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Volkswagen Golf TDI Reverse Gear Failures and Noise in Manual Transmission Models are Common
Volkswagen Golf TDI Problem
Average Mileage: 94,100 mi (92,200 mi - 96,000 mi)
Had rebuilt tranny and clutch installed and now it is quite noisy when in neutral and clutch is out.
Visitor, 2004 Volkswagen Golf TDI, 92,200 mi
I'm just now noticing some issues with my VW going into reverse.