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: 144,017 (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
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1998 Volkswagen Golf 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.
1998 Volkswagen Golf 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.
1999 Volkswagen Golf 127,000 mi,
My 1999 Golf Manual transmission will not go into 1st gear or reverse.
Only 138,000 kms on the car but grinding noises in reverse and now pops out a higher revs. No fix at this time.
1999 Volkswagen Golf 174,000 mi,
Grinding when going into first or reverse randomly.
1997 Volkswagen Golf 180,000 mi,
no reverse gear, will not stay in gear.
1997 Volkswagen Golf 118,985 mi,
While in reverse transmission makes the loud whining noise. Still goes into reverse just fine just noisey.
The reverse doesn't work at all
2006 Volkswagen Golf 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