Reverse Gear Failures and/or Noise From Manual Transmission on Volkswagen Golf

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

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Average mileage: 144,024 (85,000–211,000)
18 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, more1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010
36 people reported this problem
7 people shared problem details
1998 Volkswagen Golf147,000
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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1998 Volkswagen Golf113,000
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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1999 Volkswagen Golf174,000
Grinding when going into first or reverse randomly.
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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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1999 Volkswagen Golf127,000
My 1999 Golf Manual transmission will not go into 1st gear or reverse.
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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 car...it should be a recall
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