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Transmissions with different codes? Are they interchangeable?

I have an 89 Cabriolet and the standard trans went out. I checked the wrecking yards and there are three different codes for the vehicle and their manuals do not indicate that they are interchangeable. I called a local VW mechanic and he said that it didn't matter as long as it is the same body style. I don't want to buy a wrecking yard trans with a different code (as this is all I could locate) and find that it doesn't work. Any helps would be greatly appreciated.

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  • theteeps Apr 14, 2009

    Same body style, same fuel and size engine, different trans codes.

  • theteeps Apr 14, 2009

    how's the easiest way to measure the 'output flanges'? both have green covers (5 spd)


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Your VW guy is right... the codes don't matter that much as long as the output flanges are the same size as your old one. Also make sure you are getting a five speed... there should be a green cover over the throwout bearing on the (driver's side) end. If not it's a four speed and you don't want that... Hope this helps ;-)

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  • ynotman Apr 15, 2009

    Output flanges are where the axles bolt up with six long bolts... when the axles are removed you will probably see the grease... I believe the two sizes are 100 mm and 110 mm... make sure they match your old one! ... oh and Duetche is right in that you don't want a trans from a diesel vehicle, but those do not have the green cover and are all 4 speeds ;-)


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Buying parts at a wreckyard requires some knowledge and trust, and do only put a gearbox with the same codes as in your car, because if you get one to a diesel (fits perfect) then you cant use the 4 and 5 gear because it would be overgeared and your motor underpowered tork wise. Thou is it possible to fit a gearbox from a 1,6 litre engined car to a 1,8 litre engine and vice-versa with no big difference but if you get a 2,0 litre one you have problems, or if the gearbox is from a GTI, because the axels is larger on thoose models.

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