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Shift linkage? I am having similar problems, but I just put in new front and rear linkage, the car worked fine, after I had a shop put in a clutch, i have a terrible time getting it to go into R,1st or 2nd gear. any thoughts?

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Sounds as if the clutch plate was put in upside-down or it was forced together during the install process, also could be slave-cylinder not bled properly, and some VWs also have electrical relays or switches for sync assistance.

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by fine, my guess, is you can take off from dead stop in2nd, right>?
then its a bad shifter. tip.
or linkage (end tranny extension housing)
or transmission actual core.(shift rails, or forks) or worse.
you do know ,that you can disconnect the linkage and test tranny.
by hand,
key off
leakage off
shift to neutral (read the FSM or alldata.com) for how. under M/T sections.
then key on start engine,clutch depressed, the lift pedel
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can do all gears that way, use 2 people and do not stand infront of car doing test.
or put the front wheels up on stands. but do not get near them.
while engine is running.
btw some shifters have plastic parts that go bad in the shifter tip.

or ,
jack up car in front, can you now shift car in to neutral or any gear?
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