its expensive but definitly a worthwhile engine. im doing it to my 92 next summer. i think the hardest parts of the swap are the wiring and getting it so the turbo doesnt hit the firewall. and mounting the tranny i hear is a little hard. if you get it get drive by cable and make the swap easier
For a first-time swapper, hook up with folks who have swapped before and see what they say.
1. A mk4 turbo swap WILL NOT be cheap.
2. It will not be easy either.
3. 16v's are pretty cheap and easy to score, but if it's been beat on, you're swapping in a headache.
4. 2.0 x-flow 8v's are a dime a dozen and just as reliable-if not more-than your old 8v. More power too.
5. G60 has limitless possibilites, but you need a limitless checking account too.
The most affordable route would most definetly be the x-flow. It bolts right in and once you have things smoothed out, you can step it up a notch or three.
the x flow is the motor out of a mk3. the air goes in the front and out the back. cross the head(cross flow). The older 8v's go in the back and out the back. It's more efficient to have a cross flow. They are also a lot easier to turbo. There are several bolt on turbo kits that are less than 3 grand. I would also like the swap more than a 16v because of reliability and ease of tuning. And would be probably the cheapest swap.
if anyone is looking to do a 1.8t swap, look for one with non drive by wire...it makes it much easier. i think it is the one with ndbw. the other one you have to use the gauges and all types of other stuff. lots more wiring to be done.