Being new to driving a stick, I thought shifting to reverse was like that. On some occasions I have had difficulty getting it into reverse. It either doesn't go in all the way or doesn't go in at all or it grinds. The grinds might have been my fault, as I guess I didn't push it all the way to the right. But not being able to get it into reverse sounds like a problem everyone is having. As for 1st/2nd gear grinding, so far no problems.