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    Thread: 98 VW Jetta Manual Transmission Won't Go Into First or Fifth Gear!!! HELP PLEASE!!!

    1. n00b
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      03-07-2011 03:22 PM #1
      The subject of this post basically sums up my problem: My 98 VW Jetta GL's manual transmission won't shift into reverse or fifth gear. I have no problem shifting into first, second, third and fourth gear; but it's absolutely no dice on reverse and fifth. I got a quote from a transmission specialist that it owuld be around $500 just to get the transmission out to diagnose the problem. I found a used transmission with high mileage at a local salvage yard for $550. I really just don't know what to do! Could their be something simple or small causing the transmission to not function properly? Should I try and have it looked at somewhere else, or should I just go for a new transmission? Is it wise to buy a high-mileage used transmission, or is it worth it to put a newer one in there? I found some used ones cheaper on ebay, but that seems risky. Any experience there? I am a layman when it comes to automobiles, so I don't even know where to start. I put $1000 over a year ago into the car, and want to keep it running, I just don't know if it's worth putting another grand or so into. Please use your expertise and know-how to help me figure out what could be wrong, and what step to take next. Thanks!

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      03-08-2011 11:20 PM #2
      I'm sorry but 500 dollars to just pull the trans is pretty expensive, i got a quote to install (including clutch price) a clutch for about that much.

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      03-08-2011 11:56 PM #3
      how much you want for the car?
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      03-09-2011 02:41 PM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by tSoG-84bit View Post
      how much you want for the car?



      OP, do a search on aligning shift linkage on the golf 3 forum.. GL should be an 8v and have shift linkage not cables. A quick overhaul should get you back on the road.
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      03-10-2011 08:54 AM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by JUS_GT_EYEZ View Post



      OP, do a search on aligning shift linkage on the golf 3 forum.. GL should be an 8v and have shift linkage not cables. A quick overhaul should get you back on the road.

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      03-10-2011 10:56 AM #6
      could be a TDI, and cables. doubt it... but jus sayin...
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      03-10-2011 11:13 AM #7
      my experience, if its a diesel or a vr6 it gets mentioned in the post. If not mentioned?... it's a 2.0...
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      03-10-2011 11:28 AM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by JUS_GT_EYEZ View Post
      my experience, if its a diesel or a vr6 it gets mentioned in the post. If not mentioned?... it's a 2.0...
      I agree, but... either way... I wanna know what the OP wants for it.
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      03-10-2011 11:44 PM #9
      I would say you ran it low or out of gear lube, or used the wrong type, and cooked some gears. A total rebuild from the best of the best is $750, so $500 is high. Just to pull it and look should be more like $250 or $300. If you do the repair to the gears, you might as well do the rest (clutch, seals, etc.), so look at $750 to $1000. The car is likely not worth that much.

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