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1998 VW Beetle 5-speed trouble getting it in to reverse

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I have a 1998 VW Beetle and when I first bought it, (used) shifting into first was the same action for shifting into reverse. They were so close I usually went into first when trying for reverse. I took it to a transmission shop and they replaced part of the shift linkage that is famous for wearing. It cost me maybe $60.00. Now she shifts like a new car.

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  • vwbug98 Mar 16, 2011

    I had the same trouble with my 98, I found that you have to push down all the way to get it into reverse and only put a little pressure on the back of the stick with the heal of your hand and just let it slide into first, works like a dream now that I have the technique. It really just takes some getting used to.

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