LikewiseSometimes I have to let up on the clutch and press it back down. Every manual I've driven has been like that. No biggie.
That's it!That happens because reverse gear does not have a synchro.
Glad to hear that you got your issue resolved. However, you still may find the issue resurface from time to time. As "Kevinthefro" said, the reverse gear is not synchronized. It is also a real fix to, use the clutch and or one of the other forward gears, to move the spindle for reverse and allow the gears to mesh. This is not uncommon in cars with manual transmissions.I took it to the dealer who found a washer was missing. A real fix for a real problem.
Could the pull-up-knob for reverse be disconnected from the bottom of the shifter?I have the exact same thing happening, has nothing to do with syncro's, or clutch, but is happening with the lever/linkage. It will not enter the reverse gate, and no amount of selecting 1st or 2nd, and rolling the car helps. After many attempts, the linkage allows it to be found. The LEETSA (sp?) is on the way, and I'm hoping that cures it.