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    Thread: Manual transmission won't shift into gear

    1. 11-06-2011 05:35 PM #1
      Hi Guys. I have a 2011 Jetta SE with a manual transmission and it has been driving perfectly fine until yesterday. I had to make a left turn on a busy street and i think I accelerated very fast. It only lasted a few seconds before i stopped on a traffic light after which i couldn't shift into first gear. or second. The shifter moves but it doesn't seem to be engaging into gear. I drove off in what it seemed like 3rd gear, parked and shut the engine off. When i started again it shifted, but the shifter felt somewhat more lose than normally. The i drove off and I was in a bad traffic where i had to stop and go for about 20 min and this happened one more time - where it felt like i drove off 3rd gear. i made it home since the rest of my drive was on highway at higher speeds. This morning i backed out the garage but I couldn't get into first or second again and i couldn't shift into reverse either.
      So now i can;t even drive the car to the dealership.
      I guess I am wondering if anyone knows what the problem might be. I suppose it would be covered by the warranty, but I am so worried, and they are closed today and I just can;t wait to call.
      Does anyone know if the warranty will cover towing since I can't drive there?

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      11-06-2011 05:54 PM #2
      something like a gearbox or clutch failure?...should be covered, including the tow. call the 1 800 number for roadside assist.

    3. 11-06-2011 06:09 PM #3
      the clutch doesn't feel different than usual. I also noticed this morning that i couldn't start the car unless i had the gear shift in neutral, even with the clutch pressed down. Very weird.

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      11-06-2011 07:33 PM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by Vale View Post
      Hi Guys. I have a 2011 Jetta SE with a manual transmission and it has been driving perfectly fine until yesterday. I had to make a left turn on a busy street and i think I accelerated very fast. It only lasted a few seconds before i stopped on a traffic light after which i couldn't shift into first gear. or second. The shifter moves but it doesn't seem to be engaging into gear. I drove off in what it seemed like 3rd gear, parked and shut the engine off. When i started again it shifted, but the shifter felt somewhat more lose than normally. The i drove off and I was in a bad traffic where i had to stop and go for about 20 min and this happened one more time - where it felt like i drove off 3rd gear. i made it home since the rest of my drive was on highway at higher speeds. This morning i backed out the garage but I couldn't get into first or second again and i couldn't shift into reverse either.
      So now i can;t even drive the car to the dealership.
      I guess I am wondering if anyone knows what the problem might be. I suppose it would be covered by the warranty, but I am so worried, and they are closed today and I just can;t wait to call.
      Does anyone know if the warranty will cover towing since I can't drive there?
      sounds like a linkage to me, still should be covered in the warranty.
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      11-07-2011 03:13 PM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by indifferent1 View Post
      sounds like a linkage to me, still should be covered in the warranty.
      +1 I had that happen on another car a while back. The part that held the linkage to the shifter broke off. The shifter would move all around, but nothing was happening. I got to make a 50 mile drive home in 3rd gear.

    6. 11-07-2011 08:23 PM #6
      Was this covered in warranty? I really hope I don't have to pay...

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      11-07-2011 09:13 PM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by indifferent1 View Post
      sounds like a linkage to me, still should be covered in the warranty.
      Quote Originally Posted by Vale View Post
      Was this covered in warranty? I really hope I don't have to pay...
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      11-07-2011 10:00 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by indifferent1 View Post
      sounds like a linkage to me, still should be covered in the warranty.
      ..... Still should be covered in warranty....
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    9. 11-08-2011 12:12 AM #9
      Definitely a linkage and even if it isn't covered its easy/cheap to fix. I've popped off few VW linkages shifting hard (even ducked taped one back on which held just long enough to get me home lol). Should look something like this (not a MKVI jetta but they havent changed the basic design since MKIIIs)


      If any of those two linkages break, come off or the adjustment screw thing behind the spring comes loose you get just what you got. Nothing major.

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      11-09-2011 06:12 AM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by 02GTI-VR6-same1 View Post
      Definitely a linkage and even if it isn't covered its easy/cheap to fix. I've popped off few VW linkages shifting hard (even ducked taped one back on which held just long enough to get me home lol). Should look something like this (not a MKVI jetta but they havent changed the basic design since MKIIIs)


      If any of those two linkages break, come off or the adjustment screw thing behind the spring comes loose you get just what you got. Nothing major.
      Wow, doesn't get much easier than that... You even have a clear shot... I have a 5 speed mkvi, maybe later in the day I can post something up

      I would like to know what happened with this though, if it was covered under warranty or not...
      I think If no aftermarket mods are in place ur fine.
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    11. 01-20-2013 09:01 PM #11
      Was just reading your post looking to see if anyone has experienced the same problem we did. And what do you know - You did!
      My lovely was driving her new VW Beetle 2012. Second day of owning it. She drove it 30 miles and was just approaching my home. She was headed down a small hill, and tried to downshift into 2nd Gear. Car Shifter would not move into 2nd. Then she rolled to a stop. Then Tried to Shift into 1st, 2nd or any GEAR. Would not shift at all. She sat in car for over 30 minutes. Turned the Car off and on multiple times. No Luck. Then waited for 10 minutes. And Then Luckily it Was able to Shift on the 10th try. We're both concerned about Her driving it anywhere at this point. especially after these problems. It's a SUNDAY night so we can't take it back to DEALER till tomorrow.
      Anywhere, that's our story. We'll take it to dealer in the morning. Will check back to let you know what we find out.
      Pastalanna.

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