Originally Posted by _FUBAR_
Remove it from the front. No lift required.
MK4 Radiator Replacement DIY
You could follow the radiator removal DIY to pull the front end off.
Gives you lots of room to just slide the engine and trans out. Most do mk4 swaps this way.
This is timely to me. Daughter's 2000 Jetta (also the 2.0) seems to have lost the timing belt which research here indicates will render the engine useless. Looks like it is not the worst project to do a switch. Have located a used engine for $600. I am not the worst mechanic, but generally don't enjoy the work very much. Have a shop that will do a switch (used engine and labor) for $1300. Car is probably not worth much more than that so would like to do it myself. What am I looking at time wise and what are some of the "gotchas" that I should be watching for? I have time and tools. Other alternative is just haul it to a scrapper. Local guy said he would give me $400 for it with the bad engine.
Thanks for any insight offered,