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Old August 14th, 2019, 09:49   #16
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You are not going to be able to get another car for $2K (cost of the swap)
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Old August 17th, 2019, 05:11   #17
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I bought a conversion 05 Passat TDI from vwztips a long time ago. It had about 218K miles on it and now has turned over 300K.
Unless you have other bigger problems, do the conversion.
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Old August 17th, 2019, 09:28   #18
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2k is a little tight. If you dont add power via tune.
My kinda budget 5 speed swap
Tune 400 matt Whitbread
5 speed v6 passat (one 600 one 300)
Balance delee shaft parts and timing belt 400
Whitbread fx300 clutch and fw 1300ish

Cv axles came with v6 5 speed junk gasser.

Parts i should have replaced and you should consider during the swap i ended up replacing since or right before the swap

Tandem pump and gasket chesp ebay version going strong 20k miles 175
Rear coolant flange thingy (cheap ebay maybe 30)
Rear coolant and heater core hoses (free at my shop or a couple bucks a foot)

AC fan, ecu relay under hood and ac relay under dash. These all fail and are common issues. I had junk spares from scrapped passats but they wont last as long as new. 45 plus each.

Check tie rod ends inner and outer. I needed new ones and all control arms.

I spend a year parting out passats, made a couple hundred and then 125 each for shell at scrap yard. Sold a wagon for 250 to a guy on cl.

I now have a stock pile to convert my other 05 passat sedan to 5 speed minus tune, bs delete and flyweel clutch kit.

I don't see it as a 2k swap unless you use a cheap 1.8t clutch flyweel kit with a stock hp tune.

2500ish plus from frans plus flyweel clurch, axles and tune.

That you doing all labor.

I dont convert them and sell them because 3000 bucks plus a 500 dollar car is only a 3000 dollar car if it's clean enough. My labor is worth more than that.

I may be forgetting stuff. It's rum day at the lake and i gave sunscreen in one of my eyes.
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