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Volkswagen Jetta Reverse Gear Failures and Noise in Manual Transmission Models are Common

Volkswagen Jetta Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Average Mileage: 130,427 mi (45,000 mi - 201,692 mi)


Reverse gear failures and noise in the manual transmission models are common.

  • Visitor, , 148,000 mi

    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.

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  • Visitor, , 126,000 mi

    so far just noise...loud, rhythmic with ground speed, revers only, even w/ clutch in and rolling.

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  • Visitor, , 102,000 mi

    reverse gear went out

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  • Visitor, , 79,000 mi

    the differential gear gave out when taking off from a stop and shifting into first gear.... complete transmission rebuild

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  • Visitor, , 108,000 mi

    The whole car vibrates when trying to reverse.

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  • abx, , 154,000 mi

    I pulled into my driveway and my car won't go in reverse. I think linkage is out.

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  • Visitor, , 148,000 mi

    Stripped reverse gear occured TWICE to my transmission and replacement! Very costly!

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  • Visitor, , 192,450 mi

    Sometimes reverse gear does not work until I put it back in neutral, let off the clutch, press clutch again, then shift into reverse. Also I get a clunking noise sometimes when shifting.

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  • Visitor, , 125,000 mi

    noisy reverse and diff exploded 2 holes wth

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  • Visitor, , 201,692 mi

    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.

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