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So, I've been thinking about getting a 5sp swap done. About 5 months ago, I got a used tranny and rebuilt it. The tranny drives ok, not too great, not too bad at the moment. And just this week I found out theres this local guy who does 5sp swaps and is pretty good at it, and he quoted me $1,600 for labor and all the parts.

I'm thinking about doing the swap, and selling the auto tranny out while its still pretty fresh from the rebuilt for a bit of cash.

But I have a few questions to people who done the swap before, did you feel the swap was worth it? Does the drive of the lude feel better when its a stick? Whats good and/or bads came after the swap?

I just wanted to get a bit of more insight on this before I go ahead with the swap.
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Re: auto to 5sp swap

i currently have the auto tranny in my lude and it has already been rebuilt once. it is holding up but doesnt drive the way i would like it too. The automatics in the 5th gens are known for failure so your best bet to just take it out and do the swap, from what i have read and been told you wont regret it. If you trust the person who would be doing the swap i say go ahead and do it. as for what happen after it goes in someone else can chime since i still have my automatic.
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Re: auto to 5sp swap

jus do the swap! lol
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jus do the swap! lol
^waoh this guy loves his automatic so much he has 2 auto trannys for when one fails.

op: the price seems ok if thats parts+labor. make sure he finds you a good 5speed tranny
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Re: auto to 5sp swap

do the swap for a bit more gas mileage, and to make it a bit more peppy.
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Yea, its 1.6 for parts and labor, he said it would take him about 2 days.
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^ Damn, I need to know your guy. $1.6k is way good.
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Yea, to me its a pretty good deal, I'm planning on buying the oem timing belt kit on ebay and have him do it for me and also the fuel filter, which he quoted me an additional $360 for doing those.
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Re: auto to 5sp swap

You want to know the good? I'll tell you. Your tranny will become reliable, that is if you don't get one that has been driven to hell. Your car will drive like it is supposed to, it will become unlike that bitch of a whore that lies underneath your car now (your automatic tranny). Acceleration will be much quicker and you will have more control over your car with a manual. Your gas mileage will improve. You will get cool points and chicks will flock to you like ricers to 5' spoilers, they will all want a ride, to drive your stick...

You want to keep that automatic now?
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Re: auto to 5sp swap

for the labor... the price is good compared to these
$3-$4000 jobs

overall do the swap it is wroth it in the end make sure u get a all the parts in decent or new condition so u dont have to replace anything anytime soon. but deff overall more fun, dont have to worry bout tranny failure, and JUST DO IT!!!
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Re: auto to 5sp swap

All of this talk is making me excited to do the swap.

The only downside to it is I got to drive 2hours to the guys place and leave it there for 2 days.
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Doing it yourself isn't and option? It's not that hard, I did it LOL.

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I live in the city and I don't have my own garage or anything to do it at. bummer....
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Re: auto to 5sp swap

yeah. 1600 is an awesome price. and i'm here thinking i'm getting a good deal. i was quoted 1500 just for labor. so far i got all parts BUT the gauges and the ECU and i only spent 300 on all that. so yeah, you got a hell of a deal given all the parts are good quality.

but like everyone said, well worth it compared to the auto trannies. there really are no cons to it. unless done wrong or hacked. just make sure who ever is doing it that they warranty the work.
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