Can't find a listing for the cable so I can only offer the following: I had a '78 Chrysler that had the "magic" wear out that held the shifter linkage together. The fix was a 50 cent nylon bushing and 20 minutes to pop it in while laying on the floor. A typical shifter cable from the Chrysler dealer, (of which I only replaced one in ten years at the dealership), cost around $22.00 and took about half an hour to install. Volkswagen is more proud of their parts and prices them accordingly, so as a guess, I would suggest around $100.00 for parts and labor. First you have to be sure it's actually broken. The shifter typically works very hard for a few weeks before it breaks. That's because the frayed strands are getting caught inside the outer casing. If yours was working fine, then all of a sudden quit, there's a real good chance it's just disconnected on one end, the anchor for one end of the outer casing is loose and sliding back and forth, or the lever on the transmission came loose. Any of those would be quicker and less expensive fixes that you could do yourself.
Thursday, June 23rd, 2011 AT 8:20 PM