Really? A coupla different vw mechanics told me that was the route to go.. One even said it made more sense that a P+P for that car when combined w/ a cam and intake.
A P&P'ed head will give far greater gains than a header will on a 2.0L. Your best bang for the buck is to remove your stock exhaust manifold, clean up the ports to enhance the flow a bit, and reinstall. The stock VW downpipe on the ABA is a 4-2-1 design that flows quite well actually right from the factory.....earlier VW 4 cylinder exhaust manifolds didn't flow so well, however.
Save your money - or throw on an MKIV AEG exhaust manifold, which flows better than an MKIII according to flow tests........
IMHO, headers essentially become useful when you're running bigger cams and you've had the head ported. A stock head with a moderate cam will still run great with the OEM manifold.
I've heard some good things about using the MkIV manifolds on MkIIIs. Might be a sleeper deal, considering the costs of headers.
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