph. Boy, what I sucker I was. To think little old me would get a 2" photo of my car in a national publication. I must have been living in a dream world.

So I've been holding a grudge against et since 8/06. And just when I thought maybe eurotuner wasn't a great magazine, you had to hit me with the frickin' E36 M3 tuning guide (et 3/07). For crap sake, why won't you leave me alone?

I was perfectly content holding a grudge against you, but you just had to blow my mind with a completely useful guide aimed directly at me!

Curse you! Now, I'll be forced to proclaim eurotuner's glory again. Son of a...!

So it looks like et is still god of Euro magazines. How could I ever doubt you? But don't think this makes us even. I'm sure you still feel bad about the whole Readers' Rides debacle?
John Bridges
Email

Sorry to ruin a perfectly good grudge. We're also sorry for the Rides fiasco. We honestly try to include every entry but our wonderful email system means some occasionally fall through the cracks. Having increased the number of pages, we've eradicated most of the backlog, so please send your entry again to readersrides@eurotuner.com and it'll appear ASAP.

Send your letters to et-mail, Primedia, 6420 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048, or eurotuner@primedia.com

Page Gripe
Referring to et 2/07 and Brady's Project Jetta: It's about time he stepped it up! Go>Show 24/7/365, and twice on Sundays.

For what it's worth, my recommendation for rods and pistons are OEM pistons from an AEB 1.8T (20mm w/p, manufactured by Mahle) and a set of Scat rods. They're the best bang for the buck, period.

After I return from my deployment in Iraq, I'll be upgrading my 1.8T. I've collected an assortment of mail-order and custom parts and I'm pretty stoked to drive the final result.

Which brings me to my only gripe about the mag, and it's the lack of a real tech nerd on your staff. I'd like to see et do articles similar to SCC's turbo matching article that included all the necessary math to deduce and plot compressor maps. SCC's tech articles are among the best I've read in any of the Primedia publications.

My point is: the VAG tuning arena, with the continued advances in 1.8T tuning and the increasing frequency of VR6T builds, would welcome in-depth articles about the nitty-gritty of forced induction and related topics (ie, engine management and tuning basics). It would certainly be a better use of the publication than et 2/07's five pages of Tuner News and six pages of SEMA photos.

Other than my contention over the use of space and lack of nerdy tech info, you guys have done a great job. The mag's come a long way since I first picked it up in '02.
Travis Smith
Electronics Tech, HHC, 324th ITSB
Iraq

Sadly, the men in suits cut our Tech Ed position and it's been a struggle to make good on the absence. We hear what you're saying and are moving in that direction.

Bimbonic Idiots
As I've gotten older, I've realized that women (in general) get away with a lot of shit simply because they have breasts and a vagina. And frankly, I'm SICK OF IT!

And when I opened this month's issue (et 2/07), I saw pages of car shows with scantily-clad women. STOP IT!

Women don't deserve anything special because they're women! If you want to show me something, show me some of these "bimbonic idiots" actually WORKING ON CARS! Show me some women dropping a tranny or building a motor. Standing in front of a car with nothing on is NOT A SKILL! Neither is looking good.

Don't let your magazine stoop to that level. et is awesome, keep it that way.
David Alston
Iselin, NJ

We suspect you weren't hugged enough as a child.

Stoned
I love the mag but (and I'm going to get stoned for this...) I'd rather see more Readers' Rides featured. Seeing a million dollar company fork out thousands on a GTI gives us a sense of what our cars could be if we had that insane amount of money. Maybe it's just me, and I realize some people like widebodies, but others like it low, clean and simple. Anyway, I'm doped up on allergy meds, so it's probably the drugs talking.

Thanks for putting out an awesome mag each month.
Jeremy Carpenter
Mobile, Alabama
Credit Due

Regarding photos published on the Clubs pages (et 3/07), they should actually have been credited to me. My website is www.ruisoaresphoto.comRui SoaresEmail

Photochop Late Entry
Seems my entry is a little late, but here's my swing at the E90.
Chris MacDonald
Email

Syncronized
I'm glad to see you guys are getting more technical with your articles, but since you feature a lot of VWs and recently published Allen Briere's AWD Haldex conversion using the "Synchro" rear axle beam (In The Garage, et 3/07), let me be the first to tell you that it's "Syncro". No "h".

This annoying typo arises enough that I think it warrants a letter and should be clarified on the pages of your magazine. It wouldn't bother me if I didn't see it every day on every VW forum on the web.
Davion Hill
Columbus, OH
Gappy

I just received et 3/07 and have an observation about the two featured GTIs (Tein, Extreme Dimensions): Is it just me, or is there a whole lot of wheel/fender gap there? Maybe it's necessary to accommodate the wide front wheels when they turn, but c'mon, mate. I reckon they should have mounted the wheels first and then built the widebody down to the wheels.

I know these are promo cars, but for my taste they look like the "Honda crowd". But I'll keep an open mind, as you like to say.
Rozen Rayrao
Email

Feedback
Ever since I bought my Jetta VR6 and stumbled across your magazine, I've loved every issue. It inspires me with ideas that I might eventually be able to turn into reality.

I'd like to give you some direct feedback that may be beneficial to you. Firstly, I love the cars; keep doing a great job. Secondly, I thank you for the show coverage since I live in Missouri and none of the shows are anywhere near St Louis. Thirdly, since you've made the mag bigger, could you also make the binding stronger because mine always pops apart from the staples? Fourthly, I love the posters, but there's always an article on the back. Why don't you just make a double-sided poster; then your readers wouldn't be forced to keep the poster inside the magazine to read the articles? Finally, I love the tech articles, but wouldn't it be more helpful if you had people send in their problems, and you guys help by answering the questions like the Letters section?
Drew Foster
St Louis, MO

Thanks for the feedback. We did have Tech Letters pages but the number of letters dwindled so now we respond to each one individually. But if we have enough requests, we'd be happy to reinstate it.

Corrado Challenge
I've been reading et for a long time and really like the way this crew puts an issue together. Living in Alabama makes it hard to be a Euro fan. A few guys and me try to represent Europe with class, but we've had to learn how to work on our own cars because, according to "Bubba's Garage" around the corner, you'd think these cars were made on Mars instead of in Germany (or Mexico).

It seems you guys are putting more photos in the mag these days. I like that, and yes we can read in Alabama, so I like In the Garage, Clubs and the show coverage as well. Your magazine is what fuels my passion for European cars, so I just wanted to say thank you, and keep up the good work.

Oh, I'd like to issue a challenge to the so-called "student tuners" out there. Being a 41 year-old father of three teenagers, I can't build my dream car, so why doesn't somebody build a mid-engined Corrado? Make it RWD using VW's W8 engine with twin-turbos. Add 19" wheels on the front and 20s on the back, widen the body and chrome the engine, with tasteful hints of color-matched carbon you can see through the rear window.

There's my challenge. Who has the $$ and cahoonas to build it?
Rick Shiflett
Birmingham, AL

We've got something close to that in the next issue...

Lambo Hater 1
I've been meaning to write for a while now but have been too damn lazy. However, I just wanted to say the direction you've taken the magazine is really great. A nice mix of different Euros (unless, of course, you're a Volvo lover) and a nice mix of tuning levels, while keeping plenty of technical info in the articles. Your magazine has surpassed your sister Euro publication, which has become a sales brochure for super-high-end cars and useless accoutrements. I hope your article on that nice Lamborghini (et 3/07) isn't a sign of things to come?
James
Boston, MA

Lambo Hater 2
It seems lately that VWs are getting less and less coverage in your mag, being replaced by cars such as BMW and Audi, which is fine because I love to see what's happening in their tuning world as well.

But if you're only going to feature two VWs in et 3/07 (which happen to be two extremely similar Mk5s), don't replace the coverage with non-practical cars.

I understand you might be trying to reach a broader audience, but don't lose your core readers while doing so.
Chris Martinez
email

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