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have you looked at all four cv joints they fail quite often on these cars along with front wheel bearings. please let me know what the condition of the cv joints are. so that I can further assist you.
the passenger side is usually the failure they make a upgraded passenger shaft for the turbo model I recommend you upgrade to that. please let me know if you think of anything else that I can help you with.
I understand but you an install the stronger turbo shaft in your non turbo car for longer durability. we have done that for years in my shop if its not the cv shaft how does the transmission oil look any metal shavings.
it pouring out is normal you usually loose about a quart when pulling the shaft let me know how it goes.
There are several special tools required to rebuild that transmission but there are several remanufactured and used options out there that you could install yourself if you have the tools to do so.