Roughly.... what was the total cost for the swap and motor, and how much time? I've got a few friends looking at this option...
I have yet to sit down and total how much it really cost.
It may sound strange, but I'm not really concerned. "Do it once, do it right,
but don't go wild" was pretty much the way I went at it. When it's all said and done, this Rabbit is still less expensive than buying a new TDI. Heck, it's still less than buying a 1st gen TDI car with tons of miles. And tons more character.
The killer on the project was all the little bits. I strongly recomment to anyone
wanting to do this, is get the whole car. I just had the engine, ecu, and most of the harness. I had to get a cluster and the other 1/2 of the harness.
The conversion would cost about the same as doing a 1.8T into a Rabbit,
with about the same difficulty. Oddly enough though, this probably won't
earn as much respect as if it were complete 1.8T swap, most likely because
people don't understand what all goes in to this sort of thing, and people don't
associate a diesel engine with performance.
Once I throw a chip and injectors into this thing, I'll be suprising a few people.
Maybe at that point I'll put a 1.9T badge on it. I love the prospect of 50+MPG
while still having all the performance.
As for miles on the odometer, (kilometers actually...) it's a brand spanking new cluster. I was tempted to roll it ahead to the truck mileage with the VAG-com (you
can do that to a cluster with less than 100 km on it) but decided just to start at zero
and pretend it was a new car.
I've actually put more miles on my conversion than were originally on the engine.