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

Reverse gear failures in the manual transmission models are common.

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Average mileage: 119,083 (52,000–200,000)
13 model years affected: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, more2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
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2004 Volkswagen Beetle 128,000 mi,
While car was running in the driveway in neutral. I put it in reverse not realizing I hadn't push the clutch in, it jumped and died making a horrible noise and now it is having problems putting it in gear while driving. The gear shift seems to be up higher and I noticed that the shift diagram on it is sideways. Has always been so easy to shift and so smooth. No problems with reverse. It is starting to grind gears some as if the clutch isn't pushed in all the way. Help please
1998 Volkswagen Beetle 52,000 mi,
I had to rebuild entire transmission at 52, 00 miles!!! All gears went progressively, on a 2005 Bug with minimal use. 52 k miles at 2013. I was told that the valve body was defective... but I have not seen any recalls... cost me a fortune!!! Wouldn't buy another VW, after being VW owner since, 1976.
2002 Volkswagen Beetle 84,000 mi,
wont back up
2001 Volkswagen Beetle 145,000 mi,
i am having a hard time getting into reverse and even a harder time gettinginto 1stand and2ndwhat do i do
2003 Volkswagen Beetle 105,500 mi,
Mine is almost 12 years old. It's a salvage that looked and felt brand new when I bought it. It did sit for 3 months between being fixed and me buying it. Besides the smell coming out of the vents I do have issues getting it into reverse, but only after I've been driving around for a while. Starting it first thing in the morning or after work there are no issues. I am going to have it looked at.
Mine did that when I first got her in 2010. Took her to Autobahn in Memphis, TN. They fixed it, but I can't remember what the heck they did. No problems since, but VW manuals are "slippery." So WARNING: Do NOT let anybody who's not a VW person drive your VW manual!!