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OK so I have invested a few hours in reading old threads and I anticipate many more to come; however, I would like to gauge the experts (and wannabes's) opinions.

I have a 94' 1.9D (N/A) SWB. While the economy around town is handy the gutlessness and thrist on the motorway is becoming increasingly annoying.

I have put a lot of work into the bodywork and conversion so reluctant to sell her lock and stock, so its time for an engine change.

My requirements are:
Better cruising speed and economy on motor way. oooh and cost effective, we are in a recession after all!LOL:
Relatively straight forward conversion. I am not a mechanic; however, I have carried out a few like for like engine changes and my father-in-law is a VAG specialist (yeah I know ---result!) But I am keen to do as much as possible without his input. (His answer to everything is usually stop farting about with old cars! Cynic!:*)

I am not particularly married to diesel or petrol as long as they meet the main criteria.

Look forward to suggestions.
 

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You will I'm sure get a miriad of opinions... probably correctly biased and based on each individuals drive is and what they are happy with. I've got a 102hp 2.5 tdi pulls like an expresss train: I don't drive / accelerate that fast: but it can do if I want (for a van that is) I rarely need to change down for going uphill: It's really comfortable, growls a bit with side exit pipes and I love it: not as economical however on fuel I'm sure as some.
Spot on for me....... might be as well for you: but wouldn't be for everyone: best thing you could do to find out for yourself is to try different ones out.

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Wayne,

Absolutely agree, and I appreciate everyones suggestions.

I am liking the MK3 GTi Option or the 20V T then again VR6's are cheap! (but thirsty)

Or as you say, good 'ol 2.5.

P.S. anyone with a good lump lying around - let me know.

Thanks DB
 

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What engine? The one you have.

You seem happy with the economy around town but unhappy with the motorway consumption.

If I make a few assumptions and some dodgy mathematics it might help.

Average mileage of about 9K miles per year and about 3k of that on motorways.

Let's guess 30 mpg on M-way in a 1.9D would use 100g.

Let's guess 35 mpg on M-way in a 2.5TD would use 85g.

A diiference of 15g, and fuel at £6.30 per gallon, (thank you Mr. Osborne), that's a difference of £97.50p.

If you spend £1,000 on an engine and Elastoplast for your skinned knuckles you might make it back in ten years.

Assuming you're not borrowing the £1K then you could invest it in a savings account.

Sell the van if you must and buy another.
 

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I have a 1.9 Golf AAZ series in mine and get 600 miles (motorway and town combined) for £100 which in this day and age seems 'reasonable' to me. (Bloody extortionate really)

I also get the benefit of lounging in a wonderful Alfa 156 leather seat and listening to some tunes on a fantastic sound system so it eases any pain I might feel from a lack of acceleration!

Once the ol' girl gets to 70 she's sweet as.

Stick with it!
 

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I'm sure there will be plenty more to say this; TDI conversion from a Gold (AHU/1Z lump).

There's a huge amount of info on the forum and it's very inexpensive.
 

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It all depends how much u want to spend on an engine change.i also have a,sorry used to be a 1.9 diesel,I e since had a golf td engine with 65000 miles on it fitted, now I have a 1.9 TDI fitted,both were fitted for peanuts and both equally nippy and good on fuel,buy a good low mileage car take what u need and scrap the rest,it's easy to do both td and tdi conversions and you'll get the scrap value back on the car.
 

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Hi...in march i will have a 2.5tdi available i will be breaking it and wont be needing engine, if you read my previous threads you'll see how impressed i am with this engine my last calculation was getting 43 mph stop/start!
 

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Thanks guys a myriad of replies as i always expect.

I like the long term Idea howevet my other car is a german motorway monster and I cant get away from the desire for a bit more oomph!
A TDi upgrade does sound ideal and or the 2.5 offer.

Will concentrate in those areas. I amguessing the 2.5 would be slightly more straight forward ref clearances etc?

Thanks all, and happy new yr!
 

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ive gota 51 1.9td with egr blank de cat and turned boost fueling up a notch, its good on juice fast enough for a van does most big hills in 4th rarely need to go to 3rd, could you not drop in a abl turbo lump and do the 5th gear upgrade for your motorway useage ? loads old abl lumps about fairly cheap now ? depends how much faster you want to go ?
 

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stick a 1.9tdi engine in, no brainer really.

i had a 1.9td engine prior to doing the swap,

the facts

Im getting 200 miles per tank more out of the old girl regularly get 700+ miles from a tank
i have nearly twice the bhp (running around 120bhp chipped)
it drives like a new van
the conversion was effectively free (donor vehicle was 400 quid, made that back selling the rest of the car and weighing the shell in,)
youll also get the taller 5th gear to chuck in to help efficiency from the donor too!


its the cheapest and easiest way to sensible economy.

yes people may rave about the 2.5tdi but why build what you can buy? itl cost you alot more too as youll probably need a 2,5 box and finding a donor vehicle will be trickier so youll pay more. Plus DMF is the stupidest idea ever.
 

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stick a 1.9tdi engine in, no brainer really.

i had a 1.9td engine prior to doing the swap,

the facts

Im getting 200 miles per tank more out of the old girl regularly get 700+ miles from a tank
i have nearly twice the bhp (running around 120bhp chipped)
it drives like a new van
the conversion was effectively free (donor vehicle was 400 quid, made that back selling the rest of the car and weighing the shell in,)
youll also get the taller 5th gear to chuck in to help efficiency from the donor too!


its the cheapest and easiest way to sensible economy.

yes people may rave about the 2.5tdi but why build what you can buy? itl cost you alot more too as youll probably need a 2,5 box and finding a donor vehicle will be trickier so youll pay more. Plus DMF is the stupidest idea ever.
Hi Andy,
I have just bought an AHU vw sharan tdi engine. I want to put this into my transporter in place of the abl engine.
It seems like you are the best person to speak to. In a nut shell is there anywhere I can get all the necessary answers, in terms of parts to buy and alterations to make?
Any info. would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you.
Simon.
 

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Will concentrate in those areas. I amguessing the 2.5 would be slightly more straight forward ref clearances etc?

Thanks all, and happy new yr!
Worth noting that with the TDi conversion you can use the sump off the 1.9D. You will still need to find the exhaust manifold and a few other ancillaries from a T4 1.9TD (ABL) for this conversion. Existing 1.9D engine mounts will also be ok whereas you will need new mounts with the 2.5L.

Being able to swap ancillaries from the 1.9TD to the 1.9TDI is one reason why this conversion is so worthwhile and economical.
 
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