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I have a 1991 VW Cabriolet Karman that I bought about 3 years ago. About 6 months ago the car would only occasionally go into 1st gear and after a while it stopped almost completely. When it is warm out I can sometimes push it into 1st but I usually just ignore that gear all together. I was running it beginning in 2nd for a couple months when the same thing started to happen. Now the car only goes into 3rd and 5th. I physically cannot push the stick into 1st, 2nd or 4th. Reverse works fine however. Some folks have suggested a transmission issue, some said a clutch problem but recently someone mentioned something specific to VWs that may have something to do with a fluid. I am really lost and don't want to have to sell my car (can't afford a new transmission). Is there something else that it could be?

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If you didnt change fluid probably not that! slim chance its a clutch, known issues are bushings on shift rods, transmmissions are NOT big problems

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