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Volkswagen Jetta TDI Reverse Gear Failures and Noise in Manual Transmission Models are Common

Volkswagen Jetta TDI Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010

Average Mileage: 177,500 mi (100,000 mi - 250,000 mi)


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

  • Visitor, , 100,000 mi

    reverse gear knocks

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  • Visitor, , 203,000 mi

    Rattle noise in trani when I release the clutch pedal. It's not the throw out bearing but sounds just like it

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  • Visitor, , 157,000 mi

    first trans oil change done at 135000. Vw mechanic at dealer in fl. said not to service at 100000 better to let run till it died.Felt wrong so took it to dealer in tn.serviced ran fine then one day reverse started not engageing then after about 1k miles it stopped working at all.VW now has 225000 miles still waiting for other shoe to drop.Runs fine in forward,just no reverse.Every VW i have owned in the united states has had transmission problems.done with VW!!!

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  • Visitor, , 250,000 mi

    reverse failure, and loud noise from engine

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