1) It's not really a matter of "if possible", you take out
engine/tranny pretty much ONLY.
2) unless your forklift has much longer forks than mine (and it might)
you'll find the forks a little short-ish. I prefer a cherrypicker, but
you may do fine.
3) the engine/tranny comes out at a *steep*
angle -- be sure the car is
well above the floor, like maxing out your floorjack (18"min).
3a) you don't hafta remove the hood, you know. It has a 'servicing'
setting that opens it up near vertical. You probably know this, but
just in case....
4) The engine systems disconnect is not so bad. Leave your PS pump if
you'd like. Count on cracking the AC. The propshaft disconnect is a
pain. That's notta Dana U-joint back there (though it OUGHTA be), it's
its own little world. You got several bits to undo.
5) the tranny has a spud about an inch long that sticks into the
"propellor shaft". So when you drop the first 3 bolts and find it
hasn't moved and then drop the next 3 bolts and find it STILL hasn't
moved, you'll know why.
6) SD to SD is good -- retains the electro-speedo and simplifies
7) make sure you got the manuals or refs and torque things *exactly*
those Germans specify. No more, no less.
8) Hoist point is near the firewall and never really gets much forward
of that as long as the tranny is attached. Make a chain bridle to
hookup on all three points (2 aft, 1 fwd) and you'll be better off.
9) Take care! those little engine mount shocks bend real easy. Your
initial lift needs to be very slow and measured.
10) take care!! That assembly outweight any V8 you've ever messed with
-- ok, I don't know the numbers, but it sure does SEEM like it. It
ain' no Toyota engine -- THAT's for sure.