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I have a manual beetle. It is a 98 diesel. I have noticed the shifting going down to 1st and 2nd a little sticky. Yesterday it stopped downshifting all together. It would shift up and go into neutral but not down. It will shift between the gears when the engine is turned off. Also, when stopped it will barely shift int reverse and when it does it is with a loud thud. Today, while the car is running it will not find any of the gears except reverse with a lot of force. When the car is off I can cycle threw the gears. I can also start in first gear and it engages. I just cant shift after it is turned on. Any ideas of the possible problems would be greatly appreciated. I do not live close to a garage and it is my daily driver. Thanks for the help!
 
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