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Volkswagen Jetta Hard Reverse Shifting

Q. Hi, I am a student currently in college and I have a 1994 Volkswagen Jetta GL, 2.0 liter four cylinder and automatic transmission. It has around 166,000 miles on it. The car seems to drive fine with a little kick around third gear. I bought the car used and felt it during the test drive. But I then later noticed that the reverse required a little more effort to work.

Volkswagen Jetta Hard Reverse Shifting

When I put it in reverse, the car revs high and it does move but slow and constantly at that slow pace. Going forwards is fine. I didn't change the transmission oil at all when it was bought but I did noticed that the color was like a pinkish rusty color. Could it be that I have a bad transmission or something worse? Please help me out.


A. I'd be glad to help you out Bruce. Which way did you come in?

Seriously, there is a TSB that seems to apply to your vehicle.

Group: 34
Number: 97-04
Date: May 30, 1997

Transmission Will Not Shift into Reverse or is Difficult to Shift In/Out of Reverse at Times

Golf, GTI, Jetta, Cabrio with (020 Trans. Production Range Listed Below)

Transmission will not shift into reverse or is difficult to shift in/out of reverse at times.

This is something the dealer should check and then perform the modifications. The repair does not require removal of the transmission.

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