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No, same engine the automatic transmissions are just junk that’s all. A manual for the correct year and engine will bolt right up. I pulled the engine (2000 ALH diesel) out of my old auto golf which had the transmission die and put it directly into an 03 manual Jetta. There will be some minor stuff to change I won’t bore you with the differences on a diesel but I would expect the gassers to have some minor differences also. Coolant pipes/hoses, some electrical differences from year to year and auto to manual. Golf, beetle, Jetta all share the same goodies for the most part. Though the turbo s, R32 and GTI may be somewhat different.

In addition to the starter, axles, clutch pedal, clutch switches, gear shifter and of course the all important transmission. I linked to the tdiclub thread in an earlier post of yours I think or was that someone else?
 

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Here’s my swap thread.

 
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