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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: 129,248 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, , 102,000 mi

    reverse gear went out

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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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  • 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, , 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, , 148,000 mi

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

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  • Visitor, , 123,650 mi

    Unable to shift into reverse. All other forward gears work fine.

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  • Visitor, , 125,000 mi

    noisy reverse and diff exploded 2 holes wth

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  • Visitor, , 108,000 mi

    The whole car vibrates when trying to reverse.

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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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