[ba] Question about Automatic-> 5 speed conversion

Daniel Reid DReid at ariba.com
Mon Aug 19 18:51:19 EDT 2002

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Hey, I am new to Audis, but not to VW's.  I am a long time Rabbit head and
just moved to the Bay from Vermont.  I recently picked up a 1986 4000CS
(1.8, non-quattro) that is in GREAT shape.  The only problem is, after my
Rabbit, it is not much fun to drive because of the crappy automatic.  I was
wondering how much of a pain the conversion to 5 speed would be?  Anybody do
this locally?  How hard is it to switch the pedal clusters?  Do I have to
swap Axles?  How much crossover is there?  Will my console work (inside the
car) with a new trim plate?  Just curious.  My gut feeling is that I would
do better to sell the car and buy a 4000 Quattro with a 5 cyl and a 5 speed.
But you never know.  I do love pain!


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