I have a pretty solid mk4 1.6, that for quite a while I've been fantasising about engine swapping it. Only now with enough no claims and experience the insurance has actually made that feasible, and with the current climate an extra project is always a welcome one
I've always had my eye on a 1.8T, but I would love to get some ideas from you guys! The main thing that's putting me off is the fuel economy. Although I don't drive much now, my only other car is a WRX which doesn't get great mileage either, and it might be nice to have something to drive long distance in. So I was looking at maybe a TDI 130 or similar. Buuut, I imagine the swap is much more complex from petrol > diesel, as well as possibly more hassle with the DVLA.
This is probably a good point to add a disclaimer: yes, I know you should never build a car yourself that the factory already did. However, I doubt I will ever get rid of my Golf for sentimental reasons, and I'm also the sort of person that likes to do everything themselves. An engine swap would be a great learning experience, and another tool under the metaphorical belt.
So, what would you recommend? I'm open for some crazy suggestions, but this is also my first engine swap, so will likely end up with something fairly straightforward... and cheap