[Vwdiesel] Can 91 VW Jetta Engine with TDI be put in 88 gassy?

Bryan Belman dieselwesty at yahoo.com
Mon Oct 26 10:38:04 PDT 2009

Yes, you can pull the 1.6td eco diesel or td and 5 speed to put in the 88 Jetta, both A2, will fit fine.

 Bryan Belman, Pt. Pleasant, NJ
04 Jetta Wagon TDI PD, 100hp, 5sp -- running :)
92 Jetta 1.6 Eco-Turbo Diesel -- running :)
82 Diesel Westy 1.9NA -- running :}
70 Type 1 stock Beetle -- Not running :( 

From: Roger Brown <r.c.brown at ieee.org>
To: vwdiesel at vwfans.com
Sent: Mon, October 26, 2009 12:36:24 PM
Subject: Re: [Vwdiesel] Can 91 VW Jetta Engine with TDI be put in 88 gassy?

Jim Kvarnberg wrote:
> My 91 VW Jetta TDI failed insurance inspection because of severe 
> structural rust problem along the right side.  I have a good gassy 88 VW 
> Jetta, but its automatic transmission is shot.  The 91 Jetta has five 
> speed transmission.  Here is what I am thinking ... pull the gas engine 
> with tranny out of the 88 and the engine TDI with manual tranny out of 
> the 91 to put it in the 88.  May I hear your feedback or, if any, 
> instruction/suggestions on this?  Is this idea feasible?  Thank you in 
> advance.  Jim

I doubt the '91 is a TDI unless it has been swapped, like a 1.6TD (indirect injection). 
If so, both vehicles should be based on the A2 platform and the swap would be pretty 
straight forward.  Only issues would be adding the pedal for the manual clutch.


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