Auto to Manual Swap in a 96 toyota corolla?

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Old 11 May 2010, 10:00 am   #1 (permalink)
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Default Auto to Manual Swap in a 96 toyota corolla?

96 toyota corolla with a 1.8 Liter engine. How much should i expect to pay to have a shop convert from a auto to a manual or is it easy enough to do it myself? if so what would be all the parts that i would need to buy before i would be able to swap...
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Old 11 May 2010, 10:20 am   #2 (permalink)
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its gonna cost u more then the car is worth to do a swap, your lookin at about 2-4 grand so not worth it dude
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Old 11 May 2010, 10:30 am   #3 (permalink)
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You would need a flywheel for a manual trans, clutch linkage and pedal, shifter, possibly a new transmission mount, maybe different axles... don't do it. You cannot think of strong enough swear words for a job like this. I replaced an auto trans with another auto in my stepson's '85 Nova, which is the same turd as a Corolla, and screamed myself hoarse saying mother-this and piece-of-that. A '96 may be a lot different, but I hope to never find out. If it ain't broke, don't fix it, and when it does break, junk it. Don't mean to sound harsh, but once you drive GMs, you kind of lose patience with lesser cars.
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Old 11 May 2010, 10:45 am   #4 (permalink)
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The labor is going to be phenominal. Expect to pay way into the 4-digits to have a shop do it, and the parts won't all be cheap either. You are going to need a flywheel, pedal assembly, shifter, shifter cables, transmission, clutch, clutch fluid lines, clutch cylinder, mounts, on the Corolla/Geo Prizm the oilpans are different between an auto and stick, most likely an ECU, cv axles, among a few other things. I own a Geo Prizm which is the same thing, and have also worked on one that is automatic, mine is a stick. Iv'e also done this swap on another car.

It will be a lot of work, regardless if its done by you or a shop. COnsider buying a car that is already a manual.
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