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2001 Jetta Manual Transmission misses 2nd gear

I have a 2001 VW Jetta and suddenly it will not go into 2nd gear. It slides over to 4th. So I have 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 5th.

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  • Anonymous Jan 31, 2009

    I have 1st and 2nd gear hard to shift. Any suggestions?

  • aume2007 May 08, 2009

    same problem. won't shift into 2nd. other gears work fine. 2002 jetta manual transmission.

  • Anonymous Mar 22, 2014

    My 2001 jetta buckles and loses pull at every 3000 rpm on all 1st - 4th gear

  • Anonymous Mar 22, 2014

    manual reverse gear doesn't work

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When I turn on my car the check engine light turned on and when I took off it didn't want to shift to second gear

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