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Old 06-11-2009, 02:09 PM   #1
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Rebuilding 91 GTI motor - cost estimate?

Im considering a GTI that will need a motor rebuild or swap. Just curious as to what the cost would be to do each option - for a swap, perhaps something like a 16v motor.

I am new to VWs but am very curious, as I've heard engine swaps are popular and more simple than some other euro cars.

Also, if anyone could recommend a good shop to do the rebuild or swap, that would be great. My first thought was Hot Water but apparently they're out of business
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Old 06-11-2009, 04:38 PM   #2
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If you're considering rebuilding the 8v (which I'm assuming is the one in your car), don't bother. It's not worth the cost, nor effort. 16v swaps are probably the most common MK2 engine swaps out there. When I was doing my swaps, a full longblock 2.0 16v plus 9a tranny was running for about $1000... but that was a few years ago. I believe the prices have dropped a fair bit.

If you're feeling adventurous, there's always the 2.0 8v and VR6 12v out of the MK3, a 1.6/1.9TD(i) swap from an MK3/4 or even the 1.8t from an MK4. Each one will cost more than the last, but they've all been done in the MK2 chasis.

Check out and search for JS Performance. Give Jose a call and see what he'd quote for a 16v swap, or even one of the others I mentioned. You'll be looking at $1500+ for a shop to do it, but Jose is probably one of the best VW guys in the North West.
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Old 06-11-2009, 10:30 PM   #3
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thank you Lomac, fantastic info!
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