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Ute Conversion! 2000 Volkswagen Jetta Pickup

Have you been looking for a “gentleman’s pickup” – the Chevy El Camino or Ford Ranchero – and haven’t had much luck in finding just the right one? How about this Ute (utility coupe), a 2000 VW Jetta that sports a conversion kit that they claim even novices can pull off. I’m not sure I would tackle such a project, but someone did after buying a kit from a well-known New England company. The changes on this one must have worked out fine as it has more than 200,000 miles. Located with a dealer in West Palm Beach, Florida, this interesting VW is available here on eBay for $7,990 (or Make Offer). Thanks, Dr Ron, for turning us on to this Jettamino!

As a compact car, the VW Jetta has been in production since 1979. It was positioned to serve as a sedan/wagon above the Golf hatchback and has seen seven separate generations. Total assemblies number more than 15 million making it the best-selling VW after the famous Beetle. Now enter Smyth Performance Conversions (aka Smyth Kit Cars) of Tiverton, Rhode Island. They specialize in making kit conversions for all sorts of vehicles, with the Jetta kit being their most popular.

Smyth claims these conversions, for which the kit runs around $4,000, can be done in a few weekends, even by amateurs (?). Once you’ve secured your donor car, the vehicle is cut past the trunk, and the rear doors and seats are removed (adding up to three cuts). They claim no welding is involved. The structural aluminum reinforcement panels are then bolted on, and the truck bed is assembled. The wiring goes untouched, the fuel tank stays in the same place, and no monkeying is needed with the suspension. How simple can it be?! All the parts and pieces you’ll need to finish it off are provided, just paint or wrap and you’re ready to roll (sounds too easy).

We suspect this conversion took place a few years ago as the silver part of the paint is looking a bit spotty in places. The silver is flanked by orange and the Jetta wears half of its black interior. We’re told it runs great although the odometer stands at 217,000 miles, not bad for a 2.0-liter inline-4 engine with FWD and an automatic transmission (how boring). It has recently been serviced, so we assume it’s turnkey and ready to impress at Cars & Coffee. When the car was first listed, the asking price was $1,000 higher, so the right buyer has yet to come along.


  1. Avatar photo Fahrvergnugen Member

    wow. one town away. may need to go take a look though i dont have a donor car (other than my 05 Legacy GT wagon…)

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    • Avatar photo Howie

      Fahrvergnugen donor car?? This is all ready to drive now, if you are close i would go check it out, but yes high mileage.

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      • Avatar photo Jay McCarthy

        I always question the statement recently serviced but never a description of what was serviced or how big of a time window is recently

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  2. Avatar photo Joe Haska

    I don’t know much about these conversions ,but I have been on their web site many times. I am very impressed they look good to me.

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  3. Avatar photo Mitchell G. Member

    Better question: want a Volkswagen Caddy that’s much faster but somehow wayyyyyy less cool? Here ya go

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  4. Avatar photo Troy

    Or you can go buy a new Ford Ranger then go online and buy the Volkswagen Amarok front grill and badges some Miscellaneous other parts and you will have your Volkswagen truck that can do more than this thing

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  5. Avatar photo Steve

    VW missed the boat…er, pickup.

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    • Avatar photo BimmerDude Member

      I had a VW pickup, a “Sportruck” built in Pennsylvania. This was the same base as the USA-built Rabbit. Mine was a rare gas engine: most had diesels, but was both fun and useful until something “happened” inside the engine. Right idea, wrong timing.

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      • Avatar photo Steve

        BimmerDude, perhaps it was the timing belt. (wink)

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  6. Avatar photo Americo

    In Brazil, there’s a VW Saveiro, projected just for that.

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  7. Avatar photo Nelson Helmutt

    I Like It. Price seems fair for the Asking.

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  8. Avatar photo Michael Berkemeier

    Love the paint. I wonder…Krylon, or Rust-Oleum? Hopefully, they didn’t cheap out and use the generic K-Mart brand that was left over from that Huffy Pro Thunder that they painted back in ’82.

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    • Avatar photo Nick 8778

      The silver looks like bare metal. Maybe going for the DeLorean look?

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  9. Avatar photo Claudio

    Move along,
    Nothing to see here!

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  10. Avatar photo Blake

    Oh…Hell…Yes! A VW caddy that should have been

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