I have driven mine for over two years now. It still occasionally happens. Most of the time it is the 2nd to 3rd you mentioned. On very rare occasion it happens into reverse. I had the dealer look at it (as is expected they found nothing) and they said it may be the linkage needs adjustment. I just try to constantly remind myself to chill in between shifts and it happens much less now. I am planning on adjusting the shift after I get my Euro shift kit to (hopefully) smooth everything out.
Slow down a tick, and you should have very few problems.
EDIT-- I seem to remember reading on Vortex that some folks change out the gearbox fluid to redline, or royal purple and claim an increase in shift smoothness.
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I am going to do a more thorough review later, but if you are mechanically inclined you may consider getting the euro shift kit from ECS. It is an OEM Audi part, ES#2219718. I've only driven a bit thus far but I really like the difference. It feels much more solid and precise than it was before. I would recommend it if you dislike the stock shift profile.
I've been driving a stick since I started driving 10+ years ago. I've had 2 Jetta's, 2 Audi's, a BMW, and this car. I have also had a similar experience-but it only happens once every couple of days so I chalk it up to my own driver error. I find I do it going into 2nd, but yah-it's definitely more grindy than even the TT that I had.
My wife is 5' 2'' and she has no problem with the clutch setup in her GTI. I personally hate the engagement point (way too much travel), but it's not my daily driver...so be it. She's a terrible driver, but she hasn't grinded in 3rd enough to complain to me. I'd guess you guys have FUBAR transmissions.
She used to complain about 3rd in her old Prelude (and that car did grind all the time, not just the 2-3 shift, but also going to 4th) but going on 2 years in her GTI I haven't heard a peep.
You definitely don't need NASCAR seating to drive the car X.x...she's tiny and she drives it everyday....