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

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

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Average mileage: 128,732 (35,000–252,000)
Drive Train affected: Manual Transmission
21 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, more1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
90 people reported this problem
46 people shared problem details
2002 Volkswagen Jetta148,000
2002 VR6 Manual Transmission - Doesn't shift into Reverse anymore. No noise from transmission, or engine bay area. No smoke. No leaks. Allows me to shift into where Reverse should be, but only seems to engage 1st gear...treats it like I didn't go over far enough for Reverse.
2000 Volkswagen Jetta123,650
Unable to shift into reverse. All other forward gears work fine.
I pulled into my driveway and my car won't go in reverse. I think linkage is out.
1999 Volkswagen Jetta126,000
so far just noise...loud, rhythmic with ground speed, revers only, even w/ clutch in and rolling.
1996 Volkswagen Jetta102,000
reverse gear went out
1992 Volkswagen Jetta192,450
Sometimes reverse gear does not work until I put it back in neutral, let off the clutch, press clutch again, then shift into reverse. Also I get a clunking noise sometimes when shifting.
1997 Volkswagen Jetta150,000
Loud pop and comes out of gear. All forward gears are fine.
makes a grinding noise then trying to shift into reverse either stalls or kicks into first gear.
the differential gear gave out when taking off from a stop and shifting into first gear.... complete transmission rebuild
1998 Volkswagen Jetta148,000
Stripped reverse gear occured TWICE to my transmission and replacement! Very costly!
1996 Volkswagen Jetta155,000
I can shift all gears except the reverse when I shift in to reverse and start moving it kicks out off reverse and stops moving
left car running 5 minutes did not put in park. Moved shift to Reverse and car would move. P D N R S letter on dash were flashing. put car in drive and went forward. put car in reverse and didn't move. turned car off for 10 seconds, car in park to start then went into reverse fine. no more problems.
1997 Volkswagen Jetta125,000
noisy reverse and diff exploded 2 holes wth
2002 Jetta 1.8t manual. Will not go into reverse. drops down into position but moves forward. I will try some of the fixes listed below such as placing the car in neutral with the clutch up then shifting to reverse. Turning car off shift into reverse and start. Let car roll back in neutral and then shift into reverse. If all else fails will bring in for service. Have to note the gear box has been loose sometimes not letting me shift into third or fourth gear. This car has has so many problems, ignition coil failure, windows dropping, and other electrical issues. I think it was the first model made in Mexico. The Audi same engine hadd ignition coil problems too. Don't buy this car...period
2000 Volkswagen Jetta108,000
The whole car vibrates when trying to reverse.
2007 Volkswagen Jetta115,000
I have a manual car 5 speed. It would allow me to change gear from 1,2,3 but would struck on 4,5 and Reverse Gear.
1998 Volkswagen Jetta252,000
Shifting into first gear or reverse sometimes make a crunching noise and the car shakes.
2008 VW Jetta sportswagon. battery malfunctioned, got it changed at NTB, on way home tried to go in reverse and couldn't move gearshift over to engage R. it just slides into 1st. tried slow clutch, fast clutch, no matter. no sound, no grinding.
2000 Volkswagen Jetta188,000
Won't go in reverse. Everything else works fine. If I start the car when its cold it goes in reverse no problem. Otherwise it sounds like it's in neutral when I try to put it in reverse
2002 Volkswagen Jetta103,000
Before i drive 10 miles, the reverse gear is not working. how can i fix it ?
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