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

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

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Average mileage: 135,799 (86,000–221,100)
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
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2004 Volkswagen GTI 137,000 mi,
The car works perfectly fine. I recently had the water pump and timing belt replaced. A month later, my car would not go into reverse. No transmission light or sound occurred. I took it to my regular tech who said I should replace my transmission. I've been driving it for a month without reversing. It picks up speed and drops as needed on the highway. I think there's just something wrong with the shifter, its a dual transmission. Trying to decide what to do with the car :(
1998 Volkswagen GTI 135,000 mi,
everything works great except the revese, makes a god awful noise and is jumpy. what should i do?
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.
2006 Volkswagen GTI 96,890 mi,
The entire manual transmission collapsed.
1997 Volkswagen GTI 100,301 mi,
It pops out of gear