What I would get to make a transmission swap easy would be a transmission jack, or if you have a floor jack you can get an adapter. A good impact or if you have an impact a good long reach electric ratchet. Right there you’re already looking at $300 unless you can get some used online for cheap.Do tell what specialty tools will be needed that are 300-400?
One-time use tools as well?
it really depends what you have already and what you would need to get to fill the gaps to make the job easy
my phone was dying so I didn’t get to finish the list. But you’ll definitely need $100 worth of metric sockets from HF and metric ratcheting wrenches optimally with and without flex heads . I spent about $1500 on my cheap bare bones tool collection and there were times during the engine swap I’m still working on (have to see if there is a short in the wiring harness from a small fuel fire on the intake manifold resulting from sloppily trying to locate any leaking fuel injectors and checking to make sure I mitigated the leak) but to make swapping a transaxle easy it would be nice to have an engine hoist to use on the transmission but with a 4 cylinder it might actually be easier just to use a hoist and remove the whole drivetrain and then reattach the transaxle to the engine out of the engine bay and then put it back in attach the auxiliary components bolt it all up do fluids and call it a day. Because mating an engine and transaxle in the engine bay is a bitch no matter how big it is but the bigger it is the harder it will be