2002 VR6 Manual Transmission - Doesn't shift into Reverse anymore. No noise from transmission, or engine bay area. No smoke. No leaks. Allows me to shift into where Reverse should be, but only seems to engage 1st gear...treats it like I didn't go over far enough for Reverse.
I also have problem with my MT. On a rare occasion I'll try shifting out of reverse and it either won't move or sometimes it's extremely stiff and difficult to shift With what feels like a lot of tension on the shifting mechanism. I've found that if I turn off the ignition, I can then shift out of reverse into 1st gear without any tension or stiffness on the shifter what so ever. I start my Jetta back up an have no issue shifting. I'm sure it's just a temporary solution to a deteriorating transmission, but turning off my Jetta, shifting out of reverse and restarting the car is a suitable option for the time being.
left car running 5 minutes did not put in park. Moved shift to Reverse and car would move. P D N R S letter on dash were flashing. put car in drive and went forward. put car in reverse and didn't move. turned car off for 10 seconds, car in park to start then went into reverse fine. no more problems.
VW "New" Beetle, to be honest, (Which- from my mechanic friends in other states- is just a bug body on a Jetta engine and frame,) and no solution. I just towed her home and have yet to get to a mechanic to figure out what might be wrong. However- if it's going to be the 1,000's of dollars I'm seeing mentioned all over the place- I'll have no choice but to junk her.
Basically she decided that she just no longer would get into reverse. Tried to shift her and while the manual shift shifted into the right position, she wanted to go forward. The stick seemed kind of mushy, though, like it wasn't catching something properly down there.
I had problems putting my car in reverse in the summer when the engine is hot. In the winter I had no problem. When the engine is hot in the summer I have to force it in reverse to get it in. So after a year of doing that I think I caused damage to the transmission cause when I was shifting to second gear it would pop out.
Took it to the mechanics and told me the transmission needs replacement.