We had a big trip coming up, so I managed a last minute push and got the transmission in. Finished Tuesday night, including front brakes rotors and pads, and new tires. Trip started Thursday.
The car has been preforming very well. The new transmission is awesome - very quiet. I even managed to do the 5th gear swap, which was much harder to do on the new transmission. It took a lot more force to get the gears off for some reason, I had to buy a new impact wrench and modify a new gear puller on the bench grinder. Seriously, I think I spent an extra 4 hours on this (including trips to the store for tools). I probably had it easy with my old, worn out transmission.
|The Veggie Golf rides again!
First leg of the trip saw 46.2 mpg - lower than I'd hoped, but not bad when I consider how much idling with the air conditioner on we had to do (while feeding the baby). Also, part of that leg was done with my snow tires and roof rack on.
The round trip mileage was 819 miles. So I guess if I was going to have a problem, I probably would have noticed it by the end. All looks good. Next project, make it look respectable again.