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Old September 19th, 2006, 10:39   #21
gottdi
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I did an auto to manual swap on an 84 Dodge Colt. The simplest swap in the world. The tranny, shifter, pedal assembly and remove one wire that is no longer needed. It took all but 6 hours from start to finish. I removed it from a car from the wrecking yard for $75 for all the parts. I needed no new parts. When the job was done the car had more pep and went from 28 mpg to 32 mpg without a tune up. Nothing more than a tranny swap. With the tuneup I was in the 34 mpg range. It's nice that manufacturers make these to drop in either at the customers request and by design it actually costs the manufacturer no extra money. Just pick and drop it in. I think the Colt was much easier than this VW but it looks like a decent swap without too much trouble.
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