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I own a 2000 Suzuki Swift, 5-speed manual. The engine has about 75,000 miles on it. I recently took a long trip with the car and during that trip the right side of the gears began acting up. When gearing up to head home, I tried to put the car into reverse but the gear had vanished. I could only go into 4th and had to push the car. Somehow it magically fixed itself on the way home.
However, now a week later it's acting up again. I tried to use reverse and it just wasn't there at all. 5th gear is also very difficult to get into on the highway during these times.
My only guess has been the cold weather, it's about 30 F at nights. Any help would be greatly appreciated as it's my only car. Thank you so much.

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It could be that some portion of the shift linkage is loose or partially broken, or it could be that ice/snow got in the way.
You need to verify, or have a technician verify that any movement of the shift lever results in a proportional movement of the linkage at the transmission with no unnecessary play.  

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Questions regarding the advisability of different kinds of modifications to Samurai/Sidekick/Tracker for various kinds of off-road usage. IF IT'S NOT A SAMURAI/SIDEKICK/TRACKER, I MAY ENTIRELY AT MY OPTION, MAKE A GENERALIZED STAB AT THE ANSWER, BUT WHEN YOU ASK NON-SAMURAI SORT OF STUFF, REMEMBER THAT i'M NO LONGER IN A FIELD I KNOW WELL, AND SOME OF MY RESPONSES WILL NOT NECESSARILY BE OTHER THAN GENERAL INFO. The last Suzuki motorcycle I've had any experience with is a 1966 X-6, when I owned it in 1967.

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I've been a professional mechanic for over thirty five years, live in the center of the Rocky Mountains, and have been active in exploring the old mining/4wd roads for decades. I've specific experience with Samurai modification, because that's my personal vehicle.

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Thirty five years of advanced, intensive classes for experienced professionals only. Manufacturer seminars and training classes averaging four to six weeks per year. I'm now a professional heavy duty fleet mechanic, and no longer deal with issues such as MIL (check engine) lights, and electronics issues on late Suzukis such as Vitara.

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