Frankie Muniz: Andrea Renault/Globe Photos
Mari Cartel
February 04, 2002 AT 05:00 AM EST

Remember your first car? Well, if you?d been on a hit TV show, like ”Malcolm in the Middle”’s 16-year-old Frankie Muniz, it would have been cooler. The actor, who got his driver’s license last year, paid Scott Centra, the famed car customizer who worked on last summer’s nitro-charged ”The Fast and the Furious,” nearly $100,000 for the souped-up white 1995 Volkswagen Jetta from the movie. ”The car came like crazy,” boasts Muniz, ”loaded with stuff in it. I don’t even know what half of it does.” Besides its hot-rod engine and high-tech navigational system, the Jetta is equipped with a PlayStation 2, a DVD player, and a VCR. But Muniz learned that some amenities aren’t what they’re cracked up to be when his mom busted him for speeding. ”I have a video camera in my car,” he laments, ”so she could see the speedometer.” (As punishment, he says he was downgraded to pedestrian status for a week.)

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