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1996 vw polo, won't/can't engage 5th gear.

Car works fine up to fourth then when you try changing up it just grinds out. so no fifth gear. it had a temperamental habit for about a month prior, when cruising at 70 the revs would drop off when you lifted your foot off, then when you put your foot back on they would pick up again. it felt like it dropped out of gear then re-engaged.!! now fifth gear is not even possible, tried it at a mix of high and low rev changes, clutch and no clutch! help!! is it a big money gear box problem?

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  • scoco86 Dec 12, 2008

    transmission?

  • scottegandub Dec 28, 2008

    my problem is simlar now when i try to engage fifth nothing happens even at a stand still fifth gear does not engage. to fix this would it be a big (expensive) job

  • Anonymous Feb 05, 2009

    fifth will not engage at all

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Trans needs to be rebuilt. Or just not use 5th

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im dave
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