right well i am thinking of doing a swap...i have a mk3 2.0 golf...and i was wondering if anyone could help me with the pluses and minuses of the 2 engine types. Also was wondering how much some ppl have payed for the swap.
...nobody even wants to participate in a thread on VR vs. 1.8T... This has been a topic of countless of threads, and you wan't really hear anything new this time... They're both good engines, and yoy can't realy go wrong... VR6 swap is a little cheaper & less complicated (it's easy to find an engine, and it basically bolts right on...) VRs have UNLIMITED potential (if you turbocharge/supercharge it afterwards...), but they're heavy & gas guzzlers...
 It really depends if you want a "supercar" (I've seen some SC-ed VRs putting out over 300 hp...), or a brisk, sporty daily driver...
I've said it a million times, but here it is once more..
The 1.8T is the better track-style performance motor, period, end of story. Why? Weight and technology. It's easily tunable, and you can make more power for less money than the VR6. Downsides: More expensive, can be less reliable, and the VR is capable of bigger power numbers with a huge turbo setup (But only when fully built)
The VR6 has a great solid feel to it, and a much more linear power curve. There's always power right away. It's more factory correct, cheaper, and the install is much easier. But it's a lot of weight in the front end you just don't need. It's also a 12v, which is not a bad thing, but it's not as efficient as the 1.8T by any means.
true this has been posted many times before but i never cared to read about it largly due i never thought id have the money to do a swap. But now i am coming into some cash : thanx to old ladys that are rich and dont know how to drive!! :so i am interested in either a swap or a turbo set up on my 8v...
Not to hijack the thread or anything but here is a question. What if i were to just drop my car off at a tuning shop, when i pick it up it will have a VR6 in it and i can drive away. What should I expect to pay in US dollars? I do not have an engine or any VR6 parts for that matter, what is the average price I should be looking at? It's a 98' 2.0. Will they keep my ABA? If they keep my ABA engine will there be a slight discount on the VR6 swap? This is just a basic swap, no tuning parts installed whatsoever.. pure OEM.
EDIT: Also would like to know how long i should expect to wait since i will have to drive a rental. I'd do it myself if i had a second car and a garage, i live in an apartment though.
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