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

Volkswagen Golf 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, 2010

Average Mileage: 144,024 mi (85,000 mi - 211,000 mi)


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

  • Visitor, , 147,000 mi

    Reverse sounded like a playing card against the spokes of a bike wheel. 3 months later it started popping out of gear if not held in place. Finally, even when holding it in gear, it now slips and grinds, and if I am not backing down a hill... then I go nowhere.

    Not sure what has failed, why, or what the repair is, or what it will cost.

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  • Visitor, , 113,000 mi

    1998 VW Golf GT 5-speed manual
    When in reverse, immediately pops out of gear when engine is accelerated. When shifter is held against reverse shifter stop, reverse gear still pops out or makes a grinding noise.

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  • Visitor, , 174,000 mi

    Grinding when going into first or reverse randomly.

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  • Visitor, , 85,000 mi

    My 2006 VW golf is a 5 speed and doesn't want to go in reverse ...I feel like the dealer should take care of this issue...I haven't fixed the problem yet..I have only made 3 payment s on my should be a recall

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  • Only 138,000 kms on the car but grinding noises in reverse and now pops out a higher revs. No fix at this time.

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  • Visitor, , 127,000 mi

    My 1999 Golf Manual transmission will not go into 1st gear or reverse.

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