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: 147,622 (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
38 people reported this problem
9 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.
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.
1999 Volkswagen Golf127,000
My 1999 Golf Manual transmission will not go into 1st gear or reverse.
1999 Volkswagen Golf174,000
Grinding when going into first or reverse randomly.
Only 138,000 kms on the car but grinding noises in reverse and now pops out a higher revs. No fix at this time.
The reverse doesn't work at all
1997 Volkswagen Golf180,000
no reverse gear, will not stay in gear.
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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