I've got an 03 with too many miles (~60k) and the extended gold warranty out to 80k. For the last two years (aka, since I bought the car), there's an occasional grinding going into first or second gear. It's sporadic and not very often. It doesn't feel like it is going to fail out from under me any day now, but the odd grinding bothers me.
A year ago, I took the car to the dealership for something else and asked them if they could take a look at it. They said yes, but if they decided that it was caused by abuse that I would be liable for the $600 in labor for taking the tranny apart and putting it back together. I didn't want to argue with them about it, so I left it at that.
I'm thinking that I should have them take a look at it before my warranty is up. The question is: is there any way I'm going to not have a complete PITA getting them to do it under warranty? I honestly haven't abused the transmission at all; no hard launches, I rev match when I'm shifting, no power mods (except for my AP), the whole bit. I know that clutch/transmission stuff is always suspect because people are rough on the car.
So, yeah, discuss. Your experiences with something similar would be great, a statement from one of our dealerships in residence would be neat