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Manual transmission will not go into reverse

My daughters beetle has a 5 speed manual trans. Will not go into reverse this morning, did last night. It seems tha the 1st gear is not working also. When you move the shifter to the left and push down for reverse, it seems to go into second. Also at the far right there seems to be a gear under the 5th space on the shifter. Any ideas?? I hope it isn't something major. Car is a 99 model w/110000 miles.
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  • sheila_knigh Oct 30, 2008

    Same problem here, seems that all my gears are acting up.

  • B Hossainian Nov 19, 2008

    I have the same problem. Happened after stopping for a light. Has anyone found a solution?

  • Anonymous Dec 30, 2008

    exept for 1st gear

  • kamier Mar 26, 2009

    just had my clutch repaired and now it wont go int reverse

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Behind the battery where the cables connect there is a part called a carrier 1J0711256...less than $35@ vw dealership...easy to install...remove breather...take bottom cable loose...put part on

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My daughters 99 has the same problem and I found a solution but not repaired yet where there is a 20 dollar linkage part that can be replace in 1/2 hour.... I am searching for more info

Posted on Oct 02, 2008

There is a bracket that brakes under the hood. Follow the cables and it is by the battery

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Sounds like its under the shifter a little plactic piece not sure the name but i had had the same problem and thats what it was so i would start there

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So what was the solution....I am having the same problem that happened after stopping for a red light.

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