Volkswagen Cabrio Problems

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

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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

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Volkswagen Cabrio Vehicles With This Problem

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Average mileage: 130,219 (66,000–172,890)
8 model years affected: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, more1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
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The reverse gear sounds as if it's missing a tooth on one of the gear wheels, so it goes clonk, clonk every time I reverse. I've decided that the few miles I actually roll in reverse doesn't justify the cost of going through an expensive gear box repair/replacement, so I just cross my fingers and hope it will last.
It will go into reverse but grind and not move. What will I have to replace to fix this problem.
When I shift into reverse it slips out of gear. Now the car won't stay in reverse long enough to go in reverse. When shifting the car sounds like the gears are are metal on metal very loud
noisy like a clicky noise when going in reverse but been having hard time getting it to shift into first gear its getting worse and sometimes reverse is hard to get in gear. not sure what to do
Mine is not a problem with reverse, but going into first gear- someone said it like this, "Sometimes first is there and sometimes it's not."
Knocking noise upon reverse; difficult to transition in to 2nd gear. Did not repair, but have adjusted to it, and now have 145K on the car.
Reverse was going out when I got the car 3 years ago and within 3 months was completely gone, except occassioally it will engage and give a little bump when needed.
having a hard time shifting into 1st gear and now reverse. also when i put it in reverse it makes a weird clicking noise
The reverse gear shift will not stay in reverse. It slips out almost immediately when the car is backing up, and makes a grinding sound.
Sounds like a tooth in the gear wheel is missing and when driving in reverse it makes a rattling sound. Will have it checked and once diagnosed, will follow up.
I just bought the car and the very next day I could not go in reverse. The gear shifter goes into reverse but when I let off the clutch it makes a horrible grinding/ crunching sound and does not move. Have not yet had it fixed. I just push it backwards. Can't afford to repair right now seems how I spent all my money on buying a car I was told had no issues with clutch or transmission.
Reverse sounds awfull. Solution: drive till it stops & call AAA for a trip home. by then maybe I will have my shop built and can rebuild the transmission.