Nice. I'll keep that in mind.1.8t are in abundance they were used in so many applications from Jetta to GTI, Audi’s etc, you could find those for $450 from a wrecker or buy one at pick a part for $150. I’d look for the 03-05 AWP variant though they had tons of revisions. New replacement parts are abundant and very cheap.
I'm still lacking a proper garage though unfortunately.
I'll be sure to message you for some advice when I plan to do that.