5 speed manual car makes a noise in reverse only backs up fine an all gears are smooth to shift if you take it out of reverse he noise goes away

85

Asked by Apr 10, 2011 at 09:35 PM about the 1998 Volkswagen Cabrio 2 Dr GLS Convertible

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

hope this isn't to pricey to fix

4 Answers

5

Do you have spur gears or helical gears? That could be that cause of the noise, and not a problem with your reverse.

1,675

The reverse gear in these older vdubs are the weakest part of the trany, they are notorious for breaking, first it starts out with noise in reverse then it will start making a clicking noise when backing up before the gear breaks then you have no reverse. I've owned 9 vdubs and 4 out of the 6 standard ones had a noisy reverse. You may get lucky and if you don't abuse the reverse gear (baby it) it should last a long time, but if you put it into reverse crunching the gear most times it won't be long till that gear comes apart. Worse case is if the gear breaks off a tooth and that broken peace gets mashed into the other gears in the trany you will have a destroy the trany. My advise is just becareful when you put it into reverse and don't hammer the throttle only in reverse tho your ok to drive the vehicle normally (or drive it hard) in forward motion. Just don't be shocked or pissed if the reverse gear doesn't work anymore some day. It is a easy fix to replace the reverse gear in the trany but it involves removal and disassembly of the trany.

4 of 4 people found this helpful.
85

not sure which gears i have will be finding out soon thanx for the infromation

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
85

thank you so much for the reply i am going to be having it serviced at a transmission shop before something major happens :) thank you tonya

Your Answer

Cabrio

Looking for a Used Cabrio in your area?

CarGurus has 98 nationwide Cabrio listings starting at $995.

ZIP:

Volkswagen Cabrio Experts

  • #1
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    4,770
  • #2
    Mike Bonnell
    Reputation
    1,230
  • #3
    Fkpeach
    Reputation
    850
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Volkswagen Beetle
229 Great Deals out of 8,910 listings starting at $1,295
Used Volkswagen Golf
138 Great Deals out of 4,404 listings starting at $1,800
Used Volkswagen Jetta
714 Great Deals out of 40,977 listings starting at $760
Used Volkswagen Passat
511 Great Deals out of 27,102 listings starting at $1,200
Used Volkswagen GTI
139 Great Deals out of 7,192 listings starting at $1,700
Used Acura TL
133 Great Deals out of 4,304 listings starting at $1,500
Used Ford Mustang
606 Great Deals out of 38,986 listings starting at $1,500
Used BMW 3 Series
1,161 Great Deals out of 37,232 listings starting at $1,000
Used Mazda MX-5 Miata
68 Great Deals out of 4,435 listings starting at $2,995
Used Audi A4
323 Great Deals out of 13,192 listings starting at $1,899
Used Toyota Corolla
969 Great Deals out of 65,052 listings starting at $850
Used Jeep Wrangler
455 Great Deals out of 20,118 listings starting at $3,000

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.