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Hello all! Does anyone know anything about the shifting mechanism on a manual transmission 1999 Beetle? I sure don't and am looking for some help. A day or so ago I was on my way back from a friend's house, cruising along, when my shifter decided that it was not going to go into fifth gear. It opted to instead engage third gear by slipping sideways very loosely. Once I came to a complete stop, I fiddled with it and it won't engage any gears other than third and fourth. Reverse is also not working. Even with the car off, it will not hold those gears. If I put it into those gears, it slips back into the middle two. I can push the shifter down and over into reverse but it still slides back. There was no noise to indicate that this had happened in the middle of driving. I can get around but not very efficiently or quickly. There's an appointment at my garage set up for this weekend but I thought I might as well ask someone who knows what's going on since my car is the only Beetle the garage services. Thanks!
 

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Hey, you have the early style shifter/linkage setup; they are failure prone, as all of them are. Here is a thread that has some good links and info:

http://newbeetle.org/forums/2-0-liter-gas/95233-broken-shift-lever.html

The main failure point; seems to be a plastic linkage part, that breaks and one company, makes a metal version of the part.... which might be a good upgrade, so it doesn't happen again in the future.

Manual Trans Relay Lever Cable Carrier - Genuine VW Audi - par # 1J0711256

https://www.google.com/search?q=relay+lever+driver+1j0711256&oq=relay+lever+driver+1j0711256&aqs=chrome..69i57.13374j0j4&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=119&ie=UTF-8

Here is a aftermarket upgraded metal version; which also, is a short shift upgrade as well:

02A CABLE TRANSMISSION SHORT SHIFT KIT

02A Cable Transmission Short Shift Kit - Gruven Parts

diy install instructions:

https://store-lyr7tp5r.mybigcommerce.com/content/PDF/Gruvenparts_Shift_Tutorial.pdf

There are a number of other bushings and the cable ends; are known to fail as well, all of this should be inspected and repaired as needed. Check the first above link; for bushing kits and also the cable end repair kits, to save some money on fixing that problem, if it is a issue.

Let us know; how the troubleshooting and repair process goes, as things more forward! :)
 

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Thanks for that diagram, Red99. They think the cable disconnected at the driver's end and just needs to be reattached. Should be relatively simple and not take too long, but I have to wait for my mom's car to be done being worked on before I can bring mine in or else neither of us will have transport. In the meantime, I'm gonna see if I can fix it myself because why not. Put a new battery in today and would really like to be able to drive normally too.
 

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Hey, you have the early style shifter/linkage setup; they are failure prone, as all of them are. Here is a thread that has some good links and info:

http://newbeetle.org/forums/2-0-liter-gas/95233-broken-shift-lever.html

The main failure point; seems to be a plastic linkage part, that breaks and one company, makes a metal version of the part.... which might be a good upgrade, so it doesn't happen again in the future.

Manual Trans Relay Lever Cable Carrier - Genuine VW Audi - par # 1J0711256

https://www.google.com/search?q=relay+lever+driver+1j0711256&oq=relay+lever+driver+1j0711256&aqs=chrome..69i57.13374j0j4&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=119&ie=UTF-8

Here is a aftermarket upgraded metal version; which also, is a short shift upgrade as well:

02A CABLE TRANSMISSION SHORT SHIFT KIT

02A Cable Transmission Short Shift Kit - Gruven Parts

diy install instructions:

https://store-lyr7tp5r.mybigcommerce.com/content/PDF/Gruvenparts_Shift_Tutorial.pdf

There are a number of other bushings and the cable ends; are known to fail as well, all of this should be inspected and repaired as needed. Check the first above link; for bushing kits and also the cable end repair kits, to save some money on fixing that problem, if it is a issue.

Let us know; how the troubleshooting and repair process goes, as things more forward! :)


That was exactly what was wrong with my car. Thank you all so much! $30 on Amazon will fix the problem PLUS I found another part in the searching process that has been broken since I bought the car (mirror control switch) for $4.50 so that will be wonderful too if it actually works. Thanks everyone here!:D
 
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