Why should I not buy a MK2 GTI with a 1.8T engine swap?


Asked by Sep 16, 2013 at 01:34 PM about the 1985 Volkswagen GTI

Question type: Car Customization

Just out of curiousity... I haven't been in the euro scene that long and I am looking to get a Volkswagen GTI where the owner did a 1.8T engine swap.
My friend says I should not even think to go there.
What issues would I run into if I purchased it?

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If you don't know the quality of the swap (i.e. what shop did it, etc.), don't do it. A lot of the time swapped VW's will list the shop that did the swap as a pedigree. Overall the 1.8T was a great little engine with awesome tuning potential especially in a very light mk2 body. That being said there are many electrical and sensor issues that can arise from using a 1.8T from a mk4. UNLESS you yourself intend to re-do the swap or are experienced with hand's on engine swaps and wiring/ECU tuning.

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Chris Van Kleeck

What about vehicle annual inspections in your state? Non original engine could be a headache.

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