Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: North Cackalack
I wouldn't get the 1.8l. The numbers you say it will put out, I've probably got about that with a couple bolt ons. I would wait and get the 2.0 w/ turbo from JayB. He has them on sale for 1,000. If you wait a little longer he'll have custom made 3" exhaust too. I don't know how much you're paying for the 1.8, but I think you'd be better off getting the 2.0 in the long run.
If you get the 1.8, your current drivetrain is fine. Once you turbo, you'll want the GT trans.