Report: Reverse Gear Failures and Noise in Manual Transmission Models are Common
Volkswagen Cabrio Problem
Average Mileage: 330,536 mi (195 mi - 1,700,000 mi)
Reverse gear failures and noise in the manual transmission models are common.
The reverse gear sounds as if it's missing a tooth on one of the gear wheels, so it goes clonk, clonk every time I reverse. I've decided that the few miles I actually roll in reverse doesn't justify the cost of going through an expensive gear box repair/replacement, so I just cross my fingers and hope it will last.
Visitor, 1999 Volkswagen Cabrio, 115,000 mi
Noise, wont stay in gear under any load........just bad!!
Visitor, 1997 Volkswagen Cabrio
Mine is not a problem with reverse, but going into first gear- someone said it like this, "Sometimes first is there and sometimes it's not."
Visitor, 2001 Volkswagen Cabrio
Knocking noise upon reverse; difficult to transition in to 2nd gear. Did not repair, but have adjusted to it, and now have 145K on the car.
Visitor, 1998 Volkswagen Cabrio, 1,700,000 mi
noisy like a clicky noise when going in reverse but been having hard time getting it to shift into first gear its getting worse and sometimes reverse is hard to get in gear. not sure what to do
having a hard time shifting into 1st gear and now reverse. also when i put it in reverse it makes a weird clicking noise
Visitor, 2001 Volkswagen Cabrio, 1,600,000 mi
I just bought the car today and after bringing it home realized that reverse does not work...
Visitor, 2000 Volkswagen Cabrio, 157,423 mi
When I shift into reverse it slips out of gear. Now the car won't stay in reverse long enough to go in reverse. When shifting the car sounds like the gears are are metal on metal very loud
Visitor, 1995 Volkswagen Cabrio
Reverse was going out when I got the car 3 years ago and within 3 months was completely gone, except occassioally it will engage and give a little bump when needed.
Visitor, 1997 Volkswagen Cabrio, 67,000 mi
just noisy, if its not broken why fix it?