<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Tony Starks: Might sound like a dumb question, but why is the reverse gear on VW and other German cars up & left as opposed to down & right like on American and Japanese cars?<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
Simply push the shift knob in and throw'er like you would into first.
To answer your question with another question:
"Why does Japan have steering wheel on the right hand side?"
im gonna say its for safety reasons...instead of trying to find six (even though you dont have it
) and moving it into reverse gear they just have it where its harder to screw up... this might not make any sense but im tired and its all i counld get out -- sorry for the grammer and spelling...maybe
yeah i think that looks about right but ussually even when it is a 6 speed the revers gear is either "push down" or "pull on a little tab right under the shift knob" again so if you try to go into sixth (witch is were R is normally) you wont try to squeeze it into R... just another thought from me
On American & Japanese cars with 6-speed trannies, I was just guessing that for R you'd just push down on the knob and go down & right like you were going for 6th gear like we go up & left (while VWs go up & left where 1st is).
Guess I stand corrected. I always loved how reverse is on Dubs and other German cars. I just wanted to know why it was done this way.
Maybe this wasn't such a dumb topic after all!!!
It took me a little while to get used to. In my 240SX, I always rested my hand on the gear shift while at a light. When I got the GTI, I dont know how many times I almost backed into someone when the light turned green before I cured my habit. Its quirky, and Im sure it probably has to do with something about how they put together the origianal Type1, but the VW guys just chose to stick with it rather than change stuff around when they went front mount.
TF..Japanese cars have the steering wheel on the right hand side because, like lots of european countries, they drive on the left side of the street.(Im pretty sure-if I remember correctly-I was in japan for 5 weeks in 96).