!st and Reverse issue (manual) on 2002 Volkswagen Golf

At 90 k miles, 1st and reverse gear (especially reverse ) require extreme force to be geared into. What possible fixes or adjustments or possible? Price range for such? A mechanic told me the clutch is fine and that it is likely to be the gearbox. He reccomended taking it to the dealer, since they might be able to do a tuning (synchronizing?) as oppose to a full replacements. An thoughts. Thankyou

by in Miami, FL on June 16, 2010
1 answer
ANSWER by on August 27, 2012
If it wont shift into reverse and it grinds it probably means your synchro is worn and the gear is not able to slide cleanly. Don't force it or grind it, it will lead to further damage to the gear.