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

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

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Average mileage: 77,733 (45,000–96,000)
14 model years affected: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, more2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011
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2011 Volkswagen Golf TDI 45,000 mi,
Manual transmission doesnt shift 3rd, 4th and 5fth gears
Had rebuilt tranny and clutch installed and now it is quite noisy when in neutral and clutch is out.
2004 Volkswagen Golf TDI 92,200 mi,
I'm just now noticing some issues with my VW going into reverse.