When I shift into third it makes an awful grinding noise as if I am not using the clutch. However, if I shift before about 2500rpms it does not grind. After doing research and looking around I've come to the conclusion that it's the synchro and started calling places in the area to get quotes. From what I've found most places want to just completely replace the transmission because it needs to be pulled out anyway. Only the Volkswagen dealer said that they might rebuild it but will have to look at it first for a few hundred bucks. I was going into this not expecting to have to pay any more than 7 or 800 dollars but it sounds like it's going to be at least $1500-$2000 due to the labor. Has anyone else had a similar issue and how much did it end up costing to fix it? For now I'm either shifting early or just skipping third but that's gotten old pretty quickly. I'm currently in Albany NY but will be going back to school in the buffalo area in a few weeks and I am hoping I can get possibly some better quotes out there.