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    Thread: 03 mk4 gti wont shift into 1st gear

    1. n00b
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      09-25-2011 05:22 PM #1
      hi i have a o3 gti with a b and m short thow shifter the other day i lunched from first got a bit of wheel spin so shifted in to second then third came to a stop light went to put it in 1st but could not all the other gears are there and work but cant go into first it feels like something is blocking it or it is hitting something any advise would help thank you very much ooo and short thow worked good for like a year so it is not that

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      09-25-2011 10:59 PM #2
      have you tried popping the hood and putting it into first by hand? If you're able to, adjust the linkage... if you're not, it's internal... only first is peculiar as I believe the shift fork is for both 1st and second....

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      09-27-2011 09:56 AM #3
      it was one of the cables was way losse so i just adjusted all the linking and lined every thing back up and now it shifts smoother then ever

    4. 10-27-2011 12:25 AM #4
      i have a gti same year and my first is having the same problem.so you only tightend the cable?did you have to change any bushings??

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      10-27-2011 09:11 PM #5
      yea one of my buddies has the same issue and its not the shift linkage i already tried it out.
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      11-24-2011 02:38 AM #6
      When you say you adjusted the cable, about how many times did you spin the end around?

    7. 09-28-2012 08:16 PM #7
      **** just happened to me about 5 mins ago... definitely interested

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      09-29-2012 12:41 AM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by pipishone720 View Post
      **** just happened to me about 5 mins ago... definitely interested
      So I took the transmission apart the selector sleeve is what was damaged,
      MY BUILD | 2003 Volkswagen GTI 1.8T | CTT - Carrot Top Tuning - GT3076r, 3" to 2.5" turboback exhaust (vbanded), Tial 38mm wastegate, fx400 6 puck, Peloquin LSD, VF Poly Engine Mounts, Greddy Profec B Type II, walbro 255 inline fuel pump, ID1600cc @ 3bar running on e85. AMB head, AWD bottom end. 434whp 369wtq @ 30psi (OLD: 383 whp 333wtq @ 23 psi)

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      09-29-2012 10:28 AM #9
      Very common, if you miss 2nd and grind you damage the 1-2 hub slider. Trans needs to come completely apart to fix. On the cheap you can file the burrs off the slider teeth but a new one is a good idea if you want to run the car hard.
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