Going from an Automatic to a Manual
I need help, advice, comments, ANYTHING!
I drive a 1995 Mazda MX-6 LS Automatic 4-Cylinder, and I want to go to a Manual. The local mechanic, when I approached him about this project said it woudl be "cheaper to buy another car". I also learned that IF i did all this stuff, it would be cheaper to buy from like Ebay (but only if like a warranty or something was involved).
I also learned that it is easier to go from a manual to an automatic, than it is to go from an automatic to a manual.
I mean, how much are we talking about with professional installation? I could get all the parts and such for under $1000, but whats REALLY gonna kill me is the installation.
However, something has just come up that might give me a lil leway. My older bros car, a 1994 Mazda 626 LX, the tranny (which happens to be an automatic) is crapping out, and will need to be replaced. So this might be my BEST TIME to do something like take the automatic tranny from my MX-6, have it put in the 626, and get a manual installed on MX-6.
When I was doing research, I talked to a guy that was selling a manual tranny on Ebay, he said that it woudl be best to buy a junker/salvage/accident part with a 5-speed manual, and therefor, I would have all the parts I would need to make the switch. Were is, even if I get a 'package' with 'cluth, tranny, etc.', something MIGHT not be there, and than i'll have to search for a part or something.
So take all that, and combine with a limited budget, and my options become slim to none.
Anybody that has dealt with this in the past, if you have any comments or advice, that would be great!
And before anyone asks "How come You didn't get a manual to begin with?".. I searched six months+ for a MX-6, and this had been the best offer, and I had to take it. You try finding a manual 2nd Gen MX-6 in wisconsin!
Also, with this project, I want to add a turbocharger, so I'm thinking that I get all the 'under the hood' stuff done at once. I also have a cold-air intake system floating around.
Any help, comments, or advice would be GREAT!
thanks for your time,