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

raymond greeley rgreeley2 at hotmail.com
Tue Oct 27 05:19:28 PDT 2009

adding the pedals is a factory parts swap. You will need to change out the steering rack

as the shifter linkage mounting brackets are located on the rack. Other misc. like clutch

cable hardware on the firewall.

all of it is pretty much factory parts that should be on the 91


Maybe a pre 98 wagon with manual trans would be an easier swap as well as a more usefull viehicle for such an effort
buy it, drive it while you plan your swap.

> Date: Mon, 26 Oct 2009 09:36:24 -0700
> From: r.c.brown at ieee.org
> To: vwdiesel at vwfans.com
> 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.
> -- 
> Roger
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