I want to replace my engine on a jetta 2001 2.0 lt to something with more power. Any suggestions?

Asked by Mar 25, 2015 at 02:25 AM about the 2001 Volkswagen Jetta GLS

Question type: Car Customization

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Forced induction is gonna be the preferable way to increase power in that model. An engine swap will be prohibitively expensive. A decent turbo or supercharger setup will still be $3K+, though...it requires a bunch of commitment and money which ever way you go.


engine swaps in vw's is not ussaly recomended unless its with something simalur or the same. And also within the same year. You can probabley go with a v6 2.8L engine. just be sure to pull the instrument cluster and ecm with it when you do the job, also the wiring harness will most likely be a plus as well.


True, Deathjam4, but, it's only affordable to do the VR6 swap if the owner does the majority of the labor. If left to hourly garage labor, it would quickly out-spend the forced induction options. With VR6 swaps, there are also motor mounts and "k" members that need to be addressed....possibly even suspension/hub changes, and CV axles as well...a daunting task indeed.


thats all true, about the biggest thing youl notice in change is the motor mounts and even then they may be the same. all the engines and tranys were basically identical i know cause when i had the bearing in my dif go out i repalced it with a 1.8L's 2 wheel drive dif. and mine was a 2.8L 4 wheel drive.


Several forums have detailed DIYs posted on these swaps. Best thing is to get as much information as possible prior to spending a ton of money. There are special tools needed as well and getting a Bentley manual for your vehicle will be invaluable.

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