Shouldn’t have to replace the trans, just the pressure plate & clutch once it’s all apart.
I don’t think the fix is a huge deal. A friend had a ‘72 Pantera many years ago, and I helped him replace the clutch for its new owner. Once the trans is separated from the engine the flywheel is removed & the pressure plate can be unbolted from it. The pp and clutch is going to be replaced anyway, so after the…
“Dude, that big spider just crawled under the seat. What are we gonna do?”
My first TDI cured me of the run the tank to empty habit. Fortunately it was one of the rotary pump engines (1998), and I was able to get it started after a LOT of cranking after adding fuel. I never pushed it with the two subsequent common-rail TDIs though.
1. Room for four
2. Not comfortable
Bonus: it flies.
Unless you need more grunt like from the 252hp Focus ST.
Thanks for that; I had no idea the engines were so similar. Gotta file this nugget away to the turbo’d project knowledge base.