im hopin i remembered this right, if you were to pull a 1.8 swap, everything under the hood would have to be changed...is it possible, why of course. But i dont see why you just stick wiht the 1.9 in the LX, or swap a 2.0 into the LX. And if you just need a car, just pick up any old beater that will make it through the time needed, then A.) sell it, B.) part it out or C.) Junk it. or D.) Donate it.