Reverse gear failures and noise in the manual transmission models are common.Google+
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Volkswagen GTI Reverse Gear Failures and Noise in Manual Transmission Models are Common
Volkswagen GTI Problem
Average Mileage: 135,398 mi (96,890 mi - 174,305 mi)
Visitor, 1998 Volkswagen GTI, 135,000 mi
everything works great except the revese, makes a god awful noise and is jumpy. what should i do?
Visitor, 1996 Volkswagen GTI, 174,305 mi
car does not go in reverse we recently bought the vehicle and everything worked fine when we test drove it but when we got it home the reverse stopped working and so did the speedometer.
Visitor, 2006 Volkswagen GTI, 96,890 mi
The entire manual transmission collapsed.