There's so much conflicting information out there, I thought I'd come to the experts.
2002 Jetta 1.8T AWP engine with automatic transmission
The block is junk. One of the pistons has a large chunk missing out of the side, and one of the rings are exposed. The cylinder wall is torn up pretty bad. Surprisingly enough, the head physically looks ok, but I'm still sending it out to be machined and pressure checked.
Basically the block is junk. Car-part.com tells me that 2002-2004 Jetta Golf new Beetle blocks will work.
I'm not against swapping parts to make another block work, but what is the final call on other blocks that will work? Does anybody around Charlotte, NC want to sell me a good short block?
Yes you can use 1.8t blocks from 2000-2001, if you wanted to use a 2.0l block I think your best bet would be a 2.0 azg code, a very wise guy said all you need to do for that is to drill one hole in the back of the block for a coolant return line from the turbo and you have a 2.0t for dirt cheap.