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automatic to manual help

so my dad is buying me a new transmission. I always loved manuals and was wondering how much more (or less) would it be for the shop to install a manual tranny and get me set up over just a new automatic tranny. Everytime i search about it also everyone is doing it themselves. Which i neither have the time experience or tools to do.
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Call a shop and ask. it is different based on each shop's rates and skill levels.

Doing it yourself or at a shop will take more than just the trans though. You will need the transmission, shifter box and cables, linkage, wiring harness, pedal box assembly, axles, mounts, clutch, flywheel, throwout bearing/slave cylinder, clutch master and more. Best bet is buy a donor wrecked car and swap then sell the rest of the parts off. Or just sell the car and buy a manual
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yuck lol guess ill just get a new tranny and shift my automatic manually when i feel like reving rpm's
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LOL

put in D and chill, sip on that coffee and enjoy the view
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^ This unfortunately.

Baby that slush box of a transmission man.


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A manual swap is much cheaper than a new auto. I think I've seen numbers in the $2500 range for the swap, parts and labor, from some places. We did the swap ourselves on our TDI and it wasn't too bad. Bought a parts car. I think it cost us around a grand or so for the parts.

Mine: 20th AE GTI, BMP, 133k, 3" Turbo back, Stage 2 Unitronic
His: '01 Jetta TDI, 122k, auto -> manual swap
The project: '84 Jetta GL TD, Giles IP, 2.5" downpipe and exhaust, full rebuild done winter 2010/2011
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Depends on your area, some places parts cars are harder to find than others. Also mechanical ability comes in to play. But I've found auto trans from just the same parts cars for as low as 500-800$


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I don't think I could ever bring myself to trust a used VW auto. Especially if its an 01M. The manual swap saves a lot of money in the long run for sure. Plus, you'll get better MPG. I think its worth asking around to some local VW shops to see if they can do the swap and what it would cost. I know our mechanic has done a number of them.

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