Has anyone ever heard of a manual transmission that propels a car in the opposite direction of the selected gear? Me neither, until I got a 2012 VW Golf R. I’ve parked it on slopes a number of times (always setting both the handbrake and putting it into 1st gear) with no problems. But, on three separate occasions, when I’ve put it into gear while parking on a slope, it goes the wrong direction when I let out the clutch!
The first time, the nose was pointed uphill, and when I put it into 1st gear, it kept wanting to go in reverse. The 2nd and 3rd times were just the opposite – nose pointed downhill, put it into reverse, and it wanted to go forward. OK, I know what you’re thinking: You’re in the wrong gear, moron! Au contraire … I’ve driven manuals all my life and I know the difference between 1st and reverse!
On all three occasions, after several futile attempts, I put the parking brake on and … voila! The next try resulted in the car moving in the desired direction. Two additional things: 1) When I pull up on the handbrake, it seems to pull up further than usual and 2) the second time this happened, the tach didn’t work until I stopped/restarted the car. Is there any chance that the reverse idler gear is somehow involved and isn’t engaging/disengaging properly? Anyone with any other suggestions? Please help!